One of the hottest properties of the year is the remake of the hit shonen anime series, Shaman King, which is streaming this year on Netflix (it premiered in Japan on April 1st, 2021). When exactly it will stream on Netflix depends entirely on which geographic region you live in, so please check your local listings to see if Shaman King 2021 is streaming yet or not.
The new adaptation is animated by studio Bridge and features Joji Furuta as the director. Series composition is done by Shoji Yonemura. It will run for 52 episodes and will adapt the entire series from start to finish (much like Fruits Basket has been doing for the last three years). This is, of course, a very good thing as fans didn’t exactly get the proper experience from the original anime adaptation which aired a couple of decades ago.
The good news is that Shaman King (2021) is based on a completed manga series that ran originally in Weekly Shonen Jump from June 1998 to August 2004 and was collected in 32 volumes. In terms of its availability in English, most recently the series was licensed by Kodansha who started re-releasing the series digitally in 2018 and then again in print starting in 2020.
At this point, it’s difficult to know what to say exactly about the series since it’s currently in Netflix Jail in my country and so I haven’t been able to watch any of it despite the fact that I really want to watch it. Seriously, I’ve been waiting quite a long while to watch this series and so I can be patient and wait a while longer, but still, it’s more than a little vexing and I’m not ashamed to admit that.
That said, once this series does become available in my region, I’ll hopefully be among the first to check it out and post my proper thoughts on it because this is a series that deserves it for certain.
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