Shaman King is a beloved early-2000s shounen that seemed to have a niche yet passionate fanbase. The interesting art style reflected the morphing and changing of shounen anime as a medium at that point in time, and the supernatural storyline was quite creative and interesting, especially considering the long line of shounen anime that had attempted to make use of spirits and ghosts as a central premise. 20 years after the original premiered, Shaman King is back! Now, 20 years down the line, let’s talk about 6 anime that are like Shaman King (2021) – beware, there are quite a few reboots on this list!
Similar Anime to Shaman King (2021)
1. Black Clover
- Episodes: 170
- Aired: October 2017 - March 2021
Asta and Yuno were abandoned at the same church on the same day and raised by the priests and nuns there. In this time, they learn about the Wizard King, a title bestowed upon the most powerful mage in the land. Asta and Yuno make a childhood promise that the next Wizard King will be one of them; however, Yuno was born with incredible magical potential while Asta was born with no power to speak of. To make up for the magical power he lacks, Asta trains his body in hopes that his powers will awaken someday. When children in this world turn 15, they receive a special book called a grimoire, which is the manifestation of their magical power. Yuno receives a grimoire with a four-leaf clover, indicating spectacular magical power, while Asta gets nothing. Yuno’s four-leaf grimoire becomes the talk of the town, causing him to be targeted by thugs who want to steal it. Asta jumps into the fray to protect his best friend, but he’s easily outmatched, but the feelings of rage and desire to overcome enable the manifestation of his special five-leaf grimoire–the Black Clover.
Like Shaman King (2021), Black Clover is a battle shounen series, so the main aspects of the story involve themes like friendship, fights and adventure! The shows find their similarity in that they’re both themed around supernatural power of some kind, be it magic, or furyoku as they call it in Shaman King (2021). While Shaman King leans more into the paranormal side of things with its story about ghosts and the like, the series have certain subtextual similarities, such as the contrast between the protagonist and another character. In Black Clover, Asta and Yuno are the pair who are like night and day; however, their friendship makes it more obvious that they’re intended to be two sides of the same coin like the protagonist and antagonist of Shaman King. Their being abandoned at the same church on the same day makes them something like twins, which more closely mirrors the contrast between Shaman King’s Asakura Yoh and his twin brother, the series antagonist, Hao.
Black Clover PV
2. Ushio to Tora (Ushio and Tora)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: July 2015 - December 2015
Ushio grew up with his father telling him stories of the weird and wonderful world of youkai, but he never believed any of it, until he found an ancient youkai trapped in the basement of the temple managed by his father. The youkai in question is Tora, a dangerous demon kept imprisoned by an ancient magical weapon called the Beast Spear, impaled in his shoulder. Tora tries to convince Ushio to release him from his imprisonment, but the 15-year-old is too wise for that. However; when countless youkai lay siege to Ushio’s hometown, he’s forced to yank the spear from Tora’s shoulder and rely on the demon for his help! Together they journey into the spiritual world that had once been hidden from Ushio’s view and, with the Beast Spear in his possession, Ushio is introduced to a world more dangerous than he ever thought it could be.
Ushio to Tora has multiple similarities to Shaman King (2021), both within the context of the shows themselves, as well as things related to but not part of the story. Both titles are actually reboots of much older works, with Shaman King coming this year to commemorate 20 years of the Shaman King anime which aired in 2000. Ushio to Tora is a reboot of the Original Video Animation which came out sometime in 1990. Both stories are about the supernatural, with Shaman King focusing on ghosts and spirits of varying kinds, while Ushio to Tora follows Japanese folklore more closely by focusing on youkai. The main characters in both series find incredibly old and powerful spiritual companions and even wield weapons that enable them to face their foes.
Ushio to Tora PV
3. GeGeGe no Kitarou (2018)
- Episodes: 97
- Aired: March 2018 - April 2020
Now that we’re in the modern age, people have forgotten about the existence of supernatural entities known as youkai, even though they are consistently plagued with the consequences of supernatural influence. Aware of the things happening around her, 13-year-old Mana writes a letter to the Youkai Post looking for answers to the strange phenomena she has seen happening. Their response is to send Gegege no Kitarou, a young boy with lots of experience concerning youkai.
