Asakura Yoh (麻倉, Asakura Yō) is the main protagonist in the manga and anime series of Shaman King. He is the main heir of the Asakura Family and the maternal twin brother of the series main antagonist Asakura Hao. During the Shaman Fights in the year 2000, he becomes a member and the leader of Team "Funbari Onsen". Sometime after the tournament, Yoh marries his longtime fiancé, Kyōyama Anna and together they had a son, named Asakura Hana. Asakura Yoh is 13 years old at the beginning of the Shaman King series and a normal teenage boy. He has neck-length dark brown hair and he is constantly seen wearing a pair of orange headphones behind or on his ears. He normally wears his school uniform with his shirt constantly open but when it gets cold he will button up his shirt, wear a necktie and the standard school uniform jacket. In combat, he wore a black vest and trimmed shorts with an orange lining, and wrap-up sandals. During the second round of the Shaman Fights, he is depicted wearing a shirt with a Funbari Onsen advertisement on it and sweatpants with sandals, and long black trousers, also with wrap up sandals. In between the battles of the Second Round of the Shaman Fights, he wore a yukata, a blue robe tied together with an orange sash around the waist, where he keeps Amidamaru's memory tablet.
39;s star earrings and he now wears brown leather sandals.
Around his chest of his robes is yet another advertisement for Funbari Onsen and over his shoulders, he also wears a black cape. Around the age of 17 and when Hana was still only a baby, he began to dress in jeans pants, a short-sleeved white t-shirt and a plaid printed scarf. His hair was slightly longer and just past his shoulders. At the age of 22 Yoh's hair is now waist length and wavier. He no longer wears his orange-colored headphones and bear claw necklace and instead of an open shirt, he now wears a plain white t-shirt. Attached to his orange pants is one of Hao's star earrings and he now wears brown leather sandals. As a slacker by nature, Yoh maintains a carefree, laid-back attitude about everything, even with achieving his goal of becoming Shaman King. Because he was alienated by everyone outside of the family he instead chose to bond with spirits and has decided that anyone who can see spirits cannot be evil. Although generally seen as lazy and uncaring to most things, Yoh holds wisdom well beyond his age as he thinks outside common norms and principles, with many people being unable to read his flexible and unique nature. While his comments and general demeanour give an impression of irresponsibility and lack of commitment which has often infuriated others, Yoh operates out of a sense of empathy. He does his utmost to help others (and himself) to stop carrying unnecessary burdens that wear oneself down, and potentially lead to self-destruction, something that is not initially perceived at first glance from his attitude, but has caused the many people he has met to start questioning themselves and the path they should follow.
His signature phrase "Everything will work out" (なんとかなる, nantoka naru) is a means by which he believes things will eventually turn out for the better, without stressing oneself unnecessarily over the things they are able to handle. Despite not looking like it, Yoh acts seriously in mostly all instances, but always trying to keep true to himself. Because of his empathic nature, Yoh is rarely on bad terms with anyone and always decides to make friends with the people he meets. He cares deeply about his friends, even at one point quitting from the Shaman Fight out of a deal with Iron Maiden Jeanne to revive Tao Ren. Although he deep down disliked the idea of abandoning the fight, he resolved himself, as he could not be at peace with himself knowing his friend was dead while being able to do something. It is also as a result of his empathy that he is able to try and understand his opponents' reasonings and motivations, comprehending their stances, but also showing where such beliefs might be misplaced and downright damaging to others and themselves. Despite of this, Yoh is openly against senseless violence and indiscriminate murder, showing uncharacteristic rage when people's lives are lost. He vehemently disagrees with the idea of revenge, as he believes it is an endless cycle of mutual hatred that only causes harm and never brings any conclusion or satisfaction and even drag third parties into the struggle, which will subsequently seek revenge on their wrongdoers in a never ending pool of spilled blood and conflict. He Nevertheless, understands that actions have consequences and that such displays of irrational hatred will find themselves reversed, although he doesn't personally approve of such outcomes full of misery.
Simply by seeing her face for the first time, it made him blush.
It is because of these beliefs, that Yoh does in fact hold a negative view of humanity as well, as it is their greedy, self-centered nature that has caused great harm to the world for no real reason, but Nevertheless doesn't succumb to the same levels of extreme misanthropy as Hao. Even though it is rarely seen, Yoh truly loves Anna and has decided that, when he becomes Shaman King, he will make her life easy. Simply by seeing her face for the first time, it made him blush. Ever since Anna became his fiancée, Yoh has constantly been submitted to exhausting and painful training which in turn caused him to gain a tougher and stronger body. During the battle, he is very flexible, intuitive, and completely relaxed and calm at the same time. It is due to this relaxed and calm attitude that he learns to negate Furyoku attacks, a skill that is likened to a grass straw bending with the wind to avoid breaking. He later develops this skill into a technique that completely nullifies Furyoku and he learns to channel it through his Over Soul or using it by grabbing his opponent directly for more devastating effects. Yoh becomes one of the Five Elemental Warriors and attunes his Furyoku to that of earth, this is first shown as he used metal to survive the lightning attack from Tao Ren. While fighting his way through the Plants, Kyōyama Anna looked through the Furyoku values of Yoh and the others. As a shaman, Yoh has learned many techniques, amongst others from his grandfather, Anna, the cat spirit Matamune, and the Gandhara teams.
