From genre staples like Sailor Moon and Card Captor Sakura to newer hits like Puella Magi Madoka Magica, the magical girl genre runs on the idea of using magic as a metaphor for growing up. This is equally true in Shugo Chara!, one of the most popular magical girl anime of recent years, but there's a difference: rather than hinting at the fact that all of these flashy special attacks and powers are symbols for attaining maturity, Shugo Chara! makes it blatantly obvious. Heroine Amu Hinamori uses the potential power of the person she'll grow into to combat evil, and she fights to protect the sanctity of children's dreams for the future. It's a little more complicated than that in practice, but let's just say the series doesn't exactly trade in subtlety.