Your Guide To The Shaman King Manga And Its Spin-Offs

Shaman King was a manga series by Hiroyuki Takei that was serialised in legendary Weekly Shonen Jump between 1998 and 2004. It followed Yoh Asakura, who is a medium between the worlds of the living and dead, who has lofty goals of being the Shaman King. To do it, he must compete in the Shaman Fight tournament and defeat all the other shamans. As the Shaman King, he will gain the ability to shape the world as he sees fit.

Over the years, Shaman King has gone onto be a big hit. It has sold over 35 million copies, spawned multiple spin-offs, and received a well-loved anime series.

With the series’ English translation and its many spin-offs, becoming widely available again and the new anime series on the way, it’s never been a better time to read Shaman King. This guide will help you to start reading the classic manga by explaining the different editions and spin-offs.

Shaman King Volume 1 by Hiroyuki Takei.
Shaman King Volume 1 by Hiroyuki Takei.

What Should I Read First?

With a whole bunch of prequels/sequels/spin-offs, it can be hard to figure out where the best place to start reading the Shaman King franchise. My recommendation is with the original series, which is simply called “Shaman King”. It’s the first manga series to be created and the foundation in which everything branches off of.

In total, there are 35 volumes of Shaman King. You can sample this series over on the Kodansha Comics website.

Where Do I Read Shaman King?

At this present time, the best way to read the manga series is digitally. It’s the only format where everything, including the spin-offs/prequels/sequels, has been officially translated into English. To do this, you’ll need to go to Amazon’s Comixology or Kindle Store to purchase/read them. These platforms have an exclusive deal with Shaman King rights-holder Kodansha Comics.

You can either purchase each volume individually or sign-up for Comixology Unlimited (only available to those in the US) and binge-read them Netflix-style.

For those who prefer to read it in print, then you have two options:

First, you could track down the Viz Media editions from the 2000s. There are plenty of copies of these on eBay, but they come with a downside. Viz never finished publishing Shaman King in its entirety. Only 32 of 35 volumes were translated in English.

Luckily, there is another way to read Shaman King in print, but it will require some waiting. Starting in February 2021, Kodansha Comics will be publishing the classic manga series in 3-in-1 omnibus editions throughout 2021 and 2022. In total, there will be 11 volumes and will be 600 pages each.

Prequels, Sequels, and Spin-Offs

If you’ve finished reading the original Shaman King series and want to read more then you’re in luck. There’s plenty more to read in the form of sequel series, prequels, and spin-offs. These have never been officially translated into English until now and will be available digital-only at this stage. Find out all about these below.

Shaman King Zero Volume 1 by Hiroyuki Takei.
Shaman King Zero Volume 1 by Hiroyuki Takei.

Shaman King Zero

Written and art by Hiroyuki Takei.

Shaman King Zero is a prequel series that explores what the characters were up to before the original series. It was originally serialised in Japanese between 2011-2014.

Number of Volumes: 2 (complete)
Format: Digital-only
Links: Comixology | Amazon Kindle | BookWalker

You can read the first chapter for free on the Kodansha Comics website.

Shaman King: Flowers Volume 1 by Hiroyuki Takei.
Shaman King: Flowers Volume 1 by Hiroyuki Takei.

Shaman King: Flowers

Written and art by Hiroyuki Takei.

Shaman King: Flowers is a sequel series that was originally in Japanese between 2012-2014. It’s set about 16 years after the Shaman Fights and stars Hana Asakura, who is the son of Yoh and Anna Asakura.

The series ended it’s run 2014 because the Jump X, the magazine the manga was serialised in, discontinued. Shaman King: The Super Star (see below) acts as a sequel to Flowers and continues the story.

Number of Volumes: 6
Format: Digital-only
Links: Comixology | Amazon Kindle | BookWalker

You can read the first chapter for free on the Kodansha Comics website.

Shaman King: Red Crimson Volume 1 by Jet Kusamura.
Shaman King: Red Crimson Volume 1 by Jet Kusamura.

Shaman King: Red Crimson

Written by Hiroyuki Takei. Art by Jet Kusamura.

Shaman King: Red Crimson is a spin-off series that stars Tao Jun and Li Pairon. This series is notable for being the only one not to be drawn by series creator Hiroyuki Takei.

Number of Volumes: 4 (so far)
Format: Digital-only
Links: Comixology | Amazon Kindle | BookWalker

You can read the first chapter for free on the Kodansha Comics website.

Shaman King: The Super Star Volume 1 by Hiroyuki Takei.
Shaman King: The Super Star Volume 1 by Hiroyuki Takei.

Shaman King: The Super Star

Written and art by Hiroyuki Takei.

Shaman King: The Super Star is a sequel to Shaman King: Flowers and continues the story of Hana Asakura. The series is still being serialised in Japan so there will be new volumes of this series in the future.

Number of Volumes: 4 (so far)
Format: Digital-only
Links: Comixology

You can read the first chapter for free on the Kodansha Comics website.

Shaman King: Marcos Volume 1 cover by Jet Kusamura.
Shaman King: Marcos Volume 1 cover by Jet Kusamura.

Shaman King: Marcos

Written and art by Jet Kusamura.

The newest of the Shaman King spin-offs is Marcos. This one explores the X-Laws and the disappearance of Marcos.

Number of Volumes: 1 (so far)
Format: Digital-only
Links: Comixology

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