Yoh Asakura

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Yoh Asakura

Yoh Asakura (麻倉 葉 Asakura Yō) is the main character in the anime and manga Shaman King. In the original Japanese anime, his name is sometimes romanized with a circumflex, sometimes romanized as Yoh, and sometimes romanized as You, while in the English adaptations, his name is always romanized as Yoh.

Yoh was four years old in 1989 and therefore was born in 1985. Yoh, hailing from Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, Japan is a slacker and wants to become Shaman King so that he could lead an easy life, as well as to fulfill his promise to his fiancée. His fiancée, Anna Kyōyama, is pushing him into being the Shaman King. Anna and Yoh's grandparents paired them up in an arranged marriage in order to keep the family bloodline going (In the English anime, Anna saved Yoh's life and Yoh promised her that she would be Queen if he was Shaman King). Yoh's spirit ally is Amidamaru, a dead samurai, and his sword is named Harusame (In the English anime, there are two swords that are carved by Mosuke, the first being the "Spring Rain", and the second being the "Sword of Amidamaru" or the "Sword of Light"). Yoh has different special attacks, based on certain positions. One of them is the mosst common: Amida-Ryu Halo Blade. This is when Yoh and Amidamaru do a very powerful slash that can be quite murderous. The other attack, Shock Wave Buddha Giri (or Celestial Slash), is where they emit a cool wave from their sword. It is especially helpful against Lee Bailong (a.k.a. Lee Pai-Long or Li Pyron), as it attacks outside of his strike radius.

Yoh's best friend is the panicky Manta Oyamada (Mortimer "Morty").

His father, an ascetic monk, is named Mikihisa Asakura (麻倉 幹久 Asakura Mikihisa). His mother, a miko, is named Keiko Asakura. His grandfather, an onmyōji, is named Yohmei Asakura (麻倉葉明 Asakura Yōmei). His grandmother, an itako, is named Kino Asakura. Yoh attends Shinra Private Academy along with Anna and Manta, and along with them is in Class C in the 7th grade. Yoh also has an evil twin brother named Hao Asakura (麻倉葉王 Asakura Hao, Zeke in the English anime), who wants to destroy humanity. Hao was stopped by Yohken Asakura about 500 years ago, but Hao was reborn as Yoh's twin brother.

Yoh is obsessed about food. In the English anime, he is specifically obsessed about cheeseburgers.

In the short story Funbari no Uta, the main character, Hana Asakura, is the son of Yoh.

In one episode of the Japanese version of the Shaman King anime, Pirka wrongly states that Yoh's name is Ha Makura (Makura Ha) due to incorrectly reading the kanji that makes up Yoh's name.


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