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Anime: A Little Snow Fairy Sugar
In a little town called Mühlenburg lives a girl named Saga, a talented pianist who lives by a rigid schedule and hates the unexpected. One day, she comes across an adorable little fairy, who is hungry enough to devour a waffle. This fairy, a bringer of snow (In Training) named Sugar, soon upsets Saga's delicately ordered life with her other weather-bringing classmates and their antics.

This show is adorable; so much so that it can be hard to prevent cavities from spontaneously spawning in your teeth due to the sweetness.

There was also a three-volume manga illustrated by BH Snow+Clinic and published by Kadokawa Shoten. Volume 1 was released not long after the anime premiered. The plot starts off identical to the anime but later takes a dramatic turn away from it. The manga also renamed the town Guttenburg.

Tropes used:

  • Bathtub Bonding: Saga and Sugar often share a bath while discussing the day's events.
  • Bifauxnen: Cheryl when she is performing in the Bear Pianist play, much to the surprise of Norma, who gave her a bunch of flowers thinking she was a guy.
  • Big Eater: some of the fairies, especially Sugar herself, are capable of eating several waffles per "meal", each individual waffle being larger than the average fairy.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Sugar passes her test, but vanishes as a result. Worse: Saga can't see any fairies anymore after that either (although she can apparently still see their starry flight trails). It's also hinted that Sugar still hangs around Saga, despite being unable to communicate with her directly.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: A minor moment in episode 14 with Pepper's friend Robby, referred to as "Robby the robin" in both the dub and official English subtitle track - in spite of the fact that Robby is very clearly a sparrow.
  • Butt Monkey: Greta. Barely an episode goes by without something humiliating happening to her, to the point where it verges on a more benign version of Break the Haughty.
  • By the Eyes of the Blind: Saga is one very rare human who is able to see and hear season fairies.
  • Catch Phrase: "WAFFO!"
  • Cats Are Mean: A cat chased Sugar and Salt for interrupting his nap; Pepper's reasoning didn't work.
  • Cheerful Child: Kanon.
  • Cool Big Sis: Saga to the Season Fairies. Ginger too.
  • Cool Old Guy: The Fairy Elder can be this if he tries.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Saga, until the fairies show up.
  • Creature of Habit: Saga.
  • Distant Finale: In the OVA.
  • Expy: Sugar and Saga are respectively reminiscent of two earlier lead characters from Koge-Donbo: Misha and Kotarou. The formers share similar personalities, relationships to the protagonist, pink hair, and have wings whereas the latters are comically serious, constantly busy, and sarcasm incarnate elementary school students with a Missing Mom and both can see supernatural things nobody else can.
  • Fairy Companion: The fairies.
  • Flashback: Saga's early childhood, when her mother was still alive, is often seen.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Sugar and the other faeries sometimes forget they can fly when it's convenient to the plot.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Salt is Choleric, Saga is Melancholic, Pepper is Phlegmatic, and Sugar is Sanguine
  • Friend to All Living Things: Pepper has a strong connection with animals and can speak their "languages."
  • Furo Scene: Quite a few, often combined with bathtub bonding between Saga and Sugar. Don't expect any fan service, though.
  • Glasses Girl: Saga's teacher and Pepper.
  • Generation Xerox: Saga's mother, Ingrid Bergman, was a talented pianist as well.
  • Genki Girl: Sugar and Kanon.
  • Heroic BSOD: Saga, after one of her friends received as a birthday present her mother's piano, which she didn't actually own, from the music shop she just played it at, and offered to let her play it any time.
  • History Repeats: Saga eventually teaches a child she has to babysit how to play a song on the miniature piano she owns, the same way her mother taught her (and also the same song she learnt).
  • Hopeless Suitor: The Fairy Elder is obsessed with Ginger, even though she already has feelings for Tumeric.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: The pouches that the season fairies keep their instruments in are entirely too small to fit them.
  • Idiot Hair: Saga, Sugar, Norma and Kanon all have this.
  • Invisible Backup Band: Literally, in one episode.
  • Invisible to Normals: The Season Fairies.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Greta.
  • Kawaisa
  • Large Ham: Greta, which she apparently got from her father.
  • Leitmotif: Each of the Season Fairies has one built around the melodies played on their respective instruments; there's also Greta's dramatic violin theme and, most importantly, the piano piece written by Saga's mom (called Memory of Mother on the soundtrack).
  • Lonely Piano Piece: The Theme of Kirameki.
  • Mad Scientist: One of Saga's friends wants to be an inventor. He can get carried away when discussing or showing off his creations.
  • Magic Music: The Season Fairies, except the Elder.
  • Missing Mom
  • Moe Stare: This show provides the trope's picture.
  • Noble Womans Laugh: Greta.
  • No Communities Were Harmed: The story takes place in the fictional city Mühlenburg (as can be deducted from the Mühlenburg Festival in episode 18 and episode 23's title "Tiny Miracle at Mühlenburg") In the manga, the city is called Guttenburg. Either way, its based on Rothenburg ob der Tauber, with is a small bavarian city famous for its well-preserved medieval old town.
  • OVA: A Little Snow Fairy Sugar Summer Special.
  • Parental Abandonment: (No mention is ever made of Saga's father, and her mother is dead)
  • Painting the Frost on Windows: The fairies use their instruments to create the weather.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: A Japanese remake of "Sugar Baby Love" by The Rubettes
  • Rich Bitch: Greta tries to act this way, waving her wealth and high-brow lifestyle around to brag to people, but she is most often ignored
    • And the one time her actions actually affect Saga—it's not at all the way Greta wanted it to.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Anne and Norma clearly give off the vibe.
    • The relationship between Saga and Sugar gradually moves into that territory as well.
  • Scenery Porn: See Shown Their Work below.
  • Schedule Fanatic: Saga. She planned out her entire day to the minute until the fairies arrived.
  • School Play: In the OVA.
  • Series Goal: Finding the Twinkles.
  • Shown Their Work: The team who did the anime version of Sugar did some pretty in-depth research on various German towns before they designed Saga's hometown. DVD extras show how many things in Saga's hometown line up nicely with various actual landmarks and buildings in Real Life.
  • Solemn Ending Theme
  • Spoiled Sweet: Greta. Although her early characterization is somewhat flat as she flaunts her wealth and tries to establish herself as Saga's rival, in the end she gives Saga an open invitation to play her birthday gift—the piano that Saga's grandmother had to sell after Saga's mother died. The last scene in the OVA indicates that she and Saga are best friends.
  • Squirrels in My Pants: Well, fairies in Greta's shirt and her hair.
  • Stationary Wings: Sugar and her fairy pals' wings seem to be little more than decorations. They fly simply because they want to.
  • Tear Jerker: The Bear Pianist is this in-universe.
    • When Sugar believes everyone is leaving her and becomes feverish while crying for her friends.
  • Theme Naming: The fairies are named after spices.
  • Those Two Guys: Norma and Anne for the girls, Jan and Alan for the boys, and Basil and Cinnamon for the fairies.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Sugar really digs waffles.
  • Turtle Power: Ms. Hanna's turtle, Lancelot. Pepper helps teach him to fly.
  • Unknown Rival: Greta, for Saga.
  • Unsettling Gender-Reveal: Norma finds out the "guy" actor she crushes on is a woman. She still thinks she's cool, though.
  • You Can See Me?: Sugar to Saga in episode one.

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