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To most people, ghosts are the stuff of horror stories and nightmares. But to Yoh Asakura, a transfer student at Shinra Private Junior High, they're his friends Yoh Asakura is a shaman-one of the gifted few who can speak to spirits. By channeling ghosts into his body, like the long-dead samurai Amidamaru, he can allow them to possess him and use their powers. However, a mo To most people, ghosts are the stuff of horror stories and nightmares. But to Yoh Asakura, a transfer student at Shinra Private Junior High, they're his friends Yoh Asakura is a shaman-one of the gifted few who can speak to spirits. By channeling ghosts into his body, like the long-dead samurai Amidamaru, he can allow them to possess him and use their powers. However, a modern-day shaman faces great responsibilities, because spirits-and the people who work with them-can be very dangerous indeed.


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To most people, ghosts are the stuff of horror stories and nightmares. But to Yoh Asakura, a transfer student at Shinra Private Junior High, they're his friends Yoh Asakura is a shaman-one of the gifted few who can speak to spirits. By channeling ghosts into his body, like the long-dead samurai Amidamaru, he can allow them to possess him and use their powers. However, a mo To most people, ghosts are the stuff of horror stories and nightmares. But to Yoh Asakura, a transfer student at Shinra Private Junior High, they're his friends Yoh Asakura is a shaman-one of the gifted few who can speak to spirits. By channeling ghosts into his body, like the long-dead samurai Amidamaru, he can allow them to possess him and use their powers. However, a modern-day shaman faces great responsibilities, because spirits-and the people who work with them-can be very dangerous indeed.

30 review for Shaman King, Vol. 1 Limited Edition

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dark Sith Lordette♔

    I remember when I first read this in that huge 'Shonen Jump' massive sized book of many anime series that started back in March 2003 and ended in August 2007. Man I used to fight with my brother over these darn things. But now I just buy the actual books. Curse you Half-Priced-Books for making this so easy! I love sassy Yoh. With his new buddy Admidamaru. The cute midget Manta. Bad Ass Wanna-be Ryu. Begin the world of Shaman King! WOOOO! I remember when I first read this in that huge 'Shonen Jump' massive sized book of many anime series that started back in March 2003 and ended in August 2007. Man I used to fight with my brother over these darn things. But now I just buy the actual books. Curse you Half-Priced-Books for making this so easy! I love sassy Yoh. With his new buddy Admidamaru. The cute midget Manta. Bad Ass Wanna-be Ryu. Begin the world of Shaman King! WOOOO!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Daniela

    This was my favorite anime as a child. So I think it's more than appropriate to read it now that I've grown more comfortable with manga - reading in general. Well, I can say that manga aren't for everyone. You should like the way the story is presented to really enjoy this experience, but this one is a good place to start. It is not really particular regarding style or message, and is really funny. And about what happens... I'm sure you've read the synopsis. If you haven't I advice you to go a This was my favorite anime as a child. So I think it's more than appropriate to read it now that I've grown more comfortable with manga - reading in general. Well, I can say that manga aren't for everyone. You should like the way the story is presented to really enjoy this experience, but this one is a good place to start. It is not really particular regarding style or message, and is really funny. And about what happens... I'm sure you've read the synopsis. If you haven't I advice you to go and read that as I don't want to make this review a summary. We meet Yoh. He is a carefree guy. I don't like this type of guys in particular, but he is ok. Also, we meet Manta, Amidamaru and Ren. Almost half of the group is here - so let the party begin! It is a light-hearted ride, but not so light at the same time. It's funny and easy, and a great way to spend two hours of your day. Highly recommend!!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cristina Boncea

