Chocolat Meilleure and Vanilla Mieux are two witches who are pitched in a contest to see who will become the new Queen of the Witch World. They must travel to the Human World and collect the hearts of humans. Whoever collects the most "human hearts" wins. Even though they're rivals, the two are still best friends. Join them on this adventure!
I was very surprised by this series--it looked like a bunch of candy fluff in the beginning and though I thought it was still cute at first I didn't expect this addicted feeling to it that I now have. Like an addiction to chocolate--just can't get enough, and beneath the candy sweet there's a lot more bitterness and plot to it than I ever would have guessed. There's a lot about growing up, the feelings of love and friendship expressed in this series and it still carries a very innocent feel to it. If you are fond of series like Ultramaniac, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Gakuen Alice you should really like this series. Though amazingly, I think Sugar Sugar Rune has more in romance and deeper plot though it doesn't really start surfacing until about midway through (you just get hints before).
I really like the characters Chocolat and Vanilla and how they manage to be such close friends while still being rivals for the throne. Vanilla is sweet and shy--always kind and gentle though a little bit of a crybaby. This cute nature as well as her clutzy moments tends to endear her to the boys of the human world and she's a natural at gathering hearts. Chocolat on the other hand is brass and strong-willed and her favorite phrase is "I'll whoop your butt" which gains her much less popularity in the human realm than she enjoyed in the magic realm. Even as you wince at some of her antics and her nature, it's easy to root for her, especially as you see her maturing.
Each heart has a different level of worth, the "pee" heart is usually just surprise, to orange, pink, and crimson (along with green for friendship, blue for respect, and the mysterious dark "Noir" heart for jealousy and greed). The system with the hearts is surprisingly detailed. A witch can't give her own heart to a human without being stuck forever in the human world, and if it is taken from a witch (more specifical an "ogre" or dark witch) than that witch's life is forfeit. Ups the stakes a little right? Especially when Chocolat starts falling for the mysterious upperclassman, Pierre who is much more than he seems and bears a startling resemblance to the Ice Prince from the magic realm's history.
Pierre really made this series a joy for me. Even when there was only hints or slight scenes, I loved his interaction with Chocolat and fascinated by his character. As he got more involved into the plot... well, I just happier and happier.
A good majority of the episodes are very episodic and cute, but you'll be pleasantly surprised when some deeper plot starts slipping in. If you can live through transformation scenes, and like a cute series with some fun characters, magic world, and some intrigue and romance on the side, give this series a try. read more
Sugar Sugar Rune is my favorite Mahou Shoujo anime. Though I generally like the genre, and watch it a lot, I found this anime not only more enjoyable but also deeper then many other anime.
At first I was just in love with the fact the two witches could see the hearts of humans, and I admit, I wish I could do the same. Although the story starts out simple, like they are just playing a game, the story gets deeper, and more serious around half the series. The story is about jealousy, friendship and love. And even though this is common for many mahou shoujo series, I find the way it is portrayed in this anime great mainly because it isn't as you would expect. There are things you would expect when watching it, of course, but they are always twisted just a little bit from what I had imagined, and therefore still surprising.
The art, well, I love it. It is beautifull and the animation is clean. I like the character designs, although I do not like all the clothes :P
The sound is good, and although most of the voice actors aren't that popular, they did a great job. The only problem for me was Waffle, who kept reminding me of Honey-sempai.
Characters: I loved them. I never really liked Vanilla though, but all the other characters are fun and easy to relate to. I especially love Pierre, who is cold but still caring and who really helped me enjoy this series. Waffle was annoying sometimes, but certainly near the end of the series, she matured and I realised she wasn't so bad after all.
Enjoyment: I greatly enjoyed this anime, I plan to buy the manga's and dvd box because I would love to see more of it. (I actually already bought a 'sugar sugar rune'goodie bag when I was in Italy, but to my dissapointment it only had barbie stuff in it T-T) This series is number 2 in top 10 anime and I recommend it to everyone!read more
Ahh...Sugar Sugar Rune is probably one of the best anime I have ever watched partly because it is such an enjoyable anime.
