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Ares  
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Description
The story takes place in an era similar to that of ancient Rome in a country called Chronos. It follows a group known as the Temple Mercenaries. In particular, the manhwa is about Ares, Michael and Baroona, three young warriors with mysterious pasts and surpassing skills...

The manhwa is notable for its subtle use of anachronistic elements (Ares' shoes are similar to that of classic Adidas), as well as very dynamic and fluid action sequences.

Type
Manhwa

Related Series
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Associated Names
Странствующий воин Арес
떠돌이 용병 아레스
떠돌이 용병 ARES
Ddeo-dol-i Yong-byeong Ares
Kiếm sĩ lang thang
Vagrant Soldier Ares

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Latest Release(s)
v.26 c.205-207 (end) by A-Team (1285d ago)
v.26 c.200-204 by A-Team (1332d ago)
v.26 c.199 by A-Team (1359d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
26 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
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Forum
3 topics, 22 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (952 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.44 / 10.0
10
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9+
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8+
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Last Updated
November 3rd 2013, 4:52am PST

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Year
2001

Original Publisher
BB Comics (vols 1-26)
Seju Cultural Co., Ltd (vols 1-17)

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Licensed (in English)
No

English Publisher
N/A

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #591 increased(+5)
Monthly Pos #641 decreased(-7)
3 Month Pos #519 decreased(-16)
6 Month Pos #519 decreased(-18)

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On 1880 reading lists
On 1069 wish lists
On 1479 completed lists
On 135 unfinished lists
On 355 custom lists

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Forum Posts
ares ch 24 vol 000? 600 days, 11 hours, 57 minutes ago
Manga ending discussion 1263 days, 18 hours, 1 minutes ago
Discontinued (Was Mistaken Still Going) 2831 days, 12 hours, 22 minutes ago

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uh   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by plaiin
October 11th, 2014, 11:54pm
This manga seems to resonate well with some and not at all with others. I was the latter. Maybe it was because I walked in with high expectations, or at least with the idea that it would be slightly similar to others of the same genre, but I was sorely disappointed.
It definitely started off well; battling to gain a spot in a well-regarded guild and it just so happens that three youngsters completely defy the expectations of everyone due to their unlikely skill and hidden talent. But the story that unravels after that is completely awful. At least, that's what I believe. Everything that occurred afterwards was out of place or unnecessary.
Maybe I wanted to see the trio hanging out as friends, having good times and making great memories before the big plot twist. I was hoping for Ares to somehow actually work to get his revenge, and that his actions made sense. Read the other comments to get a better understanding and explanations to the (VERY MANY) flaws in the manwha.
Throughout the entire manwha I was wishing for it redeem itself. That I wouldn't be dreading, no, forcing myself to flip the pages in hopes that it would turn out better. But it didn't and it was simply a disaster to read. I barely enjoyed this, and the only time I did like it was at the beginning; otherwise, it was completely boring the entire time.
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It's a 10 for me, definitely   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by linasama
August 6th, 2014, 8:42pm
Ok, i can't express how much i ADORE this manhwa. But, i have to say this: if you are looking for a manhwa with the most realistic art or the kind of drawings what you normally see in others mangas, well, maybe that will pull you back for reading this serie. I personally loved the drawing, it was wierd, but perfect fot this story.
Even so, that apart, i really think it's worth give it a try, because every character do his part in the story, the funny, and the dark ones. If you read it 'till the end, you'll probably won't regret it.
While reading, try seeing the whole thing, not only the drawing or the characters; it's about their lives, the way they lived and the reason they do what they do(and of course, the actions parts), but you won't appreciate it if you think that some part is bad because it has nothing to do or is out of place with what was happening.

Ok, if you didn't read all the thing above, is fine. Just try it, i loved it, as every work this artist did. Enjoy it!! (and sorry if i wrote something wrong)
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Well...   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Serendipity_
December 3rd, 2013, 1:25pm
All I can say is that I tried, and tried, aaaaand tried reading this manhwa until the end, but couldn't. There was something about the whole plot that just didn't manage to keep me hooked until the end. It is unique, yes, but it lacks in so many areas that I don't even know where to start.

Instead of reading the comments/reviwes here I recommend you,(yes -you-), should read it and make up your own opinion about the manhwa. Because, as you can see, the ratings are veeery varied and I think it actually depends in your taste. If you have a picky taste like me that's only satisfied with the best, then sorry...this isn't for you.

