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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.


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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

Groups Scanlating
Ne Neko Scans

Latest Release(s)
v.26 c.205-207 (end) by A-Team (1442d ago)
v.26 c.200-204 by A-Team (1489d ago)
v.26 c.199 by A-Team (1515d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
26 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews

3 topics, 22 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (966 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.34 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 3rd 2013, 4:52am PST

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

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Weekly Pos #469 increased(+98)
Monthly Pos #622 decreased(-79)
3 Month Pos #468 increased(+27)
6 Month Pos #486 increased(+41)

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On 1093 wish lists
On 1523 completed lists
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ares ch 24 vol 000? 756 days, 23 hours, 58 minutes ago
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Discontinued (Was Mistaken Still Going) 2988 days, 0 hours, 23 minutes ago

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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:
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
- The whole girlfriend dynamic is incredibly juvenile. In one part, Ares brings his girlfriend _with him_ during a 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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The plot!   
Rating: N/A
by Beezlenef
April 2nd, 2012, 3:31pm
LOVEEEED IT! And i don't say that for many mangas. The art is a little sloppy but it's not as bad as everyone says it is. The characters are amazing and you really feel for them. This manga really left an impression on me.
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cool and awsome   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by nickmanger
February 27th, 2012, 10:53pm
this manhwa should be on ur readin table if u like war battles with strategies with little martial arts plus sub romance plus betrayal plus friendship n etc...

The art needs a little bit gettin use to and there are no good vs bad crap, both the heroes n villans hav some good and and lots of bad in them... This will blow ur mind just giv it a try :-)
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Quirky Art, but Overall Amazing   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by 8DrBlub
December 26th, 2011, 2:52am
This manhwa has a rather unusual art style, which may put some off. If you can get used to the art, and even enjoy it, then you will find a story with a rich plot, full of emotion, deceit, and wartime strategies. The battle scenes are truly epic, and many of the soldiers are introduced to the reader on a personal level, bringing these battles to a level accessible by anyone. The characters may seem undeveloped at first, but become well fleshed-out as the story progresses. This is an amazing story.
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Its Simply...Great   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by yokeepsitreal
December 11th, 2011, 1:26am
If your looking for a manhwa/manga that is unique and is filled with adventure, action, and bromance, you need to pick this up. Trust me I've read One Piece, and Berserk, I know what I'm talking about.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mixxyum
October 1st, 2011, 7:16pm
This was so coool! For a manga with a Roman theme to it, I kind of pictured the wars like that but really Ryu Keum Cheol did an amazing job with all the plots and all those to die for moments.
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Mikael's death and his treasures was one of the best moments :'
People say the art is bad because it looks sketchy or whatever, but I really like the art it makes Ares, Baroona, and Mikael look adorable...even though their killling people. lol Ares became the commander anyways. I really like his perrsonality throughtouthte whole series, goofy but serious at the crucial times. Barooon was just the cool guy, like how Mikael was in the beginning. Anywaysss, this was aweeeesome and def recommendation biggrin
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Really Great.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Egg Tart
September 9th, 2011, 1:56am
The art isn't anything to rave about but the plot is!

The events leading up to the major conflicts were well developed and the importance of each character was really stressed. Its not hard to fall in love with the characters and be absorbed into their struggles. The main plot was a pretty big hurdle but when it was wrapped up at the end you really felt like this was going to be a manhaw that left an impression.
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Shame about the Art.   
Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
by PepperPia
July 25th, 2011, 3:50pm
Don't be put off by the art! Sure it's not amazing but the story makes up for it 10x over. It's got a great plot,
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
even after Michael dies it still manages to hold itself together.
Although it does become a wee bit rushed. But it's a really gripping read, I get abit annoyed with his girlfriend but it only really comes into the main story a couple of times. But the relationship between the three of them is great. Definitely read it!

... Last updated on July 29th, 2011, 4:51pm
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I am in love with this manhwa <3   
Rating: N/A
by jellymarshmallow
June 27th, 2011, 11:22pm
I absolutely love this series so so so so so so much.
People say the art is a BAD point of the manga? crazy. The art is one of the many great points about this manga. It's beautifully flowing, and the action scenes are amazing- the fluidity is beautiful too. I love how all the characters are drawn rough but manly too- it emphasizes the toughness of the mercenaries, but doesn't take away the potential for fangirling :3
All the characters are cool... and they develop and grow and really the reader can't help but get so attached to them. I didn't think they were all that in the beginning, but that changes FAST. I became a diehard fan of Baruna, Ares, Mikael, Robin, Icarus, Cygnus, Carnival XD, and more.
The plot was so intricate and amazing- although there is quite a bit of politics/strategy between countries involved in between all the fighting going on, so if you prefer not to read too many little blurbs..... jk LIVE WITH IT it's worth it biggrin I hated reading them at first too, but eventually I realized they are actually quite important as well as interesting, and I grew to embrace and accept them smile Plus, the action scenes and overall plot make reading them 1000% worth it.
The action scenes are a work of art, and are absolutely beautiful and stunning and compelling and awe-inspiring.
There is a bit of comedy in this manga too, along with parts that are just plain TRAGIC and so many parts that made me hold my breath or hyperventilate biggrin
Overall, if you are an action fan, READ THIS MANGA!!
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Very, very good.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by tiankioo
June 5th, 2011, 9:59pm
I have a very hard time sticking to mangas. I find myself bored easily. I read Ares all the way through with very little breaks. It is definitely one of the best I've read. This manga spares no one's feelings. It has the feeling of doing what it wants, and the best part about it, is it doesn't waste time! There are no drawn out fights or anything. Read it while you can smile
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