Manga Review: MAR ( Marchen Awakens Romance) Vol. 1

Damian here with another review. Been busy with painting miniatures and watching Big Bang Theory, but I am trying to be a bit more regular with my posts. I will have a couple of game reviews coming out soon and possibly a book or two. We’ll see how it goes.


Ginta Toramizu is a 14-year-old kid who doesn’t have a lot going for him: he’s nearsighted, 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.

Then 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 ‘ARMS’, 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!


Rating: 4

Okay so I had numbers 2-10 on my shelf and was waiting until I found volume 1 to do a review. I thought it was a little odd how the manga went about but the concept is really interesting. My biggest complaint honestly was how fast the beginning went and that going to a new universe fixed just about everything he lacked. Kind of seems like now he has no flaws at all but maybe there is some work that needs to be done with him and he does have a story that will let him grow. It’s full of laughs and intriguing characters so far so I’m going to keep reading and see where Ginta and his companions end up.

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