Shugo Chara! (しゅごキャラ!) is a Japanese shoujo manga series created by the manga author duo PEACH-PIT. Shugo Chara! is serialized in the magazine Nakayoshi and published by Kodansha in Japan. Del Rey has licensed the English language manga rights, releasing the first volume on March 27, 2007. It won the 2008 Kodansha Manga Award for best children's manga.
Shugo Chara! has also been adapted into a 51-episode anime television series of the same title produced by Satelight under the direction of Kenji Yasuda that debuted on October 6, 2007 on TV Tokyo. The second season, titled Shugo Chara!! Doki (しゅごキャラ！！どきっ), began airing October 10, 2008 and ran for another 51 episodes. The third and final season, titled Shugo Chara! Party! (しゅごキャラ！パーティー！), consisted of both animated and live-action portions, titled Shugo Chara!!! Dokki Doki (しゅごキャラ!!!どっきどき) and Shugo Chara! Pucchi Puchi (しゅごキャラ！ぷっちぷち！), respectively. Shugo Chara! Party! began airing October 3, 2009 and ran for 25 episodes. The last episode aired on March 26, 2010.
The heroine of the story, Hinamori Amu, is a student at Seiyo Elementary. At first glance, her classmates refer to her as "cool and spicy" and rumors speculate about her personal life. However, her real personality is that of a very shy girl who has trouble showing her true personality. One night, Amu wishes for the courage to show her "would-be" self, and the next morning finds three brightly colored eggs in her bed. At first, she is alarmed, but realizes she must have really wished to change. These eggs hatch into three Guardian Characters: Ran, Miki, and Su. The Guardian Characters aid Amu in discovering who she truly is and help fulfill Amu's dreams. Amu's life becomes much more complex as she struggles to deal with her "would-be" selves and the Seiyo Elementary's Guardians, who recruit Amu as the Joker to search for X Eggs and X Characters, the corrupted forms of people's dreams.
Meanwhile, the Easter Company is extracting people's eggs in search of a special egg called the Embryo. The Embryo is believed to grant any wish to the one who possesses it. However, the process creates X Eggs and X Characters. The Embryo Egg is described as a white egg with a heart and yellow wings.
Later on in the series a fourth egg, containing the Guardian Character Dia is born. She was seen infrequently as an X Egg until she was purified, at which point she would appear in times of great crisis.
- Hinamori Amu (日奈森 あむ): The series' protagonist and a student of Seiyo Elementary. Amu's classmates see her as "cool and spicy", but Amu's true character is shy and timid. Part of the reason for this misunderstanding is the trendy punk-goth clothing her mother buys for her as well as the way she expresses her shyness. However, when Amu wishes for the courage to become her would-be self, three colorful eggs appear. When they hatch, they reveal Amu's Guardian Characters: Ran, Miki, and Suu. Amu becomes a member of the Guardians, the school's student council, and discovers that each member has a Guardian Character. Amu's position within the Guardians is the Joker. Her task as the Joker is to search for and purify X Eggs and X Characters. In the second season, she also purifies Mystery Eggs, the corrupted forms of people's would-be selves. Ran, Miki, and Suu help Amu with her task through a process called Character Transformation, which is enabled by the Humpty Lock and grants Amu special abilities depending on the Guardian Character. Later on, Amu also creates a fourth egg and Guardian Character, known as Dia. In the second season, when Amu shows her true potential, the Humpty Lock increases in power. Amu gains the Dumpty Key from Yoru and uses it to unlock the Humpty Lock. In some of the later chapters, when Amu opens the Humpty Lock with the Dumpty Key, she and Tadase see more of Ikuto's past. Their journey ends when Amu Character Transforms with Dia, and she and Ikuto fight briefly. Ran, Miki, Su, and Dia all combine their powers, making Amu Character Transform into Amulet Fortune and Ikuto Character Transforms into Seven Seas Treasure. In the anime Amu is voiced by Ito Kanae. She is portrayed by Maeda Yuuka in the musical.
