Sugar Sugar Rune 8
October 29, 2008
Final volume! It’s been so long since I read the last one, it took me a little bit to get re-oriented with things here, especially since this series is so manic. I didn’t recall the connection between Chocolat and Glacier, but I’ll take Sugar Sugar Rune’s word for it. I definitely still like the novelty of the new familiar characters, and I especially love Duke now.
The final battle was vaguely unsatisfying in the way that all magical girl-type final battles are. They fight with magic and feelings, and usually the strength of the heart is what conquers as opposed to any sort of brute force or cunning trickery. Plus, a few characters from earlier in the series come back, along with… well, Cinnamon, who we’ve been waiting all series for. Cinnamon’s role was pretty satisfying. I also kind of liked the little twist given to the heart gem system during the final battle. I’m not sure about the “human” implications of it, but I thought it was a nice final move. Otherwise, the whole final battle, which takes place in two stages and pretty much fills the entire volume, felt a little rushed and messy. Again, though, it follows most of the rules of the magical girl genre. I think KKJ is the closest I’ve come to a satisfying magical girl finale, and even that had some weird stuff. I can’t fault Sugar Sugar Rune for being what it is. Magical girl endings (or at least the ones I’ve read) often feel like they’re made with animated versions in mind, and it seems like the ideas just don’t transfer to manga as well.
I liked the little epilogue. I didn’t like the convenient excuse as to what Chocolat had been doing, and I didn’t like the character boost Vanilla was being given by the other characters… I feel like Chocolat EARNED something, and didn’t get it in the end. But it’s hard to fault a happy ending like that, even one with semi-dark stuff running through it.
While the last volume didn’t really satisfy me, a twentysomething adult, I’m sure little girls would eat it up. I did like the rest of the series a LOT, and I’m still shocked that Moyoco Anno could make such a fantastic magical girl series. Flowers and Bees may be more my thing, but Sugar Sugar Rune is still gold, and it’s hard for me to deny my love for a story about two little witch girls trying to become queen of the magical world by collecting boy’s hearts. There’s just something irresistible about it.