Jewelpet Sunshine is the third entry in the Jewelpet anime.This time, the story takes place in an universe where the human world and Jewel Land co-exist in harmony. Kanon Mizushirou and the magical rabbit Ruby are 12th graders, roommates and classmates in the Sunshine Academy. They are part of the Plum class, a class infamous in the academy for their bad behavior and poor performance. With the arrival of their new teacher, an ultra-determined pink dolphin, Kanon, Ruby and their colorful classmates struggle to get though high school life and decide what they want to do with their lives.Sub-plots include the love triangle between Kanon, Ruby and Mikage Shiraishi, the academy's heartthrob, and the occasional Dark Magic invasion which the heroes need to thwart.This season marks a turning point for the Jewelpet anime; the Magical Girl angle is almost entirely dropped in favor of the genre of zany comedy which the anime has become known for.
Aborted Arc: Episode 29-A ended with the narrator promising that they would tell more about the history of Shouko's gang in future episodes. They never did.
An Aesop: Episode 7 can be read as a cry against positive discrimination. Particularly considering Ruby's line at the end: "Where do you see peace and harmony in any of this?!"
Against the Setting Sun: Parodied, like a lot of things. In episode 1-A, after a long day of hardcore teaching, Iruka commands his students to look at the setting sun and show their spirit. Which they do by screaming "IDIOT!" and Iruka cries Manly Tears.
Anachronic Order: Episode 37 (New Year's) takes place after episode 38 (Christmas).
And Now For Something Completely Different: Sunshine comes across as shockingly different from anything that came before it, as it's a comedy-driven series instead of plot-driven, and it came after the darkest, most dramatic entry in the franchise at that point.
Brother-Sister Incest: A close call, as the characters in question officially date but never go beyond hugging. In episode 45, it's revealed that Kanon and Mikage are twin siblings who were seperated at a young age because Kanon was thought by her grandmother to be a bad omen. Kanon and Mikage were kept in the dark about it and couldn't remember each other. They break up as lovers and rebuild as siblings starting in episode 46.
Casual Interplanetary Travel: The human world and Jewel Land are aware of each other from the beginning, which allows for such things as human exchange students in Jewel Land and vice-versa, whereas in the other seasons, humans need to befriend Jewelpets to even have a chance to travel to Jewel Land.
Cat Fight: No pun intended. In episode 25, Garnet and Diana fight each other over Dian's love. Diana throws herself at Garnet and the two roll around on the ground while it's raining.
Kanon and Ruby engage in these sometimes, but not nearly as dramatically.
Chekhov's Gag: In episode 27, the prize for winning the sports festival was supposed to be a trip to Hawaii. When the headmaster reveals that they have spent all their budget on the sports festival and can't organize the trip, he rewards the Plum class with a measly pack of bubblegum. Hinata is especially affected by this incident. Cue her fight against the headmaster in the final arc.
Hinata: THIS IS REVENGE FOR HAWAII!
Chekhov's Gun: The fish paste flute. Originally just a Running Gag, it's used to defeat Dark Jewelina, whose weakness is acute sounds.
Class Trip: Episode 9, featuring the humans going back to the human world to visit their families, with the Jewelpets deciding to infiltrate. There's another one in episode 33-B, in which the students visit a farm.
Confessional: Episode 38-B is a parody of this, wherein every character in the show confesses their sins to Jewelina who's posing as a statue, and Master is at her side playing the part of the priest. Jewelina forgives by throwing confetti and punishes by dropping a torrent of water on the sinner. And at the end, she confesses to herself.
Conveniently Seated: Ruby sits right at the front and middle, so she's facing Iruka most of the time, and so we can get a clear view of the rest of the class. Most of the important Jewelpets sit at her sides and right behind her. Kanon sits in front of Mikage and both are by the window. The delinquents sit in the back rows. Yaginuma oddly gets the back-row seat by the window. Kurara and Rald also sit way at the back of class, which symbolizes their marginalization. Nishigori gets one of the rightmost seats, symbolizing his no-nonsense attitude.
Covers Always Lie: This promotional poster. It suggests that Kanon, Hinata and Shouko form some sort of group; actually, Kanon and Hinata are casual friends at best, and Shouko hardly talks to either of them. It also seems to suggest that Sango and Charotte are major characters, though they're actually secondary. Additionally, Charotte is depicted on Hinata's side, when in the show she's Shouko's lackey.
