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Have you ever acted contrary to what you intended? That is the case with Hinamori Amu, who acts completely cool and aloof, yet inside, she’s terribly shy and meek in the anime Shugo Chara! which aired between October 2007 and September 2008 with a total of 51 episodes. Yet, upon making a wish, she wakes up to find 3 colorful eggs belonging to 3 guardian characters whose mission it is to bring out Amu’s inner self! With her guardian characters, she finds herself joining the student council on a special mission to find the X character eggs, but along the way, she finds out about the true selves of her fellow council members as well as herself.
This anime brings you in with its cuteness, yet it’s the complex background stores of each character that make you fall in love with every one of the characters. Need something lighthearted? You’ve got your anime! Now, let’s explore other similar anime!
Similar Anime to Shugo Chara! / Similar Anime to Guardian Character!
1. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Crystal (Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Crystal)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: July 2015 - Ongoing
Now there’s no denying this anime classic. It follows Tsukino Usagi, a childish teenage who is quick to complain and cry, who comes across a special cat with an incredible ability to talk. Usagi finds herself suddenly able to transform into a Sailor Soldier and the fate of the world is in her hands as she seeks out the Illusionary Silver Crystal with her fellow Sailor Soldiers.
The similarities are not to be missed between Sailor Moon and Shugo Chara! Both anime feature a magical girl theme, but they also have much deeper stories than we could ever predict. Although both anime start off lighthearted as we are introduced to the plotline, we soon find that there is more to the Sailor Soldiers than just fighting evil doers. Character development is quite evident as we watch each one of the characters grow to be well rounded individuals. Do you want to know how our crybaby turns out? The only way to find out is to watch this anime. It’s currently ongoing so don’t miss out.
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Crystal Official Trailer
2. Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne (Phantom Thief Jeanne)
- Episodes: 44
- Aired: February 1999 – January 2000
Now this 90s anime is not to be missed! If you cannot get enough of magical girls and fighting demons, this anime will not be a disappointment. This may be a more mature magical girl anime compared to Shugo Chara!, but there are plenty of scenes that will just make you laugh. The development of the plot alone will get your heart to go doki doki!
This anime stars Kusakabe Maron, a regular teenage girl, or is she? She’s actually the reincarnation of Jeanne d’Arc who she transforms into at night to steal the demons that are sealed away inside famous works of art. As we follow Maron through her unusual adolescence, we realize that though Jeanne d’Arc has been gone for many centuries now, her future is entangled with Maron’s future and perhaps, there’s more to her life than just battling demons. Beware, this thief has quite the adventure ahead of her.
3. Gakuen Alice (Alice Academy)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: October 2004 – May 2005
While this particular anime is not technically a magical girl anime, it revolves around a population of people with their own unique, special powers. Like Shugo Chara! this anime is about a young girl in a school with something quite special about it. Like magical powers? You got it. Prepare for a magical school life.
Gakuen Alice follows Sakura Mikan, a little girl whose best friend is Imai Hotaru. When she finds out that her best friend was scouted by a special school that is rumored to imprison its students, Mikan is determined to follow her there and protect her. Mikan soon finds herself at Alice Academy where she discovers that all of the students are called Alices because they have magical powers. At Alice Academy, Mikan learns so much more about herself than ever before!
Any Anime Like Guardian Character! / Any Anime Like Shugo Chara!?
4. Inu x Boku SS
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2012 – March 2012
One of the reasons this anime is so similar to Shugo Chara! is due to the character similarities between Shirakiin Ririchiyo and Hinamori Amu. They both act cool and aloof, yet deep inside, they do not mean that at all. It is an uncontrollable part of their personalities. Then there’s Miketsukami Soushi and Tsukiyoki Ikuto who are both quite the mysterious characters that leave the watchers constantly wondering. Inu x Boku SS is also a magical girl anime, though technically, every character has something magical about him or her, revolving around your basic school life.
Inu x Boku SS begins with Shirakiin Ririchiyo arriving at her new school dorm where she believes she can finally move out and live on her own. In reality, she found herself in a dorm where all of the students are accompanied by a member of a very special secret service. Ririchiyo soon finds herself accompanied by Soushi, a very mysterious Secret Service agent who appears to know her. Not only that, but this dorm houses a very confidential secret: they are all spiritually beings from important families. What could possibly happen when you place all of these spiritually beings into one dorm?
5. Kamichama Karin (God Karin)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: April 2007 - September 2007
Now, much like the other anime in this list, this is a magical girl anime and the protagonist is very young. The main protagonist, Karin, does spend a lot of the anime discovering who she really is, but in a much different way than Amu did. Watch to find out!
Kamichama Karin is the story of Hanazono Karin, a 13 year old girl, whose parents recently passed so she is forced to live with relatives. She comes across the Kujyou Kazune one day, which leads to a series of strange events resulting in her transforming into a little goddess! With this new found power, a whole new world opens up for Karin as she learns to control her powers and fight evil gods bent on creating chaos.
6. Mirumo de Pon! (Mirmo Zibang!)
- Episodes: 172
- Aired: April 2002 – September 2005
The main character of this anime, Kaede, is quite shy like Amu. She cannot speak her feelings at all, but this little fantasy anime is bent on changing that. With the use of magic, Kaede is going to have to get out of her shell.
Amu purchases a cup at a mysterious shop. At the bottom of the cup there is a note to drink cocoa while reciting a message aloud for a muglox to appear to grant any wish. Upon making her wish, Mirumo appears! Mirumo is a muglox prince tired of the land of muglox. He's going to make Amu's wish come true, or will he?
Now I hope you enjoy these anime. All of these anime are cute, light hearted, and funny! Also, there's a lot of other magical girl anime out there if you're interested. If you want more Shugo Chara! though, there is a sequel Shugo Chara! Doki, which was released in 2008 and has finished airing.
Are there any other anime you would recommend?