Shaman King is probably one of the best franchises I've ever seen. Yes, franchises, not anime. The reason is, anime didnt follow the manga till the end.Also, 4kids has a made a bad dubbed version, that caused most people to turn away from this anime. You could call it supernatural, or even shounen at some point.
The story in manga should get 8 or 9, but as i said, in anime, things were changed.Despite it, Shaman king still gets 7. It's kinda long, has fillers, but also has a plot-twist and unexpected turn of events.
good art, if you watch it at good quality, you
will enjoy. But nothing really stands out in my opinion.
has several soundtracks, but i dont remember them. Horewer, you dont feel the sound that much, since this anime focuses on enjoyment and characters,not sound. I should note that 4kids dub opening is really awesome, before watching this anime, you should totally listen the opening first.
Some people might give a lesser score, but i really liked the characters.Why? Because even though they are some kind of standartic, each has some difference and originality.
Yoh is usual brave and friendly leader of the group.Nothing new? I dont think so. He has a very laidback attitude and knows how to enjoy life.Also, he never judges people, even the bad guys. Ren is like Vegeta or any other bad-ass willain that becomes good, but is also very strategic.
Anna- now that is a character! Portrayed as horrific and cruel, she is a very bad-ass character. You should watch the series because of her.
Hao- a very cool willain. He is kind of owerpowered, even in the end goodies couldnt beat him (you'll see how it ends.)
Anyway, Shaman king has a bunch of different and original characters, i cant list all of them.
The anime and franchise is very well explained and enjoyable.You wont find any plot holes or misunderstandings (at least i didnt).It is very nostalgic and worth rewatching again.
I liked the anime and manga. If you read the manga, i wouldnt recommend watching anime (specially english dub),because it can make you down. But if you watched the anime and liked the idea of spirits, oversouls and other, you should totally read the manga.