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Description
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 ahold of one of her drawings, and actually wants to keep it?

Note: Was adapted into a 20 episode Taiwanese Drama, MARS

Type
Manga

Related Series
Mars Gaiden (Prequel)

Associated Names
マース
战神mars
Chiến Thần

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.6 by Eternal Blue (3445d ago)
v.1 c.4-5 by Eternal Blue (3446d ago)
v.1 c.1-3 by Eternal Blue (3448d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
15 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
8 Volumes (Bunkoban - Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

User Reviews
MARS by ffleur
Mars by HYDh8er

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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (1378 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.75 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 1st 2014, 4:19pm PST

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Year
1996

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Bessatsu Friend (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Tokyopop (15 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #441 decreased(-35)
Monthly Pos #323 decreased(-16)
3 Month Pos #323 increased(+48)
6 Month Pos #357 increased(+14)

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On 638 reading lists
On 827 wish lists
On 3498 completed lists
On 136 unfinished lists
On 407 custom lists

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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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Unsurpassable...   
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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Great   
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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psychological   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Suiren-nyan
April 14th, 2013, 2:48pm
Love this manga. Love how dark it is. It's no sweet romantic (annoying and unrealistic) love story.

At first I didn't want to read the manga because "shy/innocent/weak heroine" sounds awful to me. Surprisingly, I like Kira. Ok, maybe not "like", but I'm ok with her. I think her character is interesting and she is the way she is for a reason other than "a weak useless girl will keep getting saved by her love interest, the female readers will put themselves in her role and squeee"; he innocence is needed for the plot.

Rei/Kira is an awesome, interesting pairing. The way they affect each other, the way they need each other. how they are made for each other. Love the interaction, gives me some faith in love-- real love with support and understanding, not just loving someone because they are cute/hot.

Finally, Masao must be one of my favorite manga characters ever. His role in the manga, as the mirror for both Kira and Rei is amazing. Of course, he is a creepy sociopath, but he is a super cute creepy sociopath wink I really adore him.
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Not really my cup of tea   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by ScytheMaster14
April 12th, 2013, 1:40pm
i read this cause people said it had real romance rather that that kinda love at first sight stuff, and i have to admit, at the beginning i really liked it but it just started going downhill from when he kissed the statue. it was really overly melodramatic and most of the time i felt like the story was contradicting itself because they wanted to add another "twist" to the plot line.
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first his father didn't care about him at all, then he was just cold and ignored him and Sei, then Sei is bullied and kills himself, then sei's a psychopath, then his mom was the nice sickly mother, then she was a psychopath, then the father is actually their uncle, then the mom tried to kill Rei, then she killed herself and didnt die of a sickness, then the fathers actually kinda tsundere and really loves Rei? its like SLOW DOWN! thats not plot development, thats just trying to make the story interesting again when it gets boring

as it progressed, the story seemed less like a romance to me and more like a mystery novel of trying to get to the bottom of Rei's past and mental issues. that aspect of the story is fine but at times i completely forgot Kira was even in the story, that shouldn't happen. so anyway not my cup of tea, i can see how some people would like it but i wouldn't recommend it
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Best of it's Genre   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Bleach-No1-Manga
February 27th, 2013, 1:35am
I read this Loong back
it was Psychological Piece of Gem, All Characters were great and developed perfectly as the manga progressed

the author echoed real life beautifully, and this is one of those REALISTIC Romance mangas i have ever read

One of the Best Shoujo/Josei of all time
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I liked it.   
Rating: N/A
by MissJanny
January 19th, 2013, 10:18pm
I loved this. I stand firm with other people's comments, but of course, faults always hit the hardest. I want to point out that some elements would just fade in and out like the manga could only focus on one thing at a time. For example, a great deal of attention would be placed on Kira's ability to draw and her art p, but that aspect of her life just faded out and only briefly returned in the end. Her fear of boys was briefly mentioned at the beginning, but faded out for a decently long time.

However, as I said, the manga was still awesome. I could complain about the ending, but it wasn't bad... On a further note, it was good enough that I finished the manga in one day...

Edit: Nine months later, I have no idea what this manga is about. I don't remember it at all....

... Last updated on October 31st, 2013, 8:39pm
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Addictive and amazing, but so dark   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Imsexyandiknowit328
November 23rd, 2012, 1:10am
I love this manga. I read it almost obsessively (I hardly stopped reading long enough to take care of basic human needs) and finished it in two days. Though the love story is really sweet and makes you want a much less disturbed Rei for yourself, the story is so dark. It's definitely going to stick with me a long time. The art was gorgeous and perfectly portrayed the mixture of light and darkness in everyone. I'll admit that Rei had one heck of a past, but so did Kira, and often the past would mess with the two of them in the form of Sei, Shiori, Takayuki, the step-dad, and worst of all Masao, just to name some. I won't say who exactly these people are (spoilers would ensue if I did, and you really have to read this manga all the way through to get the full effect). I will say that Kira and I have a very similar past, so I know that her reactions were very realistic even though I don't have anyone like Rei to protect me. This manga is a definite must read for older teens and young adults. I absolutely believe that fourteen year olds and under SHOULDN'T read this. It's too intense and horrible and sad, while at the same time beautiful and moving and bittersweet. All in all, a 10 for all the things mentioned above. I wanted to give only a 9 because of how heartbreaking this story is (with a happy ending, of course) but just couldn't. It left too deep of an impression on me.

... Last updated on November 23rd, 2012, 1:14am
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intense   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by boo-bop
November 3rd, 2012, 12:30am
The way it stars out in the very beginning you see it as being a typical shoujo, but then things start getting serious. The characters both have dark, dark pasts that haunt them. But that's also why they're so drawn to each other. They're both messed up in their own ways, yet, they manage to change each other for the better. They heal each other as the story progresses.This is what love is. Being able to change someone so that they are able to look past their darkness in themselves. Screw everyone else.

... Last updated on November 4th, 2012, 3:14am
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