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Marie no Kanaderu Ongaku (Manga)

Marie no Kanaderu Ongaku

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: The Music of Marie
Japanese: Marieの奏でる音楽


Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 16
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 2000 to Oct 2001
Authors: Furuya, Usamaru (Story & Art)
Serialization: Comic Birz


Score: 8.191 (scored by 1398 users)
Ranked: #4922
Popularity: #1251
Members: 4,060
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An incredibly rich and fascinating world that is full of wonders and enchanting beauties—a world in which 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 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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Feb 24, 2015
"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."

-Albert Einstein

Story: 9/10

The story of Marie no Kanaderu Ongaku takes place in a seemingly Utopian world covered with various aesthetically appealing technological creations, most notably large wind-up mechanical animals. The manga begins by introducing the world and it's various traditions and facets through the eyes of our two main characters, Kai and Pipi. While the world of Marie no Kanaderu Ongaku is mostly beautiful there is one very bizarre and jarring element to it that gives it a bit of an eerie vibe, in the sky floats a giant mechanical goddess named Marie who read more
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Jun 15, 2015
Marie no Kanaderu Ongaku or The Music of Marie as its known in English is a beautifully imagined fantasy series by Usamaru Furuya, known for doing experimental surreal manga such as Genkaku Picasso, an adaption of Osamu Dezai's famous novel No Longer Human and many more. The series was published between January 2000 to October 2001 and follows Kai, an adolescent boy who has a heightened sense of hearing and can hear "The Music of Marie", which is music that plays from a giant flying girl........?

The art in the series is exquisite. Furuya constantly provides each page with gorgeous backgrounds that continue to enrich read more
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Dec 19, 2011
First of all, I usually don't write reviews for this website. I review anime and manga when I have time on my personal blog, but I tend to stray away from MAL reviews, simply because I've seen so many outstanding reviews on here that I feel like whatever I write will be utter crap.

But when I finished The Music of Marie, or Marie no Kanaderu Ongaku, I felt like I just had to at least say something about this remarkable manga.

The Music of Marie is one of the most underrated manga I've ever had the pleasure of reading, underrated in the sense that almost no read more
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Mar 20, 2009
There is an astounding level of imagination on display in this tale of unrequited love of more ways than one.

The concept is kooky and mysterious as hell, and it’s all complimented by an aspect lacking in the majority of manga: world-building. Sure characters should be the main priority in a story, but the world they inhabit should also be developed and at the very least drawn with some level of detail, to further pull the reader into a story. Most authors either are not bothered, not capable or don’t have the time to fill out their backgrounds, either in art or story read more
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