- Ran (ラン) The first of Amu's Guardian Characters to hatch. She represents Amu's desire to be more honest, confident and athletic. Ran is frequently cheering Amu on. During Character Transformation, Amu becomes Amulet Heart, with a cheerleader inspired outfit. Later Ran undergoes a new Character Transformation—along with Miki, Su, and Diamond—becoming Amulet Fortune. Ran's name comes from Candies member Itou Ran's stage name. In the anime Ran is voiced by Asumi Kana.
- Miki (ミキ) Amu's second Guardian Character to hatch. she represents Amu's desire to be more sharp, level headed, and artistic. Miki helps Amu make fashion choices. Reflecting Amu's love interests, Miki has shown an interest in Tadase's Guardian Character, Kiseki, Ikuto's Guardian Character, Yoru, Kukai's Guardian Character, Daichi, and Nagihiko's Guardian Character, Rhythm. During Character Change, Amu gains increased artistic abilities. During Character Transformation, Amu becomes Amulet Spade. In Shugo Chara! Doki, Miki is the only one of Amu's Guardian Characters to be able to sense Mystery Eggs clearly. Miki's name comes from Candies member Fujimura Miki's stage name. In the anime television series, Miki is voiced by Kato Nanae.
- Suu (スゥ) Amu's second Guardian Character to hatch. Suu represents Amu's desire to be more caring and sensitive and to improve her domestic skills. However, Suu is prone to silly mistakes. She is very fond of Amu's teacher, Yuu Nikaidou. Amu gains an improvement in cooking and sewing skills during Character Change, as well as becoming "too girly". During Character Transformation, Amu becomes Amulet Clover. Suu's name comes from Candies member Tanaka Yoshiko's stage name. In the anime Suu is voiced by Toyosaki Aki.
- Dia (ダイヤ) Amu's fourth and final Guardian Characters to hatch. Dia represents Amu's desire to shine and be noticed in front of other people. She is the most powerful of Amu's Guardian Characters. She becomes an X Egg when Amu is depressed. While collecting X Eggs with Yukari, Utau finds Dia's egg inside the box. She soon hatches into a X Character. However, she is not shaped like the usual X Character; she looks like a normal Guardian Character, but with a white X-shaped clip covering her black diamond-shaped clip. Because of this, Amu doesn't know Dia's true name. X-Dia can Character Transform with Utau, becoming Dark Jewel, however, the transformation does not last very long. When Amu is finally able to prove to Dia that she does have enough confidence to shine she reverts into her true original form. Together they undergo a Character Transformation, becoming Amulet Diamond. Afterward, Dia returns to her egg until she sees that Amu "shines again", but secretly comes out as a spirit at times. Dia is shown to be an air-headed character. With her help, Amu realizes that she loves Ikuto as she managed to "go through" her heart while she only likes Tadase for his "outer" character. In the anime television series, Dia is voiced by Ito Kanae.
- Hotori Tadase (辺里 唯世) A boy in the same year as Amu who serves as King's Chair of the Guardians. Like Amu, he is actually a shy person and is not good at public speaking; instead, he Character Changes with his Guardian Character, Kiseki. Although he is popular with the girls, when a girl confesses their love to Tadase, he will have Kiseki reject her. However, whenever he hears the word "ouji" ("prince"), or anything resembling the word "ouji", he Character Changes into an egotistical king who seeks world domination. Amu develops a crush on Tadase soon after she transfers into the school. His love interest is Amulet Heart, Amu's Character Transformation with Ran, but it later becomes Amu herself. In the anime Tadase is voiced by Takagi Reiko. He is portrayed by Hikita Hidemi in the musical.
- Kiseki (キセキ) Tadase's Guardian Character. Kiseki was born from a combination of Tadase's desire to be stronger and his dream of world domination. Because of this Kiseki is extremely egotistical, demanding, and disobedient. He frequently calls other Guardian Characters to go on "Special Secret Meetings." A running gag is that the other Guardian Characters will almost always ignore him when he starts up a meeting. Kiseki is aware of Tadase's crush on Amu. Kiseki holds a grudge against Ikuto's Guardian Character, Yoru. During Character Change, Tadase gains the confidence to overcome his shyness. However, sometimes Tadase will become an egotistical person who seeks world domination. Although Tadase could not Character Transform with Kiseki at first, they later gain this ability with the help of Amu after Kiseki's egg gets tainted with an X, becoming Platinum Royale. In the anime Kiseki is voiced by Miyake Kaya.
