Rave Master, released in Japan as Rave and also known as The Groove Adventure Rave, is a manga series written by Hiro Mashima. The manga was serialized in Shōnen Magazine from July 1999 through July 2005, and published in thirty-five collected volumes by Kodansha. The manga series is licensed for an English release by Tokyopop.
The series was adapted into a fifty-one episode anime series by Studio Deen. The anime premiered on TBS on October 13, 2001 and ran until September 28, 2002. The anime series is based on the first twelve volumes of the manga series. Tokyopop also licensed the anime adaptation. The English dubbed version premiered on Cartoon Network in the United States on June 5, 2004 as part of the Toonami programming block.
In 0015, fifty years before the story's start, the world was being corrupted by Dark Bring, evil stones that bestowed incredible powers to its owners. The Dark Bring were used by the Raregroove Kingdom, and the Symphonia Kingdom fought against them with their Holy Bring (later known as RAVE).
Shiba, the first RAVE Master, attempted to destroy Sinclaire, the "mother" of the Dark Bring, with his sword the Ten Commandments. The aftermath caused the massive explosion known as "Overdrive" that destroyed one-tenth of the KNOWN world. Shiba, protected from the disaster by Plue, a special guardian "dog" who shielded him from the blast, held onto the RAVE required to power his sword. Plue and the remaining pieces of RAVE, however, scattered around the world.
Fifty years later Haru Glory, a teenager living on the peaceful Garage Island, fishes Plue up by accident. Several events soon follow, including Shiba's arrival and his desire to reclaim Plue, as well as the appearance of a mysterious organization known as Demon Card, whose members possess Dark Bring and aim to rule the world. After Haru battles one of its members, Shiba discovers he is the second RAVE Master, and entrusts his RAVE, Plue, and the Ten Commandments with Haru, who leaves home to bring peace back to the world.
In the Manga reviewers guide, published by Del-Rey in 2007, they gave the Rave Master manga a positive review of 3 out of 4 stars. It states that Rave Master had a relatively shaky start, in terms of storyline and art. However, it states that about part way through the first major story arc, the series began to improve and set itself apart from other manga series. Like most reviewers, they stated that Rave Master had a collection of likeable characters.
was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Magazine
in 1999 and ran for 296 chapters until its conclusion in 2005. It was published in thirty-five collected volumes
, with the first volume released in November 1999 and the final volume released in September 2005. Rave Master
is licensed for an English
release in North America
. The series is also licensed for regional language releases in French
, in Spanish
by Norma Editorial
, and in Italian
by Editions Star Comics
. Egmont Manga & Anime
licensed Rave Master
for a German
release, including serializing it in their monthly anthology Manga Power
. Rave Master
was also one of the first manga series released in Spanish
in North America by Public Square Books
The series was adapted into a fifty-one episode anime series, entitled Rave: the Groove Adventure
, by Studio Deen
. The anime premiered on TBS
on October 13
and ran until September 28
. The anime series is based on the first twelve volumes of the manga series. Tokyopop
licensed the series for release and broadcast in North America
. As with the manga, Tokyopop released the series under the name Rave Master
. Their English dubbed
version premiered on Cartoon Network
in the United States
on June 5
as part of the Toonami
There are six video games based on Rave Master.
Game Boy Advance
- Groove Adventure Rave
- Groove Adventure Rave: Mikan no Hiseki
- Groove Adventure Rave: Plue no Daibouken