Minor spoilers for eps 1-3. I’d spoil episode 4 too but it isn’t out yet.
After losing their mother, Alphonse and Edward Elric attempt to bring her back using the forbidden science of human alchemy. However, alchemy operates on the theory of equivalent trade, and breaking the human alchemy taboo carries a heavy price. Ed loses his leg, and Al loses his body. Ed is able to seal Al’s soul inside of a huge suit of armor, at the cost of his arm.
Years later, Ed (now with two mechanical limbs) and Al (still trapped in the armor) leave their childhood home, each brother concerned with the other’s happiness. Ed, who has a natural talent and skill for alchemy, becomes nationally certified and is soon known everywhere as the “Fullmetal Alchemist.” Their true objective is to search for any information on the fabled Philosopher’s Stone, hoping it will allow them to regain their old bodies. All of their hopes rest with this mythical stone, which may not even exist at all.
However, the brothers soon learn that they are not the only ones after the powerful stone…
As far as our society is concerned, murder is a taboo second only to shouting fire in a crowded theater. So chopping random families up into pieces, all in the name of love, necessarily has to somewhat resonate with any thinking being.
Think about it: what could possibly be unappealing about someone whose mental and emotional instability consistently threatens their target (of affection)’s life in innumerable ways?
Breaking Boundaries, Mending Hearts
A spiritual successor to Bleach, Happy Sugar Life boldly embraces a monster-of-the-week means of plot progression as a means to tell a heartwarming story of what can truly be described as a rainbow of rape.
As a human, one’s natural inclination would be to side with the villains of each episode. One is a businesswoman just trying to relieve a bit of vaginal stress, another is a high school kid looking for little more than salvation in the form of saliva, and yet another is… just an average dude?
But because the main girl’s a super cute yandere, you’re uncontrollably swayed into a certain sort of disgust toward the antagonists’ actions. Especially when they get in the way of her own love by trying to forcefuck and otherwise abuse her.
Thus, the show plays with anime expectations by enabling the main character to be the viewer’s moral compass.
The show’s also great cuz it really breaks things down and keeps everyone on the same page. Like, if you don’t get that the MC really hates “bitter” things and really likes “sweet” things, but only as a metaphor rather than a literal description of her food preferences… Boy howdy, you’re gonna get learned.
Love is Love
Some people will say that watching a show that glorifies a touchy-feely pseudo-sexual relationship between a sex-addict serial killer and her grade school kidnap victim is “problematic”.
To those, I must ask, have you looked at the fanart? Cuz it’s kinda cute.
What else could anime have to offer?
Think about it this way: your normalfriend comes up to you like “Hey this anime stuff is kinda cool after all. I went on a site called reddit and they had me watch this show called Steins;Gate and it really made me think, what else should I watch?”
You’ve got two options here:
- Scrub your mind for the most banal, inoffensive shit Nipponia has to offer and count the days till your pal starts hitting up your DMs with that *nuzzles sempai* bullshit and eventually ends up half-dead in a dumpster outside your local Touhou orgy.
- Have ’em watch Happy Sugar Life and find out where they really stand on the issues.
Be a pal.
+ it’s got the yandere eyes