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Shugo Chara! is an award winning Japanese shōjo manga series created by the manga author duo, Peach-Pit. The story centers on elementary school girl Amu Hinamori, whose popular exterior, referred to as "cool and spicy" by her classmates, contrasts with her introverted personality. When Amu wishes for the courage to be reborn as her would-be self, she is surprised to find three colorful eggs the next morning, which hatch into three Guardian Characters: Ran, Miki, and Su.

In December 2005, Peach Pit announced that they were working on a new shōjo manga series called Shugo Chara! The first chapter was published in the February 2006 edition of Nakayoshi magazine[1] and ran until the January 2010 edition.[2] The first volume collection was then republished in July 6, 2006 by Nakayoshi's publisher Kodansha. In addition to the regular volumes, the series is being released in limited editions in Japan, each of which include different cover art from the regular editions, metallic foil sleeves, and a set of postcards featuring Amu in various outfits and poses following the color theme of the dust jackets.[3] Del Rey Manga announced that it acquired the English language rights to Shugo Chara! during MangaNEXT 2006 and released the first volume on March 27, 2007.[4][5]

The series was put on hiatus along with two other series, Rozen Maiden and Zombie-Loan, in December 2008 due to a sudden illness and hospitalization. One month later, Peach-Pit announced that all three series will resume and thanked their fans for the support during the illness.[6]

A sequel title, Shugo Chara! Encore!, was announced to begin in the April 2010 issue of Nakayoshi.[7]

Volume list

Note: Volume titles are from the Del Rey releases.

<tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF"><th style="width: 4%;">No.</th><th>Title</th><th style="width: 24%;">Japanese release</th><th style="width: 24%;">English release</th></th></tr></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol01">01</td><td style="text-align: left;">Who Do You Want to Be?</td><td>July 6, 2006[8]
ISBN 978-4-0636-4113-4</td><td>March 27, 2007[9]
ISBN 978-0-345-49745-1</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol02">02</td><td style="text-align: left;">Friends in Need</td><td>January 6, 2007[10]
ISBN 978-4-0636-4129-5</td><td>August 28, 2007[11]
ISBN 978-0-345-49927-1</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol03">03</td><td style="text-align: left;">Can a Bad Guy Turn Good?</td><td>March 20, 2007[12]
ISBN 978-4-0636-4139-4</td><td>February 12, 2008[13]
ISBN 978-0-345-50146-2</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol04">04</td><td style="text-align: left;">Character Swap!</td><td>July 20, 2007[14]
ISBN 978-4-0636-4156-1</td><td>May 20, 2008[15]
ISBN 978-0-345-50522-4</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol05">05</td><td style="text-align: left;">The New Kids!</td><td>November 20, 2007[16]
ISBN 978-4-0636-4167-7</td><td>December 30, 2008[17]
ISBN 978-0-345-50804-1</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol06">06</td><td style="text-align: left;">Betrayal</td><td>March 19, 2008[18]
ISBN 978-4-0636-4182-0</td><td>April 28, 2009[19]
ISBN 978-0-345-51032-7</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol07">07</td><td style="text-align: left;">Black Cat</td><td>July 18, 2008[20]
ISBN 978-4-0636-4192-9</td><td>September 29, 2009[21]
ISBN 978-0-345-51430-1</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol08">08</td><td style="text-align: left;">With a Little Help From Their Friends</td><td>December 5, 2008[22]
ISBN 978-4-0636-4204-9</td><td>January 26, 2010[23]
ISBN 978-0-345-51431-8</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol09">09</td><td style="text-align: left;">A Big Discovery</td><td>June 5, 2009[24]
ISBN 978-4-0636-4222-3</td><td>July 27, 2010[25]
ISBN 978-0-345-52082-1</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol10">10</td><td style="text-align: left;"></td><td>October 23, 2009[26]
ISBN 978-4-06-364237-7</td><td>February 22, 2011[27]
ISBN 978-0-345-52501-7</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol11">11</td><td style="text-align: left;"></td><td>March 5, 2010[28]
ISBN 978-4-06-364251-3</td><td>—</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol12">12</td><td style="text-align: left;"></td><td>October 6, 2010[29]
ISBN 978-4-06-364279-7</td><td>—</td></tr> </table>


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  2. "Peach-Pit's Shugo Chara Manga to End in Japan Next Month". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 1, 2009. 
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  4. "Shugo Chara! (manga)". Anime News Network. Retrieved February 29, 2008. 
  5. "MangaNEXT: Del Rey Licenses". Anime News Network. October 7, 2006. Retrieved July 6, 2008. 
  6. "Peach-Pit to Restart 3 Manga after Hospitalization". Anime News Network. January 17, 2009. Retrieved January 27, 2009. 
  7. "Shugo Chara! Encore! Manga to Launch in February". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 19, 2009. 
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  9. "Shugo Chara! 1". Del Rey Manga. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
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  11. "Shugo Chara! 2". Del Rey Manga. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
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  13. "Shugo Chara! 3". Del Rey Manga. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
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  15. "Shugo Chara! 4". Del Rey Manga. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
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  17. "Shugo Chara! 5". Del Rey Manga. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
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  19. "Shugo Chara! 6". Del Rey Manga. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
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  21. "Shugo Chara! 7". Del Rey Manga. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
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  23. "Shugo Chara! 8". Del Rey Manga. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
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  25. "Shugo Chara! 9". Del Rey Manga. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
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  27. "Shugo Chara! 10". Del Rey Manga. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
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