A sequel to the Shaman King anime has just been confirmed in Japan, although fans on Netflix are still waiting for the final episodes to be released.
In the past, anime fans had to either watch a series as a weekly simulcast or wait for the entire show to finish airing until the full season was released on Netflix.
However, in 2021, the streaming giant had demonstrated a new way of broadcasting the latest anime titles: airing smaller parts of a larger series as micro-releases through episode clusters.
However, series are still struggling to keep up with the release of anime shows in Japan. This week, domestic audiences were delighted to hear that a Shaman King sequel is in the works, while fans outside of Japan are still waiting for the final block of episodes.
Shaman King sequel announced in Japan
Today, April 21st, the final episode of Shaman King season 1 number 52 aired in Japan on TXN (TV Tokyo) channel.
Then, just minutes after the domestic broadcast ended, the official Japanese website for the Shaman King reboot confirmed that a sequel anime project is in the works!
In a press statement via the website, the team reported that after “The Final Episode of the TV Anime “SHAMAN KING”. The continuation of this work has been decided!”
Fans should note that the upcoming sequel will not be a second season of the 2021 reboot of Shaman King as Season 1 is the most recent readapt customized all 35 volumes of Hiroyuki Takei’s original manga series.
However, the announcement included a mention that the sequel will instead focus on Hana, suggesting that the sequel will adapt the spin-off series Shaman King: Flowers.
“The sequel is a story about the leaves and Anna’s son Hana. The sequel to the production decision SPOT, which gives an insight into the situation, is released! Not only the flowers but also the appearance, which seems to be a new character, is drawn and completed in a promising picture.” – Shamanking-project-com.
Unfortunately, no planned release date for the Shaman King sequel has been announced. However, alongside the announcement, a special teaser video was shared online, see below:
“The popular comic “SHAMAN KING” by Hiroyuki Takei, which has sold over 38 million copies in the series. With the final episode of the TV anime, the sequel will be produced! It’s a video that gives a glimpse of the sequel as the story is spun centered on the leaves and Anna’s son Hana!” – Shaman King SPOT, via King Amusement Creative youtube.
Netflix release is still lagging the domestic run
Although all 52 episodes of Shaman King were released in Japan, the international launch via Netflix is still lagging behind. At the time of writing, only 38 of those 52 total episodes have been released Netflixwith new content being released every few months.
While a specific release date has not yet been announced for the remaining 14 episodes, the platform is currently marking these new episodes as “coming soon”.
It remains unclear whether Netflix will also acquire the international distribution rights for the recently announced Shaman King sequel. This is because, unfortunately, the 2021 Shaman King reboot has received a decidedly mixed reaction from fans from around the world.
Despite these overwhelming reviews, most reviews from fans of the series are more positive second Top notch review of MAL calling Shaman King “Anime of the Year”. Media reviews, however, are of a similar sentiment to the reviews, with gamerant Scoring 3/5, a mediocre 5/10 respectively IGN and a C of Anime News Network.
While news of a Shaman King sequel is welcomed by the global community, we’ll have to wait and see if Netflix sees the anime as popular enough to justify the cost of acquiring the streaming rights.
A multimedia franchise to enjoy
If you just learned about Shaman King through Netflix’s worldwide launch, you might be interested in the other titles that are part of this franchise.
The manga series was serialized from 1998 to 2004, which ex march 2021 had more than 38 million copies in circulation.
The original anime TV series aired in 2001 and even arrived in the US on FoxBox two years later.
A collectible trading card game was also launched in 2005, while the Shaman King franchise has racked up 13 video game adaptations. Incredibly, by 2005 more than 165 million Cards from the trading card game Shaman King have been sold in Japan!
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]
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