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Shugo Chara!
しゅごキャラ!
(Guardian Character!)

Genre:Comedy, Magical Girl, Romance

MANGA

Author:Peach-Pit
Publisher: Kodansha
Other Publishers: Del Rey Manga
Demographic:Shōjo
Serialized in: Nakayoshi
Original Run:January 3, 2006 - ongoing
Volumes:8

TV ANIME

Director:Kenji Yasuda
Studio:Satelight
Network: TV Tokyo
Original Run:January 6, 2007 - September 27, 2008(Shugo Chara!! Doki - October 4, 2008 - ongoing)
Episodes:51(Shugo Chara!! Doki - TBA)

Shugo Chara! (しゅごキャラ!, Shugo Kyara!) is a Japanese shōjo manga created by the manga author duo Peach-Pit. The story is about an elementary school girl named Amu Hinamori whose "cool and spicy" exterior belies her introverted personality. But 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 give birth to three Guardian Characters: Ran, Miki, and Suu. It is serialized in the magazine Nakayoshi and published by Kodansha in Japan. Del Rey has licensed the English language rights and has released the first volume on March 27, 2007.
In addition to the regular volumes, the series is being released in limited editions in Japan, each of which include different cover art from the regular editions, metallic foil sleeves, and a set of postcards featuring Amu in various outfits and poses following the color theme of the dust jackets. 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 and debuted on October 6, 2007 on TV Tokyo.


Plot

Amu Hinamori is a student at Seiyo Elementary, where she has a reputation for being "cool and spicy"; however, her real personality in that of an extremely shy and easily intimidated girl. One night Amu makes a wish that she would have the courage to be reborn as her "would-be" self. The next morning Amu finds three brightly colored eggs—red, blue, and green—in her bed. Each egg eventually hatches into a Guardian Character: Ran, Miki, and Suu. Guardian Characters are angel-like beings that aid a person into becoming their "would-be" selves and fulfill the person's dreams. The Guardian Characters accomplish this by giving encouragement and advice, but they can also temporarily change a person's personality and abilities. With the Guardian Characters, Amu's life becomes much more complex as she now struggles to deal with her new personalities and the Seiyo Elementary Guardians—a student council group where each member has their own Guardian Character—who recruits Amu to search for and seal the X eggs and X Characters, which are the corrupted forms of people's dreams.

Characters

Hinamori Family


Amu Hinamori (日奈森 亜夢, Hinamori Amu)

Amu Hinamori, the series protagonist, is student of Seiyo Elementary (fifth grade at start of story). Amu was seen as a cool and spicy girl and has become popular at school but what she really is is just a shy, gentle, and extremely normal girl. The main reason for this misunderstanding is the trendy punk and gothic lolita clothing her mother buys for her. One night she wished she was not the type of person she currently was, and on the next morning, three Guardian Eggs appeared.

During Character Change and Character Transformation her hair clip changes (Ran→Heart, Miki→Spade, Suu→Clover, Dia→Diamond) The characters Amu becomes are good at certain activities like Amulet Heart who is athletic, Amulet Spade who is artistic, Amulet Clover who is a skilled house-worker or maid, and Amulet Diamond who is a musician.

Amu has a crush on Tadase Hotori, the King's Chair of Seiyo Elementary's Guardians. However, when she confessed her feelings during her first Character Change with Ran in front of the entire school, Tadase refused her. Amu later learns that Tadase is not good a receiving confessions and would Character Change with Kiseki, who would refuse the confession.

At first, Amu rejects the offer to join the Guardians, using the excuse that she does not want to wear the royal cape. But the Guardians announce her as a member anyways under a special position, Joker's Chair. On joining the Guardians, she receives the "Humpty Lock", a locket with a four leaf clover decoration. Nadeshiko states that the very first king left it and said, "Entrust this to the joker whom comes with three Guardian Eggs." Later on, it was explained to her that the Joker's duty is to hunt X eggs.

It is seen that Amu has a crush on Ikuto as whenever he touches her, she blushes which she does not realizes at first but began to be aware of. In volume 5, Amu goes on a date with Tadase, which shows a little bit more development of their relationship. She also was confronted by Ikuto, on her date, resulting to a confession from Ikuto saying the actual reason he bothers her is because he is interested in her. This is also shown as Miki liking Kiseki and Yoru, but liking Yoru seemingly more.

