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Shugo Chara!  
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Description
From Del Rey:

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.

Type
Manga

Related Series
Shugo Chara-chan! (Spin-Off)

Associated Names
Характеры-Хранители!
しゅごキャラ!
守护甜心
守護甜心
Guardian Character!
Shugo Chara! Encore!
Shugo Kyara!

Groups Scanlating
Angelic Powder
Futari wa Pretty Anon
Mobots
Sugar Powder
More...

Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
12 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 10, Chap 41 (rest of anime is fillers)

User Reviews
Shugo Chara! by da-chan

Forum
7 topics, 58 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8 / 10.0 (628 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.95 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 3rd 2013, 6:42am PST

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Year
2006

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Nakayoshi (Kodansha)
Nakayoshi Lovely (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Del Rey (9 Volumes - Defunct/Kodansha Continues)
Kodansha USA (3 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #825 increased(+317)
Monthly Pos #1483 increased(+226)
3 Month Pos #2072 increased(+56)
6 Month Pos #2225 decreased(-8)

List Stats
On 1091 reading lists
On 654 wish lists
On 1287 completed lists
On 157 unfinished lists
On 281 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Shugo Chara: Which of these pairings would end up together? 1454 days, 18 hours, 4 minutes ago
It's the end of THIS series... 1656 days, 11 hours, 57 minutes ago
Amux? 1678 days, 11 hours, 42 minutes ago
Has Shugo Kyara ended yet? 1690 days, 11 hours, 21 minutes ago
Its official the manga is ending! 1693 days, 3 hours, 43 minutes ago

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good but something prevent me from fully liking it...   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by AddicTed to ManGas
December 18th, 2011, 12:40am
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 bigrazz

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 bigrazz 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!
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idk.   
Rating: N/A
by h0bby
April 12th, 2011, 11:52am
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..
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DON'T HATE ON MY AMU   
Rating: N/A
by hawkflutter
April 9th, 2011, 5:48pm
Amu acts a little like me, so I love her for that. I love Ikuto, and the characters, and the plot is sweet and touching and this is my favorite manga to date. This manga IS different. Sure, I REEEEAAALLLY don't like how dragged out some of the scenes seem, but it made me laugh, and at two or three parts even made me cry. The only thing that needed some work was TADASE, the stupid *&^%~ smile The Amuto scenes were cute, and the art was only okay. BTW, did I mention I love this thing to death?
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annoying   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by ShadowSakura
January 29th, 2011, 6:19pm
characters: 1/10 points
flat, weak characters that don´t have any character developement at all. even the bad ones are kinda good and the character design makes it impossible to take them serious.
art: 4/10 points
art is cute, some characters like ikuto and utau are really well drawn. but there is are sparkles or flowers on every second page and the art doesn´t suit the story
story: 2/10
promising start, but it gets bad very soon. forshadowing is very easy. there aren´t any real plot-twists. time passes to fast and the introduction of new characters isn´t spectacular

all-in-all:
i only read it for the cat-boy. final score are 2 out of 10 points
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first manga i read   
Rating: N/A
by kazune-kun
January 16th, 2011, 6:20pm
this was the first manga that i read and i am glad that it was this is always going 2 be my 2nd fave manga(first is kamichama karin) i am very impressed with this manga i have got the 1st volume and the second is on the way . 9/10 stars!!!
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Manga like a piece of sweet candy   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Tatania
May 10th, 2010, 7:01pm
Being the first manga I ever read Shugo Chara! introduced me into the world of manga and as such I will always find this sugary sweet manga special in its own way. Itís more aimed for a younger audience but an older audience will find the manga cute as well, widening the target audience. Its fantasy-ish feel and whimsy plot add to the mangaís carefree world of shoujo, it was a great ice breaker into manga.

Plot- The main plot of an uncertain girl trying to find her place isnít too rare in manga, but when you add Guardian Characters and eggs it becomes very unique. Peach Pit did an excellent job making the story line interesting and a fresh new unused plot line.

Characters- There are many interesting characters, all dealing with their own problems and struggles and many have their own Guardian Characters adding to their complexity. The cast of characters is diverse and all so different from any other character making a wonderful cast for the story. Though a few of the characters will easily fit into the regular clichés they still hold their own charm and all are very well rounded.

Art- The artwork is superb and goes along very nicely with the magical like story, adding to the stories enjoyment.