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I still believe no one could understand my love for Shaman King or have I not found the right place to fangirl about it yet. This series is just as old as me, born in 1998! I have never tried to read the manga before, it is my first manga ever and I wasn't disappointed. I finished it so fast and I loved it. I could still feel the tension in Yoh vs. Ren's fight, even if I already watched the anime several times and knew what was going to happen. Yoh's victory over Ren's is the end of volume 1. Th I still believe no one could understand my love for Shaman King or have I not found the right place to fangirl about it yet. This series is just as old as me, born in 1998! I have never tried to read the manga before, it is my first manga ever and I wasn't disappointed. I finished it so fast and I loved it. I could still feel the tension in Yoh vs. Ren's fight, even if I already watched the anime several times and knew what was going to happen. Yoh's victory over Ren's is the end of volume 1. There are a few differences from the anime and also, a few events happened differently. First of all, Morty's name is Manta which is still a bit odd. Then the story of Ryu's gang is a bit simplified I think. If I remember correctly, there were two fights between Yoh and Ren but in the manga they're synthesized as one. There is also another kind of story about the evil spirit that I supposed was at the old gym in the anime, the spirit that possessed Ryu but there is no other mention of Ryu in this book. There is also no mention of ghost friends of Yoh helping him in school in the anime. I also believe that Mosuke and Amidamaru met in the anime, but not in the manga. Another difference is Yoh rescuing the children from a burning building, which never appeared in the anime. And the last one, I guess, is the appearance of the boxer whose mentor died but Yoh brought him back to help the next gusshi. I enjoyed this book but it was so short and now I'm craving for more Shaman King action!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Shaman King is one of those rare instances where the show is better than the manga. I worshiped the anime as a ten-year-old; I couldn't get enough of it. When I read the manga a few years later, however, I wasn't as moved. Manta (Morty in the show, a name playing off the word "mortician") takes a shortcut through a cemetery at night and meets Yoh, a shaman. The two inexplicably become friends and Manta follows Yoh on his adventures to become the shaman king. Unfortunately, what detracts from the Shaman King is one of those rare instances where the show is better than the manga. I worshiped the anime as a ten-year-old; I couldn't get enough of it. When I read the manga a few years later, however, I wasn't as moved. Manta (Morty in the show, a name playing off the word "mortician") takes a shortcut through a cemetery at night and meets Yoh, a shaman. The two inexplicably become friends and Manta follows Yoh on his adventures to become the shaman king. Unfortunately, what detracts from the series is how annoying Manta is. Every panel showing him is chibi. He's always whining or complaining or yelling. He doesn't have an endearing side, and sometimes, I wondered why Yoh would put up with him. The plot is a little slow in this volume, but luckily, both Manta and the plot become more fully-formed and developed in later volumes. Yoh's laid back personality allows for moments of humor that break up the action and seriousness that often pervades the story. If you read the manga and don't love it, give the anime a shot - Morty (Manta) isn't nearly as annoying and that alone makes a huge difference in my reception of the series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    jade

    I've read the entire series but I'm too lazy to tag each one. I loved the storyline and the characters (Yoh, especially. Always have since I first saw the anime version. Always will!). The story had a heart; the artwork was nice. It's full of action with just enough dozes of comedy to break the monotony. I enjoyed it thoroughly and would have given it a 5-star rating if it weren't for the ending which was kind of meh. Shame really 'coz it was a fun and addictive read for my first ever shonen man I've read the entire series but I'm too lazy to tag each one. I loved the storyline and the characters (Yoh, especially. Always have since I first saw the anime version. Always will!). The story had a heart; the artwork was nice. It's full of action with just enough dozes of comedy to break the monotony. I enjoyed it thoroughly and would have given it a 5-star rating if it weren't for the ending which was kind of meh. Shame really 'coz it was a fun and addictive read for my first ever shonen manga. Note: This isn't really a review. I just wanted to rant and rave. LOL.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    I absolutely LOVE it!!! <3

  7. 4 out of 5

    Issei Miyata

    This manga is “Shaman King”. I love this manga. The protagonist is Yo Asakura. He is a shaman. And he wanted to be a top of shaman - Shaman King He trains and fights against other shaman with the soul. The soul is Amidamaru. He was a samurai before he died. I like this character. He is so cool. This manga is one of the most favorite manga for me. So I hope that you will read this manga and love this manga.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elisa Mira

    Every time I need to be entertained, but feel too lazy to read a book, I pick up a manga and it does not disappoint. It is honestly so easy to get by, you can finish it in one sitting. It's a mixture between anime and books and I love both. Oh. And this was about a guy that can let ghost's posses his body to do something that they could not fulfill while alive, and finally go to the afterlife. At some point he makes a friendship with a famous samurai and the story gets more interesting from there Every time I need to be entertained, but feel too lazy to read a book, I pick up a manga and it does not disappoint. It is honestly so easy to get by, you can finish it in one sitting. It's a mixture between anime and books and I love both. Oh. And this was about a guy that can let ghost's posses his body to do something that they could not fulfill while alive, and finally go to the afterlife. At some point he makes a friendship with a famous samurai and the story gets more interesting from there.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dimitra

