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Shugo Chara!

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Synonyms: Shugo Chara! Encore!
Japanese: しゅごキャラ!
English: Shugo Chara!
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 12
Chapters: 55
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 28, 2005 to Aug 3, 2010
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Comedy Comedy, Romance Romance
Themes: Mahou Shoujo Mahou Shoujo, School School
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Nakayoshi
Authors: PEACH‐PIT (Story & Art)


Score: 7.731 (scored by 1842918,429 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #13972
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #392
Members: 35,808
Favorites: 1,714

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What kind of person will I become? What can I do for myself? Children ponder those very questions, and from those thoughts, the "Heart's Egg" is born. Unseen by most, the Heart's Egg remains hidden within every individual, and represents a person's own ideal character.

While adjusting to life at a new school, Amu Hinamori has unintentionally gained a reputation for being "cool and spicy." Unhappy with her outward persona, Amu often wonders how she can act more like her true self. Her desire for change is manifested when one morning, Amu awakens to find three eggs beneath her. They hatch to reveal Ran, Miki and Suu—three "Guardian Characters," each an embodiment of Amu's ideal self.

Shugo Chara! follows Amu's journey as the trio begin to show her just how much potential she has, encountering other Guardian Characters, and a few troublesome experiences along the way.

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Shugo Chara! received the 32nd Kodansha Manga Award for best children's manga in 2008.

The series had nine volumes published in English by Del Rey from March 27, 2007 to July 27, 2010. Kodansha Comics USA picked up the license and published volumes 10-12 from May 10 to September 6, 2011, also republishing the previous volumes from August 21, 2012 to January 4, 2013.

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Oct 23, 2014
MOOMONSTER (All reviews)
I started off reading this manga because I heard it was a fun, happy-go-lucky kind of story. It was! I laughed out loud a lot and the message was upbeat and positive. But it was more than just a good time. I finished the series feeling not just satisfied and cuddly, but inspired.

I'm a sucker for creators who take an everyday life concern and turn it into a compelling story. The concept which this manga is based on, that of having dreams or an ideal self, is something I think everyone can relate to. I know I struggled with identity when I was younger. Getting read more
Nov 5, 2020
abeinha (All reviews)

First of all, I'd like to say that the score I gave is clearly biased, but this manga doesn't deserve anything less than 8.

Shugo Chara! may look like a typical shoujo, but its peculiarities make it unique in my opinion; the main character, Amu, has doubts and insecurities normally present at her age, the classic love indecision seen in any lead in the genre, and a will for being the best she can be that seems innovative to me in this category. There is the everlasting love triangle, but it doesn't maintain itself as the primary aspect of her life. The little 10, 12 and read more
Apr 30, 2015
yuucchanXO (All reviews)
I like the art - clean, straightforward, and very pleasing to the eyes. I thought the character's emotions were also clearly reflected in the art.

The story was okay. It was fast-paced which is good. I love Ikuto's character very much. Hehe. There was too much idealism which isn't much too my taste. And at the end, there was a confusing all-fantasy arc that surpassed space and time which I didn't really like. But overall, I thought the manga was good and I definitely enjoyed it. I liked best the dokidoki moments of Ikuto and Amu. Hehe. I also liked how Ikuto was portrayed and those read more
Feb 5, 2016
Willowtry (All reviews)
In one line : // If you're into fanservice before anything else, this manga is for you. //

I've never been into Shoujo. Works targeting females very often present the same overused tropes with little to no variation ; therefore, I've never been too fond of them. If I do feel like reading one from time to time, I easily enter the "overdose" zone when it comes to them. To some extent, it can be argued it just isn't my thing, that Shounen, Seinen, etc. also lack variations overall and yes, I couldn't deny it is partly true.

That settled, how come I started Shugo Chara so read more

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