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Satougashi no Dangan wa Uchinukenai  
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This short manga is based on the novel; Sugar Candy Bullets Canít Pierce Anything.
The plot follows two girls and their summer-time adventures in a rural area.

Nagisa Yamada is a bored teenager who finds everyday life extremely unappealing - thus she plans on joining a Military School as soon as possible.

A strange new student named Umino Mokuzu (who claims to be a mermaid) transfers into Nagisa's school and, much to our heroine's bewilderment, soon begins to follow her around incessantly.
Initially, an annoyed and discomfited Nagisa strives to avoid any encounters with Mokuzu. But she soon begins to comprehend the pain and sadness concealed beneath this strange girl's cheerful and carefree demeanour...


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Associated Names
A Lollipop or a Bullet
A Lollypop or a Bullet
Satoukashi no Dangan wa Uchinukenai

Groups Scanlating
Endless Abyss
Mixini Studios
Tranquil Spring
Yuri Project

Latest Release(s)
c.10 by Yuri Project (953d ago)
v.2 c.13 by roankun (1072d ago)
v.2 c.9 by Endless Abyss (1487d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
2 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (251 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.46 / 10.0
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November 28th 2016, 7:33am PST



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Dragon Age (Fujimi Shobo)

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heart rending   
Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
by whitespade
August 24th, 2014, 11:58pm
you WILL cry at the end. the story already had a melancholic air throughout, making you feel heavy with the narration of the pessimistic girl. when you see umino trying so hard to be as happy as can be, and what will become of her in the end, you cannot stop but feel sadness permeate through your body and feel the weight of all the abused children of the world.

there are some spots that i would love more clarification, but i guess it will take away from the main message of the manga and i need to read the novel for that. a truly great read.
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Intriguing....I will remember this one for a while.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
June 21st, 2014, 11:30pm
Read this at your discretion. This manga series contains content that may be too much for some.

But if you are okay and open to anything, then this manga could be quite the tasty treat. It revolves around a strange girl and her influence on others. There can be many interpretations for this series, so I leave it to you.

Have fun reading!
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This manga!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by pandasamurai
May 3rd, 2014, 7:34pm
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I began reading this manga a few years back, and rediscovered it last week. I feel obligated to disagree with you, Fundefined due to your unsatisfactory comment. It is my belief that the parts of the story that are not explained are not explained for the reason of appreciating the mysticism of the short tale; art is made to be interpreted.
Mokuzu's mentality doesn't really go much beyond having Stockholm syndrome.
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I rather see that she is a strong-willed young girl who has lost her identity. Rather than revisit painful memories or drag her new-found friend into her abusive past, she spins a new persona, one that describes everything she wishes to be. Her extended Mermaid metaphor is poetry of everything she can no longer accomplish. Yes, she suffers from Stockholm Syndrome, but her character comes out in layers, revealing much more than a simple character responding to a stereotypical situation with expected circumstantial answers. Also,
The male childhood friend's incident is really bizarre and not well thought out.
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I have to disagree there as well. In that particular scene, I received a strong implication that the author was making a statement of the immaturity of young Japanese social interaction. The formalities of Japanese culture press angst into its youth, who are in obligated to observe many rules and standards that often conflict with pure intentions to communicate. Because of this, Mokuzu was able to intelligently manipulate the boy's every action, forcing him to release his pent up anger, and ultimately that caused Nagisa to feel sympathetic for Mokuzu. The whole scenario was very strategized, much like a pre-plotted scene from Death Note or some other conspiracy manga/novel. If you take a look at an interview with Takashi Murakami, probably Japan's most famous Pop-Artist, he describes his feelings on the superficiality of Japan, that the tradition of silent obedience makes a great machine while overriding its people's ability to understand social interactions. His most popular character DOB is a symbol to describe this.
DOB is a self-portrait of the Japanese people. He is cute but has no meaning and understands nothing of life, sex, or reality. DOB is always confused and in a daze, like he was drunk or stoned.
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Still, to each their own, you may continue to believe that the author lacked in storytelling, but I don't think that the mangaka needs to improve, the book was an incredible experience for me. The Candy vs Bullet theme described Nagisa's inner-dilemma, she lacked the power to keep her selfish desires and had to become a soldier for her family's sake. She felt obligated to fire the "bullet" and be a soldier to support her "noble" brother. Nagisa gave up her right to free will and selfishness because of the love of her brother. Mokuzu became the antithesis of that, vainly juggling her obligation to her father and pursuing her surrealistic desires. She wasn't given love from her father like Nagisa was given from her brother, Mokuzu was enslaved by her father only because of her mental condition, not her choice. In this sense, Mokuzu really only wanted to only fire candy, and enjoy a playful and mischievous life, but was firing bullets too, because she couldn't liberate herself. Due to this subconscious mix-up, the idea is that she is both nonconforming and powerless, firing a sugar candy bullet. Please comment if you have another interpretation of the "sugar candy bullet." This is a complex idea, and if more people interpret it, a collaborative consensus will forge a better understanding.
I gave this manga 10/10 for its excellence in mystery, character development, good artwork, meaningful dialogue, and for making me honestly think about my emotions while reading it. I highly recommend this manga for its quality.

