Manga Review: Shugo Chara! vol. 1, by Peach-Pit

shugo_chara1Who do you want to be? Fifth grader Amu Hinamori is everything a fifth grader would want to be. She’s smart cool, and popular. But she has a secret: she’s tired of being that exterior character that isn’t the real her.

One night she prays to her guardian angel that she can be born as a different person. The next morning when she wakes up, there are three eggs in her bed! While at school, she does something mean to the guy she loves, and later that day, she suddenly bursts out in an assembly that she loves him. Embarrassed and upset, she runs away, wishing that she had a hole to hide in… and falls into a hole at a construction site and lands on a boy. He starts sniffing around her and swipes one of her eggs! Suddenly, a worker starts dumping dirt into the hole, and Amu worries that she will be buried alive, but one of her eggs hatches and gives birth to a mini person called a guardian character whose name is Ran, and helps her get out of the hole. However, the same guy that was in the hole with her suddenly sprouts cat ears, saying that he will get her other eggs too!

I really love this book series. It is one of my all-time favorite manga series. The artwork is at times sophisticated, but here and there are some little doodles. I love the blend. I also love the texturizing in the beginnings of some of the chapters. And the way that they introduce the concept of the story is fantastic. On a scale from 1 to 10, I would probably rate it a 9.5. It is also great for laughs, so try to pick up a copy at your local library, you will not regret it.

-Linna C., 7th grade