Shugo Chara Vol. #02 (Mania.com)
By:Danielle Van Gorder
Review Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Release Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Translated by:Satsuki Yamashita
Adapted by:Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir
What They Say
Cute schoolgirl Amu has a secret: she has three magical companions. Only these enchanted Guardians know who Amu's true self is, and they'll do anything to help her unlock her heart! They're searching for a magic egg; a powerful weapon that could mean trouble in the wrong hands. To find this egg, Amu will have to change her life - and finally learn to be true to herself.
In search of the X egg, Amu has managed a full character transformation into Amulet Heart, giving her abilities that she wouldn't normally have. But the change is kind of scary for her, and she not only loses the transformation, but she loses the X egg as well. In the meantime, things aren't going so well in school. Her friend Yuki is moving away and doesn't seem to be taking it well, and the new teacher, Nikaidou, seems to be getting in her way constantly. Then she finds out that the X character has taken over Yuki, turning her emotions negative. Amu has to make peace with herself and her transformations in order to help seal away Yuki's X character.
Then, when Amu is out with her friends at a popular idol's concert, Nikaidou-sensei appears again to get in the way. He's an odd sort of teacher, though, seemingly more interested in crushing dreams than nurturing them. And that's not the only odd thing at this concert - the idol herself is working for Easter, using the power of her singing to try to find the mysterious embryo. Then there's summer vacation, surprising confessions, a ballet recital, and a key that seems to match Amu's lock. Can Amu face and overcome these challenges - without her guardian characters?
This volume features more questions than answers, more mysteries, and more hints as to what is really going on with the guardian characters, Easter, and the embryo - but no answers. There also seems to be a little too much of a focus on monster-of-the-week (or X character of the week, in this case) scenarios than in the previous volume, which bogs things down slightly. On the other hand, that isn't the sole focus of the volume, and there's a nice blend of comedy and drama to keep things interesting. Shugo Chara is a cute series with fantastic artwork, but even after two volumes it's hard to determine if there's anything more than that, or if the payoff in the end is worth it. But, for now, the as-yet unanswered questions have me curious enough to come back for more.
Mania Grade: B
Art Rating: A
Packaging Rating: B+
Text/Translatin Rating: A
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Released By: Del Rey
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: Shugo Chara