Anime Review: Shaman King

General Information:

Type: TV
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural, Drama, Shounen
Episodes: 64
Aired: Jul 4, 2001 to Sep 25, 2002
Premiered: Summer 2001
Producers: TV Tokyo, Nihon Ad Systems, TV Tokyo Music
Licencors: 4Kids Entertainment
Studios: Xebec
Source: Manga
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older


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. [Written by MAL Rewrite]


Shaman King is an amazing Shounen anime. Its way more interesting than I thought it would be even though its an all ages type of anime. Their adventures were very fun and they had interesting way to solve their conflicts. The anime wont at any point bore you. The relationship development between the characters is quite interesting and their interactions seem very natural. Its one of the top shounen anime I’ve came across. In terms of story, character design, dialogues, and fight scenes. Its rare to find an anime with an average 8/10 for all. I highly recommend it. If you’ve already watched the anime share your thought about it in the comments below.

Overall Rate: 8/10

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