May is an important month for me, my birthday is in May, my father’s birthday is in May, Anime North happens in May. So to celebrate the month of May I am going to review 4 complete manga series by one of my favourite Mangakas Anzai Nobuyuki. To continue the month we are looking at the first manga I saw that he made, MAR.
The Facts are These:
Ginta Toramizu, is a young boy with poor eyesight, weak body and not good in school. Though his one special trait is that Ginta is a dreamer, he has had the same dream 102 times. One day during class a door appears, when Ginta goes through it he awakens in a new world. In this world Ginta’s physical strength and eyesight have improved. In this world there are magical items known as ARMS, items that transform or summon powerful magic. Here Ginta finds the ARMS Babbo, though this ARM is special, it can talk. How will Ginta adapt to this new world and why was he brought here.
This manga is unique, I watched the anime as a child and I thought it was awesome. It was different from the other anime that I had seen at the time like Dragon Ball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho and Knights of the Zodiac, it had a more humorous feel to it. With reading the manga I can see how great the anime truly was. This manga has the perfect length, not too long to ruin its welcome, but short enough that I desired more. This manga has interesting characters and is basically a tournament arc manga (and who doesn’t love the tournament arc in any show or manga.
Behind the Scenes:
The series is the original concept by Nobuyuki Anzai, his other works include Rocket Princess, Flame of Recca and MiXiM 11. The series was published by Shogakukan in the magazine Weekly Shonen Sunday from May 2003 to June 2006. The series was adapted into an anime in 2005 and ended in 2007, the ending of this series was different from the original manga. The manga had a sequel named MAR Omega, though the art and story was not developed Nobuyuki Anzai, instead the art and story was developed by Koichiro Hoshino.
A Brief View of the World:
Ginta is originally from modern day Japan, until he is taken into the fairy tale-like world of MAR. In Mar there are items called ARMS, these ARMS can be as simple as a kitchen knife to as powerful as a talking 6 foot tall cats that cusses people off. The world of MAR is beautiful and the landscapes are large, making you understand that this is it’s own world and what will happen if the Chess no Koma take over.
This series is incredibly enjoyable, it is fun to read and see what crazy ideas Ginta will have or how one member of their team will survive against their opponent. This is a great series and an easy recommendation.
This series is rereadable with a fast paced storyline that breezes through the pages, making you realize that after a bit you are already at the end. This is a good reread to waste some time or just to have fun.
RAVE – For a great series that is under appreciated.
Shaman King – For a great series that involves magic and other items that great powers.
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