Sugar Sugar Rune Vol. #06 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Release Date: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Translated by:Kaya Laterman
Adapted by:Kaya Laterman
What They Say
Outgoing Chocolat and shy Vanilla were best friends before they came to the Human World. But the competition to see who will be the next Queen of the Magical World has ended their friendship. Worse, Vanilla has embraced the Dark Magic of the Ogres and is now an enemy of all witches.
While trying to coax Vanilla out of her deep enchanted slumber and take her away from the Ogres, Chocolat discovers something about herself. She's a Filtre - one who has the power to change sickened, black noir hearts to white!
Meanwhile, Chocolat's crush - the Ogre prince Pierre - has infiltrated her school. What is his plan? Chocolat wants to believe that deep down Pierre means well - but how can she?
After the last volume, my expectations weren't high, but this volume of Sugar Sugar Rune managed to disappoint even those. I didn't think the art style was going to grow on me, and it didn't, but I had some idea that the story was going to make a little more sense than the fifth book. In that volume only about half made sense to me, but it was the second half, so I thought the story might continue to make sense. It didn't. Reading this volume was like reading the first half of the last book, only it lasted all the way to the end. And in some sense it's even worse, because the stuff I didn't get in the last volume occured in a strange, dream-like state, or world, or whatever it was, so it had a reason for not being coherent. This story takes place almost entirely in the human world, so things should be fairly normal, at any rate according to the internal logic of the material. Maybe this is my fault for not reading the early volumes, but everything that happens here seems absolutely arbitrary.
For instance. The whole heart-taking and heart purifying business. It's an interesting idea. But in execution it feels almost randomly applied. And magic is used even more inconsistently--it's almost as if the rules are changed to fit the situation. When Pierre tells Chocolat that her spell will have an opposite effect because of being cast on an ogre, and it has the normal effect anyway (and with no explanation, to boot)...what exactly am I supposed to make of that? And then there are things that are just plain silly. In one scene the characters do some sort of exorcism-type thing with lit candles on their heads. It's supposed to be a serious scene, but the mood is impossible to sustain while the characters are looking so ridiculous. But the grand prize winner has to be the scene where Chocolat and Vanilla and plopped down right in the middle of the Academy award ceremony. An idea that awful, that daft...and not even played for comedy? I'm not even going to think about it anymore. New paragraph.
I'm going to finish up by mentioning the things I didn't dislike all that badly. It shouldn't take long. Let's see....Like I said before, the heart idea is interesting, sort of. And there's an interesting part involving a school clique--that and the bit where Chocolat gets to see things from Vanilla's point of view (the one emotionally involving event in the book) are the only things keeping it from an even worse grade. How this won a prestigious manga award baffles me. Either this book is batty, or I am--one of the two. And that's the best I can say about it. Honest.
Mania Grade: D+
Art Rating: D+
Packaging Rating: B+
Text/Translatin Rating: C+
Age Rating: 12 & Up
Released By: Del Rey
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: Sugar Sugar Rune