The sequel to the beloved magical girl manga of the 2000s is finally coming.
Revealed in the November issue of Nakayoshi magazine, the official sequel to the manga series Shugo Chara! is on the way. This new series is scheduled to begin publication in summer 2024, nearly two decades after the original manga began. Along with the next manga, new merchandise and illustrations from the creators will be made available soon. The sequel is the first new addition to the franchise in over a decade.
Shugo Chara! was once very popular, arguably equivalent to what Sailor Moon was famous for in the 2000s in the previous decade. The first manga in the series was released between 2005 and 2010, with the only additional volume of Shugo Chara! Encore! bringing the total number of collected manga volumes to 12. 2007 saw the release of the first anime adaptation, which ran for 51 episodes (the same length as its sequel, Shugo Chara!! Doki—) . Shugo Chara Chan! is a four-volume spin-off manga, while Shugo Chara! Party! Animated content combined with live action sequences. Together with Encore! aforementioned, it was released in 2010, that year marked the end of the series until a new series was announced.
The plot of Shugo Chara! revolves around Amu Hinamori, an elementary school student with self-confidence problems. Although her stylish appearance makes her quite popular, on the inside she is shy and not as confident as her classmates believe. Determined to become her “true self,” Amu wakes up one day and finds three eggs of mysterious colors. Hatching to reveal “Shugo Charas,” these Guardian Figures help Amu become more comfortable with herself while making her dreams and those of others come true. Unfortunately, she is not the only one with such Guardian Characters and the dreams of several people have been ruined for nefarious purposes.
The manga was created by the female duo Peach-Pit, consisting of Banri Sendo and Shibuko Ebara. Shugo Chara! is just one of their famous series, along with another famous series Rozen Maiden. The manga spawned its own anime adaptation, with both versions of the series receiving multiple sequels. There are also audio CDs and even dolls made for Rozen Maiden. The duo’s other works include DearS and Zombie-Loan, the latter aimed at the shounen demographic—a departure from Peach-Pit’s work. Their most recently released work is the ongoing drama manga Sei Shōnagon to Mōshimasu, which was first released in 2019.
Source: Anime News Network