... Last updated on December 5th, 2013, 2:01pm
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Surprising depth and realism in a shounen adventure story   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by 狂気
October 26th, 2013, 2:15pm
A typical shounen adventure manga, right? That's what it is for most readers, I'm sure. But Ares has surprising depth. It doesn't go into detail in any of the serious parts which is what I like about it.

The over-the-top fights, fantasy weapons, superhuman-like strength. They are all plot devices. What's the point of them being realistic? This is, after all, a shounen adventure. The only criticism I've read here seems to be on very shallow things like these. It's natural that the story seems immature for someone who is immature themselves.

The character relations, motives, personalities, warfare, the psychological and social effects of war, politics. All of them are more realist and complicated than most anything you'll find it modern popular fiction. Most of it is on the background and it just follows Ares and his friends on their cliché-ish quest. But this is a good thing. It's kind of a light hearted story and with all the drama and tragedy it doesn't lose that light heartedness. The ending does have melancholy but it is also a happy ending. A deep story doesn't need to be a dark tragedy. Ares doesn't gloat on it's depth but focuses on the simple drama and slice-of-life.

You don't need to over-think itit is simply an adventure story after all. But it's the detail what makes that simple adventure story a small masterpiece.
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dissapointing plot , tried so hard to be serious yet the hype was never built   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by crissio
June 28th, 2013, 8:32am
I read all the chapter until the end, and sadly I have to give it 3/10

I read many different kind of manga , and Ares definitely falls into the category of dark medieval fantasy genre. First thing, if you want to read a really good dark medieval story , read : Berserk, Vinland Saga, and Historie . That's some perfect example of how a really gritty dark medieval manga should be written and drawn. When I read this manga , it has :

1. Bad dialogue
I don't know why, but the dialogue in this manga is just plain shallow and weak. There are so many conversation that is just waste of space, not giving any useful information, and just plain nothing.

2. Bad artwork
This is why I mostly don't like korean manga. The art sucks ass , I am having hard time to differentiate face in between the character. The mangaka is a fucking lazy, and doesn't spend time on drawing character. Especially if you really looking at the war section. There are so many characters that look exactly the same, you cannot tell which one is A , which one is B.

3. Bad fighting scene
The way the fight scene drawn, was kinda confused me too. I cannot make sense when I tried to read between first column, and the next column. The fighting scene doesn't seems to be in cohesion together. I didnt understand if this particular character getting stab or slash from vertical or horizontal , or diagonal. There's also lack of "death face" of the character that got killed , the mangaka solved the problem by just drawing every grunt with full helmet so he can have the excuse to not draw the agony face. And really, it kills the hype. I never really get immersed with ANY battle scene throughout the story.

4. The mangaka tried so hard to make the characters to be cool, but failed hard , because apparently the characters cannot look cool without smoking or atleast have something to suck in between their lips.

This is seriously pisses me off, people are really smoking while in they are in the war killing people? Even in one battle scene, there was this character that tried so hard to be cool by picking up his "cigarette" even though he was in the bad situation? give me a break. There are a lot of way to make character cool, and the worst way to do it was by giving the character "cigarette" to make them cool. It really ticked me off because the credibility of the character just went down dramatically because of this shit. From war veteran persona to become high school delinquent persona.
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5. Weak ass plot, the mangaka made the plot as it goes .
There is no really good plot in this manga, everything is predictable. Even the main antagonist ( Michael ) had a weak motivation as to why he went in the killing rampage , and it never really gets explained until the end. Yes, he protected Ares , but why killed all the citizen and used his soldier very inhumanly? What made Michael went a drastic change of his character from being neutral evil, to chaotic evil? there was no any single explanation to that. The mangaka just wanted the plot to go that way without proper planning what kind of background motivation to make Michael to do what he did after he left Temple Merchenary. After that, the story went downhill to the battle of attrition without any good motive than just : I want to rule the world. Its just plain weak , dear korean mangaka.
6. Naive, gullible protagonist
Not that I hate naive character like Ares. But in this particular case, this is how you make a BAD naive protagonist. Ares is just plain shallow, there is nothing memorable about this character. Even in the last two battles , he is still being a pacifist idiot when he supposed to be taking his revenge against his nation, his people, and his master. There's too much misguided chivalry being committed by this character. it really getting into my nerves.
I do understand the question: why do I kept reading this manga even though I said it was bad? Well, its like watching bad soap opera drama, you hate it but at the same time you want to know the ending, so I kept reading it while still being pissed off just so I can get done with it , know the ending, and not looking / reading this manga ever again. In conclusion, do not read this manga.
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Perfect   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sujinj523
January 31st, 2013, 4:42am
Now THIS is a perfect manga. I love the plot, the characters, and the art. I admire how the manhwaga doesn't forget about any of the characters, giving each of them a definite ending. The manhwaga has an eye for detail so all the questions I ask about are answered by the end of the manhwa. I adore the characters and their growth. The manhwaga skillfully portrays emotion and focuses enough on how events affect the characters. I thought each character was fully developed and I liked seeing how each on matured. The story was fun and always interesting. I never got bored reading it. There's enough of everything smile And I actually like this type of artwork. I couldn't ask for more. All my expectations were met by Ares. Although it's not a classic like Rurouni Kenshin, I will dare to say that Ares is on the same level.

