I like to think of this anime as the one that got me into anime. This was, with the exception on Digimon, Dragonball Z and Pokemon, the only true anime on my TV growing up, during the day time. So this became my thing, with friends.
Following the new kid on the block, Yoh Asakura, Shaman King is basically a spirit-fusing anime with a tournament to become the Shaman King.
Along the way, our hero makes some friends/allies on his quest to become the Shaman King. With many obstacles blocking the road, Yoh competes to become the Shaman King, so his wish of being a slacker is made a reality.
Characters **minor spoilers**
All characters are steadily introduced, from Yoh and Morty to later chatacters like Lyserg and Faust.
The chemistry between them is somewhat strange at times. Faust is introduced quite psychotically, however once defeated, he sort of ends up being the teams morale support. Go figure.
This makes for some good times though, as all of the characters retain their personalities, even as they become the Yoh Asakura fan-club. The dynamics between Yoh and Morty stay true the whole time and the actual relationship of Yoh and Ana are kept in tact.
Yup, well designed characters, all personalities shine through their dress sense. Yoh can’t even do his white shirt up, showing off his slacker behaviours. Morty is well groomed and presented.
Then we have the spirits, all of whom take their themes and run with it. From feudal era samurai to the ghost of a loved one, all of the designs shine through.
The backgrounds do not wow you in Shaman King, but the intensity in the matches keep you away from the backdrop, anyway. Well drawn but not out of this world.
I remember the theme tune perfectly well, but all other music doesn’t naturally stick to me from this anime. Though, the English Shaman King did just happen to have the catchiest and cheesiest theme going.
Yes, I do recommend Shaman King, but bare in mind that this is a series intended for a younger audience. The graphic parts don’t get too graphic, but may be a touch unsettling for very young audiences.
But hey! This is anime, my friends! This is how it goes! Morty being operated on is a scene of beauty… Or something like that!