CONTENT WARNING: Happy Sugar Life contains depictions of extreme violence and gore, kidnapping, misogyny, pedophilia, rape, and other objectionable acts. Reader discretion is advised.

Meeting Date: 9/25/2018

Disclaimer: The Herald Anime Club discusses shows as they’re airing. Naturally, there will be spoilers for a given episode. You have been warned!

Samantha Ferreira: Hi everyone, and welcome to the Herald Anime Club! I’m Samantha Ferreira, and I’m here with L.B. Bryant this week
L.B. Bryant: Hello!
Samantha Ferreira: Tonight, we’re back on the sadness train and the brakes are fully off, as we talk up Happy Sugar Life. This time around, we’re talking up episode 10: “The one with the Stockholm Syndrome”, and Episode 11, “Dark Belldandy Returns!”
L.B. Bryant: I have to agree that the brakes are completely gone at this point. The pace that the series started racing towards the climax was pretty amazing.
Samantha Ferreira: Indeed. I mean, it started with that neck stab in episode 9, then it just escalated over and over and over again
L.B. Bryant: Neck stabbing, collecting of gas to set the building on fire, fake passports… all you can say is “That escalated quickly.”

Samantha Ferreira: Indeed.
Also, one of the pedophiles got his comeuppance
Bashed with a baseball bat at the start of episode 11, which ends with him being cornered by Dark Belldandy, who just says “So you want love too? =D”
L.B. Bryant: I love and also hate that when talking about pedophiles in this series, we have to actually specify which one we’re referring to.
Samantha Ferreira: …THE BLONDE ONE, DAMMIT
L.B. Bryant: Yeah I knew which one you meant but I was just pointing out that we have to be specific, lol
Samantha Ferreira: I know, lol. I’m teasing
That said, the whole “I love you Satou! <3” Stockholm Syndrome thing is still bugging me. It’s being played as a positive, which is just… messed up
L.B. Bryant: This entire series is one big ball of ‘messed up’ so you’re kind of seeing the tree but missing the forest in that case :)
Samantha Ferreira: Oh, no… I’m pretty well-versed in that end at this point. lol.
L.B. Bryant: hehe this is true. You are the one who has had to collect screen caps.
Samantha Ferreira: Yep. I watch every episode twice.

This is not sad.

L.B. Bryant: So, we have one episode left… who lives and who dies?
Samantha Ferreira: Everybody dies
I’m convinced
My guess is that Big Bro will find the address for auntie, and find blondie there, straight-up murder him. She’ll kill him because reasons, then we have the fire to finish everyone off in this series
L.B. Bryant: Makes sense
Samantha Ferreira: Your guess?
L.B. Bryant: I’m guessing that one person lives but I’m not sure who it will be. I’m guessing blondie or big bro.
Auntie is totally going to die.
Samantha Ferreira: Oh, yeah
L.B. Bryant: Satou gets pushed off the roof by Shio but I’m not sure what will happen to her.

Samantha Ferreira: Yeah
L.B. Bryant: Shio is kind of the dark spot in the puzzle
Samantha Ferreira: Indeed
Well, if she went off the building, she’s also gone
L.B. Bryant: IIRC they show her standing on top of the building pushing Satou off but that’s when the flashback begins
Samantha Ferreira: Ah, fair enough. I forgot the exact opening sequence
L.B. Bryant: I could be wrong, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve watched the opening. I’m sure someone will read this and yell at me on Twitter or Discord if I happen to be wrong though heh
Samantha Ferreira: Hehe. Very true.
For now, though, yeah… I’m not sure what’ll happen there
L.B. Bryant: Me either but I’m sure it’ll be fun. Remember kids: You can’t spell slaughter without laughter.
Samantha Ferreira: Sure thing, Strawberry Sweetcakes
Aniwho, we’re kind of at that point where we’re rushing toward the beginning, and so far, it’s been eleven long episodes of pain, sadness, pedophiles, and torture
L.B. Bryant: Yeah, pretty much.

Samantha Ferreira: What a world we live in, this Happy Sugar Life…
But anyway, just to sum things up:
1) Pedo sent brother to another town.
2) Normal girl photographed evidence of the kidnapping
3) Normal girl gets neck slashed, she’s just dead
4) Shio discovers the body, gets told “WE NEED TO GTFO” – is currently going through STOCKHOLM SYNDROME because on top of being kidnapped she was abandoned by her mentally broken mother
5) Because of this, Shio is more upset that Satou didn’t TELL HER that she murdered the one normal person in the show
6) Big bro gets evidence, bats up
7) Big bro comes back to town, brains Pedophile with a bat, tells him “‘get evidence or else”
8) Pedophile says “OK o_o”, does just that, tells Big Bro to fuck off mentally, heads to the address on file.
9) Satou, Shio, and Auntie prepare to dispose of a body – Auntie is still freaking amazing
10) Satou and Shio go to bed, happy time
11) Pedophile goes into Auntie’s apartment, she closes in on him

Aaaaand scene
L.B. Bryant: Sounds about right.
Samantha Ferreira: And the aunt is still amazing because she’s just so freaking dark and thrives on the fact that she knows she’s awful?

L.B. Bryant: Too bad she’s going to bite it :smiley:
Samantha Ferreira: Well yeah.
We knew that from the get-go
L.B. Bryant: Yeah true.
Samantha Ferreira: Anyway, any final thoughts this week?
L.B. Bryant: None from me. I’m sad and not so sad at the same time to be saying good bye to this show next week. Say what you want about it, it at least provided us with some interesting discussions.
Samantha Ferreira: …It really did.
I hate this show so much
I legitimately loathe it
but it’s fun to talk about
Aniwho, until next time, remember: fire solves all of your problems when backed into a corner. (Note: Fire does not solve your problems. Anime Herald does not endorse this.) – Have a great night!
L.B. Bryant: Night!