Shaman King (シャーマンキング Shāman Kingu) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hiroyuki Takei. Shaman King follows the adventures of Yoh Asakura as he attempts to hone hisshaman skills to become Shaman King in the Shaman tournament. Hiroyuki Takei chose shamanism as the main theme as he wanted to choose a topic that has never been done before.
The manga was originally serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump between 1998 and 2004. The series consists of 285 chapters collected in 32 tankōbon volumes. Viz Media licensed the manga for English-language publication in North America and published chapters of Shaman King in its Shonen Jump from March 2003 to August 2007. The manga has been adapted into an animated television series produced by Xebec and co-produced by TV Tokyo. The television series originally aired on Japan’s TV Tokyo network from July 4, 2001 to September 25, 2002. It was later licensed in North America by 4Kids Entertainment in 2003, where it aired on Fox Box. The series has also spawned numerous video games, a trading card game as well as many types of Shaman King-related merchandise. During the Jump Festa 2008, Shueisha announced a kanzenban reprint of the entire series. The series is called Shaman King Kanzen-Ban, or Perfect Edition.
In Japan, the manga has been popular, selling over 22 million volumes as of 2007. The manga and anime have been featured, at various time, in Top Ten of their respective media. The Shaman Kinganime has been watched by a large number of television viewers in Japan. Publications for manga, anime and others have commented on Shaman King manga and had positive comments on the series.