'Shaman King': Where to Watch the 2021 Anime Remake

Shaman King is set to have an anime remake, adapting Hiroyuki Takei's classic manga of the same name for a second time.

The story follows lead character Yoh Asakura, a shaman who can see ghosts and hopes to become the Shaman King—a figure who can reshape the world in any way they wish and be in contact with the Great Spirit.

To do so, Yoh needs to compete in a battle held every 500 years between shamans around the world, and his journey leads him to fight with his estranged twin brother Hao.

Hao, who can control the Spirit of Fire, wants to become the Shaman King so that he can eradicate humans from existence and create a world for shamans.

As such, it is up to Yoh and his friends to stop Hao from destroying life as they know it, by fighting him and his henchmen in The Patch Tribe.

The manga was originally adapted from July 4 2001 to September 5 2002, with a 64-episode series.

The 2001 anime ended before Takei had finished writing and illustrating the manga, so the adaptation was left on a cliff-hanger.

Following a battle between Yoh and Hao, which led to the latter's demise, Yoh was left waiting for the competition to become the Shaman King to resume.

Where Can You Watch the 2021 Shaman King Anime?

The 2021 anime adaptation will be released by Netflix outside of Japan, and it will feature 52 episodes in total.

Shaman King is currently airing in Japan, with 17 episodes out so far, and it features the original voice cast for both the Japanese and English versions.

The first season of the anime, which consists of 13 episodes, has been released on Netflix, and there will be four seasons in total.

Season 2 of the anime, comprised of episodes 14 to 26, will come out on the streaming platform on December 9.

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"Shaman King" production still Netflix/TV Tokyo

What Will the 2021 Shaman King Anime Be About?

The first season of the Shaman King anime follows Yoh as he begins his fight to become the Shaman King, going up against characters like Ren Tao and Horohoro.

The anime will do what the 2001 iteration could not by fully adapting Takei's manga, including its "true ending".

Takei originally ended the manga abruptly in 2004 citing "fatigue" as the reason he could not finish the story, before revisiting the story again in 2008.

When he was finished, the entire series was reprinted with a "Perfect Edition" that saw Takei making corrections to his original manga and also writing and illustrating the ending he had always envisioned for the story.

Shaman King's "perfect edition" was published with 35 volumes in total, and the finished version of the manga is currently being released in English 3-in-1 omnibus volumes by Kodansha USA.

Season 1 of the 2021 Shaman King anime is out now on Netflix.

Update 11/26/21, 11/23 a.m. ET: This article was updated to add the release date for Shaman King Season 2.