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The Continent of Song is in chaos. The sinister secret society known as Demon Card is using the power of Dark Bring to destroy everything in their path.

The only things capable of stopping Dark Bring are the Rave stones. Unfortunately, the Rave Stones were scattered around the globe in an explosion 50 years ago, so now they must be collected by the Rave Master in order to stop Dark Bring once and for all.

This new task has been given to Haru Glory, a sixteen year old boy from Garage Island.

The World's fate now rests on the new, young Rave Master.


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Associated Names
Groove Adventure Rave
Rave Master
Thánh thạch Rave
The Groove Adventure Rave

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Atlantis Scanlations
Dragon Guard

Latest Release(s)
v.28 c.234-235 by Shinhou & anabella over 8 years ago
v.28 c.230-233 by Shinhou & anabella over 8 years ago
v.28 c.228-229 by Shinhou & anabella over 8 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
35 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 12, Chap 95

User Reviews

6 topics, 36 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (955 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.24 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 1st 2017, 6:30pm PST



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English Publisher
Kodansha Comics (35 Volumes - Complete; Digital)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #525 increased(+138)
Monthly Pos #1019 increased(+213)
3 Month Pos #1498 increased(+173)
6 Month Pos #1701 decreased(-18)
Year Pos #1732 decreased(-60)

List Stats
On 1541 reading lists
On 1005 wish lists
On 2276 completed lists
On 219 unfinished lists
On 428 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Why I Feel Haru Surviving is more of an ass pull then anything in Fairy Tail over 2 years ago
A simple question. (spoilers) over 5 years ago
yay. Rave Master is finished. over 7 years ago
How big is the romance? over 8 years ago
What's happened in Rave Master lately. over 8 years ago

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i changed my mind   
Rating: N/A
by Dax Baxter
March 20th, 2007, 9:33pm
after reading Fairy Tail (his other work) this seems to pale in comparison, but after reading further on the storyline becomes much better and the art seems to grow as well, plotline develops into something leaving me wanting more. a must read for shonen enthusiasts.

... Last updated on March 23rd, 2007, 10:37pm
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Cliched but presented well   
Rating: N/A
by gomting
December 16th, 2013, 7:20pm
Read this if you want a typical feel good, good over evil, happy ending shounen manga. Nothing new here, but I give this one credit over similar mangas like Fairy Tail and One Piece for few reasons.

1. It's not infinitely dragged on. The pacing is good and it has a nice ending that ties up everything. Actually, it feels slightly rushed near the end, but that's OK with me because by then I had already seen enough of good guy fights impossibly strong bad guy, gets beat up, comes back through his will power stuff.

2. People die. Really. This is very unshounen-like in my opinion. Mangaka does pull some typical shounen style "he's-beat-up-so-bad-everyone-thought-he-was-dead-but-he-was-actually-bar ely-hanging-on-to-life-and-will-be-perfectly-fine-after-resting-few-days-with-no-side-effects" . But, some good and bad guys do die. For me, this made the fights feel a lot more epic and meaningful.

3. Ending didn't have any surprises, but it was satisfactory. No wondering whatever happened to...? Or why didn't they do...?

I recommend reading it if you're a fan of the genre.

... Last updated on December 21st, 2013, 12:22am
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probably i'll never find better manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by wickedcloud
August 12th, 2013, 7:39am
I finished readning it fourth or fifth (can't tell for sure) time and I'm sure that it wasn't my last time. No matter how many times i return to Rave, i'll be always be crying . Sombody may say, that it's cliched etc. but i don't care. Besides, i've read many shounen mangas, but no other was like this one! Feelings that it gave me - absolutely uniqe!
I love main characters and enemies too. It's rare that i don't really hate anyone. I was really attached to everyone, thats why i'm always crying while reading it
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Especially: Shiba last moments (when he finally meets woman he loved for 50 years just before he died) and whole Sieghart part "promise from one man to another"- he will always remain my favourite hero of all mangas and books i've read ! i just love him! *still crying*

One of the few mangas, with satisfying ending "right in time".
I like Fairy Tail, but for me Rave far is better. Story is much deeper and has suspense moments ( which FT lacks).

I recommend this manga to EVERYONE! I't will forever stay in my heart. Too bad that anime wasn't so good. I hope that someday there will be remake and it'll contain all volumes.

... Last updated on August 12th, 2013, 7:41am
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statisfying ending   
Rating: N/A
by caitnap
February 10th, 2012, 4:13am
one of the few manga that actually has good ending, I am often frustrated by how author seems to have problem with ending.

