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Intro

Hiro Mashima
Hiro Mashima

This guide is for people who haven't tried Rave Master. If you are a fan of the series, please enjoy this guide as well. It will give you another side of Rave Master to think about. Hiro Mashima is the mangaka behind Rave Master, his first series. He is also known for his other works such as Monster Soul, Fairy Tail, and Monster Hunter Orage. His Rave Master and Fairy Tail are his longest manga series with an anime adaptation. Fairy Tail is Hiro Mashima's current ongoing manga and anime series with over 110 episodes aired and 30 volumes published. Compared to Rave Master, the series has ended with 35 volumes, and for the anime, it ended abruptly at 51 episodes. Despite Rave Master's early end, it is the catalyst and source of inspiration for Hiro Mashima's future works. You'll see the similarities between his works especially the characters. Other outside influences are Toriyama Akira's Dragon Ball work and Yoshinori Nakai and Takashi Shimada's Ultimate Muscle work.

Rave Master was first published by Kodansha in the Shonen Magazine during 1999 to 2005. The first volume was published in November 1999, and the final volume was published in September 2005. For the anime adaptation, Rave Master is produced by Studio Deen and directed by Takashi Watanabe and aired on TBS in October 2001. The series ended in September 2002. In North America, Cartoonnetwork aired Rave Master on its Toonami block in June 2004. After the series was cancelled, it aired on Syfy in 2009.

The Story

It's about a teenage boy named Haru Glory who is on a quest to find the Rave with the assistance of Plue in order to defeat Demon Card. In his adventures, he encounters Elie who lost her memories, and he promises to help her as they travel the world and save the innocent from Demon Card.

Terminology

  • Rave (Holy Bring) - These magical objects are the only things that can destroy Dark Bring. There are only five in existence that were created by Resha Valentine, and they transform Haru's sword into various different blades.
  • Dark Bring or Shadow Stone (Dub) - They are the antithesis to Rave stones, and they come in many shapes and sizes. They come from Mother Sinclair and have the power to corrupt the user.
  • Ten Commandments Sword or Decaforce (Dub) - This is Haru's main weapon that houses the Rave stones. In the dub version, they changed it to Decaforce to avoid a religious reference because the ten commandments are related to the Bible.
  • Demon Card or Shadow Guard (Dub) - An organization that uses Dark Bring to control the world.

The Characters

These are the main characters of Rave Master.

Haru Glory

A teenage boy who becomes the 2nd generation Rave Master after meeting Shiba, and before leaving Garage Island, he promises his sister (Cattleya Glory) that he will come back home after defeating Demon Card and helping Plue to get all the Five Rave stones. Haru is a bit of a naive boy since he never been outside of his small island of a home.

Voices: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese) and Yuri Lowenthal (English)

Elie

A mysterious girl who has amnesia and a past relating to the Rave stones. Don't be fooled by her looks, she packs a mean punch with her powerful Tonfan guns and has an unnaturally good luck on her side when it comes to gambling. Elie happens to like gambling a lot as well.

Voices: Ayako Kawasumi (Japanese) and Michelle Ruff (English)

Hamrio Musica

A Silver Claimer and a thief whose family is massacred by a psychopath seeks the Silver Ray to honor his teacher's will. He's the leader of the Silver Rhythm Gang.

Voices: Showtaro Morikubo (Japanese) and Doug Erholtz (English)

Plue

A carrot nosed dog who helps Haru track down the Rave Stones. He loves lollipops and hates pudding. Go ask Griffon Kato for the whole story. Plue is one of the most adorable things in this franchise and in Fairy Tail.

Voices: Yukiji Kaoru (Japanese) and Mona Marshall (English)

Griffon Kato

Griffon Kato is a blue gourd-like, lecherous animal that looks like Squidward and has yellow cilia as feet. He's the map and transportation person.

Voices: Katsuya Shiga (Japanese) and Tom Kenny (English)

For Fairy Tail and Monster Soul fans, you see the familiar archetypes from these characters that have strong similarities to your favorite characters. Let's discuss that in the comments below.

Why Watch?

Audience

I recommend this to both males and females age 10 and up. As the series progresses into tragic and tear jerking moments, the audience has to have thicker skin for it.

Rave Master is an enjoyable series for many of us when we're young. It is cool to see a guy swinging a giant sword and going "Explosion!" and when the anime gets serious with the dramatic and mournful scenes, it made us cry. I watched this series twice, and it was for a team wiki project. Rave Master still appealed to me now because of its funny yet serious moments. Despite the Shonen cliches of friendship and dreams, Rave Master does it in a low key way. It's about friends fighting to protect each other to the very end with their last breaths. The manga is somewhat graphic with the dismemberment and blood than the anime version which is more toned down more. Though, the American version is more censored than its Japanese counterpart. The music of Rave Master is unforgettable and when Haru takes action to do something crazy, the music compliments the action.

Manga or Anime

For the people who are new, I definitely recommend checking the anime first then the manga. Despite the censorship, the anime is quite faithful to its manga story and the characters in the anime look maturer than its manga counterparts. When you get to episode 51 where the anime has abruptly ended, you can shift to the manga. Since Rave Master is Hiro Mashima's first work, his art style is a bit rough in the beginning volumes. As the manga progressed, the characters' design improve and mature.

