I remember a few years ago I sat down and watched a bit of the Di Gi Charat anime, because I’d seen the manga at bookstores and I knew Koge-Donbo (one of my favorite manga-ka) and played a role in its production. The only thing I remember thinking about it was “what in the world is going on here??”
Di Gi Charat was originally a mascot for the store “Gamers” in a part of Tokyo called Akihabara. The character Di Gi Charat (or Dejiko) and her little friend Puchiko appeared in From Gamers in a comic strip illustrated by Koge-Donbo called “Gema Gema”. The character was recognized by a TV producer and soon it was set out to be an anime series which also started a Di Gi Charat manga.
Reading Di Gi Charat Theater: Dejiko’s Summer Vacation supplied such a good history description I finally understand what Di Gi Charat is even all about. Basically Summer Theater has an opening story by Koge-Donbo, and follows along with other artist’s takes on the characters in their stories, and in between stories are a little “Artist Talk” in which the artist of the story prior talks about their favorite character. The main characters of the Di Gi Charat are Di Gi Charat, a hybrid-cat eared alien girl who recently descended to Earth to become a star and ends up working at Gamers, along with her small, sharp-tongued companion Puchiko. She doesn’t speak much, but when she does, nothing particularly nice comes from her mouth. Dejiko’s rival, Rabi-en-rose (real name Usada Hikaru), who worked at Gamers before Dejiko arrived, won’t stand for some short green-haired punk getting in her way of stardom.
I remember a couple years ago I was wary about reading anything Di Gi Charat related because the whole idea of having so many different artists work on it, and not just Koge-Donbo, confused me. Now I understand it though, and it makes a whole lot more sense. After reading Summer Vacation I think I will go try the anime once more, and not to mention the regular manga.