Through his Twitter account, Seiji Mizushima, director of the first anime adaptation of the manga written and illustrated by Hiroyuki Takei, Shaman King, commented: “It should be noted that having changed the story in the second half of the anime was not a My decision, but the Shueisha publishing house. Just like it happened in Fullmetal Alchemist, I couldn't do anything about it. "
It should be noted that the first anime adaptation had a total of 64 episodes aired between July 2001 and September 2002 in Japan. This first adaptation was produced by Xebec studios under the direction of Seiji Mizushima and scripts written by Katsuhiko Koide, but it was not faithful to the original work, cutting out the appearance of a large number of characters and offering a different conclusion to that of the manga. mainly because the work was still in publication.
Takei published the manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine between June 1998 and August 2004, with a total of 32 compiled volumes published. The play is inspiring a new anime adaptation that is said to fully cover the original manga, produced by Bridge Studios, under the direction of Takeshi Furuta and scripts written by Shoji Yonemura, scheduled for release in April 2021.
Shaman King Synopsis
A battle is about to begin in Tokyo: the Battle of Shamans, a competition held every five hundred years in which shamans (those who can command spirits) confront each other. Whoever is victorious in this tournament will be recognized as the “Shaman King” and will be able to contact and control the Great Spirit, allowing him to reform the world at will through his immense power.During a night walk, Manta Oyamada meets his partner , the carefree Yoh Asakura, who invites him to stargaze with other friends who, to Manta's horror, turn out to be the ghosts of the local cemetery. However, it is also surprising that Manta is able to see them.
Source: Official Twitter Account
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