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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 (3577d ago)
v.1 c.4-5 by Eternal Blue (3579d ago)
v.1 c.1-3 by Eternal Blue (3580d 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

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MARS by ffleur
Mars by HYDh8er

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Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (1404 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.75 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 3rd 2014, 6:26am PST

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Year
1996

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Serialized In (magazine)
Bessatsu Friend (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Tokyopop (15 Volumes - Complete)

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Monthly Pos #439 decreased(-58)
3 Month Pos #351 decreased(-27)
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What Every Shoujo Wants To Be   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by P_O_C_K_Y
September 24th, 2012, 6:28pm
This manga changed my perspective of shoujos 180 degrees.

Up until reading this manga I was reading the cliche romance stories and I was getting bored. Then I stumble across this manga. From the art I could tell it was old and that made me ignore it for a while. I came across it again later and did a little research (I hate devoting time to something I think I'm going to hate) and found that it had a psychological genre.

Now, note that this was YEARS ago when I was first getting into mangas and from the ones I had read so far I thought it was funny that these childish love stories could have any psychological depth to them. So, I decided to give it a go.

My goodness did I fall in love. Since then I have read countless mangas, some ranging from the usual cliches to the deep and tragic and none, so far, have surpassed this. I believe this is something every mangaka should look up to and every manga should strive to be like. To have a story that plays with fire, that dangles you over an emotional edge just to bring you back again, and to just make you fall in love with the characters from first sight.

It's simply amazing and I enjoyed EVERY SINGLE PAGE! The plot was amazing, the characters were engaging and it was so...real. To those who do not like the "dramatics" then you do not understand good literature. It's one of the bases of a good love story because there is no love without problems.
To those who did not like the psychological part, then you cannot fully grasp the story or characters without understand that these "issues" are what makes the characters so frighteningly real.

No one's perfect, but even so, I thought Kira and Rei were. Separated they were pathetic people, together those two could face anything and that's why I loved it so much. They were like yin and yang, they completed each other. One gave strength while the other gave brains. One gave violence while the other gave calmness. It was like light vs dark but somehow they intermixed to create something beautiful.

I'm getting all hallmark with this comment, but let me just say that I love this manga and everyone should give it a try. Even if you don't like it, this amazing piece of work AT LEAST deserves a chance. It's too good to ignore.

... Last updated on June 19th, 2013, 7:14pm
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SIghhh   
Rating: N/A
by Limster17
December 25th, 2009, 7:10pm
Ok here we go, I don't generally write reviews for mangas but after reading a handfull of the ones already up here i decided to have a go at it. I want to defend this manga, its personally one of my favorites. But i'm not going to be all like "IT'S GOOD, YOU DON'T LIKE IT? YOU SUCK"

I highly enjoyed it, i don't understand why anyone would think that there was to plot or character development, i thought the characters developed nicely. Yes the main character is weak, but she does find strength later on, you need to read the whole thing first before judging, this is why i don't go complaining in reviews about why i didn't like a manga cause firstly it's probably just not tuned to my tastes, or i never ended up finishing it.
I also don't find the backgrounds of the characters to be TOO unrealistic, at least not as unrealistic as a posy of super rich kids attending a school for the mass of super rich people out there and then ONE girl who on the brink of poverty just happened to make it into the school. But then again there's nothing wrong with that, it adds to the comedy, and just isn't my cup of tea.
What i'm trying to get at is i found this to be a wonderful manga because there was nice development, it had me hooked, and it was very like something i would read.
you can't call this one unrealistic and say hana yori dango isn't. Life comes with TONS of different situations so just cause all of them don't follow the same story line doesn't mean they aren't very relate able, not to mention is it were COMPLETELY realistic it would be pretty boring no? honestly if the manga were based off OUR lives people would be reading about kids who sat their large rear ends in front of a computer reading manga all day. it just depends on the person.

... Last updated on December 25th, 2009, 7:13pm
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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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Shoujo at its best   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Lally
May 25th, 2009, 4:59pm
Mars is what every shoujo manga should aspire to be, pure and simple. In the hands of a lesser mangaka, Mars could easily have turned into just another bog-standard cliche-fest, but Soryo-sensei is a masterful storyteller and dramatist. The pacing is just right, nothing is superfluous to the central story. Soryo-sensei obviously knew what she was going to do from the start, and was not tempted into trying to prolong the series, even though it was popular.

