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[COLOR=Navy]Have any of you seen this show? It's from the creators of Flame of Recca. I've only seen 7 episodes and it's such a refreshing show to watch. I'll explain briefly and avoid story spoilers.

It is about a high school student named Ginta who has been dreaming about a fantasy world for years. When one day a mysterious person uses his dimension ARM to show Ginta the way to his fantasy world. This fantasy world is called MAR-Heaven which is filled with beauty. In this world there are special magical items called ARMS. They look like rings, bracelets, necklesses, & weapons.

There are many different ARMS and they can basically be used for anything. The ARMS I saw included, Guardian Arms, Weapon Arms, Darkness Arms, Dimension Arms, etc. Guardian Arms for example summon a guardian beast & weapon ARMS take shape of a hand-wielded weapon. There are all sorts of interesting variety.

So when Ginta enters Mar-Heaven he realizes his physical attributes are increased. In the present-day world he wore glasses, in this world he takes them off because his eyesight has been vastly improved. He has incredible strength because Mar's gravity is lighter than the present-day world. Ginta basically looks like Naruto with Super-Saiyan hair.

In this world he encounters a sorceress named Dorothy & accepts to go on a misson with her to find a very, very rare ARM. After a battle Ginta discovers the ARM, a very mysterious ARM that plays a key role in Mar-Heaven.


That's all for now, I don't want to go to deep until people on this board have seen it. It's a fantastic heart-warming show full of laughs. If you're into romantic-fantasy-adventure type anime, then this is the show for you. This show is showing too much promise something I rarely see these days. The animation uses a blend of 2D & 3D animation. If you find the 3D animation weird, it's not, because the creators intended it to be that way.

The 3D animation looks like a watered down version of Appleseed's graphics but it fits the show so naturally. This show is just full of excitement and laughs. This anime is pretty fast-paced, a lot of story is explained during the 7 episodes that I watched. From what I've seen and what I'm predicting ahead for the show, is that this show is already better than Flame of Recca & Full Metal Alchemist combined.

This show is that great[/COLOR]. :animeblus
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I've seen the first two episodes and thought it looked very promising during the first ep. It was the second that pretty much turned me off it completely. I mean Ginta's ARM (the talking thing, whatever it's called) pretty much pisses me off. It is the most annoying thing I've ever seen/heard.
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I recently saw a random episode of this on TV... the fact that I still have trouble distinguishing between it and Erementar Gerad probably bodes ill for both shows, haha. As for MAR, the only thing which really attracts me about it is its vocal cast; I like the woman who plays the lead character (she's also the voice of Naruto from Naruto and Gon from Hunter x Hunter, so she's a shoo-in for this kind of role), and the person called Phantom is voiced by my favorite female seiyuu.

So what sets this apart from other anime in the shounen fighting genre, Otaku America?

~Dagger~
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[QUOTE=Dagger]I recently saw a random episode of this on TV... the fact that I still have trouble distinguishing between it and Erementar Gerad probably bodes ill for both shows, haha. As for MAR, the only thing which really attracts me about it is its vocal cast; I like the woman who plays the lead character (she's also the voice of Naruto from Naruto and Gon from Hunter x Hunter, so she's a shoo-in for this kind of role), and the person called Phantom is voiced by my favorite female seiyuu.

So what sets this apart from other anime in the shounen fighting genre, Otaku America?

~Dagger~[/QUOTE]


[COLOR=Navy]That's interesting, I didn't know that. I thought the voice of Naruto was actually the voice of Ginta. What's this actress' name?

MAR isn't in the shounen fighting genre, it's in the shounen fantasy adventure genre. Shounen fighting is like Tenjou Tenge. I've seen thousands of anime(dvd/vhs,tv,fansubbbed) and I've never encountered anything quite like MAR. Sure there are a lot of similiarities but this anime is just as different as a shotgun is to an AK-47.

You've seen a random episode and I can see why you think there is nothing special about it. I think you saw an episode where Princess Snow is in it? Everything in this anime is just so headstrong and to be honest with you IMO, everything sets this apart. The closest thing that I can resemble this to is Flame of Recca without the bad qualities.

This is the anime I've always dreamed about. An epic fantasy adventure which takes place in a world that only a teen can dream of. If the director didn't create this, I would have (only if I knew how to animate). :blulaugh:

I can't really say more because my words can't comprehend this show's greatness![/COLOR]
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I'm almost positive that Tenjho Tenge is seinen. At least, the magazine in which the manga is serialized (Ultra Jump, if I recall correctly) is a seinen magazine. In terms of shounen fighting series, I was thinking more of stuff like Flame of Recca (which you mentioned), Bleach, Law of Ueki, Inuyasha and Get Backers--to name a few random examples.

I may have been wrong about the identity of the protagonist, heh. I'm thinking of the young blond kid with the tufty hair who's played by Junko Takeuchi. Honestly, I don't recall much about the episode which I saw other than the fact that I heard Mitsuki Saiga's (Phantom's) voice while flipping channels and kept watching it because I wanted to see if she would have a major role. :animeshy:

~Dagger~
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[quote name='Dagger']I'm almost positive that Tenjho Tenge is seinen. At least, the magazine in which the manga is serialized (Ultra Jump, if I recall correctly) is a seinen magazine. In terms of shounen fighting series, I was thinking more of stuff like Flame of Recca (which you mentioned), Bleach, Law of Ueki, Inuyasha and Get Backers--to name a few random examples. [/quote]

[COLOR=Navy]Yes, the manga is different and is sadly edited my DC's manga comic line CMX. For instance, minor-spoiler coming up. [spoiler]One of the girls(Maya, Aya), I forgot who because they look like twins, dies in the manga but in the anime she lives.[/spoiler] The manga is equally seinen & equally a fighter. The show though, has been trimmed down to become more of shounen fighter with a little bit of fan service. Tenjo Tenje has been mentioned in huge fighting game forums such as Guilty Gear X, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Tekken, etc. The manga is more of a mature version of the anime. So I would say that the anime tailors more along the lines of Yu-Yu-Hakusho/Street Fighter Alpha than Inuyasha or Get Backers.

I categorize my anime different from others. Take shounen anime for example I could break it up into 5 different catagories.

[Quote]I may have been wrong about the identity of the protagonist, heh. I'm thinking of the young blond kid with the tufty hair who's played by Junko Takeuchi. Honestly, I don't recall much about the episode which I saw other than the fact that I heard Mitsuki Saiga's (Phantom's) voice while flipping channels and kept watching it because I wanted to see if she would have a major role. :animeshy:

~Dagger~[/QUOTE]

Actually, I believe I stated my sentence backwards. What I meant to say was, I thought Ginta's voice was that of Naruto's and Phantom does play a major role in MAR but I hate to spoil it for others. :catgirl:

Is there anyone else out there that has seen this?
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