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** Most of our [[KidHero Kid Heroes]] are this, being cute and attractive teenagers with amazing shamanic powers.

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** Most of our [[KidHero Kid Heroes]] are this, being cute and attractive teenagers with amazing shamanic powers. Special mention even goes to Anna for being a cute girl who defeated and tamed Hao's shikigamis and later gave a painful slap across the face to him himself.


Shaman King is a manga series created by Creator/HiroyukiTakei, also author of ''Manga/ButsuZone''. It was published from 1998 to 2004 on the Magazine/ShonenJump magazine.

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Shaman King ''Shaman King'' is a manga series created by Creator/HiroyukiTakei, also author of ''Manga/ButsuZone''. It was published from 1998 to 2004 on the Magazine/ShonenJump magazine.




Shaman King is a manga series created by Creator/HiroyukiTakei, also author of ''Manga/ButsuZone''. It was published from 1998 to 2004 on the Magazine/ShonenJump magazine.



This series [[ShownTheirWork shows a tremendous amount of research]] on the part of the author (Hiroyuki Takei, also author of ''Manga/ButsuZone''), since it features shamanistic concepts from many different cultures. Sadly, the manga was CutShort when its popularity faded. It's now gotten a completely redrawn re-release in Japan under the title of Shaman King Kang Zeng Bang[[note]]a pun on ''kanzenban'', "complete edition"[[/note]] in which the actual ending was released over two more volumes. A Western release of this edition has yet to be announced.

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This series [[ShownTheirWork shows a tremendous amount of research]] on the part of the author (Hiroyuki Takei, also author of ''Manga/ButsuZone''), author, since it features shamanistic concepts from many different cultures. Sadly, the manga was CutShort when its popularity faded. It's now gotten a completely redrawn re-release in Japan under the title of Shaman King Kang Zeng Bang[[note]]a pun on ''kanzenban'', "complete edition"[[/note]] in which the actual ending was released over two more volumes. A Western release of this edition has yet to be announced.


* FunnyBackgroundEvent: During the two-volume flashback to Yoh's past, we repeatedly see a number of kids playing with tops very... [[SeriousBusiness enthusiastically]]. The between-chapters character profiles explain who these kids are: they sound ''very'' much like they'd belong in a MerchandiseDriven SeriousBusiness anime [[Anime/{{Beyblade}} about tops]].

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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: During the two-volume flashback to Yoh's past, we repeatedly see a number of kids playing with tops very... [[SeriousBusiness enthusiastically]]. The between-chapters character profiles explain who these kids are: they sound ''very'' much like they'd belong in a MerchandiseDriven SeriousBusiness anime [[Anime/{{Beyblade}} [[Franchise/{{Beyblade}} about tops]].


** I don't know. It's pretty sound reasoning.


%%* CaptainObvious: Manta.


* ImprobableWeaponUser: Just on the good guy's team, we have Horohoro, who wields a snowboard, "Wooden Sword" Ryu, who wields a [[CaptainObvious wooden sword]], and Lyserg, who uses a divining pendulum and wire. However, the mechanics of the Over Soul means that any item can be a sufficiently deadly weapon, so long as it has some connection to the spirit.

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* ImprobableWeaponUser: Just on the good guy's team, we have Horohoro, who wields a snowboard, "Wooden Sword" Ryu, who wields a [[CaptainObvious wooden sword]], sword, and Lyserg, who uses a divining pendulum and wire. However, the mechanics of the Over Soul means that any item can be a sufficiently deadly weapon, so long as it has some connection to the spirit.


* BoringYetPractical: Radim's Oversoul, which is basically a LaserSword. Looks tame compared to most other Oversouls, but it has all his power concentrated in one place, which lets him smash through most other Oversouls and he has CharlesAtlasSuperpower so he doesn't need the benefits of Armor Oversouls.

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* BoringYetPractical: Radim's Oversoul, which is basically a LaserSword.LaserBlade. Looks tame compared to most other Oversouls, but it has all his power concentrated in one place, which lets him smash through most other Oversouls and he has CharlesAtlasSuperpower so he doesn't need the benefits of Armor Oversouls.


* HeroLookingForGroup: Somewhat played with. Since the beginning, Ryu has been in desperate search to find his "Best Place", somewhere where he belongs, though his idea of the best place has been more physical, such as a building or a home. But he finds his "Best Place" where [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming the rest of his friends are]].

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* HeroLookingForGroup: Somewhat played with. Since the beginning, Ryu has been in desperate search to find his "Best Place", somewhere where he belongs, though his idea of the best place has been more physical, such as a building or a home. But he finds his "Best Place" where [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming the rest of his friends are]].are.


The manga ended after 300 chapters. There is a sequel called ''Manga/ShamanKingFlowers'', which is started [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-11-09/shaman-king-flowers-sequel-manga-to-launch-in-april April 2012]]. There's also the supplementary manga ''Shaman King 0'' which tells short stories of the characters before the main one, and ''Shaman King Remix Track'' short stories in the reprinted edition of humorous nature.

