Beginner's Guide to Shaman King

Topic started by takashichea on Oct. 6, 2011. Last post by takashichea 1 year, 9 months ago.
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Hiroyuki Takei
Hiroyuki Takei

Purpose: This guide is for people who haven't try the whole Shaman King experience. If you are a fan of the series, please enjoy this guide as well. It will give you another side of Shaman King to think about.

Hiroyuki Takei was the mangaka behind Shaman King, and this franchise was his biggest success to date. After Hiroyuki Takei submitted a one shot story and two other stories, his Butsu Zone became his first series in 1997. In 1998, his second series, Shaman King, made its debut, and when his series made headlines, Hiroyuki Takei was awarded Hop Step Award and Tezuka Award. As of now, Hiroyuki and Stan Lee (creator of Spider-Man and various Marvel Icons) are working together on Karakuridôji Ultimo for Jump Square Magazine and at the same time, Hiroyuki Takei is working on Jumbor.

Shaman King was first started in the Shuiesha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine as a manga in 1998. Later, it was adapted into tankobon volumes in December 1998 with a total of 32 volumes, but it had abruptly ended. In July 2001, Shaman King had been adapted into an anime that was produced by Xebec and directed by Seiji Mizushima on the TV Tokyo and Amaimax network. For the English dub, 4Kids bought the rights and aired it in May 2003 on the FoxBox channel. In 2009, the series was released in Kanzen-Ban format (perfect edition) that had 27 volumes that feature the true ending of the series in order to tie loose ends that the previous manga series had left.

The Story

Shaman King is about a boy named Yoh Asakura who wants to become Shaman King to get the easy life. The tournament is held every 500 years, and every shaman from around the world wants to become the king to fulfill their dreams. Yoh has to learn that he has to fight for his dream at the cost of every other shaman participants which some he befriended on his journey.

Terminology

In the shaman world, shamans integrate with the spirits to perform many tasks. For the tournament, shamans choose the right spirit ally to fight other shamans and their spirit allies.

  • Shaman - They are the link between the physical world and the spiritual world.
  • Ghost – The soul of the dead that wanders the human world.
  • Integration/Over Soul – Shaman integrates with the spirit, mind and body. For advance integration, the shaman forms an over soul by integrating the spirit into a familiar object.

Glimpse

*For the Future Advanced Guide's Focus

As Yoh meet his fiancée Anna after getting injured in his fight with Ren, he trains for the tournament. After the Shaman King preliminaries end, Yoh and his companions take a journey to America to take on the Patch’s test, survive and make it to the Patch’s village. When Yoh and everyone unite, they split up into 3 man teams and head back to Tokyo to fight in the first round of the tournament. Will Yoh be Shaman King or will someone else take his dream away?

The Characters

Yoh Asakura

He is a slacker who only wants to listen his music. His dream of becoming Shaman King is to get the easy life.

Spirit Ally: Amidamaru is a samurai whose nickname is the fiend since he went on a rampage to avenge his friend.

Ren Tao

He is a Chinese shaman who comes from the Tao family whose reputation he must restore their reputation. His true dream is to end the cycle of vengeance.

Spirit Ally: Bason is a warlord.

Manta Oyamada

He is Yoh's friend who accompanies him during his battles in the Shaman King fight.

Anna Kyouyama

She is Yoh's fiancee who shares the same goals as Yoh as the shaman queen and will train Yoh to death for their dreams.

Bokuto no Ryu

Bokuto no Ryu and his punks seek and defend their hideouts. Ultimately, Ryu and his friends' dream is to find their happy place.

Spirit Ally: Tokagero is a bandit who was killed by Amidamaru.

Horohoro

From Hokkaido, he is an Ainu shaman who works hard to reach his and his sister's dream. Their dream is to build a vast field of Butterbur to save the Koropokku from extinction.

Spirit Ally: Kororo is a Koropokkuru spirit whose powers make ice.

Johann Faust VIII

A former German doctor who has lost his wife and his happy life. He resorts to necromancy to revived his beloved Eliza by becoming the Shaman King.

Spirit Alley: Eliza is his wife, his partner, and his nurse.

Lyserg Diethel

A British dowser who aspires to be the best detective like his parents. When his parents were murdered by Hao, he sought allies to avenge his parent's death.

Spirit Ally: Morphine is a spirit handed down from the dowsing generation.

Chocolove McDonell

An African American shaman whose gang life is changed by a Brazilian man named Olona and put on the right path. His dream is to save the world with laughter by becoming the best comedian.

Spirit Ally: Mic the Jaguar is Olona's former partner; now, he is Chocolove's partner.

Why Watch?

The recommended audience for Shaman King is everyone 10 and up. Even though the anime has little blood and mild violence, the manga has blood, and it’s more open to violence. You'll be captured by the characters' struggle for their dreams and others' despair that was caused when society rejects them based on their shamanic powers. Their friendship brings out the best in each other to overcome their obstacles.

Manga or Anime

For the teenagers and younger, I recommend watching the anime first and then the manga, so you see where the anime has left off but the manga gives a satisfying ending. For the adults, it’s recommended to read the manga since the anime tends to tone down in violence, sexual orientation, and racial/ religious issues. In the end, it’s up to you to decide. Be sure to read both manga series because the original sets the story while the Kanzen Ban delivers a better ending.

*Please beware that there are subtle to drastic changes between the anime’s dub and sub versions such as change in the names and scenes to avoid racial, religion, homosexuality, and violence.

Conclusion

Shaman King is an interesting series that takes the many cultural aspects of many shamans and puts their beliefs and goals against each other. It’s childish and funny at the beginning, but as it progresses, the characters mature and face moral issues and obstacles in their path to their dreams. The characters will grow on you. If you like spirits, supernatural, and the tournament concepts, this series is suited for you.

