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Manga: Sugar Sugar Rune

Sugar Sugar Rune is a Magical Girl series. Originally a manga by Moyoco Anno, it was adapted into a 51 episode anime in 2005.

Chocolat and Vanilla are two young witches from the Magical World, the best of friends despite being polar opposites. They're both chosen as candidates to become the Magical World's future queen. But in order to prove themselves, they must venture into the Human World and collect "hearts" - extracted human emotions representing how a person feels towards you. Whoever captures the most shall become queen.

They're aided by their mentor, the witch pop-idol Rockin' Robbie; their familiars, Chocolat's lazy frog Duke and Vanilla's stuck-up mouse Blanca; and later, their friends from the Magical World, Houx and Saule, who transfer to their school in order to protect them.

But competing for hearts isn't all they have to deal with. Something evil is drawing near the Queen Candidates. Could it be the mysterious middle school boy Pierre, who's taken an interest in Chocolat?


Sugar Sugar Rune provides examples of:

  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: The middle school's student council is powerful enough to meddle in the elementary school's student council election, at least.
  • Actually, I Am Him: Not surprisingly, the Watcher of the Mountain turns out to be the unicorn Chocolat and Vanilla are seeking in the last arc of the anime.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Chocolat's unending fascination with Pierre.
  • Amazon Chaser: In the magical world, Chocolat's popular with the boys because she's tough and tomboyish. Then she gets to the human world and discovers to her frustration that No Guy Wants an Amazon there.
  • Anime Hair: Chocolat sports some impressively weird hairstyles over the course of the series.
  • Artistic Age: Chocolat and Vanilla look passable as ten-year-olds, but most junior high characters look like they're in the twenties.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Chocolat's mother, Cinnamon, who finds herself trapped in the form of a cat.
    • Duke and Blanca reveal that most familiars are actually witches who did something illegal, usually falling in love with a human, and serving as a familiar is their punishment. This is the case with Blanca. Duke, however, turned himself into one by mistake when he was evading capture for helping Cinnamon escape. He thought he just turned himself into a normal frog, which would have been temporary or easily reversible. He didn't.
  • Bandage Babe: The guard at the castle wears nothing but bandages on her top half.
  • Beach Episode: Three, actually. Episode 8, where Pierre invites Chocolat and Vanilla to his beach-side villa; Episode 36, where Chocolat's grandfather invites them to another beach resort for a vacation; and Episode 42, where Noir!Vanilla magically creates a beach.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Waffle, an anime-only character with a stalkerish crush on Woo.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: This series title is from the incantation used to capture hearts, "Sugar, Sugar, Rune!" Different characters can add different things to it. For example, Chocolat says, "Sugar, Sugar, Rune! Choco Rune!"
  • The Casanova: Robin. It makes sense, considering he's a rockstar in the Human World.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: By the time you get to the late 30s and early 40s episodes, you may find yourself forgetting about the cute and playful "witches chant spells to collect hearts" mood of early episodes. On the other hand, the manga starts getting dark at the start of Volume 3.
  • Chick Magnet: Robin 24/7. Also Captain Glacier, during his visit to the Human World - he collected enough hearts to make Robin jealous.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The colors of the various hearts that witches can collect all roughly match the emotion they represent.
    • Yellow - Surprise
    • Orange - Crush/Infatuation
    • Green - Friendship
    • Pink - Sweet Love
    • Purple - Lust/Forbidden Love
    • Red - Passionate Love
    • Black - Hatred/Jealousy. Noir hearts (as they're called) are is harmful to collect unless you're an Ogre.
    • White - a purified noir heart known as the Heart of Innocence.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Akira is convinced that Chocolat and Vanilla are aliens, and no amount of irritated denials on Chocolat's part can dissuade him from this belief.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Played straight as an arrow in the penultimate episode of the anime.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Chocolat, Vanilla, and most other witches have these.