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The manga ended after 300 chapters. There is a sequel called ''Manga/ShamanKingFlowers'', which is was started [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-11-09/shaman-king-flowers-sequel-manga-to-launch-in-april April 2012]].2012]] but was discontinued until 2018 when it was revived as ''Shaman King The Super Star'' and a spin-off series, ''Shaman King Gaiden: Red Crimson''. There's also the supplementary manga ''Shaman King 0'' which tells short stories of the characters before the main one, and ''Shaman King Remix Track'' short stories in the reprinted edition of humorous nature.


%%* VegetaAndKakarot: Tao Ren and Asakura Yoh.


* AllThereInTheManual: Hao's past is explained in a side story of all things. Though it sort makes sense since, [[spoiler:nobody around but him knew about it]].
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: And it's good.

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* AllThereInTheManual: Hao's past is explained in a side story of all things.story. Though it sort makes sense since, [[spoiler:nobody around but him knew about it]].
* %%* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: And it's good.



* ArmorPiercingSlap: Anna is infamous for this. Not even Hao is immune.
* ArrangedMarriage: Yoh and Anna.

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* %%* ArmorPiercingSlap: Anna is infamous for this. Not even Hao is immune.
* %%* ArrangedMarriage: Yoh and Anna.



* TheAtoner: Ren and [[spoiler:Chocolove]].

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* %%* TheAtoner: Ren and [[spoiler:Chocolove]].



* BadassFamily: The Asakura Family. And the Tao family.
* BadassNative: The ''entire'' Patch tribe. Also Horohoro, who is an Ainu from Hokkaido.

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* %%* BadassFamily: The Asakura Family. And the Tao family.
* %%* BadassNative: The ''entire'' Patch tribe. Also Horohoro, who is an Ainu from Hokkaido.



** MANTA!!

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** %%** MANTA!!



* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Tao family, to the core. Also, the Asakura family, though to lesser extent.

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* %%* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Tao family, to the core. Also, the Asakura family, though to lesser extent.



* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: The X-Laws are all this. Especially in the anime.

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* %%* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: The X-Laws are all this. Especially in the anime.



* BruceLeeClone: Lee Bailong.
* CainAndAbel: Yoh and Hao.

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* %%* BruceLeeClone: Lee Bailong.
* %%* CainAndAbel: Yoh and Hao.



* CaptainObvious: Manta.

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* %%* CaptainObvious: Manta.



* DeadlyDoctor: Faust.

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* %%* DeadlyDoctor: Faust.



* DisposableWoman: "Damuko", Horohoro's first love, also known as [[spoiler:Kororo]].

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* %%* DisposableWoman: "Damuko", Horohoro's first love, also known as [[spoiler:Kororo]].



* EveryoneIsBi: The interactions between many characters gives off this vibe.



* HeroWorshipper: Manta.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: All of the X-Laws but Jeanne, Marco, and Lyserg, in the anime.]]

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* %%* HeroWorshipper: Manta.
* %%* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: All of the X-Laws but Jeanne, Marco, and Lyserg, in the anime.]]



* HotSpringsEpisode: Once in the anime, and several chapters in the manga.
* HypocriticalHumor: When Yoh and company have to fight against Dracula, they complain that Dracula's a fictional character, apparently ignoring that Yoh had already gone up against a descendent of Literature/{{Faust}}.
* IAmNotLeftHanded

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* %%* HotSpringsEpisode: Once in the anime, and several chapters in the manga.
* %%* HypocriticalHumor: When Yoh and company have to fight against Dracula, they complain that Dracula's a fictional character, apparently ignoring that Yoh had already gone up against a descendent of Literature/{{Faust}}.
* %%* IAmNotLeftHanded



* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Team LCT/Team Insane Asylum

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* %%* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Team LCT/Team Insane Asylum



* LightIsNotGood: Once again it's the X-Laws.

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* %%* LightIsNotGood: Once again it's the X-Laws.



* LikeCanNotCutLike: Over Soul enfused weapons, [[AvertedTrope unless]] broken quickly.

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* %%* LikeCanNotCutLike: Over Soul enfused weapons, [[AvertedTrope unless]] broken quickly.



* MechanicalMonster: Many of the shaman spirits.
* TheMedic: Faust VIII is a quite dark version of this trope.

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* %%* MechanicalMonster: Many of the shaman spirits.
* %%* TheMedic: Faust VIII is a quite dark version of this trope.



* {{Necromantic}}:
** Faust VIII.
** Jun and Bailong are quite the example as well.
* NietzscheWannabe: Hao.

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* %%* {{Necromantic}}:
** %%** Faust VIII.
** %%** Jun and Bailong are quite the example as well.
* %%* NietzscheWannabe: Hao.



* OneHitKill: The Legendary Left.

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* %%* OneHitKill: The Legendary Left.



* OvertookTheManga: Although the GeckoEnding was probably slightly more satisfying than the NoEnding. See above.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou
* {{Onmyodo}}
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Yoh and Anna, to everyone's surprise. Especially their own.
* PerpetualFrowner: Tao Ren.