- Tsukiyomi Ikuto (月詠 イクト) A teenage boy in high school contracted by Easter to find the Embryo. He often helps Amu even though he works for Easter. Ikuto actually despises Easter and tries to wrench himself free from them by trying to find the Embryo to grant that wish. He possesses the Dumpty Key which pairs with Amu's Humpty Lock which at first did not fit in the keyhole. Like his father, Ikuto is a skilled violinist. He likes teasing people, especially Amu and Tadase. He is also the older brother of Hoshina Utau. As the series goes on, he grows very strong feelings for Amu. He later surrenders himself to Easter, not wanting to get anyone else involved in the mess he made. In the manga timeline, it is shown he Character Transformed with a new black Guardian Egg to become Death Rebel, shocking Amu. Later he Character Transforms with Yoru and the black egg into Seven Seas Treasure. Ikuto may have two eggs, though the second isstill inside him. In the anime Ikuto is voiced by Nakamura Yuuichi. He is portrayed by KENN in the musical.
- Yoru (ヨル) Ikuto's cat-like Guardian Character who represents Ikuto's desire to be free. Yoru often goes out by himself to cause trouble for the Guardians and their Guardian Characters for fun. When Ikuto and Yoru undergo a Character Transformation, they become Black Lynx. Yoru is hysterical when Ikuto does the Death Rebel Character Transformation in chapter 31. Lately, he also can't track Ikuto, because the hypnotizing fork confuses him. Later on, when Amu and Tadase find Ikuto being controlled by Easter. He takes the Dumpty Key and gives it to Amu. Later in the series he, along with the black egg, combine powers with Ikuto to become Seven Seas Treasure. In the anime Yoru is voiced by Sawashiro Miyuki.
- Hoshina Utau (ほしな 歌唄) A junior high student model turned singing idol. She is actually Ikuto's younger sister, Tsukiyomi Utau (月詠 歌唄). Utau had tried to find the Embryo to release her brother from Easter, but she never succeeded. Utau is very attracted to Ikuto and becomes extremely jealous of Amu because Ikuto shows an interest in her. However, she eventually accepts Amu and they become friends. She has become good friends with Kukai in the anime and manga. She was the vocalist of the indie band "Black Diamond" which is produced by her manager, Yukari Sanjo, as a method of using the CDs of their music to draw the eggs out of children and make them into X Eggs. When the plan fell apart, Utau quit Easter with her manager and became a singer on her own, without Easter contracting her. In the anime Utau is voiced by Mizuki Nana. She is portrayed by Yonemura Misaki in the musical.
- Il (イル) The first of Utau's two Character Guardians introduced in the story. Il seems mean and unkind but she can be helpful and sincere though she still dislikes nagging. She represents Utau's energetic and playful side. During Character Transformation, Utau becomes Lunatic Charm, with the attack Nightmare Lorelei and later, Ririn Trident. When Il felt lonely because El wasn't there for her to tease and when she felt that Utau was ignoring her because of Dia, she Character Transforms with Amu, becoming Amulet Devil. In the anime Il is voiced by Konno Hiromi.
- El (エル) Utau's second Guardian Character and the complete angelic opposite of Il. El often nags, likes correcting people about their choices that she considers wrong herself, and helps those who are troubled by love. Because El was treated badly by Il and ignored by Utau, she left home and wound up in Amu's care. El can perform a Character Transformation with Amu, resulting in Amulet Angel, which surprised Utau. However, as Amu is not El's real owner, the Character Transformation remains powerless with no real abilities. Whenever El performs a Character Transformation with Amu, Amu usually ends up being embarrassed due to El's over-the-top antics. El finally performed a Character Transformation with Utau, forming Seraphic Charm. Later in the manga series, Utau uses White Wing to help the Guardians help Ikuto. In the anime El is voiced by Hyo-sei.
