, which stands for "Märchen Awakens Romance", is a manga series created by mangaka Nobuyuki Anzai. The television anime based on the series is titled 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 broadcasted MÄR.
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,and in Indonesia by Elex Media Komputindo. MÄR has been announced as a part of Cartoon Network's new online broadband service called Toonami Jetstream. It has aired on Jetstream since July 14, 2006 and aired Saturday nights on Toonami, having premiered December 23 at 10:30 western and was aired January 16, 2006 on Cartoon Network in Australia at 6:00pm. Canadian network YTV aired it starting June 1, 2007 at 7:00 pm, but after the first season finished airing, the series was removed.
When the show aired on Toonami, however, the order of shows originally was not in sequential order. The first episode was aired, then another episode that was not the second followed. On January 13 2007 Episode 7, Awaken: Meet the other Ed, was aired. The next listing on the Cartoon Network website was listed as Episode 14. The same was happening with Prince of Tennis, which started at the same time, causing permanent damage to the ratings of both shows. On February 24, Prince of Tennis and MÄR changed timeslots. MÄR moved to 10:00, and both shows started over and went in order until June 9 when both shows were removed from the Toonami block.
On July 9th 2007, Toonami Jetstream restarted MAR from the beginning for unknown reasons (likely due to popular request), with "new" episodes still being broadcasted biweekly, and "reruns" every other week. Kyle Hebert has stated that only 52 episodes have been dubbed, and from the viewing status on Jetstream, there may not be any more dubs.
Upon appearing in MÄR-Heaven, his physical weakness is replaced with physical strength as well as incredible stamina and endurance. The explanation given was that the gravity was lower in MÄR-Heaven, thereby bestowing relative strength and endurance on Ginta. However, no explanation was given for his improved eyesight. Ginta, who on Earth was a typical video game geek and underachieving student with a drunkard chain-smoking writer for a mother, finds his wildest dreams come true by discovering a world beyond his own where he can be someone else.
Ginta quickly meets the mysterious pink-haired witch Dorothy, who introduces him to the powerful magical accessories called "ÄRM" (pronounced air-um).
Dorothy plans to obtain the mysterious ÄRM Babbo, and brings Ginta along. Babbo is extremely special for an ÄRM: he can be shaped into different forms with the use of imagination and possesses a will of his own. However, he has lost all his memory, and considers himself a "gentleman". After saving Dorothy from Babbo's guardian, Ginta becomes the new owner of Babbo, though at first they do not get along.
He continues on a journey of discovery, revelling in this new world, but also finds that he misses the real world. Eventually Ginta resolves to find a way to reach home while enjoying as much of MÄR as he can along the way. 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 (who is wanted by the Chess Pieces Army). He soon meets Alviss, the person who brought him to MÄR-Heaven using the Gate Keeper Clown, and acknowledges the upcoming war with the Chess Piece Army. The army aims to destroy the peace of MÄR-Heaven. He also realised that his dad had been a hero in MAR heaven. Then found out that his dad died in MAR heaven in a match with Phantom.
Many more secrets and characters come to light, especially that of the epic MÄR-Heaven War six years ago, in which a mysterious man called Danna (lit. 'Boss' in Japanese, and in the Toonami Jetstream Anime) from Ginta's world defeated the champion knight of the Chess Piece Army, Phantom (the former owner of Babbo), ending the first MÄR-Heaven War. However, he gave his life in the process. As time passes, the story reveals that Phantom has been resurrected and wants to start another reign of terror over the world, with the help of the evil queen of Lestava.
The main protagonists of the series who seek to defeat the Chess Pieces. They are a ragtag team of seven humans and a talking ÄRM named Babbo.
The main villains of the series, an army of ÄRM users. Their military ranks are named after the pieces used in a game of chess. The Chess Pieces are basically the villains, and if they lose, then they would leave MÄR Heaven forever. But if the team captain loses (which is Ginta) then the Chess Pieces rule MÄR forever.
Other characters include various civilians met along the course of the story.
|君の思い描いた夢 集メル HEAVEN||Kimi no Omoi Egaita Yume - Atsu MÄR HEAVEN (The dream you imagined - Collection MÄR HEAVEN)||GARNET CROW||1-26|
|晴れ時計||Hare Tokei (Clear weather clock)||GARNET CROW||27-51|
|夢・花火||Yume Hanabi (Dreams · Fireworks)||GARNET CROW||52-77|
|風とRAINBOW||Kaze to RAINBOW (The wind and the Rainbow)||GARNET CROW||78-102|
|I just wanna hold you tight||I just wanna hold you tight||Miho Komatsu||1-13|
|不機嫌になる私||Fukigen ni Naru Watashi (You Get Sullen Toward Me)||Sayuri Iwata||14-26|
|毎日アドベンチャー||Mainichi Adobenchā (Mainichi Adventure - Everyday Adventure)||Sparkling☆Point||27-39|
|桜色||Sakurairo (The Color of a Cherry Blood)||Shiori Takei||40-51|
|今宵Edenの片隅で||Koyoi Eden no Katasumi De (Tonight at Eden's Corner)||GARNET CROW||65-77|
|もう心揺れたりしないで||Mou kokoro yuretari shinaide (already, my heart does not shake)||Aiko Kitahara||78-90|
|この手を伸ばせば||Kono te wo Nobaseba (Reach out my hands)||GARNET CROW||91-102|
As of 2008, MÄR DVDs was delisted from distribution . According to Viz Media's spokeperson, this was done to make room for other titles' releases