Haru and the Rave Crew
"Quest for glory! Accepting our fate with the power that we own. This is a hero's story, we'll be the greatest the world has ever known!
—Opening theme to the English dub
Fifty years ago an evil force known as Dark Bring was plaguing the planet, turning hearts twisted and corrupt with its dark power, which in turn sparked wars and turmoil. One man, known as the Rave Master and armed with special powers known as Rave used to counter against the Dark Bring, attempted to stop the madness by tracking the Dark Bring source and proceeding to destroy it once and for all...
He... didn't quite get the job done.
For as he thought victory was his, the source of the Dark Bring proceeded to explode, taking one tenth of the known world's landscape with it. Not to mention losing most of the Rave Master's powers in the process. Jump to 50 years later on a little known bit of land called Garage Island, where we meet Haru Glory who snags a strange-looking...um, "dog" called Plue while out fishing. One thing leads to another before he's deemed the 2nd Rave Master whose job is to bring peace to the world and save it from the lingering threat of the Dark Bring and those who wield its powers for their own selfish and destructive ends. He gains allies along the way and overall has one heck of an adventure.
Known in Japan as Groove Adventure Rave
or simply, RAVE
. 'Twas the first manga to bring success to Hiro Mishima (who would go on to create the little known gem Monster Soul
then the equally successful Fairy Tail
) weaving 35 volumes in a fantastic tale of love, honor, courage, fate and The Power of Friendship
. A very good read for anyone who's a fan of Shounen
or just trying to get into manga in general.
Was adapted into an anime in 2001 that ended in 2002 with only 51 episodes made that only cover one half of the series. However due to slow pacing (seriously, the first major battle against a relatively minor but tough brute took five
episodes to get through), it suffered in the ratings and was cancelled.
In the United States, the anime was severely edited and aired on Toonami, and didn't see the light of day again for a few years until SyFy
picked it up as part of their Ani-Monday block. It did feature many Californian voice actors who would go on to better projects
, mostly under VIZ Media or Bandai.
The manga as well as the anime was owned by Tokyopop
. But in 2009 they dropped the series without warning with only three volumes left to go. Thankfully, Del Ray (who are the holders of Mashima's other series Fairy Tail
) picked up the series and will release the series from beginning to end. They published the final three books as a single volume.
Though Rave ended years ago, it received a fun little revive in Mashima's later work, Fairy Tail
. Not only are several characters designs and attitudes lifted directly from Rave, Fairy Tail
eventually received a crossover OVA called Fairy Tail X Rave
, wherein Haru and his gang meet their Fairy Tail counterparts.
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This show provides examples of the following tropes: