The Asakura Family(朝倉家, Asakura-ke) is one of two great shaman families in the Shaman King series.
About[edit | edit source]
The Asakura Family is a thousand-year-old family whose fame started with Asakura Hao, a famous Onmyōji and a brilliant Shaman mastering many different shamanic arts. He eventually went mad and decided to create a shaman only world, using the Great Spirit won in the Shaman Fights. The Asakura Family ousted Hao due to his madness and eventually killed him to prevent him from reaching his goals, but not before Hao had formed a cadet branch of the family who remained loyal to him. The main family learned that Hao would reincarnate and has ever since seen it as their duty to kill Hao each time he was reincarnated.
When Hao mastered the five elements in his first life, he made the five-point unity star the family symbol. After ousting Hao, the main family "tore apart" the star and changed it into the seven-star tree, symbolizing their revival after Hao had dishonored their name.
The main family appear quite wealthy as they are able to pay for a 3,3 square meter house in Izumo and still rent out an entire house for Asakura Keiko when she lived in Tokyo, and later for Yoh and Anna when they moved there. The cadet branch started by Hao appears to be poor as according to Yohane, they could not even afford new school uniforms for him and his sister.
The main family have a long line of traditions including that of finding the perfect partner for their children, a person who must be strong in both body and mind, and have an exceptional shamanic ability such as Kyōyama Anna and Alumi Niumbirch.
History[edit | edit source]
Past[edit | edit source]
The history of the Asakura in the story is traced back to the year of 970 with the birth of Asakura Hao who back then during his childhood went under the name of Douji Asaha and nicknamed Douji Mappa.
The fame and wealth of the Asakura Family started when Hao began his training as Onmyōdō that would help people seal Onis and other demons. He successfully mastered both Shaman and Itako arts and was named the guardian of Kyoto. He also met Matamune, a cat who had survived his mother and eight other siblings and who had the ability to see spirits. He took in Matamune and saw him as his only friend.
Hao was, however, losing control of his Reishi abilities and created Onis from his own dark thought. He began seeing humans as a plague to the world and decided that they would eventually be the course of the world's destruction. Learning of the Shaman King and his abilities, Hao decided to destroy humanity. Matamune who had died and returned as a Goryoushin saw how his master had turned mad and revealed it to the rest of the family. They successfully killed Hao during the Shaman Fights, but because of Hao's knowledge of the Ritual of Taizan Fukun, he could control his own rebirth.
As predicted Asakura Hao was reincarnated five hundred years after his death using the mastery of the five elements of nature, preventing his permanent death as he could now control the circumstances of his reincarnation. He was able to gain the ability to control his soul using the ritual of Taizan Fukun.
This time he chose to be reincarnated into the Patch Tribe, the people who organized the Shaman Fights because he believes it would give him a better chance of winning. During this time he also gained one of the five great elemental spirits known as the Spirit of Fire. He starts preaching again, about a Shaman only world and tried to gain followers. The Asakura Family eventually found out and one of them, Asakura Yohken, left for the Shaman Fights to kill Hao. When Yohken came to the Shaman Fight he was given the help of Matamune and together they eventually defeated and killed Hao.
Present[edit | edit source]
The current generation started during the Second World War with Asakura Yohmei. He eventually married the blind Itako Kino, whose power had been recognized by the Asakura Family. They would have a daughter, Asakura Keiko
When Asakura Keiko grew up she was always shunned by everyone for her ability to hear and see spirits and was dumped by her fiancé because of this. It was when she was taking a train home that she met Mihikisa Maki, a poor musician who was playing at the trainyard for money. She requested a song and told him about her powers and even pointed out a spirit, standing right next to Mikihisa. Mikihisa fell in love with her instantly and revealed that he too could see spirits too. The pair began a relationship thereafter and eventually married. Mikihisa also received training from his father-in-law Yohmei, gaining the abilities of an Ascetic Monk and two mountain spirits of a fox and a tanuki.
When Keiko was found to be pregnant, it was predicted by Yohmei that she was to give birth to Asakura Hao who was going to be reincarnated into his original bloodline for more strength. Yohmei used his divination abilities many times in hopes of seeing a better vision of the future, but the outcome was the same; Hao would be reborn in the child carried by Keiko. Because of the unchangeable future, it was decided that the baby would be killed immediately when it was born.
Things became complicated when Keiko was revealed to be carrying twins and Yohmei decided to have both killed just in case. Right after the birth of the first baby, Yohmei summoned his small Shikigami to attack the infant. However, he hesitated at the last moment to apologize to his grandson and that was enough for Hao to summon the Spirit of Fire and destroy the small leaf spirits. He then tried to kill Yohmei, but Mikihisa took the attack and was badly burned. He then disappeared with the Spirit of Fire. A little while later Asakura Yoh was born, the twin brother of Hao and it was then decided he was to be raised to defeat Hao.
