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  • Directors: Masaharu Okuwaki
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Manga Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 July 2008
  • Run Time: 293 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00198QRH2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,864 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Episodes 1-13. Open the door to another world! Ginta Toramizu is an underachieving high school boy who dreams every night of a fantasy world where he finally gets a chance to be a hero. His dreams become reality when one day a mysterious gate appears before him, and he is catapulted into the world of Mär-Heaven! Ginta embarks upon a spectacular adventure, gaining companions along the way including a magical talking weapon called an ÄRM. Ginta and his companions must do battle with the Chess Pieces, a faction led by the mysterious Phantom, which is determined to bring about the ultimate demise of Mär-Heaven!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Smallvillenews VINE VOICE on 27 Jun. 2008
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As other reviewers have said, this is about a boy called Ginta, dreams, fantasyland, yadda, yadda, yadda...

Ok, this is a very amateur attempt at manga, but the age range is 12+, so for those who have complained... it does say on the box!

It is great for kids, my son is 10 and I let him watch it and he thought it was great, so it hits well within it's age bracket. My son compared it to Pokemon stylings, although it wasn't quite the same in my opinion, but he is obsessed with Pokemon, so he is bound to compare it.

If you don't want your kids watching the more violent manga, aimed at older viewers, then this would be a perfect alternative for them instead, fulfils their manga need and meets age requirments!
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MAR (Marchen Awakens Romance) is a children's cartoon story. I have never seen any of these type before and I am of an age well outside the target audience. These stories were made in Japan and the main character is Ginta who is a Japanese schoolboy who goes through a portal into the world of Mar, a fantasy world. On earth he has regular dreams of entering this world and his dream comes true. Ginta is a schoolboy who likes to say `cool' regularly which should appeal to children from 6-14. On the box it says suitable for 12+ so much of our audience may be eliminated. The reason for this is probably because Ginta fights monsters which might frighten younger people. This cartoon world of Mar is a 2D picture of rolling hills and blue skies. This world while beautifully, presumably computer animated seems rather bland. The characters and scenery are rendered well throughout all 13 episodes. Each episode is over 20 minutes long giving nearly 5 hours of entertainment in total. There are 3D graphics for some of the monsters and there are also cartoon style, frozen scenes of impacts etc. These elements are done very well. One thing that becomes apparent early in this series is the way it treads down a well-worn path: good versus evil, magic artefacts, witches and big muscular monsters. It develops rapidly with Ginta obtaining a powerful magic ""ARM"" (these are pronounced `erm') called Babbo. So there is no gradual build-up which is to be expected from this sort of series. This "ARM" is priceless as we find out later. Babbo turns out to be a temporary companion as he is independent and then stolen by thieves. Naturally Ginta easily reclaims him. They come across a friend called Jack who unlike them is of more limited capabilities. Whether its thieves or werewolves Ginta restores order.Read more ›
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By Prunesquallor on 26 July 2008
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MÄR (pronounced maer) is an anime about a hyperactive underachieving kid with porcupine hair (Ginta) who dreams about a fairy tale land where he has wonderful adventures. And sure enough he is magically transported to the land by a strange entity called the Gatekeeper Clown.

Our new hero rapidly discovers he has enormous strength (apparently due to lower gravity) and his eyesight's improved (for unknown reasons). Soon he's helped by a witch (Dorothy) to acquire his Excalibur, in this case a device called Babbo, whose design is based on the Japanese cup-and-ball toy called a kendama. Babbo is a special case of an ARM (pronounced aerum). Babbo can talk, change size and weight, and acquires more powers as the series progresses. He has lost his memory, and has the delusion that he is a gentleman.

ARM are the main magical toys of this world: they are trinkets that can turn into objects of great usefulness or power (often some form of military ordnance of various wonderful kinds). The Gatekeeper Clown was also a special ARM and there are many others, grouped into some six or seven types. Effective usage of ARM allow the user to develop their magical powers.

Our hero rapidly acquires two other things: (a) companions and (b) a quest. The quest is that MAR is being destabilized by the re-emergence of a faction called the Chess Pieces. Their leader, The Phantom, came back to life when Ginta acquired Babbo - as Babbo was The Phantom's weapon and he is linked to it. The Phantom was killed in the last great war between the chess pieces and the good guys (6 years ago), and has returned to continue the fight for the control of MAR.

As to companions, in this first set of disks Ginta is still acquiring them. Dorothy becomes a member of the group.
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From the art and description MAR sounds like a very generic cartoon import with elements of Pokemon, Medabots, Yu-Gi-Oh and all the other marquee names from the last ten years. But on watching this box set I was thrilled and delighted by what I found. Story wise it's nothing you won't have seen before: it's all magical worlds, legendary weapons, ancient evil, a misfit hero and school girl crushes. What sets MAR apart is the humor which is genuinely funny and most of which pokes fun at anime (japanese cartoons) and video game conventions. Final Fantasy and Zelda fans will laugh a lot. Throw in some charming characterization and the you've got a winning formula.
Like many of the other reviewers here I enjoyed Anime films like Spirited Away, but I can't believe that anybody could be so narrow minded as to say that Mar is rubbish because it doesn't compare well to
Studio Ghibli movies. That's like comparing The Matrix to Desperate House Wives because they were both made in America. Forget that one is a movie and the other is a TV show, or that both were made for completely different audiences. Those reviewers have shown off their ignorance of japanese culture, not their status as expert fans.
In conclusion, kids will love MAR not because they are less discerning then hard nosed anime fans but because they are better at accepting things for what they are. Anybody looking for a fun action adventure cartoon will get a lot of pleasure out of this great fun little series. It may not have the fan credentials of Bleach or Naruto but it's still a really good show.
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