Happy Sugar Life

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Happy Sugar Life
Happy Sugar Life, volume 1.jpg
The cover of the first volume, featuring Satō.
ハッピーシュガーライフ
(Happī Shugā Raifu)
Genre Psychological horror[1]
Manga
Written by Tomiyaki Kagisora
Published by Square Enix
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Gangan Joker
Original run May 22, 2015 – present
Volumes 8 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by
Written by Touko Machida
Music by Kouichirou Kameyama
Studio Ezo'la
Licensed by Amazon Video (streaming)
Original network MBS, TBS, BS-TBS, AT-X
Original run July 14, 2018 – present
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
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Happy Sugar Life (Japanese: ハッピーシュガーライフ, Hepburn: Happī Shugā Raifu) is a Japanese horror manga series written and illustrated by Tomiyaki Kagisora (鍵空とみやき). It has been serialized in Square Enix's shōnen manga magazine Gangan Joker since May 2015. The series is licensed by Yen Press. An anime television series adaptation by Ezo'la began airing from July 14, 2018 in the Animeism programming block.

Plot[edit]

The series is centered around high school girl Satō Matsuzaka who befriends a mysterious young girl named Shio, and immediately falls in love with her. She vows to protect that feeling of love, even if it means committing murder.

Characters[edit]

Satō Matsuzaka (松坂 さとう, Matsuzaka Satō)
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa[2]
The protagonist. A teenage girl who falls in love with Shio and keeps her in her apartment. She maintains a kind facade in public in order to earn money for her lifestyle, but will resort to anything in order to protect Shio. She's a first year high school student at Makiko High School and also works at a cosplay restaurant called Cure á Cute as a waitress in order to support both Shio and herself.
Shio Kōbe (神戸 しお, Kōbe Shio)
Voiced by: Misaki Kuno[2]
An innocent little girl who lives at Satō's apartment. She cares for Satō deeply but often remains unaware of what she is involved in as she is not allowed outside of the apartment-(according to Satō).
Asahi Kōbe (神戸 あさひ, Kōbe Asahi)
Voiced by: Yumiri Hanamori[2]
A boy who is searching for the whereabouts of Shio. He's later revealed to be Shio's older brother.
Taiyō Mitsuboshi (三星 太陽, Mitsuboshi Taiyō)
Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae[3]
A high school boy who works alongside Satō at a family restaurant. After facing being held captive and raped by his boss, he finds comfort in Shio's innocence and becomes obsessed with her.
Shōko Hida (飛騨 しょうこ, Hida Shōko)
Voiced by: Aya Suzaki[3]
Satō's best friend and co-worker who comes from a rich family. She is killed by Satou after discovering her secret relationship with Shio.
Daichi Kitaumekawa (北梅川 大地, Kitaumekawa Daichi)
Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa[4]
Satō's high school teacher. Underneath his handsome looks and friendly personality, he is revealed to be a pervert with pyschopathic tendencies and has been obsessed with Satō. Threatened to have this revealed to his family, he is forced to dispose of some evidence for Satou.
Satō's aunt
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue[5]
A relative of Satō who had taken full custody of her after her parents died many years ago. It was thought that she may have been killed by her own niece since she was mostly shown in flashback sequences when Satō was a child. However, it's revealed that she is alive and healthy, apart from a few parts of her body which are seen covered in bandages. Despite her happy and cheery nature, she is actually mentally unstable as well as being deeply insane, and she accepts all forms of desires towards her with disturbing masochistic pleasure. Her deeply twisted views of love are held responsible for making Satō think in a similar fashion. She lives in the same apartment complex as her niece but is in a different apartment.
Sumire Miyazaki (宮崎 スミレ, Miyazaki Sumire)
Voiced by: Larissa Tago Takeda
Satō's next-door neighbor and co-worker who refers to her as "senpai", having a crush on her. Just like Sato, Shoko, & Taiyo she attends a different school.
Yuna Kōbe (神戸 ユウナ, Kōbe Yuna)
Voiced by: Yūko Gotō
Asahi and Shio's mother. Orginally a kind-hearted woman, she was forced to marry a man she did not love after she was raped and then got pregnant with her two children; she is featured in the flashbacks of her children and in her backstory. It's hinted that she suffered from bipolar disorder mostly due to the domestic abuse that she had suffered from her husband who later died from alcohol poisoning. Her whereabouts remain unknown after she abandoned Shio.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Tomiyaki Kagisora launched the manga in Square Enix's shōnen manga magazine Gangan Joker on May 22, 2015.[6][1] Eight tankōbon volumes of the manga were released between October 22, 2015 and June 22, 2018. On July 8, 2018, during their panel at Anime Expo, Yen Press announced that they had licensed the manga.[7]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBN
1 October 22, 2015[8]ISBN 978-4-7575-4769-8
2 December 22, 2015[9]ISBN 978-4-7575-4839-8
3 May 21, 2016[10]ISBN 978-4-7575-4986-9
4 November 22, 2016[11]ISBN 978-4-7575-5158-9
5 May 22, 2017[12]ISBN 978-4-7575-5350-7
6 August 22, 2017[13]ISBN 978-4-7575-5452-8
7 March 22, 2018[14]ISBN 978-4-7575-5580-8
8 June 22, 2018[15]ISBN 978-4-7575-5755-0

