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Shugo Chara!, Vol. 1: Who Do You Want to Be? (Shugo Chara! #1)

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WHO DO YOU WANT TO BE?

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...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2006)
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Theresa ♫
Oct 30, 2011 Theresa ♫ rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fellow humans who wish for a cute, original mahou-shoujo story
1. The art is beautiful.
2. The idea is WAAAAY original. I CAN'T FIND ANOTHER PLOT LIKE IT!!
3. It teaches a valuable lesson that I ENCOURAGE MY REVIEW READERS TO FIND OUT FOR THEMSELVES. :)

Shugo Chara (NOTE: Pronounced Shoo-goh kah-rah! People have been calling it Shoo-goh cha-rah and I have the immediate urge to correct them! But I wouldn't know--I'm just a fan of pronouncing things the japanese way.) starts out as story about a young 4th grader (I can't believe how young they are...) named Amu...more
Shealea Iral
Aug 31, 2012 Shealea Iral rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Shealea Iral by: A number of friends.
Everything about this is just plain meh. Even though I knew from the start that this manga isn't something to be gaga over and that it isn't meant to be realistic at all, I'm still confused and a bit disappointed.

First off, the egg idea is kind of ludicrous to me and in all honesty, it doesn't really make sense in my head. How're Guardian Characters supposed to help a person find his/her true personality and identity if they constantly control and change how the person acts and reacts? Well, may...more
Lou Rocama
Review for series.

The first volume of this was a little incoherant, and I had trouble getting into it. I only read further because I already had the entire set out from the library, and figured why not. It's not like they take long to read. The later volumes were much better plotted, and I actually zipped past number 7 pretty quickly. Then I got bored. I finished for the same reason I'd continued past volume 1. The ending was okay, though not amazing.

As for the material:

(view spoiler)...more
Circus Princess
You know, I had been making progress with writing my draft. Got a whole three pages out of the way in an hour. But then I discovered Shugo Chara! and now my schedule for the rest of the week is down the drain.
Sparo127
Shugo Chara is a lovely manga series! It turned out better than I had expected to be. Amu Hinamori, the main character, acting 'cool and spicy' at her school but that wasn't her true character. So she wish to be reborn as her true self. Her wish came true and there were three eggs on her bed. She was astonished about it. She brought them at her school where she met the Guardians of Seiyo Elementary. She had a crush with the prince, Tadase who was in the king chair. Once she confessed to him that...more
Nick
May 13, 2008 Nick rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
Overall Rating: B+
Synopsis: Created by Peach-Pit, the series is a shōjo manga that follows Amu Hinamori, a student at Seiyo Elementary. Amu has a reputation for being stylish and cool (that's her to the left), but she's really very shy. One night, she makes a wish that she could be her real self, and the next morning she finds three brightly colored eggs in her bed. Each egg eventually hatches a Guardian Character, angel-like beings able to change Amu into a new personality. She also has to deal...more
Espo
Ah, Shugo Chara!. This is a series which really does break away from the boundaries and conventions of its preordained genre and give you something new for the audience. It takes the stereotypical aspects of mahou shoujo, of course, but it runs with them - uses some more than others and disregards some of the more cliché ones. It's not all about the sparkles and the saving the world and the impossibly comfortable outfits and impossible hair colours and so forth. Okay, it is about all of that, bu...more
Margaryta
Holy, this was an amazing manga series! First of all, nothing like this out of manga have I ever seen. And I so doubt I ever will. This manga stands alone from everything else, especially in the whole entire concept.

Amu is really an example of a girl in elementary school who is misunderstood and not given a chance to fix her mistakes, but she really wants another chance at a good life. Tadase and Ikuto are two boys that help her along the way, both becoming crushes but she does eventually choose...more
Nɪɴᴀ
I loved this. It was very cute and very sweet. Unfortunately though I'm only adding novels to my challenge this year, so I'm going to note her that I read it on the 14/03/2014-15/03/2014.