  • Cute Witch: The series features this type of Magical Girl.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Noir power is strong stuff, but it corrupts the user's heart, makes them miserable, and turns them to The Dark Side.
  • Dark Is Evil: Noir hearts are the only kind of heart that has a negative effect. They cause harm to witches and wizards, and they're the primary power source for the ogres.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Vanilla, after agreeing to become the Ogre Queen.
  • Dating Catwoman: Chocolat and Pierre.
  • Dirty Old Man: Chocolat's grandfather, although the age demographic of the series puts a limit on his shenanigans.
  • Disappeared Dad: Neither Chocolat nor Vanilla's fathers are even mentioned in the anime, although the identity of Chocolat's father is revealed in the manga.
  • Disguised in Drag: In Volume 5, Chocolat and Pierre swap outfits, although rather than being for a disguise, it's because Chocolat's dress has magical properties that Pierre needs to use.
  • Dragged into Drag: Actually Pierre was the one who suggested it, but once he gets the dress on, Chocolat gets very enthusiastic about magicking him an appropriately girly hairdo.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Chocolat and Vanilla, and their mothers, Cinnamon and Candy. Chocolat's friends in the magical world also have edible names like Ananas (Pineapple) and Citron (Lemon). The anime continued this with Waffle.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Vanilla wears a slinky dark purple dress when she becomes the Ogre Queen. She also starts favoring a black feather boa.
  • Familiar: Vanilla has Blanca, a mouse, and Chocolat has Duke, a frog. They're supposed to advise the girls on how to capture hearts, but Duke's usually either unmotivated or incompetent.
  • Fetch Quest: Amber sends Chocolat on these.
  • Fiery Redhead: Chocolat, who's "scary" and threatens to kick people's butts on a daily basis.
  • Filler: The anime has a lot of this, probably because the manga wasn't very far along when it began. To give you an idea, the events in Episode 39 (of 51) of the anime take place in Volume 3 (of 8) of the manga. Entire characters such as Waffle and Nana were introduced just to take up time. The fact that any Waffle-centric episode is guaranteed to be filler is one reason why fans don't like her too much.
  • Gecko Ending: Bizarrely executed. The first 5 minutes of Episode 49 bear some relation to the manga, but the rest of that episode and the last two comprise anime-original material, with the biggest change being that in the manga, Vanilla becomes queen, but in the anime, Chocolat does.
  • Generation Xerox: Both Chocolat and her mother both fell in love with cold, stoic, broody ogre guys. Chocolat's dad and Pierre even look similar.
  • Gratuitous French: Most magic spells, magical objects, and people from the magical world have French names.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Chocolat. It's even mentioned in the opening.
    My emerald eyes are aimed at you!
  • Harmless Freezing: Then again, it's magical freezing, so the laws of physics need not apply.
  • The High Queen: Queen Candy.
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Part of why Chocolat is obsessed with capturing Pierre's heart is because he's so hard to get.
  • Invisible to Normals: Humans can't see witches using their magic.
  • Japanese Pronouns: Saule has issues with these when while magically disguised as an attractive woman.
  • Just Friends: Chocolat and her male school friend, Mimura.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Chocolat does this quite a lot. Most notably, when she and Pierre become trapped in a cave with a giant spider that can take things out of existence, she decides ignoring Pierre's plan and winging it is a good idea.
  • Lethal Chef: Waffle. Chocolat too, although we never see any evidence of it.
  • Level Ate: The Magical World is of the Type B variety. It's not completely made of food, though some objects like clouds are. The people, like Chocolat, Vanilla, and Queen Candy, are named after food and some places also have food names.
  • Lovely Angels: Vanilla and Chocolat.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Chocolat's father is GlacÚ, leader of the ogres.
  • Luminescent Blush: Pierre of all people gets one when Chocolat says he looks cute in a skirt.
  • Magic Wand: Chocolat and Vanilla both use these to cast magic. In the manga they have to buy their wands and spells with the hearts they've earned, but in the anime they're given them before leaving for the Human World.
  • Magical Girl: Of the Cute Witch variety.
  • Magical Girl Queenliness Test: Why Chocolat and Vanilla are sent to the Human World to capture hearts.
  • Missing Mom: Chocolat's mother, Cinnamon, died when Chocolat was little. That's what everyone thinks anyway. In actuality she's been turned into a cat.
