Anime Review: Shugo Chara

“All kids holds an egg in their soul….the egg of our hearts….our would-be selves…yet unseen….”

Hey everyone, Eric here bringing my next anime up for review: Shugo Chara. If you have noticed the image above, you may be thinking that this is an anime for girls. That is not entirely true due to the fact that I enjoyed watching this series. Now many of you anime fans enjoy watching anime because there’s a lot action going on or maybe because the anime is a comedy or etc. I, too, share the thrill of such animes, however, I pay close attention to see how close the anime is to our own reality and what moral messages may be embedded in them. Now, onto the summary and review.

Shugo Chara, translated as Guardian Character, is an anime that revolves around Amu Hinamori, a fifth grader at Seiyo Academy Elementary School who is viewed as “cool & spicy” by her fellow classmates. Due to receiving this title, Amu can’t show who she truly is: a girl who is timid and easily scared. One night, Amu makes a wish to have the courage to be her “would-be” self. The next morning, she awakes to find three colorful eggs — red, blue, and green — in her bed. As any common human being, the first reaction would be to flip the hell out. Later in the day, Amu’s eggs draw the attention of Tadase Hotori, the boy whom Amu has a crush on and is a member of The Guardians: a student council made for the students. Tadase’s position in The Guardians is the Kings Chair. During a school assembly, Amu confesses her feelings Tadase due to a Character Change. However, Tadase rejects her. Feeling embarrassed, Amu storms away and manages to end up in a hole at a construction site (with no workers around, oddly enough). Amu later encounters Ikuto Tsukiyomi and his Guardian Character, Yoru, who is a cat, who are also interested in Amu’s eggs and tries to steal them. Very shortly after, the red egg hatches, and Amu’s first Guardian Character, Ran, who has a cheerleader appearance and whose specialty is sports, appears to help her out and with the Humpty Lock that Ikuto stole, she Character Transforms into Amulet Heart and gets her other eggs back. A few days later, Nadeshiko Fujisaki, Queen’s Chair of the Student Council Guardians, invites Amu to the Royal Garden for tea with the other Guardians, as well as a message from Tadase saying he will tell her about the Heart’s Egg. During P.E. class, the blue egg begins to hatch, but Amu and Ran don’t notice. Well, not until Miki, Amu’s second Guardian Character, does a Character Change to help Amu in art class. Miki has the appearance of an artist and her specialty is art and music. Amu, thinking it was Ran who performed the Character Change like at the assembly, gets into an argument with Ran, which doesn’t go unnoticed by Miki who then runs off. The two soon discover Miki and give chase and catch her. Miki then gives Amu a warning saying that if she doesn’t believe in her Guardian Characters, they will disappear. That basically leaves Amu no choice but to believe. Later, Amu meets with the Guardians Tadase, Nadeshiko, Kukai Soma (Jack’s Chair) and Yaya Yuiki (Ace’s Chair) and she discover they have Guardian Characters, too. Yaya’s Guardian Character is Pepe, who’s appearance is a baby, stating that Yaya’s “would-be” self is stay as a child and be pampered like a baby. Kukai’s Guardian Character is Daichi, who, much like Ran, is good for sports. Nadeshiko’s Guardian Character is Temari, who’s appearance is a Japanese Dancer. Lastly, Tadase’s Guardian Character is Kiseki, who’s appearance is a king, and (states this throughout the entire anime) who’s dream is World Domination (WTF). The Guardians explain their true role as bearers of Guardian Characters: to search for a magic egg that can grant any wish called the Embryo.

So enough spoiling, time for my review. Firstly, my rating for this anime is a 9.5 out of 10. The plot was well thought out and the character design was astonishing. The romantic comedy scenes really had me hooked, line and sinker. Now, the real reason I chose to review this anime is the message that came with it. The Guardian Characters are born from our hearts with the power to help us become who we want to be, our “would-be” selves. Before I watched this anime, I had always been puzzled by what type of person I want to be in the future. Honestly, in a way, it’s a good thing to be un-decisive about your future because the possibilities are endless. Amu’s Guardian Characters were born because she didn’t want everyone to see her as the tough “cool & spicy” unapproachable girl but for who she really is. Another thing, no matter what your dream is, no matter how high your goals are, no matter what anyone says, NEVER give up on it. Nothing is in this world is impossible nor is it unobtainable. Don’t be afraid to dream big because fear is just a state of mind. I have a saying “The bigger the dream, the harder it is to reach. The harder it is to reach, the sweeter it is when it is achieved.” NEVER doubt yourself and NEVER lose hope of who you want to be, your “would-be” self.

Thanks again everyone and I will speak to you all again in my next post.

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