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Märchen Awakens Romance
MAR volume 1.png
Genre Fantasy, Comedy, Action Adventure, Romance
Author Nobuyuki Anzai
Publisher Shogakukan
English publisher United States Canada Viz Media
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Shōnen Sunday
Original run May 2003July 2006
Volumes 15 (List of volumes)
TV anime
Director Masaharu Okuwaki
Studio SynergySP
Network TV Tokyo
Original run April 3, 2005March 25, 2007
Episodes 102 (List of episodes)
MÄR: Demon of Kaldea
Developer Konami
Genre Touch ÄRM RPG
Rating CERO: A (All Ages)
Platform Nintendo DS
Released March 30, 2006
MÄR: Klavier of oblivion
Developer Konami
Genre Touch ÄRM RPG
Rating CERO: A (All Ages)
Platform Nintendo DS
Released September 7, 2006
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MÄR (MÄR Meru?), which stands for Märchen Awakens Romance, is a manga series created by mangaka Nobuyuki Anzai. The television anime based on the series is titled MÄR Heaven (MÄR -メルヘヴン- MÄR -Meru Hevun-?) and was originally broadcast in Japan on the TXN station.

MÄR is characterised by fairy tale motifs running throughout the series, Märchen being itself the German word for "fairy tale". VIZ Media has acquired the North American rights to both the MÄR manga and anime and aired a dubbed version of the series, first on Toonami Jetstream, an online service from Cartoon Network, and then on the network itself, as part of the Toonami programming block. In June, Canadian youth network YTV broadcast MÄR.

A sequel to MÄR, entitled MÄR Omega, was announced in September 2006. However, it is not being written and illustrated by Nobuyuki Anzai, but by Kōichiro Hoshino.



Ginta Toramizu is a 14-year old junior high student who is portrayed as a typical video game geek and underachieving student. One day and without warning, he finds himself summoned to the mysterious world of MÄR-Heaven, which he has only seen before in his dreams. In this fairy tale world, Ginta's physical weakness is replaced with superior physical strength as well as incredible stamina and endurance.

Upon meeting a mysterious witch named Dorothy, Ginta is introduced to the powerful magical accessories and weapons called "ÄRM" (pronounced air-um). Dorothy plans to steal the mysterious ÄRM Babbo from a trap-guarded cave, and brings Ginta along to assist her, intrigued by his unusual strength and abilities. Babbo is revealed to be a extremely special and unique ÄRM, as he possesses a will of his own and the ability to speak. Displeased with what she has found, Dorothy gives Babbo to Ginta instead, departing with a warning that others will try to steal Babbo from him.

He continues on a journey of discovery, revelling in this new world, but when he encounters the farmer Jack and his mother he finds that he misses the real world. Ginta resolves to find a way to reach home while enjoying as much of MÄR as he can along the way, Jack journeying with him.

However, it is not long before Ginta finds out that the world of MÄR-Heaven is not as peaceful as it seems, as he is attacked by thieves wishing to steal Babbo. Upon meeting Alviss, the person who summoned him using a ÄRM known as the Gate Keeper Clown, he learns of the sinister 'Chess Pieces' who six years ago tried to take over MÄR-Heaven. Alviss reveals he did so in order to gain assistance from a 'other-worlder' in the upcoming war, as was done in the previous war.

Gaining both allies and enemies, the series follows Ginta as he opposes the Chess Pieces and their undead leader Phantom.




The series is published in Japan by Shogakukan, in North America in English by VIZ Media, in France in French by Kana, in Spain in Spanish by Ivrea, in Singapore in English and Simplified Chinese by Chuang Yi, in Indonesia by Elex Media Komputindo, and in Vietnam in Vietnamese by Kim Dong Publishing House.


SynergySP produced an anime adaptation of the MÄR manga, which premiered in Japan on TV Tokyo on April 3, 2005 where it ran for 102 episodes until its conclusion on March 25, 2007. It was released across 17 Region 2 DVDs in Japan by Shogakukan, which each disc containing 3 episodes except the first and last which contained 2 episodes each.

