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| Info: |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 has been inconsistently romanized as Yoh, You or Yō; while in the English adaptations, his name is always romanized as Yoh.
Yoh was born on May 12, 1985 and has a bloodtype of A. He hails 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. 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 Shaman Queen if he was Shaman King). Yoh is also the reincarnation of the immensely powerful shaman, and the series' main antagonist, Asakura Hao, who reincarnated himself in order to be able to participate in the Shaman Fight. Yoh and Hao used to be the same person, and Yoh came into existence only when Hao's soul somehow split into two during his second reincarnation.
Yoh's best friend is the panicky Manta Oyamada (Mortimer "Morty" in the English Anime). As the story progresses, Yoh's adversaries are often won over by his good nature and become his allies in the Shaman Tournament. Yoh attends Shinra Private Academy along with Anna Kyoyama and Manta, and along with them is in Class C in the 7th grade.
Yoh is part of the Team Funbari Onsen (Team Asakura in the English anime). It is stated in the first volume of the manga that the kanji for Yoh's name means "Leaf" in Japanese. His favourite musician, "SOUL BOB", is a reference to Bob Marley. In episode 30 of Shaman King Dub it is also revealed that another favorite musician is Fabulo when he and his team were helping Millie track down a shaman that stole her oracle bell.
Jeanne has described his furyoku as, "soothing, calm and crystal clear." Jeanne then asks Yoh if he would consider becoming an X-Law, an offer he politely declines, stating that he "doesn't like how [they] do things".
Yoh also goes to Hell to train, an honor given to him by Lady Sati, and is granted the power of purification (furyoku nullification, seen of all members of Gandhara). This training was shown to have helped him phenomenally, because he is even able to beat out two of the 5 legendary warriors. In the manga, he becomes one of the Five Elemental Warriors and gains the Spirit of Earth.