Ko-Oni Strike (小鬼ストライク, Ko'oni Sutoraiku): One of the Asakura Family's onmyôji magic, Yoh summons small spirits from leaves; however, he never truly mastered the technique but displayed the capacity to use it at age 10, under the tutelage of his grandfather. At best, he could only invoke three from the leaves. Sankiraimon (三帰礼文, Sankiraimon, literally meaning "Three Refuges Prayer"): A sutra (お経, Okyō) taught to him by Anna, it is a Buddhist exorcism chant that will send any spirit with knowledge of Buddhism who hears it to the hereafter. However, the sutra does not work on spirits from different cultures. Fumon Tonkō (巫門遁甲, Fumon Tonkō, Shamanic Oracle in the English manga): One of many spells Yoh learned from the Chō-Senjiryakketsu. Using this spell enables one to read the flow of Furyoku and determine its course. Effective use can render most magical attacks ineffective.
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Ultra Senji Ryakketsu: Mikazuki no Harae (超, Chō Senji Ryakuketsu Mikazuki no Harae, literally meaning "Full Moon Purification"): This was secret exorcist magic left to Yoh by Matamune, to help vanquish the Oh-Oni that Anna created. This magic depleted the reserve Furyoku within Matamune, and as a result, sent him to the hereafter. Mustame was the personal sword of Amidamaru when he was still alive. Yoh acquired it after defeating Tokageroh, who had stolen it from the museum to get revenge against Amidamaru. Yoh later uses the Mustame as the main medium for his Over Souls. The Futunomitama no Turugi is a red knife-shaped rock that has been owned by the Asakura Family ever since the time of Asakura Hao. It was once owned by a sword god and even though it is only made of rock, it is the perfect medium to create a sword Over Soul. Amidamaru is a 600-year old samurai that is Yoh's first guardian ghost. Always sticking by Yoh's side, Amidamaru is loyal and trustworthy and can enter Yoh's body through Hyōi-Gattai and later the Over Soul. Amidamaru is very powerful but quite taciturn and extremely devoted to Yoh calling him "Yō-Dono"(Master Yoh in the English version).
During the second round of the Shaman Fights, the Gandhara determined that Yoh was one of the Five Elemental Warriors and according to Pascal Avaf, Yoh was destined to use the Spirit of Earth as its ability is to create metal. Yoh has only been seen using the Spirit of Earth to create gravity fields as a way of protecting himself and others from various attacks. Asakura Mikihisa, an ascetic monk, and Asakura Keiko, a Miko. He spent most of his early childhood living in Izumo with his mother, while his father's apprentice Tamao and his grandfather, Yohmei, who helped raise him in the family ways of shamanic. For the most part, during his childhood Yoh was rather lonesome, having virtually no friends outside his family and the spirits because of his shamanic heritage. Yoh was regularly an outcast by normal people, alienated because of his powers so he spends most of his time listening to music by his favorite artist, SOUL BOB. However, he always envisioned a better life for himself. This became his motivation to become Shaman King. Yoh's ambitions to become Shaman King began at age four when his grandfather told him about the Great Spirit and Yoh being the slacker that he was sawing the possibility of an easy life and, from that day, decided to become Shaman King.
His training progressed slowly, but at age ten, Yoh was told of his engagement to the young Itako, named Kyōyama Anna. It was at this time that he also gained his first Guardian Ghost, Matamune of the Cats--a cat spirit who had served the Asakura house for over a thousand years. At Yoh's grandfather's request, Matamune returned from the underworld to escort Yoh to Ozorenzan, where he was to meet Anna, who had just finished her Itako training with Yoh's grandmother, Asakura Kino. On his first day in Osorezan, Yoh encounters a young girl who receives him in a cool reception, leaving Yoh reeling. Awhile after, he was attacked by an Oni. Matamune. Despite this, the two would eventually arrive at Yoh's grandmother's home and was properly introduced to his fiancee who turned out to be the girl from earlier, much to Yoh's shock and surprise. Though upset at first, Yoh slowly uncovers the mystery behind Anna and her powers as a Reishi. During a battle with an Oni, Yoh's bravery coaxed emotion from Anna, whose negative emotions formed the Oni, and dissolved it, though it cost Matamune the last of the Reyoku, causing him to disappear. When Yoh moved to Funbari Hills to participate in the Shaman Fight in Tokyo and to find a ghost of his own. There he met the first friends he ever had Oyamada Manta, at the Funbari Hill cemetery after he enrolled at Funbari ga Oka, the same school as Manta.