Shugo Chara! is a shoujo anime adapted from the manga series of the same name, created by Peach Pit. The story revolves around a girl named Hinamori Amu as she enters sixth standard in a new elementary school.
This show’s main theme is about self-discovery and following your heart. Every kid has an egg in their heart that contains their dreams – their would-be self. In some cases, these eggs hatch, giving rise to a mini ‘chara’ that supports and guides these children on the way to achieve their dreams.
But this show isn’t all hearts and rainbows.
Amu, on the outside, seems to be cool and collected and everyone admires her. On the inside, however, she’s introverted and shy, using people’s perception of her to hide in plain sight. One night, she wishes that she could be able to change herself and that wish gives rise to not one, but three little ‘charas’ or would-be selves.
And with her heart’s egg hatched, she sees a layer of a world she didn’t know existed. A world that is infinitely darker than she ever imagined…
Shugo Chara! is a well-written story and immensely entertaining. Watching a group of eleven-year-olds best adults and thwart their schemes is always satisfying. But the part of Shugo Chara! that I love the most is its ability to connect to everyone, regardless of age.
This show may be set in an elementary school, but the characters face problems similar to everyone else. Amu feels jealous of her little sister, who took her place in her parents’ spotlight. She’s unsettled by the strange group dynamic of her school’s student council, and feels like an outsider. She’s confused by the attention of Tsukiyomi Ikuto, who is supposed to be working for the enemy.
Shugo Chara! is a show that will take you for a ride, whether you want one or not.
While the graphics and color scheme do seem to be aimed at children, the music is incredibly, hauntingly beautiful. The beauty and very essence of Shugo Chara! lies in the fact that its characters are flawed and yet perfect.
Shugo Chara! is, at its heart [winkwink] a universal story about a girl trying to find her way in the world. A story of overcoming obstacles and never giving up.
A story that dreams are always attainable – you just need to reach out.
Rating: 3 ½ stars
Neha Upadhya (Med. Electronics, 2nd year)
Illustration by D. Keshav Karanth (Information Science and Engineering)