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In honor of a certain egg-filled holiday, and my being kind of bored as hell, I've decided to pimp a certain magical girl series I've grown fond of lately. And by 'fond of', I mean kind of addicted. But it's not my fault! It's really cute okay.

I will preface this by saying that this series is kind of something that depends on taste. It's not perfect or life changing or anything, but it is a fun sort of show, with a pretty decent plot, adorably catchy music, and a really, um, interesting cast. So, basically, if you're like me, and have no shame about watching kid's shows from Japan, check it out.

The basic premise is this: All kids have this sort of metaphysical egg in their hearts. The egg represents their dreams for the future or something, so, as they get older and abandon said dreams, the eggs go away. But, if their dream is, um, really strong or something, it hatches and becomes a Shugo Chara, a tiny annoying personification of said dream!

Our main character begins the story as a 'cool and spicy' type of character, which is this show's way of saying 'giant pile of tsun'. But, in truth, she only acts like that to cover up the fact she is kind of awkward, and, in truth, wishes she could be more honest about herself. Thus, she wakes up the next morning with three Shugo eggs, because she has so many dreams she just can't choose or something.



Hinamori Amu is our aforementioned cool and spicy main character. As I said before, she's a little less genki and a lot more tsun than most mahou shoujo protagonists, which is something I appreciate about her. She's also a lot more conflicted and flawed than your average heroine, which makes her a little more interesting to me. Aside from that, her tsundereness makes her completely and unadulteratedly adorable, and results in some great facial expressions.

Her Shugo Chara are Suu, Miki, and Ran, who represent dreams of domesticity, artsyness, and, um, cheerleading, respectively.



Next up we have love interest number one, Tadase, the adorable King's chair of the strange cabal of Shugo Chara-owning grade-schoolers known as the guardians. As one can see from his picture, normally Tadase is kind, gentle, and a little soft-spoken, although he does have some leader-like charisma about him. As you may have also guessed from the picture, he's kind of fruity.

His dream, as represented by the also fruity Kiseki, is to, um, take over the world. Seriously. This right here folks is why he's one of my favorite shoutas in anime ever.



Love interest number two is seventeen year-old Ikuto, catboy and douchebag extraordinaire. Now, this is the point where I warn you a bit about this series. You see, it likes taking certain conventions of shoujo to their logical extremes. Here we have the very popular 'hot older guy' cliche. Except said guy is six years older than our preteen protagonist. And he is set up as a viable love interest for her, in spite of the fact that most of their interactions consist of him sexually harassing her or otherwise being a dick. That said, I did grow a little fond of him by the end of the series, and, to the writer's credit, his dickishness is explained a little.

Ikuto's Shugo Chara is Yoru, a tiny catboy thing that is at least twice as endearing as he is.



And then we come to the dark magical girl, my favorite character, Utau. Utau is basically Rue. No, really, even down to the voice-actress. She kind of has the character arc I wish Rue had, that is, she actually learns to live for herself instead of the boy she's obsessed with, and actually becomes *gasp* friends with Amu in the end. Of course, she is also a lot saner than Rue is, and to be fair, the boy she wanted to fuck was her brother. Once again, logical extremes.

Utau has two Shugo Chara, Il and El, a devil and an angel both with equally annoying voices.

And those are only the main characters. Really, this series has a large and completely endearing cast, which I would describe in more detail were I not tired of typing. But still, check it out if any of this sounds appealing to you. It's up on most anime streaming sites, and while it is kind of long, it doesn't really have too much filler to worry about. And it is shoujo so there is, you know, an end in sight.

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pheonee
Apr. 6th, 2010 09:14 am (UTC)
And it is shoujo so there is, you know, an end in sight.

But is there a resolution for the romantic loose ends! :|

(I can't tell because TV Tropes has conked out on me. D:)

Anyway, I came across this a while back and almost watched it then remembered how badly most shoujo handles gender, and so decided not to. I'll give it another look! ^_^

But you know, FMA and Claymore are both popular shounens and they have an end well in sight...
pheonee
Apr. 6th, 2010 09:22 am (UTC)
Forgot to mention:

Utau is basically Rue. No, really, even down to the voice-actress.

SAY "Nana Mizuki" AND I PROMISE YOU, I AM SOLD. *_______________*
web_of
Apr. 6th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
It's funny you should mention gender, because, in spite of the fact that it does have a little fail, Shugo Chara actually has a pretty interesting exploration of gender going on later in the series.

And yes, she is indeed Nana Mizuki. And she sings.
pheonee
Apr. 6th, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
Ffffff I WILL WATCH THIS SHOW. FOR NANA MIZUKI. *dies and is dead*
tomoyoichijouji
Apr. 6th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
it doesn't really have too much filler to worry about

...Er, you're talking about the first part of the series right? Cause the first season is pretty filler-light, but later on as they get past 26, it became, to me, fillerfillerfiller and not even *good* filler. It was irritating, because the first 26 eps were quite interesting to me. =/ Part of it is I wish they would eventually get to the psychological implications of these Charas and even where they come from -- and maybe, for once, an ADULT that has them too! x_x

Still, I like the characters and the concept enough to be interested in stuff relating to this series, and heck, if someone found a great fanfic that explored just those things I'd flip through it in a heartbeat (and I'm someone who tends not to read even good fic of the shows I like including Tutu >_> )
tomoyoichijouji
Apr. 6th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
And I guess I might add, I wish it kept my attention enough to see at least the part with Nagihiko -- though I suspect it probably would have focused too much on the love triangle not to get on my nerves at least a little 9_9
web_of
Apr. 7th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
Yeah, the anime kind of drops the ball around the second season. Mostly I just skip the filler, and go to Wikipedia to find out which episodes will actually interest me.

If you really don't like the filler, I'd suggest checking out the manga. It has pretty much no filler, and the plot actually moves along at a decent speed. And the stuff with Nagihiko is really worth checking out. Also, the art is so very pretty.

tomoyoichijouji
Apr. 7th, 2010 01:00 am (UTC)
Heh, that's exactly what I did with the show -- I was like, "a;slkdfja;sldfjk FILLERS" and went to the episode summaries and was like "oooh that's cool. ...They should have done that 10 episodes ago. 9_9"

Yeah, I heard from my sister too that the manga is a lot more concise and doesn't wallow in the filler fluff the anime gets mired in. And I either read or talked about it with someone about Nagihiko's thing (so about it but not the actual scenes), and it is very interesting and probably makes he/she my favorite character in the show, probably even beating out Amu =D
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