Voiced by: Kanae Itō

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Midori Hinamori (日奈森 緑, Hinamori Midori)

Amu's mother. Editor of the magazine Housewives' Knowledge.

Voiced by: Kazusa Murai

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Tsumugu Hinamori (日奈森 紡, Hinamori Tsumugu)

Amu's father. A wild bird cameraman. He loves his two daughters and refers to them with names like "papa's little sparrows" and "papa's shining star". Is often seen taking pictures of Ami. He gets worried about Amu and boys.

Voiced by: Yūsei Oda

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Ami Hinamori (日奈森 亜実, Hinamori Ami)

Amu's innocent and pure-hearted three-year-old sister with the ability to see Guardian Characters despite the fact that she does not have one. In chapter 4 of the manga, Ami thought Amu's Guardian Characters were dolls, so Amu left her Guardian Characters with Ami so Amu could deliver sweets to Tadase, only to soon find out that she delivered the wrong thing. In the Japanese version of the manga, Ami merely said shugoi, and the Guardian Characters thought she was mispronouncing "Shugo Chara". Unlike Amu, Ami is dressed in "Girly Lolita" clothing. She respects and looks up to both Utau and Amu. She loves to sing.

It is Ami that turned Utau into the light. In chapter 25, Ami was lost while trying to go home. Nagihiko then brought her to where the Guardians and Utau where fighting. When Ami arrived, she hugged Utau, and while Amu was holding Ami back, Amu explained that Ami always watches Utau on TV and idolized her. Ami told her to sing and Utau realized that she, when young, was just like Ami and wanted to sing to make people happy, not take away their hopes and dreams. Ami was used as a plot device in chapter 26.

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Guardians


(Left to Right: Kukai Souma, Yaya Yuiki, Nadeshiko Fujisaki, Tadase Hotori)
The student council of Seiyo Elementary, handle document arranging, speeches, and other things. But all the members have Guardian Characters, and are searching for the embryo too. They all wear a royal cape (mantle) over their uniform.


Tadase Hotori (辺里 唯世, Hotori Tadase)
A kind-hearted and mature boy the same age as Amu who serves as the K-Chair (King's Chair). His alias is "Prince", as he is a bishounen, and he is Amu's love interest. Whenever he is called "Prince," his character changes into a violent, egotistical king who wishes to rule the world. Because of this, he does not do Character Change with Kiseki unless it is absolutely necessary. Actually, he too is a shy person and is not a public speaker. Because of this, he wished to become another, stronger character, much like Amu. He lives in a traditional Japanese house. He had a precious dog named Betty (name learned in volume 2 of the manga) who died recently, and is still upset about it.

He, along with the other guardians, tried to get Amu to join because of a prophecy about a girl who will appear with three Guardian Eggs. At one time he lost confidence, as he could not seem to find the Embryo at all. He was then affected by the Black Diamonds CD, causing Kiseki to change to an X egg. Amu helped him out of this crisis and he is now able to Character Transform with Kiseki, becoming Platinum Royale. His attack is, "Holy Crown", in which he creates a golden shield of energy around himself. When he becomes Platinum Royal he has lots frills and laces. It is said the the writer purposely did this to make him more princy.

He claims to have a crush on Amulet Heart. He once also said that he loved Amu because Amulet Heart is her "self that she wants to be". At first he is about the same height as Amu, but as the story progresses, he grows taller. In chapter 28, Tadase confesses that he likes Amu by asking if it was OK to fall in love with her, saying that he has learned Amu really is herself and doesn't think about Amulet Heart anymore. In chapter 28 of the manga Tadase sees Amu for more than Amulet heart and confesses.

In episode 28, Tadase reveals that he was once childhood friends with Ikuto and Utau. He looked up at Ikuto and called him a brother.

Voiced by: Reiko Takagi

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Nadeshiko Fujisaki (藤咲 なでしこ, Fujisaki Nadeshiko) (real name Nagihiko Fujisaki (藤咲 なぎひこ, Fujisaki Nagihiko)
The graceful but somewhat enigmatic former Q-Chair (Queen's Chair), who is the same age as Amu. When Amu rejected the offer to join the Guardians, Nadeshiko tried many ways to convince Amu; One of those was to bribe Amu with photos of Tadase sleeping .

