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About the Author

Unconventional author/artist Hiroyuki Takei began his career by winning the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize (named after the famous artist of the same name). After working as an assistant to famed artist Nobuhiro Watsuki, Takei debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1997 with Butsu Zone, an action series based on Buddhist mythology. His multicultural adventure manga Shaman King, which debuted in 1998, became a hit and was adapted into an anime TV series. His new series Ultimo (Karakuri Dôji Ultimo) is currently being serialized in the U.S. in SHONEN JUMP. Takei lists Osamu Tezuka, American comics and robot anime among his many influences.

Unconventional author/artist Hiroyuki Takei began his career by winning the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize (named after the famous artist of the same name). After working as an assistant to famed artist Nobuhiro Watsuki, Takei debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1997 with Butsu Zone, an action series based on Buddhist mythology. His multicultural adventure manga Shaman King, which debuted in 1998, became a hit and was adapted into an anime TV series. His new series Ultimo (Karakuri Dôji Ultimo) is currently being serialized in the U.S. in SHONEN JUMP. Takei lists Osamu Tezuka, American comics and robot anime among his many influences.
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Product Details

  • Series: Shaman King (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; 1 edition (August 6, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569319022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569319024
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Nicole Maronn on November 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
I first heard about Shaman King thanks to the FoxBox. After seeing the first episode (and only the first episode), Shaman King drew me in. Then, and lucky to work in a bookstore, I was able to purchase Volume 1.
First things first, yes, the Shaman King anime blows on FoxBox becuase of the editing. It's gonna end up like Sailor Moon: Most of the episodes are heavly edited due to the trageted audience (kids and tweens). Also, this is not the Japanese's fault. They, and the American distributers, decide who their target audience is and go through together and edit the episodes. It's the same with Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh! and just about every kids-targeted anime. However, many American manga companies (like Tokyo Pop) do not edit the orginal manga. All they do is the English translation (which includes foot notes for certin Japanese references) and that's it! Plus, the manga is always 10x better than the anime. And maybe someday they'll release the unedited anime just like they did with Sailor Moon.
With that said, the Shaman King manga is one of the most entertaining, page-turning and orginal mangas out there. The plot deals with a middle school shaman named Yoh Asakura. He transfers to Tokyo in order to continue training for his goal: To become the Shaman King. Along the way, he befriends another student, the ever-nerotic Manta Oyamaoa, who can also see ghosts and spirits just like Yoh. Together, they are paired up with the ghost of a dead samurai named Amidamaru, who is Yoh's partner in his quest. In the first volume, readers learn about what it takes to be a shaman and even get a taste of some inpressive Shaman duels.
The story is funny and is sprinkled with bits of dark humor and drama, plus it keeps you focused and leaves you craving for more!
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Ok, so that's a bad title, but this manga really does rock! Following the life of Yoh Asakura on his quest to become the Shaman King, this manga is humourous, but also has its "deep" moments. Yoh is a laid back, lazy boy, who chanels spirits to do his work for hih in school, and whose philosophy is to just leave everything, and it will work out somehow. Anna is his "fiancee", and also a shaman, who can summon spirits. She handles Yoh's "training" (read: TORTURE... she's really tough). Manta is Yoh's friend, small and bookish. Amidamaru is Yoh's friend, as well. He's the ghost of a long dead smaurai who YOh calls on to win Shamanic battles.
This manga is constantly amusing, and very well drawn. Every character is unique in both looks and personality. (Besides, what's funnier than seeing a Chibi SD Samurai Warrior ghost???) This fist volume definately shows a lot of promise for a great story. ((Hopefully the anime will be released over here soon!!))
A definate buy.
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Like I said if you read manga you'll love this. It's about this lil dude named manta. He meets this new kid named Yoh but hes not your ordinary 13 year old. He's a shaman. (Some one who can interact with spirits) From the day Manta meets Yoh nothing will ever be the same. Shaman King is packed with action and humor. The art style is really cool too. The manga is also in Shonen Jump. It has spawned an anime series, toys, feature length movies (yet to be realeased here in the states, and even some video games due out later this year. Try it you'l like it.
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SHAMAN KING! this is volume 1 of the amazing shonen jump manga series! once upon a time there was a 13 year old manta oyamada, a smart, successful, little boy.One day when he was cutting through the cemetery to get home,when he saw a young boy sitting in a tree, staring at the sky. manta thought that this boy was a ghost, because he could see ghosts all around the little boy. Manta ran home again to return to school that morning, where he told the kids in his class about that ghost he saw that night. Obviously, the kids did not believe him.then to make matters worse, a new exchange student came in as the name of YOH ASAKURA, the….GHOST!!! manta tried to question him, but yoh denied him saying, " there is no such thing as ghosts. Iv'e never seen you before in my life. WHO IS THIS YOH PERSON???? IS HE GHOST OR HUMAN???!!! find out in SHAMAN KING VOLUME 1! 7.95! PS. ( there are 32 volumes in the series )
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Shaman King follows the story of Yoh Asakura and his friends as they take part in the Shaman Tournament, an event that occurs but once every 500 years and brings either destiny or destruction in its wake.

An intriguing story and a unique take on the idea of shamans, Hiroyuki Takei created a wonderful manga that is a great read and visually pleasing.

I found myself drawn into the lives of the characters and interested in how things would progress and what would happen in the end. Those who have only seen the anime: I recommend that you read the manga. While the anime was interesting, it cut out and changed a lot of things. Overall, the manga is the better of the two, particularly if you want to know how things truly ended.

I enjoy both the manga and anime, but the manga speaks more to me because it's the original and focuses on the original plot more, without changes made to it.

With a wonderful cast of characters, Shaman King is a great read for anyone who enjoys stories that have an intriguing plot and characters that each have their own unique personalities. From happy and upbeat, to jaded, to down to earth, and even arrogant - this colorful cast has them all.

Readers will find the character that speaks most to them and follow their journey. Even with Yoh Asakura as the main character, his friends play a major part, as, for Yoh, friendship is one of the most important things in life.

Rarely will you see him without a friend by his side.

Follow them as the tournament begins and enemies are revealed, and hunt them down. This series won't disappoint.
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