- Opening themes
- Buono! - "Honto no Jibun" (Shugo Chara! episodes 1–26)
- Buono! - "Minna Daisuki" (Shugo Chara! episodes 27–51)
- Shugo Chara Egg! - "Minna no Tamago" (Shugo Chara!! Doki episodes 52–64)
- Shugo Chara Egg! - "Shugo Shugo!" (Shugo Chara!! Doki episodes 65–76)
- Guardians 4 - "Omakase♪Guardian" (Shugo Chara!! Doki episodes 77–89)
- Guardians 4 - "School Days" (Shugo Chara!! Doki episodes 90–102)
- Guardians 4 - "PARTY TIME" (Shugo Chara Party! episodes 1–13)
- Guardians 4 - "Going On!" (Shugo Chara Party! episodes 14–25)
- Ending themes
- Buono! - "Honto no Jibun" (Shugo Chara! episodes 1–12)
- Buono! - "Renai♥Rider" (Shugo Chara! episodes 13–26)
- Buono! - "Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!" (Shugo Chara! episodes 27–39)
- Buono! - "Gachinko de Ikou!" (Shugo Chara! episodes 40–51)
- Buono! - "Rottara Rottara" (Shugo Chara!! Doki episodes 52–68)
- Buono! - "co.no.mi.chi" (Shugo Chara!! Doki episodes 69–76)
- Buono! - "MY BOY" (Shugo Chara!! Doki episodes 77–85, 87–89)
- Kugimiya Rie - "Secret Princess" (Shugo Chara!! Doki episode 86)
- Buono! - "Take It Easy!" (Shugo Chara!! Doki episodes 90–101)
- Buono! - "Bravo☆Bravo" (Shugo Chara Party! episodes 1–14)
- Buono! - "Our Songs" (Shugo Chara Party! episodes 15–25)
- [2009.03.18] Shugo Chara! Character Song Collection
- [2009.08.05] Shugo Chara! Character Song Collection 2
- [2010.02.17] Shugo Chara! Character Song Collection 3
- [2010.03.10] Shugo Chara! Song♪Best
- [2007.10.31] Honto no Jibun (ホントのじぶん) - Buono!
- [2007.12.19] Meikyu Butterfly (迷宮バタフライ) - Hoshina Utau (CV: Mizuki Nana)
- [2008.02.06] Renai♥Rider (恋愛♥ライダー) - Buono!
- [2008.05.14] Kiss! Kiss! Kiss! - Buono!
- [2008.08.06] BLACK DIAMOND - Hoshina Utau (CV: Mizuki Nana)
- [2008.08.20] Gachinko de Ikou! (ガチンコでいこう!) - Buono!
- [2008.11.05] Nijiiro Chara Change (にじいろキャラチェンジ) -Amu with Ran, Miki, Suu (Ito Kanae, Asumi Kana, Kato Nanae, Toyosaki Aki)
- [2008.11.12] Rottara Rottara (ロッタラ ロッタラ) - Buono!
- [2008.12.10] Minna no Tamago (みんなのたまご) - Shugo Chara Egg!
- [2009.01.21] co.no.mi.chi - Buono!
- [2009.02.25] Shugo Shugo! (しゅごしゅご!) - Shugo Chara Egg!
- [2009.04.29] MY BOY - Buono!
- [2009.05.27] Omakase♪Guardian (おまかせ♪ガーディアン) - Guardians 4
- [2009.08.26] Take It Easy! - Buono!
- [2009.09.02] School Days - Guardians 4
- [2009.11.18] PARTY TIME / Watashi no Tamago (PARTY TIME / わたしのたまご) - Guardians 4, Shugo Chara Egg!
- [2009.12.16] Bravo☆Bravo - Buono!
- [2010.01.20] Going On! - Guardians 4
- [2010.02.03] Our Songs - Buono!
