Amu meets a super-peppy transfer student at Seiyo Academy Elementary School named Hiiragi Rikka at school one day. Not only can she see Guardian Characters, but it seems she has some other, mysterious powers as well. When she sees the work that Amu and the other Guardians do at school, she's awestruck.
Each 24-25 minute episode consists of a series of variety show style shorts (including Shugo Chara! Pucchi Puchi) totaling approx. 9-10 minutes, followed by the main 11-12 minute animation titled Shugo Chara!!! Dokki Doki which is the actual continuation of season 2 and comes with it's own opening animation. The remaining time is occupied by live action padding between each section and capped off with the opening/ending themes at the beginning and end of the episode.
I consider myself someone who believes in reason and poise in his reviews, and therefore I will try to hold myself to such decorum and not break down crying like a 5-year-old girl who skinned her knee.
Oh who am I kidding. THEY CANCELLED SHUGO CHARA!!!! T____T
I knew the very moment I was asked if I was "shugo-genki" that hell had found one of my favorite magical girl series to date and placed its icy grip around its throat mercilessly. I watched in horror as the main character was reduced to an obligatory stand-in. I watched as Ikuto disappeared entirely. I watched as the Guardians followed in suit. I watched as those hellish cosplaying twits sucked up the airtime. And I watched as Pucchi Puchi became what I looked forward to more than the actual series. I knew Shugo Chara, and this was not Shugo Chara.
Laying blame will do no good, as we all know by now that blame deserves to go to a variety of sources. The existence of Rikka and Hikaru is most notable and seems a good launch point. Obviously, Shugo Chara is a show for children, but one of the show's biggest strengths was that none of the characters seemed to pander toward children. They tackled age-appropriate issues with a surprising amount of respect and understanding, and most notably without any condescension or beating the moral into the audience. Rikka and Hikaru did everything in their power to subvert this into oblivion. Cliched as they were at the start, they wasted no time beating the lesson of the day into us every week, were childish to the point of pandering, and just overall irritances who seldom grew as characters. This would not be so bad if the cast I had grown to adore was there to pull me through it, but they were all systematically removed and never heard of again. By the end, there were episodes that only had Amu, her Shugo Chara, Rikka and Hikaru. I weep.
The story... what story? This was pure filler and not even good filler like the Lulu arc in Doki!... yes I liked the Lulu arc. It dragged, but I've seen much worse. Case in point, Rikka and Hikaru. This wasn't so much a story arc as it was just episodic nonsense, often covering ground that the series had already covered, just with younger and more irritating characters. This was offset by the somewhat enjoyable Pucchi Puchi segments. Miki's Laboratory and Shugo Bomber were two recurring stories in Pucchi Puchi I was always happy to see. Shugo Bomber especially, if solely for the Commissioner, which single-handedly made Su my favorite of the charas. But I digress.
What held this sloppy execution together was the young girl singing troupe, Shugo Chara Egg, and make no exaggeration when I say this is the go-to con point for anyone who suggests live-action and anime can coexist in the same series. The four girls are annoying, uninteresting, and Spade at times looks like she's thinking she's made a terrible life decision. Newsflash, honey. You did.
Shortcuts in art appeared incredibly early when opening sequences turned into clip shows. Frozen imagery moved around like Satelight had suddenly inherited the budget of an early Shinbo Akiyuki show. The vibrant world of the series became increasingly dull to the point that they just couldn't hide it by the end. A shame, really.
The soundtrack was still enjoyable, but I had grown to love the songs throughout the series. Even the Guardians 4 OPs in Doki!, but by the end everything felt painfully generic to the point of terrible, Nana Mizuki's last song, while pretty, was not the Utau we had come to know, and Buono! is pretty much gone outside the final ED for each episode.
In one episode of Party!, Amu told Utau that doing something different could be good. If Party is any indication, Amu lied. Party took the formula of the series, tried and true through two seasons, and ruined it with live-action and horrendous filler. The only redeeming point here is Pucchi Puchi, and only then, mostly for Shugo Bomber. Why I'm giving this the rating I'm giving it is both because of Pucchi Puchi and out of respect for the series I loved and the characters it mercilessly tossed to the wolves. Only the diehards will make it through this, and then, only they will be the ones to weep for the commercialization and utter mistreatment of such a wonderful little show about growing up and being yourself.