    I used to be a huge fan of anime. But never of manga. Not until now. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy anime but I am very very picky now. Manga was not my thing, not that I had tried reading one, to be honest... I thought that they were boring, for some stupid reason. Guess what... THEY ARE NOT!!! On the contrary, my first manga reading experience made me think that anime are boring! What the actual f...?!?!?!?! I read this one in a sitting! I devoured it!!! It was brilliant, very funny, full of acti I used to be a huge fan of anime. But never of manga. Not until now. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy anime but I am very very picky now. Manga was not my thing, not that I had tried reading one, to be honest... I thought that they were boring, for some stupid reason. Guess what... THEY ARE NOT!!! On the contrary, my first manga reading experience made me think that anime are boring! What the actual f...?!?!?!?! I read this one in a sitting! I devoured it!!! It was brilliant, very funny, full of action and the art was simple but meaningful and flawless!!! I was worried that I wouldn't get used to reading a manga (you read it backwards, from right to left, really...). It literally took me a couple of pages and then I just read the whole thing like a pro! This story is epic! It made me a fan of both manga and Shaman King!!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gary Butler

    65th book read in 2017. Number 626 out of 629 on my all time book list. By far the worst manga I have ever read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    Yoh Asakura is a young Shaman who comes to Tokyo for some advanced study. Shortly after arriving, Yoh meets Manta, a studious young man with a bit of an aggression complex. The two become unlikely friends in spite of the fact that they first meet in a graveyard. Yoh also meets several spirits including Amidamaru, a samurai who’s been dead some 600 years. Now, I haven’t read much manga or watched a ton of anime in my life, but a friend convinced me to give some a try and this was on his list to l Yoh Asakura is a young Shaman who comes to Tokyo for some advanced study. Shortly after arriving, Yoh meets Manta, a studious young man with a bit of an aggression complex. The two become unlikely friends in spite of the fact that they first meet in a graveyard. Yoh also meets several spirits including Amidamaru, a samurai who’s been dead some 600 years. Now, I haven’t read much manga or watched a ton of anime in my life, but a friend convinced me to give some a try and this was on his list to lend me. It always takes me a few minutes to get used to reading “backwards” but after a while I fall into the routine. I also still need to adjust to the exaggerated mannerisms and visual shortcuts that are prevalent in the medium, but I’m cool with it all. I actually had a lot of fun reading this one! This is definitely the first few chapters of the story since everything is exposition and set-up. We learn about the characters in broad strokes, explore Yoh’s powers (to bond with ghosts and be able to utilize the ghosts’ powers), and get to see them in action. The first several chapters are pretty much stand-alone stories where Yoh solves a problem by meeting a ghost and using their abilities to solve the situation. The mythology finally hits in the final three chapters when Yo encounters another Shaman, Ren, who has a completely different take on what it means to be a Shaman. Inevitably, they have to fight - because Ren wants to possess the ghost of Amidamaru for himself. The confrontation is actually kind of cool. Ren has a Chinese Warlord as his primary spirit, so it becomes a fight between the Warlord and Yoh’s Samurai, Amidamaru. Fun fight and we get to see them use some abilities that are bigger and more “typically” anime. While I’ve seen a lot of this kind of story composition before, it still had a great sense of fun and didn’t take itself too seriously. At this point the characters are really fairly two-dimensional, but I can see that this was a serial that I think came out weekly when originally published in Japan. It makes sense that this will be a bit of a slow burn like a newspaper strip here in the US, so no need to rush things. There were a few cliffhanger chapter endings that then needed a bit of reiteration in the following chapter, but that’s all fun too. I actually really enjoyed Takei’s artwork. It has a fun comic strip kind of flair to it, but the action is very dynamic. Facial expressions are a huge part of manga, so they are well presented here - to the extreme, actually! It’s my understanding that this edition features the complete original artwork where some later printings had alterations made. I’m happy to see the original, but I’m curious as to what needed to be changed and why. It all seems quite excellent the way it is! My only complaint was the occasional tiny panel that in this “digest-sized” book was often hard to determine what was happening in there. Overall, I had a lot of fun reading this yesterday. It was a nice diversion from the American comics I read and is interesting enough to get me to borrow subsequent volumes. Might even try some other titles down the road.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jessika

