, also known as My Guardian Characters
, is a Japanese shōjo manga
series created by the manga author
. The story centers on elementary school girl Amu Hinamori, whose popular exterior, referred to as "cool and spicy" by her classmates, contrasts with her introverted
personality. When Amu wishes for the courage to be reborn as her would-be self, she is surprised to find three colorful eggs the next morning, which hatch into three Guardian Characters: Ran, Miki, and Su.Shugo Chara!
is serialized in the magazine Nakayoshi
and published by Kodansha
. 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 fifty-one episode anime
television series of the same title produced by Satelight
under the direction of Kenji Yasuda and debuted on October 6, 2007 on TV Tokyo
. On July 20, 2008, Anime News Network
reported that the Shugo Chara!
anime would be continued for a second year under the title Shugo Chara!! Doki—
, the first episode airing on October 10, 2008; the official anime website later announced an October 4, 2008 start date.
On October 3, 2009, Shugo Chara!
began featuring another series. The new program, Shugo Chara Party!
containing Shugo Chara!!! Dokki Doki
and Shugo Chara Pucchi Puchi!
follow the current anime series as its power-up. The last episode aired on March 26, 2010.<ref... Read More