This title has been rebooted the most on this list, with the 2018 version being the latest in a series that has been on and off the air since the late 60s! So just like Shaman King (2021), Gegege no Kitarou (2018) is a reboot of an older work that features supernatural phenomena and characters. While Shaman King is about ghosts and spirits in general, Gegege no Kitarou has a more traditional Japanese approach to folklore and the supernatural. The other similarity is the fact that both series feature child characters, most of whom are barely even 13 years old!
GeGeGe no Kitarou PV
Any Anime Like Shaman King (2021)?
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: October 2011 - December 2011
Throughout the ages, there have been several wars over the Holy Grail, a mystical artifact that can grant its wielder any wish. Emiya Kiritsugu’s relationship with the Einzbern family renders him a participant of the Fourth Holy Grail War, a cutthroat battle royale consisting of seven participants and their ancient familiars. Within this great battle, Kiritsugu’s greatest ally is his familiar Saber, and his greatest threat is Kotomine Kirei, a priest seeking to fill the void within himself.
The famous Fate franchise’s story begins here, in this story set a decade before the events of Fate/Stay Night which aired four years prior. The main similarities between Fate/Zero and Shaman King lie in both series’ featuring familiars or a similar concept. The Shamans of Shaman King have guardian spirits with whom they combine hearts and minds to achieve great power, while the familiars of Fate are more corporeal companions who do the fighting on behalf of their masters.
- Episodes: 51
- Aired: April 2006 - March 2007
Kiba follows the adventures of two friends, Zed and Noah, as they navigate a dystopian future while avoiding the authorities. Zed is transported to an alternate magical world where magical users called “Shard Casters” fight each other using marble-like spells called “Shards”. Zed wants to become a Shard Caster, but he’s actually the host of one of the six Guardian Spirits of the world, an entity known as Amir Gaul! Together, Zed and Amir embark on a quest for ultimate power!
Much like in Shaman King (2021), the main character of Kiba has incredible power thanks to a spirit they have under their control or influence somehow. While Zed isn’t born into the world of magic and so-called Shards, his abilities in that realm are a very big deal and place him in a similar position as Asakura Hao, not Yoh. In both Kiba and Shaman King, the superpowered protagonist is accompanied by a deuteragonist without any special power.
6. Ling Qi (Spiritpact)
- Episodes: 20 (ONA)
- Aired: June 2016 - November 2016
Yoh Keika is extremely broke and extremely down on his luck. After he meets a strange white-haired man in a junkyard, Keika is shocked to discover that he was killed in an accident and now wanders the earth as a spirit. The man, Ki Tanmoki, reveals himself to be a member of the highest-ranking exorcist family in China. In return for promising to keep Yoh from harm, Tanmoki takes up Keika as his spirit shadow who will, in turn, protect him. The two go on a wild journey that shows them various dangers in the spirit world, but also develop a profound relationship beyond anything they ever expected.
The name is a huge clue with this one—it gives away the main similarity it has with Shaman King (2021) lies in the fact that both shows are about a character well-versed in things that are occult or spiritual who also happens to be able to communicate with spirits and even channel their abilities in combat. In both series, there needs to be a particularly profound relationship between the spirit and their human “master”; in both series, the pairing features someone of the Yoh family and an individual with white hair, which seems superficial but could have been a nod to the older of the two series.
Ling Qi PV
Shaman King was quite popular in its time and created many lifelong fans of anime as a medium. The supernatural elements were interesting and different especially in the early 2000s when Shounen anime had long lost many of its biggest titles. Spirits and the occult have always been interesting topics for human beings, and this series is an exploration of that in ways that are novel. With this year’s reboot, Shaman King (2021), there are possibly several shows that can claim having been influenced by the original, and maybe that’s how we came to some of the titles on this list. What anime like Shaman King (2021) do you recommend? Drop a comment below and tell us your thoughts!
