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[From Viz]:

Ginta Toramizu is a 14-year-old kid who doesn't have a lot going for him: he's near-sighted, doesn't do well in school, sucks at sports, and to top it off--he's short! But Ginta is a dreamer and has had the same dream 102 times, always in the same fantasy world, where he is a hero blessed with all the abilities he lacks in real life.

Then one day a supernatural figure appears at Ginta's school and summons him to a mysterious and exciting new world! In this strange universe filled with magic and wonder, he is strong, tough, agile--and he can see without his glasses! Thus, Ginta begins a mystical quest in search of the magical items known as "ÄRMS," one of which may have the power to send him home. Joining him on this epic journey are his companion Jack and the valuable living, talking, mustachioed iron-ball weapon known as "Babbo," which everyone wants but, it seems, only Ginta can possess!


Related Series
MÄR Omega (Sequel)

Associated Names
Märchen Awakens Romance
Marchen Awakens Romance
Marchen Heaven

Groups Scanlating
Believe Manga Scans
Evil Genius
Project Kurai Ryu

Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
15 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Volume 1, Chapter 1

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 7.4 / 10.0 (519 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.36 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 21st 2015, 4:37am PST



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Viz (15 Volumes - Complete)

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Monthly Pos #1738 increased(+92)
3 Month Pos #2407 increased(+198)
6 Month Pos #2964 increased(+730)

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On 322 wish lists
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Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
July 12th, 2006, 8:50pm
the story is good, but not as creative as flame of recca. i think the manga would be better if ginta becomes more matured and aware of the harshness of war instead of a naive kid

to the person who wrote "ginta=kenshin" : think twice b4 writing something stupid

kenshin refuses to kill people because he feels guilty to have killed innocent lives, even though they are on the ennemy's side. he realized that the ones he killed at war are his ennemies because they fight for what they believe is right, just like him, but their opinions opposes. he realized that he destroyed families because he took away the lives of a father/husband. he knew the feeling of losing someone precious, which is why he hates killing.

as for ginta, he's just the typical 14 yrs old naive boy who never had any experience of war. of course it's normal that he doesn't want to kill, HE'S A KID! for him, it's too sad to see someone die. also, he knew that not all of cross is evil (ex: the guy who cares alot for him pawn named Gido, he's noble)

[edit by mod: watch the language]
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not just a matter of being unoriginal   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by p00k
January 5th, 2007, 1:22am
We all know MAR bears several resemblances to Recca. A lot of people who don't like it have commented that this lack of originality is the manga's major flaw. Really though, it isn't - after all, Recca was hardly original either (e.g. look at YYH), yet managed to be a lot more entertaining, one of my favorites in the genre in fact.

For me, MAR's main problem is that it lacks direction and focus. It all just seems superficial, as if the central storyline had been predetermined in mad-lib form, after which other characters and events were whimsically chosen to fill the blanks. It certainly doesn't help that the atmosphere often clashes with story (imagine mario characters in resident evil). In the end, I'd rather just re-read something else .
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average..and that's it   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by vegetarocks
January 10th, 2011, 6:21am
Well,what should i say about this manga.First the plotlinebigrazzattern way too similar to many other shounen mangas with little to no twists whatsoever(even if there are,they are way too predictable),then comes the art:I would say not bad but not spectacular either.And I should say the mangaka played it way too safe by having no new innovative ideas whatsoever.The battles are good but the pacing is fast in a bad way.And there are some parts in the story(like training parts)which copied concepts from DB and Naruto with no changes at all.Overall an average manga which can be read once but dont expect too much out of it
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Second biggest wasted potential ever   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by scytheavatar
October 29th, 2007, 8:09am
What a waste of potential, the series started off rather well and was mildly interesting. However, when they ditched the RPG feel for the tournaments the whole series falls apart. You could see towards the end that the mangaka got sick and tired of the series and wanted to rush and be done with this POS. And the twist at the end of the series is one of the most retarded plot twist I have ever seen. Very disappointed.
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Rating: N/A
by Akari
August 1st, 2005, 3:52pm
Even if the concept is old, what save this manga are the wonderful characters, weapons and, of course, artwork. The first 2 volumes are boring, but when the group is gathered together everything starts working, and the interaction between the characters is great. MÄR has a bit of secrets too, because of the new chapters you have to remade all your concepts about the Chess no Koma and other characters. The past of some are very interesting, and i'm particulary curious about Nanashi and Phantom. We've been cleare a bit about Alviss, Rolan and Dorothy. Those are the greatest characters so far, and they make me still hooked in MÄR.
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Don't watch the Anime   
Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
June 28th, 2005, 4:49am
Okay, first of all: if you like the manga, don't watch the anime. In my opinion they messed it up. It became a kids-only-show with bloodless fights (it's not exciting anymore if people don't get wounded and you know they won't die!!).
Okay, as for the manga:
I reeeeally like the manga. Somehow it is addictive, even though I sometimes can't stand the main character (at the beginning of the story he's quite the annoying brat). My favourite character is Alviss so I hope he's not going to end as the weak fighter, looking up to Ginta. Of course Ginta will win the final fight but Alviss could give him a helping hand or something like that. The drawings are more beautiful than in the anime, but I'm not really please with the style (Jack = ugly, Ginta = little brat, the comment, the princess = standard cute person, Alviss is my fav :P). The mysterious parts don't work because every time something "mysterious" happens you know right away what's going on. The fights are sometimes too short. In short: A good manga but nothing special, still addictive and the main character shows a real developement (hope this is going to continue. I don't want him to stay a stupid brat forever...he's progressing). => Manga with potential. (Does anyone know if it's finished in japan or which chapter they are at? thx.)
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Agreed with Unknown: Inferior to FoR   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by TuckingFypo
October 9th, 2012, 5:52am
I was once again hooked in one of Anzai-sense's mangas because of the weapons. I personally think he's a genius when it comes to these. Madougus, ARM weapons etc. ^_^ But then as I read into this, I realized it's just similar to Flame of Recca, although FoR is waaay better. The dialogues and lines were already used and amazingly delivered in FoR so I got bored reading MAR. I dunno...I really can't say much because it was bland. xD
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by VawX
July 13th, 2010, 10:52pm
this is a nice fast paced action shounen manga
you can't really find a good story but the fights are good and not dragged too long (mostly 1-3 ch)
it's good to spend your time to read this manga

*9 is for normal-really good
*10 is for good-perfect
so don't take my vote so high
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Rating: N/A
by kyo88
March 11th, 2008, 8:01pm
yes its kinda cheap or w/e u many call it but it left a gd feeling in u. lol the main character faces a problem and solves not just his but other people problems as well. xD lol. the plot was averg. the art is not that bad compare to other mangas with good plots but w/ a meh art. the character development was predictable. its a type of story that can be copied over and over again like a cookie cutter but iunno i'm the like who get suck in with cute characters xD lol =)
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Not Bad   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by Kagrath
June 12th, 2007, 2:22pm
MAR is a decent story for Shounen fans. Its plotline, like most other mangas, follows a generic pattern so that a little before midway you can tell all the major plot twists, even the ones that were ment to stun the reader. Also, near the end it kinda fizzels out and doesnt quite meet your expectations, but is still a good story.
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