Written by: Nicole Castro
Published on: August 5, 2021 at 21:43 PHT (GMT+8)
The official Twitter account for the ongoing Shaman King reboot TV anime has released a new visual and announced six new cast members who will play the X-LAWS characters.
The new visual was released to signal the upcoming Shaman Fight Main Tournament arc. As the story arc's name suggests, many of the action-packed battles will take place here with protagonist Yoh Asakura battling against friends and foes for the title of Shaman King.
In this story arc is X-LAWS, a paramilitary organization founded by Luchist Lasso, whose purpose is to eradicate all evil and suffering. They are devoted to killing Hao Asakura, the series' main antagonist.
The new cast members voicing the X-LAWS characters include:
(Left column, top to bottom)
Katsuyuki Konishi as John Denbat
Kousuke Takaguchi as Larch Dirac
Takumu Miyazono as Porf Griffith
(Right column, top to bottom)
Tsuguo Mogami as Chris Venstar
Wataru Takagi as Cebin Mendel
Mariko Nagai as Meene Montgomery
Out of the six new cast members, two are returning to voice their original roles from the 2001 series. Konishi returns to voice John Denbat, while Takagi returns to voice Cebin Mendel. In the 2001 series, Larch Dirac was voiced by Tomohisa Asou, Porf Griffith by Takehito Koyasu, Chris Venstar by Seiji Sasaki, and Meene Montgomery by Tomoko Kawakami.
The Shaman King reboot anime premiered on April 1,2021 and is ongoing. Netflix will stream the anime worldwide on August 9 and will have 52 episodes. In contrast to the first anime adaptation of the manga which premiered in 2001 with its own unique finale, the 2021 reboot will adapt all 35 volumes of the manga's new complete edition, which Kodansha started publishing in print volumes in Japan in June of this year.
Shaman King is a highly popular series both in and out of Japan and has spawned various spin-offs, sequel manga, video games, a trading card game, and many types of merchandise. Both the manga and anime have been featured, at various times, in "top ten" lists of their respective media. The 2021 reboot streaming on Netflix is an opportunity for both new and returning fans to watch the story of Yoh Asakura unfold. Many of the returning fans of the original manga and 2001 anime are also looking forward to how the reboot will be different in terms of animation and storyline.
Synopsis by Wiki:
Shaman King is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hiroyuki Takei. It follows the adventures of Yoh Asakura as he attempts to hone his shaman skills to become the Shaman King by winning the Shaman Fight. The Shaman King manga was originally serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump between June 1998 and August 2004.
An anime television series produced by NAS and Xebec aired for 64 episodes on TV Tokyo from July 2001 to September 2002. A reboot anime television series adaptation, produced by Bridge, premiered on TV Tokyo and other channels in April 2021.