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Shaman King

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

Shaman King is an anime series based on a manga written and illustrated by Hiroyuki Takei.

The story begins with a studious and shrimpy middle school student named Manta Oyamada taking a shortcut through a cemetery one night on his way home. When he gets there, he encounters a boy named Yoh Asakura and his "companions" (who turn out to be ghosts). Manta runs away in fright.

The next day, Manta is trying to tell his classmates about the ghosts he saw at the cemetery, but they don't believe him. When class starts, the teacher introduces a new student; it turns out the new student is Yoh. When Manta confronts Yoh in front of their classmates about the ghosts in the cemetery, Yoh claims to not recognize Manta.

That night, Manta goes to the cemetery with an instant camera, with the hope of getting a picture of Yoh and the ghosts. Instead, he finds a gangster named Ryu and his cronies talking. They've heard rumors about a kid hanging out at the cemetery, which the gang perceives as "their" turf. While they're there, Ryu knocks over a gravestone and breaks it. His cronies tell him the gravestone was to appease a notorious samurai from the past, and his breaking it would cause him to be cursed. Ryu just laughs it off. As Manta tries to leave without being noticed, he knocks into a tin can laying on the ground. Ryu and his cronies find him, and beat Manta to a pulp.

The next day, Manta comes to school beaten up and in bandages. After school, Yoh approaches him and apologizes for claiming to not know who he was. Yoh then drags Manta to the cemetery, saying he will avenge what happened to Manta. When Ryu and his cronies arrive, Yoh reveals he is a Shaman (a medium between this world and the spirit world). He summons the spirit of the samurai, which he infuses into his body. With the samurai's spirit within him, Yoh is easily able to defeat Ryu.

There is only a minimal amount of violence to be found in Shaman King. And since 4Kids Entertainment was responsible for producing the English dub, that version is more friendly to a younger audience. Personally, I would recommend Shaman King to anime fans who are 11 or 12 years of age and older.


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Shaman King642001-2002Seiji MizushimaXebecN/A
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This content was written by Lesley Aeschliman. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Brenda Chen for details.

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