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Terra Formars  
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With the space program attempting to travel to Mars, 21st century scientists were tasked with warming up the planet so that humans could survive on its surface. They came up with an efficient and cost effective plan of sending cockroaches and mold to the surface so that the mold would absorb the sunlight and the insect corpses would serve as a food source for the mold.
It is now the year 2577 and the first manned ship to Mars has landed on the planet and the six crew members are ready for their mission. But what they find are giant mutated humanoid cockroaches with incredible physical strength. The crew members are easily wiped out, but not before sending a transmission back to Earth. Now, humanity will send elite warriors to exterminate the mutated bugs and claim back Mars.


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12 Volumes (Ongoing)

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Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1

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Average: 7.9 / 10.0 (236 votes)
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Miracle Jump (Shueisha)
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Terra Formars Gets Live-Action Film by Takashi Miike 47 days, 21 hours, 40 minutes ago
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Rating: N/A
by DrManga
November 1st, 2014, 9:14am
Nippon-America, Nippon-America, Nippon Nippon and Nippon Bug. The flag waving is unbearable.

Too many characters and many look the same. Some are only introduced and mentioned just before they get killed. Never seen them before and wham, they be dead. My beloved Sasha was one of them. Who is Sasha, you ask; you tell me. She died in Volume 8 Chapter 71. She is the trapped door spider. Asimov tricked her into getting herself killed. Not a spoiler because my beloved is a nobody. A worse incident, there were people that are in a tiny space whom you don't know of their existence and dialogue occurring in this space is spread over several pages only when they get attacked in the tiny space suddenly all the other "invisible" characters appear in a panel or two so you can see them getting killed.

There is no plot, however it makes up for it with absurdities. The dialogues are all over the place and confusing. Should have been released as a picture book without dialogue, might have been an improvement.

Art: The bugs all look. So do the humans. Art is so and so. I would say good but damn story line makes it bad.

FormX said: "If you are educated on biology then all logic of sorts disappears,"
Correction he meant to say "if you have a brain then all logic sort of disappears"

... Last updated on November 1st, 2014, 4:11pm
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One time entertainment   
Rating: N/A
by FormX
September 21st, 2014, 2:27am
If you are educated on biology then all logic of sorts disappears, otherwise this is a decent read on fighting unknown terrors. So you can ignore what I'm saying if you don't care about that.
While there are some trivia about some interesting organisms the author researched, he doesn't really apply animal structure, physiology, bio mechanics or biological scaling to his designs. For example, a cockroach would never ever develop those muscles because their hard exoskeleton requires striated muscles. A common mistake in fiction and also greatly used here is the scaling animal abilities to the human level proportionally, as mainly physical limitations prevent that.

Another ignorable (for most of you) but typical issue is that once again China ends up being the villain, with all other internationals allying together for the sake of humanity.

Again, if what bugged me doesn't matter to you, enjoy.

... Last updated on September 21st, 2014, 2:30am
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Can't decide   
Rating: N/A
by SOSAnimeBoy
March 26th, 2014, 2:15pm
I really cannot figure out if I like this manga or not. Most comments have already captured the pros and cons about it, so I'll just focus on my opinion.

Most important negative point: I think the design of the enemy makes it impossible for me to feel intimidated by them, therefore taking away a bit of the seriousness of the manga for me. I mean, seriously, if you did not ROFL at least once looking at those humanoid roaches, then something may be wrong with you (haha, kidding). It's like a crude parody of blackface.

The other issue is the character design. The storyline keeps jumping back and forth between different scenes, and I was often finding myself confused as to which character was which when they are not shown in their 'transformed' state.

In regards to the wanton death, in Gantz when important characters died, later on in the story there was at least a mention or revisiting of their existence, which helped cement the role they played, however short it was. In this manga, seemingly important characters die and then are quickly forgotten about. It makes me feel like the author is just having fun introducing character designs to showcase different mutation possibilities, and doesn't really care about the characters.

