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Marie no Kanaderu Ongaku  
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This is a fantasy epic of truly magnificent scale with gorgeous illustrations. In just two volumes, the author manages to create an incredibly rich and fascinating world that is full of wonders and enchanting beauties.
In this world, men are watched over by the mechanical goddess Marie who at times appears on the sky. Marie's music brings people happiness and harmony. Their life is free from advanced technology and the longing for progress.
The main story centers around Kai, a young man who develops a deep affection for Marie. His quest for enlightenment leads him inside Marie's mechanical body where he learns the unbelievable truth about her and his own world.


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Associated Names
Музыка Марии
La música de Marie
Marie's Played Music
Muzyka Marie
The Music of Marie

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Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.15-16 (end) by Kotonoha over 7 years ago
v.2 c.13-14 by Kotonoha over 7 years ago
v.2 c.12 by Kotonoha over 8 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
2 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (453 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.65 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 14th 2018, 12:00am PST



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Original Publisher
Gentosha (2001)
Sony Magazines (Vol. 1; 2001)

Serialized In (magazine)
Comic Birz (Gentosha)

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Monthly Pos #988 increased(+61)
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Year Pos #1621 decreased(-397)

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On 368 reading lists
On 898 wish lists
On 951 completed lists
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Creepy yet beautiful   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by enaikelt
August 24th, 2011, 7:54pm
More or less. This is a fantastic story. It takes a bit to get used to the art (and I can't seem to get used to how the mangaka sort of does this strange 'covered by clothes' sex scenes thing); in fact, I never quite got used to it. It's detailed, but sort of abstract.

I agree with AeonisPi that the ending really makes the story; it ties all these strange, varied foreshadowing into a little bundle of Amazing Plot Twist... two, actually. The Music of Marie reads like a child's story book - one with religion, death, obsession, sci-fi, war, philosophy and a very sad, sweet sort of love story. It does strange things to your head. Even after reading, I still don't know what to think.
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wrench my soul   
Rating: 9.9 / 10.0
by whitespade
October 7th, 2012, 1:19am
this is so crazy yet so wonderful, so sedate yet so mind blowing, I'm screaming for one minute straight at the ending. I can''t believe it, everything is never what I expect it to be, I don't know what is real or everything is? i don't know how to put it into words, the impact of this manga on me, take me by the throat and choke me off stability, putting me on the edge and make me think in many different ways.
a great manga - a masterpiece, even. read it.
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Brilliant sci-fi fantasy   
Rating: N/A
by AeonisPi
September 13th, 2010, 2:13am
I found this manga really beautiful in both story and artwork. It's moves at a slow place, gradually filling in details about the worlds workings and its characters. The richly detailed world and its characters interactions are further supported by the amazingly detailed artwork. I felt this series was well thought out. It's an interesting presentation of a post-apocalyptic Utopian society riddle with tons of gears and machinery. However, this is one of those stories that comes altogether in the very last moments. It drops some hints for you, some you might not even pick up. In the end, it ties itself up rather tidily.

Spoiler (highlight to view)
The ending caught me totally off guard. While Satisfied I couldn't help from crying. It was so sad, yet beautiful. I couldn't really hate it.

Everyone should read through this once, if not for the story, then for the art, even if just for some of the philosophies present.
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It's like a novel   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by weiwei
June 1st, 2013, 10:53am
Marie no Kanaderu Ongaku is not your typical manga. It is simply a manga about life and humans. The love humans have, the development of society and religion. To sum it up it is basically about the human nature (with an emphasis on God). Though the most interesting part is how society is shown in the manga, it is shown to be a futuristic past of today, with cogs and mechanism we would not have seen it to be today. On the other note, the drawing is spectacular, just read and you'll know smile I have to admit, this manga has one of the best endings I've ever read, it's unexpected and not typical. It was a lovely read, and it's only 2 volume so I suggest you should start reading bigrazz
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jo2ukeGappy
September 21st, 2016, 2:13pm
This is great, an absolute 10 out of 10. My first Furuya Usamaru story with an actual plot (the other one I read of him was Palepoli). The way the drawings of all the gears are drawn, the machines, the mesmerizing Labyrinth of the city of Pyrit, and the plot itself, always misteryous, with a surprising plot twist at the end of it. It's really great. I'm eager to read more by him.

PS (might be a spoiler):
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
When they take the dream-o-graph picture together at the beginning of the manga, Kai is nowhere to be seen. I hadn't guessed what had happened to him at first, but this is a nice foreshadowing.
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what to expect   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Silvergoku
June 23rd, 2014, 9:32pm
Completed reading and it did not turn out like I expected. Started good and got better till the ending that everything comes crashing and reality kicks in. So I recommend this to people interested in civilization, interested in stories with deep meanings and human restrictions. It will get you thinking about the world and God. My warning is for those reading it for romance, not a good choice there is some but very little. Remember to read the tags, helps sometimes.
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Summing it up in few words.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by vekool
October 12th, 2013, 11:23pm
1) Just read it - don't ask questions
2) This is a masterpiece

Word's can't describe how I felt at the ending. I wasn't able to get it out of my head for a month.

Some sites do not have the last chapter of this manga.
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Strange but good   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by PrincessVera
July 11th, 2010, 3:19pm
This series is a frustratingly slow-paced series, a combination of strange futuristic spirituality and science fiction. At the same time, it's so short that you run through it quickly. Most of the series you spend getting to know more about the culture and its background, and then toward the end you finally start getting to the heart of Kai's connection to Marie and Pipi's connection to Kai. The series has strange plot twists involving these three.

The main character is actually Pipi and not Kai, which you'll understand very clearly at the end.

There are a few truly odd scenes:
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Kai masturbating to the thought of Marie, but I wonder how accurate this scene is, due to the ending plot twist... and Pipi and Kai in the flashback scene in the last chapter when Kai reappears from the ocean--I won't spoil it though

The ending was pretty surprising, but I was satisfied by it. And a little depressed. And amazed. And confused. All in all, it's pretty good, but pretty weird. If you want something happy, upbeat, and hopeful, I wouldn't look here. It's not depressing, but it's not... uplifting, either.
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Rating: N/A
by Aahzmandiuz183
October 13th, 2014, 10:45am
Beautiful manga with a fatal flaw.. imho.
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The moment last man, who remembered why machine-god was created, died - humanity was doomed. Humans became unable to understand and control even the slightest negative emotions almost ensuring complete chaos and probable end of humanity if Marie is ever stopped, by choice or by accident. After all - brains of psychopaths also never learn control over their desires.
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Unexpected and brilliant   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by bakerygirl
September 20th, 2013, 5:03am
This is one manga which has made me think a lot. it describes a utopian society which functions on barter system and peace. the description of the customs of this society forms an important part of the manga. the main themes explored are human nature and religious beliefs.
the plot is fantastically developed. during the first few chapters everything seems really random. it picks up pace after that concluding with a twist(you will never see it coming). you can really connect to the characters and can understand why they are doing what they are doing.
you will need some time after to retrospect. highly recommended.
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