Other- I began to notice that if someone were a boy of Amuís age they were in love with her at some time. If they were a girl of Amuís age they were her friend or looked up to her. If they were a boy or girl younger than Amu they looked up to her. This was a bit unrealistic and after it was revealed that Amu was liked by so many boys I got a little exasperated by it.
The ending was also lacking compared to the rest of the story, there were just too many random unexplained events that were quickly pushed into the story before ending the series suddenly with a few questions left. There is a sequel to the story, Shugo Chara! Encore! So hopefully some things will be explained in that.
I would very much recommend this manga, it is one that can be enjoyed by a very diverse group of people and is a very sweet and endearing manga.

8/10 ĖWas good

... Last updated on August 26th, 2011, 6:39am
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Really super cute and addictive   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by PrincessVera
March 9th, 2010, 11:56am
This series is one of those addictively cute series. It combines the magical girl trope with the reverse harem, the student council setup, and the obligatory drama of the love triangle. It's also one of those series where everyone ends up liking the main character. That is, everyone likes Amu. I mean everyone. All the girls want to be her best friend and most of the guys are in love with her. Also, I don't know if Peach-Pit was trying to add real angst or darkness to the story, but if they were, it didn't work.

The part about the eggs representing people's "wanted" selves is really cute. It reminds me of the series Othello, where the main character has an alternate personality who is stronger and more confident, but in the end, they are really just part of the same person. This series sort of has the same moral. You can especially see that the idea is meant to be that "You can become who you want to be" with:

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Tadase, who becomes assertive even without a "character change" when he confesses to Amu. Amu's journey on the star road after the final battle shows this moral too.


What the weirdest part is to me is that the Canon Couple (Amu x Ikuto) are 5 years apart in age (or 6 - it's hard to tell) and since Amu is an elementary schooler, there is a huge ICK factor, which Peach-Pit lessens by not having them do anything particularly provocative.

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Okay, well, sleeping in the same bed might've been questionable but it was actually just plain cute. Ikuto kisses Amu later but it's not on the lips (phew).


There's also the incest twist:

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Utau kisses Ikuto. On the lips.


Things that I didn't get or wanted to be resolved include:

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How on earth can the grown-up Tadase time-travel? Was that supposed to be important to the plot? It made sense when it was explained, but somehow it was COMPLETELY RANDOM!


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Why can't Ikuto and Amu meet each other again? It sounded like they would never, ever meet again, but there's no reason given for this. Ikuto goes to search for his father - his disappearance is explained but isn't satisfactory - and also becomes a violinist. I guess what Ikuto meant is that he was moving away and never coming back?


That is probably the thing that upset readers the most at the end. Me too! ^^; Hopefully it will be resolved in Encore!

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Najihiko never told Amu that he's actually Nadeshiko!


I was really looking forward to that!

All in all, it was a fun and quick read.

... Last updated on March 9th, 2010, 11:57am
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Meh...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by EtceteraSpeed
December 1st, 2009, 5:00pm
At first, it had a lot of potential, I kept waiting and waiting for the next chapters like a freak. But... it slowly lost it's glow or whatever you wanna call it. I'll probably resume my reading on it once it's complete, but it's a rather disappointing read. Look elsewhere for something with more substance. And, yes, I'm rather nice with my ratings...
<3 Ikuto btw. The only reason I might complete the series.
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'S Okay   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by chibiPhreek
August 24th, 2009, 11:16pm
I actually really liked this series when if first started. It was new, interesting and rather cute, but then I don't know, somewhere along the way the whole story dulled. Sure the characters were all really cute and all. Sure Ikuto is hot, but I don't know, I just can't seem to enjoy it. All I can say is this: If you want a story like Love Monster, this is it. But frankly this is not my cup of tea, no matter how much I like Ikuto and Kukai.
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Mild stuff.   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by drunkguy
August 19th, 2009, 2:57pm
The first anime has two arcs based on chapters up to 26 so you can pretty much skip them if you watched it already. Chapters 27 to 43 covers the next arc, which in and unto itself can be seen as a relatively conclusive ending. Story wise, it is your basic mahou shojou. Girl and friends transforms into magical costume and fight/purify cute little demon egg baby things. Definitely not the deepest of stories. If you're a fan of the art and like magical girl series, this is fine. This isn't really to my taste though.
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