Featured image by moonelf313.
It’s Tuesday. I’m busy tonight. Have some art, this time featuring Amulet Heart and Skyjack from Shugo Chara. In my humble opinion, Shugo Chara is perhaps the quintessential magical girl story, displaying the genre’s common themes, its strengths, and its weaknesses, in particularly stark fashion.
I keep meaning to write a philosophical essay on Shugo Chara similar to the essay I’m writing up on The Powerpuff Girls … but I can’t bring myself to finish the final series of the anime, Shugo Chara! Party!
It’s like, every time I watch it, I can feel my brain bleeding out of my ears.
The anime adaptation of Shugo Chara is really good for a full hundred and two episodes, but then the story’s over, yet they keep it going for twenty-four more episodes by turning it into a sort of Captain Kangaroo-style variety show. I like to think I have a pretty strong stomach for this cutesy crap, but that’s more than even I can take.
The manga version also dithers around for a while after the denouement (and its penultimate volume is lazy as hell), but it’s comparatively bearable.