Further details have been listed for the brand new anime adaptation of Shaman King. Shaman King is hugely popular in Japan, with the first adaptation of the manga premiering in 2001. The new anime series, which released last Thursday, will have a total of four released Blu-ray disc boxsets. Each boxset will have 13 episodes, leaving a total series run of 52 episodes.
The first two Blu-ray boxsets of the adaptation of Hiroyuki Takei’s manga will ship on August 25th and November 24th of 2021. The third boxset will ship on February 23rd, 2022, and the fourth and final box will launch on May 25th, 2022.
While the anime is only available to Japanese audiences as of its release on Thursday, Netflix has plans to stream the anime to worldwide audiences later this year.
The 52 episodes indicate that the new anime will be adapting all 35 volumes of the manga’s print run. Publisher Kodansha recently started a new run of the manga. They began reprinting volumes to be sold in Japan last June.
The series is directed by Joji Furuta, who has worked on various series including The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments, Uta no Prince Sama Maji Love Kingdom, Double Decker! Doug & Kirill, and ēlDLIVE. The series is being produced by production company Bridge, who have published Fairy Tail and The Royal Tutor. The lead character designer for the series is Satohiko Sano, who has worked on Heybot!, Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun, Talentless Nana. Shoji Yonemura is the head writer for the series scripts and has had previous work on the Pokémon franchise, Wave, and Listen to Me! Yuki Hayashi, who has worked on My Hero Academia and Haikyu!! is composing the series’ music.
The anime also features the return of Megumi Hayashibara to perform the series’ new opening and closing themes, which are titled “Soul salvation” and “#Boku no Yubisaki” respectively. Hayashibara was the popular singer who performed two opening songs and two closing songs for the original 2001 anime adaptation of Shaman King.
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