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* %%* OvertookTheManga: Although the GeckoEnding was probably slightly more satisfying than the NoEnding. See above.
* %%* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou
* %%* {{Onmyodo}}
* %%* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Yoh and Anna, to everyone's surprise. Especially their own.
* %%* PerpetualFrowner: Tao Ren.



* PillarOfLight

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* %%* PillarOfLight



* PowersViaPossession
* ThePowerOfFriendship
* ThePowerOfLove

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* %%* PowersViaPossession
* %%* ThePowerOfFriendship
* %%* ThePowerOfLove



* PsychologicalTormentZone
* TheRez: The Patch tribe.

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* %%* PsychologicalTormentZone
* %%* TheRez: The Patch tribe.



* ScaryShinyGlasses: Marco from the X-Laws.

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* %%* ScaryShinyGlasses: Marco from the X-Laws.



* SociopathicHero: The X-Laws.

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* %%* SociopathicHero: The X-Laws.



* SpiritAdvisor: Amidamaru to Yoh.

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* %%* SpiritAdvisor: Amidamaru to Yoh.



** [[spoiler: Tamao, during the DistantFinale, is Anna-level scary.]]

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** %%** [[spoiler: Tamao, during the DistantFinale, is Anna-level scary.]]



* {{Tsundere}}: Anna, to the core.

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* %%* {{Tsundere}}: Anna, to the core.



* UncleTomfoolery: Chocolove.

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* %%* UncleTomfoolery: Chocolove.



* VegetaAndKakarot: Tao Ren and Asakura Yoh.

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* %%* VegetaAndKakarot: Tao Ren and Asakura Yoh.



* VillainousCrossdresser: "Princess Hao", anyone?
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Yoh. Curiously, none of the Patch tribe.

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* %%* VillainousCrossdresser: "Princess Hao", anyone?
* %%* WalkingShirtlessScene: Yoh. Curiously, none of the Patch tribe.



* WorthyOpponent

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* %%* WorthyOpponent


One of the many animes dubbed by [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]]. The Spanish and Latin Americans also got a translation, and had the Japanese original dubbed in Spanish with only a bit of CulturalTranslation and pretty decent casts. Both the [=4Kids=] dub and a local language dub were shown in the Philippines, leading to inevitable comparisons and some confusion.

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One Its anime adaptation, which spans 64 episodes aired from July 4, 2001 to September 25, 2002, was one of the many animes series dubbed into English by [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]]. The Spanish and Latin Americans also got a translation, and had the Japanese original dubbed in Spanish with only a bit of CulturalTranslation and pretty decent casts. Both the [=4Kids=] dub and a local language dub were shown in the Philippines, leading to inevitable comparisons and some confusion.


** Speaking of Manta...yeah, don't hurt him or any of Yoh's other friends. Yoh will ''flip his shit.''

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** Speaking of Manta... yeah, don't hurt him or any of Yoh's other friends. Yoh will ''flip his shit.''



* {{Bowdlerise}}: In the American release of the manga, Ponchi's... gigantic weaponized testicles are censored. In one scene, where he basically immobilizes Manta by [[NauseaFuel wrapping him up with them]], it's edited to look like some sort of thick hairy Seran wrap coating, and references are made to Ponchi's ''tail'' instead. A much huger variant of the same attack is used later on in the story; there, it's referred to as a [[UnusualEuphemism "Ghost Bubble"]]. However, the editing in both senes is slight enough that anyone paying attention will figure out what's ''really'' going on.

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* {{Bowdlerise}}: In the American release of the manga, Ponchi's... gigantic weaponized testicles are censored. In one scene, where he basically immobilizes Manta by [[NauseaFuel wrapping him up with them]], it's edited to look like some sort of thick hairy Seran wrap coating, and references are made to Ponchi's ''tail'' instead. A much huger larger variant of the same attack is used later on in the story; there, it's referred to as a [[UnusualEuphemism "Ghost Bubble"]]. However, the editing in both senes scenes is slight enough that anyone paying attention will figure out what's ''really'' going on.



* BreakHisHeartToSaveHim: Non-romantic example - Yoh attempts this on Manta after his first fight against Faust [[spoiler: led to poor Manta being vivisected alive and Yoh losing the first round of the Shaman Fight]]. It doesn't work.

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* BreakHisHeartToSaveHim: Non-romantic example - Yoh attempts this on Manta after his first fight against Faust [[spoiler: led [[spoiler:led to poor Manta being vivisected alive and Yoh losing the first round of the Shaman Fight]]. It doesn't work.



** [[spoiler: Except that's not his real reason.]]

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** [[spoiler: Except [[spoiler:Except that's not his real reason.]]



* DidWeJustHaveTeawithCthulhu?: It gets more hilarious and awkward when Yoh has a bath and even sleeps with Cthulu. No, Cthulu is not Anna but [[spoiler:Hao]]

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* DidWeJustHaveTeawithCthulhu?: DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: It gets more hilarious and awkward when Yoh has a bath and even sleeps with Cthulu. No, Cthulu is not Anna but [[spoiler:Hao]]

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