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: 364th All Time, 505th This Week

Characters on BTVA: 32
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EPA Deane
said at 3:32 PM on Sun Jul 30 2017
 4 Shout Outs!
"Look Around You,
Look Beyond,
You Could Make An Unbreakable Bond...."
said at 7:26 AM on Sun Apr 9 2017
 4 Shout Outs!
This show honestly makes wish that Sebastian Arcelus still did VO.
EPA Deane
said at 1:52 AM on Sun Jun 11 2017
@nikipotamus Hopefully he will do some Union Based Voice Acting.

I would love to hear him voice Spider-Man at some point....
said at 5:19 AM on Wed Feb 8 2017
 1 Shout Out!
This is probably 4Kid's best work honestly.
said at 6:21 PM on Sun Feb 12 2017
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.
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.
said at 3:06 PM on Mon Feb 13 2017
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.
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...
said at 1:41 AM on Tue Feb 14 2017
said at 12:23 PM on Fri Feb 17 2017
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.
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.
said at 1:30 PM on Fri Feb 17 2017
I don't think it's bad, either, FWIW it's one of 4Kids' better dubs.
EPA Deane
said at 4:19 AM on Tue Mar 21 2017
@WrightWay Ironically, because this Dub faithful to the Darker aspects of the Original Japanese, Various Parents complained, leading 4Kids to never attempt a more mature dub like this again..... whilst making a 'Kidified' mess of One Piece.......

Rather Sad..... Wouldn't you say?
said at 11:06 PM on Thu Mar 23 2017
@EPA Deane
Yeah, it is, "soccer moms" at work for you. I don't think the company (4Kids) was all that bad in its earlier years in general, really, they were just like every other kids dubber of the time period (Saban, DiC, Nelvana, etc.): it's once their dub of Sonic X started up that I began seeing a noticeable decline in the quality of work produced from them (VA included), and One Piece...well, that speaks for itself, doesn't it?

That being said, I was actually content with 4Kids' take on some of their other dubs both during & after the same time period- I think they were different teams allotted to their various dubs, because the quality of them varies quite noticeably imo (though people are quick to throw them all in the same trash bin due to their infamous censorship habits, of course).
EPA Deane
said at 3:34 AM on Fri Mar 24 2017
@WrightWay The New York Voice Actors don't deserve vicious Lambasting on Internet Forums.
said at 11:15 AM on Fri Mar 24 2017
@EPA Deane
I agree, mainly because they often have to deal with some of the worst vocal direction I've ever heard in recent years (no matter which company is in charge), are often forced to read stupid (incredibly stupid) lines of dialogue, and it's not their fault the companies like changing the music, editing scenes, etc. There are many factors hindering their potential, if you ask me.

I mean, I honestly have strong criticisms myself of the recent VO work I've heard from NY, due to the utterly incompetent vocal direction I feel has been given to many of its actors/actresses, as of late (save for perhaps NYAV Post that seems to take itself more seriously than the others), but that doesn't mean I hate the actors/actresses necessarily: it's important to separate performances we dislike, from the actual individuals that do them. One actor may be poor in one role, but phenomenal in another, for instance.
said at 12:11 PM on Fri Mar 24 2017
@WrightWay Agreed 100%

I mean compare Veronica Taylor's work as say, Robin. vs her work as Ash, Amelia etc. You can easily tell which roles the voice direction was on her side for lol
said at 12:57 AM on Thu Nov 9 2017
Since you've mentioned Len's accent, couldn't the same be applied for all his relatives? You know, for whatever reason, they're Chinese-Brits and all, ahaha?
8000 Saiyans
said at 5:03 AM on Fri Jan 26 2018
@EPA Deane I never considered them to be bad. It's just that they got questionable voice direction and scripts.
EPA Deane
said at 4:01 AM on Thu Jan 19 2017
 4 Shout Outs!
Sebastian Arcelus was great in this.
said at 8:35 AM on Tue Dec 27 2016
 10 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. :/
said at 1:16 PM on Sat Dec 19 2015
 4 Shout Outs!
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:
said at 7:47 PM on Mon Nov 23 2015
 8 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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