The plot: Very straightforward, kind of predictable. But also has enough twists and turns to keep interested. Though it's like any usual shoujo manga. It's not like a mystery where you're suddenly thrown in another direction.

The Characters: I loved Amu. I loved Ikuto. Amu is your usual Shoujo protag and yet she...more
Rajab Al-mukarrom
menemukan satu set komik shojou remaja di dalam lemari komik adik gue.
hmm.. karena bulan ini butuh asupan komik yang banyak, walhasil gue baca serial yang satu ini.
lumayan ceritanya, gambarnya juga bagus.
ternyata dulu komik ini masuk Nakayoshi--menurut penuturan adik gue.
ceritanya unik, meski gue sendiri agak geli juga baca komik" remaja ala Nakayoshi seperti ini lagi.
hahahah
Connie
Nov 30, 2008 Connie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: annie, elaine,
Recommended to Connie by: forgot
Everyone at Seigo Elementary thinks that stylish Amu has it all. But know one knows Amu's real self; the shy one. Changing Hinamori Amu's life is gonna take more than wishes and dreams, even if there is magic involved! One morning, Amu finds 3 eggs on her bed, each inside is a guardian angel, with different personalitys and charactistics.
Malxox ♥

IKUTO <3

I watched the show before I read this, do honestly I could've gotten by without reading this one. But nonetheless I still very much enjoyed the book! It's one of my favorite anime's ^^
Christine
I liked the story's premise, but it read like the usual girl manga type, which bugged me since the characters are in Elementary School. They're 11, at best, and acting like teenagers.
Emma
Nov 16, 2010 Emma rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
Amazing!! I read all of them!! I am a total Amuto fan!!!!!!!! I hope amu picks Ikuto overe tadase!!!!!!!
Kiki~~다은이♥♥
It was okay... Just weird...... Some people who give this a 4 or a 5, you haven't experienced REAL manga.
Lily
Cute, but I enjoyed the TV series more.
Lily Fausett
I really love Shugo Chara! It's one of my favorite manga series. Just like the anime too but trust me…The manga is way better. It's about a girl named Amu Hinamori, She comes off as "cool and spicy" by her friends but deep down inside she is really shy and sweet.

Later on she finds three eggs that are called Guardian eggs to help her be her true self that she want's to be. So far the plot is very original and talk about interesting! I love the main character and all the characters as well! I a...more
Kelly
This is a really fast manga to read if your looking for something quick. But I honestly did not enjoy this as much as I thought I would. I guess I just thought the characters were too over developed( if that even makes any sense). But everyone in this story had to have some really sad backstory; a little too over dramatic for me personally. Some people will really enjoy this but not me. A 17 year old getting with a little girl in 5th grade?! But then again who couldn't love those shugo chara?! T...more
Rose
My review will be on the original non-edited version that some kind people translate for us on the internet cos Del Rey suck (no offence to you guys and all) and 'edit' (or as I like to say, make loads of mistake in) the translation... WHICH IS REALLY, REALLY ANNOYING!!! Seriously annoying... seriously, seriously annoying... you don't know how long I can rant about something like that cos I appreciate the Japanese culture and language so much... (speaking of which, anyone wanna lend me £1000 so...more
Lex Marie
This adorable story with cute characters and a mysterious plot is definitely different from most manga out there. Following elementary student and accidentally acclaimed badass, Amu Hinamori, we learn about the Shugo Chara, or "Guardian Characters" and their roles in the world of this story.
The pace was slower in general, but it was the perfect pace for this story. The plot is different and always tries to keep you guessing. The artwork is great with lots of attention to detail. The characters a...more
Lena Nguyen
This manga was very unique in its storyline as well as the art. The art was really top notch, as expected of the duo, PEACH-PIT. The story itself was like no other, and that's saying something because nowadays, you see the same things repeating itself over and over again, so this was a fresh start and it truly set itself apart from all of that. This manga was very empowering, because I remembered that during the time when I read this, I was going through a difficult time in my life and I couldn'...more
Suzanne
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Paola E
Shugo Chara vol.1
Peach Pit, Shugo Chara, Kondasha publishing’s, 2007, 200p
Have you ever felt like someone that you’re not and just keep acting like it? And you just wished that you can change yourself? That’s how Hinamori Amu feels in the cute little manga made by Peach Pit. This is one of the cutest manga I have read in my entire life, it’s just so darn adorable it will make your teeth rot I swear. Now join me as I tell Amu’s story as it starts out with three little eggs.
Taking place in Tokyo...more
Hermione
This review will be for the whole series.