Dancing Theme: Opening 2 (the entire cast) and ending (Kanon and Ruby) of Sunshine.
Darker and Edgier: Sunshine is overall the second darkest in the series. Despite being a comedy that starts out seemingly plotless, later episodes involve incest as a plot point. Zoophilia is also an important issue, though never called by name. And then the final episodes have God becoming corrupted and nearly killing everyone.
Dean Bitterman: The little-seen vice-principal, who expresses glee at the thought of flunking the entire Plum class with the justification that they haven't turned in their yearbook yet.
Denser and Wackier: Much more than Twinkle, and the next couple of seasons followed its lead.
Detonation Moon: One of the two moons is partially destroyed after Jewelina turns evil.
Distant Finale: The final episode skips to five years later, where Kanon is a tough-as-nails teacher and carries Iruka around, Iruka marries Jill, Garnet hits it big as an actress along with Masago as a director, Sapphie and Nejikawa are renowned astronauts, Shouko and Angela win the Moto GP, Hinata is a firefighter, Peridot is a famous ice-skater, Labra works for Jewelina and last but not least, Ruby finds Mikage, who is now Granite, again and they become lovers.
Distant Prologue: Starts with Jewelina in her castle giving birth to the Jewelpets.
Double Date: In episode 28, Ruby takes advantage of Tour in order to accompany Kanon and Mikage and spy on what they do.
Dramatic Shattering: While shooting Masago's movie, there's a scene where Garnet has to drop a plate because she's daydreaming of her Love Interest. Masago repeats the scene over and over because the plate must break just so according to his vision. Since the plates are actually part of Master's prized collection, the man is horrified.
Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Exhibited by Ruby when she hears Kanon asking Mikage out in episode 23; the entirety of the Plum class also had this reaction in episode 27, when they got a lousy prize for winning the sports festival.
Earn Your Happy Ending: Jewelina is turned back to normal and Dark Magic is vanquished after a long and grueling fight; five years later, everybody in the class achieves their goals in life and Ruby and Mikage (now Granite) are allowed to be together forever.
Fantastic Drug: Episode 28-B presents us with the Magical Herb of Happiness, which Komachi accidentally adds to the cupcakes she was making, causing everyone who eats them to seem like they're high on LSD.
Fattening The Victim: Kameo's family does this to the main Jewelpets in order to sell them as food. Fukaet's family attempts this with Kanon, Kaede and Komachi but they catch on immediately and refuse to eat.
Generation Xerox: The class that Kanon becomes in charge of in the epilogue consists of dead ringers of her own class.
Graduate from the Story: Sunshine builds up to this throughout, since the story is focused on a group of students in their last year of high school. The last episode features the students of the Plum Section receiving their diplomas and their teacher being happy with their achievements.
Hufflepuff House: The Chrysanthemum and the Wisteria classes. Wisteria's sole claim to fame is winning the previous sports festival. Neither class seems to even have Jewelpets.
Informed Flaw: The Plum class, known as the "class of lost causes", has a lot of students which don't really seem like, well, lost causes (super-intelligent Sapphie gets the best grades in the whole school, and Mikage and Hinata are fairly normal people, for example).
Lemony Narrator: She hams it up, she's condescending, she mocks the characters and once even talks to them. She's almost a character herself.
Locked in a Room: Kanon and Mikage get locked in the gym storage, causing the romantic tension between them to rise until Kanon feels brave enough to ask him out on a date.
Love Letter Lunacy: Episode 1-B is about Kanon writing a love letter to Mikage, which somehow lands in Ruby's possession, then in Iruka's, who attempts to read it out loud in front of the whole Plum class. Ruby saves Kanon's day with her magic.
The Magic Goes Away: It's implied that magic is declining, but you need to pay real close attention to the signs. The sole magic academy shown is abandoned and falling apart and modern schools have curriculae exactly like those in real life. Jewelpets can still use magic but it hardly works, and if they want to become students of magic they have to be elected by God. And God only elects one at a time; the real kicker is that there are barely any Jewelpets (or other beings) who want to properly learn magic anymore.
