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Shaman King, Vol. 1: A Shaman in Tokyo Paperback – August 6, 2003
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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 DÃ´ji 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!Read more ›
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.
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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The item arrived quick and in good condition, i'm fully enjoying my order. I look forward to the next time I buy something.Published on February 2, 2014 by Brandon
So very awesome to finally read the beginning. I really do like the manga more than the anime series. Seriously.Published on November 24, 2013 by Sapper
Shaman King is one of the best mangas I've read as of late. Before I go further, I will say that some people have said the the manga and anime are similar. This is not true. Read morePublished on February 7, 2013 by V. Williams
i love shaman king, i was so excited to have gotten this. im sure im going to keep buying them, because the story is fantastic. Read morePublished on January 22, 2011 by kittyn
Years ago, I decided to purchase the first volume of Shaman King after hearing it from an unknown source. I really had no clue what it was about, or though I think. Read morePublished on April 9, 2008 by Joey
I've read this manga by downloading it on the internet. The rating is unacceptable, why is it rated 13+, it doesn't look that bad. Read morePublished on November 29, 2005
over all this magna is very good but with 9 swear words.it is not a good choice for a kid. but over all this magna is a great comedy and fantasy. Read morePublished on September 27, 2005
I loved this book. I read it in two days. Its about this teenager named Yoh and he is a shaman (someone who sees and can talk to ghosts and spirts) and he meets someone named... Read morePublished on August 22, 2005