For me, honestly speaking, the one thing that keeps me reading is to see what other creature mutations he comes up with, and the creature intro panels. Other than that, not much really.
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surprisingly good   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by mokaboy
February 24th, 2014, 11:05pm
Now I can see why theses series is selling like candy back in Japan.
I was sceptical at first with all the sudden deaths, and pointless gore but it went better .
I highly recommend that you read at least 3 or 4 volumes before making any statement.
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Pretty Awesome So Far   
Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
by pandasamurai
January 18th, 2014, 4:24pm
The story is brilliant, has a lot of qualities you might remember from Gantz (like epic gore and random character deaths). The author has made such despairing tale that hooks readers with new twists each scene. Can't wait to see what turns the story will make in the next volume.
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It's actually not that bad   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by PhoenixianLife
January 16th, 2014, 3:08am
Come now anyone who has read this from the beginning to now and still feels like this is a bad read needs to apprently not read manga cause they have no taste for it. Now I understand in the first chapters the book turned me off for how baller and powerful it made everyone on the second team seem and most importantly that middle eastern guy and they just get destroyed left and right as if theyaren't any kind of opposition to the roaches but then they give the character their backstory after they die that was something I couldn't understand but you gotta keep reading it and now, the only reason why I get mad at the book is the idiotic problems going on with the people other than that it has a decent plot that just gets slight additions put on it every so often and it explains every reason why they happen, the characters you can fall in love with because of their stories (but try not too get too attached cause ya never know) and then the action oh goodness the action!! I'm not a big action anime or manga fan but this book will make you just want to see what happens to person and roach alike oh and they have some actual real animals and bugs traits so you learn a little bit too! So inclusion I say 8 out of 10 and sorry for the huge comment also

... Last updated on January 16th, 2014, 3:16am
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Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by liquidsin
January 8th, 2014, 6:54pm
Holy hell was that horrible. The plot, along with the monsters, literally make no sense. I kept waiting for something to click and after 2 volumes of nonsense I'm calling quits.

Yes, people do die in this manga. Does that matter though? No. Past the shock value in first chapter, it's irrelevant and expected. Terra Formars also contains gore which, like death, also loses it's wow factor after the first X beheadings. The series simply lacks the meat that fills in the space from one decapitation to another.

... Last updated on February 12th, 2014, 1:28pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by aquadragon2010
December 7th, 2013, 6:44am
This manga has a rather unique plot. It may seem weird at first with the huge cockroaches, but that just adds to the suspense of unpredictable thrillers. The action scenes and beautiful art is really something. The way most insignificant characters, and even main one's die is just refreshing from your usual shounen genre. This is a must read if you are a seinen fan, it would be a huge disappointment, because i believe this manga will reach the top. That's how good i think it is!
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WTF did I just read   
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by sakirol
September 7th, 2013, 10:40am
Typical gore, violence, and "gotta survive" mentality going on in this manga ... but the cockroaches and the absurdity of the entire thing... I can't be the only one that got peeved by that.
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Not for everyone and maybe... The next Gantz?   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by claudiofd
March 12th, 2013, 6:10am
Now this was a surprise. Just read 3 volumes straight and it gets better every single volume.

But... I have to say, this manga is not for everyone, for a bunch of reasons. First off, there is gore. While it isn't the goriest or one of the goriest things around for sure, it definitely contains a significant amount of gore. If you're susceptible and sensitive towards gore, it's probably best to stay away.
Next, this is clearly a manga that isn't too focused on a very complex plot. The main attraction here is violence, clearly. But don't get me wrong. The plot has been moving and there are clear signs of a big conspiracy brewing behind the scenes, something we'll see more of in volumes to come. It's just that I don't think you should be reading this if you're looking for an interesting and complex storyline as that isn't its main focus.
Another thing that might put some people off is the high mortality rate. Like Gantz, this is a manga where a lot of people die. A lot of people you weren't expecting to even. This is one of the most enjoyable points for me - as it becomes very unpredictable and way more thrilling - but I have heard that some people dislike stuff like that. Some people prefer the more... how to call it... "shonen" approach to things, where the main characters get together, form a group and most of that group stays alive till the end. If that's the case with you, this is probably not the best choice.

That being said, if you enjoy these, this is definitely one to check out. I might be jumping the gun in calling it the next Gantz, I know. What I mean with that comparison is that the feeling of those two is somewhat similar. People who are taken to a different place to fight monsters that they can't possibly comprehend. Most of them die, even some that you thought were going to be important characters. The pace throughout the action scenes is fast and stained with ruthless kills (from both sides). The threat our characters are facing often seems completely overwhelming and they have to crawl with all they have just to pull themselves out of it. This description fits both mangas and that's why I made the comparison. Then again, there are a lot of things separating them (for instance, Terra Formars has more dialogue - that both kills a bit of the pace at times and increases the "coolness" of the abilities - and Gantz is more about normal humans that are given weapons whereas TF features superhuman characters).

Lastly, the scientific or historical quotes from actual books was a very nice touch.

I do hope that this doesn't go to sh*t like Gantz did, but that's a whole different matter.
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