When I finished the official last chapter of Shugo Chara! back in 2010, I was an emotional wreck. Some people don't understand; I was obsessed with this series. The idea was original, the characters pleasant and adorable, the plot perfect with just the right amount of dark/light elements.

I was devastated when it ended.

Granted, I probably hadn't stuck to it for no more than a year and a half. I found out about it around the summer of 2009, and it ended w...more
Laney J.
The book was called Shugo Chara!, Vol. 1. The genre was fantasy-fiction. The length was 208 pages long. I read sometime this February.

'All kids hold an egg in their soul, the egg of our hearts, our would-be selves, yet, unseen."

Amu Hinamori is a 5th grade student in Seiyo Academy. She is a transfer student. Amu feels that she wants to have a differnt style, than her normal, mom-picked style. The style of clothes her mom buyes her is goth-punk. She doesn't like it. So she makes a wish to be diffe...more
Grace
Hinamori Amu is the most popular girl at Seiyo Elemantary school, known for her edgy fashion sense and "Cool-n-Spicy" attitude. Hell, even her own parents are huge fans of her. But in reality, Amu is just a scared girl who just wants to be cuter and more honest.
Enter three eggs, who hatch into Guardian Characters, sort of mascots who represent who Amu wants to become. Ran represents her desire to more athletic and honest. Miki is her wish to be more artsy, and has her stubborn attitude. Suu is t...more
Molly
Feb 26, 2013 Molly rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Nobody
Shelves: manga
Despite the popularity of the Shugo Chara series, I can't say that I'm very enthusiastic about it. The story focuses of Amu, a girl who everybody thinks is really popular and cool, but really she's the total opposite of what everybody thinks. Instantly, the character is hard to relate to. Sure, many people put on facades while they are at school or in public, but Amu is different. Amu has just switched schools- this was a perfect chance for her to change people's (including her parents) opinions...more
Whereis
Shugo Chara is about a shy girl who dresses goth named Amu. She apparently doesn't like to dress goth though. I couldn't really tell if she didn't change her manner of dress because her mother made her wear those clothes or if it was because it's "not in her character". It was kind of irritating though. Her mother didn't seem like the pushy type, so why didn't Amu change her appearance if that's what she wanted? Instead of changing her clothes she makes a wish, she wishes that she can change her...more
Gwen

Ok, if you only want what I thought of the series go to the bold, this first paragraph is about me finding the book, and figuring it out.


Honestly, I just found this for a dollar and said "Why not?"
Then I read the back, said "...
cheesy much?"
But I still bought it. And was damn glad I did!
It was my first manga, and I saw the cover was on the back only when I got home... said "What... the... hell?!?"
So I just read it from the cover and guessed which pannal was where (Same with the speech bubbles)

...more
Camryn Clardy
In fifth grade it's kind of a hard time for some people, wanting to be popular,fit in,and want to make it a good year. But for Amu Hinamori that's not the case, Amu Hinamori is very well-known and popular fifth grader at Seiyo Elementary School. Amu has always wanted to be herself and but she feels like her true self doesn't satisfy her, she developed a nickname she doesn't like which is "Cool and Spicy" but that's not her true self. Until one morning three eggs appear in her bed that are not j...more
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