Shugo Chara #01 — Catboy Bishonen Emporium

October 6th, 2007

Is that even a bad thing?


You’ll excuse me if I’m still in a bad mood from some halfwith reporting the Neuro OP as copyright infringement, resulting in my entire account getting yanked… and him not even citing the correct companies holding the copyright. That doesn’t exactly put me in the best mood to impartially review a show aimed at people half my age and without a Y chromosome or the dangly bits having it entails.

Shugo Chara actually isn’t that bad for what it is, I’m just not even close to the target audience. If I were a 12 year old girl, this might be right up my alley. If it starts developing a little more darkly, it could even shape up as something like Full Moon Sagashite or Gakuen Alice. As it seems to exist though, it appears to just be the really emotional and angsty Amu learning to appreciate the little egg/spirit things.

I do take exception to the voice acting. The little spirit creature is immensely irritating and the Amu’s voice is just off. Her VA just does not fit her at all and very obviously sounds like a 30 year old woman in what is supposed to be about an elementary school girl. The other production values are fine. Animation is decent, though there’s a lot of stylistic switching. Art is consistently good throughout.

The problem really just remains that it’s a show for little girls to feel confident about themselves and nothing you can do with the production values can fix that. Everything is pink and happy and so sugary that it’ll give you diabetes. Hell, the bishonen villain turns into a catboy when he goes off to do his dirty work. It’s possible that this will turn out to be a really good show, but it’s just the wrapping that sort of confuses and disquiets me. Still, I’m intrigued by where they’re going with it, and if it does develop some deeper angles besides “Amu learns to be happy about being Amu” it could actually be a very nice little show.

Believe me, I’m as shocked by this as you are.

No summaries for the first episodes. I write as I watch, and I don’t know if I’ll care about a show until after the first episode.

Shugo Chara OP

Posted in Anime | 25 Comments »

25 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Dangan says:

    I hope they will have sub of this anime soon.

  • Link says:

    The manga this is based on isn’t bad, but I doubt I could stand it in animation form.

  • What’s with all the plaid?

  • Aroduc says:

    The plaid is actually somewhat eye watering at times. It uses the same motionless texture that Gankutsuoh used excessively and Zetsubou Sensei often also used.

  • Lizzie says:

    it doesn’t seem as good as the manga, but i knew it wouldn’t be.
    i’ll watch anyway, because i’m a fangirl for ikuto XD

  • -saki- says:

    I’m a big fan of this anime.
    The opening was cute (^_^)!
    I’m looking forward to this anime…

  • Yuushi says:

    Personally- I loved this anime’s first episode.
    But then again, this sort of thing is right up my alley. I’m a total sap for shoujo/magical girl/supernatural. And Ikuto totally won me over. ^^;

  • kuro_neko says:

    yay!it is subbed

  • akiko-kira says:

    I want to see it soo bad. I read the first manga and it is so awesome.

  • Yosu says:

    I have the manga and I just started watching the anime…. I’d have to say it’s quite awesome! ^__^

  • Anonymous says:

    thnk you

  • Anonymous says:

    I really like the anime.It was good.Ikuto’s really cool!!>_<

  • kasandra says:

    I really like the manga and the art is really well drawn.Also Ikuto is “HOT”.

  • Anonymous says:

    The anime follows same basic storyline, but i like the manga better still. And ya Ikuto is my fav char and i am a guy lol. The way the anime is and the things it teaches aren’t anything new, so if you want to watch something mind blowing and original, this isn’t it. All you’ll find here is an interesting variation of another magical girl series.

  • Akane-chan says:

    I love the anime, but I couldn’t find scandlized manga past chapter twelve….does anyone know where I can find some?

    When is episode 26 (subbbed) releasing? I have been waiting for a week (T.T no pacience)

    *Ikuto fangirl* :3

  • The Law of Ueki Fangirl says:

    omg i want more ikuto scenes! IKUTO X AMU!!!!
    KYAA!!! I JUST HAFTA SEE IKUTO!!! hehe thats the only reason i got interested in this anime! >///<

  • Sakura says:

    I love Shugo Chara! it’s awesome!
    Ikuto is hot too!

  • anime says:

    konichiwa i am going to see the final of the shugo chara and is very interestig!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • anonymous says:

    I’ve seen alot of this show already. Ikuto’s a little weird if you ask me. He’s hitting on some little girl when he could have a celebrity popstar as his girlfriend

  • anonymous says:

    I love this show! Possibly cuz I’m a little 12 year old girl and the sappiness is just too cute! I personally like sugar-coated things, and this show will have you looking at things differently. XD

  • miyuu says:


  • non says:

    yeah I hope ikito and amu become lovers also

  • tami says:

    oli me encantha shugo chara
    bye bye se cuidan,,….

  • colney fong says:

    i want amu and ikito to become a love because they are mach for love

  • cutezzzzz says:

    is cute i Lupht shugo chara
    amu chan……………