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Kira believes that Rei and all other men in the world are dirty. She stays away from her classmates, hiding in her art. What happens when the delinquent motorcyclist and playboy, Rei, gets a hold of one of her drawings, and actually wants to keep it?


Related Series
Mars Gaiden (Prequel)

Associated Names
Chiến Thần

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.6 by Eternal Blue (4212d ago)
v.1 c.4-5 by Eternal Blue (4214d ago)
v.1 c.1-3 by Eternal Blue (4215d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
15 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
8 Volumes (Bunkoban - Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Reviews
MARS by ffleur
Mars by HYDh8er

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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (1508 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.75 / 10.0
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 10% (146 votes)
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Last Updated
April 16th 2016, 12:14pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Bessatsu Friend (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
TokyoPop (15 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #355 increased(+52)
Monthly Pos #373 increased(+28)
3 Month Pos #400 increased(+6)
6 Month Pos #412 increased(+23)

List Stats
On 696 reading lists
On 940 wish lists
On 3874 completed lists
On 144 unfinished lists
On 492 custom lists

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Mars Gets New Live-Action TV Series 158 days, 15 hours, 7 minutes ago
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Made me think a lot about my own life   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
May 15th, 2016, 11:58am
Yes, this series has a lot of drama. It sometimes seems like a soap opera. Love triangles, amnesia, car crash, childhood trauma, mental illness, bad parenting, suicide, violence, bullying. . . the list is long.

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The rich troublemaker and poor kind girl cliche is another big one. Everything was conveniently solved by the rich dad, which is the one thing keeping me from giving MARS 10/10.

But underneath all the action is the author's understanding of humans. We get hurt, but life goes on. One accident alone can cause overwhelming pain, and all the deaths around us can make our world seem crazy. All we can do is keep on living. So we stand up again, and put a bandage over the scars. We all can either die or keep existing. This manga made me think about how I've taken a lot for granted. The messages the author delivers through MARS really resonated with me, and i found myself crying at how immature this manga made me feel.

There are lots of plot holes in this story, and the characters are all flawed-- i don't like the main guy for his violent temper, for example. But to me, MARS is a sincere love poem to humanity. For all the pain and cruelty that we give each other, we humans are a beautiful paradox of fragility and strength. Humanity is just like the God of War, Mars, cruel but kind, and burning with violent passion.

I recommend this to everyone who has ever gone through hard times.

... Last updated on May 15th, 2016, 12:06pm
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well done!   
Rating: N/A
January 4th, 2016, 8:01pm
I already watched live action (Taiwanese Drama) long time ago, and at that time I donít know that this drama is adaptation from manga. I never thought that.

When I know this manga, I pass it, since I already watch the live action; Iím scared that I will disappoint with this manga. Since I like the live action very much. But I was wrong, I love this series. I love this much much than the live action.
The art is good, I love that. I love how Souryo Fuyumi draw Rei, and after I finish this manga, I feel more happy about my life smile biggrin
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The best shoujo in my book   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
October 28th, 2014, 7:55am
This is the best shoujo (josei would have also made sense) that i ever read and impossible to put down.
The art is great, the topics the manga carefully addresses feel well researched and the romance is one of a kind. The way the series handles death/suicide and sexual abuse and sexuality is unsurpassed in the genre and only Watashitachi no Shiawase na Jikan (9,5/10) comes close. Every single characters is alive and it must have been thrill ride to read the series weekly back in the day. I couldn´t even find real flaws while i reread the series a while ago and the structure of the narrative itself is a sight to behold too. So much foreshadowing! No subplot is wasted and the series ended on exactly the right note. Fuyumi is my favorite female mangaka and i hope that she will finaly be acknowledged with a few anime adaptations one of these days. It least she has the award side covered (but sadly not for this gem). Overall a rare perfect series.

... Last updated on July 18th, 2015, 6:44am
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Rating: 9.2 / 10.0
by whitespade
August 27th, 2014, 10:20pm
the characters in this manga all are multi-dimensional, and their expression of personalities lend a dramatic atmosphere to the story. the male mc is the usual good looking bad boy, and the female mc is the usual naive innocent cutie, however their characters are explored and magnified making us root for their happiness. the side characters did a great job in supporting the mc in making their love bloom. some characters seems big, however lost significance in just a short while, so it might throw you off.

the mentally unstable aspect of the characters are also a huge draw of this manga. every one of them have at least a little bit that's broken, and both of the mc is too broken that they can only fix each other. i really love that rei never change his psychopathic tendency, he is only moderated by kira's presence.

even though i love the development of the story, it is a little bit stretched. sometimes i feel a whole volume gone by without anything of significance happen. this is because of the style of art, where sometimes there is only one or two panels in a page and a lot of extreme closeup. this do make a more dramatic feeling, however progress is much slower. also one can get bored as they endlessly profess their love to each other, sometimes their touching and kissing are too much as nothing else is going on.

