A battle is about to begin in Tokyo: the Shaman Fight, a tournament held every five hundred years where shaman—those who can command spirits—confront each other in combat. The victor of this contest becomes the Shaman King and the only one who is able to contact and control the Great Spirit, allowing them to reshape the world as they please through its immense power.
During a late night walk, Manta Oyamada runs into his classmate, the carefree You Asakura, who invites him to come stargazing with some friends, who, to Manta's horror, turn out to be ghosts from a local cemetery! However, the knowledge that Manta possesses—a rare sixth sense that allows Manta to see these spirits—endears the boy to You. So when You finds out that his new comrade has been beaten up by a local gang, he decides to avenge him with the help of Amidamaru, a samurai ghost whose tomb was broken by the gang leader.
Soon Manta uncovers more about the world of spirits, including the Shaman Fight, in which his new friend You aims to claim victory.
For me, Shaman King is one of the best animes I've watched in a long time. The fact that every single character has its very own unique personality adds a nice feeling to the overall show. Another thing I really enjoyed in Shaman King was that there isn't always one character who dominates the battles, but all of the characters you meet in the show have their own abilities, which make them important for every single battle. Besides from battles there are also lots of funny moments. I literally had to laugh all the time throughout the whole show, because Shaman King manages the transition from dramatic or serious to funny moments so well.
Overall I'd recommend this show to anyone who likes shows with awesome characters, lots of humor, awesome battles and a great storyline. read more
i watched Shaman King in three languages, Turkish first, English then Japanese. Finally sealed it with the manga. It wasn't my first anime ever but it was the first anime that while watching I was aware it was an anime. I was a child then.
Children can and do appreciate good anime though. For this review I'll consider the Japanese version.
The lowest score, 8, has to go to art. As a grown-up I've seen top notch quality and you do not expect SK to demonstrate excellence in terms of art. People, spirits, places and backgrounds are moderately well designed. There are a lot of moments with great visual impact. Considering their immense number, action sequences are animated okay.
The dialogues and the story-line are well done until the very end of the anime and the ending may leave a lot of people unsatisfied, therefore I couldn't rate the story 10. I thoroughly enjoyed how it all moved forward, how conflicts were resolved and how the single one threat of Hao loomed closer and closer to build it all up. Characters were introduced, developed and interacted with one another beautifully. The tournament became a means to explore underlying themes of friendship, hatred, forgiveness, hard work, hope and destiny. Comedic aspects were well balanced with drama and the epic action.
The effort poured into the voice acting and soundtrack of this series is certainly not widely acknowledged, but the series include two bombs like Romi Paku and Megumi Hayashibara who are very talented, along with many other skillful actors that brought characters to life. I even fell in love with Ren Tao - seriously I made dozens of drawings, I even dreamt about him. Anyway, the music is very varied and was used purposefully, blending with various scenes in harmony. I can still recite the two openings and a few other songs from memory. 10.
Characters! Who can forget Yoh's goofy smile, Ren's fits of anger, Ryu's gigantic thumb and pompadour, Horohoro's cute spirit Kororo, Anna's scary eyes, Manta's brave soul? Nah, they and the rest are unforgettable. Each has their own unique personalities, dreams and lessons to teach us. I grew up with them as they grew up with each other. 10. 11. 12.
I remember rushing home everyday from school, telling everyone to shut up and turning on the TV to watch Shaman King. The series would glue my eyes to the screen. I remember feeling miserable when Yoh lost to his opponents. I remember falling of my seat laughing when Chocolove pissed off Ren. Enjoyable all the way. 10.
I acknowledge that this series has its own shortcomings. I know it is not perfect. Maybe the sweetness of my childhood is interfering with my judgement.
When I have a child, though, he or she is watching this.
Now, no one should be arguing that Shaman King as a story is a masterpiece to begin with. The manga is a sort of inherently low quality, but really enjoyable work. It has generally well defined, simplistic characters that one can firmly set in one's mind, that play into a work that is more about the powers and battling. The core "gimmick" is very enjoyable, and that is what matters in this type of drawn out, battle centric type of work if you are enough of a shounen lover.
While I did not expect a masterpiece because the manga already is not anywhere near, I did expect something that would hold itself together in terms of pacing and animation, and it does neither. If you are going to adapt a work from a manga to an anime, then it is probably going to be a failure if you not only fail to add anything significant, but also give it a plodding pace, drop out details because of the plodding pace, and animate everything on the cheap.
The animation here is such a piss poor effort that it is really remarkable. Colors are murk. Backgrounds to frame any action often make Pocket Monsters look utterly eloquent in comparison: nondescript, usually purple, lots of "action lines" that actually indicate a complete lack of action instead. The movement is usually really lacking, with lots of cuts to and from one still shot to another, and even battles drawn with jumps from one still to another rather than any attempt at fluidity. Everything here done with animation is as cheap as possible.
A side note that I should not even have to bring up is that it has nothing to do with the time it was made in, other than maybe it became acceptable to pump out this type of low grade product, since hey, why would a kid care anyway? Akira, in my opinion the best animated anime, was made in 1988 folks!
Because of pacing and the direction they went with humor and animation, the characters who were likable in the manga are unlikable here. Instead of calm, peaceful, and collected, Yoh comes off as dense and uncaring. Instead of brusque and frigid, Anna becomes more peevish. Ryu becomes even more clownish, and any tragedy and perversion to Faust rings hollow. Because the quality of the characters dropped, the quality of the story becomes ridiculous as well.
Really, it comes down to this: the animation ruins the fights, and while the characters, humor, and story matter (and all have flaws here), without good fights to enjoy in a fight anime, what motivation could one have to possibly watch this? Well, I guess you get to avoid the ultimate troll ending ever...read more
I think this anime is really underrated even though it is an awesome anime and really addictive!
This may be due to the english dub where the intros, endings, bgm etc has been changed and insert songs have been removed but the Japanese version is a must watch anime!
Shaman king has alot of comedy but becomes very serious at times and the bgm suits what is going on in the anime perfectly!
The story is unpredictable in many ways which creates alot of suspense at the end of episodes.
Each character is unique in their own way and there are hardly any throw away characters which are just forgotten about and do not have much to do in the anime unlike Naruto which has many throw away characters such as Ten Ten
Overall i think Shaman King is one of the best anime's of all time and the japanese version is definitely the version to watch because the english dub doesn't make much sense alot of the time e.g. Tao Ren who is a character from shaman king is a Chinese shaman and has an British accent and the dub is alot more childish!
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