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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

User Reviews


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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English Publisher
Viz (15 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #597 increased(+198)
Monthly Pos #1309 increased(+375)
3 Month Pos #2260 increased(+664)
6 Month Pos #3324 increased(+370)
Year Pos #3699 increased(+828)

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On 383 reading lists
On 326 wish lists
On 1669 completed lists
On 75 unfinished lists
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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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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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Great manga ... dissapointing ending   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by IceEmerald
June 6th, 2007, 7:22pm
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This manga is awesome, but the ending is a little bit disappointing. I knew that King was Ginta's father, but to find him right after War Game and defeating him so fast ... it's kinda disappointing ...
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Rating: N/A
by brave86
April 13th, 2007, 12:04am
MAR start off promising, but later, its all about action. All character in the manga given a personality, past, a reason to fight and some skill. Kinda boring when you see one picture box for each character in the end. Doesnt mean anything to me. The plot is weak, start from fighting, till the final boss, and end by fighting.

The action itself is plain too. One cast a skill, and the opponent react to the skill by another skill. In the end, it just repeat this step. Other than the skill part, the character hardly develop. Really wasted my time
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Marchen indeed   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by jo.chan
March 30th, 2007, 1:28pm
a very sweet story that ties reality with their world of fantasy.. not to mention cute, and some cool, characters. Hillarious throughout the story with an amazing ending <33
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MAR Heaven   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by kinghart
March 3rd, 2007, 11:06pm
what's a great fantasy story. You should read it!!
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Warped pacing...   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Sosseres
February 23rd, 2007, 10:28am
This series was good, not great in any way, but still entertaining. Art was average, chars were average, plot was average and the battles ok. It came together quite nicely as well in many parts, if not all.

The big problem though is that a battle could take a complete volume in one case and a more even one could take half a chapter. This strange pacing really threw of the enjoyment in some parts. You really never did know if you would get a long battle or a bundle of small ones in a row, it kind of disturbed me.
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i loved this series   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by berial666
February 3rd, 2007, 5:20am
.. and of course i loved dorothy eheh^_^
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Everyone should read this   
Rating: N/A
by Dax Baxter
January 29th, 2007, 9:06pm
love this manga, full of excitement and what not, although it cant beat the Tsubasa Chronicles, it still is one of my favorates.
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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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