''"Like the moon in the night sky, I stay by my master's side."''

A {{Manga}} by Minene Sakurano about 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 spirit called Shaorin. Her purpose is to [[BodyguardCrush protect her master]]. Later the spirit Ruuan comes to him from a flute-like object when he gazes into it. Her job is to [[MsFanservice make her master happy]]. HilarityEnsues as Tasuke tries to adjust to life with his new housemates and attempts to work up the nerve to [[CanNotSpitItOut tell Shao that he's fallen for her]].

The principal cast is composed of the following characters:

* '''Tasuke Shichiri''': Our UnluckyEverydude [[TheProtagonist protagonist]]. A NiceGuy who struggles with loneliness due to the fact that his entire family is always traveling around the world. Possessed of two major quirks - an [[CanNotSpitItOut inability to convey his feelings toward Shao]], and a strange tendency to set off each and every magical artifact his father sends him despite the fact that he really should know better following the first incident with Shao and the Shitenrin.
* '''Shugogetten Shaorin (Shao)''': A holy spirit representing the moon, she is charged with protecting any pure-hearted individual who looks through her Shitenrin ring. Usually employs the help of her [[{{Mons}} Hoshigami/Star Gods]]. Shao herself is a [[YamatoNadeshiko sweet, even-tempered girl who possesses skill in domestic areas,]] [[SilkHidingSteel but can also be frighteningly competent in a fight]]. Somewhat [[FishOutOfWater unknowledgable about the modern world she's found herself in]], and also a bit ObliviousToLove.
* '''Keikounitten Ruuan''': The second spirit accidentally summoned by Tasuke, Ruuan represents the sun, and is charged with bringing happiness to any pure-hearted person who gazes into her Kokuentou kaleidoscope. Acting as a foil to Shao, Ruuan is a loud, boisterous woman who likes to [[MsFanservice flaunt her drop-dead gorgeousness]] and is [[LethalChef poor with domestic tasks]]. Her power allows her to turn inanimate objects into {{Mons}} called Youtenshin with her Kokuentou. Unlike Shao, she seems to be generally [[GenreSavvy aware]] of the workings of modern-day Japan.
* '''Takashi Nomura''': One-half of ThoseTwoGuys. A HotBlooded young man who is friends with Tasuke. Falls head-over-heels with Shao, but [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen refuses to resort to cowardly means]] while attempting to woo her. Voiced by RyotaroOkiayu.
* '''Kouichirou Endou''': The other member of ThoseTwoGuys. A small, boyish young man with [[TheShortGuyWithGlasses glasses]] who falls for Ruuan because of her [[LikesOlderWomen maturity]].
* '''Shouko Yamanobe''': A [[{{Delinquents}} Delinquent]] girl who is reformed via her interactions with Shao. Has a teasing personality, but is most often genuinely trying to [[ShipperOnDeck get Shao and Tasuke to realize their feelings for one another]]. Likes hanging around the Hoshigami because she finds them to be [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Ridiculously Cute]].
* '''Izumo Miyauchi''': A [[{{Bishonen}} handsome]] [[TheCasanova playboy]] who helps run the local shrine. He develops a crush on Shao and tries everything he can to get Tasuke -and later Takashi- out of the way of his romantic conquest.
* '''Kaori Aihara''': Tasuke's [[SempaiKohai underclassman]] who develops a major infatuation with him after he lends her an umbrella on a rainy day. She then goes to [[StalkerWithACrush slightly extreme lengths to try and get him to notice her]]. HilarityEnsues.
* '''Rishu''': One of Shao's Hoshigami, a [[FunSize tiny]] girl who exists to tag along with Tasuke whenever Shao can't and keep her updated on his status via telepathy. Has a delicious double VerbalTic.
* '''Bananchiiten Kiryuu''': A third spirit (introduced late in the manga and relegated to only appearing in the ''Denshin Mamotte Shugogetten'' OVA anime-wise) who is summoned when Tasuke once again decides to look through an artifact his old man sends him. She represents the Earth, and is charged with making her master stronger by putting him through TrainingFromHell at any given time through the use of making things [[BiggerIsBetter grow to gigantic proportions]] with her fan. Although initially convinced that Tasuke didn't want her around, he surprises her by accepting her training and becomes another member of the household.