I love ALL the characters especially Chocolat and not to mention, the ever so sexy Pierre with his sexy chants (Don't you think he sounds so omfg hot whenever he casts his magic spells?) I thought that the animation and artwork was OUTSTANDING. Seriously, in this anime, I noticed they use less chibi art and express more emotions in the characters faces and that's what I love about it.
I LOVED how deep the story is and how Chocolat seems to think more than she acts - making me think that she's a really brave and mature girl who's not afraid to act what she thinks.
The friendship between Chocolat and Vanilla is SO real that it sometimes brings tears to my eyes when I see them fighting. Sometimes, I really do envy their relationship - that's how REAL their friendship is.
As for Pierre - he is my absolute favourite. I loved him. Why isn't there a guy like Pierre? Pierre's dark, deep and mysterious which explains why I love him.
I like watching how his feelings for Chocolat grow - slowly...and eventually so strong that he's willing to....*watch the anime to get it* ^_^
Even though these girls are just 10 year olds, they definitely do not act or think the way a 10 year old think. Makes me wonder why was I playing with Barbie when I was a 10 year old -_-
The characters' sound perfectly fitted the roles of the characters. I love it. The person who played Pierre had a very sexy and deep voice - exactly like how Pierre is.
As for Chocolat - very cute and angry sounding :P As for Vanilla, KAWAII ne!
Let's not forget the supporting characters, the familiars, Duke and Bianca - ONE WORD. FUNNY.
I love how Duke goes kero and Bianca goes chu chu - it's so so cute! Waffle is a great addition to the story as well as she makes the whole story less serious and funny.
Robin is wonderful as well. Cinnamon is very special looking and somewhat attracts me a lot.
Although the anime is WAY different than the manga, I can honestly say that I would prefer the anime because of it's striking colour and fantastic animation. Although I'd prefer people to read the manga to get the REAL story of the battle between the Ogres and the magical world. Very deep - in the manga, less deep in the anime.
Overall, the storyline is good - I mean hell!! What a creative and original storyline if you ask me. The characters - are beautiful and different. Sigh. I just adore Pierre. Do excuse me. :3
I'd recommend EVERYBODY to watch it because I seriously tear up in most of the episodes. You HAVE got to love Chocolat. Love the way she thinks and how strong she is. Makes me admire her a lot.
Part 1 Chunk: (Please forgive me for basically writing an essay. I need to find another hobby.)
What show could fit your mood if you're looking for something simple yet fun? This show. It is nothing more than a children's show, but it is far from being boring. Sure, it can get rather repetitive, but the repetitive parts I found hard to outright hate, actually. I do dislike a certain character who is purely there to create filler, but even she ends up better in the end. If anything, this show stole my heart AND if you think stealing hearts is a bad thing, this show will do it anyway with magic potions, love charms, hugs, smiles, and kisses.
Two Witches named Chocolat Meilleure and Vanilla Mieux are Queen Candidates who collect valuable different colored hearts can only receive them by wooing Human boys. ("Gotta catch 'em all! That is their master plan.")
Yes, Humans and Witches are two different species pretending to date, but Witches are not allowed to fall in love with Humans no matter what (i.e., their hearts are not allowed to turn Red). Does it get really hard not to wish they could reciprocate a Humans' feelings fully at times? Sure, but if anything that just makes Witches desire to understand and observe the ways in which love works like scientists more. However, they aim to gather experience in the Human world so that they can learn the best from both worlds and apply that to their futures in Magical World politics or in whatever else they choose to do. It's supposed to be a Win=Win situation, despite Witches not being able to fall in love with Humans, in general.
The show, however, throws its biggest hurdle at the Queen Candidates with the introduction of a group called the Ogres. Since Chocolat and Vanilla are fairly young and naive, they learn the hard way about how they already have enemies out to get them because of their royal status. If the Witches are dedicated to pure love, the Ogres are dedicated to all that is evil and/or taboo, such as forbidden love, etc.; in other words, they are natural born enemies.
