Shugo Chara!, Vol. 1: Who Do You Want to Be? (Shugo Chara! #1)
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
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
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
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)[The charac ...more
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
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
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
I watched the anime first, so some of the terminology in the manga sounded peculiar to me. Especially "the self that I want to be", whereas the anime OP theme said "my would-be self". Also, the "Negative Heart, Lock-On!" that I loved so much in the anime, seems missing from the manga. Other than that, and how obvious it is that the mangakas are Amuto fangirls (which I despise, since I am a Tadamu fangirl), the manga is a decent read...even for those of us, who watched all of the anime first ...more
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
This first volume was so much fun! I was quite confused at first because I didn't know what was going on. At all. The volume was also really short, so I was afraid I wouldn't get all the information I needed, but I did. Obviously I didn't get ALL the information, but I got enough to understand what was going on in general. The love interest were set-up and I already have a huge preference for the 'villain', but that may change. I'm glad I found a new manga series to read.
Oh, Shugo Chara!, how I miss you.
I miss feeling all cutesy reading about Amu's adventures. I miss desperately trying to decipher, in amazement, different honorifics regarding Japanese culture. I suppose I simply miss my early burgeoning interest in Japan.
Shugo Chara! was one of my first manga series, so it was impossible I'd give it a low score. If there's one thing I adore, it's tiny characters that come out of pocket-sized spheres (read: Pokemon) and adorable little tamago (eggs). Enter Shu ...more
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
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
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
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 "...
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)
En effet si l’héroïne est une jeune fille qui ne rêve que d’être mignonne, j’ai trouvé l’intrigue bien menée et intrigante. L’histoire tourne autour de mystérieux œufs, appelés des shugo chara, et qui font leur apparition assez précipitamment dans la vie d’Amu.
Je ne vous en révèle pas trop sur l’histoire car ce premier tome a pour rôle de mettre ...more
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
This is a review for the entire Shugo Chara series (all 12 volumes)
I tried to read these to get back into manga, but unfortunately it didn't do very well. But I'm not going to rate it on how much I like manga in general but just this series.
I did enjoy the series. I loved the drawings and the story and the bonus bits at the ends and the Q&A to peach-pit during the volume. I have to ...more