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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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Latest Release(s)
c.207 by Pearse Hillock (24d ago)
c.206 by Pearse Hillock (44d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
20 Volumes (Hiatus)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1 [S1] - Vol 7, Chap 53 [S2]
Ends at Vol 6, Chap 52 [S1] - Vol 12, Chap 108 [S2]

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User Rating
Average: 7.6 / 10.0 (308 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.51 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 21st 2017, 3:09pm PST



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

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English Publisher
Viz (17 Volumes - Ongoing)

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Weekly Pos #628 increased(+67)
Monthly Pos #780 decreased(-15)
3 Month Pos #673 decreased(-109)
6 Month Pos #637 decreased(-85)

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Forum Posts
Terraformars Goes on Hiatus Due to Yū Sasuga's Health 57 days, 20 hours, 5 minutes ago
Terra Formars Anime Announced!! 134 days, 0 hours, 42 minutes ago
201 Those who fight 158 days, 9 hours, 14 minutes ago
This marked Romance? 667 days, 2 hours, 36 minutes ago
Terra Formars Gets Live-Action Film by Takashi Miike 809 days, 23 hours, 3 minutes ago

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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   
Rating: N/A
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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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by kronpas
March 11th, 2013, 8:58am
Mutant humanoid cockroachs as enemies with Gantz-level gore and up its character-kill-off plot by a few notches, then you got this manga. Rarely a manga leaves me with such a digusting taste in my mouth.

Rate 7 not because its average (its quite great even though not for everyone's taste), but because its too much for me *__*

... Last updated on March 11th, 2013, 9:01am
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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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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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i have another reason for not liking this   
Rating: N/A
by supercyc
July 15th, 2012, 10:51pm
this is a great manga, great art style, great delivery.
The thing i hate about it is that almost everyone is dead in the first 2 chapters
Out off an entire crew (2 technically)- of unexplored characters (and a flashback doesn't entirely count), they're all dead like cannon foder in split seconds. how can someone get attached to these characters when it's expected for them to die.
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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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Rating: N/A
by htcheng
May 28th, 2012, 9:33pm
No matter what the story is about, but anything base on cockroaches is deeply disturbing ~_~........... This manga gonna give me nightmares. I wouldn't be surprise later on we see these alien creature have wings and fly which we all know some do.
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It's Good....   
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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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