"All kids have eggs in their hearts..."
Shugo Chara is basically a typical magical girl manga. I knew it was but something about it draws you in. Maybe it was because of Amu's cool appearance or maybe it was the because of the eggs I'm not sure. But one thing that is for certain, Peach-Pit takes your typical magical girl manga, adds in some spice and tadaa~ a very original magical girl manga.
However something is stopping Shugo Chara from getting an 8. Though the storyline is original with the whole egg and your true self thing, Shugo Chara gets extremely tedious after the first couple
of X-egg encounters. I was incredibly close to skipping all the chapters until the one that I was interested in but I didn't. I kept telling myself that I would read something interesting that would help me understand more of these Shugo Charas. Unfortunately I never fully understood it.
I found the story was way too long considering the plot was pretty simple however it was too short seeing how it never fully explained the concept of Shugo Charas.
Everything was well detailed. All the characters looked cute and individual. I loved the detail of Amu's character. A punk-goth style is annoying to draw but it was always there. The costumes were cute as well. I noticed the surroundings could be scratchy at times but no biggy. One thing though, towards the end, you can see that Amu's legs weren't drawn properly. They look as if they were bent and twisted in painful ways. Well it's not that bad but you get the point...
Best part of Shugo Chara. First off, to be blunt, the wide range of characters did annoy me. All the characters kept disappearing and new ones would come in. I wanted it to settle so that I could enjoy watching the characters that I liked.
Seeing how it was shown in Amu's POV, I praise Peach-Pit's splendid job. Whenever she met new characters you would feel the same as her. For example Kairi, I hated him at first. He just had that 'I'm-an-asshole-beware' sort of feeling. But after both you and Amu got to know you grow that bond between the characters. Kairi is one of my fave characters from Shugo Chara by the way.
Everyone was complicated yet so simple. Some of their reactions are the types you'd only see in this sort of manga but I let that past. The Shugo Charas themselves were just awesome. Everyone was awesome and I love all the characters.
Enjoyment + Overall: 8
I really enjoyed Shugo Chara when it was not tedious. It could've well become a fave manga of mine if it didn't drag on but that's to expect in a magical girl manga right? I sucked it up and read it all and ended up enjoying it quite a bit especially the characters. If I could I would put the whole cast on my fave characters list but that's a bit impossible ==" But yeah, I enjoyed it. Very good manga for those manga newbies and people who have seen others, it's still pretty good. Like I said, just gotta suck it up ;D