  • Most Writers Are Adults: Ten-year-olds dating and having boyfriends/girlfriends is treated as the norm, to the point that it's all they seem to think about. Granted, some kids discover the opposite gender at that age, but still.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Waffle's Nana's magic has random success rates most of the time, but not when it comes to protecting Waffle.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: The earlier chapters of the manga were rather insistent with this, to the point of being Anvilicious.
    • Conversely in the magical world, it seems that all guys want an Amazon.
  • "On the Next Episode of..." Catch Phrase: "If you don't watch, I'll whup your butt!" ~or some variation of it. Particularly when Chocolat's grandfather visits: "If I'm not careful, I might get my butt whupped!" or "This time, it's your butt on the whupping block, Gramps!"
  • Plot Coupon: The hearts that Chocolat and Vanilla collect from humans. However, the act of collecting them has some bearing on the plot and character interactions. Taking someone's heart means they lose the emotions associated with the heart's color. At one point, Chocolat even decides not to take a heart because of this effect.
  • Portmanteau Series Nickname: S2R or Sugar2 Rune
    • In the anime, "S2R" is engraved on Chocolat's pendant, the fortune telling book, and even the sign on the factory where hearts are converted into energy.
  • Precocious Crush: Akira's four-year-old cousin gets a crush on Chocolat and ends up providing her with a rare red heart.
  • Public Domain Artifact: the Mandragora plants.
  • Really 6000 Years Old: Robin. Also Amber, who's the oldest witch around but looks to be about Chocolat's age.
  • Red-Headed Hero: Chocolat. (Though she's more a brunette in the manga.)
  • School Newspaper News Hound: Akira.
  • Sexy Mentor: "Rockin" Robin, a rockstar witch with a huge female fanbase.
  • Shout-Out: To various video games and other media, although these lines could also be attributed to fansubber shenanigans:
  • Spell My Name with an S: The officially translated manga and the fansubs that adhered to its naming conventions spell two characters' names as "Woo" and "Soul." However, other official sources state that they should be "Houx" and "Saule," which are French plant names.
    • In later episodes, "Amber" (Del Rey) vs. "Ombre" (fansubs)
  • Surprise Incest: Fortunately subverted. When Chocolat finds out who her father is, she worries that she and Pierre might be siblings, but later it turns out that he's not related to GlacÚ by blood.
  • The Power of Friendship
  • The Power of Love
  • Those Two Guys: Woo and Soul.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: A defining trait of the Chocolat/Vanilla character dynamic.
    • Although Chocolat's tomboyishness is in question. She's tough and likes sports, but when she's not in school uniform she's usually wearing pink and is just as likely to get excited about cute clothes as Vanilla is.
  • Transformation Sequence: Averted in the manga, where the girls can always do magic, but played painfully straight in the anime. Any sort of magic whatsoever, including capturing hearts, requires transforming into their witch form. It gets distracting fast. Confusingly enough, Vanilla and Chocolat are the only ones this rule seems to apply to. No other witch has to transform before performing magic.
  • Transformation Trinket: The role of the Queen Candidates pendants in the anime.
  • Verbal Tic: Blanca's "chu" (mouse squeak) and Duke's "kero" (frog ribbit).
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Subverted, in that the hearts extracted from humans not only serve as points in the Queen selection test, but also as a currency and an energy source in the Magical World.
  • Witch Species: Witches look like ordinary humans, but are almost a seperate species entirely. They have pointed ears (which no one ever seems to notice), tiny fangs, and their magic is a genetic trait.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Robin's hair is purple (and probably natural).
  • Younger than They Look/Wise Beyond Their Years: These girls are ten years old?
    • Pierre, too. Being an Ogre Prince could account for his maturity, but he still doesn't look close to being fourteen. It can make his relationship with Chocolat look squicky to some.
    • To make things more bizarre, sometimes the characters still act like kids. Any time an elementary-aged character talks about playing, you might find yourself thinking "aren't you a little old for that?" before remembering they're actually not.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: The stockings in Chocolat's witch outfit qualify her for this.

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