... Last updated on January 31st, 2013, 4:44am
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Its Awesome!   
Rating: N/A
by kri91
November 28th, 2012, 10:33am
I'd rate it more than 10! its a must read!
There's just something about it that makes it enjoyable 2 read and remember it long after u'v read it...
Try it, U'l love it!
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Has a unique feel   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by zimzimbadabim
August 24th, 2012, 8:34pm
The art is very unique, and might take some getting used to. The story is also told in a way that most manga/manhwa aren'tit's more serious and dark than any shounen manga I've read. The characters are really this storie's selling point. Each one is unique and relatable. The author captures human behavior brilliantly.
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fantastic   
Rating: N/A
by k.bell11
July 3rd, 2012, 7:42pm
this was a great manga! it portrayed war really well, had great emotional moments, a whole casts of good characters so it was easy to get into it even if you don't love the main character. I really liked how both "good" and "evil" people were characterized, so even when villains died, i was sad
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like when esteban's backstory was given right after he and danny died, or when michael killed cygnus
. For a shounen manga, it didn't stray away from violence killing, and didn't make the main characters heroes. If you like plot/character heavy, more realistic mangas read this!

... Last updated on July 26th, 2012, 3:27pm
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How could anyone like this?   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by MondSemmel
July 2nd, 2012, 4:26am
I have no idea why this manhwa is as popular as it is. I read it up to and including v16, hoping for it to get better, but instead it got worse, and I finally stopped at that point. The manhwa is supposed to be about war - imagine a less dark Berserk without the supernatural (which is both okay) but also without anything making sense (which is bad).
Among the many faults of this manhwa are:
- bad/inconsistent art - there are some good moments, but most of it is at most mediocre
- impossible/fantasy physics - there's no magic in this manhwa, yet Baroona has a weapon that cannot, would not ever work; many jumping acrobatics are similarly stupid, too
- military "tactics" - this is a story about a number of countries continually at war with each other, yet none of their bloddy tactics make sense whatsoever
- similarly, several huge battles start with commanders of both sides asking to "let our strongest soldiers fight" in a duel - _why_ make a manhwa about war if you make armies meaningless?
- and yet again, _why_ make a manhwa about war and big battles if there are one-man armies?
- action sequences not involving the main characters are all uninteresting, pointless filler
- immature, stupid side characters - essentially, all normal male soldiers in this story will boast constantly and start fights whenever a chance presents itself; none of them seems to have ever heard of military discipline or human decency
- again, why put magic battle pills in a manhwa that was, up to that point, "realistic", i.e. featured no magic?

And a few bigger issues:
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- The whole girlfriend dynamic is incredibly juvenile. In one part, Ares brings his girlfriend _with him_ during a siege...wtf? But more importantly, while Ares usually just kills everybody he fights with, he decides to spare someone for the arbitrary reason of them being both strong and having a girlfriend, too. Hint: Most of the other people you killed, Ares, would have had similar backstories if the author had bothered writing them. Ares has totally inconsistent morals due to things like this.
- inconsistent characterizations: Mikael makes no sense as a character: If he is there just to learn about Chronos and to invade it in the future, why make friends there? That's absurd.
- Chronos "patriotism": There are several countries in the world of Ares, but we are somehow supposed to be happy when Chronos wins, and sad if Chronos loses. But there doesn't seem to be any reason to care about Chronos specifically, other than that it's the main character's homeland.
- My most important criticism: After Mikael betrays Ares, the author _HAD_ to invent a magic reason for Ares not to die. That was the point at which I decided the story was dead to me: Mikael defeats Ares (in a prolonged and nonsensical sequence), then listens to some of his subordinates who suggest to "feed him to the birds". And then Ares gets saved by the weakest mercenary in existence who only seems to exist in the whole manhwa for this specific event...


... Last updated on July 2nd, 2012, 4:31am
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