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.
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!
From the author of Flame of Recca, Noyubuki Anzai brings us at tale of parallel worlds, and a hero destined to travel between them. You know the drill. I would pretty much agree with what the others have said; a good read, but in the end, nothing truly special to set it apart.
The story was probably the weakest point of the series; While it wasn't bad, in any way; an acceptable concept, fairly good plot development, and satisfying ending, I can't really find any specific complaints to log against it, except the fact... it just didn't go the extra mile. It was a story, but not much else. It's two scoops of vanilla ice cream, when it could have been an XL Super-Decker Double-Fudge Heartstopper Supreme. The tale won't disappoint, as long as you don't expect too much.
The artwork is where this manga does get my credit, though. Obviously, any form of art is completely up to opinion, but I think anyone can agree Anzai-sensei's work is solid and even impressive in some parts; being a manga pretty much based around battles, it holds together well in showing the action, suspense, and awesome moments.
The characters are pretty much what you've seen before; the bold and daring hero, his love interest, his sidekick who's goofy or perverted for when the need arises, the mature flirt of the woman, the pretty playboy, the badass, etc. However, their designs are just enough so you can tell them apart from any other shounen stereotype. The author also does well in the designs of the multitude of minor characters; though most not memorable, they certainly stand out, and you might even find yourself fondly attached to a few (but don't expect the majority to live long...)
These elements mix together in a satisfying way that makes this manga a good read; since it's light on storyline, you can pretty much pick up any volume and immerse yourself; almost every chapter is titled "_____ vs. ______ part___". Of course, all the powers and fights are engaging to see, so as long as you come for the bloodshed (and believe me, there will be blood...), you'll get the most out of this manga.
So. Overall, a seven out of ten. Nothing that makes me go "Oh-my-jeezus you gotta read this!" to people, but enough to make me invest in all 15 volumes of the series. If you were looking for a fantasy masterpiece, keep moving, because this won't sate your palate. But if you're bored of your battle-filled shonen like Naruto, Bleach, or Reborn, pick this one up...
...oh, and does anyone else wonder about the striking similarity between the Gatekeeper Clown in this series, and a certain other character from Final Fantasy 8? No?... read more
The story is set mainly in a world other than our own. Ginta, the main character, is a dreamy, less-than-average, Japanese schoolboy who is summoned into the world of his dreams, to fight an evil organisation and save a princess.
The storyline is rather typical. The main character is called to be a hero and must save the world from evil. What is unique, however, is the fighting style. In the world of MAR Heaven, people fight using ARMS: jewelery that can be transformed into swords, spears, or even guardian monsters. 75% of the manga is staged within a tournament between the evil organisation, the "Chess no Koma", and Ginta's resistance troupe. Ginta and his friends have to battle one-on-one with their enemies to advance in a "war game" and gain a chance to fight and defeat the "king" and "queen" of the Chess. This, rather than the story, is the lure of this manga.
If you like elaborate and exciting fight scenes, I highly recommend this manga for you.read more
(This is my first review. Breath in, breath out)
When I founded about MAR, it was on Wikipedia. I getted into it instantly. Unfortunately I was at school and I didn't have time to read it or found a site to read it.
Two years later, here I am. Writing a review.
SO! Fatherless, harmless and eye-sightless, Toramizu Ginta dreams of a world named ,, MÄR HEAVEN". No-one believes it is real, excepting his only friend Koyuki (which means ,,Snow Child").
After his 103 dream of MÄR, a portal opens to the world he dreamed o and he enters there in no time.
After that he meets a which, learns about magical items named ARMs, steels a special one and makes new frineds... till he learns of a great war in MAR.
I recommand it to every manga and anime fan!read more
Although this story may lack exceptional story plot, I would still consider this manga to be a good read.
Ginta, our main character, is very funny at times and I can relate him to Frodo, from Lord of the Rings. In some characteristics, of course not all of them, I think other readers would agree with me on this. ^_^
One of the characters, Jack, once annoyed me, but after I awhile I accepted and then really enjoyed his part in the story, and that kind of attitude in a story is what I really look for.
Also, the Evil side of this world, the Chess No Koma, is a wonderful, fresh form of evil!! Haha, they truly are, with their very interesting characters, their motives for their actions, and their reasoning. Take Ash, Girom, and Phantom as examples. :)
I think that most of the characters in this story are well developed and very funny, so with that, I'm giving this a 9. (although I wanted a 8.5, that would be ridiculous)
As a side note, I don't really judge too harshly on art, since I can't draw crap! So for this manga, I think the art was pretty nice, and at times paritally strange, off, or annoying.
P.S. I hope you thought this review was okay, (sorry if you didn't!) because it is my first!read more