Yoh and Tao Ren's battle to qualify for the second round of the Shaman Fight comes to a dramatic conclusion one ever expected! In the end, Yoh takes to the hot springs to recover and Ren returns home to China a changed shaman. After his experiences in Tokyo, Ren is determined to put an end to the Tao reign of terror. But to do so he must take down his father, the most feared shaman in China! When Ren's attack fails, it's up to Yoh to come to his enemy's rescue!
Unconventional author/artist Hiroyuki Takei began his career by winning the coveted Hop Step Award (a monthly award given by WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP for amateur artists) and the Osamu Tezuka Award (named after the famous artist of the same name). After working as an assistant to famed artist Nobuhiro Watsuki, Takei debuted in WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP in 1997 with BUTSU ZONE, an action series based on Buddhist mythology. His multicultural adventure Manga, SHAMAN KING, which debuted in 1998, became a hit and was adapted into an anime TV series. Takei lists Osamu Tezuka, American comics, and robot anime among his many influences.