Shaman King (シャーマンキング) Manga Review

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Ooh hello nostalgia, my dear friend.

Shaman King, also known as El Rey Shaman is a shounen manga series created by author Hiroyuki Takei.

It tells the story of a Shaman named Yoh Asakura’s journey to become the next Shaman King. He’s joined by his fiancee, Anna, best friend Manta and a brilliant cast of characters to get invested in!

What Shaman King (シャーマンキング) Is About

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Author(s): Hiroyuki Takei
Artist(s): Hiroyuki Takei
Known As: Shaman King, El rey shaman, Король-шаман, シャーマンキング
Official Translation(s): English, Japanese
MangaDex: Title Index
Status: Completed
Genres: Action, Comedy, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

A Small Synopsis

Manta Oyamada is a studious young man who befriends a mysterious boy named Yoh who, like him, can see and talk to spirits.

Where to read Shaman King (シャーマンキング)

Shaman King’s official translated version can be found here. And any unofficial fan translated versions can be found on scanlation sites such as MangaNelo and MangaDex.


What Is Good About Shaman King (シャーマンキング)

The Characters

My Lord.

The characters, indeed.

Yoh is your typical shounen hero, very laid-back and carefree while his fiancée Anna is more strict and bossy with his training for the upcoming tournament. His friends play a HUGE role in bringing this series to life with memorable moments and likable characteristics. Such as Manta opening up and becoming more confident and even Ren Tao learning to have faith in his friends.

Even though it’s been a while since I’ve read the manga, I can STILL remember each character so vividly and to me, that’s what makes Shaman King so special.

What Is Bad About Shaman King (シャーマンキング)

The Adaptation Differences

As much as I love Shaman King’s 2001 adaptation, there are… Many things that were changed in the anime. One of them being Lyserg’s character and how heartlessly he abandons his spiritual partner in the anime. In the manga however? They do not separate. As much as I’m not the biggest fan of Lyserg’s character, I have to say the manga version tops the anime version BY FAR.

Overall Conclusion

Any fan of the original anime or the remake will adore where it all started. The manga offers an awesome art style, lovable characters and a perfect blend of various genres that make it an enjoyable read for many!

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Shaman King (シャーマンキング)
Art style
The positive
The Characters
The Adaptation Differences
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