I liked this series from the get-go. The first chapter/oneshot was so enjoyable that I found myself immediately interested in reading the rest. Sugars is a series of connected one-shots all set in the same school-like setting, which is not annoying in this case, with recurring characters. All of the love is pure with nothing obscene or demeaning. The humor is great too. I cracked up at the 'recipe for life' in the third one shot. I enjoy that this manga touched on "true love fading" and new love arising. With shoujo you're often coined into thinking all relationships are eternal (unless it's a
love triangle). I am excited to see the rest of the development on that.
The artwork is beautiful, and I usually dislike the pouting boy look featured in shoujo, but here it made the characters look cute. SN: I loved the fashion too! Every character is so stylish. It makes me want to shop for some clothes.
Yes! There were no whiny losers here. The few tears that were present weren't bordering on excessive shoujo tears and some were realistic. The resident tsundere Mami wasn't an irrational witch either. She also helped the first couple get together. Mami was nothing short of a "non-sweet tooth genius."
Thankfully, the boy character archetypes extended beyond bad boy, tsundere boy, smart dude, and I-hurt-you-because-i-love-you-and-i'm-hot-so-you-don't-care. Now, there was a genki boy/overly cheerful, but he had a flash of maturity, which broke him away from that all-consuming mold. And ... The one bad boy turned out to be more than what met the eye, so he was pretty fleshed out for a one-shot character.
For the girl characters, Akira, Emma, Mami, and Sakura stood out from the norm of shoujo leads.
I like all of the characters so far!
The perfect mixture of sweet and humorous is a recipe for love! Again, I like how there's young love, love that faded, and heartbreaks/one-sided love. The smallest of gestures and interactions can turn into love here. These stories will get your romanticism going until you're thinking, "Hmm... The person that served my bagel? I wonder if they are my future lover? The individual who gave me directions ... will they be my 2nd husband/wife, assuming the first doesn't work out?"
Please give these one-shots a shot! You can read them in a single sitting or as a stand-alone. Sugars is a fun read to pass time and savor. They are all heartwarming and may give you feels. Plus you can keep your hair intact from not having to rip it out from chronic SCS (Shoujo Crying Syndrome) girls'/guys stupidity.
This is a compilation of one-shots by Yamamori Mika, author of popular manga Hirunaka no Ryuusei.
The art style is not completely the same, but similar. Yamamori-sensei draws faces in a recognizable way that her fans love. What I really like is that every character is looking different - sometimes mangakas can't change anything than a hair colour. Here we have really unique-looking characters, but not only that - they are really different as a whole! Different age, hobbies, personality, gender, every one of them though is battling with love.
Stories are cute and warm, in a good harmony between funny and serious, leaving you with
a fuzzy feeling. Some characters are 14 years old or below, having their first encounters with love. Some are 20, trying to figure out complicated feelings. You will laugh and smile nostalgically, or melt from cuteness. There are also stories that are more sad, bringing up break-ups and unrequited love, but eventually everything has a happy ending (or gives a feeling of having one in the future).
What is also really interesting, that the stories are linked. If we meet a friend of the protagonist, in the next one-shot we will be introduced to that friend's story from their POV. Characters that we already know often appear in a background of someone else's story, giving a reader subtle uptades on their lives. It's easier and only natural to empathize with characters thanks to that.
The only thing that bugged me, was that sometimes everything was happening too fast. It's hard to show a progress of a feeling in one chapter, I know, but some stories were obviously cliche and predictable, without really a reason behind sudden love. It's nothing big, though. It's shoujo, after all. They were still nice to read! Moreover, not every story is cliche, some are unexpectedly original, so don't worry if you don't like old chestnuts...
I will give it an 8 in overall, but I may change it to 9 after reading other chapters (for now, only 16 are translated). I don't think I would give it less, even if every new story was super cliche!
When this manga first came out I was super into it. I thought the storytelling was really unique since it is an anthology series but stays connected through characters. All the characters that have a story has appeared in another chapter showing the connections to the other stories which really illustrates that all of the stories in Sugars occur in the same world in the same setting. The art is very nice too. I always look forward to reading Sugars and I never get tired of reading the same chapters over and over again since they're so cute. I really
enjoy this series because it fleshes out a lot of the characters, showing the readers each characters' lives and struggles which is something I ALWAYS want anime/manga with hella side characters to do. I really recommend this manga if you're into cutesy school life romance or like reading slice of life.