Hi guys! It’s Ayaka here with the Childhood Memories update! Sorry it took a while.
Before anime, my life was about cartoons. For those who don’t know, I was born in America, and I went back to China because of my personal family problems. So I lived in China for a while. The only thing I watched is a Chinese cartoon called Xi Yang Yang Yu Hui Tai Lang. The cartoon is about sheeps and a wolf, who miserably fail catching the sheeps.
So how did I get into Anime? If I never lived with my cousin, anime would never have entered my life (I most likely would have eventually dropped cartoons).
It was simple. One day, I peeked over my cousin’s shoulder, and I saw a girl was saying, “My heart, unlock.” Then before my eyes, the girl transformed into a different character. My eyes sparkled and I was instantly amazed by the anime.
Since I was little, I loved any anime about magical girls. (I also watched Akaitsu after I watched Shugo Chara; It is an idol “transformation” anime).
To be honest, I had a bias to female characters as a child. When I watched anime, all I cared about was that the main heroine needed to be pretty and cute. (Current me: well now, I need it to have at least one handsome male characters. 😉
Unlike Kasumi–whose childhood was filled with Pokemon–my childhood was filled with the magical Shugo Chara. In fact, I didn’t know what Nintendo was until last year 😛
I bet many of you know Shugo Chara. But for those who don’t know what I was talking above, I will give a short summary:
The main character is Amu Hinamori. And in her school, her reputation is being “cool and sexy.” However, that is not her real self. One day, she rolls in her bed and wishes to be her real self before going to sleep. And the next day, surprisingly, there are three eggs on her bed (don’t worry, she didn’t lay those eggs). Those eggs are her “would-be” self, and the eggs transform Amu to have impressive powers.
The pictures above is the transformed version of Amu. Isn’t she cute?
Basically, Shugo Chara ignited my interest in anime when I was little. There is probably one question you are thinking right now:
How did I understand the anime?
As mentioned in the intro, I watched Xi Yang Yang Yu Hui Tai Lang which is in my native language (Chinese). But a few of you are probably wondering how I understood the Chinese subbed anime even though I couldn’t read the characters yet? (I watched Shugo Chara in China, so it was Chinese subbed not English).
Simply by watching the animation. Somehow, I just understood it by looking at the expressions of the character and the sound effects they made. Honestly, my memory of Shugo Chara is a little blurred because I didn’t quite understand when I was little. However, I was obsessed with Shugo Chara. I watched it EVERYDAY.
My Favorite Characters Okay, now let me talk about few of my favorite characters.
The above work is two of my favorite character. The girl on the right is Amu, and the guy on the right is Ikuto. Ikuto is my favoite character because his shugo chara is Yoru (which is a cat. I am a cat lover lol). Since I love Ikuto so much, the picture below is his transformation:
What is the rating of this anime? Do I recommend it?
I will definitely recommend this anime if you like an anime with humor and simplistic plot. However, I find out the anime is considered to be “childish” to many older viewers. Therefore, I will give it an 8/10. Don’t get me wrong, I personally love it when I was little, and the anime was my starting point. But looking back at the anime, the animation is quite not as good as modern anime. Nevertheless, This anime is a good anime to pass time, and the character developments are great.
Final rating of the anime: 8/10
Kasumi and I might do a Collab of Black Butler. Black Butler is our favorite manga and anime by far.
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