    So, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this! This was the first manga I have ever read, and I specifically chose something a little “younger” so that I could get myself used to the reading direction. I fell in love with comics/graphic novels last year, so I wanted to try something new again because, why not? But, I ended up really enjoying this story and would like to continue with the next volume. The art was really great, and I thought the story was entertaining and oddly compell So, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this! This was the first manga I have ever read, and I specifically chose something a little “younger” so that I could get myself used to the reading direction. I fell in love with comics/graphic novels last year, so I wanted to try something new again because, why not? But, I ended up really enjoying this story and would like to continue with the next volume. The art was really great, and I thought the story was entertaining and oddly compelling. At times comical, at times more serious, I was impressed by how well-rounded it felt. I think that most adults can skip this one, but younger readers would definitely enjoy this. I saw that Netflix is releasing a reboot of the anime this year, so I will be sure to check that out!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maxine

    I'd never heard of this series before, so I went in completely blind and ended up *really* enjoying it! The story centers around Yoh, a teenage boy with the ability to see and communicate with ghosts, making him a "shaman," someone who is connected to both the spirit world and the world of the living. Yoh comes across to others as a bit of a slacker and a weirdo, but he's genuinely a good kid and he manages to solve a lot of problems by engaging with the local ghosts. It's a really fun world with I'd never heard of this series before, so I went in completely blind and ended up *really* enjoying it! The story centers around Yoh, a teenage boy with the ability to see and communicate with ghosts, making him a "shaman," someone who is connected to both the spirit world and the world of the living. Yoh comes across to others as a bit of a slacker and a weirdo, but he's genuinely a good kid and he manages to solve a lot of problems by engaging with the local ghosts. It's a really fun world with lots of enjoyable characters and a really cool art style - it's definitely a series I'm going to look further into!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Pilos

    I found out Prime Reading has plenty of this manga volumes available so I decided to give it a shot. Never watched the anime adaptation but I have to say it made me curious. This series seems to have the right balance between typical shonen elements and mystery features. Before reading it I had the wrong impression of it being boring, now I am glad I gave this series a shot. I think I'm going to hold onto it for a while. I found out Prime Reading has plenty of this manga volumes available so I decided to give it a shot. Never watched the anime adaptation but I have to say it made me curious. This series seems to have the right balance between typical shonen elements and mystery features. Before reading it I had the wrong impression of it being boring, now I am glad I gave this series a shot. I think I'm going to hold onto it for a while.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Curious Madra

    So since the 2021 anime adaptation just came out, i decided to read the manga and omg it is so uncomfortably over the top and wayyyyy too fast for me to grasp. Yeah sorry it's a no for me.... So since the 2021 anime adaptation just came out, i decided to read the manga and omg it is so uncomfortably over the top and wayyyyy too fast for me to grasp. Yeah sorry it's a no for me....

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alexa Flores

    This was a interesting book im wondering if ren will come back and get revenge on yoh

  17. 5 out of 5

    Keeloween

    Good It really picked up in the last three chapters. Was getting worried that I was too old to enjoy this for a sec there

  18. 5 out of 5

    Maria Karousi

    First time reading manga😏 Nice storyline, better than what i expected!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam

    This volume introduces us to Yoh Asakura, a shaman who serves as a medium between the worlds of the living and the dead. Through the eyes of Manta, who can also see ghosts, we discover how Yoh is able to communicate with them and what he can do with their particular skills. An original concept with loads of humour and liveliness to make it an easy read for anyone looking for a new series to start. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/ This volume introduces us to Yoh Asakura, a shaman who serves as a medium between the worlds of the living and the dead. Through the eyes of Manta, who can also see ghosts, we discover how Yoh is able to communicate with them and what he can do with their particular skills. An original concept with loads of humour and liveliness to make it an easy read for anyone looking for a new series to start. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  20. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    its about a kid named Yoh Asakura who wants to be the shaman king and he has a samury gost called amidamaru

  21. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    First, I started with anime, quite a long time ago. And ever since I started living in London, I promised myself that one day I would read manga. I must say, it was as good as I remember. The story is about the young shaman, named Yoh, who is coming to Tokyo to train himself to become more and more powerful. There he meets Manta, a small boy, who becomes his friend. From now on, they are having numerous adventures, finding out more about shamans and their role and abilities, and meeting new char First, I started with anime, quite a long time ago. And ever since I started living in London, I promised myself that one day I would read manga. I must say, it was as good as I remember. The story is about the young shaman, named Yoh, who is coming to Tokyo to train himself to become more and more powerful. There he meets Manta, a small boy, who becomes his friend. From now on, they are having numerous adventures, finding out more about shamans and their role and abilities, and meeting new characters. I enjoyed it a lot and I think it may be one of my favourite mangas ever. I like the style of Takei, which is quite dynamic and at times funny but never ridiculous. For fans of manga - a must read!