The anime was licensed by Viz Media and aired on Cartoon Network's online broadband service Toonami Jetstream and for a limited time on their television programming block Toonami. On July 9, 2007, Toonami Jetstream restarted MAR from the beginning with episodes being broadcast biweekly, and "reruns" every other week. Viz Media released began releasing the series to DVD on June 12, 2007, with each disc containing 4 episodes. Four volumes were released before Viz delisted the series in favor of other titles.[1]


IGN gave MÄR a mostly negative review, stating that, while the series is not horrible, it is "like every other shōnen fighting manga you've exposed yourself to", and "is only for the absolute diehard shōnen fighting otaku".[2]


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Mar or MAR may refer to:

  • Master of Arts in Religion, a postgraduate degree
  • MÄR, a manga and anime series
  • Marr, an area of Scotland, previously named "Mar"
  • March, the third month of the year in the Gregorian calendar
  • Matrix Attachment Region, a sequence important to chromosomal structure in eukaryotes
  • Medication Administration Record, relating to healthcare
  • Memory Address Register, a hardware register used to keep the address of a memory location in which data are to be written or read
  • Mesoamerican reef, system of coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea along the Mesoamerican coastline, abbreviated by dedicated conservation organisations as MAR
  • Mesoamerican region, an economic region defined by the OECD and other related organisations, that encompasses the economies of the seven Central American countries, plus the nine federal states of southeast Mexico
  • Mid-Atlantic Ridge
  • Mouvement Action Renouveau, a political party in the Republic of Congo
  • Minorities at Risk, a project at the University of Maryland's Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM)
  • Missing at random: see MCAR
  • Modified Aspect Ratio, the dimensions in which a film was modified to fit a specific type of screen
  • Mozilla ARchive format, a file format used by Mozilla for update packages
  • The Olympic Games' three-letter abbreviation for Morocco

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Simple English

MAR, short for Marchen Awakens Romance is a Japanese manga and anime. The manga ran from 2003-2006, while the anime ran from 2005-2007, made up of 102 episodes. A sequel was made named MAR Omega.



The story is about a Japanese boy named Ginta who journeys into a world named MAR Heaven, which is like a fairy tale. Here, magical items known as ARMs are used to perform different tasks. Ginta meets a witch named Dorothy who wants to find a powerful ARM called Babbo. Ginta and Dorothy find Babbo, but find he is alive and can talk, which other ARMS can't do. Babbo has no memory of who he is other than his name and becomes Ginta's friend.

Ginta travels around MAR Heaven, forming a group of friends which he calls Team MAR. Team MAR fight the Chess Pieces, an evil group of people who wish to turn MAR Heaven into a nightmare. Team MAR is forced to fight in the War Games, a fighting tournament, to defeat the Chess Pieces. Ginta also wishes to return home, looking for the ARM that brought him to MAR Heaven in the first place.

It is revealed near the end of the story that the King and Queen of the Chess Pieces are Ginta's father Danna controlled by an evil spirit called Caldia's Orb, and Dorothy's older sister Diana. Team MAR battles Caldia's Orb, Diana and the leader of the Chess Pieces' Knights, Phantom, in the floating Lestava Castle, and win, saving MAR Heaven. Ginta and Danna return home at the end of the story.


Team MAR

Team MAR is made up of the main heroes and characters of MAR. The team's goal is to defeat the Chess Pieces and save MAR Heaven from destruction. The members are:

  • Ginta Toramizu: The main character and leader of the team. Ginta is from Tokyo, Japan. He has a strong imagination and becomes a great fighter in MAR Heaven. He lives with his mother and missing father.
  • Babbo: A talking ARM who has a human soul. He appears as a ball and chain with a hammer-shaped handle at the end. He has a pointed nose and a moustache. Babbo is very proud and calls himself a "gentleman". Babbo, being an ARM, can change into stronger forms using magical orbs. These forms include a hammer/sword weapon, a gun that can fire exploding bubbles, a winged monster named "Gargoyle", a woman named, a forcefield, a Puss in Boots-like cat, and a powerful attack that can bring back the dead.
  • Dorothy: A pink-haired witch who searches for powerful ARMs. She flies on a broomstick and is a skilled magician. She comes from a land called Caldia, where her older sister Diana turned against her people and turned evil. She searches for powerful ARMs to use against Diana when she must fight her.
  • Jack: A boy who resembles a monkey. He lives with his mother on a farm growing vegetables for a living. He uses a shovel-shaped ARM and can grow plants to use as weapons. His father was killed in the first War Games, and Jack wants to be stronger than him and then grow a beanstalk that will grow above the clouds.
  • Snow: A young princess who is the rightful ruler of Lestava Castle. She and her servant Edward ran away from Lestava when Diana became the Queen, and they later joined Ginta's group. Snow is very polite and kind, but can be hyperactive and strange at times. She uses ARMs that can fire out ice attacks.
  • Alviss: A young man who summoned Ginta to MAR Heaven. He is cursed with a Zombie Tattoo that will cause him to die if it covers his whole body.
  • Nanashi: The leader of a group of thieves called Luberia, Nanashi joins Team MAR to avenge a large number of thieves who were killed by the Chess Pieces. He can be lazy and flirts with women when not fighting.
  • Alan: Snow's protector, Alan fought in the first War Games but was cursed to share a body with Edward. He is later freed from the curse. He is calm and a good battle, but is allergic to cats.
  • Belle: A fairy who is friends with Alviss.
  • Edward: A dog who wears glasses, Edward is Snow's servant. He is cursed to share a body with Alan, but is later freed.