The series was adapted into a 22-episode TV {{Anime}} series, which proved popular enough to spawn an eight-episode {{OVA}} sequel, ''Denshin MamotteShugogetten'', which covers some manga material left untouched by the TV series (most notably, the addition of the third spirit, Kiryuu, to the cast). While the anime remains unlicensed, the manga was picked up by Raijin Comics (and printed as ''Guardian Angel Getten''), which folded due to financial troubles while only on the fourth volume; Tokyopop picked up the license and started the translation over from the beginning.
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''MamotteShugogetten'' has examples of:

* ArmorPiercingSlap: Shouko does this to Tasuke for not understanding Shao's feelings.
* ArrangedMarriage: Happens to Izumo. Due to the nature of main and branch families, could also be an example of IncestIsRelative. Thankfully, [[StatusQuoIsGod it doesn't work out]].
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: Gunnanmon, the giant soldier Hoshigami. Also schools, ferris wheels, stone statues of Rishu, stoplights and whatever else Ruann/Kiryuu aims at.
* BeachEpisode
* TheBeard: Izumo asks Shao to be this in order to get out of an ArrangedMarriage.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: It's easy to forget that Shao's main purpose is to protect her master from anyone and anything that would cause them harm. [[IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer If you make her angry...]]
* BigEater: Ruuan. When asked why she never gets fat, she [[LampshadeHanging reveals that she has magical bacteria in her body that quickly get rid of unnecessary fat]].
** Also Koka, a bird-like Hoshigami whose power is to suck things into its mouth like a vaccuum cleaner.
* BigFancyHouse: Shouko's(!)
* BiggerIsBetter: Kiryuu's power is to make things grow to giant-size for the sake of TrainingFromHell.
* {{Bishonen}}: Izumo and Tasuke. Arguably Takashi as well.
* BrickJoke: Used in the Christmas episode, where Ruuan is sent on a errand.
* ButtMonkey: Kouichirou, as a result of hanging around Ruuan.
* CanNotSpitItOut: Tasuke, to the point of extreme frustration on the part of [[ShipperOnDeck Shouko and later, Nana]].
* TheCasanova: Izumo Miyauchi, shrine keeper, school store employee, and all around playboy.
* CatchPhrase: Kiryuu's "It is a trial/challenge".
* ClingyJealousGirl: Ruuan, Kaori are major offenders, although Shao starts to become a sympathetic version as her obliviousness fades.
* ClosetShuffle: When Tasuke's sister drops by suddenly, Shao, Ruuan, and even Rishu become "victims" of this. Rishu gets put into a ''rice cooker''.
* CoolBigSis: Nanako "Nana" Shichiri.
* DancingTheme: The anime's opening theme ''"Saa!"''.
* DeadpanSnarker: Tasuke on occasion. Kiryuu slowly drifts into this territory as well.
* {{Determinator}}: Rishu and Tasuke, the latter especially once he starts accepting Kiryuu's TrainingFromHell.
* {{Delinquents}}: Shouko starts out as this.
* DemotedToExtra: Ruann [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this in ''Retrouvailles'', the manga sequel.
* TheDitz: Shao, from time to time. Ruuan and Kaori as well.
* DoorJudo: Ruuan accidentally does this to Tasuke. He ends up [[OffscreenCrash face first in a tree]].
* DubInducedPlotHole: Rishu's identifying speech pattern is completely cut from Tokyopop's English release of the manga, which creates a bit of confusion when Izumo notes that she "speaks like a baby" despite her not speaking any differently from the way anybody else does...
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: A side effect of Ruuan's and Kiryuu's actions, much to Tasuke's chagrin. (Kiryuu even ''sounds'' like ''Kill you''.)
* {{Expy}}: Shao is [[strike:something of]] an {{Expy}} of [[Manga/AhMyGoddess Belldandy]].