Censorship and Name Changes

Like all good anime, they are subjected to censorship. Check out the wiki page or feel free to ask me what censorship they did. They censor the bath scenes that shows some bits of Elie's breasts, altered Griffon's flashback, changed the gun noises to laser noises, and censor Julius's beatings of Elie when she's down. Sorry for going off on a tangent, I'm becoming more like my mentor. As for name changes, the dub version changes the name such as Dark Bring, Demon Card, Ten Commandments and more.

Seiyuu

For dub and sub, I don't have a strong preference. I do watch the Japanese version because it's less censored than the English version. Sadly, I don't know my seiyuus really well. I love both the English and Japanese voices for Haru, Elie, Musica, and Plue. I am amazed that Yuri Lowenthal is the voice actor for Sasuke Uchiha and that Michelle Ruff is the voice actress for Rukia Kuchiki.

Interesting Fact: For Fairy Tail fans, I looked up Tomokazu Seki and Ayako Kawasumi, and they had did some Fairy Tail characters, Lucky and Marl. Like their roles: Haru and Elie, these characters are also a couple. Now, that's deep romance for those pairs.

Conclusion

Rave Master is one of those Shonen series that go beyond with action, romance, and drama with powerful themes of love, friendship, and determination to make things right. For those who think most Shonen animes have a male protagonist who's not in a real relationship, Rave Master will change your mind. The love between the main characters go a long way and withstand time.

Thanks

Thank you, everyone for reading this 2nd beginner guide. I thank my teammate, Fire_Star, for working on Rave Master project with me during summer of 2011, SuperTiencha for his determination to bring both Anime Vice and Rave Master Wikia together, Sotyfan16 for his helpful guides and advice, and the rest of my team for their hard work to support the community.

Check out these Rad Rave Master Blogs and Sotyfan16's Guide for those who want to make a Beginner Guide themselves.

Takashichea

Team W.I.K.I. Nation

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Team Rave Master Project

My partner Fire_Star and I have finished all the plot summaries for Rave Master anime. Now, we are going over the episodes and giving the finishing touches: formatting, voices, proofreading, and everything else.

The project was started on May 17, 2011 and the anime finished on June 20, 2011. See Rave Master project blog and Rave Master Team Vitae list.

Rave Master Team Project Vitae

Rave Master Project Vitae

Project started by Fire_Star and Takashichea. It was started on May 17, 2011. The anime project ended on June 28, 2011.

Since my current vitae is getting crowded, I will allocate the pages of Rave Master characters, concepts, actors/actoresses, locations, and objects. I will state date of creation (if created by Fire_Star or I) and Contributions.

This is a supplement to the Rave Master Project (Recognition) blog. and the Team Status blog on Rave Master, Shaman King, and Fairy Tail projects. Some characters and other pages were created before the partnership of Fire_Star and Takashichea.

Updates

On June 28, 2011 (formerly 27th), the whole anime episodes are completely reformatted.

Note: This blog is still in draft mode since my partner and I are still working and the title will change from 99% Rave Master Anime Project Done to 100% Rave Master Anime Project Completed.

The Old Format

  • Two Titles of the episode (sub and dub) with dates
  • Plot Summary (H2)
  • Points of Interests (H2)

The Finishing Touches

  • Arc Name (H2)
  • Two Titles of the episode
  • Short Plot Summary
  • Full Plot Summary (H2) with opening and closing songs
  • Points of Interests (H2)

Reasons for the finishing touches are to make it consistent with the other anime projects' episode wiki layout, Fairy Tail, One Piece, and more.

What we enjoyed in the project

Anime

Fire_Star: fill in soon....

Takashichea: When I was watching the anime in dub and sometimes in the subs (to get some better snapshots), the names of things were very different. I think on of the beginning arcs, Musica, was too long. It wasn't good as the Tower of Din Arc which was the best arc in the anime. Even though the anime ended in a big cliffhanger, the Tower of Din arc was the saddest thing I saw in the anime. Fate is a cruel thing in Rave Master.

Characters

Fire_Star: Will fill in soon....

Takashichea: Haru and Elie definitely grown up at the end of the series, and they have some kind of romance going on. Plue is my favorite character because he acts like a human being who cries and fights to save his friends.

Frustrations we faced in the project

Fire_Star: will fill in soon...

Takashichea: Good images are damn hard to find for this series. Eventually, in later half of the series, I found a good source of images. Also, 51 episodes was tough to complete with all the characters and concepts to maintain.

It's a miracle that we finished the anime in a month compared to another project I have working on alone, Shaman King, which took five months.

Episodes' plot summaries take a long time to complete

Also, it takes about 48 minutes to an hour or more depending on how many images were uploading. I can't imagine how long it would take on volumes because I used to work on Shaman King volumes a month ago that took two hours to finish. I guess it depends on how detailed you want the plot summaries to be. The solution was given to me by Annabanana (see thanks below).

Thanks

Fire_Star:

Takashichea: I like thank Annabanana for revealing a easier way to work on wiki episodes by doing it simultaneously when viewing the episodes. (See some of the frustrations above)

For wiki style, I struggle a bit on it for episodes and characters. It's thanks to Ethan, EgantheVile1, FoxxfireArt, and Fire_Star for helping get on the right track to format the episodes the right way.

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