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Shaman King

A battle is about to begin in Tokyo: the Shaman Fight, a tournament held every five hundred years where shaman—those who can command spirits—confront each other in combat. The victor of this contest becomes the Shaman King and the only one who is able to contact and control the Great Spirit, allowing them to reshape the world as they please through its immense power. During a late night walk, Manta Oyamada runs into his classmate, the carefree You Asakura, who invites him to come stargazing with some friends, who, to Manta's horror, turn out to be ghosts from a local cemetery! However, the knowledge that Manta possesses—a rare sixth sense that allows Manta to see these spirits—endears the boy to You. So when You finds out that his new comrade has been beaten up by a local gang, he decides to avenge him with the help of Amidamaru, a samurai ghost whose tomb was broken by the gang leader. Soon Manta uncovers more about the world of spirits, including the Shaman Fight, in which his new friend You aims to claim victory. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

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User Count16706
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Start Date4th Jul 2001
Next ReleaseInvalid date
Popularity Rank695
Rating Rank1759
Age RatingPG
Age Rating GuideTeens 13 or older


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Get full expierence by reading on my site here. Shaman King is a sixty-four episode Shonen anime about Yoh Asakura and his dream to become, what else, Shaman King. It is based off its manga, and the anime and manga do have some differences, so if you are looking for a perfect adaptation, this might not be the one. And on the subject of things alternating from he source material, I watched the dub, and considering it was a 4kids dub, a lot of people don’t like this version. I got voice actors like Sean Schemmel as Rio, so that’s enough for me to like the dub. And if you are wondering what a Shaman is, a Shaman is a person who is a bridge between the spirit and human world. The spirits who haven’t traveled on stay behind on Earth, and there are more than just past away lives, there are man different types of spirits. A spirit can take the body of a Shaman, and the two can fight together. At first I thought it was a great idea. A Shaman and spirit fighting together, that’s a really cool take on fighting. Four minds in one battle? Shamans and spirits could have cross rivalries, the story could really be affected by the action. A person’s weapon could walk off cause you pissed it off. But no, the spirits although characters are single sided and more or less just an idea behind their weapon. By the end their spirits are turning into giant forms that are all transformers like, have their spirits in their weapons, having double weapons although one spirit, it just becomes more like Shonen anime, and not to say the fights are wonderful and fun to watch, but they aren’t what they could have been, or quite what I was expecting. Now, let’s get more into it. First the story. The story follows Yoh, and like other Shonen he really is the star of the show, and entering a big epic despite being not much from the beginning. There is a big tournament, and it’s the Shaman Tournament. The winner will becoming Shaman King and be able to merge with the king of spirits, and be able to change the world for better or worse. Along the way there are some cool turns, but it’s not as in your face. The characters for a long time are just trying to get somewhere, and although that’s probably the most boring time of the series, I like the fact they can take some time away just for a fun little adventure. And even with strict deadlines, a feeling of "hey, our odds suck,” and a million other obstacles, it really never feels so doomsday and destructive. It’s actually kind of relaxing in a way. But the thing, or person I should say, that really takes the story ahead, is Zeke. Zeke is one of those villains that really does everything in his power, and he easily is one of the best characters. He is the best character that will make it an easy going anime, as well as make a ultimate villain that only a deus ex machina can defeat. Story overall, I like that it doesn’t try and be the ultimate epic of epicness of epic proportions. It’s more simple, and becomes likeable, but a little less loveable. Is it predictable? Yes. Is it playing safe? Yes. Is it anything new? No. Is it still good? Absolutely. Typical Shonen action anime? Yeah, that’s a fair statement. As for characters, I love them. Anna and Yoh although I’m an anime novice, it’s better than most romances. And I hate calling it a romance, ‘cause it really sets itself apart. Yoh and Anna from day one are engaged. It’s like a married couple, and it’s fun to watch. (Maybe not always) And they actually do care, although the anime doesn’t show it as much. Anna  and Yoh are opposites, and it’s ironic that one of more young romances has the more adult theme. Anna is a complete bitch, and got under my skin during the early episodes, but it calms down, thank God. Aside from that, Yoh is also a great character. At first he has this lax kick back attitude, and he retains it through the show, and can still be a work horse. He just knows when to handle his shit, and I like that. It’s something that you can relate to, and he can contrast with really anyone. He has good moments with everyone from this movie, and I want to see him interact with so many character types. Other characters such as Len, Rio, Trey, Morty, Jun, they’re all great characters I loved. There are some other characters I had different relationships with. Trey, Joco, Lyserg, and a group of sort of Team Rocket like characters exist. Trey was sort of bland for having such a big role, and he mostly is just complaining, and is a little all over the place. Joco is mostly just a running gag, and introduced so much later in the series it’s hard to root for him. Lyserg I hated for the longest time, but that’s part of it. He ultimately becomes better than these other ones, but he still just got under my skin so much during those episodes. And the girl group is just kind of there, and don’t hold really any point. At least this isn’t one group of girls that is just a giant blob of fan service, so one of these groups exist, but it’s not that good either way. And so the side characters don’t really compare to the better ones. They are all really diverse, and make a good team. But there is so many, and most of them don’t matter. As for animation, it does the job, and is pretty good looking. That’s all there. For music, the 4kids opening is dope, you can give them that. And the sound is good, so thumb’s up there. Now, how is it overall? I mean, I really do love the series, it was really likeable. And when it was getting intense in the last couple of episodes, that was watching something really special. It’s funny, it’s enjoyable, and it’s something I can just have simple dumb fun with. If I want to laugh at Rio just talking then let me. If I just want to see Zeke be a bad ass, just let me. It’s a wonderful anime, and I’m easily impressed, and I doubt many series will be less than nine, but that just shows how awesome anime is. Just show a wonderful sixty-four episode adventure featuring a kid trying to become Shaman King, and you get, well, Shaman King.

One of my all time favorite anime include Inuyasha, Doraemon and Detective Conan. A fantastic adventure, action anime that I absolutely enjoy watching. 

I rated it this high because i loved this show as a child but as an anime its kinda bad.

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