Shaman King

Shaman King
US Premiere: Aug 30, 2003
US Conclusion: 2005
Japan Premiere: Jul 04, 2001
Japan Conclusion: 2003

Seasons: 2
Episodes: 65

Popularity: 343rd All Time, 325th This Week

Characters on BTVA: 32
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HylianBelmont
said at 5:19 AM on Wed Feb 8 2017
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This is probably 4Kid's best work honestly.
WrightWay
said at 6:21 PM on Sun Feb 12 2017
@HylianBelmont
I think they did better with a few other properties they handled, but I also think this is one of 4Kids' less mangled properties and better acted stuff, although some accents were misplaced (Len's in particular), music got replaced (predictable), and the script was a mediocre barrel of hit-or-miss dialogue (sometimes they stayed faithful, while other times they made up nonsense). Shaman King's 4Kids dub reminds me of a Saban style dub, honestly. This is another case where had 4Kids continued the Uncut dub release of this instead, it could've been pretty good however- similar to Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters.

I do wish 4Kids handled One Piece and Sonic X (or Sonic in general, games included) in particular even close to this decently, though, because the edited Shaman King dub honestly looks like a FUNimation dub post-DBZ in comparison to those two from the same company, IMO.
HylianBelmont
said at 6:50 AM on Mon Feb 13 2017
@WrightWay I do remember watching the first episode of Shaman King's uncut dub. It was good! But I did find that the acting was kinda stilted in comparison to the edited one though. BTW, did Len still have his accent in the uncut dub? IIRC Rio still had his and I didn't mind that one at all (Sean Schemmel really made it work haha)

Yeah I do wish they had done the same for either of those dubs as well. Although I wasn't too big on Sonic X regardless of language myself.
WrightWay
said at 3:06 PM on Mon Feb 13 2017
@HylianBelmont
Yup. I found the acting a *little* off in the Uncut dub of Yu-Gi-Oh vs. the edited one as well, but it was still good in both cases, so the pros outweighted the cons vs. the longer-running edited dubs, IMO. Yeah, he did: I think Rio's accent worked, but Len's was terrible.

I mean, I still think their voice acting for those two franchises was completely incompetent regardless of that, but it would've been a lot less grating if they'd done so. Still, Shaman King's dub is far from 4Kids' best dub, imo: it's pretty mediocre.
HylianBelmont
said at 11:21 PM on Mon Feb 13 2017
@WrightWay I wouldn't call it "mediocre" but I can see where you're coming from. Admittedly I still really wish they has continued the uncut dubs as well. But alas...
HylianBelmont
said at 1:41 AM on Tue Feb 14 2017
*had
WrightWay
said at 12:23 PM on Fri Feb 17 2017
@HylianBelmont
The reason why I called it a mediocre dub is because it changes all the music (albeit the dub replacement score isn't bad at least) and they punch up the script too often: the acting is good (minus Len), it's the other stuff that brings it down too much. Had the Uncut dub continued, I could've given it more credit- still, I'm surprised the edited dub had Len pretty much coated in blood kept, that was impressive for 4Kids' standards given their love of censoring things.
HylianBelmont
said at 1:23 PM on Fri Feb 17 2017
@WrightWay I remember they didn't edit the X-law's guns either. But yeah, again I do see where you're coming from. I myself just don't think the overall product was bad really.
WrightWay
said at 1:30 PM on Fri Feb 17 2017
@HylianBelmont
I don't think it's bad, either, FWIW it's one of 4Kids' better dubs.
EPA Deane
said at 4:01 AM on Thu Jan 19 2017
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Sebastian Arcelus was great in this.
Sk8erPrince
said at 8:35 AM on Tue Dec 27 2016
 8 Shout Outs!
Definitely one of 4kids's better dubs. Both the casting and acting are so on point. With barely any censorship (if at all) regarding violence and the fighting scenes, this kinda makes me wonder why 4kids didn't dub One Piece like how they dubbed Shaman King. :/
Dr.Who
said at 1:16 PM on Sat Dec 19 2015
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Have to agree with PurpleWarrior13 here, this was definitely one of 4Kids' better dubs, and there was also an Uncut dub they did of this for a few episodes as well, like Yu-Gi-Oh. This is probably the best Sebastian Arcelus has ever been in particular, as Yoh.

Yes, I have to say the dub theme was catchy, too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ki4LPeu0Pro
PurpleWarrior13
said at 7:47 PM on Mon Nov 23 2015
 6 Shout Outs!
I always liked this show, and thought it was kinda underrated. I also think 4Kids did a pretty good job with it. Far from perfect, but it was one of their better dubs. LOOOOVE their theme song.
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