Mikihisa started hiking, climbing the mountains to forget about the shame of letting Hao go and to become stronger so that he could one day face him. He was rarely home, but one time he returned. he brought with him a girl Tamamura Tamao to be trained under Yohmei.
Six years after the events of Shaman King (2007), Asakura Hana, the son of Asakura Yoh and Asakura Anna, journeys with Umemiya Ryunosuke to gather the Five Elemental Warriors. He lives at the Funbari Onsen under the care of Tamamura Tamao whom he thinks is his mother.
Family Members[edit | edit source]
Deceased[edit | edit source]
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|The fame and rise of the Asakura Family began with this man who, with his great power, brough wealth and fame to the family name. However after he tried to change the world to a shaman world only, the rest of his family turned against him and killed him.|
|Asakura Yohken is the ancestor of the Asakura Family 500 years ago. He was born at the time of the Shaman Fight. Together with Matamune, a former cat friend of Onmyōdō Asakura Hao who had turned into a nekomata, he fought and killed the Hao who had reincarnated into the Patch Tribe.
However he was filled with guilt of having killed an ancestor of his own family, and was caught in hell for over 500 years.
He was first seen when Asakura Yoh came to train in hell, and fought him viciously hoping to get out of hell himself. After being defeated, he told Yoh about the family symbol and how it had changed and was later brought back as a spirit to live with the rest of the Asakura Family.
|Asakura Mikihisa(Maki before marriage with Asakura Keiko) is the husband of Asakura Keiko and the son in law of Asakura Yohmei and Asakura Kino.
He was once living on the street playing music for money where he met Keiko after her fiance had dumped her for her abilities to see ghosts. She paid him to play a song and Mikihisa was lovestruck in an instant. She somehow invited him back to her rented house and there their relationship bloomed.
After beeing married into the family he was trained as an Ascetic Monk and gained two mountain spirits. When he failed to stop Asakura Hao and took severe burn scars to his face, he began wearing a wooden mask to hide the scars and began to travel and climb the mountains in order to get rid of his shame.
Main Family[edit | edit source]
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|He is the current head of the Asakura Family who lives in the family inn in Izumo. He is the father of Asakura Keiko and the grandfather of Asakura Yoh.
He predicted when Hao was to be born by his own daughter and decided that he should be killed. However he would eventually learn that she would carry twins and he begin to have doubt. He would however still try to kill him, but hesitated and lost his chance.
He then raised the twin Asakura Yoh to become Shaman King and later send him to live in Tokyo to finish his training on his own.
|Asakura Kino is the wife of Asakura Yohmei. She is a blind Itako and lives in the mountain, in Shimokita, in the Aomori prefecture, near Osorezan.
She runs what is ostensibly a traditional Japanese inn, the "Yasui Ryokan". In reality however, she uses the inn to house her apprentices, girls with Itako abillities like her.
She is the sensei of Kyōyama Anna and the grandmother of Asakura Yoh. It was she who found the, back then homeless and orphaned Anna, saw her talent and decided she was to be married with Yoh.
She has the same bad temper as her apprentice, and will often hit her husband, Asakura Yohmei, with her cane, each and every time he does something wrong, or says the wrong things.
|Keiko is the daughter of Asakura Kino and Asakura Yohmei. Because of her ability to see spirits every boyfriend she has had, has dumped her, even her fiance. It was then she met Mikihisa, a poor musician, at the train yard, and payed him to play her a song.
She would eventually invite him home, to her house, that was rented by her parents, and soon their love bloomed.
She would eventually come to pregnant, and her father predicted that Asakura Hao would reincarnate into that child. It was decided that he was to be killed right at birth, however when they learned that was she was to give birth to twins, Yohmei began to hesitate, something that was enough for Hao to escape. She would then, minutes later, give birth to Asakura Yoh the twin of Hao.
|Asakura Yoh is the son of Asakura Mikihisa and Keiko and the current heir to the Asakura family. He is a laid back and lazy person who wants to become Shaman King in order to have an easy life.
Ever since he was young has he be shunned because of his ability to see spirits..
