One of the most highly anticipated new series of 2021 is easily the remake of the hit shonen battle series Shaman King!
Originally a manga series which ran in Weekly Shonen Jump between June 1998 and August 2004, the series has already received one television anime adaptation which aired for 64 episodes between July 2001 and September 2002 but forget about that because this adaptation is totally new and, much like Fruits Basket, will adapt the entire story!
We can confirm that as of April 1st, according to Japanese Blu-ray box solicitations, that the total episode count for Shaman King (2021) will be 52. This does not include any extra episodes or OVAs that have yet to be announced.
In this action series, the story revolves around Yoh Asakura, who is a shaman capable of inserting the souls of the dead into his body in order to obtain their power temporarily. His ultimate goal is to become the Shaman King, which is the title given to the most powerful shaman in the world. In order to get this title, however, Yoh must win the Shaman Fight, which is a battle held every half-millennium between shamans from around the world. The winner will be granted the power to reshape the world in whatever way they desire.
Studio Xebec produced the original anime adaptation, with Seiji Mizushima serving as director. Unfortunately for fans, the series strayed into anime original territory in the second half. Studio Bridge is producing the new adaptation with Joji Furuta serving as the director working off series composition created by Shoji Yonemura. The series features many returning voice actors (though the lead role of Yoh was recast, with Yoko Hikasa taking over for Yuuko Satou).
Netflix has acquired the worldwide streaming rights for this series and has announced plans to release the series outside Japan at some point in 2021. When exactly in 2021 this series will appear for you depends entirely on what region or country you live in, but for those in the United States, it generally means at least three months of waiting if not more.
This has been one of the most popular series of all time. Even years after it finished its run, the series still had over 35 million copies in circulation around the world as of March 2020 and now that Kodansha has license rescued the series and is re-releasing it both digitally and physically, you can imagine that the number of copies out there in the world will only get higher.
Shaman King (2021) should be one of the most fun series of the year. Even if you’re not a huge fan of shonen battle series, this is one that will be worth keeping your eyes peeled for later this year when it is released outside of Japan. You can just trust me on this one.