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Shao. Surprisingly, Ruuan and Kiryuu adapt much quicker. Probably best illustrated in the manga, where Shao freaks out at Tasuke's TV, but Ruuan is able to realize exactly what it is within a minute or two of its turning on.
* FlippingTheTable: Tasuke does this in one episode in order to get Shao [[ItMakesSenseInContext to think of him as a jerk in order to help her]].
* ForbiddenFruit: Part of the reason Tasuke CanNotSpitItOut is that he thinks Shao is this.
* FunSize: A number of the Hoshigami. Rishu and the sports-loving Kohon in particular. Also the Uringun, which have forty-five members in its ranks.
* GhostShip: Appears in the BeachEpisode.
* TheGlomp: Ruuan to Tasuke on multiple occaisions.
** The anime's opening has ''everyone'' do this to Tasuke. Ruuan latches on first, followed by Kaori... and then Izumo, Takashi, and Kouichirou (All trying to get closer to Shao and Ruuan). Then the whole group falls over.
* GratuitousEnglish: The anime's ending theme, ''"I Just Feel So Love Again"''.
* TheGrinch: Shao, in the anime only and unintentionally. [[spoiler:One of her previous masters was killed on Christmas, so she tries to keep Tasuke in his house and everyone else away for fear that the same will happen to him.]]
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Ruuan, on occasion.
* HighSchoolHustler: Shouko, full stop.
* HostageForMacguffin: Combined with a [[spoiler:SecretTestOfCharacter]].
* HotBlooded: Takashi.
* HotForStudent: Ruuan semi-[[InvokedTrope invokes]] this by becoming Tasuke's homeroom teacher so she can be with him at school.
* {{Invocation}}: Shao's "Lai lai! (Come, come!) ____ (Hoshigami's name)", Ruuan's "Youtenshin shourai! (Youtenshin summons)", Kiryuu's "Banshou Tairan!"
* {{Jerkass}}: It's sometimes hard to tell if Tarousuke is this or a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. Ditto Izumo, on both counts.
* LethalChef: Ruuan, sometimes Kaori.
* LikesOlderWomen: Kouichirou, with Ruuan as his primary target. Technically, Tasuke, Izumo, and Takashi all count also since Shao is [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld from well before their time.]]
* LoveDodecahedron: In a nutshell: Shao (oblivious, but slowly learning)/Ruuan/Kaori -> Tasuke. Tasuke (CanNotSpitItOut)/Takashi/Izumo -> Shao. Kouichirou -> Ruuan. Rishu -> Izumo.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:The Mechanical Wizard is actually [[TricksterMentor Tasuke's dad]], culminating in a WellDoneSonGuy moment.]]
* MagicalGirlfriend
* ManChild: Ruuan, still acting childish despite being [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld One Thousand Six Hundred and Fifty Two Years Old]]. Really.
* MarshmallowHell: Take a wild guess.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: Nankoku Juusei, the one Hoshigami who can command ''Shao'', fears having her experience this and actively tries to get her and Tasuke to go their separate ways.
* MegaNeko: Tasuke runs afoul of one in Kiryuu's debut chapter.
* {{Miko}}: In the final chapters of the manga, [[ItMakesSenseInContext Shao becomes one of these, in order to sort out her feelings for Tasuke.]]
* {{Mons}}: The Hoshigami/Star Gods whom Shao can summon from the Shitenrin to aid in her duties. Ruuan can turn just about ''anything'' into Mons called Youtenshin with her kaleidoscope.
* MsFanservice: Ruuan. Shao occasionally fills the InnocentFanserviceGirl role.
* NewTransferStudent: Shao transfers into Tasuke's class to keep an eye on him.
* NoblewomansLaugh: Ruuan has one.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Ruuan causes situations like this quite often.
* ObliviousToLove: Shao. A major part of the plot is her slowly coming to realize what she's feeling.
* OcularGushers: After Tasuke mucks up a confession to Shao, after going through quite a bit of trouble to get the mood right. Also everyone else in the LoveDodecahedron, on occasion.
* OddlyNamedSequel: The Anime OVA is named ''Denshin'', meaning "Telepathy", or "getting one's feelings across". The Manga sequel is named ''Retrouvailles'', [[GratuitousFrench French for "Returns"]].
