here. Either that or go down to the list and find the tab labeled "Shaman King" in order to see both. In keeping with copyright obligations, Shaman King was produced by Studio Xebec, based on the manga by Hiroyuki Takei and was formerly licensed in the United States by 4Kids Entertainment, though elsewhere it is still licensed by Madman Entertainment. There's a long way still yet to go, so get your prayer beads, and make sure your connection to the spirits is strong, because the search for Patch Village is under way as we return to our review of Shaman King.
|Hey, Ren's Dad? Love the beard, man, but did it really |
mean that much to you to be big?
|If Patch village is based off all the traditional Native American |
stereotypes then greetings for Hao were probably a difficult
thing to get the hang of. Especially since every time someone
said hello, it sounded like they were calling for him. ^^
|Forget the police! I'm surprised they haven't sent the military |
after this kid yet!
|That's right kids! In this universe, Morphine is your friend! |
| Anna! Why are you even talking to him?! |
Manta is clearly so terrified he can't even move!
As to how I'm liking the show so far, it's still just been okay. Some of the jokes are funny, some of them even come close to Yu-Gi-Oh! territory (in other words, a bit narmy) though not quite. On the other hand, some of the drama, while okay and sometimes even dark enough you're tempted to take it seriously, isn't consistent enough to quite bring it over that desirable line to suspension of disbelief. Another thing that kind of got on my nerves is that they use an insert song for everything in this part of the show! And it's the same one! Up until the very last fight, there's this song called "Brave Heart" by Megumi Hayashibara that they play almost every episode after it's intro. There's any kind of fight going one, they play it. Someone's having a deep conversation, they play the song. The gang has an enlightening moment, they play it. Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with the song, it's just, they use it way too much. They have a different one, finally, Silent Weapon by Yuko Sato (Yoh's voice actor by the way) which isn't half bad either near where I stopped, but by then the damage was already done. We also get a new intro "Northern Lights" and a new ending theme "Omokage" both by Megumi Hayashibara. The English dub, being from 4kids, has not shown any improvement at all, sorry American fans, you are still out of luck. So far, I'm still reserving my judgement overall in case the end turns out to get better, but we'll see. When we come back we'll wrap this up. Catch ya later.
Images taken from Shaman King.