Thanks

I thank Sotyfan16 for his helpful advice, and I thank my team for being supportive of me in our weekly reports which inspires me to write this beginner guide.

This guide is written by Takashichea,

A proud member of Team W.I.K.I Nation and a historian wiki editor.

Go Anime Vice!

Post by ShadowKnight508 (5,319 posts) See mini bio Level 19
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Nice feature, Takashichea. I remember watching a dozen or so Shaman King episodes when they aired in the early 2000's on the Saturday morning "FOX Box" block of cartoons.

Oh, as I write this, I am 60% done uploading images for Ep. 36 of Beelzebub for your other feature (Weekly Beelzebub). xD

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@ShadowKnight508:

Thanks! Yeah, I remember watching it as well. There were a lot of anime on Fox Box and Kids WB.

Is the spoiler tag bad? I thought having two plots would be confusing, so I put it in there. Plus, I want to do a Advanced Guide once I finished the manga project which only needs reformatting every volume. That's why I added glimpse to set the story arc for the future advanced guide.

Edit: I couldn't get a good image for Manta that is not a stitched cap. Plus, I need to proofread this for word choice and other things.

Please tell me what I need to improve on.

Post by Superevil225 (6,742 posts) See mini bio Level 17
Great work! I've been thinking of a beginner's guide myself.
Never seen Shaman King, but this looks promising. :D
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@Superevil225:

Thanks! Oh, there is almost no fan service in this series except for the minor revealing costumes. I feel bad that I told you that Sket Dance had no fan service. Now, they are taking the fan service route. Sorry about that.

About the guide, I had some parts that I thought was bad. For the maturing story line, I wrote down that Shaman King is like Harry Potter since both start out childish and end up with mature characters and ending. I thought it was a too generalized statement.

To Everyone:

In the meantime, I have a rough draft for Rave Master's guide. For the current wiki projects, I have character lists for Sket Dance and will be writing guides for Sket Dance, Blue Exorcist, and Beelzebub. You know the weekly reports are alienating newcomers. I want to familiarize the show to newcomers, but I don't know what else to do besides writing a beginner guide.

At Superevil225:

I'll improving my writing by doing wiki pages and the weekly reports. Like I said on your blogs, women tend to be better writers. I'll be practicing nonstop.

@ShadowKnight508:

I will work with you on Beelzebub's Beginner Guide even though it means less comments from our team. You have the best plot teasers on the Beezebub's episode wiki pages. My plots for the weekly reports don't even have that excitement factor. I'll keep in touch with you despite our hectic college schedules.

Example from the Beelzebub 36

After a heated victory by Team Ishiyama, Oga faces the man he scarred in the past. To make matters worse, Kiriya (Viper) has the students held hostage and dares Oga to fight him with the risk of expulsion. Miki and Oga take on Viper's Shadow Group while the Ishiyama delinquents watch.

  • Your Teaser from Ep. 36

In the aftermath of the volleyball match between the Six Holy Knights and the Ishiyama High students, a mysterious person from Oga's shrouded past reappears to finally confront the man who humiliated him years ago! With the chance of expulsion due to fighting still in effect for the Ishiyama High students, Oga must deal with this potentially dangerous situation carefully or face expulsion! To make these difficult matters even more complicated, more punks from Teimo Tech show up to crash the party! Can Oga take care of this situation properly, or risk it all and face the consequences of his actions?

We know who's the better writer. Uh-huh.

There's not enough time for us in the end. :(

Post by Hibaru (74 posts) See mini bio Level 12

Hm...Shaman King. Its a good Anime to me. You did a great job on this and I truly appreciate your kindness for sharing your knowledge. I might follow your example one day when I wanna start my own guide.

- Thanks, Hibaru -

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@Hibaru said:

Hm...Shaman King. Its a good Anime to me. You did a great job on this and I truly appreciate your kindness for sharing your knowledge. I might follow your example one day when I wanna start my own guide.

- Thanks, Hibaru -

Thanks, Hibaru, for that awesome statement. I know you're working alone on Nurarihyon no Mago and Hunter x Hunter. Hang in there, man. I worked on Shaman King alone since February 2010 and wrote this beginner guide to give good ending to this project. I think a Beginner Guide or some weekly reports for your wiki work can really get more people to know about the animes and your work. People on this site and the worlds outside will know that this guy's a hard working dude. I see you work every week. Just hang in there.

If Guilty Crown project finishes, I will try your two anime to see if I enjoy it. Can't wiki edit on an anime if you don't enjoy it. That's the truth.

I'm lucky to work with you and Team W.I.K.I. Nation on Sket Dance. More luckier than the Shaman King project.

For Beginner Guides, the better expert is . Please check out his blog on making beginner guides. Thanks for reminding me. I need to finish the beginner guides for Rave Master and Blue Exorcist since their anime are done already.

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Updates

Due to the recent Rave Master's Beginner Guide, I added Hiroyuki Takei's profile pic to the first section.

Post by Metatron_Da_Don (6 posts) See mini bio Level 8

I wish they'd bring this back. If the original story is told and the Shaman Cycle is over then Maybe an alternate world maybe?

Post by takashichea (11,735 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Metatron_Da_Don:

Technically, the cycle is not broken if the anime is rebooted to cover the manga's original storyline. It's just reverted back to normal with everyone alive except for some folks whose bodies are too damaged. Have you read Shaman King Flowers? It's the sequel to Shaman King Kanzen-Ban. It covers the story of Yoh and Anna's son, Hana Asakura.

If the franchise has money, they could cover the sequel as well.

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