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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Del Rey
  • MSRP: 10.95
  • Pages: 208
  • ISBN: 978-0-345-50146-2
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Shugo Chara

Shugo Chara Vol. #03

By Danielle Van Gorder     May 26, 2008
Release Date: February 19, 2008

Shugo Chara Vol.#03
© Del Rey

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Peach Pit
Translated by:Satsuki Yamashita
Adapted by:Nunzio DeFilippas and Christina Weir

What They Say
Amu's Guardian Characters have been stolen by her teacher, a bitter man whose dreams died when his own egg was smashed. When Amu goes to reclaim her Characters, the School Guardians are there to help. But can they get Amu's eggs back and put the evil teacher's egg together again?

The Review
Faced with the loss of her guardian characters and the revelation that her teacher is actually an employee of Easter, Amu has a lot on her plate. Will an unexpected (and temporary) ally and her own native determination prove to be enough to win the day? When Nikaidou reveals his plan to use Amu's eggs in some sort of mysterious project, the stakes end up higher than they had anticipated.

Ikuto's arrival acts as a catalyst, breaking the stalemate that had formed and impacting each character in a different way. Never one to stick around when he knows he's lost his edge, Nikaidou flees the scene - after delivering an ultimatum to Amu. His lab, however, is a very interesting place that just might hold the key to defeating him and rescuing Amu's precious egg.

Ikuto really seems to be the star of this volume, intruding into the story and causing chaos, then fleeing before any questions are actually answered. He's on the side of Easter, but his actions don't seem to be those of an enemy - especially on those occasions where he ends up alone with Amu. At this point, he's the main reason I'm still reading. His interactions with Utau were fun as well, and there's definitely a setup for a huge confrontation later down the line. The Seiyo Elementary Guardians, when compared to the various members of Easter, just aren't as interesting as characters as the various baddies are.

Shugo Chara is cute and harmless, which isn't a bad thing to be. It's one of those stories where you don't ever really wonder if good is going to win out in the end - it is, of course, and it's going to coax the goodness out of evil at the same time. While the bigger mysteries are barely touched in this volume, there's enough time spent on the more interesting characters to keep me hooked for now.


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