This anime is like good chocolate. You can’t get enough and then you have to wait to get more.
This is a shivering pure love psycho horror story of a girl named Satou Matsuzaka, who has someone she likes. She experiences a sweet feeling when she sleeps with her, and thought it must be love. Everything will be forgiven as long as she protects this feeling, even if she tricks, commits crimes, steals, or even kills, she thought.
Let’s get down to the main review.
The art continues to be of a good quality. Yet again I want to focus on the eyes especially during Episode 7 with Satou’s Aunt.
Her eyes are a piercing blue and I just can’t really explain it but she’s peering into your soul and it’s unnerving.
I’d like to think that for these two episodes, the main character shifts from Satou to Shouko during these two episodes. The main reason is because Shouko brings up the issue in the 6th episode and it is resolved in episode 7. Shouko also speaks with Asahi where we see more of his backstory and the circumstances. I’ll leave my thoughts on Asahi in the characters section.
We find the way that Satou and Shouko’s relationship is founded. They both wanted to find their own “princes” as Shouko described it. However as things are now, Shouko is unsatisfied with their relationship with Satou finding her ‘prince’. Which is kind of expected and happens a lot with friends in relationships sometimes they get consumed by the relationship and forget about their friends. Granted Satou doesn’t have a typical relationship…
I enjoy the fact that Shouko wants to have a friendship with despite Satou not really trying to invest any time in her. Most people would have given up on the person at that point and accepted being just an acquaintance but for Shouko, it’s the first time she’s had a bond like this so she doesn’t want to let go of it.
When she shares these feelings with Satou at the end of episode 6, Satou tells her she might think of her differently after seeing it. While she doesn’t show her Shio but she does show Shouko her aunt.
Her aunt being voiced Kikuko Inoue, one of my favorite seiyuus in the business, can only be described as unnerving in my book.
She’s a woman that has to be described as physically beautiful just her niece. She also has a soft feminine voice of a freaking siren.
However her actions just can scare the crap out of people, from her ‘sleeping room’ which is filled with used condoms, food, trash, and various other things and the fact that she tries to seduce two police officers and Shouko as well. It’s also how she does it.
With the male officer, you can see him almost entranced by her and she’s practically digging through his brain and picking at his weaknesses. By the time she’s done he’s already under her spell and he’ll definitely be back.
After this sight, Satou asks her if she wants to be friends with her after seeing the person that raised her. And this is the saddest moment of the episode, you see Shouko’s thoughts. You see her unconditional acceptance of Satou and her determination to be there for her friend. It’s all there…in her head but her mouth can’t get out.
And those moments of hesitation tell Satou everything. Shouko won’t accept her because a friend wouldn’t have hesitated. Sometimes our relationships are determined over years, sometimes they’re determined in seconds.
We don’t get much of Satou during this but I feel for her in a way. Her aunt’s insane and she was the only one she had. She definitely messed up a poor little girl. One could say that Satou’s aunt is a little responsible for the things her niece has done. She wouldn’t be so lost if she had an actual parent instead of her.
I also feel that Satou legitimately wanted to let Shouko into her world. I mean yeah she wanted to scare her off with showing her aunt but she wouldn’t have asked Shio about friendship at the end of the episode if she didn’t hope for actual having a legit relationship with Shouko. But the trust is lost right now so there’s no way that Satou can believe in Shouko again. And that loss of trust is more painful than anything.
Shouko probably the saddest character in this anime solely because she’s the only normal one with normal issues. The only issue she’s got is that she’s rich and doesn’t feel loved and controlled by her parents. Other than that she’s relatively fine. However because of that lack of love, she becomes Satou’s friend and she knows losing Satou would leave her back in that lonely state of life. So she goes all in with trying to be there for her which fails.
We also see her with Asahi and once again we see her be the only good person in this anime. She just feeds the kid and listens to his story which is similarly heartbreaking. I suppose it sets Shouko up as a person that wants to both connect with people and wants to be there for them. However she learns that you can’t be there for everyone. She can’t help Asahi find his sister and she can’t be there for Satou. It leaves her in a difficult position.
Looking into episode 6 and seeing the situation that Asahi, his mother Yuuna, and Shio come from, it’s not a shock how horrible he looks. The kid has been from bottom and barely to the top of the bottom. Probably other than Shouko, he’s the only person that has decent goals and isn’t really to force and manipulate people to get to them. He just wants his sister back to live with his mother.
So that’s all I’ve got. Happy Sugar Life has so much interesting stuff in there that I find myself itching for the next episode.
So until the next episode,
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