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Mamotte Shugogetten!
(Mamotte Shugogetten)
Genre Magical girl, Romantic comedy
Author Minene Sakurano
Publisher 1st edition : Square Enix
2nd edition : Mag Garden
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Japan Monthly Shōnen Gangan and subsequently Comic Blade
United States Canada Raijin Comics
Original run February 22, 1997April 22, 2000
Volumes 11 (Square Enix edition)
10 (Mag Garden edition)
Mamotte Shugogetten Retrouvailles
Author Minene Sakurano
Publisher Mag Garden
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Comic Blade
Original run March 2002March 2005
Volumes 6
TV anime
Director Yukio Kaizawa
Studio Toei Animation
Network Japan TV Asahi (Japan)
Malaysia NTV7
Original run October 17, 1998April 3, 1999
Episodes 22
Original video animation
Denshin Mamotte Shugogetten!
Released 23 June 2000 - 30 November 2001
Episodes 8
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Mamotte Shugogetten (まもって守護月天! Mamotte Shugogetten! ?) is a manga by Minene Sakurano which ran in the monthly magazine Shōnen GanGan. The manga was adapted into an anime which was produced by Toei Animation.[1] An OVA Denshin Mamotte Shugogetten was released in 2000.

The story involves Tasuke Shichiri, a 14-year-old boy that receives a gift from his father, Tarousuke, who is traveling in China. The gift is a ring, the shitenrin, and those pure of heart may gaze into it and receive a moon goddess named Shaolin.

The manga was discontinued after volume 11 and put on hiatus. It has since moved to another manga company and serialization has continued, under the title "Mamotte Shugogetten Retrouvailles"

A similar turn of events happened in its US adaptation via Raijin Comics during which it was released under the English title Guardian Angel Getten. TOKYOPOP has licensed the manga under its original title and the first volume was published in April 2008 [2]



Shaorin (守護月天 小璘 Shugogetten Shaorin ?)

A moon spirit who wears traditional styled costumes, she has little understanding of the human world after spending a few thousand years in the confines of the shitenrin. Throughout the anime her purpose is to protect Tasuke and she does so by summoning different assistants called hoshigami (星神, literally "star gods") through the ring. She initially causes trouble for Tasuke by destroying harmless household objects in her efforts to protect him. She is banned from going to the school after destroying some of it. Because of this, Shaorin sends Rishuu to protect Tasuke at school. In the manga her misguided efforts to protect him the first day cause Tasuke to order her to go away, saying that he can protect himself. A bit later she apologizes and asks his permission to protect him from loneliness. On that basis the manga continues. She develops feelings for Tasuke and gets jealous when Kaori shows up in episode 12 and in the last 2 episodes, she finally realizes what she feels for Tasuke. Her given name might be Shao, with "-rin" being an affectionate suffix. Vol 5 of the manga shows that people casually familiar with her think that she's an ordinary person and her family name (last name) is "Shugogetten".

Tasuke Shichiri (七梨太助 Shichiri Tasuke ?)

The main character. He is a high school (middle school in the manga)[3] student, son of a globe trotting archeologist father. Because his father and older sister travel and his mother is deceased (in the manga she is merely absent)[4] he lives alone in his two story home at the beginning of the story. He is decisive and intelligent, but nonetheless beleaguered and is a similar character to Keiichi Morisato in both personality and situation. He has a crush on Shaorin just after he first meets her and his feelings for her develop even more throughout the series.

Keikounitten Ruuan (慶幸日天 汝昴 Keikōnitten Rūan ?)

Freed by Tasuke from a wand artifact, the kokutentou found in the same area as the shitenrin and sent to Tasuke by his father. Ruuan's role as opposed to Shaorin's is not to protect Tasuke but instead to make him happy which she does by giving inanimate objects life to do her bidding. In the manga she gets herself a job as Tasuke's homeroom teacher. Ruuan and Shao are sworn rivals and conflict often occurs as their roles of keeping Tasuke "safe" or "happy" aren't always equivalent.

Rishu (離珠 ?)

The tiny, pink-haired, telepathic hoshigami of Shaorin that is given to Tasuke when he attends school. She also takes most responsibility for keeping the house clean and is called the "garbage gnome" by Ruuan. She is unable to speak at an audible volume to Tasuke so she communicates by drawing cartoons on palm cards with a paintbrush. She has a cute way of speaking, which includes saying "deshi" instead of "desu" and calling Tasuke "Tasuke-shama".

Bannanchiten Kiryū (万難地天 紀柳 ?)

Freed from a small Chinese fan, also sent by Tasuke's father. She is an earth spirit and her role is to put her master through trials by making things grow to several times their normal size. In the manga she is first seen in chapter 39. In the animation, she only appears in the Denshin Mamotte Shugogetten OVA. Her stock phrase is "It is a challenge. <Verb> it." When asked to tell a bit more about herself she replied "It is a challenge. Look it up." (Shao answered and explained it to Tasuke).

Izumo Miyauchi (宮内 出雲 Miyauchi Izumo ?)

A man from the local Shinto shrine who is in love with Shaorin. In the manga he also runs the school store, which provides more opportunity to see Shaorin and participate in stories. He is aware of Shaorin's nature. He has the cool, cheerful look whenever he is near cute girls, but has an evil look towards the boys.

Kouichirou Endou (遠藤 乎一郎 Endō Kōichirō ?) and Takashi Nomura (野村 たかし Nomura Takashi ?)

Tasuke's classmates. Kouichirou is in love with Ruuan and Takashi is in love with Shaorin. They are aware of Shaorin's nature.

Kaori Aihara (愛原 花織 Aihara Kaori ?)

A student at Tasuke's school. She is one year behind Tasuke at the school which they attend. She is jealous of Shaorin and Ruuan and feels they are rivals to win Tasuke's heart. She first meets Tasuke in the anime after she wishes to Kami (God) that she will meet the man of her dreams and she falls immediately in love with Tasuke when he saves her from tripping over. In the manga early in her first term at the school, on a rainy day, Tasuke sees that she doesn't have an umbrella and lends her his, forgetting for the moment that Shaorin and Ruuan aren't at the school that day and can't replace his umbrella. She develops a big crush on Tasuke and it keeps getting enlarged by inadvertent accidents.

Shouko Yamanobe (山野辺 翔子 Yamanobe Shōko ?)

She starts out as a delinquent girl, but after befriending Shaorin, Shouko decides to try to bring her and Tasuke together. Her personality softens up after she meets Shaorin and it is seen that she becomes sensitive when it comes to understanding Tasuke and Shaorin's relationship. She is aware of Shaorin's nature.


TV Anime

Opening themes
# Transcription/Translation Performed by Episodes
Saa! Surface All
Ending themes
# Transcription/Translation Performed by Episodes
1 Soba ni iru dake de "I Just Feel so Love Again" Sweet Velvet All
2 Makenaide Mariko Kouda 22 (Episode 22 has two endings)


Opening themes
# Transcription/Translation Performed by Episodes
1 Wish Mariko Kouda 1-5
2 Magic Mariko Kouda 6-8
Ending themes
# Transcription/Translation Performed by Episodes
1 I'll Follow You jyushi-ca 1-5
2 Hoshigami Rishu-deshi (星神 離珠でし ?) Ayako Kawasumi 6-8


  1. ^ Mamotte Shugogetten (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia. Accessed 2006-12-06.
  2. ^ Mamotte Shugogetten Volume 1: Books: Minene Sakurano
  3. ^ Stated by his older sister Nana in chapter 16.
  4. ^ The back page of vol 6 says Tasuke's mom will show up in the next book.

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