|Asakura Hana is the protagonist of Funbari no Uta and Flowers. He is the son of Asakura Yoh and Asakura Anna, and is the second heir to the Asakura Family after his father.||[[Image:|200px|]]|
|Asakura Munzer Redseb|
|Redseb Munzer is the son of Dr. Camel Munzer, the inventor of the Golem and a good friend of Mikihisa. After Dr. Munzer's death, he and his sister Seyram wind up in the care of Mikihisa, who forms Team "Kabbalahers" with them. He enters the Shaman Fight in hopes of avenging his father's death and restoring his sister's closed heart. At the end of the series, Redseb and Seyram are adopted into the Asakura family.||[[Image:|200px|]]|
|Asakura Munzer Seyram|
|Seyram Munzer is Redseb's younger sister and the daughter of Dr. Munzer. When her father was killed, she closed her heart and rarely spoke again. She is the pilot of the Golem under the guidance of Redseb. Though she is generally solemn throughout most of the series, she is extremely protective of her brother and those she cares about. At the end of the series, she is adopted into the Asakura family along with her brother.||[[Image:|200px|]]|
Branch Family[edit | edit source]
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|[[Image:|200px|]]||Asakura Yohkyo is the head of the Branch Family and the father of Asakura Luca and Asakura Yohane. He raised both of them away from society and instilled in them the hatred of the main house.|
|Asakura Luca is the oldest of the siblings. She was taught that it was her duty to take care of her Yohane and is fiercely protective of her younger brother. Her guardian ghosts are the spirits of a pair of dogs, the branch family once owned, named Shinden and Raiden.|
|Asakura Yohane is the youngest of the siblings. He aims to kill Hana, the successor of the main family. After calling a truce with the main family, Yohane becomes more friendly towards Hana. His guardian ghost is Oboro Daikyoh, the spirit of a samurai from the Meiji Restoration.|
Abillities and Powers[edit | edit source]
Because of their long history, the Asakura Family trained in many shamanic arts, from the most basic shaman abilities to an Itako that can call upon or exorcise spirits. The styles of the Asakura family's shaman include Onmyōdō, which specializes in divinations; Shugendou, a form of asceticism involving a lifestyle requiring the practitioner to develop an extremely powerful body by giving up all but the most necessary functions of life; and Mikos, who can contact divine spirits and warn people of danger.
Shamanic Spells and Techniques[edit | edit source]
- Ko-Oni Strike (小鬼ストライク): This is one of the Asakura clan's onmyôji magic. With this magic, an Onmyôji can summon Shikigami -- familiar spirits -- from leaves or bits of paper to do their bidding. They are most useful, from anything from household chores to assassinations.
- Asakura Shiki Onmyō Jutsu Hyaku Shikigami (Asakura Style Yin and Yang Technique - Hundred Shikigami): Another unique shamanic spell of the Asakura Family, which is also Yohmei's favored technique. It creates countless Shikigami that can surround an opponent and attack them from all directions at once.
Shikigami[edit | edit source]
Another special ability of the Asakura Family seems to be the ability to capture and control Shikigami and create Goryoushin, a special type of spirit employed by Onmyōji to guard against demons and other spirits that would seek to harm them
Zenki and Goki
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Zenki and Goki are two red and blue large oni-like-Shikigami demons caught and controlled by Asakura Hao during his first life and sealed within two paper parchments. Later they became the guardians of the seal on the Chō-Senjiryakketsu written by Hao himself and would stay there for over a thousand years.
A thousand years later it was decided that Yoh was to have the book to train. However, the seal was broken and the two large ogres were released and started to chase Ponchi and Conchi whom they believed had broken the seal. However, Anna quickly learned the related technique of the book and easily captured the two Shikigami with her 1080 rosary beads. However, instead of exorcising them or sealing them again, she took control of them and turned them into her guardian spirits.
Family Treasures[edit | edit source]
Because of their long history of the family and various shamanic abilities, the Asakura Family have also gathered numerous treasures.
- See More: Chō-Senjiryakketsu
This is the book written by Asakura Hao in his first life and contains the knowledge of all of his techniques and secret arts including purification spells and techniques to read the flow of Furyoku. It also tells how to bind even the strongest Shikigamis and how to control them. The book contains every single piece of Shamanic knowledge gained by Asakura Hao in his first life.
Futunomitama no Turugi
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The Futunomitama no Turugi (the Futsunomitama Sword; Antiquity in the English version of the anime series) is a red knife-shaped rock that has been owned by the Asakura Family ever since the time of Hao. According to Hao, it was once owned by a sword god and it always creates a stir in the world when surfaced since it is a national treasure. It was brought to Yoh during the current Shaman Tournament to help him out as it did Asakura Yohken 500 years ago in the previous tournament.
The 1080 Rosary Beads
The 1080 Rosary Beads (1080 Beads in the English version of the anime series) is a long necklace used by Anna for her strongest abilities. When Yoh defeated the Oh-Oni it left behind a skeleton that Asakura Kino gathered and turned into beads for Anna. Because the beads are made out of the skeleton, it is more powerful than regular beads.
The Rosary Beads are now used by Kyōyama Anna to control Zenki and Goki amongst others.
Anime/Manga Difference[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Shaman King Manga - Chapter 238; Page 15
- Shaman King Manga - Mickey's World 2; Page 2
- Shaman King Manga - Flowers Chapter 9
- Shaman King Manga - Chapter 251; Page 18
- Shaman King Manga - Chapter 255; Page 10-11
- The kanji for Yoh's name “葉” means "leaf" in Japanese.
- Shaman King Manga - Kang Zeng Bang Volume 10 Extras
- Shaman King Manga - Chapter 176
External Links[edit | edit source]
- Rosary Beads - A Wikipedia Article about Anna's Rosary beads