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation was announced. The series is directed by Keizō Kusakawa and Nobuyoshi Nagayama and written by Touko Machida, with animation by studio Ezo'la. Shōko Yasuda is providing the character designs.[2]

Youko Matsubara is the color key artist for the series and Kiyotaka Yachi is directing the background art.[2] Yasuyuki Itou serves as director of photography, while Yayoi Tateishi is the sound director. The series is edited by Yuuji Oka.[2] Koichiro Kameyama is composing the series' music. The opening theme song, "One Room Sugar Life" (ワンルームシュガーライフ, Wan Rūmu Shugā Raifu) is performed by Nanawo Akari,[2] and the ending theme song, "Sweet Hurt", is performed by Reona.[16]

The 12-episode series began airing in Japan on July 14, 2018,[a] broadcasting during the Animeism programming block on MBS, TBS, BS-TBS, and AT-X.[17][18] The series is being simulcast exclusively on Amazon Video worldwide.[17]

Episode list[edit]

No. Title[b] Original air date
1 "The Sugar Girl Eats Love"
"Satō Shōjo wa Ai o Hamu" (砂糖少女は愛を食む) 
July 14, 2018
Satou Matsuzaka, who previously had a reputation for playing around with men, has started living with the person she loves: a young girl named Shio Koube. As Satou takes on a part-time waitressing job to raise money for Shio's sake, she turns down a confession from fellow employee Taiyou Mitsuboshi, who stops coming to work the next day. As Satou is forced to work overtime for less pay, she confronts the manager, exposing that she had kidnapped and performed deeds of sexual misconduct with Taiyou before blackmailing her with recorded evidence. While Satou returns home to Shio, keeping quiet about a room in their apartment containing bloodied trash bags, a boy named Asahi puts up posters listing Shio as missing. 
2 "Shio's Miniature Garden"
"Shio no Hakoniwa" (しおの箱庭) 
July 21, 2018
Upon getting the feeling that someone is watching her, Satou deduces that her teacher, Daichi Kitaumekawa, is the one stalking her, narrowly managing to avoid being assaulted. The next morning, Satou threatens to expose Kitaumekawa's deeds to his family, coercing him into disposing of some unwanted evidence for her. Later, Taiyou, who has begun harboring an obsession with Shio after seeing her poster, comes across Asahi being beaten up and takes him to Satou's workplace. Hearing Asahi murmur the same "marriage vow" that Shio does with her every night, Satou contemplates killing him. 
3 "A Long Monochromatic Night"
"Monokurōmu no Nagai Yoru" (モノクロームの長い夜) 
July 28, 2018
After barely managing to resist the urge to kill Asahi and letting him go, Satou is shocked to find Shio has ventured outside the apartment in search for her. Following the figment of a figure she can't remember, Shio is found by Taiyou, who feels her innocence can purify his tainted body. Taiyou attempts to bring Shio home with him but is attacked out by the thugs he saved Asahi from. 
4 "The Sugar Girl Doesn't Notice"
"Satō Shōjo wa Kizukanai" (砂糖少女は気づかない) 
August 3, 2018
After Shio passes out from frightening visions of her mother, Satou arrives on the scene and brutally deals with the thugs before taking Shio back to her apartment. As Taiyou, who had seen Satou run off with Shio, becomes curious about her motives, one of Satou's co-workers, Sumire Miyazaki, is seen sniffing Satou's uniform. 
5 "The Taste of Crime and the Taste of Punishment"
"Tsumi no Aji, Batsu no Aji" (罪の味、罰の味) 
August 10, 2018
