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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 ahold of one of her drawings, and actually wants to keep it?
Note: Was adapted into a 20 episode Taiwanese Drama, MARS
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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
Not really my cup of tea
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
I loved it.
Well I've read this like 1 week ago. Didn't expect it to be that good. But then I was reaaaallllllyyyy blown away by the story cause its really unpredictable. Everything. I just loved it. Every arc is just so good. I love their relationship. But the downside is that, it not that the ending was bad, but its just so plain. I wanted them to alteast kiss haha. But all in all, it was good. One of the best shoujo mangaas everrr. Im giving it a 10. Wish there are more mangas like this.
My all time favorite
Mars was the third multiple volume manga that I read and definitely didn't disappoint me at all. It's a classic manga that will make you fall in love with the characters and the stories. The change in the main characters is well done. Every volume leaves you hanging for more. The depth of the story is something that i cant forget and definitely recommend it!!!
Love conquers all
This is not just a light romance, but a serious psychological manga. If you loved Kare Kano, this is a must read. The depth of their relationship is amazing, including their painful pasts, struggles with life and absolute agony. This one is a heart-cruncher by definition. It is a reality check, really, as it shows an imperfect relationship that sticks together despite the flaws. The characters grow in this manga, so if you do not like the first few chapters, carry on with reading it.
It's so good, I can't really write down how I feel about it
I found this manga completely by accident when one of the scanlation team's used it as their recruitment page, and am so glad I did. When I first read it I was glued, and even now when it's satisfying to re-read it even though I know what's going to happen. The reasons behind the character's actions and their behaviour, when revealed makes so much sense and explains everything you wondered about. The characters are deep, and although they take somewhat extremes of personalities in the case of Rei, it's what makes this manga. There's so much I love about this manga, I almost can't say anything at all, just that you should read this if you ever have the chance to. Out of the many mangas that I have completed, only three got a ten from me, and this definately deserves it's place as one of them.
READ THIS MANGA NOW!!!
You think it's going to be a sweet, cliche, bad boy-is-changed-forever-by-good-girl shoujo, right? So did I, till i realised that the first time they meet, Rei is off to visit a friend who just had his leg amputated, and the second time, Kira is being molested by her art teacher. And you'll never guess what happens in the next 14 volumes....: ) yeah, i sound like a movie trailer voiceover, but don't let that stop you from trying this out. A hundred times better than Kirai, this manga really manages to delve into the murkier waters of the human psyche (just look at the category cloud "Sociopath/Psychopath") without getting stuck in Angst or painfully cliche arcs.The main characters fit together perfectly and the heroine somehow manages to be weak but still bring a lot to the table in both the relationship and the plot. All in all, an amazing romance that doesn't get stuck in the usual ruts once the characters get together (like first date panic, jealousy and "first times") or more like, when it does, the unpredictable reasons behind it make you hardly notice...
WARNING THIS IS FOR MATURE READER
Lol i sounded serious with my subject but... Ah huh... This is purely for mature audience... this is Not like SEX mature but MENTALLY mature. . . Because when u read the catogories all bunch of stuffs lile "incest" (which did not take place in this manga) "rape" which is not specifically performed nor depply approached in this manga.. I'm being honest here... I thought this is some Kinda perverted manga and all, so i did not even give a try on it but i was wrong(thou the ctgrs sound scary ... This manga is not that bad.... It is indeed only for mature reader because the manga starts off with a dark mood which continued through out the story, yep it'll get you hooked ... But warning IF YOU ARE A SUPER SHOUJO/GIRLY/NOOB/15 below reader... DO NOT.... i mean it DO NOT READ THIS MANGA.... it will mess up ur mind, it will make you go crazy this manga is no ordinary fluffy manga with cool bad boys... This manga has a very deep plot ... It i DO NOT reccomend this to young readers... But if you love dark and deep plot manga.. THIS MANGA IS THE BEST YOU WOULD EVER READ!!! try it! Goodness it'll make you think hard , it'll make you notice somethings you were never aware off... Either in your life or ur sorroundings... This manga touches REAL LIFE (^_^)
... Last updated on February 15th, 2011, 3:36pm
Worth reading (once).
Well, I'm not into shoujo manga since almost every story I've read was really lame so I kinda give up on it for a while, until now. So, I decided I'd read Mars just because it has 400+ 10's and i am a manga fan (and had A LOT of free time at home 'cause of rainy cold days)
To begin with, I enjoyed reading a good part of it; art is old but actually well done, plot was classic (and I was prepared for it), and characters mostly predictable but quite defined, I liked their development through the story.
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I liked the way they met, and like Kira says on the latter volumes "It's strange how people meet" (I nodded), that aside I think almost everyone knows someone who's similar to Rei in some ways, like I do, it was fun remembering that person along the manga, and I also believe that everyone in their life, meets a person who is capable of changing you and to change because of you in such a dramatic way. For me that's the greatest thing of this manga.
The rest of the story was good.
The only parts that annoyed me were the ones when Rei forced contradictions (or something like that) and those times they had to deal with Masao, he pissed me off.
Yeah it's a great example of shoujo manga, stupid, touches difficult points, entertaining, and worth reading (once).
I just want to start ranting!
I LOVE Mars, I really do. I don't know but the first time I read this series, I felt it overly dramatic, a bit cheaply written with all the tragic plot twists and the hidden pasts etc. I dropped it afterwards. But I went back and read the series.
But the second time around, I can see the love between Kira and Rei, how it really does fit into the "Love can conquer all", and all sorts of other cheesy things..It's so sweet, so enthralling and just pure. I don't see Kira as a weak heroine - she's supported Rei and overcame obstacles. It's more like that clichéd metaphor of a caterpillar evolving into a butterfly. And Rei, oh Rei - he's just what the manga states him to be, so full of colors all strong but both beautiful and sad. I admit, there are parts that seemed a bit predictable and overly unrealistic - but heck, I wouldn't have it any other way. An endearing love story about opposites that attract, flavored with tragedy, passion and sweet youthful love. God, if you haven't read this yet. DO IT NOW.