still, though their drama is a bit too dramatic, it is quite entertaining. the art is also very beautiful and light and pleasing to the eye. one can get lost in admiring them.
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Not for the faint of heart   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Atsuta
July 12th, 2014, 5:48pm
Although it may not seem too dark at first glance, just assume that the darker points in the beginning is the typical tone of the entire series; not to say that's all Mars has going for it. It was a great read that left my heart in shambles at one too many points in the story. My only gripe was with some of the psychological aspects being a bit far-fetched, namely
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when a certain someone is able to fool several professionals to release him from the institution (some psychiatrists/psychologists are undeserving of their title/job due to how terrible some of them are, but to fool several of them is beyond me),
but I'm not so hyper critical to allow that to devalue Mars as a quality series.

... Last updated on August 6th, 2014, 5:15am
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The standard of shoujo.   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by F0rcefi3ld
May 18th, 2014, 9:46pm
If you think of shoujo, this is it. I saw the Taiwanese live-action a long time ago before I read this manga, so nothing surprised me.

Great artwork. The chemistry between the two main characters was great. The plot, although was dark and at some point had a message about the importance of dreams and passion, was centrally focused on the romance that I thought made the story not much else besides that. Although mostly everything was cliche, well this manga is dated (just a little less than two decades since it came out!) so I'll forgive some things. What I'll also give a thumbs up for about this manga is the fact that the cheesy parts didn't make me cringe; basically it wasn't gag-worthy.

Anyway, this manga would have usually gotten a high rating from me except while reading I realized I didn't much care about the main couple. It's not that it's an old story I'm revisiting and I wasn't so hyped to be getting into it again. (Even while watching the live-action when I was still so in love with the actor that played Rei,) I couldn't emotionally invest in the two main characters like I usually do when I'm reading/watching anything. The only character I felt anything for was Rei's father and probably Kira's mother. I think part of my disappointment with the manga was how selfish Rei and Kira was. They sacrificed a lot for each other, but yet they existed in their own world where no one else mattered. Everything was all about them literally; what they needed, what they wanted, what they cared about. Hey, it's a love story about fated lovers, I know! Maybe I just don't care for this type of thing. And maybe it's just me, but I felt that Rei and Kira never really expressed their gratefulness for all the support that everyone gave them to a depth that satisfied me. Again, to the end it was all about them. You see, I might forgive other shoujos for this, but for MARS where the mangaka tried to go for something deep my rating criteria thus is more harsh.
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Nice, but clichéd and unrealistic.   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by meniel
March 24th, 2014, 7:59am
MARS is a good read, especially for shoujo lovers, but don't expect too much. The art is good. The plot, though imo very interesting, is banal and predictable. Same goes for the protagonists: they're well characterized and nice, but lack of originality. Rei is the traditional cool, good-looking, bad guy with good heart, while Kira is the classical innocent, quiet and pure girl. After reading a lot of shoujo manga, I can't stand these kinds of characters anymore. It's not like I dislike them, I would just like something different. Some of the themes are also very clichéd: suicide, twins, rape. However, this manga is overall very likeable, recommended for angst lovers and romantics.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by twltfreak
February 23rd, 2014, 10:33pm
Any one who rated this less than 9 was clearly unprepared for the story... So it's my suggestion... If you're looking for a fluffy romantic read, please forget this one.
But if you are ready to invest some time and emotion with the story and its characters... You have to try this. Don't let the old art scare you... There will be no starbursts in the heroine's eyes in this one. If anything, you would be pulled in by the artist's beautiful eye to details, her perfect sense of proportion... and irresistible narration.

Everyone has hidden sides... denying that is a lie. Discover how Rei and Kira stop hurting behind their public facades; watch as the playboy and the quiet artist heal each other.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sexy_glasses_boy
January 5th, 2014, 1:39pm
I liked how the princey figure, Rei, turned out to be pretty twisted. That made everything more dramatic and realistic. The only thing that was a bit disappointing would be the heroine. They should have made her story (past) a little longer. It was a little short and didnt get into the details. BTW: THIS IS REALLY DARK AND TWISTED. IT ALSO INCLUDES SOME TRAGEDY. SO IF U DON'T LIKE ANY OF THOSE THINGS, I DON'T RECOMMEND THIS TO U. But the overall romance was great!

... Last updated on January 5th, 2014, 7:34pm
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I loved the beginning.   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Yoshipower321
September 3rd, 2013, 12:34pm
I absolutely loved the first volume and the way the "opposites attract" came into play.

Unfortunately, I lost that love for the manga after dramatic events seemed to just keep popping up.
Maybe I would have just preferred if this was a lighthearted story with the character types used.
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