Manga Review: Shugo Chara! Volume Two

Shugo Chara! Volume 2 focuses on Amu Hinamori, a girl who discovers three eggs that hatch into her three Guardian Characters: Ran, Miki, and Su. Each of the Guardian Characters claim to be the peron that Amu really wants to be. Amu becomes the fifth member of her school’s student council, and the members are referred to as the school’s Guardians. She is recruited to help find a special egg called the Embryo, as well as to search for and purify X Eggs and X Characters.

Shugo Chara! Volume 2
Written by: Peach-Pit
Publisher: Kodansha Ltd.
English Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: August 21, 2012

Volume 2 opens with Amu undergoing an unexpected Character Transformation (where one of her Guardian Characters merges with her), and it really rattles her to the point where Amu appears to now be afraid of change. Meanwhile, her classmate Yuki will be sent away to go to school in America, and Yuki is afraid of all the changes that will happen because of the move. I really appreciated seeing how these two storylines came together after Yuki is possessed by an X Character, and how seeing what happens to Yuki makes Amu come to a realization.

This volume also introduces a new character, who is a new teacher for Amu’s class. He is Yuu Nikaidou, and from the first time he was introduced, I had a suspicion that there was more to him than what appeared on the surface. Sure enough, a very important detail was revealed about this character that proved that my suspicions were correct. While I hadn’t completely predicted what was making me think there was something off about this character, I had a basic idea of what I thought his secret might be.

My least favorite part of Shugo Chara! Volume 2 was the chapter that focused on Amu and the other members of the student council having a story at the beach. The only important thing that happened in it was Peach-Pit establishing that Tadase seems to have some kind of feelings for Amu. Outside of that, this particular story felt like a waste of time. I know that building on a potential relationship for Amu and Tadase needs to happen, but I wish they could have found a better story to establish this with.

But it does seem there could be the potential for a love triangle to develop in Shugo Chara! Amu has some run-ins with Ikuto Tsukiyomi, a high school boy who is contracted by the Easter Company to find the Embryo. We see him rescue Amu at one point in the volume, and there’s also a scene where it’s revealed that Amu’s Humpty Lock is paired with Ikuto’s Humpty Key. The particular scene where this revelation is made strongly hints at a potential love interest angle, although it’s a little on the creepy side since Amu is only a fifth grader while Ikuto is in high school.

Overall, I have to say that Volume 2 is a strong continuation for the series. In fact, I would even go so far as to say that I thought it was even better than the first volume. Now that the main concept has been established, this volume could focus more on fleshing out the characters and their relationships. And the way this volume ends with a cliffhanger, it makes the reader want to move on to Volume 3 in order to find out what’s going to happen next.

Shugo Chara! Volume 2 will have the strongest appeal to younger female readers, because they will be able to relate to Amu and her friends. The story and the art style used for this series will also have a strong appeal to a younger female demographic.

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