Satou discovers that Sumire has been going through her locker, learning that she is obsessed with becoming just like her. When probed about where she lives, Satou kisses Sumire to stop her prying into her life any further. Upon returning home, Satou discovers Shio in turmoil over memories of her mother, feeling it is punishment for lying about not talking to anyone. Satou, who feels guilty about telling someone else she loved them, confesses her "crime" to Shio, and the two manage to calm each other down. Meanwhile, Satou's friend Shouko Hida goes to Taiyo's house and discovers his obsession with Shio, who he claims Satou has kidnapped. While in disbelief over what Taiyou has told her, Shouko is approached by Asahi. 
6 "We Revolve Around the Moon"
"Watashi-tachi wa, Tsuki no Mawari o Mawatteiru" (私達は、月の周りを回っている) 
August 17, 2018
As Shouko starts to grow suspicious of Satou, she starts visiting Asahi on a regular basis to make sure he is fed. While speaking with Shouko about his search for Shio, Asahi recalls the hardships he went through to keep Shio and their mother safe from his abusive father. The next day, Shouko asks Satou to tell her the truth, to which Satou decides to take her to her place. Meanwhile, Kitaumekawa, who is convinced that Satou killed her aunt, decides to follow after her. 
7 "What the Sugar Girl is Made Out Of"
"Satō Shōjo no Genzairyō" (砂糖少女の原材料) 
August 24, 2018
Feeling that Satou betrayed him by sharing her secret with someone else, Kitaumekawa calls over the police to her apartment just as she and Shouko arrive. To his surprise, however, the door is answered by Satou's aunt herself. Despite this person's disturbing behavior towards them, the police find nothing incriminating inside the apartment, which is later revealed to be a different one from the one Satou and Shio are living in. 
8 "Apartment No.1208"
"Ichi-Ni-Zero-Hachi Gōshitsu" (1208号室) 
August 31, 2018
Satou recalls the she first time she came to Apartment 1208, serving as a model for the owner's painting as thanks for giving her shelter from the rain. One day, as Satou found Shio and brought her to the apartment, the owner, angered by Satou's change in expression, attempted to kill Shio, only to be killed by Satou instead. Back in the present, Asahi gives Shouko some encouragement following her experience with Satou's aunt, while Satou offers Taiyo an opportunity to see Shio if he leads Asahi out of town. 
9 "Dissolving Rain"
"Yūkai Rein" (融解レイン) 
September 7, 2018
Taiyo tries to convince Asahi to leave town by giving him Shio's tie that he had received from Satou. Despite warnings from Shouko not to trust Taiyo, Asahi decides to go as it is the only clue he has of his sister. The next day, as Satou and Shio make plans to have a wedding together, they are spotted by Shouko as she takes a picture of them with her cellphone. Unable to trust that she won’t tell the police about Shio, Satou kills Shouko, unaware that she had managed to send the photo she took earlier to Asahi. 
10 "A Proposal Under a Starry Sky"
"Hoshizora no Puropōzu" (星空のプロポーズ) 
September 14, 2018
While trying to clean up the apartment for an exhausted Satou following Shouko's death, Shio recalls how her mother gradually went crazy from her husband's constant abuse and eventually abandoned her. When Satou mentions that they'll have to abandon their apartment, Shio lashes out at her over the secrets she kept from her, telling Satou she hates her. Recalling how they first met, Shio states that she wants to protect Satou like she protects her, leading Satou to become honest about the sins she has committed and work together with Shio. 
11 "An Eternal Moment with You."
"Eien no Isshun o, Anata to." (永遠の一瞬を、貴方と。) 
September 21, 2018
Asahi confronts Taiyou about the photo Shouko sent him, ordering him to find Satou's address. Meanwhile, Satou reluctantly asks for her aunt's help in disposing of Shouko's body and providing a getaway for her and Shio. Hoping to have Shio to himself, Taiyou goes to the address listed in Satou's work profile, only to wind up at her aunt's apartment instead. 
12 "Happy Sugar Life"
"Happī Shugā Raifu" (ハッピーシュガーライフ) 
TBA