It was revealed later on in the manga that Nadeshiko is a boy and his real name is Nagihiko. It is the rule of the Fujisaki family that the males are trained to become oyama (male actors who plays female parts in kabuki). That is why Nagihiko wears female clothes and goes by a female name. He is currently studying abroad in Europe to make his dancing "complete".
In chapter 27, Nagihiko is shown with the First K-chair, Tadase, and Kukai. The First King has decided that Nagihiko will serve as the interim Jack, since Kairi left at the end of Chapter 26. Kukai and Tadase are the first few people that knows Nagihiko's secret, the others being Nagihiko's family and the First King. Also seen in chapter 27 is that Nagihiko has 2 guardian eggs, and that Temari has gone back into her egg. Who the other Guardian Character is unknown, but some fans presume it to be the "Nagihiko" version of Temari.

Nagihiko has yet to do a Character Transformation with Temari, however his character after Character Change is a battle-hungry yakuza type who speaks in Hiroshima slang and carries a naginata. He is good friends with Amu, and he looks over and supports Amu in her love life. Temari says 'Chin, Ton, Shan' during a Character Change with Nagihiko.

Voiced by: Saeko Chiba

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Kukai Souma (相馬 空海, Sōma Kūkai)
The upbeat and energetic former J-Chair (Jack's Chair), he is one year senior to Amu. As the captain of the Soccer Club, he is athletic and has good reflexes. Once, in the school magazine, he and Amu are mistaken to be a couple as a student got a picture of him holding Amu after she came out of her Character Change and lost her strength.

He has graduated, which is the reason he has been replaced. Saaya appears to have a crush on him, as when she saw the picture of him with Amu, she was furious. Through the power of the Humpty Lock, he and Daichi managed a Character Transformation once, forming "Sky Jack."

Daichi says the words 'Kick, Stack, Trap and Shoot!' during a Character Change with Kukai.He seems to have a very special bond with Yaya, since the two are always seen together and he is always watching out for her. The two share similar personalities as well.

Voiced by: Atsushi Abe

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Yaya Yuiki (結木 やや, Yuiki Yaya)
The childish and a bit immature girl serving as the A-Chair (Ace Chair), she is one year junior to Amu. Yaya likes the sweets baked by Nadeshiko. Her hair is tied in pigtails with a big ribbon. She does not know how to swim. She is also a ballerina, though a rather clumsy one.

She has newborn baby brother named Tsubasa, who, she claims, gets all her parent's attention. It is because of this that her Guardian Character, Pepe, is a baby, because she claims the they get all of the attention.

Her Character Change character is a baby that uses a giant rattle as weapon; influenced by the "baby" character, she has a crybaby personality. Pepe says 'Pretty, Cutie, Love Baby!' during a Character Change with Yaya. She is very attached to Kukai since she is always hugging or standing next to him. The two are always seen together and always tend to look out for each other as well as argue.

Voiced by: Tomoko Nakamura

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Rima Mashiro (真城 りま, Mashiro Rima)
The girl serving as the new Q-Chair, she is the same age as Amu. Rima is a short, cute and beautiful girl with a selfish personality. She is well-liked among male students and disliked by female students, such as Amu.

She feigns crying to deceive people. At one point of the manga, while looking for X Eggs with Amu, she Character transforms and destroys one unnecessarily.
Her Character Transformation with Kusu Kusu is called "Clown Drop." When she does Character Change she becomes a gag character which she dislikes. Kusu Kusu says 'Bala-Balance' during a Character Change with Rima.

Her Guardian Character, Kusu Kusu, is a clown because she likes stand up comedians, and tries to make her parents laugh at home, because they were always arguing about who raised Rima, although she is unsuccessful.
Later, she opens up to Amu and becomes friends with her.

Voiced by: Sayuri Yahagi

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Kairi Sanjou (三条 海里, Sanjō Kairi)
The boy serving as the new J-Chair. He is tall, but actually he is two years junior to Amu. He prepares for Guardian's activities. Though the youngest, he is capable so Amu and Yaya call him "class president". He wears spectacles.

He is actually Yukari Sanjou's younger brother sent to spy on the Guardians. He chose to switch sides, after Amu convinced him he is a good person, to fight and purify the X eggs. He seems to have a slight crush on Amu. At the end of chapter 26 he leaves saying that his job at their school is done, but not before declaring his love for Amu saying that he shall return for her when he has become a man. He also declared a rivalry toward Tadase.

