Shaman King Concepts

Shaman King is a franchise comprised of 2 anime series, 4 manga series
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Ambiguous Gender

A common theme in anime and manga is for a character to be a man that looks feminine or a woman that looks masculine, often leading the viewers to believe them to be of the opposite gender.

American Alterations

When certain Anime/Manga is brought to America & edited in some way. This might be to conform with different guidelines regarding children's programming or to combine episodes, or several other reasons.

American Football

Sometimes called Ameriball around the world, American Football is a sport played by teams on a 100 yard field with an oval ball. In Anime it was made famous in the series Eyeshield 21

Angels

Angels are beings that reside in Heaven. They are often portrayed with wings, halos, or both.

Animal Cruelty

Just like reality, anime and manga have animal cruelty where humans treat animals like objects and use them for fights to entertain themselves. It's cruel to neglect to take care of an animal and it is also cruel to kill or torture animal without reason.

Antagonist

The main opposing force of a story. Normally the antagonist is a villain but other forms of fiction may have them as heroes or indifferent characters.

Avengers

Super-hero team from the Marvel Mangaverse

Back to life

Also known as resurrection. This is when a previously dead character is restored back to life.

Bad Turned Good

Also known as redemption. This is when someone who was previously wicked decided to become good.

Bathing Scene

Bathing Scenes, while occasionally meaningful to plot or character development, are generally excuses for fan service.

Betrayal

Betrayal is the act of treachery or a violation of a trust or allegiance. This can be to one's friends, country, or God.

Blind

A handicap where a person has severely poor eyesight. It may range from very poor eyesight in one eye to being unable to see anything with both eyes.

Blood Bath

A massacre

Cats

Feline animal with four legs and says "meow." Many are found hanging around animes and mangas.

Censorship And Localization

The history of anime censorship largely involves the early anime releases and the question of their place in the larger media model.

Christmas

Christmas is a holiday that is celebrated on December the 25th where people often exchange presents.

Comedy

Nearly every anime has a comedic moment here or there. Everyone likes to laugh.

Cooking

Someone or something to do with cooking.

Corrupt Leaders

Power corrupts. Bureaucratic power (especially tied to other powers) is no exception.

Crazy Anime Hair

Huge spikes, multiple colors, gravity-defying ponytails... and it's probably all natural somehow too.

Cross-Dressing

The act of wearing clothes commonly associated with the opposite gender.

Cultural Diversity

This concept describes how people from different race, background, and religion interact. In certain anime and manga series, there are diversity in their characters like Bleach, Code Geass, and Shaman King.

Dark Past

One or more past events that negatively affected one or more people. It's very common in an anime for at least one person to have such a past.

Demons

Are powerful creatures that live in the pits of Hell. That are many classes and levels for these monsters but no matter the rank they are deadly beasts.

Detective

A Detective is one who works to solve crimes and mysteries of the world using not brawn, but their minds. These can be part of law enforcement or freelance.

Determinator

A character who refuses to give up no matter what their odds are. They may be bruised, burned, mangled, crippled, or nearly dead but they will never quit. These roles are usually fulfilled by heroes.

Dismemberment

The loss of limbs and body parts is a common concept in many of the more violent Japanese manga and anime.

Doctors

A Doctor is a medical professional that works to the goal of curing illness in others.

Dragons

A legendary creature that is typically reptilian, that can fly and can breathe fire and sometimes ice.

Drama

Drama is a concept used in story telling to invoke an emotional reaction from the audience by using serious themes; such as tragedy, suspense, and death.

Dreams & Nightmares

The imaginary events that goes on in your head when you are asleep. In some anime's they can bring important messages or to haunt a person.

Espionage

This is the act of secretly watching a person or group to gather information, often for political purposes. Spies typically disguise themselves so that they might sneak around. Espionage is also frequently tied to assassination plots.

Failure

In anime and manga many characters either consider themselves failures or are seen as such by others for not being strong enough, being scared, or just not being smart enough. However, usually this serves as inspiration for the character to grow stronger and come back to prove them all wrong.

Familiar

A animal or even a person that is basically a slave to another person. Familiars typically are tame, obediant and magical, though not always.

Father

Fatherhood as a concept. A man who has conceived or raised a child.

Flashback

Used frequently in Anime to either recap past events or provide a back story for a character, either their origin story or their off-screen training of new attack. Sometime and entire episode/chapter would be a entire flashback.

Ghosts

A ghost is a dead persons spirit that roams the earth usually attached to where they died or refusing to go to the after life until there are finished on earth.

Hao Asakura's followers

Hao Asakura searches for allies who are strong shamans for his shaman only empire. He hates humans and treats his followers differently. (depends on the relationship)

Heroic Sacrifice

An act when someone gives up something of great importance for a greater good.

Hitchhiker

A hitchhiker points his/ or her thumb up to signal drivers that they need a ride. It may be different hand gestures in different countries.

Implied Sex Scene

Due to censorships, anime has a funny way of implying a scene where the characters may have sexual intercourse. It happens in manga, too.

Karma

Karma is the belief that one's actions influenced the outcome one's life. If the person does bad things, bad things will occur to that person. (Vice Versa with the good things.)

Knight

The character is officially a knight. He/She usually values honor above everything else and fights for justice. There are perhaps exceptions...

Lily Five

Lily Five is an anime exclusive team in the Shaman King Franchise.

Loss of Innocence

Like real life, anime and manga characters lose their innocence through war, trauma, rape, torture, and many agonizing scenarios.

Major death

Death of a major character.

Manga Iconography

Common visual conventions seen in manga and anime to convey emotions, often for comical effect.

Mentor

Someone with experience teaching a younger more inexperienced individual, often the hero of the story.

Monk

A religious person who lives either alone or in a holy place sutch as a temple or a church. Most of them tries to avoid worldy pleasures and to bring good to the world.

Mother

A woman who has given birth to or raised a child.

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