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Shugo Chara!

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

Shugo Chara! is an anime series based on the shojo manga by the manga author duo, Peach-Pit.

Amu Hinamori is the main character of the story. Many of her classmates think she's cool and rumors and speculation about her spread around school. In reality, Amu is actually shy and has a hard time showing her true personality. One night, she wishes for the courage to show her "would-be" self. The next morning, she wakes up to find three eggs in her bed: one is pink, one is blue, and one is green. Each of these eggs hatch into three Guardian characters: Ran, Miki, and Su.

Ran represents Amu's desire to be more honest, confident, and athletic. Miki represents Amu's wish to be more sharp, level headed, and artistic. Su represents Amu's desire to be more caring, sensitive, and improving her domestic skills. Amu's life becomes more difficult as she struggles to deal with her new Guardians.

At her school, there are four members of the student council, who are referred to as the school's Guardians. Each member of the council has a Guardian Character of their own. Amu has a crush on Tadase Hotori, the head of the group. Later in the series, Amu is recruited to join the group to search for and purify X Eggs and X Characters.

The Easter Company is trying to extract people's eggs while searching for a special egg called the Embryo. Supposedly, this egg will grant any wish to the one who possesses it. Ikuto Tsukiyomi is a high school boy recruited by the company to find the Embryo. In the first episode, he steals the Humpty Lock, and tries to steal Amu's eggs. At the end of the episode, Amu not only gets back her eggs, but gets the Humpty Lock as well. The Humpty Lock enables a process called Character Transformation that allows Amu to gain special abilities that are dependent on the Guardian Character.

Personally, I thought the story in this series was a little on the strange side. There is very bright and cute animation that will have an appeal with a younger audience, especially with girls. Visually, I didn't see anything that I thought would be objectionable for young viewers to see. Personally, I would recommend Shugo Chara! to anime viewers who are 10 or 11 years of age and older.


Title
Episodes
Release Year(s)
Director
Studio
N.A. Licensor
Shugo Chara!512007-2008Kenji YasudaSatelightCrunchyroll
Shugo Chara!! Doki--512008-2009Kenji YasudaSatelightCrunchyroll
Shugo Chara! Party!252009-2010Kenji YasudaSatelightCrunchyroll
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