** "Denshin" also happens to be the kanji on Rishu's dress; she communicates mainly through telepathy.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Kenen, a dragon Hoshigami whose purpose is give people a lift via {{Flight}}. He's a cutesy Chinese-style dragon.
* PairTheSpares: The manga sequel ''Retrouvailles'' gives us Takashi/Kaori and hints of a mutual Kouichirou/Ruann towards the end.
* ParentalAbandonment: Tasuke, although in his case, it's more like ''Familial'' Abandonment, due to his father, mother, ''and'' older sister all being away from home constantly.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: A number of the Hoshigami, especially Kenen and Koka.
* TheRival: Shao and Ruuan have been bitter rivals for centuries due to them usually winding up serving masters on opposite sides of the constant conflicts throughout China's history. When they both wind up with the same master, Shao's willing to let bygones be bygones, but Ruuan insists on keeping up the rivalry.
** Also Takashi to Izumo, Izumo to Tasuke, and Ruuan to Kaori. Strangely, Takashi is not portrayed as a rival to Tasuke, even though he logically should be.
* SchoolPlay: ''The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter'', with Ruuan and Kouichirou as the lead characters.
** The story parallels Tasuke/Shao's situation ''too'' closely, which is why Tasuke rejected the idea of giving the role to Shao, much to the chargrin of all the other students, especially Takashi.
** Later, in ''Retrouvailles'', they find themselves cast as the characters of ''RomeoAndJuliet'', thanks in part to Takashi's inability to turn down a request from pretty girls.
* SealedGoodInACan: Shaorin, Ruuan, and Kiryuu.
* ShaggyDogStory: A manga chapter about Rishu and Ruuan chasing after a stick of dango that the latter turned into a Youtenshin who decided to run away rather than be eaten.
* ShipTease: The pairing of Takashi/Kaori is repeatedly teased via their interactions while trying to get Shao and Tasuke away from each other. The unusual pairing of Rishu and Izumo is also subtly hinted at.
* ShipperOnDeck: Shouko frequently attempts to set up situations for Tasuke and Shao to get close to one another. Tasuke's sister, Nana also fills this role, working together with Shouko.
** These plans generally backfire due to either [[SpannerInTheWorks the machinations of the other parties interested in them]], or underestimation of just how much of a FishOutOfWater Shao is.
* TheShortGuyWithGlasses: Kouichirou.
* SpannerInTheWorks: An inevitable byproduct of the LoveDodecahedron.
* StalkerWithACrush: Kaori. She's much more good-natured than most examples, however.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Kiryuu, at least in the manga. (She barely has any screentime in the TV series/OVA.)
* TalkingWithSigns: Rishu can only audibly speak to those whom she's extremely emotionally close to (Namely Shao and the other Hoshigami, although she does start talking to Izumo later on), so she communicates to everyone else by drawing pictures on the ground.
* TankGoodness: The tiny tank piloted by the two Hoshigami named Shakki.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Takashi and Kouichirou.
* TrainingFromHell: The whole point of Kiryuu's existence is to make her master stronger by springing this on him at any time; a sore spot is [[LampshadeHanging her awareness of how outdated and less 'friendly' this seems compared to the duties of the other spirits.]]
* UnluckyEverydude: Tasuke.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: The spirits do so many outlandish things in public, even freely admitting that they are spirits if asked, that you wonder why they haven't been arrested for so much disturbing the peace not to mention all the property damage and theft.
* VerbalTic: Rishu has this times two, both with her adorable lisping ''and'' her habit of ending sentences with ~deshi.
* WalkingTheEarth: Tasuke's father, Tarousuke, hence why he is rarely home.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Ruuan has a fear of cats due to an upsetting experience with one in her past.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Shao; sweet and even tempered, domestic skilled, intimidating in a fight; [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible Nothing explictly japanese in her character but the story does take place in Japan.]].
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: At first, only the spirits and Hoshigami appear to have unusual hair colors... Until Shouko (dark blue), Izumo (teal green), and Kaori (blue-green) show up.
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