... Last updated on May 3rd, 2014, 7:37pm
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Neither here nor there   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Fundefined
March 2nd, 2014, 11:06am
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I don't think either the original author of the novel, nor the mangaka who adapted the story had the storytelling chops to tell this dark story. The thematic distinction between sugar candy bullets and real bullets was never really explored well. Mokuzu's mentality doesn't really go much beyond having Stockholm syndrome. The male childhood friend's incident is really bizarre and not well thought out. The teacher suddenly turns out to be an important character. And there are simply too many convenient pop psych cliches to justify story elements. Overall the story wasn't cohesive enough and feels rather thrown together. Which is a damn shame because I really liked the premise. It's not often that there's a female character who wants to join the military befriending delusional abused classmate.

... Last updated on March 2nd, 2014, 11:08am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jasperv
July 17th, 2011, 1:12pm
the story is original and every now and then you get that cold chill running down your spine
I know it's a novel adaptation i didn't read the original but the mangaka art adds a lot to this exceptional story to make even more awesome

... Last updated on November 15th, 2012, 6:13am
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rare and outstanding.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mephisto2k
April 6th, 2011, 5:38pm
This manga's story is so superb and with such a psychological depth and melanholic feeling to it, like you will only find in Japanese literature. Purchased both volumes as well.
Only a short while before that, I read "Lying Mii-kun and Broken Maa-chan" which is very similar in many ways and just as good.
I wish I could find the books those are based on and more mangas like that.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by dreamer00013
February 22nd, 2011, 1:32pm
I purchased both volumes today after reading the first few chapters online. I loved the story, loved the art, loved the characters, everything! And it even all makes sense, I was expecting things to be left more ... open.

BUT. Big But, the volumes I purchased annoy me. I wish the people translating and editing this manga would care at least as much for their work as the fans whose scanlations are - to put it simply - superb. Those fans do it for FREE. The other guys get money from it, but they don't even care enough about this wonderful manga to change the font which extremely kills the atmosphere in more than only one part. I've seen enough Raws to know that the fonts change there as well, so why not in my volumes? I really hope the English edition is better.

But it's by no far a reason to give fewer points, fact is, I enjoyed this manga a lot and I'm also happy I purchased them (I can only repeat, the art work is stunning), I can only recommend the read. It's sweet, dark, thrilling, special, also very psychological and you can't put it down when you've begun it. You just want to know more, you just want to know the whole story, not just the end!
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Nagisa is Moe, in the Truest Sense   
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by monkeyvoodoo
February 20th, 2010, 2:07am
I'm editing this title for Tranquil Spring, and I have to say, I agree with PoshSam. There's so much about this title that puts it above and beyond most other stories. And I have to admit, every time I get a final script for a new chapter, I almost dread what's to come. So many aspects of this story feel so real, and so much of it hints at tragedy that editing new chapters is actually somewhat difficult, just because I'm afraid of what's to come.

... Last updated on May 24th, 2010, 11:38pm
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a sad manga....   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mango6o2
January 11th, 2009, 5:22pm
At first glance it seems to be a brainless love-love type manga, but itís actually a dark and suspenseful thriller. With twisted minds, deformities of love, truth and lies, deception and violence
It tells the story of two 13-year-old junior girls struggle to live, the manga delievers the sense of powerlessness and despair. Read it if you like mystery!

... Last updated on January 11th, 2009, 5:40pm
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