Earlier this month Kodansha USA Publishing announced the return of Shaman King in English, which will be completed for the first time ever. The series was first published in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1998 to 2004 and was adapted into a 64-episode anime in 2001. VIZ Media oversaw the English-language debut of both the manga and anime in 2003. The series also spawned a number sequels and spin-offs, currently only available in Japanese.
Today, in an effort to give the series the production quality it deserves and its fans the best manga experience, Kodansha USA Publishing regrets to announce a delay in the digital release date. We sincerely apologize for this last-minute hold-up, as we are well aware of how excited fans are for this release, but we also know fans will appreciate the final results. Additionally, Kodansha will momentarily delay the planned digital August releases of spinoff series Shaman King Zero, Shaman King: Flowers, Shaman King: Super Star, and Shaman King: Red Crimson, so that fans can get the complete experience of Shaman King without fear of spoilers or narrative confusion.
New release dates for the main series and spinoffs will be announced shortly. And we want fans to know that these delays will not affect the release of the Shaman King print editions scheduled for 2021 and 2022.
When publication does happen, fans will get brand-new cover art from the creator himself and all 35 volumes of the original series – including the final three volumes never before published in English – will be available to read digitally starting next Tuesday, as part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content. These titles can be read upon release at no additional cost for members of Amazon Prime via their Prime Reading benefit, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited, and will also be available for purchase on Kindle and comiXology.
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