One particular character, who attends school with the Queen Candidates, is very interesting because he is supposed to be an Ogre, yet he is very innocent in appearance (I will not say who, but it should become fairly obvious early on). He believes that if Witches and Ogres aren't supposed to love Humans, they are meant to be taken over. So, if the girls represent the essence of pink, BOY, does he embrace the essence of the color black. His presence is said to be full of "Noir."
So, while this show is very simple, the way everything is set up the characters are going to have to grow A LOT (especially Vanilla who is a shy, frail, polite, bundle of nerves; as opposed to Chocolat who is brave, stubborn, and outgoing but has poor manners).
In fact, the ending is a fantastic example of how having the will power to do what is right can transcend most if not all of the conflict, confusion, and uncertainty thrown their way. As predictable as the outcome may be, it is never boring to watch it when it feels like a theater play whose leads try to perform with their heads held high and their hearts gleaming (very pretty, shiny hearts).
Part 2 Chunk:
Sugar Sugar Rune has a very European flavor with lots of eccentricity added to it and some goth touches, so no setting could possibly fit it better like a glove! The Magical World, however, looks like Halloween Town and Candy Land put together!
It's important to mention the food, too, after mentioning Candy Land, right? Well, it's completely Western/European, very appetizing, and, also, consists of tons of desserts and candy!
A fun quirk is that many things are given a French name. Although, the French is really simple and is nothing like the lengthier phrases used in, say Maria-sama ga Miteru, for example. Some of the spells Chocolat uses, for instance, are "La Fleur Spirale," "La Étoile Brilliant," "Agrandizement," etc.
This show, also, loves bubble baths, fragrances, pearls, jewels, charms, stars, the Moon, or any kind of mysticism that Witches might love. Creativity is certainly not something this show lacks, nor foreign, exotic, or paradise scenery!
Aside from everything else, I could draw a good amount of similarities between Sugar Sugar Rune and Harry Potter, such as a flying car, flying broomsticks, Mandrake, dragons, big spiders, unicorns, an invisibility cloaking object, etc.
The art in the show is quite good. Although, I think it could've been done better, especially if you compare some of it to Moyoco Anno's gorgeous art in the manga. The animation varies from average to very neat and exciting, such as the Witches falling from the sky in the 1st episode, and the ending of the 4th episode is wow! Pretty is all I can say. The animation in the 37th episode, and plenty of other episodes is surprisingly top notch, also.
The music in the show is quite memorable, in fact, some of the songs are playing in my head right now. The best song is, of course, the opening! It is a song that pays homage to "Poupée de Cire, Poupée de Son" by France Gall and is probably one of the most fun songs I've heard as an anime OP as of yet (except for Azumanga Daioh's OP, maybe?). I think I've watched the opening 100 times already, but the two ending songs are really pleasant, too!
Who has the best seiyuu? Honestly, I cannot choose, since all of them did a fantastic job and sound very cute saying little phrases in French.
Robin - His seiyuu has an incredibly silky smooth voice, and he sings great! (Listen to Robin's seiyuu sing "SUPERSTAR" and "DON'T CRY.")
Chocolat - Her seiyuu gets some of the best lines. Even though everybody in this show seems to have a catchphrase, hers are the best.
Vanilla - Her seiyuu is fitting and sounds like she's going to cry all the time; although, it could get on some peoples' nerves a little bit.
Duke and Blanca - They're opposites, and they fight and argue a lot so that's done very well.
Saule and Houx - They sound like teenagers for sure, but they are very unusual for twins in quite a few ways.
Pierre - His seiyuu has a handsome voice; however, he sure likes to inflect some harshness and increase volume later on.
Rest of cast - no complaints there, except for Waffle, who is just annoying.
If you'd like an easy to get into show with an interesting characters and magical world set up, Sugar Sugar Rune is definitely worth checking out. I don't think it'll ever become more popular than Shugo Chara! But it definitely gives it a run for its money. It's one of the cooler magical girl shows that's for sure! read more