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Easter Company


(Left to Right: Utau Hoshina, Ikuto Tsukiyomi, Yuu Nikaidou, Yukari Sanjou, unnamed supervisor)


Ikuto Tsukiyomi (月詠 幾斗, Tsukiyomi Ikuto)
A boy who want the Embryo to have his freedom. Gozen is his temporary father. On Character Change, he grows cat ears, and his hand turns into a paw with metal claws. His Character Transformation is known as Black Lynx.

During Character Transformation, he uses a claw-like glove and wears a leather 2-piece with boots. At first he is called "Nekomimi hentai cosplay otoko" ( lit. perverted cat-ears cosplay guy) by Amu. He can play the violin. Like Amu, Ikuto too has sensitive ears. He possesses the "Dumpty Key." But the real owner was actually Tadase. But he stole it from Tadase. He is Utau's elder brother and he refers to Tadase as "Kiddy King."

He signed a contract with Easter and is looking for the Embryo, an egg that will grant any wish. Its because of that he becomes an enemy to Amu, but privately he helps Amu in the shadows. In the latest chapters, his relationship with Amu has taken a turn for the better. He has even said that he is "interested" in her.
In episode 29 Utau says to Amu that Ikuto likes Amu.

Voiced by: Yūichi Nakamura

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Utau Hoshina (ほしな 歌唄, Hoshina Utau) (real name Utau Tsukiyomi (月詠 歌唄, Tsukiyomi Utau)

A 14-year-old junior high student idol. She sings in plays. Lunatic Charm is the name of Iru's Character Transformation, during Character Transformation and Character Change Utau grows devil wings. The other Guardian Character, Eru, is now with Amu in the place of Dia. The gentle Eru seems to be treated badly, Eru performed a Character Transformation with Amu, becoming Amulet Angel and it surprised Utau.

She is actually Ikuto's sister, Utau Tsukiyomi. But she is jealous of Amu. She has a brother complex and chases any woman near Ikuto and calls them "bugs". Whenever she enters Ikuto's sight, she disables her Character Transformation and by all means tries to please her brother. At one time, through the power of the Humpty Lock, she did a Character Transformation with Amu's Dia Guardian Character, thus becoming Dark Jewel but she cannot do this for a long time because doing a Chara Transformation with another person is tiring. Also, after Amu gets Dia back, she and Amu have a better relationship after.

She is the vocalist of the indie band "Black Diamonds" which is produced by her manager, Yukari Sanjou. She also has feelings for her brother and even forcefully kissed him once - episode 29.

Voiced by: Nana Mizuki

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Yuu Nikaidou (二階堂 悠, Nikaidō Yū)

Former staff of Easter Company. In order find the Embryo, he joined Seiyo Elementary and became in charge of Amu's class in the guise of a ditzy but kind-hearted teacher. His dream when he was a child was to become a robot engineer but when his mentor quit, because of his ailing wife, and his parents opposed the idea, he lost sight of his dream and became a twisted person. But he recovered with help from Amu and Suu. He resigned from Easter Company and officially become the teacher in charge of Amu's class. A running joke is that he calls Amu; Himamori meaning "leisure time".

Voiced by: Junji Majima

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Yukari Sanjou (三条 ゆかり, Sanjō Yukari)

Staff of Easter Company. Utau's manager, was competing with Nikaidou to see who is the first to find the Embryo. Seems to have a past relationship with Nikaidou.

She came up with a new project "Black Diamond" to at the same find the Embryo and mass-produce X eggs. The CDs of the band were freely distributed and the people listening to it will have their Eggs removed by force. As the band became more famous their song is slated to be released to the Internet together with the unveiling of the band. In Seiyo it is branded as a cursed CD. Kairi snuck the CD into Tadase's bag. When Tadase listened to it, he became infected causing Kiseki to change into an X egg, but Amu came and saved him.

She and Utau have resigned from Easter after Amu got Dia back, and are starting their own music industry.

Voiced by: Rio Natsuki

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Gozen (御前, Gozen)

Has only been mentioned and is yet to appear. The people of Easter Company refer to him as "Gozen" and his real name and gender are unknown. Ikuto refers to Gozen as "the greatest person in Easter" so it could be possible that Gozen is the company president. He promised the company employees a successful career if they can present him the Embryo. For what purpose he entrusts the Easter Company to find the Embryo is unknown.
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Guardian Characters

The manifestation of the character one wants to become. Called "Shugo Chara" but "Shugo" translates well to "Guardian".

