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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.

Note: Was nominated for the 6th Manga Taishou in 2013.


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Status in Country of Origin
15 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1

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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (279 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.69 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 19th 2016, 6:59pm PST



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

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (10 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #623 increased(+82)
Monthly Pos #844 decreased(-118)
3 Month Pos #518 decreased(-179)
6 Month Pos #362 decreased(-29)

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On 2170 reading lists
On 615 wish lists
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Terra Formars Anime Announced!! 91 days, 19 hours, 41 minutes ago
This marked Romance? 222 days, 8 hours, 46 minutes ago
Terra Formars Gets Live-Action Film by Takashi Miike 365 days, 5 hours, 14 minutes ago
Volume 2 discussion 1078 days, 10 hours, 17 minutes ago
Chapter 3 discussion 1343 days, 6 hours, 56 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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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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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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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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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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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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The "successor" to Gantz and an improvement on all fronts   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
May 7th, 2015, 4:34am
Gantz (8/10) may have been a bit problematic but it left a void in the market which this one tried to fill so i jumped on board early on and jumped off immediately as the first story arc is a bit of a mess. The series stuck with me though and i heard that the manga was up for an award, an anime (it is good enough but a bit rushed early on) and now a movie too. I then decided to travel to Mars again and surprise surprise the second arc in volume 2 turned out to be an improvement on volume 1 (the OVA) but it and the prequel chapter about the first mission are still essential reading as they form the backbone of the narrative so don´t skip them even if both could used a rewrite and my appreciation grew volume by volume. An immediately noticeable strength would be the clean/dynamic art by Kenichi and the action scenes become better and better as time goes by as the cast grows and expands.
The animal metaphors and explanations which relate to the powers employed are well done too and i further started to notice that the series is racially diverse to a degree that most Japanese publications don´t even strive too and i am a half black German btw. Another noteworthy strength are the female characters (50% of the cast) and the way the author treats them. There is nudity but it is tasteful and the manga goes for male one instead a lot too by skipping easy setups for "fan service" time and time again. Sure some women could use a slimmer breast size and the constant and highly interesting profiles mention every cup sizes but half of these are (good) jokes and some of the males get a few curios entries too as let´s say what their opinion on certain porn genres is and i have zero problem to call Terra Formars downright feministic. Fellow competitors as Hiroya Oku should take notes.
Especially in the way this series handles death as you never know who will die and all the deaths stick so this is truly series for adults and not a shonen power trip as way too popular seinen manga are. The use of violence is also well done as the author understands where to go big and where to go small by focusing on reaction shots of onlookers instead. The driving force of the narrative is actually a string of romances as it turns out over time but damsels in distress won´t be found here as that cliché even gets inverted at time and the series can be funny too. I am never going to call any of this high art and i get the criticism but if you want to read a straightforward biopunk survival tale that is way better than it should be then stick around and just power though the earlier slumps.
The mass of (comedy) spin-offs is utterly unneeded but Terra Formars Gaiden - Rain Hard (7,5/10) about the tragic back story of ensemble dark horse Adolf is quite good and more in-continuity side-story could work.
A current and even better teamwork focused manga would be Until Death Do Us Part (9,5/10) which excels with its gender balanced cast and racial diversity even more. Attack on Titan (8/10), Black Lagoon (8/10 but the anime is a bit better), Gunslinger Girl (9/10) and Tokyo Ghoul (8,5/10) are further quality action tales that can deliver characterization along with the violence and all are genre fiction too.
I can´t believe i am saying this but in the Nippon Bug i trust!

... Last updated on August 28th, 2015, 8:53am
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