By Leroy Douresseaux
January 19, 2011 - 12:18
|Shaman King Volume 32 cover image is courtesy of barnesandnoble.com.|
Rated “T” for Teen
Yoh Asakura comes from a long line of Japanese shaman. This carefree and easygoing boy can also see dead people, and he talks to them and fights with them, as well. Yoh is a shaman, and he is a participant in the Shaman Fight. Held every 500 years, this tournament will decide who will become the Shaman King and shape humanity’s future.
Shaman King, Vol. 32 (entitled A Song Someday) is the final volume of the series. Yoh and his gang travel to the lost continent of Mu as they prepare for the final battle with Hao (the self-styled “Future King”) to see who will be the next Shaman King. Before they get to Hao, however, they must face the officiants.
THE LOWDOWN: While this final volume of Shaman King is not quite like the last episode of The Sopranos, it may leave some readers feeling cheated. However, Hiroyuki Takei states in the afterword to this volume (written six years ago) that he would like to revisit Shaman King. Saying anything more would be a spoiler.
As for the series, it is a shonen action and fight comic book, but it is not nearly as intense as Naruto or Bleach. I would say that it is for the Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokémon set. I like the action scenes, but the character bits and mythology leave me perplexed, because prior to this, I’d only read a few chapters of Shaman King in monthly Shonen Jump. Still, I’d like to see where this goes in a possible future manga.
POSSIBLE AUDIENCE: People looking for a kids’ action manga will want to go with Shaman King.