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Amako and Pudding

Amako is a young girl who has a great love of sweets. Due to her father's job, she had to move many times during her childhood, which prevented her from making close friends. Now she's 15 and starting high school, and it looks like she'll finally be able to have a normal school life! She intends to join the tea ceremony club, but it's going to be abolished this year, due to the lack of members.

All seems lost, when a strange young girl named Pudding appears out of a pudding cup! She says she's run away from her home, in the Kingdom of Sweets, and she agrees to be in Amako's club in exchange for a place to stay. Soon, Pudding's sisters, Cream and Chocolate, arrive to bring her home, but they find that Pudding's way home is lost! Will Pudding be stuck in Amako's world permanently? This 4-koma features Pudding, Amako, and other visitors from the Kingdom of Sweets, as they enjoy school life and tasty snacks together.

Sweet Magic Syndrome is a 4-koma manga by CUTEG that was published in Manga Time Kirara Miracle! from 2011 to 2014, with 41 chapters compiled into three volumes.

Sweet Magic Syndrome contains examples of:

  • Ambiguously Gay: Pretty much anyone who isn't Caramel.
  • And the Adventure Continues: The end of volume three reveals that Chocolate will be going to Amako's school in the new semester, joining Pudding and Caramel who still plan on going despite Puddings ability to go home again.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: While Pudding would disagree, Chocolate tends to avert this by being the most responsible in her family.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: Amako thinks people from the Kingdom of Sweets might actually be made of the sweet they are named after, licking Pudding when she is asleep proves that they at least don't taste like their name sake.
  • Beautiful All Along: With her hair down and glasses off, Waffle is beautiful enough to make Caramel cry.
  • Berserk Button: Bringing up her age or calling her old seems to be this for Cream.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Cream is always super nice, until you make her mad, then she is probably the scariest thing alive.
  • Bifauxnen: Caramel, when cross dressing as a guy. Marshmallow states Caramel looks like her Ideal male, at a time when Caramel is dressed as a girl.
  • Big Eater: Amako and Pudding can really put it away.
  • Carnivore Confusion: Amako wonders if it's cannibalism if people from the Kingdom of Sweets eat the sweet they are named after.
  • Childhood Friends: Pudding and Caramel, which makes Pudding a least partially immune to Caramel's flirting.
  • Clark Kenting: Reversed, Caramel stops dressing like a boy and transfers to Amako's school as Maki Shinohara, though Amako is the only one who doesn't know Maki is Caramel.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Pudding tends to get jealous when people get close to Amako, and when Caramel flirts with other girls.
  • Cool Big Sis: Cream to Pudding at least, though Chocolate will sometimes admit this.
  • Cooking Duel: A three way duel done for possession of Caramel. It's between Waffle; who is in love with Caramel, Lokum, who wants Caramel to be her magic Familiar and... Chocolate, who claims Caramel is already her servant. And the winner is...Amako.
  • Cross Dresser: Caramel prefers to dress as a boy.
  • Cuteness Overload: Konpeitou induces this in Pudding.
  • Cute Witch: Lokum, at least she wants to be.
  • Edible Theme Naming: People from the kingdom are all named after some sort of sweet, pastry or dessert. Amako's name also means "Candy Girl" so she fits the theme. The single exception to this is the newest member of the club, Yuri aka Lily, Amako's pen pal.
  • Even the Girls Want Her:
    • Caramel, only Chocolate seems to be able to resist her charm.
    • Amako even more so, not only does she even charm the likes of Chocolate, but she manages to do it without trying.
    • Yuri, upon her introduction there isn't a person who didn't flirt with her.
  • Free-Range Children: Konpeitou, doesn't seem to have anyone watching her. The state of her clothing might point to something worse
  • Friendless Background: Amako, due to her family always moving.
  • Harem Seeker: From flirting with every female in sight and saying things like "It's better to have more flowers," when inviting Pudding on her and Amako's date, Caramel could easily be considered this.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Marshmallow; to the point that she considers it her special talent that she can sleep anywhere, anytime.
  • Idol Singer: Marshmallow says she wants to be an Idol, and when she sings in the park everyone says she is very good, to bad she wants to be a sleep idol.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Cream says this when first meeting Amako, then proving themselves sister's Pudding says this upon meeting Konpeitou. Same goes with Yuri towards Konpeitou.
  • Improbably Female Cast: Other than Amako's dad, the only male is a cross dressing girl.
  • Incest Subtext: Pudding and her sisters tend to bring this to mind in others who observe them together.