Anyone that is a fan of shounen anime should be familiar with, if not a fan of, Shaman King. With its unique approach to fighting, comedy, and friendship, it’s no wonder why Shaman King ranks among the most popular anime in its genre. Even the final ending to the story is one not many people would expect to happen.
If you’re a real hardcore fan of Shaman King, then you’ve probably read Hiroyuki Takei’s sequel, Shaman King Flowers. This has yet to be made into an anime. However, until that happens, here are 6 anime similar to Shaman King to tie you over.
Similar Anime to Shaman King
1. Soul Eater
- Episodes: 51
- Aired: April 2008 – March 2009
Soul Eater is about a group of kids who attend the Death Weapon Meister Academy, which is run by Shinigami, or Death. The students are either Weapons, humans who are able to transform themselves into traditional weapons, or Meisters, humans who fight using the Weapons in order to collect souls. The ultimate goal is to collect 99 human souls and 1 witch soul so that the Weapon can be granted the title of “Death Scythe”, a weapon used by Death himself.
The story focuses on 7 students in particular as they not only try to collect and absorb the necessary souls to become stronger, but also protect Death City from some powerful enemies. It also focuses on each of the relationships between the 3 Meisters (Maka, Black Star, and Death the Kid), and the 4 weapons (Soul, Tsubaki, Liz, and Patty).
This series is similar to Shaman King in the sense that both use similar fighting styles. In Shaman King, the shaman’s ghost ally can merge with the weapon being used, whereas in Soul Eater, a human actually transform into the weapon itself. As a result, both the wielder and the wielded have to communicate effectively in order to win the fight, and as both series progress, the characters learn how to overcome their personal obstacles in order to defeat their opponents.
Soul Eater - Official Opening 1 - Resonance
2. Yu Yu Hakusho (Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files)
- Episodes: 112
- Aired: October 1992 – January 1995
Very few series could begin with the main character dying immediately, yet Yu Yu Hakusho would be one that would put a whole new twist on this idea. When 14 year old delinquent Yusuke Urameshi unexpectedly sacrifices his life to save the life of a child, he is given several tests to pass in order to come back to life. With the help of the few people that care about him back on Earth, Yusuke is able to succeed, and in turn is granted the title of Spirit Detective.
As the series progresses, Yusuke works on cases assigned to him, which mainly consist of either protecting the Earth from powerful demons or going out of his way to eliminate demons elsewhere. Yusuke also makes new friends and learns powerful new techniques as the demons he goes to fight get more and more powerful.
If you liked Shaman King because you were interested in the spirit aspect of it, Yu Yu Hakusho is perfect. Both series start off very similar, as the main character interacts with a lot of different ghosts and tries to help resolve their problems. In addition, the main character’s friends have similar personalities as well; Kuwabara tends to act pretty similar to Wooden Sword Ryu, and Hiei tends to interact with Yusuke the same way Ren does with Yoh. This tends to lead to some very similar comedic moments as well as serious ones.
Yu Yu Hakusho Opening 1 Blu Ray (HD 1080p)
3. The Law of Ueki
- Episodes: 51
- Aired: April 2005 – March 2006
Kousuke Ueki was just a normal kid going to Hinokuni Junior High School until he was selected by his home room teacher to compete in a tournament where the winner would essentially become God. You know, the usual. Given the power to transform trash into trees, Kousuke has to figure out a way to win with his ability, where the winning student will get to choose any talent they wish and be the best in the world at that talent.
The similarities between Yoh Asakura and Kousuke Ueki are remarkable. Both are genuinely kind souls that try to help other people out as much as they can. Both also tend to be very calm and not really be concerned about what might happen to them. Kousuke is even friends with a girl that tends to be really strict with him at times and takes it upon herself to act as his manager (sound familiar?). Finally, the entire purpose of the series is very much like Shaman King; many kids fighting to be the best, with only one student earning the right to be given the Blank Zai.
The Law of Ueki Opening 1 HD with lyrics
Any Animes Like Shaman King ?