  22. 4 out of 5

    S

    This is my 4th time finishing the whole series. *Note to self: I have read all 32 volumes of this manga but will add it as 1 book on my Annual Reading Challenge.* This is one of my favorite mangas back when I was in 9th grade (that's about 15 years ago) along with Bleach, Eyeshield 21, and Fruitbasket (I read in diverse categories). And to my delightful discovery: the fun still remains true to the 30-something me. However, I take notes that things seem to make more sense to me - especially on This is my 4th time finishing the whole series. *Note to self: I have read all 32 volumes of this manga but will add it as 1 book on my Annual Reading Challenge.* This is one of my favorite mangas back when I was in 9th grade (that's about 15 years ago) along with Bleach, Eyeshield 21, and Fruitbasket (I read in diverse categories). And to my delightful discovery: the fun still remains true to the 30-something me. However, I take notes that things seem to make more sense to me - especially on the characters' motifs aspect. The characters that I used to dislike (i.e Bokutou no Ryu) have become one of my favorites this time around. A long review will follow shortly.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ece

    Shaman King is the first anime I ever watched and this happened to be the first manga I’ve read too. But in all honestly I didn’t enjoy this as much as the anime. Yoh is charming like always but I still think I’m used to watching him that it’s not the same but I still loved him a lot. The biggest problem is Manta in this manga because his reactions look so fake and the art where he shouts is just horrible. I enjoyed the parts which didn’t appear in the anime like saving children etc. but I don’t Shaman King is the first anime I ever watched and this happened to be the first manga I’ve read too. But in all honestly I didn’t enjoy this as much as the anime. Yoh is charming like always but I still think I’m used to watching him that it’s not the same but I still loved him a lot. The biggest problem is Manta in this manga because his reactions look so fake and the art where he shouts is just horrible. I enjoyed the parts which didn’t appear in the anime like saving children etc. but I don’t know if it’s enough for me to go on. Maybe I’ll just listen to people saying it gets much better.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

