A new television anime adaptation of Hiroyuki Takei's Shaman King manga series was announced by Kodansha on Friday, scheduled for an April 2021 broadcast. The new anime series will be based on all 35 complete edition volumes the company will begin publishing on June 17.
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 the 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]
A 64-episode television anime produced by animation studio Xebec aired between Summer 2001 and Fall 2002. 4Kids Entertainment formerly held the anime's license in North America and produced an English dub. Funimation released five uncut DVD volumes from 2004–2005.
VIZ Media published all 32 volumes of the original manga in English between August 2003 and January 2011. However, the company no longer holds the license for the series. Kodansha acquired the Shaman King trademark from Shueisha in December 2017.