- [2006.07.06] Shugo Chara! ①
- [2007.01.06] Shugo Chara! ②
- [2007.05.20] Shugo Chara! ③
- [2007.07.20] Shugo Chara! ④
- [2007.11.20] Shugo Chara! ⑤
- [2008.03.19] Shugo Chara! ⑥
- [2008.07.18] Shugo Chara! ⑦
- [2008.12.05] Shugo Chara! ⑧
- [2009.06.05] Shugo Chara! ⑨
- [2009.10.23] Shugo Chara! ⑩
- [2010.03.05] Shugo Chara! ⑪
- [2007.03.27] Shugo Chara! 1: Who Do You Want to Be?
- [2007.08.28] Shugo Chara! 2: Friends in Need
- [2008.02.12] Shugo Chara! 3: Can a Bad Guy Turn Good?
- [2008.05.20] Shugo Chara! 4: Character Swap!
- [2008.12.30] Shugo Chara! 5: The New Kids!
- [2009.04.28] Shugo Chara! 6: Betrayal
- [2009.09.29] Shugo Chara! 7: Black Cat
- [2010.01.26] Shugo Chara! 8: With a Little Help From Their Friends
- [2010.07.27] Shugo Chara! 9: A Big Discovery
- [2010.12.28] Shugo Chara! 10
- [2008.02.20] Shugo Chara! 1 (episodes 1–3)
- [2008.03.19] Shugo Chara! 2 (episodes 4–6)
- [2008.03.19] Shugo Chara! Amulet BOX 1 (episodes 1–13)
- [2008.04.16] Shugo Chara! 3 (episodes 7–10)
- [2008.05.21] Shugo Chara! 4 (episodes 11–13)
- [2008.06.18] Shugo Chara! 5 (episodes 14–16)
- [2008.07.16] Shugo Chara! 6 (episodes 17–19)
- [2008.08.20] Shugo Chara! 7 (episodes 20–22)
- [2008.08.20] Shugo Chara! Amulet BOX 2 (episodes 14–26)
- [2008.09.17] Shugo Chara! 8 (episodes 23–26)
- [2008.10.15] Shugo Chara! 9 (episodes 27–29)
- [2008.11.19] Shugo Chara! 10 (episodes 30–32)
- [2008.11.19] Shugo Chara! Amulet BOX 3 (episodes 27–39)
- [2008.12.17] Shugo Chara! 11 (episodes 33–35)
- [2009.01.21] Shugo Chara! 12 (episodes 36–39)
- [2009.02.18] Shugo Chara! 13 (episodes 40–42)
- [2009.02.18] Shugo Chara! Amulet BOX 4 (episodes 40–51)
- [2009.03.18] Shugo Chara! 14 (episodes 43–45)
- [2009.04.15] Shugo Chara! 15 (episodes 46–48)
- [2009.05.20] Shugo Chara! 16 (episodes 49–51)
- [2009.06.17] Shugo Chara!! Doki 1 (episodes 52–54)
- [2009.07.15] Shugo Chara!! Doki 2 (episodes 55–57)
- [2009.08.19] Shugo Chara!! Doki 3 (episodes 58–60)
- [2009.09.16] Shugo Chara!! Doki 4 (episodes 61–64)
- [2009.10.21] Shugo Chara!! Doki 5 (episodes 65–67)
- [2009.11.18] Shugo Chara!! Doki 6 (episodes 68–70)
- [2009.12.16] Shugo Chara!! Doki 7 (episodes 71–73)
- [2009.12.16] Shugo Chara!! Doki DVD-BOX 1 (episodes 52–76)
- [2010.01.20] Shugo Chara!! Doki 8 (episodes 74–76)
- [2010.02.17] Shugo Chara!! Doki 9 (episodes 77–79)
- [2010.03.17] Shugo Chara!! Doki 10 (episodes 80–82)
- [2010.04.21] Shugo Chara!! Doki 11 (episodes 83–86)
- [2010.04.21] Shugo Chara Pucchi Puchi! 1 (episodes 1–12)
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