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Shaman King Manga Gets New Arc This Spring

posted on by Egan Loo

The 20th anniversary website for Hiroyuki Takei's Shaman King manga opened on New Year's Day and announced that the manga's new arc will begin serializing in Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge this spring. The website and the magazine itself will provide more details in the future.

Viz Media published the manga in English in the past, and it describes how the story began:

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. But an even more dangerous opponent is stalking Yoh and Manta — a Chinese shaman who wants to possess Amidamaru.

Shaman King began in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1998. The series abruptly ended in 2004, although a reprinting of the manga revealed a "true ending" in 2009. Takei drew a series of short stories titled Shaman King 0 in Shueisha's Jump X magazine starting in November 2011, and published a sequel series titled Shaman King Flowers in the same magazine from 2012 to 2014.

Takei has also worked on the Ultimo and Jumbor manga. He began Nekogahara, his first manga with Kodansha, in the then-new Shonen Magazine Edge in September 2015. The manga is ongoing.

Japanese publisher Kodansha is now listed as the trademark owner for "Shaman King" in Japan, Europe, and the United States. Hiroyuki Takei's Shaman King manga was previously published by Shueisha.

Update: Viz Media had confirmed with ANN in August that its license of Shaman King was still active at the time. ANN has contacted Viz Media again for an update on the status of the license, but the company has not yet responded.

Source: Comic Natalie


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