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An original series developed by J.C. Staff, A Little Snow Fairy Sugar is a twenty-four episode series that also has two supplemental OVAs. This release takes us through the first thirteen episodes of the TV series and really does simply delight the viewer if they're willing to deal in a world of light simplicity and fun. Sugar is the kind of show where yes, it is aimed at adults but is also completely accessible to children. It's an all ages show but one that while it can work for adults, it doesn't pander to them with all kinds of angles and shots of the younger characters that are disturbing.
Sugar is an interesting show as it's one steeped in detail and atmosphere as the creative team went to a small town in Germany and have recreated much of its feel here in animated for. The show takes place in what feels like relatively modern times as it focuses on a young woman named Saga. At age eleven, Saga has had a rough couple of years as her mother died three years prior and she now lives with her grandmother. Saga's the kind of child that tries her best at living though in order to honor her mother, so she makes the most out of every single day. She works at a little coffee shop trying to create a masterful blend of her own and she delivers coffee to a few locations as well before she heads off to school each day. One area she treats herself to is going to the piano store where she's able to look longingly at one and sometimes play it a little.
Saga's mother is a huge influence on her life in that she was a master pianist. Saga has the dream of following her in some form, as she continues to practice and work at it, but it doesn't come across as a massive driving force behind her. Saga's the kind of calm but proactive child in that she has her plans, her schedules and a list of things that she wants to get done and focuses on achieving that. Saga's also the type that schedules her time with friends, such as checking out clothes and getting a delicious snack here and there, but not in a way that seems bad. She's a bright, good natured kid who has some wonderful friend in Norma and Anne and an amusing rival in Greta, the daughter of a fairly well to do family who views Saga as someone who is trying to challenge her.
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