Shaman King
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Shaman King

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Synonyms: Exotica, Funbari no Uta, The Poem of Funbari, The Song of Funbari
Japanese: シャーマンキング
English: Shaman King
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 32
Chapters: 288
Status: Finished
Published: Jun 30, 1998 to Aug 30, 2004
Genres: Action Action, Adventure Adventure, Comedy Comedy, Supernatural Supernatural
Theme: Super Power Super Power
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)
Authors: Takei, Hiroyuki (Story & Art)


Score: 7.781 (scored by 3615936,159 users)
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Ranked: #13532
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Popularity: #202
Members: 73,891
Favorites: 3,385


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Shamans are extraordinary individuals with the ability to communicate with ghosts, spirits, and gods, which are invisible to ordinary people. The Shaman Fight—a prestigious tournament pitting shamans from all over the world against each other—is held every five hundred years, where the winner is crowned Shaman King. This title allows the current incumbent to call upon the Great Spirit and shape the world as they see fit.

Finding himself late for class one night, Manta Oyamada, an ordinary middle school student, decides to take a shortcut through the local cemetery. Noticing him, a lone boy sitting on a gravestone invites Manta to stargaze with "them." Realizing that "them" refers to the boy and his ghostly friends, Manta flees in terror. Later, the boy introduces himself as You Asakura, a Shaman-in-training, and demonstrates his powers by teaming up with the ghost of six-hundred-year-old samurai Amidamaru to save Manta from a group of thugs. You befriends Manta due to his ability to see spirits, and with the help of Amidamaru, they set out to accomplish You's goal of becoming the next Shaman King.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Note: This entry is for the original printing of Shaman King. Please see Shaman King (Kanzenban Edition) for the chapters not included in this edition.


Shaman King was published in English by VIZ Media under the Shonen Jump imprint from August 6, 2003 to January 4, 2011.

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Apr 9, 2022
This will be a combined Review of the original Shaman king manga and the Kazenban ending.


Reading this series for the first time is probably the best time i've ever had reading. The Characters, the comedy, and just thinking about the series and analyzing each little detail was amazing experience to me.

Side Characters--

Each important side character could've had their own show. One of my personal Favorites is Horohoro or Usui Horokeu. At around 3/4 into the series its reveal that he was hiding things to everyone else. He wasn't showing his true self. This thing he was hiding was the he killed his girl. His Selfish ...
Dec 18, 2018
Mixed Feelings
So when I started Shaman King, I didn't have too many expectations, or any really idea of what was going to happen. I was blown away by how much fun I was having. I wasn't this invested in a story since One Piece, and I was having a ridiculous amount of fun. It came to a climax with the rematch that started off the actual Shaman Fight, but I was still having a lot of fun with the plot after that with Hao. But as soon as we got into the actual Shaman Fight, things just got worse and worse. The magic that had made ...
Dec 23, 2018
Shaman King, much like most other shonen manga is a story made to appeal to, of course, children as the primary audience, so I'm going to go out of my way instead of spending time being productive to allocate effort on writing a review on a 20 year old manga not aimed towards me as the primary audience.

I like Shaman King despite its flaws, the first half of the story was fantastic and held up as a shonen worth reading. Things start to get rotten plot-wise when resurrections are introduced to what seemed like a pretty straightforward story.

In Shaman King, if you suffer a near-death ...

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