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Shaman King, Vol. 1: A Shaman in Tokyo (Shaman King #1)

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From award-winning Hiroyuki Takei, Shaman King was produced as a hit anime in 2001. When he takes a shortcut through a cemetery, Manta Oyamada meets a strange kid with headphones — surrounded by ghosts. The kid is the teenage shaman Yoh Asakura. Tapping the supernatural swordfighting powers of samurai ghost Admidamaru, Yoh fights Bokuto no Ryu, a sword-wielding gang member ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 6th 2003 by VIZ Media LLC (first published 1998)
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Cristina Boncea
Feb 20, 2016 Cristina Boncea rated it really liked it
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May 06, 2016 Kristina rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVE it!!! <3
Dec 24, 2010 jade rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Federiken Masters
Jul 26, 2015 Federiken Masters rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans de los shonen de peleas.
Recommended to Federiken by: Fama
Me encontré con lo que pensaba: shonen genérico que mezcla peleas con humor, con autosuperación, con indicios de tramas oscuras a desarrollas a posteriori, con super-deformeds que a veces son un poco irritantes y toda la bola. Y la verdad que mal no la pasé, pero tampoco me morí por agarrar el #2 cuando terminé este. Supongo que le iré tomando cariño a la serie con el correr de los tomos, por ahora se queda con una linda historia introductoria y poco más. Déjà vu...?
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 ...more
Aug 11, 2012 David rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
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.
Jan 22, 2016 Ian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, shaman-king
Shaman King is rated Teen and has not only conflict between shamans and their opponents but at times the ghosts in the story strike out against mortals as well so it might be to much for younger readers but it is a fun action comic if you decide to share anyway.

Manta was your typical school student doing his best to excel in school even going to cram school but it let out late so now he has to hurry or he will miss the last train home. Knowing he can cut through the graveyard to get to the train
Jul 28, 2015 Naruto4Hokage(Jessica) rated it really liked it
I read about 10 volumes back in 2012, but this time I'm planning on getting through the whole series. :)
Kim Dyer
Apr 05, 2016 Kim Dyer rated it liked it
Shelves: read-comics
While it's not Shounen Jump's best series, Shaman King does get off to a decent enough start. Through this exposition heavy volume, it does set the ground for later improvement by showing exactly how the concept of integrating works. The idea is fairly original, however it does ultimately boil down to typical Shounen tropes (collection powerful beings and using them in battle).

I do rather like the art of this volume and enjoyed seeing Yoh and Amidamaru's relationship gradually develop. Manta, on
Elizabeth Sanchez Espinoza
Jul 31, 2015 Elizabeth Sanchez Espinoza rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mangas
Estado: todos los tomos/capítulos leidos.
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!
Dec 14, 2014 Maki rated it really liked it
This was the book - this was the series that got me started reading manga. I hadn't had much experience with anime, and I didn't even know that manga was a thing when Shaman King first aired on Fox. (Hush, I know.)

It was my first real taste of a story-driven anime, something other than the "bad-guy-of-the-week and eventually a final battle style" cartoon that I was used to. I *adored* the Shaman King anime. I fell for it hard.

I fell for it so hard that for years, I had a Shaman King obsession. I
Feb 22, 2013 MissAnnThrope rated it liked it
22 February 2013

Shaman King, Vol. 1: A Shaman in Tokyo introduces Ritalin's poster child, Manta Oyamada, as he takes a life-changing shortcut through a cemetery and stumbles upon Yoh Asakura, shaman and friend of ghosts. Poor Manta's life is turned upside down as he reluctantly delves deeper into the spiritual world.

Yoh is a laid-back thirteen-year-old, who just happens to be in Tokyo to advance his shaman training. He befriends loud-mouthed Manta and this peculiar pair have one adventure after
Sep 04, 2012 Steven rated it liked it
The series is enjoyable so far, but so far just a typical mystical quest/tournament with teen characters. Vol 2: I have to say, the inclusion of the deceased Bruce Lee in this volume was a rather amusing twist ... Vol: 13: not a fan of the inclusion of a descendant of Vlad Tepes and the X-Laws and the archangel "Metatron" is a bit much, lol. I feel like the author is just pulling in random Western mythology/theology to add nuance to, as I said, an otherwise typical manga. Ok, so between vol 14-2 ...more
May 13, 2008 Nick rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Overall Rating: C
Synopsis: is both an anime series and a manga series by Hiroyuki Takei. Apparently, the manga series ended at 32 volumes. The manga starts when Manta, a nerd, tries to take a shortcut through a cemetery. On the way through, Manta learns that he can see spirits and meets Yoh. Manta learns that Yoh is a shaman and that he can commune with ghosts. Yoh soon learns that he may be the Shaman King and that other shamans will challenge him for the title.

32 volumes is a lot of manga abo
Natasha McNeely
Dec 10, 2011 Natasha McNeely rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, reviewed
Shaman King follows the story of Yoh Asakura and his friends as they take part in the Shaman Tournament, an event that occurs but once every 500 years and brings either destiny or destruction in its wake.

An intriguing story and a unique take on the idea of shamans, Hiroyuki Takei created a wonderful manga that is a great read and visually pleasing.