I actually prefer a short battle scene and more story,so this is actually perfect.
those that have battle scene goes on for chapter making me begging it to quickly finish and get on with the story is tiring me and making me lazy to read.
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A great Shounen   
Rating: 9.2 / 10.0
by sirsosss
August 23rd, 2011, 3:36pm
It was a wonderful read, a very long one too. The manga is quite slow paced. I find it boring from time to time, but nevertheless, it all serves as a good build up to a great climax and a decent ending. I thought the ending could've been a bit more grand, but it was still pretty good, no complain about that. The characters development was decent, not so much the main characters though. The romance was the initial reason why i read this manga, and i have to say, after the first 100 chapters, i was quite frustrated since there was no romance development at all. Now, after over 200 chapters, the romance between the main characters started to pick up the pace a bit. It is one of the manga's main theme, but for many reasons, it feels more like a bonus. It developed very slowly, but it was definitely well developed and believable. The actions were pretty good too. I'm sure glad it didn't drag on forever like bleach or naruto. I guess this is probably one of the best "typical shounen" out there.
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Great story, bad battle scene   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Hyoukami
November 30th, 2010, 8:57am
Overall, Rave have a great plot. When I discovered the meaning of the scattered puzzled and traps that showed up in the earlier chapters, I even felt like I've been struck by lightning. This manga make you felt like you know the plot, but you'll be amazed by the really well and unpredictable planed story line. The only downside that make this manga less enjoyable are the battle scene. In the earlier chapters, it is good. But as the story progress, the battle became annoying (sometimes a battle against boss can be finished by only one swing of sword). Overall, the story is really epic except the annoying battle.
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Cliche but fun   
Rating: 6.9 / 10.0
by KennEH!
July 8th, 2007, 7:13pm
Story takes quite a while to get going, feeling very episodic at the start. It definitley picks up and gets interesting later on. I felt that it was spoonfeeding too much. The tropes are very strong here. Charcters brought back from "death" multiple times, heel turn villians, main character wins through sheer force of will, " the power of friendship" and etc. There were some genuinly funny moments spattered thoughout, but a lot of it was mediocre and really ruined more serious moments. Tries to have some darker themes, but it's overall lightharted nature. All that combined makes things poitnlessly edgy instead looking cool or giving the story depth.

The setting is generic medieval fantsy, nothing really descrptive to give any unique vibe. Almost everyone dresses like they are from the early 2000s, unless they are a warrior or mage.

Our main character Haru is no Naruto, but still very much a shounen lead, he does have some likebale qualities. Heroine is a spunky yet gullible girl with memeory loss, also typical but likable. Some side charcters are interesting, even with being heavily tropey. There are at least three joke charcters at a time who can really push your tolerance for that kind of thing. No charcters development aside from the villins who "see the light."

Art definitley gets better as the series goes on. All the charcters look unique and have something interesting to look at. Mashima has very good fashion sense and chracters have a variety of outfts that all look cool. The overall style had some unique quirks that helped more than hindered in my opinion. My only gripe is that the extreme expressions looked way too similar to the super deformed style used in the comedy bits. More work on subtly in charcter movements would have helped immensley. Backgorunds aren't super detailed. Full page pieces are alright. Action scenes are pretty standard and offer just barely enough to keep you interested.

For being Mashima's first project and not having worked under another mangaka, I'm quite impressed. If you love all the tropes that shounens have to offer, this is pretty good read.

... Last updated on April 3rd, 2017, 8:09pm
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On the FT Comparison   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by arouraleona
August 22nd, 2014, 5:00am
I feel the need to finally review based on more and more people bringing this up. "Rave has a better storyline."

I am not denying that Rave's story is interesting, because it's certainly is. But the fact of the matter is that Rave follows many of the storylines featured over and over in Japanese RPGs. And some manga as well, but throughout this story, it was like playing a "Tales of [...]" game.

However, with Rave, it is ONE story. There are side stories, small adventures, but from the first chapter there is one and only one objective. "Save the world using Rave" (basically.)

Fairy Tail, on the other hand, has a few large questions (like the dragons and Lucy's mom), but is not one single story. It is a series of connected stories, the arcs, featuring the same characters.

Both manga Plot Shield like mad, but all shonen manga do. Good guys are crazy hard to kill, don't lose twice to the same enemy, power up for seemingly no reason other than being a good guy and having friends, being able to fight when there is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY THAT IS EVEN PHYSICALLY POSSIBLE! Every action manga has this. Heck, every action ANYTHING has this. Rave has this. FT has this. FT has it a bit more because FT is longer (now) and has more boss battles.

But it's certainly a fun ride. Laughter was laughed (omg chapter 170), tears were cried (, lots), and enjoyment was had. My only real complaint was that Let and Julia didn't get much "screen time" together! Even in cover shots, Julia was more often placed near Musica than Let. Granted, Musica's got a bit of the womanizin', but JULIA.

In the end, Rave is good. It's not the be-all-and-end-all of manga, but it's certainly worth reading. (But, if you're coming from Fairy Tail looking for a second Fairy Tail, let me just say... Hiro didn't quite have the S&M thing down yet.)

... Last updated on August 22nd, 2014, 5:02am
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Brings Back Memories!!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by P_O_C_K_Y
May 14th, 2013, 6:37pm
Who else watched the anime growing up? Brilliant!

Oh, but it PALES in comparison to those wonderful 35 volumes. One of the few long mangas that I read every. single. page of. It was very, very good. I LOVE Ellie, Haru, Musica, and Plue. BEST TEAM EVER!

The storyline is brilliant since there's so much more to it than just finding the scattered stones. Did anyone else cry at the "end." I pour my eyes out like a bloody fool even when I know what happens next. It's beautiful.

After reading this I really was expecting a lot from Fairy Tail and while I have not, exactly, been disappointed yet, I feel it is not quite up to this manga's standard yet. It definitely lacks the attachment you get for the characters in here.

These guys are more than just friends, they're family (some literally later on *wink wink*). It's romantic, it's action-packed, it's sad, it's suspenseful, but it's amazing. A perfect ending to a perfect manga and you'll never get bored.

Read it and to hell with anyone that says they don't like it!
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Cliched, yes, but...   
Rating: N/A
by phuong24_9
January 17th, 2013, 8:12am
Yes, it's totally cliched, I mean, all the battles seem so alike. The protagonists, in a lot of situations, just need will power and will power alone to level up and kill the enemy that just seconds ago, beat them hell out XD

But, I am indeed moved for characters in this story. All the deaths are glorious and some even moved me to tears. It's just like I never expected the story to be so deep and so meaningful like that. I really hope such details will be included in Fairy Tail XD
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