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Shaman King: Flowers is a Sequel Series to the original Shaman King story.Set in the future, the series follows Yoh's heir, Asakura Hana, a shaman just recently coming into his powers. Unlike Yoh however, Hana is quite brash and doesn't see why he must carry on his family legacy. However plenty of surprises are headed his way such as two members in his family on Hao's side who wish to become the only main branch of the family, and of course a girl who's not unlike Anna.A pilot of the series was drawn in 2009 but seems to have been retconned for the main series which started on April 2012.
Anna, of course, became this. She was able to even threat Hao, the current god, to agree to revive Hana. Even god can't win against her.
Tamao became an almighty surrogate mom to Hana.
Armor-Piercing Question: While in Hell, Sub-lieutenant Sakurai has delievered quite mind-shaking questions to Hana. He ask him if they're really in Asura realm then, does that mean that Hana belongs there? and for what reason Hana is fighting for?
Combat by Champion: "The Flower of Maize" as a whole. Each of the previous Shaman Kings choose a team of 5 champions to battle in this war to decide if the current Shaman King is worthy of being god. They do this since a battle between gods would be too much for the world to handle.
No wonder why Men wants to save his mother. Iron Maiden Jeanne got killed and was turn into her own killer, the Black Maiden's spirit partner.
Hana realizes that having Hao as boss must be worse than Hell to the Patchs.
Five-Man Band: There is one leader, three warriors, and a support, making a total of 5. So far, Hana's "Team Hao" team has four members.
Forgotten First Meeting: Hana's first meeting with Alumi, that happened while the Patch Village was being destroyed by YVS. Chapter 24 reveals that Yosuke was there too and he invoked this trope by erasing all about it from Hana's mind.
Homoerotic Subtext: Between Hana and Yohane's friendship has this on occasion, much to the ire of Alumi, who's ironically the first to jokingly point this out on her first day of class.
I Just Want to Be Normal: Averted. Hana spends the first two chapters of Flowers complaining that the times are too peaceful for his liking. He's craving the World of Badass of the previous age. Of course, he's probably going to get his wish.
Long Title: Chapter 14; "You didn't die after getting beaten to death by the flower we saw that day".
Mind Control: Luka turns out to have been subjected to this.
The Nicknamer: Hana comes up with nicknames for everyone, though the most unfortunate one easily has to be 'Shithead' (for Tao Men, in reference to the odd shape of his hair).
Offing the Offspring: A variant is invoked in Chapter 22 Tao Men's mother Jeanne is already dead, and Black Maiden of Team Yvs has taken her ghost as her guardian ghost. She promptly uses Jeanne to skewer Tao Men, though he survives.
Reality Ensues: Hana points out that killing your enemies, even in a magical duel, gets you sent to jail.
Recycled Premise: Judging by the way the story is developing, and copious amounts of characters based on the original cast, this is what's happening.
Averted in the characters themselves, however. A lot of the new characters are actually inversions of their predecessors. E.g. Hana's the complete opposite of Yoh in that he actively chases action in contrast to the other's laidback nature. Similarly, Alumi is brash and outgoing, the polar opposite of Anna's quiet, reclusive Broken Bird personality. Extra props go to Tamao who's become the new Anna, and thus become an inversion of herself as a Shrinking Violet.
Secret Test of Character: The Death Zero arc is one for Hana, courtesy of Hao. In order for Hana to learn what real strenght is, that fighting has its consequences and must be done with a purpose, and to see if he can bond with Sakurai enough so the Sub-lieutenant can become his new spirit partner.
Sequel Escalation: The series started with Hana already mastering his own O.S. Oni Kabuto, an ARMOR Type Oversoul. To balance this, his first opponent(s) are using a similar technique to Yoh's Story-Breaker Power.
The stakes are also higher as the battle revolves around the Shaman Kings of the past taking issue with Hao as the new Shaman King.
Yohkyoh's spirit was given to the Asakura branch 1000 years ago. It was supposed to be strong in those times' standards but with new stronger spirits around and without any use, it was easy prey to Tamao's Dai Tengu.
Hao consideres that Amidamaru isn't good enough as Hana's spirit partner anymore. Considering that he's an spirit over 600 years old and he's too much permissive with Hana, not to mention that Hana didn't earn him but just inherited him from Yoh.
Spin-Offspring: Hana is Yoh and Anna's son, and Alumi is Silva's daughter. Later on, Tao Len and Iron Maiden Jeanne's son, Tao Men, shows up.
Succession Crisis: Two of the family members on Hao's side claim they're the main family of the Asakura Branch and begin stirring up trouble just to prove it. Later Luka reveals that was just an excuse to bring Yosuke to Tokyo for the F.O.M without his knowledge.
Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Played with, given the nature of the series. Turns out Yoh, Anna, and Hana were all violently killed (in Hana's case as described by Hao, literally blown to pieces) in the Middle East during a war. Yoh's response is a casual apology while Anna immediately tells Hao to quit the small talk and bring them back to life already. The result is all of them being brought back, but with new oni powers sealed inside Hana so he won't die again so easily.
Played straight with Iron Maiden Jeanne, who was killed by Black Maiden for the sole purpose of turning Jeanne into her guardian ghost. Tao Men is unable to bring himself to go all out against his mother's ghost, resulting in a bloody defeat.
Taken for Granite: Amidamaru and Daikyoh were turned into stone by Luka. Daikyoh gets better.
Took a Level in Badass: Tamao, full stop. Not only has she practically become a second Anna, paralyzing people with just a glint of her eyes, she also effortlessly defeated a supposedBig Bad single-handedly. She also intimidated the person who killed Jeanne, who, by the way, easily beat Men.
Tragic Hero: Sakurai. He was forced to reclute due of society's pressure and left behind a girl he loved. He was desperate in ending the war in order to return and turned into a merciless killing machine in the process and ended dead for his recklessness, but Hana could see his love towards that girl being the source of his strenght.
Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Redseb and Seyram, two kids from the original manga, are now all grown up and work for Team Yvs.
War Is Hell: To teach Hana a lesson about fighting and all its consequences, Hao takes his soul to a World War II version of the Asura realm.
We Can Rule Together: Yosuke offers to Hana the power to defeat his dad and uncle if Hana comes to his side.