    I normally don't like reviewing manga I've read digitally. It is a fact that I have read a physical copy of this volume once or twice, but that would have been nearly a decade ago (if not longer), and I prefer not to write reviews from things so far in the past. That is, if I were to review an individual volume of manga, it would be bound to a recent re-read, as per my "write about everything" drive from the past couple years, but I do feel it is "cheating" to review so much non-physical manga.. I normally don't like reviewing manga I've read digitally. It is a fact that I have read a physical copy of this volume once or twice, but that would have been nearly a decade ago (if not longer), and I prefer not to write reviews from things so far in the past. That is, if I were to review an individual volume of manga, it would be bound to a recent re-read, as per my "write about everything" drive from the past couple years, but I do feel it is "cheating" to review so much non-physical manga... for no reason in particular, I guess. Anyway, I've gotten back into Shaman King recently, having finish Jojo: Stone Ocean a little while ago, and having little to do during my workdays that I am at a loss of what to waste time with, and so I basically get paid to read manga online. Shaman King was a favorite of mine way back when, when I'd just learned what "manga" was, but before I knew there existed things other than just Shonen Jump. Indeed, my first manga experience was with a copy of the US edition of SJ as obtained through a "book-order form" when I was in 4th grade. I think maybe I'd already begun watching the dubbed anime on Fox Kids (or was it "Fox Box" by then?), and part of what blew me away by this volume of SJ was its inclusion not just of Yu-Gi-Oh! and Dragon Ball Z (I was attracted to the magazine by the big picture of Yugi's face on the cover, and a tiny Vegeta I could barely make out in the little thumbnail picture of the book form) but of Shaman King and Yu Yu Hakusho as well, shows I knew from their own dubs. (This was a year or so before One Piece began airing, and several years before Naruto, but both manga were included in the volume.) I never had the opportunity to finish Shaman King "naturally," as I was never certain of its Fox timeslot and so missed a few episodes, and my local library years later (when I began to read the manga through its collected tankobon translations) did not have every volume up to date (or otherwise VIZ wasn't yet finished printing everything). I had a kinda-shitty Pokemon-ripoff Gameboy Advance game that seemed to get rather far into the story (Angel Transformers!?), but the content in the endgame seemed like such a far leap from what I remembered from later episodes on Fox that I just assumed it was a weird OC ending. So, some more time passed, and I learned that the manga wrapped up on a non-ending of sorts, and it was not until several more years that Takei wrapped up the story through the "kanzenban" editions that never made it Stateside. **** The primary reason I decided to review this volume was that I had a mini-revelation while using the restroom, that this and Vol. 2 seem to each be constructed such that both volumes contain their own semi-arc story, this volume introducing the shamanism and Vol. 2 focusing on the first fights with the Tao family. Here, we are introduced to Yoh and Manta and Amidamaru, with Ryu kinda in the background. Much of this volume is "monster-of-the-week" exorcisms, with the "monsters" in question really just being little stories of ghosts needing to pass on to the afterlife. "Case-of-the-week" is probably a better phrase for it, but the idea may detract from the overall feeling that we're steadily wading into the pool of "Shonen supernatural battle manga," which this series does indeed become by the end of the volume. I feel I may want to compare this unfavorably to the episodic beginnings of the earlier Yu Yu Hakusho and the later BLEACH. In YYH, Yusuke's initial exorcisms for his "spirit detective" cases generally had a higher degree of pathos, and as much as I love that manga overall I quite strongly prefer the first two books over the rest of the fighting-centric stories. BLEACH isn't so much "better-written" as the ghost stuff just features more interesting designs with the "Hollows," as in comparison Takei tried to balance slice-of-life stuff with the action scene with the evil spirit of the painter's grudge - a neat design for an enemy, but one which probably could not form a good blueprint for future battles. Of course, Tao Ren comes in at the end to finally introduce the concept of the "Shaman Fight" to Yoh, Manta, and the reader. This supernatural battle royal will make up the bulk of the remaining 30-ish volumes of manga. Unfortunately, Ren's motivation for trying to capture Amidamaru amounts to "hurr I wanna be strong durr," which reads like a much weaker Vegeta- or Hiei-type rival. We hit a "shonen supernatural fighting manga" trope with the "villain who becomes a rival/ally," but Ren is purely one-dimensional with his characterization, and he seems to serve little purpose but to a) introduce the Shaman Fight (as stated earlier) and b) set up his sister to fight Yoh in Vol. 2 (which itself feels more like a long-form exorcism chapter than a fight with "real" gravity). Overall, not a bad start to the manga, just maybe a wee bit lackluster, and not really too indicative of how the manga will eventually become. I suppose it is true such lengthy series evolve on their own over time, so the idea of Hao and stuff could excusably contrast so openly with the goings-on here, but I don't know. I like the manga, and I don't dislike its roots here, so mostly the "issue" is that I'm maybe too old/experienced to treat Shonen Jump manga with so much levity. Final thought: Takei does a good job with cartoonish facial expressions, flexing the manga medium to a degree that takes full advantage of its unreality. Very fun. It's always a treat to see Manta react to something bizarre.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lord

    I see a lot of potential in this series and I'm sure it will get better (after all first two volumes of Bleach are pretty bad as well) but it's difficult to like the main characters. I guess Yoh is OK but that Manta brat is really annoying. The art is standard Shonen Jump, reminding mostly of One Piece (but without any originality) and the story is just getting started so I will decide in next two volumes if I like this series or drop it. I see a lot of potential in this series and I'm sure it will get better (after all first two volumes of Bleach are pretty bad as well) but it's difficult to like the main characters. I guess Yoh is OK but that Manta brat is really annoying. The art is standard Shonen Jump, reminding mostly of One Piece (but without any originality) and the story is just getting started so I will decide in next two volumes if I like this series or drop it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Zella Kate

    This wasn't bad, but it just didn't appeal to me as much as Death Note did. It was funny and fast-paced and had an interesting premise, but I found the art and story line much more simplistic and less interesting. I also thought the end was kind of lazy. In any event, I've fulfilled my quota of manga I told my library patrons I'd read, so I'm going to return to my regularly-scheduled combination of historical fiction, nonfiction, and murder mysteries. :) This wasn't bad, but it just didn't appeal to me as much as Death Note did. It was funny and fast-paced and had an interesting premise, but I found the art and story line much more simplistic and less interesting. I also thought the end was kind of lazy. In any event, I've fulfilled my quota of manga I told my library patrons I'd read, so I'm going to return to my regularly-scheduled combination of historical fiction, nonfiction, and murder mysteries. :)