The Magnificent Seven Samurai: The final battle in is seven chosen heroes (Ruby, Kanon, Iruka, Peridot, Labra, Angela, Jasper) against Dark Jewelina. Staying true to the roots of this trope, most of them go down before Dark Jewelina is defeated, leaving only Ruby and Kanon.
Multiple Demographic Appeal: Sunshine is very clearly intended for this, with its high school setting, substantially older characters and less emphasis placed on the fantastical aspects of the franchise.
Mundane Fantastic: The human world and Jewel Land are very much aware of each other, and interdimensional travel is kosher, so humans and Jewelpets are used to being around each other and no one bats an eye when someone casts a spell (and said spells are almost always used for mundane tasks).
Negative Continuity: Some episodes are of dubious canonicity because they are shown in the middle of two-parters. The most famous one is probably the episode where all characters are replaced by cheap copies through dark magic; nothing is done to solve this, but come next episode, everyone is back to normal and no one speaks of it again.
Never Trust a Trailer: The preview for the last episode. None of the scenes in there appeared in the anime itself.
Playing a Tree: Episode 44, in Masago's movie. There are such awesome roles as... Ruby playing a wishing bamboo... Kanon playing a tree... and Peridot playing a shopping bag... Seriously, Masago made the shopping bag a character. And to think this movie had a freaking premiere.
Plot Hole: Love between Jewelpets and humans is taboo and this is an important point for the development of Ruby and Mikage's relationship. Yet, it seems to be a non-issue for Masago and Garnet. Come on, writers.
Poor Communication Kills: In the Summer arc, Kanon, Kaede and Komachi, jealous of the Jewelpets' success as idols, beg Fukaet's family to "try them out". They think they're offering themselves as food and gladly humour them.
Robinsonade: The first episode of the Summer arc has an upset Labra transporting the Plum class into an island in the middle of nowhere.
Roger Rabbit Effect: Yaginuma turns into a live-action goat in episode 24, with some scenes being set in the real world while Jewelpets are walking around.
Sadistic Choice: The Dark Queen captures Kanon and Ruby and pulls this on Mikage. He doesn't get to Take a Third Option as she decides to drop both Ruby and Kanon to their deaths, making Mikage jump after them.
Shipper on Deck: Ruby's classmates ship her with Tour. Before Tour appeared, they also half-jokingly shipped her with Kanon.
Ship Sinking: During its airing, most viewers were rooting for the Mikage/Kanon pairing. However the ship got sunk when they're revealed to be twins in episode 45 and chose to break off the relationship and restart as siblings in episode 46.
Ship Tease: M-Kage and Nyangelina. She was already flirting with him without him having to brainwash her.
The Show Must Go On: Episode 34, about a school play. Garnet has to be replaced by Ruby mid-play because she feels sick, actors are constantly interrupting scenes with their personal problems instead of staying in character, there's a major malfunction in the wardrobe department and the story skips over 10 pages, which leaves a gaping plot-hole. And things were actually going OKAY. Until the end of the play, when the whole scenario and giant prop Garnet cave in and almost cause a disaster.
Snow Means Death: Sunshine does not make a good portrayal of snow or generally anything cold. It's snowing during the Dark Magic's siege of Jewelina and almost everybody gets frozen. Special mention for Ruby's death in episode 51, as she's lying on the snow for good measure.
Someday This Will Come in Handy: Jewelina gives two rings to Ruby to compensate for eating her Valentine's chocolate, saying that something will happen if she gives one to her beloved. In episode 52, Mikage touches his ring with Ruby's, reviving her through The Power of Love.
Two Shorts: Most episodes. Generally speaking, more dramatic episodes are full-length. The two shorts format is last used in episode 41, as the story starts becoming more character-focused at that point.
Two-Teacher School: The only teachers shown are Iruka and Jill. You may notice that no one else is shown even when we get a peek into the faculty room.
Undesirable Prize: The Plum class' reward for winning the sports festival is a pack of bubblegum, which the teachers apparently think suffices.
Wham Episode: Episode 51. All of Kanon's friends have fallen and Ruby is in near death after shielding Dark Jewelina's attacks. She died later on after her oath of love to Mikage. Both Mikage and Kanon are the only ones left.
What Happened to the Mouse?: During the Summer arc of Sunshine, the last time we see Mikage, Masago and Jasper is when they're still stranded in the island, in episode 17. When the arc ends, what happened to them is never explained. That said, it doesn't really matter.