Amu's Guardian Characters

Their names came from the Japanese idol group Candies.
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Ran (ラン, Ran)

The first to come out from Amu's Eggs. An athletic and honest character. Her hair is tied in a side pony tail. She has a pink sun visor, a red themed cheerleader outfit, and wears a heart shaped hair clip. Dislikes silence. During Character Change, Amu gains increased athletic abilities. Little wings appear at her wrists and ankles, which allows her to jump high and fly. Having a straight forward personality, Ran made Amu confesses her crush to Tadase on their first Character Change.

Amu becomes "Amulet Heart" when she Character Transforms with Ran. The clover decoration of her Humpty Lock changes to the color pink. Amu dons a pink themed cheerleader costume in this form. Her special move is "Spiral Heart" which is executed with the Heart Rod. When Amu does Character Change with Ran, Ran says "Hop, Step, Jump". Ran was seen on Peach-Pit's website before the publication of Shugo Chara!, volume 1.

Voiced by: Kana Asumi

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Miki (ミキ, Miki)

A Guardian Character with an artistic flair. A cool, quiet character. Her hairstyle is a short bob cut. She usually wears a pair of half-cut pants, a sky blue beret with a spade on it, and a blue themed outfit. Miki has shown an interest in both Tadase's Character, Kiseki, and Ikuto's Character, Yoru. She comments that Yoru is cool and his tail is cute. This may imply the situation in Amu's heart.

In the anime, she is also shown to like Musashi, Kairi's Chara. Though Amu doesn't love Kairi herself, he does have a crush on her.

The main ability after Character Change is an increased artistic sense but that power is recklessly abused.

Amu becomes "Amulet Spade" when she Character Transforms with Miki. The clover decoration of her Humpty Lock changes to the color blue. Amu wears a white frilly blouse with a pair of light blue pants. She also wears long, striped stockings and a garter belt; all in a blue themed costume. Her special move is "Colorful Canvas", where she paints with a giant paintbrush. Miki says "Drew, Draw, Drawn" during a Character Transformation with Amu.

Voiced by: Nanae Katō

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Suu (スゥ, Suu)

A Guardian Character skilled in baking sweets and doing house work. A "my pace" character that is prone to silly mistakes. She has short hair with the sides grown long, curling inwards. She wears a bandanna on her head with a clover shaped hair clip and a green theme maid outfit. Dislikes caterpillars. She is also very fond of Amu's teacher, Nikaidou, showing this by giving him new, hot coffee, cleaning up his "lab", and showing excitment when she sees him by saying things like, "Sensei!" and hugging him.

Amu gains an improvement in cooking during Character Change. Magical abilities like summoning large amounts of whip cream is also observed. In addition her speech and behavior becomes more lady-like. She has a habit of ending her sentences with "-desu" in the Japanese version.

Amu becomes "Amulet Clover" when she Character Transforms with Suu. The clover decoration of her Humpty Lock changes to the color green. She wears a green themed balloon skirt maid costume. Her special skill is "Remake Honey", a restoration type skill. Suu says "Chip, Syrup, Whip Cream!" during a Character Change with Amu.

Ran's, Miki's and Suu's Character Transformations all share another special skill, "Open Heart!". It is a skill that cleanse X eggs and X Characters. However, Suu's skill of "Open Heart" has never been shown as of yet, probably due to the fact that she uses "Remake Honey" as a cleansing attack.

Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki

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Dia (ダイヤ, Daiya) (official name unknown)

Dia is Amu's fourth Guardian Character, with a musical flair. She became an X egg, and then hatched as an X Character in Chapter 17, after being discovered by Utau. Unlike previous X Characters, she had a human like form, with 60's styled clothes, instead of being and all black human shape with an "X" on the forhead. Shortly after this, the character that emerged performed a Character Transforms with Utau, becoming 'Dark Jewel', and made a reappearance in Chapter 25 in a fight against Amulet Devil. Her special move with Utau was 'Shining Black', in which a dark light attacks the opponent. This Character Transformation has a defect, however, as Utau is not Dia's true owner; the Character Transformation dissolves quickly after it forms.

