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.
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.
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....
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.