Supporting Characters

  • Koyuki: Ginta's friend in Tokyo. She looks a lot like Snow and dreams of Ginta's adventures from Snow's point of view.
  • Danna: Ginta's father. He fought in the first War Games, but died when fighting Phantom. His body was taken over by Caldia's Orb, until its death, bringing Danna back from the dead and allowing him to reunite with his family.
  • Ginta's Mother: Ginta's unnamed mother. She writes fantasy novels.
  • Jack's Mother: Jack's unnamed mother who runs a farm with her son.
  • Gaira: A man who fought with Danna and Alan in the first War Games.
  • Pozun: A purple, pointy-earred creature who acts as a referee for the War Games.
  • Caldia's Grand Elder: An old man but a powerful wizard who is the leader of Caldia.

The Chess Pieces

The Chess Pieces are the main villains of MAR. They want to turn MAR Heaven into a nightmare. They are in groups named after the pieces of a chess game. The King and Queen, Caldia's Orb and Diana, are not in groups.

  • Caldia's Orb: The King and creator of the Chess Pieces. Caldia's Orb is made up of evil creatures sealed inside a glass orb. He at first had control of Babbo's body but later changed to take over Danna's body.
  • Diana: The Queen of the Chess Pieces. Diana is Dorothy's older sister. She left Caldia after turning evil, becoming the Queen of Lestava but planned to kill Snow to have full power. She collects powerful ARMs and is greedy. Dorothy wishes to kill her for turning against her and Caldia.
  • Phantom: Leader of the Thirteen Zodiac Knights. Phantom lives in the floating Lestava Castle. While he is kind and caring, he is also a cruel person and hates humans.
  • Peta: Phantom's close friend. He killed Luberia, causing Nanashi to join Team MAR.
  • Halloween: A Knight who is named after Halloween. He wears a large pumpkin as a mask and has a tombstone attached to his back. He was once Alan's friend but was bullied until he found an ARM that could create fire. He is cruel and scary.
  • Chimera: A mysterious Knight who wears a skull-shaped mask and does not talk much. Chimera is really a scorned woman named Eileen who was left as a widow when her husband was killed. She uses Ghost ARMs.
  • Rolan: A friendly man who sees Phantom as a dear friend. He can sprout bird wings and fly.
  • Weasel: An old man who has a tree growing out of his head. He is 84 years old. He can use plants as weapons, and killed Jack's father in the first War Games.
  • Ian: Ian was first a Rook, but later became a Knight. He is in love with Gido, a Pawn, who is cursed by Chimera, leaving Ian vengeful.
  • Magical Roe: A clown who cheered up Snow when she was younger. He is a servant of Diana and captures Snow during the War Games. He turns against Diana to save Snow but dies in the process.
  • Galian: The former leader of Luberia, who he left to join the Chess Pieces.
  • Ash: A cheerful man who loves children. He wears a skull-shaped mask that has its tongue poking out.
  • Candice: A woman who is in love with Phantom. She enjoys both giving and having pain.
  • Pinocchion: A living toy puppet named after Pinocchio. He was built by Diana, at first as a present for Dorothy. His nose grows when he lies until it turns into a cannon.
  • Rapunzel: A cruel and insane woman who likes killing people. Ian kills her to earn a spot in the Knights.
  • Kouga: A large Knight who hides his ugly face under a mask. He believes his ugliness is his best strength.
  • Chaton: A girl who has the ears, tail and personality of a cat. She is very playful and falls in love with Alan.
  • Aqua: A mermaid girl who is always smiling, even when hurt. She is horribly killed by Rapunzel.
  • Loco: A girl who uses voodoo-like ARMs. She is cursed whenever she uses a certain ARM, causing her to get younger until she turns into a baby. Her ARMs are placed in a suitcase.
  • Pano: A young green-haired girl who falls in love with Jack.
  • Garon and Leno: Pano's father and older brother.
  • Gido: A Pawn, and Ian's lover.

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