Anime Opinions: Happy Sugar Life

Anime Opinions, Article, Summer 2018 — By on July 30, 2018 8:18 pm

This post was written by Dark_Sage. He is Dark_Sage.

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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…



Why Yanderes?

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?

Especially if they’re hot.



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.

Shit translations too.

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?

Evil incarnate.

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.

I never thought about it that way.

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.

Checkmate, alt-right.



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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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






Final Score?


Good shows like this are unironically the only reason I’m still involved in this normielized husk of a fandom. Anyone who dislikes Happy Sugar Life should volunteer to be a test subject at a guillotine factory.

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Semibitter says:

At first I thought this was just a better Satsuriku no Tenshi but then I realized that’s a comedy so it’s unfair to compare.

kokujin-kun says:

Yeah, this is what I get for judging a show by it’s stupid name

>adds to watch list

Dark_Sage says:

I really do love ya koku <3

fsfrk says:

Ahh, a man of culture. HSL definitely is my most favourite show in this season. After the cliffhanger of ep. 3, I consumed the manga till its current chapter. No regrets as it was (and certainly will continue to be) a great ride

wage_wraith says:

And here I though this season was dead. D_S saved me from having to fill the time by rewatching garzies wing after getting plastered enough the forget the first time I watched it. (probably still going to get plastered tbh famalam).

Seriously tho the only thing I’ve been following is S;G 0 out of some misguided obligation to watch everything that gets adapted in the SciAdv series, everything else looks bland or shit.

Anonymous says:

Did you like the most recent episode? I sure did.

Dark_Sage says:

Oh yeah I forgot I was watching this… Marathon time.

Dark_Sage says:

…Yeah I think I’m gonna wait for the final two episodes to come out before I say anything. :c

ZenMorian says:

I was just watching this as I saw your post and wanted to read it spoiler-free but I just had to pause everything and post after I heard the Bleach bit. I was wondering if you had also noticed so while I haven’t read your article in its entirety I did ctrl+f the word Bleach. I have to say it totally freaked me out. Fuck man. Holy shit. I’m literally shaking right now. I’m glad you’re the true anime connoisseur you claimed to be and it’s great to see you aren’t faking it by having noticed the soundbite. This is unprecedented as far as I can tell. How did they get away with it? Was HorribleSubs playing a prank?

Dark_Sage says:

Nah, it’s in the official release too:

Closest link I could find is that one of the directors did an episode of Bleach, but there’s probably more to it. Too lazy to research more since it only happens this one time in the series.

ZenMorian says:

Did you see Chio-chan’s schoolroad? It has a similar reference in episode 5 at 4:55. Seriously what is happening?

Dark_Sage says:

I didn’t get that far, but I think this is Japan’s way of telling us we’re getting an animated quincy nazis arc.

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