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The series is listed as premiering on July 13 at 25:55, which is the same as July 14 at 1:55 AM.[17]
  2. ^ All English titles are taken from Amazon.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sherman, Jennifer (March 21, 2018). "Happy Sugar Life Horror Manga Gets TV Anime in July". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 21, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Loo, Egan (March 21, 2018). "Happy Sugar Life Horror Anime Reveals Cast, Staff". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 21, 2018. 
  3. ^ a b Sherman, Jennifer (April 20, 2018). "Happy Sugar Life Anime Casts Natsuki Hanae, Aya Suzaki, Yuichiro Umehara". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 20, 2018. 
  4. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (June 11, 2018). "Happy Sugar Life TV Anime Replaces Yuichiro Umehara With Kaito Ishikawa". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 11, 2018. 
  5. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (May 21, 2018). "Happy Sugar Life Anime Casts Kikuko Inoue". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 21, 2018. 
  6. ^ "「繰繰れ!コックリさん」こひなデザインのブックカバー、JOKERに". Natalie (in Japanese). May 22, 2015. Retrieved March 21, 2018. 
  7. ^ Ressler, Karen (July 8, 2018). "Yen Press Licenses Happy Sugar Life, Kakegurui Twins Manga, Penguin Highway, Walk on Girl, Mirai, Dive!! Novels". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 8, 2018. 
  8. ^ "ハッピーシュガーライフ 1". Square Enix (in Japanese). Retrieved May 20, 2018. 
  9. ^ "ハッピーシュガーライフ 2". Square Enix (in Japanese). Retrieved May 20, 2018. 
  10. ^ "ハッピーシュガーライフ 3". Square Enix (in Japanese). Retrieved May 20, 2018. 
  11. ^ "ハッピーシュガーライフ 4". Square Enix (in Japanese). Retrieved May 20, 2018. 
  12. ^ "ハッピーシュガーライフ 5". Square Enix (in Japanese). Retrieved May 20, 2018. 
  13. ^ "ハッピーシュガーライフ 6". Square Enix (in Japanese). Retrieved May 20, 2018. 
  14. ^ "ハッピーシュガーライフ 7". Square Enix (in Japanese). Retrieved May 20, 2018. 
  15. ^ "ハッピーシュガーライフ 8". Square Enix (in Japanese). Retrieved June 11, 2018. 
  16. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (May 20, 2018). "ReoNa Performs Ending Theme for Happy Sugar Life Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 20, 2018. 
  17. ^ a b c Hodgkins, Crystalyn (June 1, 2018). "Happy Sugar Life Anime's 2nd Promo Video Reveals July 13 Premiere". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 1, 2018. 
  18. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (July 14, 2018). "Happy Sugar Life Anime Listed With 12 Episodes". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 14, 2018. 

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