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Terra Formars  
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Description
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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Manga

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Associated Names
テラフォーマーズ
火星异种

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Status in Country of Origin
10 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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Average: 8 / 10.0 (210 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.85 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 23rd 2014, 3:10am PST

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Year
2011

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Serialized In (magazine)
Miracle Jump (Shueisha)
Shuukan Young Jump (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #257 (No change)
Monthly Pos #127 increased(+10)
3 Month Pos #183 increased(+71)
6 Month Pos #265 increased(+211)

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On 1712 reading lists
On 509 wish lists
On 37 unfinished lists
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Terra Formars Anime Announced!! 250 days, 1 hours, 32 minutes ago
Volume 2 discussion 608 days, 14 hours, 28 minutes ago
Chapter 3 discussion 873 days, 11 hours, 6 minutes ago

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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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Very good series   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by hadou-ken
May 27th, 2012, 2:19pm
It bothers me when someone talks about a series based on the first chapter. This series is amazing. The art is awesome and the plot is complex; it leaves you wanting more after every chapter.
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Awesome!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by callmebaboon
February 14th, 2013, 9:57pm
I think this manga.. is a must read.. for those who wanted something 'fresh' rather than same old plot no one die.. I'll comeback and kill of you all and that kind of stuff. smile fresh and great plot.. full of puzzles.. read it you won't regret it. 10/10
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It's Good....   
Rating: N/A
by mercio
May 27th, 2012, 6:01pm
So far...i've only read until chapter 2 but i agree with hadou-ken you dont judge series base on the first chapter give it at least 10 chap before you talk sh*t.Especially with a series like this.
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Good   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by blazz
June 10th, 2012, 3:36pm
In the 4th chapter something happens that might show that terrible misconceptions about evolution aren't the author's true state of knowledge and
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
the roaches are creations made the same way as the bugs #2 guys.
At the end of the chapter though it goes back to the way it was, or does it?
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Something might have actually helped in the roaches' evolution into what they are now.
Overall: great art, great action, plot starting to unfold. Looks like something between Zetman and Gantz, and near Gantz in my book.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
I like the combination of muai thai and locust legs :).

ParafinLove, you were too quick to comment on this bigrazz .

... Last updated on June 10th, 2012, 3:52pm
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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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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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Prequel?   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by cloudlessbluesky
October 9th, 2012, 6:25am
Read the first 2 chapters and I was like 'dafuq?' It's like those characters were created for the sole purpose to die a horrible death. Like supercyc said, how can anyone get attached with these unexplored extras when they die, like, 2 pages after their first appearance?

But the teaser in chapter 6 seems to give this series a new hope. If the first six chapters are the prequel of the events in the future, I guess it all makes sense that the author had to kill the crews and spare a few.

I have the feeling that this series is going to be legend- wait for it....
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Amazing, NOT RECOMMENDED for PUSSIES   
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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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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