  • Kid Detective: Gingerbread is a detective who does missing person cases and the like, but seems to be younger than Amako and Pudding.
  • Lethal Chef:
    • Cream confuses salt for sugar and Waffle wins a Cooking Duel between herself, Chocolate and Lokum because her dish was the only one edible.
    • Do not make a blind hot pot with a bunch of people with a Sweet Tooth, one bite knocks both Caramel and Choclate out, and when Chocolate comes to, she tearfully apologizes to Caramel for all the mean things she's done.
    • Averted later when Chocolate makes a cake with Amako's help for everyone.
  • Magical Land: The Kingdom of Sweets.
  • Naked Apron: Cream did this one time as a joke when the girls are comparing apron fashion.
  • New Transfer Student: Pudding, Maki aka Caramel, and Yuri. Amako and Yuri had been this a lot when they were kids.
  • Oblivious to Love: Caramel doesn't seem to notice Waffle's massive crush on her, it doesn't help that Caramel being Caramel flirts outrageously with her.
  • Older Than They Look: Pudding is actually a year older than Chocolate, But because Chocolate looks and acts older many people confuse Pudding as the younger sister.
  • Parental Neglect: When Pudding runs away from home her mother becomes very distressed and her dad... goes golfing.
  • Pretty Freeloader: Pudding is living with Amako.
  • The Runaway: Pudding runs away from home after arguing with her parents over wanting to study abroad. Waffle ran away after accidentally causing a ruckus by release a parakeet that was locked up in her classroom in her old school.
  • School Girl Series: With some Magical Land characters.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Caramel ships Amako and Pudding, doesn't stop her from flirting with them both constantly though.
    • Lokum believes there might be something between Caramel and Chocolate because Chocolate is the one female Caramel has a hard time with.
  • Ship Tease: There is a lot, especially between Amako and Pudding.
  • Shrinking Violet: Waffle, she is pretty hard on herself and can barely be around Caramel without fainting...except that one time she's tutoring Pudding, when she pulls a complete 180 and becomes a Stern Teacher instead. Especially telling when Waffle managed to pull a Stern Teacher toward Pudding, while being a Shrinking Violet toward Amako and Caramel at the same time (all 4 of them are in the same room).
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Caramel has a hard time dealing with Chocolate, mainly because Chocolate won't let Caramel flirt with her and treats Caramel like an unfavored servant.
  • Split Personality: Ginger-Bread, whenever she fall's asleep or gets knocked out she switches personalities.
  • Sweet Tooth:
    • Amako and Pudding, to the point that sweets are almost all they talk about.
    • Averted with Caramel who cannot stand sweet things.
    • Avert initially with Yuri, because snacks remind her of her lonely childhood. She gets better.
  • The Tease: Caramel, she flirts with every female, including Amako's mom, but she doesn't seem to serious about any of it.
  • Tomboy: Caramel; she likes to dress as a boy and flirt with girls as well as being pretty athletic.
  • Tsundere: Chocolate, she can't admit that she likes hanging out with Pudding and her friends. Something Caramel likes to tease her about.
  • Unrequited Love: Waffle has it bad for Caramel, who aside from flirting doesn't notice.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Chocolate used to be a lot nicer to Pudding, but it's implied Pudding is the reason she is the way she is now.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Chocolate and Pudding, they insult and tease one another, but have very close sisterly bond.
  • The Voiceless: Konpeitou, she mostly talks through miming what she wants to say, something Pudding can sometimes translate.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • Amako is deathly afraid of bugs, even ants.
    • Thanks to Pudding, Chocolate is afraid of water.
  • Yonkoma
  • You Are Not Alone: Feeling down and lonely that Pudding has gone back home, Amako goes for a walk and realizes by meeting her various friends that she is not alone anymore thanks to Pudding. Pudding herself shows up soon after.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Pudding can't return to the kingdom because she can only return in the pudding cup she came to earth in, but the cup had been thrown away. At the end of volume three a new cup appears allowing Pudding to go home, though she plans on still going to school on earth.
  • You Taste Delicious: Averted when Caramel licks some cream of Amako's face because it's sweet, it just makes Caramel sick. Later played straight by Amako lightly biting Pudding's hand (due to Pudding's strong sweets smell), which make both Caramel and Yuri wanting to try that themselves.
  • Yuri: Aside from Caramel, it's mostly Subtext, but it's there.
  • Yuri Fan: Most of the girls to some extent, but Caramel and Chocolate tend to be the ones who comment on how nice a scene two girls make. Cream, though, is the most enthusiastic.