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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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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!
Warning: This review may include character bashing, ranting, fangirl-ishness, and a spoiler or two. If you wish not to see , then scroll down to the next comment(:
--------------------------------------------------- First of all, I would like to state that I enjoyed this entire thing. Except for Tadase. Princey boy can go fall in a moat. HIS MOAT. Stupid king wanabee. I mean sure, Amu might be the only one for him, but he is NOT the only one for Amu. I am pro Amu x Ikuto
Now My Reviews. Art: 9/10. The art was fantastic. The characters were easy to tell apart, and the guys did not all look the same with the same haircut ^__^ And it was touching and funny(: i loved the expressions. Plot: 8/10. It was very original, and deep. It made you think about yourself, and everything you want to be. There was romance, family, and friendship. I enjoyed it very much, and recommend it to anyone who likes magical little cute mini you's. Characters: 9/10. I loved ALL of the characters. Except Tadase.
good but something prevent me from fully liking it...
Okay, its started pretty good! interesting, surprising, cute!!! but it really did make from: Awesome --> Nothing!
Art: pretty cute!! All the characters are well drawn!! The charas are cute!!
Plot: Interesting! It really started good but as it goes on, it becomes boring! i even slept when watching the last few episodes -.-
Ok, now things that disturbs me!!!
Amu: she is one of the characters that falls for a prince like boy!! she is too shoujo for this manga! i mean, how can a girl keep on saying 'Tadase-kun~' all the time!? She is just annoying! She does not care if Ikuto likes her or not! She was a bit different in the manga but in the anime, she is a...um... complete stupid shoujo character!! I watched the anime first, i did not read the manga cause i did not want to see that stupid girl again! How the hell can she be the heroine of this manga? even yaya is better
Tadase: A jerk!! Hate him!! At first, he liked his dog! second, he liked amu when transformed! AND THEN, she likes Amu! and the girl still like him!! i mean, Ikuto liked her always, like she was, funny, clumsy and cute! but Tadase is a jerk!! first dog,then amu heart, then FINALLY Amu!! Tadase should disappear with his jelly crown baby thing!
Not enough in the side of minors: Well, they explained A LOT about the main characters (past for example) but they did NOT explain about the minors like yaya and kukai!! The spotlight is on the main like amu,tadase,ikuto!! the others barely have a time to shine!
Repetitive: Anyone noticed? It got repetitive! Found an 'evil' egg, amu comes, amu saves everyone!! she is always the one to save people!! Let's see yaya! she has duckies as an attack!? are they stupid? they make her a lowly character! i understand she is like a child but still! Amu has a lot! A lot of great powers! Seriously, amu saves the day! no one gets a chance to shine again! she takes all the spotlight!
I like Utau and Yaya more than amu i am younger than her yet i do have a brain and i am not THAT childish! what a shame over her!
Anyways, still a good story! IKUTO kyaaa <3
Reccommended to people who like typic shoujo and weak,stupid heroines! NOT reccommended to people who are mature !!
It deserves a lower rating!! 5/10!
i don't know about the manga but ik the anime is nuts,boring,weird,and the romance there is slower then my grandma. i mean siriusly... evil eggs?? wtf its a story u tell ur 3 year old kid before bed time. i started reading this manga because it's ''recommended'' as people say and i hope it won't be like the anime. but i highly doubt that i'll grow to like the idea of evil eggs..and i hope the romance in the manga is better than the anime and not that slow..