I found myself drawn into the lives of the characters and interested in how things would progress and what would happen in the end. Those who have onl
Dec 09, 2013 Nicholas rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
Shaman King is probably one of the best manga I've read in a long time, and definitely in my top ten favorite. The first volume basically just introduces you to a few main characters and gives you some background information on the world of shamans. A shaman is a person that can connect with a spirit who has not passed from this world. When a shaman allows a spirit to combine with them, they gain all of the spirits skills and abilities. The first volume doesn't give away much of what is to come ...more
Mar 16, 2011 Timothy rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
The first volume of the highly popular and long running shonen (boy's) manga series, Shaman King focuses on the character Asakura You, who's a modern day shaman, someone who 'integrates' with ghosts.

As with most shonen series, this series so far has all the tropes to the point that if 'shonen' were a dictionary term, I wouldn't be surprised to see 'Shaman King' as it's description. The art can be considered simple but utilitarian for it's target demographic. Similarly, the story also has a comm
Sierra Rush
Sep 05, 2011 Sierra Rush rated it really liked it
Shelves: mangas, fantasy, adventure
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Miss Ryoko
Aug 29, 2014 Miss Ryoko rated it liked it
Shelves: manga, library-book
Shaman King volumes 1-5 is the August read (yes that I'm starting at the very end of August :p ) for the Manga Book Club, and at first I wasn't going to check it out due to time, but then I decided to check it out anyway (despite the fact that it took me a week to read it due to crazy work schedule)

It's an interesting concept. I have a feeling I could really like this series... but there is one thing weighing on my mind... this series is 32 volumes long, and I am positive that that means that at
Jonathan Gatus
May 08, 2014 Jonathan Gatus rated it really liked it
Shaman King is about a boy who can talk to spirits, and control their powers. For instance, he has a spirit that he befriends that was a samurai. He has the power to integrate the samurai spirit named Amidamaru, and controls the skills of him. He encounters another shaman who is trying to rule the world with his spirit, which was a Chinese warlord. He has to fight him or else he will take away Amidamaru.
Sep 08, 2009 Jeff_§of2014 rated it really liked it
This book is about a boy named Asakura Yoh who is a shaman and he is a medium, he can summon spirits from the spirit world and the real world. Yoh has a permanent spirit which is Amidamaru, a samurai who died in war over 600 years ago. He met a new friend named Morty who is short and many people think he is useless because of his size. Yoh had fount out he had to fight other Shaman's to form a bond with the Shaman King for ultimate power for the Darkness that is coming.
I can connect this book
Latavien Lauderdale
Nov 24, 2014 Latavien Lauderdale rated it it was amazing
The book is called shaman king he is a guy that can communicate with ghost. But humans can communicate to only if they got good hearts.The book is by Hiroyuki Takei.There is this guy named tom and he is running past a grave yard and then he sees this guy that is a shaman and he calls him weird and runs off. The next day he goes to school and then his teacher tells the class.
Apr 16, 2012 Brian rated it really liked it
Shelves: advisory
Yoh, the main character is a shaman. A person who can see ghost and communicate with them. Yoh possess a ghost who was a Japanese samurai who has killed many and is very skilled with a sword. Yoh travels and meets other shamans on the way and befriends some of them. While acheiving their goal, Yoh must fight other shamans to become united with the shaman king for superior power. Yoh and his friends encounters evil shamans who uses dark powers and their job now is to destroy the evil.

The message
Mona Loise
Jul 18, 2014 Mona Loise rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Mona Loise by: Casey Castro
I have a really good feeling about this manga! The concept is pretty unique, art/drawing is great. And oooh! Really interesting characters, too!
Also, I think I've watched a few episodes (or maybe just the commercials) of the anime on Cartoon Network back then.
Scott Lee
Aug 19, 2015 Scott Lee rated it liked it
Interesting. Not my favorite. The first few chapters were a little too exposition heavy and character light, but the last couple chapters seemed to introduce a larger arc for the series that seems promising.
Elvedina k
Jul 15, 2015 Elvedina k rated it it was amazing
I thought shaman king is amazing the world is so special. My aunt read this manga when she was a girl so it has a special place in my heart.I watched some episodes of the anime so i'm to read the next when
Aug 18, 2015 Bucletina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quizás no me pareció un Cuatro redondo, pero como me gustó mucho más que otras lecturas recientes que he puntuado con Tres, redondeo para arriba :)
Krul Tepes
May 24, 2013 Krul Tepes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shaman-king
This is my 2nd favorite anime and manga of ALL TIME!!! I love how the author matches shamans with modern day! All those ghosts! And Yoh is awesome! Sure, he's a lazy bum at times and he is really relax too but that is just how he is. When it comes to doing what's right and his friends, Yoh isn't the person to mess with! Also, it is really funny how Manta was always freaking out on how Yoh could stand being with ghosts and all of the spooky stuff all of the time! Action and mystery and just becau ...more
Jul 06, 2014 Stacey rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
solid, non-offensive, reminds me of what i suspect naruto is like (note to self: read a naruto already).
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Hiroyuki Takei (武井宏之 Takei Hiroyuki) is a Japanese manga artist, best known as the creator of the manga and anime Shaman King. His brother, Hirofumi Takei (武井宏文) is also a manga-ka.
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