Shaman King's Chocolove original voice actress Motoko Kumai returns to reprise role in 2021 reboot

Written by: Jei Beltrano | Published on: February 25, 2021 at 9:12 PM PHT (GMT+8)

The official website for the reboot of Hiroyuki Takei's "Shaman King" TV anime series has released on Wednesday a new character visual featuring the character Joco (Chocolove) McDonell of the upcoming Shaman King anime reboot. The character will be reprised by its original 2001 Japanese voice actor Motoko Kumai. The anime will begin broadcasting on April 2021 and will adapt all 35 volumes of the manga's new complete edition, which Kondasha started publishing in print volumes on June 17.

Joco, voiced by Motoko Kumai

Jojo (Chocolove) McDonell is an American shaman who aspires to be the number one comedian in the world.

Most of the cast and staff of the original Shaman King series are returning for the reboot of the series. The anime will be produced by Bridge and directed by Joji Furuta, with series composition by Shōji Yonemura, character designs by Satohiko Sano and music composed by Yuki Hayashi. Apart from the main protagonist Yoh Asakura who will be having a new voice by Yoko Hikasa, characters Amidamaru, Anna Kyoyama and Hao will be voiced by its original voice actors Katsuyuki Konishi, Megumi Hayashibara and Minami Takayama, respectively. The newly announced voice actors includes Inuko Inuyama (returning) as Manta Oyamada, Romi Park (returning) as Tao Ren, Masahiko Tanaka (returning) as Ryunosuke Umemiya, Wataru Takagi (returning) as Tokagerō, Kousuke Takaguchi (new) as Bason, Takehito Koyasu (returning) as Faust VIII, Masakazu Morita (new) as Mosuke, and Motoko Kumai (returning) as Joco (Chocolove) McDonell.

2001 Shaman King's original theme singer Megumi Hayashibara who plays the role of Anna Kyoyama also returns for the anime's opening and ending theme songs. She previously sang the anime's opening songs "Oversoul" and "Northern Lights", ending theme songs "Trust You" and "Yokage", and the insert song "Brave Heart"

The first Shaman King anime series was aired July 4, 2001 and September 25, 2002 on TV Tokyo in Japan and were directed by Seiji Mizushima and co-produced by TV Tokyo, NAS, and Xebec. It consisted of 64-episodes .


The Shaman King Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hiroyuki Takei was originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump between June 1998 and August 2004. The individual chapters were collected and released in 32 tankōbon volumes by Shueisha. 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. Takei chose shamanism as the main theme of the series because he wanted a topic that had never been attempted before in manga.

Source: Shaman King 2021 Official Website, Comic Natalie

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