Happy Sugar Life: Quick Thoughts

Reading Time: 3 minutes

I had a hard time expressing my thoughts about this series. This anime was a shocker from last season. I totally didn’t expect it would left me full of thoughts after watching. Damn.

Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 14, 2018 to Sep 29, 2018
Premiered: Summer 2018
Studios: Ezόla
Source: Manga
Genres: Drama, Horror, Psychological, Shounen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
Synopsis: 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. (MAL)

Happy Sugar Life was a surprise. It was everything opposite to its name. It’s story touches on the broken psyche of the people and their understanding of love. That said, its clear that this anime is edgy and dark. Last summer, most of the animes that I watched were lighthearted and comedic, so yeah, this one stood out.

Believe it or not, my initial reason in watching this anime, Happy  Sugar Life, was cuz of the main character’s V.A. was my favorite, Kana Hanazawa. But I stayed cuz of the story and its psychological elements. This anime is definitely my cup of TEA. The plot intrigued me as hell, after all, I love psychological stuffs. The dissonance between the characters’ persona and their hidden desires were quite noteworthy, though I do know that the anime exaggerated it. Still, the message of the anime was delivered, humans are fragile. Once put on the edge, their whole humanity would crumble down. I do wanna indulge myself further into this subject, but I’m here to review this anime and not discuss psychological stuff. Next time. Heh.

I’m abit bumped that this animes was only 13 episode. After watching the anime, it made me realize that it had more to tell, more layers to peel, more stuff to see, but with a limited airing we only got a short run. Still, the anime delivered an interesting and well-paced story. The characters were not fleshed out much, but it was enough to keep the story going.

I do wanna point out the growth of Satou, the main protagonist, all through out the series. Her realizing what love is in the end was bittersweet. I mean, all these years, she doesn’t know what love is and yet through her little time with Shio, she was able to be…saved. I guess, I can’t think of a right term for it. I do feel sorry for Shio. Now seeing the horrors around her, she’s now broken and not as innocent as she was in the beginning. It would be nice to see or to know the aftermath of the series.

I really like the art and animation. Its the first time I had heard about the studio, Ezola, but theiy sure delivered well in this anime. The character designs looks really good, and the animation was splendid too. I really like how they animated the contrast of the darkness in the characters and their day to day life. It made the series alot more interesting and visually appealing.

Overall, I really enjoyed watching Happy Sugar Life. The series was well told, though, I do say some parts were greatly exaggerated. I do hope to see more of this type of animes in the future. With the over saturation of moe and lighthearted animes, its nice to switch gears sometimes and watch something opposite to the usual.

Anyway, thats it for now.
Thanks for reading.


  1. FireRoad Permalink

    Looks like the title is incredibly deceiving. Fortunately, I don’t judge and decide whether I am interested just from the title. Sounds like it portrays a common topic, the human psyche, albeit with amazing execution and a unique approach. Will watch.

  2. kimchisama Permalink

    You are so right it really does show how easy it is to break down humans. Our mental state is honestly pretty fragile.


Leave a Reply