Takehito Koyasu Joins Cast of New Shaman King Anime

Takehito Koyasu, the voice of Re:Zero -Starting Life In Another World-‘s Roswaal Mathers and Attack on Titan‘s Zeke Yeager, will join the cast of the upcoming Shaman King anime, which is set to premiere in April. He will play the role of the necromancer Johann Faust VIII.

A character visual for Johann was also released.

Image source: Animate Times

Previously revealed cast members for the show include Youko Hikasa (Cells at Work! CODE BLACK, Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina) as You Asakura, Katsuyuki Konishi (Deca-Dence) as Amidamaru, Inuko Inuyama (Pokémon Journeys: The Series) as Manta Oyamada, Megumi Hayashibara (Pokémon Journeys: The Series) as Anna Kyouyama, Romi Park (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood) as Tao Ren, and Kousuke Takaguchi (Guilty Crown) as Bason.

Other cast members include Masahiko Tanaka (Obsolete) as Ryuunosuke Umemiya, Wataru Takagi (Dorohedoro) as Tokagerou, and Minami Yakayama (Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School) as Hao.

Shaman King’s staff includes Jouji Furuta (The Seven Deadly SinsRevival of The CommandmentsUta no Prince-sama: Maji Love Kingdom) as director, Jouji Yonemura (Wave, Listen to Me!) as series composer, Sano Satohiko (Talentless Nana) as character designer, Masaaki Kawaguchi (Talentless Nana) as art director, Natsuko Ootsuka (In/Spectre) as color designer, Teruyuki Kawase (Talentless Nana) as photography director, and Yuuki Hayashi (My Hero Academia) as music composer. Studio Bridge is in charge of the animation production. 

Shaman King is based on the manga series by Hiroyuki Takei, which ended in 2004. The manga was first adapted into an anime in 2001. The 2021 adaptation received a teaser trailer in September 2020, followed by a full promotional video and key visual in December 2020.

Kodansha, which announced in July 2020 that it was teaming up with comiXology to make the entire manga series available in English digitally, describes the story as:

In the world of Shaman King, shamans possess mysterious powers that allow them to commune with gods, spirits, and even the dead…and Manta Oyamada’s about to learn all about them, because his class just welcomed a new transfer student: Yoh Asakura, a boy from way off in Izumo…and a shaman in training!

Source: Animate Times

Melvyn began his journey at Anime Trending in early 2018 and currently contributes as news writer and occasional reviewer. In the years since, he has experienced the unexpected advent of multiple legal anime streaming platforms in Southeast Asia, changed his Warhammer 40k army twice, and started collecting Infinity and Battletech miniatures. Outside of gaming and watching anime, Melvyn spends his free time self-learning Japanese and reading manga and light novels in their native language.
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