Shaman King is an anime adaptation of Hiroyuki Takei's manga of same name. The anime is directed by Mizushima Seiji at animation studio Xebec. The series aired from July 2001 to September 2002 for a total of 64 episodes.
4Kids Entertainment obtained foreign television and home video distribution rights to the Shaman King anime on May 15, 2003. Fox Box began airing Shaman King in the United States on August 30, 2003.
The anime series, while originally faithful to the manga, eventually deviated from the storyline as the manga was still being serialized. As a result, the later episodes are completely unrelated to the manga, with a separate and definite conclusion created for the series.
In the world of Shaman King, people with the ability to communicate and fight with spirits are collectively known as Shamans. The series is centered around Asakura Yoh, a laid-back, easygoing character who is heir to the powerful shamanic Asakura Family, as he enters the Shaman Tournament, a semi-millennial event that draws shamans from around the world to compete for the chance to become the Shaman King and the wielder of the omnipotent Great Spirit. In the process, Yoh befriends and makes rivals of other characters, and gradually learns of the true nature of the Shaman Tournament, and his connection to Asakura Hao, the favorite to win.
- Original Work: Hiroyuki Takei
- Direction: Seiji Mizushima
- Series Composition: Katsuhiko Koide
- Character Design: Akio Takami
- Music: Toshiyuki Oomori
- Animation Work: Xebec
- Yuuko Satou as Asakura Yoh
- Katsuyuki Konishi & Mitsuki Saiga as Amidamaru
- Megumi Hayashibara as Kyoyama Anna
- Inuko Inuyamaas Oyamada Manta
- Romi Paku as Tao Ren
- Shinpachi Tsuji as Bason
- Masahiko Tanaka as Umemiya Ryunosuke
- Wataru Takagi as Tokageroh
- Yuji Ueda as Horohoro
- Nana Mizuki as Kororo
- Michiko Neya as Tao Jun
- Nobutoshi Kanna as Lee Pyron
- Nana Mizuki as Tamamura Tamao
- Ken'yuu Horiuchi as Ponchi
- Tsutomu Kashiwakura as Conchi
- Takehito Koyasu as Johann Faust VIII
- Minami Takayama as Asakura Hao
- Opening Theme: "Over Soul" by Megumi Hayashibara (ep. 1-34)
- Opening Theme 2: "Northern Lights" by Megumi Hayashibara (ep. 35-63)
- Ending Theme: "Trust You" by Megumi Hayashibara (ep. 1-34)
- Ending Theme 2: "Omokage" by Megumi Hayashibara (ep. 35-63)
- Ending Theme 3: "Tamashii Kasanete" by Yuuko Satou (ep. 64)
- Main article: List of Shaman King episodes