- Episodes: 102
- Aired: April 2005 – March 2007
Ginta Toramizu is a 14 year old boy who constantly dreams about a fictional world called MAR Heaven. His desire reaches a point where nothing in the real world matters to him, and he only desires to be able to visit the world in his dreams. One day, in the middle of class, his dream finally comes true; Ginta finds himself not only summoned to this world, but is gifted with extreme strength and stamina, and doesn’t need his glasses to see anymore.
As Ginta explores this new world, he soon realizes that as beautiful as it is, MAR Heaven is in trouble. The Chess Pieces, an organization that tried and failed to take over MAR Heaven years ago, have returned, and are once again led by Phantom, an extremely powerful warrior. It’s up to Ginta and his new friends to stop Phantom and the Chess Pieces from taking over MAR Heaven.
The Chess Pieces decide that a tournament will determine the fate of MAR Heaven, just like how the Shaman King fight will determine the fate of the world. Furthermore, the style of fighting used in MAR is very much similar to Shaman King’s in the sense that some of the weapons used are special Guardians that fight alongside the wielder in battle. Ginta’s special weapon also has a soul actually inside of it, even though Babbo and Ginta’s relationship is very different from Yoh and Amidamaru’s. However, both sets of partners end up learning each other’s strengths and work together to take on their respective foes.
Mar - Marchen Awakens Romance - theme song opening
5. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Aired: October 2012 - April 2013
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is bizarre to say the least. The story focuses on the Joestar family, where each member finds that they not only have a unique power from the others, but are also destined in some way to defeat supernatural forces. The story is unique in the sense that it is split into several parts, with each part focusing on only one member of the Joestar family as they proceed with their adventure.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure does have spirits and fighting, but it’s similarity to Shaman King goes deeper than this. One of the unique aspects of Shaman King is its representation of cultures from all around the world, as shamans from all across the globe come to participate in a tournament to decide the Shaman King. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure also takes place in multiple countries, so we are exposed to these different cultures as well. If you were a fan of how the characters visited America as well as the characters from outside Japan, then you’ll be a fan of the characters each Joestar family member meets during their adventures.
Jojo's Bizarre adventure 2012 [official] opening 2 [HD]
6. Zatch Bell (Konjiki no Gash Bell!!)
- Episodes: 150
- Aired: April 2003 – March 2006
Kiyo Takamine is a 14 year old genius, which makes him a target for being teased and harassed by the other students. As a result, Kiyo tends to be apathetic to most people and skips school on a regular basis. However, everything changes when he a young boy named Zatch shows up on his doorstep with a strange book saying that Kiyo’s father had sent him to live with Kiyo. As Kiyo tries to make sense of this and interpret the strange book, he reads out loud a spell that causes Zatch to fire a lightning bolt from his mouth.
Kiyo and Zatch eventually learn that Zatch is actually from the Momodo world, where 100 Momodo children every 1000 years are sent to Earth to fight with human allies to become the Momodo King. The object of each fight is to burn the book of the other Momodo. The last Momodo left with their book unburned will rule be the Momodo King.
Zatch Bell has the strongest similarity to Shaman King in terms of the rules for the fighting. Not only is the fight held twice as long as every Shaman King fight, but the winner gets to be the King. Not to mention that one of the rules for losing for both tournaments is if the key item being used is destroyed. More importantly, however, Shaman King and Zatch Bell share the importance of friendship. Both Kiyo and Yoh begin the series as loners who don’t have any friends because of their huge burden.
However, a chance encounter with someone ends up leading them to their very first friendship, and that new friend in turn helps lead to more friendships being formed. If you liked how Yoh made friends with the other shamans in the shaman fight, then you will also be a fan of how Kiyo makes friends with other people participating to help their Momodo ally become, the Momodo King.
Zatch Bell Intro
Shaman King definitely has its share of the certain themes people enjoy seeing when they watch shounen anime. The 6 anime mentioned above have similarities with some of the key reasons why people really enjoyed Shaman King, and I guarantee you will enjoy at least 1 of them. Let us know in the comments below if you feel like there was an anime we should have included in this list!