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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.

Due to the end of the magazine Jump X, Flowers was effectively cancelled in October 2014. One final volume was released in December 2014 to conclude the story. The series was revived later in 2018 as Shaman King The Super Star along with a spin-off series, Shaman King Gaiden: Red Crimson, centering around a grown-up Horohoro and the past sins of the Tao family.

On April 21st, 2022, after the premiere of Shaman King anime reboot's finale, the official Twitter account of the anime announced that the sequel series is in development, once again animated by Bridge, adapting the Flowers manga.

Shaman King: Flowers has the following tropes:

  • Almighty Mom:
    • Anna, of course, became this. She was even able to threaten 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?
  • Badass in Distress: A petrified Amidamaru was kidnapped by Yosuke and YVS.
  • Bad Boss:
    • Hana realizes that working for Hao must be worse than Hell for the Patchs, judging in how much Thalim was sweating while talking about it.
    • Tamao also is very, very stern with Ryu and the Hanagumi.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Hana and Alumi argue every time they look at each other faces; they're engaged. Alumi truly cares for him and Hana is seeing blushing in a panel, remembering her threats.
  • Best Her to Bed Her: Anna the Third, who came all the way to Tokyo to challenge Hana to battle and make him her fiance if he wins.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Yosuke and the previous Shaman King, YVS are shaping up as this.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Alumi's very introduction is saving Hana's ass from Luca and Yohane's ambush. Later on she keeps doing this, mostly to save other people from Hana's Oni.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Sakurai lost his patience and shot Hana in the head after he make him miss the opportunity to kill Yosuke. Luckily for Hana, he's already dead.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In Chapter 10, Alumi tells Ryuji to go "read the KanZenBan" because she doesn't feel like explaining.
  • Break the Haughty: Hana has been in a very long trip of break the haughty since chapter 18. YVS lampshaded it (even quoting the trope's name) in chapter 24. Doubles as Break the Badass.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Played with since Hana calls out the 16 years old replica of Yoh who doesn't know what he did in the future.
    Hana: "But just so you know, you set off on a journey and abandoned me when I was a kid! I don't care how important it was, the thing is you left! That's not the problem though! I get it now! It's your damn attitude I can't stand!!!"
  • Chuunibyou: Hana accuses Yohane of only acting like The Rival because of chuunibyou. He's correct.
  • 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.
  • Commonality Connection: Yohane and Hana (though the latter doesn't admit it) get closer for being two solitary shaman boys; not to mention they're cousins.
  • Continuity Cameo: O-Onii (The big red oni from Anna and Yoh's past) makes a cameo.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Hana is far more fight loving and Hot-Blooded than his father was.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Anna the III versus anyone, Hana's Oni's versus Luca and Yoh's younger self summoned by Hao versus Hana.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Tamao went to "talk" with Yohane and Luca's father to make a truce. After that, Yohane and Luca act decent towards Hana.
  • Faceā€“Heel Turn: Redseb and Sayrarm seem to have done this. They're part of Team YVS, the team that represents YVS in the Flower of Maize.
  • Fate Worse than Death:
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fun with Acronyms: GOD8 is abbreviated as G8
  • Heroic Safe Mode: Amidamaru spent the whole 5th chapter and the beginning of the 7th chapter in one of these after Alumi chewed him up for failing to protect Hana. Daikyoh asking him to teach him some techniques was what snapped him out of it; he was really touched by someone asking him to be his senpai.
  • 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.
  • Just Plane Wrong: The spirit/memory parts showing Sakurai during his Death Zero days features him going against US Navy planes, except said planes are drawn as P-51s, which are US Army Air Force planes not Navy, instead of the more appropriate F4F or F6F naval fighters.
  • Mind Control: Luca 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.
  • One Cast Member per Cover: Each volume features a different shaman on the cover; Hana on Volume 1, Yohane on Volume 2, Alumi on Volume 3, Ibuki on Volume 4, Men on Volume 5, and Yosuke on Volume 6.
  • Out-of-Clothes Experience: Baby Hana's first meeting with Hao.
  • The Power of Love: It took 11 chapters and a trip to Hell, but Hana finally learned that true strength comes from love. But he still had some troubles saying the L-word.
  • 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.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Gakko Ibuki's guardian ghost, Namaha the Nama-Hage.
  • Secret Test of Character: The Death Zero arc is one for Hana, courtesy of Hao. In order for Hana to learn what real strength 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.
  • Sequel Series: Flowers is a sequel to the original Shaman King series.
  • She's All Grown Up: Tamao, Hana's guardian. She really grew out of her wallflower persona. Think Anna, as a Statuesque Stunner.
  • Shoutout:
    • Some of the Asakura Branch Family's Oversouls are named and take their appearances after Zeon Mobile Suits.
    • Yosuke uses YVS's powers via trading cards.
  • So Last Season:
    • 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 Luca 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 Luca. 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 supposed Big 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 enlist 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 strength.
  • 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.
  • Younger Than They Look:
    • Tao Men, son of Len and Jeanne from the original series is drawn about the same age as Hana, Yohane and Gakko... but in reality is seven years old.
    • Yosuke looks to be at least in his late teens or early twenties. Turns out he's the same age as Hana.