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“Shaman King” Manga Author Turned Down An Offer For Anime Remake

Even though the Manga Author turned down the offer, he hopes that there will be another chance in the future.

Answering to a fan’s question, 44-year-old manga artist Hiroyuki Takei revealed on his official Twitter yesterday that he received an offer for an anime remake for his manga “Shaman King”, but had to turn down it. He stated that the reason he turned it down is because of the anime team not being able to use old voice actors and the old soundtrack. He said:

“To tell the truth, there was an offer for an anime remake that reached a realistic level… But because they were not able to use the first anime’s voice actors and soundtrack music, I had to turn down it. I hope there will be another chance.”

Hiroyuki Takei is known for his good relationship with the Shaman King anime voice actors and actresses, especially with Megumi Hayashibara who voiced the main heroine Anna Kyoyama. The two were reportedly exchanging emails for a while even after the anime and manga ended.

The original Shaman King manga series was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump for 300 chapters from 1998 to 2004, then compiled in 32 tankobon volumes. The first TV anime adaptation produced by XEBEC was aired for 64 episodes from July 2001 to September 2002.