As Amu does not know Dia's real name, and still does not, as of Chapter 26, she just calls her 'Dia', a shorter form of 'Diamond'.
Dia became an X egg because of the change in surroundings, like Kukai graduating and Nadeshiko studying abroad. Usually X eggs form because of 'problems in the owner's heart', which shows that Amu has changed throughout the series from her inapproachable self to someone who socializes easily.

In Chapter 25, Amu convinces Dia that she can change, and so the 'X-mark' was lifted, sparking a Character Transformation, and making both the lock and key react. At the beginning of Chapter 26, Amulet Diamond was formed. Amu wears a futuristic outfit, in the style of an idol with lots of pleats, and pigtails, with a white headband. The Humpty Lock shines yellow.
Dia's true form differs from her X-form—her true self is portrayed as a rather giddy and excited character, much like an idol may appear, whereas her X-self was often seen as inapproachable. Her outfit changes from a 60s style dress, to a two piece with white boots. Her hair, which was at first portrayed as a 60s-style ponytail, became pigtails—both hairstyles included incredibly long hair, much unlike Amu's other characters. She has red-hair and orange-eyes.

Dia went back into her egg for slumber after transforming with Amu in chapter 26, waiting for Amu to shine again.

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Guardian's Guardian Characters
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Kiseki (キセキ, Kiseki)

Kiseki is Tadase's Guardian Character. He looks like a mini Tadase with different-colored hair. He is extremely egotistical, loves to dominate, but also has tsundere characteristics. He is always trying to outshine Yoru. His bearing is that of typical "king's fashion", complete with crown and mantle. Kiseki also occasionally calls meetings that require all the Guardian Characters to gather. In volume one, Miki seems to have a crush on him, saying he is cool. Kiseki likes to give orders but does not like to obey. Suffers from pollen allergy like Tadase.

Kiseki can do Character Change with Tadase. When this happens, Tadase gains a golden crown and king’s scepter. The only reason he usually Character Changes is to help Tadase become confident and if Tadase is called ‘prince’.

After the "Black Diamonds" incident, he became able to Character Transform with Tadase. Tadase becomes "Platina Royale" and used the special skill "White Decoration", a skill thought to be a restoration skill.

Voiced by: Kaya Miyake

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Temari (てまり, Temari)

Temari is Nadeshiko's seemingly elegant Character. She is considered to be very girly and is always complaining about getting her kimono dirty, which always ends up annoying Daichi. Her hair tied in a ponytail with hair decoration in the shape of sakura flowers. She is skilled in handling the naginata and dislikes getting muddy.

Temari has the ability to perform Character Change with Nadeshiko. Nadeshiko then becomes battle hungry, often over little things like getting hit with a ball. Temari herself seems to have an anger problem. Says "Chin, Ton, Shan" during Character Change.

Temari went back into her egg to slumber prior to Chapter 27.

Voiced by: Ryōka Yuzuki

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Pepe (ぺぺ, Pepe)

Pepe is a baby-like Guardian Character that belongs to Yaya. She always has a pacifier in her mouth, wears a full body baby outfit, and wears her hair in pigtails. When either she or Yaya get hurt or something goes wrong, both of them will begin to whine and cry in unison. Pepe could be described as a crybaby; however, upon further inspection may be described as somewhat sarcastic. Appears to enjoy being at the centre of attention, and playing childish games, such as piggy-back rides.

When she and Yaya perform Character Change, Yaya receives a baby bib and a giant rattle that she uses to squash or hit opponents with. Yaya says "pretty, cutey, love baby" during Character Change. Through the power of the Humpty Lock she is able to Character Transform with Yaya resulting Day Baby

Voiced by: Kimiko Koyama

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Daichi (ダイチ, Daichi)

Kukai’s Guardian Character is Daichi. Daichi is very good at sports and cannot seem to sit still. He was born when Kukai wanted to do many sports but had to choose. He wears a sweatband around his head, shorts, and a sporty T-shirt.
When Daichi and Kukai do Character Change, Kukai becomes even more athletic and gains a star clip for his hair that looks like the same star on Daichi’s head band.Daichi was able to Character Transform with Kukai once, resulting in "Sky Jack".

Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino

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Kusu Kusu (クスクス, Kusu Kusu)

Kusu Kusu is Rima's Guardian Character. She wears a full-body clown suit and has a star drawn under one eye and a tear drop under the other.

