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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)
v.15 c.161 (end) by Project Kurai Ryu & Believe Manga Scans over 10 years ago
v.15 c.160 by Project Kurai Ryu & Believe Manga Scans over 10 years ago
v.15 c.159 by Project Kurai Ryu & Believe Manga Scans over 10 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
15 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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

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User Rating
Average: 7.4 / 10.0 (521 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.35 / 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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"WTH" to see this from Anzai   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Fantasier
October 6th, 2013, 6:04am
I finished reading this when I was a kid. At that time I didn't think this manga was this bad. But now that I've grown; this manga really is bad. Much disappointing from Anzai Nobuyuki. I third (or fourth or whatever...) this: MAR is far inferior to Flame of Recca.

Start with the best thing from this manga (not meaning the best thing compared to others): the art. The art is good. It's Anzai's style and I don't hate it. The expressions are well drawn. And that's about it.

The setting is boring. Another dimension? What? So friggin common. Dad mystery? Err... are you serious? It's everywhere. I must admit it started quite well. The early story is good with some nice people encounters. Some ideas are good and suit the character's personality. But nothing else is. It then didn't do anything much interesting; it got even worse with 'good guys vs bad guys' battle rounds. Is that all you can think of? The characters are too flat, unreal, and boring. Battles are just like you can find in any Shounen. The end is one of the stupidest I've ever seen.

Flame of Recca is far fresher and much better plotted. It was, from glancing at late works of Anzai, the best piece of him so far.

... Last updated on October 6th, 2013, 6:05am
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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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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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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: 6.0 / 10.0
by Fareki
November 29th, 2008, 6:34pm
Agreeing with both Hetien and Kevinkgood, it's nice to read, a lotta "emotional potential" , but characters are a bit shallow and it's too fast to actually grasp what the characters are feeling.
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Let's see..   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by kevinkgood
September 17th, 2008, 12:36am
I have to describe it as a better, more thought out Flame of Recca. Definitely more enjoyable and yet it still is a bit off from one of those great stories, it is still very good none the less. Heck, I finished reading it all in one day so it has to be somewhat addicting haha. Honestly, give it a shot. Sure you can read everyone's, including my opinions on it, but in the end we are not you so everyone has their own preferences. Also, Ginta's final guardian in the end is uber awesome. I really liked this series! I can't wait to check out the author's next series.
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great idea   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Hetien
August 22nd, 2008, 8:31pm
well, this was an awesome idea for a manga. artwork's decent, character designs are good. it nags some stuff from outside sources, but they're really short and shallow so it doesnt affect the story, at all. it many manga i've read, flashbacks, fights, and explanations are really draw out. not so here. everything's incredibly short, which keeps it nice for reading time, but not so for the story. there a lot of deep emotion potential in the story, but you never really have time to feel it since it passes by so quickly. characters change insanely fast, like, in the course of two panels. overall, worth reading, but not the best.

... Last updated on August 23rd, 2008, 1:35pm
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a good idea gone bad   
Rating: N/A
by pandaslayer0
August 12th, 2008, 5:02pm
this manga here, is like flame of recca version 2.
... did i mention i hated flame of recca?

allright, lets look at the basics.
the art itself is not bad. the style is very clean, you can tell the guy has polished his skills when you compare it to his other works.
the character designs range from really good to extremely bad. but hey, to me its at least better than One Piece, which IMHO, has the worst art ever, i mean, really.

so basically, contrary to Flame of Recca, where one had to force himself through the most horrible of artwork by grasping at the storyline to actually be able to read the manga, MAR provides some nice things to look at.
the bad news is, even though the pictures are good, the story is bad.
as many have stated before, the beginning starts out great. its interesting enough, in fact some would argue that the plot moves a bit TOO slow.

then all of a sudden, its like someone hit the fast forward button, and it really gets messed up.
you think youre in an alternate reality? you think youre gonna explore a new world? not really, becuase the plots just been changed to a tournament.
you think youre gonna get background information on characters? nope, they focus on the wrong characters, and dont even do enough on the ones that you really want to know about.
you think that youre gonna see epic battles, cry tears of joy after every victory? nope. each battle is around 2 chapters, bad guys extremely weak, good guys powerupping far too easily, and its predictable.

but the best of all fo this, is what the mangaka did concerning "killing". the protagonist says killing is wrong, yet he and his companions kill everyone they get their hands on. i mean, what was the deal with "not sinking down to their level". i mean COME ON, its bad to kill, yet these people do it with smiles on their faces.
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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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Inferior to FoR in many ways   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Uhnnown
January 15th, 2008, 7:18am
As many of the reviews mentioned, the beginning of the series is pretty entertaining. It had the world, the feel and it reminded me of Flame of Recca, in a positive way. But after some 70 chapters, it went down the gutter, big time.

More and more one dimensional characters are introduced halfway through the story and at some point, I couldn't care less about them. The background stories are forced down your throat, certain main characters had nothing useful to add and the little potential they had were totally let to waste. Way to go!

The fights were awfully told and the whole thing became really, I mean REALLY, predictable. The fights were standard two to three chapters long and there was little to no originality involved. The protagonist suddenly beats everyone with minimal amount of effort with the same old routine. The summons lacked their interesting background and it drags on and on. All the later fights were avoiding doing anything interesting at all and even the art got really repetitive.

The few last volumes were so down right shitty, it was almost funny. The main villains are disposed off so easily, you would think a five year old wrote the story. The plottwists were weird and not interesting at all. All the tension build up for nothing and just waste valuable story mechanics. Such a disappointment.

Somehow it saddens me how poor this series is, compared to FoR. Or even compared to the typical shounen. This is certainly a manga to avoid. There are many way better series around.

... Last updated on January 15th, 2008, 7:19am
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