Shaman King Season 2: Premiere Date, Plot, Characters

‘Shaman King’ is just another one of those old classic shounen anime that did not shine bright as others like ‘Dragon Ball Z‘ or ‘Naruto‘. Throughout its span of 64 episodes, it explores themes such as friendship and teamwork and though all of it is quite enjoyable, the show has certain plot holes that become very obvious after a point in time. The first three arcs of the anime are great but the last 4th quadrant is just a drag and lasts way too long. And now fans are waiting for Shaman King Season 2.

Shaman King Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?

‘Shaman King’ season 1 premiered on July 4, 2001, and with a total of 64 episodes, it went on till September 25, 2002. Now if we compare the anime and the manga it has been adapted from, the anime stays loyal to it all the way till the 25th episode. Right from the 26th one, the anime slowly starts drifting away from the original story. There are certain characters that are there in the manga and have never been included in the story of the anime. And surprisingly, even the anime introduces certain new characters of its own. Also, the manga has a lot more backstories compared to the anime which is understandable because of the time constraints of the anime series.

The ending of the two formats is entirely different and though the conclusion of the manga is slightly cheesier, it considered to be a little more realistic and in a way better compared that to that of the anime. So clearly, the creators of the anime can never really go back to the original story of the source material since the anime sets out to have an entirely different plot halfway through it.

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Shaman King English Dub:

Unfortunately, the English Dub of ‘Shaman King’ which was previously available on Funimation and Crunchyroll has now been removed and it is also not available on any other trusted platforms. If we get any updates regarding the availability of its online streaming in the future, we will surely update it here.

Shaman King Plot:

Shaman is a term used for describing people who can command spirits. Every 500 years, the Shaman Fight Tournament is held in Tokyo where all of these Shamans confront each other for an ultimate showdown. In the end, the one who manages to win this battle gets to be the Shaman King and control the Great Spirit, which holds immense power that can even reshape the entire world. So basically, the one who wins the tournament later gets to rule the whole world.

One day during a late-night walk, Manta Otamada ends up meeting one of his classmates, You Asakura, who asks him if he would like to come and stargaze with him and his friends. Although a little reluctant at first, Manta agrees but to his horror, the friends You was referring to turn out to be the spirits of a nearby cemetery. This is when You discovers that, like him, Manta has the ability to see spirits and he even starts liking him because of this. Asakura later finds out that the members of the local gang had beaten up the local comrade and he sets out to seek revenge with the help of the spirit of samurai named Amidamaru.

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Meanwhile, Manta starts to learn more about these spirits that he has started seeing and even gets to know about the Shaman King Tournament, where his new best friend You aspires to win.

Shaman King Characters:

You Asakura

You Asakura is a very laid-back guy who easily gets along with everyone around him. He has a twin brother named Hao who is the original reincarnation of the HAO and keeps getting reborn again and again. He seems to be in a fun mood all the time but can get really serious when necessary.

Manta Ramada

Manta is an intelligent young boy who gets anxious too easily. Unlike his friend You, he is not a Shaman but has the supernatural ability to see ghosts. He often carries a “dictionary/encyclopedia/compendium of all human knowledge” with him and is also very expressive but panicky at the same time. Amidamaru

Amidamaru is a samurai who died during the Muromachi period 600 years ago and is now You’s companion spirit. He is very well known in the town of Funbari where he had killed many other samurai soldiers before dying. He is very loyal and devoted to “Lord You”.

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