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Why I Dropped Shugo Chara after over 100 episodes...


Shugo Chara! was a cute, fluffy magical girl show. It's got shoujo romantic troubles, a vulnerable female lead (despite her "cool and spicy" exterior), and a problem that threatens children and their dreams. (The ambition kind, not the ones you get while sleeping.) As I blogged about, Shugo Chara reinforced my desire to follow my dream, and was on the whole, an encouraging and cute show.

Shugo Chara!! Doki! took a step away from that by adding two characters created exclusively for the anime, as well as a whole new kind of monster to fight. Many people got turned off here, becasue we moved from fighting broken dreams to the bizarre incarnations of people's dreams themselves. Let me clarify.

  • Shugo Chara!: Main problem- Dream eggs needs to be purified so that the kids who own them can nurture them and have happy, fulfilled lives.
  • Chugo Chara!! Doki!: Main problem- Anyone who becomes uncertain about their dream gets hypnotized and transformed into a disturbing version of their dream. In this case, the girl wants to be a florist.... yeah... she flies around and launches flowers at everyone, trying to make them happy. Flowers make you  happy, you know! Just not when they're coming at your head apparently. These transformed people need to be TALKED into submission, THEN purified.

We're kind of stepping away from "violence" in so much as sparkly attacks can ever be violence... but at this point, X-eggs are still bad. They need to be fought and purified, because the dream is dead. ?-Eggs are getting talked to because they're just confused and will see reason if you can get their attention. Just hold on. Here's where things go crazy.

Enter Shugo Chara! Party! which contains Shugo Chara!!! Dokki Doki and Shugo Chara Pucchi Puchi! NOW, you get live action mascots and their pointless segments, as well as meaningless drivel. Shugo Chara Pucchi Puchi! is drawn with very simplified chibis of some of the characters who do exciting things like try to find a lost flower or figure out how to introduce themselves to the audience even though episodes have been airing for 3 years now... and it takes 10 minutes. Drill a hole in my head. Please.

Suffer through that, and you're rewarded with Shugo Chara!!! Dokki Doki, which is roughly 6-7 minutes of ACTUAL anime like in the previous seasons. If it had taken 30 minutes, like the Shugo Chara!! Doki! episodes, I would probably actually still be watching.

  • Shugo Chara!!! Dokki Doki: Main problem- All this time, the X-eggs haven't REALLY been bad. They're actually confused and lonely, and so they've decided to follow a little girl with odango around because she CAN UNDERSTAND THEM. That's right. They introduced a character that can understand humming as an ACTUAL language.

Many of the main cast are there, but it feels more like they're paid cameos on a different show, rather than the protagonists. We show up, we use sparkle magic, we vanish, so that odango girl can be cute and stuff.

So in review....

  • Season one: Sweet anime- like hard candy, it takes a while to really finish enjoying, because there's substance to it.
  • Season two: Sweet and bizarre anime- kind of like chocolate-covered marshmallows. they're getting softer, and too many at once will make you sick, but it's still kind of nice...
  • Season three: Childish, sugar-induced coma- kind of like a candy store explosion. There's too much going on, eating all of it WILL kill you, and it's just... wrong on some level.

When it crossed the line, gave up 2/3 of the time to crap content, completely threw out the premise that it was originally based on, and became gag-worthy... I had to bail out.

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default avatar wolf2wolf
Apr 26, 2011

I whole-heartedly agree with you.  I did not want to watch the series in the first place, started for some reason I cannot even fathom to remember, and ended up loving the series . . . that is until the third season.  In the third season I could not get through the first half of the second episode.  I have not attempted to view this series and I do not think I will be up to the challenge in the future.

DarkestVisions avatar DarkestVisions
Jul 28, 2010

Makes me doesn't even want to watch Shugo Chara! Party. It's a shame that they went from awesome to a low pile of x-eggs.

CandyDrops avatar CandyDrops
Jun 3, 2010

I couldn't have agreed with you more. I love the manga and the first season, the second season was a bit far from my tastes but I got through it since I kept hoping the fillers would be over when they got back to the original plot.

Queue the third season and I've lost faith in the anime as you did. I've actually put the third season on my 'won't watch' list which is pretty drastic considering I've loved Shugo Chara! for a few years now.

Such a sad thought that a show which had such great potential went straight down the garbage shoot towards the end. Your review pretty much sums up what the majority of Shugo Chara! fans thought in their dissapointment.

Taroud avatar Taroud
Mar 24, 2010

Agreed.  I'm still hanging in there because I hate to drop legacy series, but it just isn't entertaining anymore.  I kinda wish they had let the series die after Doki!

Sunagan avatar Sunagan
Feb 28, 2010

wow... my question about shugo chara seems to have kinda inspired this little rant of you :P. The burning anger is well noticable straight through the computer screen.

I guess it's a pain if one of your favorite shows suddenly starts sucking.

Anyway... i don't really like shoujo that much so I'm probably not going to have a look into this ^_^

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