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 of his representative work Shaman King, but had to turn down it. 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.
"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."
じつを言うと本格的なところまで再アニメ化の話はありましたが…前作の声優さんや楽曲が使用できないとのことで、お断りさせていただきました。またチャンスがあるといいですね https://t.co/gk4i5TsFEi— 武井宏之 (@takeimokei) February 14, 2017
Takei is known for his good relationship with the Shaman King anime voice actors and actresses, especially
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.
Takei's recent "Shaman King" arts posted on Twitter
葉くん。はじめてのオーバーソウル。 pic.twitter.com/rd9l5WXiT5— 武井宏之 (@takeimokei) February 13, 2017
今日あったかいですが冬服アンナ。 pic.twitter.com/d6tgy7yPD8— 武井宏之 (@takeimokei) February 13, 2017
一応バレンタイン当日なのでハートっぽいやつを。 pic.twitter.com/d77heej8kD— 武井宏之 (@takeimokei) February 14, 2017
"Shaman King" manga 1st and 32nd volume covers
TV anime DVD box set arts