During Character Change, Rima has the same marks under her eyes. Rima becomes "Clown Drop" on Character Transformation with Kusu Kusu. In that form Rima wears a clown costume with a ballet tutu. Her special move is "Juggling Party".

Voiced by: Sayaka Narita

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Musashi (ムサシ, Musashi)

Kairi's Character. Musashi's overall look is that of a samurai of ancient times, his face and hairstyle look similar to Kairi's, except for an additional chonmage. Also wears spectacles like Kairi. When he Character Transforms with Kairi they become "Samurai Soul"

Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto
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Easter's Guardian Characters

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Yoru (ヨル, Yoru)

Ikuto's Guardian Character, Yoru, has cat-like features. He wears a pair of paw gloves and boots and dresses in punk fashion style. Yoru has a freedom loving stray cat image and often wanders around wherever he pleases without staying with Ikuto. Yoru loves to tease and annoy Kiseki, who in turn tries to do things only Yoru can do, like climb on buildings and railings. He also seems to be scared of dogs.

When Yoru and Ikuto perform Character Change, Ikuto grows cat ears and a tail. In Character Transformation, they become "Black Lynx". Ikuto wears a spend-like outfit, has cat ears and a tail, and uses a glove with metal claws. In volume two, Miki seems to like Yoru as well as Kiseki, though, has more compliments showing she has more of a crush on Yoru than Kiseki.

Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro

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Iru (イル, Iru)

Iru is Utau's first Guardian Character. She has short, dark hair and devil wings, tail, and horns. She wears a two piece skirt and top that seem to come on as if they were bats. Mean, unkind and dislikes nagging. When she and Utau perform Character Transform, Utau sprouts bat wings and many wing shaped accessories.

Her special move in "Lunatic Charm" form is "Nightmare Lorelei". In chapter 25, Iru does a Character Transformation with Amu in order to try and save Utau and becomes "Amulet Devil".

Voiced by: Hiromi Konno

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Eru (エル, Eru)

Eru is Utau's second Guardian Character. Has an angel appearance. Eru is gentle hearted and seemed to be treated badly. Eru left home and is now in the care of Amu. She uses English words like "wait" and "shut up" in her speech. Likes to nag, dislikes meanness and unkindness. She is also always seen with her eyes closed.

Eru performed a Character Transformation with Amu once, resulting in "Amulet Angel", which surprised Utau. The clover decoration of her Humpty Lock changes to white color. Her special move is "White Flag". As Amu is not the real owner the Character Transformation quickly dissolves after it forms.

Eru finally performed a Character Transformation in Chapter 26 with Utau, forming Seraphic Charm. Utau wears a typically angelic dress in a Sweet Lolita style. Shortly after transforming, Utau helps Amu purify the X eggs.

Voiced by: Hyo-sei
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Tsukasa Amakawa (天河 司, Amakawa Tsukasa)

He is the first Kings Chair of the Guardian, the founder of the Guardian. Manages the planetarium as a part-time job. Artist of the artbook "Kokoro no Tamago" (The Heart's Egg). It is later on revealed that he is the superintendent of the school.

There seems to some mysterious parts in his book. Looks similar to Tadase. At first, he is thought to hold the Humpty Lock. A cat lover and has a liking for Ikuto's cat ears. He plays as a minor character but seems to have a bigger role in the story, considering that it is he who assigns the Guardian Chairs and is often seen counseling Tadase.

Voiced by: Akira Ishida
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Saaya Yamabuki (山吹 沙綾, Yamabuki Saaya)

An egotistical girl who is jealous of Amu in every way possible. She is in the same class as Amu, and shows off whenever she gets the chance (ex: professional drawing skills; undergarments). It is said that she has a crush on Kukai. However, in the anime, she had a crush on Tadase before having a crush on Kukai, but has been truly been crushing on Kukai the entire time--or so she says. She, like most girls, dislikes Rima upon her arival.

Voiced by: Miyuki Kawashō

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Nobuko Saeki (冴木 のぶ子, Saeki Nobuko)

A spiritual fortune teller. Hasa praised fortune telling column in "Housewive's Knowledge". Actually she dislikes the occult. She is 54 and likes miso peanuts. Her spiritual sense is so strong that she is able to see the Guardian Characters. She is the one who inspires Amu to wish to be a new person, meaning that she ignited Amu's wishes.

