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Yoh Asakura is the main protagonist of Shaman King. In the original Japanese anime, his name is sometimes romanized with a circumflex as Yō but is typically romanized as You, or Yoh—the common literation in the English adaptation. He is voiced by actor Sebastian Arcelus in the English dub and Yūko Satō in the 2001 anime Japanese dub. In the 2021 reboot, he is voiced by Yōko Hikasa in Japanese and Abby Trott in English.


Yoh is a young boy with dark brown hair and always wearing a pair of orange headphones.

He has dark green jeans, sandals and a open white blouse shirt that was he wears his normal school uniform during his school hours. When the weather gets cold, he closes it.


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. He has even gotten a signature phrase: "everything will work out" as a way of seeing things. He is rarely on bad terms with anyone and always decides to make friends with the people he meets. He is deeply caring for his friends and is even ready to die for them or give up his dreams as seen when Tao Len was killed and would be revived by Iron Maiden Jeanne, only if Yoh dropped out of the tournament. Although he has a kind and caring nature, when he talked with Hao Asakura inside the Great Spirit, he revealed that he didn't like humans that much either.

Even though it is rarely seen, Yoh truly loves Anna with all of his heart and has decided that, when he becomes Shaman King, he will make her life easy. It is also believed that, before he left to America for the shaman fight, he and Anna "slept together" after Anna said to him "Tonight...may I sleep with you?" and his response was "Yes."

Another hint of this was Yoh's talk with Asakura Yohken when he asked Yoh "Yoh, do you have children too?" and Yoh blushed and said "No, well how can I say that?" Given that Hana is six at the time of Funbari no Uta and Yoh is twenty-two, it can be assumed that Hana was conceived that night and that Yoh was sixteen at the time of him leaving to America.

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  • Coincidentally, Nero from Devil May Cry 4's Devil Trigger bears resemblance to Yoh's spiritual ally, Amidamaru as they are both in the form of spiritual warriors within their respective swords (Yoh's Harusame and Nero's Yamato)