Shaman King : A Shaman in Tokyo Paperback
Illustrated by Hiroyuki Takei
Part of the Shaman King series
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 208 pages, chiefly col. Illustrations
- Publisher: Viz Communications,U.S.
- Publication Date: 01/09/2003
- Category: Manga
- ISBN: 9781569319024
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Review by timothyl33
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 common theme of the young protagonist who isn't hesitant to confront injustices to right wrongs. One additional interesting point that seems to be implied in this first volume, is the fact that ghosts are collectible and can be used in battle, a la Pokemon ('Casper! I choose you!").Overall, nothing offensive, but also nothing too interesting. The shonen theme is laid a bit thick, but you can't blame a series targeted for boys for that. That'd be like blaming water for being wet.