Voiced by: Keiko Yamamoto
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Anime Adaption

Shugo Chara! was adapted into an anime television series of the same title in 2007. The television series is produced by Satelight under the direction of Kenji Yasuda and was first broadcast on the Japanese network, TV Tokyo. Consisting of fifty-one episodes, the first episode, "Shugo Chara Born!" (しゅごキャラ誕生!, Shugo Kyara Tanjō!), aired on October 6, 2007. The episodes are rebroadcast by five other networks within a few days after the initial broadcast on TV Tokyo.

Six pieces of theme music by the J-pop group Buono! are used for the first season; two opening themes and four closing themes. The opening theme for the first twenty-six episodes is "Egg of the Heart" (こころのたまご, Kokoro no Tamago); and the last twenty-five episodes, "I Love Everyone" (みんなだいすき, Minna Daisuki). The closing theme for the first twelve episodes is "True Self" (ホントのじぶん, Honto no Jibun); episodes thirteen to twenty-six, "Renai ♥ Rider" (恋愛♥ライダー, Ren'ai ♥ Raidā); episodes twenty-seven to thirty-nine, "Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!"; and the last twelve episodes, "Do Your Best And Go!" (ガチンコでいこう!, Gachinko de Ikō!).

A second year of episodes, under the title Shugo Chara!! Doki— (しゅごキャラ!!どきっ), began airing the week after the fifty-first episode, on October 4, 2008; previously, Anime News Network reported that it was scheduled for October 10, 2008 on AT-X. The second season's opening theme is "Everyone's Egg" (みんなのたまご, Minna no Tamago) by Shugo Chara Egg! and the first ending theme by Buono!, "Lotta Love Lotta Love" (ロッタラ ロッタラ, Rottara Rottara).

Crunchyroll.com announced on November 19, 2008 that it will be streaming Shugo Chara! with English subtitles along with other anime series from TV Tokyo.
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Video Game

Konami has released two video games, based on the manga, for the Nintendo DS. The first, titled Shugo Chara! Three Eggs and the Joker in Love! (しゅごキャラ!3つのたまごと恋するジョーカー, Shugo Kyara! Mittsu no Tamago to Koisuru Jyōkā), was released in Japan on March 13, 2008. The second game, titled Shugo Chara! Amu's Rainbow-Colored Character Change! (しゅごキャラ!あむのにじいろキャラチェンジ, Shugo Kyara! Amu no Nijiiro Kyara Chenji), was released in Japan on November 6, 2008.
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External Links

*Anime Official Website

~http://www.shugo-chara.com (Japanese)

*TV Tokyo Shugo Chara! website

~http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/shugo-chara/ (Japanese)

*The official Shugo Chara! Takaratomy site (Japanese)
~http://www.takaratomy.co.jp/products/shugo-chara/

*The official Shugo Chara! Konami NDS game site (Japanese)

~http://www.konami.jp/shugo-chara/

*Shugo Chara! (Part of Peach-Pit official website)

~http://p-pit.net/shugo/index.html
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Manga

In December 2005, Peach-Pit announced that they were working on a new shōjo manga series called Shugo Chara! The first chapter was published in the February edition of Nakayoshi magazine which went on sale on January 3, 2006. The first volume collection was then republished in July 6, 2006 by Nakayoshi publisher Kodansha.

In addition to the regular volumes, the series is being released in limited editions in Japan, each of which include different cover art from the regular editions, metallic foil sleeves, and a set of postcards featuring Amu in various outfits and poses following the color theme of the dust jackets.

Del Rey Manga announced that it acquired the English language rights to Shugo Chara! at MangaNEXT 2006 and released the first volume on March 27, 2007.
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Yuki HatobaYuki Hatoba (鳩羽 雪, Hatoba Yuki?)
Voiced by: Ayumi Fujimura
Amu's and Nadeshiko's classmate. The first person's X Chara that Amu went after. She was bothered with the fact that she was moving to the United States, which caused her Guardian Chara to turn into an X Egg.

Manami and WakanaManami (まなみ, Manami?)
Voiced by: Satomi Akesaka
Wakana (わかな, Wakana?)
Voiced by: Satomi Satō
Amu's classmates in 4th and 6th Grade. Manami and Wakana were classmates since 1st Grade.

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DRAFT THAT I DIDNT KNOW WHERE TO SAVE. LOL. XD
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