Why, Shugo Chara? Why did you unlock my heart only to rip it out of my chest, throw it to the ground, and tap dance on it?
Overall, Shugo Chara Party! gets a 5 out of 10.read more
If you love the original Shugo Chara!, this anime is NOT for you.
If you remember LuLu DeMorcerf, from Shugo Chara!! Doki, she was a filler character, along with the whole plot behind her. Shugo Chara! Party! is also a filler, but it is a very BAD filler.
Not only, by making Rikka, do they get contradict things that were explained earlier in the series, but they ruin the original plot from the manga. It has NOTHING to do with what happened in the manga! It's completely different. This wouldn't be as bad if it was actually ENTERTAINING! Not only that, but over half the show is full of cosplayers who are also terrible actresses, and a corny, poorly drawn cartoon. Even when I skipped the cosplaying and corny cartoon, I was still very disappointed. Way to ruin a great anime, and manga.
I tried to force myself to watch it, at least until I got past the episode about my favorite character, but it was so awful, I couldn't even manage that.
They might as well get the manga, rip it apart, stomp on it, throw it in a fire, and when the fire goes out, dance on the ashes. That is how much respect they showed the manga.read more
For those of you who have been watching Shugo Chara!, you may have noticed that it's starting to get cuter and fluffier. Shugo Chara!!! Dokki Doki is no exception.
At first, it seemed as if the plot the anime was following was going to catch up with she manga story line soon, but that won't be happening. Similar to the story arc with Lulu, another anime-original character has been introduced: Rikka, a bubbly second-grader who can see Shugo Charas and understand X Eggs and X Charas. It's original, but throws the anime off track from the plot line most fans of the series want.
To add to this, there's a new anime within the anime: Shugo Chara! Pucchi Puchi. It's a cheesy attempt to make the series more appealing to younger fans, and thus, there isn't much the older fans, like me and probably the majority of you reading this, will find interesting about it. Unless you want to watch an over-done mini-anime that focuses on the Shugo Charas, I suggest you skip the first nine minutes of each episode.
I have nothing against the art. It's fairly standard shoujo anime art, just like the art from Shugo Chara! and Shugo Chara! Doki.
As for the music, things begin to get strange. Now there are two openings. Yeah, you read that right: TWO OPENINGS. The first opening, which comes before the Pucchi Puchi segment, is a bit odd. The second is by far better. It's not as cutesy as the previous Shugo Chara! Doki openings, and definetly not another attempt to draw in younger fans like the Pucchi Puchi opening. The end song, sung by Buono!, is reasonable.
As I mentioned before, an anime-original character, also reffered to as a filler character, has been introduced in order to make up for the sudden advance in plot in the previous ten or so episodes. Just because Rikka is a filler girl doesn't mean she isn't well developed. I can already tell that this story arc will be interesting, and that Rikka isn't just a character that will be left undeveloped.
One of the most annoying things was the three Shugo Chara Egg! members popping up throught the episode. In between the Pucchi Puchi segment and the anime itself, and before and after the entire episode. It's a lot more fun to mock them than to take them seriously. The epsode itself wasn't so bad.
Bottom line: Skip Pucchi Puchi and just watch the episode. Don't waste your time with the fluffy stuff.read more
To my dismay, I found the first episode of this season of Shugo Chara disappointing. No offense to those of you who found it appealing, or equally appealing, as its first two seasons.
The first thing I hated when I watched the first episode was that there were girls cosplaying as three of my favourite shugo charas; Ran, Miki, and Su. What happened to the three of them starting off the episodes? I showed it to my friend, who also watches Shugo Chara, and she found it slightly revolting. She said it seemed more like a music video than an anime itself.
Secondly, the actual anime only had like, 10 minutes of airtime. How is the plot going to develop if it only has that limited amount of time frame? There's still so much we don't know. Like, did Ikuto go and find his father? When will the other guardians find out the secret Nagi's hiding?
And, I'm sure, like myself, there are a number of you who want to see development in the love triangle of Ikuto, Amu, and Tadase.So, for now, I'll give the season an overall of 6. read more