  27. 4 out of 5

    David

    Not horrible. I guess I'll read the next one. Manta is very annoying, though, and the chibi art used for him is borderline stupid, frankly. I like the idea of a shaman in Tokyo, and Amidamaru is a cool ghost. We'll see. Not horrible. I guess I'll read the next one. Manta is very annoying, though, and the chibi art used for him is borderline stupid, frankly. I like the idea of a shaman in Tokyo, and Amidamaru is a cool ghost. We'll see.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marts (Thinker)

    Manta takes a shortcut through a cemetery and meets a Shaman.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jessica G

    SO HAPPY TO BE READING THIS SERIES AGAIN!! I read about 10 volumes back in 2012, but this time I'm planning on getting through the whole series. :) SO HAPPY TO BE READING THIS SERIES AGAIN!! I read about 10 volumes back in 2012, but this time I'm planning on getting through the whole series. :)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ottery Chocolat

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I should begin by disclaiming that I am a big fan of Hiroyuki Takei and that Shaman King is my favorite of his works. Some of you may laugh, as it is one of the few of his works that has made it into English translation but the truth is, I am familiar with some of his other work than this and that collaboration with Stan Lee. I really would like to see a translation of his Construction Machine manga series, and I really, really want to see Shaman King reissued as the renewed interest in the seri I should begin by disclaiming that I am a big fan of Hiroyuki Takei and that Shaman King is my favorite of his works. Some of you may laugh, as it is one of the few of his works that has made it into English translation but the truth is, I am familiar with some of his other work than this and that collaboration with Stan Lee. I really would like to see a translation of his Construction Machine manga series, and I really, really want to see Shaman King reissued as the renewed interest in the series has suddenly made volumes of it hard to find in the used book market. All that said, this isn't the first time I've read Shaman King, having read it when it first was translated and introduced us in the English language version of Shonen Jump. I thought the art style particularly unique, and interesting, and the hero was cute, and Manta was a silly sidekick and the whole premise just interesting. I can't say I had that same affinity for the translation of its anime. All those random thoughts aside, I really enjoyed my re-reading of the manga. I found it cute and I am very much still in love with the characters after all these years, and I can't wait for Yoh's fiance to show up, though she is in a few of the art pages of the book already. The volume ends with the appearance of Yoh's greatest rival-if one discounts his fiance, again--Ren and his Chinese warlord ghost. While I love the story, and the book, the beginning is really slow, and the stories really short in the manga. They're all a smattering of quick stories that resolves themselves very quickly, such as Amidamaru's ark, the billboard artist, and the story of the boxing kid. There's not much meat there, though it is somewhat refreshing to get stories with a definitive beginning and ending, given Shonen Jump's affinity for never ending narratives. I am looking at you Naruto and One Piece. I think it's a pity that Shaman King never reached that level of popularity and that the story never got to fifty volumes much less the 100 One Piece is about to arrive at. I think there is a lot of story to tell with these characters, I just hate the formulaic nature of Shonen Jump and their never ending quests. The artwork too is very early Takei-sensei, which for those of us who love his work is not a problem. But it is clearly not at the level of artistry that his work is now, so many years later and more manga under his pen. It still is a very unique flavor from what was then and is now Shonen Jump style manga. Not exactly a narrative tour-de-force, and the artwork will not redefine manga as we know it, but I have a fond affinity for this series. I personally, love the story and the art, and regret not having finished collecting it all. [Now it's going to cost me. 30 dollars for a volume? What are you nuts? Things shouldn't ever be out of print!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111] I love Hiroyuki Takei, and his creations Yoh, Manta, Amidamaru and the villains and friends that lie ahead for them. I love the story, as simple as it is, and as formulaic. I genuinely love this manga and if you're a fan of shonen manga I heartily recommend reading it. But this is a for the hardcore fans only. I can see that it hasn't aged well, and perhaps lacks some of the more adult and philosophical or socialogical themes more prevalent in new manga. But if you just want fun, cute characters and adventures this manga is the manga for you.

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