The strengths of this manga lie in the characters. Sure, it's all very melodramatic and angsty, but the characters react in ways that you believe real people might act. No one is perfect and some wounds never heal. There isn't a single harem or flowery background in sight in Mars. And that's because Mars doesn't need them. Soryo-sensei presents her story and characters with such confidence and skill that you can't help but fall in love.

Everyone who enjoys shoujo should read Mars. You'll find it sets the benchmark for anything else you'll ever read.
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You wouldn't understand how great this manga is if you haven't read the whole thing.   
Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
by ms_nobody
August 11th, 2011, 8:37am
Okay to be quite honest, I hated Mars at first. I only read the first volume and to me it was the typical 'bad boy falls in love with shy girl and changes' cliche type of manga. A year later I decided to reread Mars because of all the positive feedback it was getting. And boy am I glad I did.
Mars is now one of my favorites.

The characters are much deeper than they seem. They both have their flaws. Once you learn their backstories, every single action they've done makes sense. The characters are so well crafted at points that I believe they could be real people. Kira is weak, she's very weak, but everything she does makes sense. She's weak because this manga is realistic.

The only drawback for me was that the whole thing felt like a huge soap opera. A realistic soap opera though... If that makes sense. But lots of people like soap operas (me not being one of them).

In all, Mars is basically a slap of reality in your face. It has cliches, but it's so well done that they don't ruin the story.

... Last updated on June 25th, 2012, 9:00am
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a little too dramatic   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Higanzakura
January 5th, 2009, 11:00pm
i agree with hyd_ed ,this is a little too dramatic but it's still good and those psychic stuff really got me that i didnt think about how dramatic it is after finishing lol guess i really need to cool my head now
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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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A classic for a reason.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by skawaii
April 8th, 2012, 7:25am
The character development is phenomenal. Character development implies the growth of characters over the expanse of the manga series. Stopping after what--one volume?--is trying to take a swim in the pool with only one foot in.
PLEASE, for the life of me, look up Antisocial Personality Disorder before you read this, or in the midst of reading it, or have finished reading it. Just look it up. It's very intriguing and adds so much depth to Rei's character. You'll understand how he charms so many people yet does not recognize the "morality" of whatever he does until it manifests itself in Kira or his nerves. He does not recognize the line one shouldn't cross to protect someone's individual rights. The neurotic aspect to Rei is a nice contrast to this disorder. Yes, Rei is a psychopath, a sociopath.

... Last updated on April 8th, 2012, 7:29am
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Classic!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by maranair
March 16th, 2012, 5:54pm
this manga has all the ingredients to be a really good dramatic shoujo
it's perfect for people who are entering manga's world
the story is quite real.....a little too exaggerated to be slice of life

i have read it twice.. and i would read it again
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Classic Shoujos ARE AMAZING!!! XD   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by bibisuki
July 12th, 2012, 9:33pm
It didn´t felt like an end AT ALL!! XD But I loved the whole concept of MARS. It was TRULY realistic, but it´s interesting seeing the mangaka´s point of view about human beings and their physological complexity. I also loved how the story talked about wounds, locking up yourself in your own world, protect and being protected, the life´s path and the magnitude of the people you meet in that path and their influence in that path, etc. Because sometimes it seems coincidence, fate or something unavoidable, but the paths of life are intertwined, for better or for worse.

What I also LOVED about this manga, is that it´s not all about sadness, or drama. It´s also about LIFE. The story also talks about art and races, the difference betwen them are enormous, but how two people from their little worlds, came with their special thing to each others world, and understood each other special thing, was amazing.

The art was AMAZING, it´s redundant to say it XD. Sometimes when I saw Rei I thought I was seeing a real person o.o! that´s how AMAZING! this manga´s art is XD

And is interesting to read the comments, because of the psychological background of the story, somehow you identify yourself with the story, like how deep the human nature is, the search for a safe place, etc

While I was reading the manga, I was hearing the City Hunter´s Dorama OST, it was the perfect background music, it fit so perfect the storyline and the scenes ^^

PS: I would love to see Kira´s baby ^^

... Last updated on July 12th, 2012, 9:35pm
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