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Everybody at Seiyo Elementary thinks that stylish and super cool Amu has it all: But nobody knows the real Amu, a shy girl who wishes she had the courage to truly be herself. Changing Amu's life is going to take more than wishes and dreams - it's going to take a little magic! One morning, Amu finds a surprise in her bed: three strange little eggs. Each egg contains a Guardian Character, an angel-like being who can give her the power to be someone new. With the help of her Guardian Characters, Amu is about to discover that her true self is even more amazing than she ever dreamed.
Contains the side story Shugo Chara! Encore! in volume 12.
Shugo Chara! was awarded the 2008 Kodansha Manga Award for best children's manga.
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Fun Read, but be warned...
I've got to hand it to PEACH-PIT. Their art is very cute, and they've done a great job with the characters (personality wise and costume wise). However, I really can't condone a 10 year old protagonist having a 17 year old love interest. It sends a very, very bad message… If you pretend she's older, it softens the blow, but still…
I read this back when i was in middle school.... and i had the biggest crush on Ikuto..... lol Seriously, I would squeal every time he made his entrance or had one of those moments with amu. ha ha ha. <3
Even now I still occasionally think of this manga. It's just so adorable.
... Last updated on November 21st, 2013, 1:59am
Even if it's just a kid's story it did not stick with me as much as some other stories I read as a kid like Tokyo Mew Mew, Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura or what not, but don't get me wrong, it was still a decent read. If only because Ikuto kept me coming back for more.
Oh did I have a crush on him as a kid. <3<3<3
This is one of those mangas that if you were like me and waiting for the untimely updates than you probably read all of it, but if you were fortunate enough to get all the chapters in one sitting then you might have skimmed which is what I would have probably done because not every chapter is worth reading.
Nevertheless, it's decent. Wouldn't say it's "great for kids," because I think kids would be even more bored and probably much quicker if they read this manga. But it's definitely for adolescent girls that like adorable bishounens and a "cool" heroine.
Cute and original
I may be biased since this is the first manga I've ever read before, but I thought Shugo Chara was really cute. All the characters were well-developed, likeable and had their own distinct personalities; the story's tone was upbeat and energetic with some thoughtful and even somewhat dark undertones; and the artwork is pretty and well-suited to both the characters and story. I didn't feel that the story dragged on incessantly either; it was neither too long nor too short, and tied up most loose ends, leaving a pleasant feeling after finishing the series. (For a continuation of the relationships present, see Shugo Chara! Encore!)
However, reading it back over again, many shoujo cliches are present, though I must not have noticed them the first time as I'd only just started reading manga. Anyway, if you're a newcomer to shoujo manga, Shugo Chara is a must-read.
... Last updated on December 27th, 2012, 5:51pm
Good and Cute
I think that this is the best manga for kids ages 12+ But I think that this wouldn't appeal to 17+
I like Amulet Spade
... Last updated on September 10th, 2012, 2:42pm
A Good Kid Shoujo
This was one of the first mangas I've ever read. I originally gave this a 7.5 but rounded to an 8 due to the scale. The story i admit is original. You really don't see alot of egg-heart base mangas. It's one of those unique magic girl shoujo story. The main character, Amu Hinamori, also has a different personallity from your usual heroine girl in magic shows. The art work is very attractive. You will probably be drawn in mostly because of the art if not the story. I do reccommend this manga to some people who like cute shoujo with love triangle and cute guys ikuto in particuliar. I do not recommend this to those who are looking for more focus on the love fraction of the manga since this didn't really have that much romance. Just development.
Manga certainly better than the anime
The anime may look great, but it is certainly not mature enough, because it has a different target audience: kids! I feel like the manga is targeted more for kids as well as teens as well (since I read it- idk). It has 'erotic' moments, esp with Ikuto and Amu- good on Peach Pit (after all, they write/draw ecchi mangas). I would also like to comment on the hating on Amu, seriously, she's a kid and everyone is different- she is more likeable than some other shoujo heroines out there. Overall, and oh, I forgot to mention the art- it's awesome! I love this series so much, even now lol and I'm officially an adult.
... Last updated on September 26th, 2012, 12:32am
What I love first: The Artwork. 11/10. O my god. So so so lovable. Overloaded cuteness. I really really love Peach-Pit's artwork
Second: The Chara. 9/10 Nothing's new, but each of the character is lovable, and every chara has its character, different from one to another. Yea, since it's shoujo, lovey dovey must exist, but what I like about it is how the main character, Amu, doesn't make it as the-greatest-problem-of-all-in-my-life. I really like that.
Third: The Romance. 10/10 haha, I like every pair.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Amu & Ikuto, not with Tadase and actually I really hope dat homeroom teacher to be with Suu... Too bad it's impossible
...the main plot, eh? haha
btw, sometimes, the scenes (especially between Amu and Ikuto), from the dialogues to the chara's motions and expressions, seems... so erotic XD all hail Peach-Pit!
... Last updated on March 23rd, 2012, 11:54pm
I loved this series and I do wish that the anime could have been like the manga with Amuto but I do loved Ikuto and I do like Tadase, even if I don't want to see Amu paired up with Tadase. I had to wait for the volumes to come out either in the stores or look for it online. It was run, cool and I do wish that I had some guardian characters floating around me and telling me what I should be since I think I need one. -.- Yoru was the cutest cat and I loved Diamond.
One of my favourites
I personally love this series because it was unique and different. Your lead wasn't your usual ditzy clutzy teenager obbessed with love and the art was visually stunning and the plot was quite good.
Plot It was cute story and well put together. I especially liked the idea about the eggs it was really nice and sweet. The story was different because it had most of the main characters a younger age to your usual shoujo. To tell the truth I'm really glad that their young because a lot of things could go wrong if they were older.
Characters Every was different and you could memorize their names too. Each character had their own story and issues to deal with and as you read you can see them grow like Amu and Ikuto who both really didn't know who they really were. I didn't really hate anyone but I disliked the part of the plot were Tadase started hitting on Amu because of her transformation and that also got on my nerves because I was a AmuxIkuto fan.
Art So pretty! It didn't burn my eyes every time I flipped a page. The characters are so different that you wouldn't have trouble telling them apart.
Issues Yes, I had some issues with the manga that prevented from giving it a 10. The main couple in the manga Amu and Ikuto, it's not that I hate the couple but it's their age difference. It was a good thing the age difference but it was just too big. It looked like they were seven or six years apart which was nice and cute but at the same time akward and weird. I also believe if their ages were more closer we would have seen more chemistry which would be nice. The ending was not as epic as I hoped for Shugo Chara it was dispointing to me. Then I read Shugo Chara Encore it was nice however even though the finale was good and epic, I felt craving for more Shugo Chara wanting more chapters. I wanted to see what would happen to Ikuto and Amu in the future like if they would have gotten married or had any babies!! Also I felt some of the couples in Shugo Chara Encore weird especially the one with the class president.
Anyways I reccomend this to any who wants a good read! This manga will always be one of my many favourites!