- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Viz LLC; Shonen Jump Graphic Novel Ed edition (26 Jan. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591161827
- ISBN-13: 978-1591161820
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Shaman King Volume 2: Kung-fu Master v. 2 Paperback – 26 Jan 2016
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The gathering has begun - the gathering for Shaman Fight in Tokyo, the match to determine the one shaman who can commune with the Great Spirit and become the Shaman King. Injured after his fight with rival shaman Ren, 13-year-old Yoh wakes up in a hospital bed to meet his fiancee, Anna Kyoc;yama, whom his family paired him up with in an arranged marriage! Of course, Anna is a shaman too, and they'll need both their skills when Yoh is attacked by an undead Hong Kong film star, brought back to life as a kung-fu zombie to carry out the Ren family's revenge!
About the Author
Unconventional author/artist Hiroyuki Takei began his career by winning the coveted Hop Step Award (a monthly award given by WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP for amateur artists) and the Osamu Tezuka Award (named after the famous artist of the same name). After working as an assistant to famed artist Nobuhiro Watsuki, Takei debuted in WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP in 1997 with BUTSU ZONE, an action series based on Buddhist mythology. His multicultural adventure Manga, SHAMAN KING, which debuted in 1998, became a hit and was adapted into an anime TV series. Takei lists Osamu Tezuka, American comics, and robot anime among his many influences.
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The series follows the life of Yoh Asakura, a competitor in the twice-millenia Shaman King Tournament, and his motly group of fellow Shaman friends and his fiancee. Shaman's are described as a link between physical and spiritual worlds, and by allowing various spirits to posses them, they are able to master amazing abilities and fight in the tournament.
This is the second book in the series, subtitled "Kung Fu Master" and focuses on the elder sister of a rival Shaman, Tao Jun. She is what is called a Doa-Shi - instead of allowing spirits to posses her, she channels the spirit into its own, long dead body.
This volume is the story of Jun's 'corpse puppet,' a kung-fu action hero named Lee Bialong who died mysteriously 20 years ago. (Yoh shockingly learns how Bialong was killed purely so he could be controlled by Jun.) At first he follows her every command without an ounce of free will, but as Jun fights Yoh, Yoh begins to awaken Lee's true spirit and attempts to break him free of Jun's spell.
These books are engrossing and fascinating - there are no stones left unturned, everything is explained. The art is amazing and the story is compelling, allowing you to feel empathy and strong emotions to the characters.
This series is well worth a read, even if you have never tried Manga before, and each book will have you more and more curious about Yoh's world.
The story centers around a young shaman named Yoh, who is currently training so that he can enter the Shaman Fight. The winner of the Shaman Fight gains the title of Shaman King, the only one who can control to Great Spirit.Yoh, however only wants to win the title so he can have an easy life - he's extremely lazy. Too bad his ruthless fiancee is determined to make him train harder than he'd like...
Shaman King is one of those manga that, while shounen (manga for boys and usually bery action-based), the characters personalities are deeply explored and you can't help but wait with bated breath to see how a sitution will be resolved.
Definatly recommended for anyone who likes a good spiritual humour.
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