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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 a hold of one of her drawings, and actually wants to keep it?

Note: This manga was adapted into a 21-episode Taiwanese drama, MARS.

Type
Manga

Related Series
Mars Gaiden (Prequel)

Associated Names
マース
مارس
战神mars
Chiến Thần

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.6 by Eternal Blue (3842d ago)
v.1 c.4-5 by Eternal Blue (3844d ago)
v.1 c.1-3 by Eternal Blue (3845d 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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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (1450 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.75 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 10th 2015, 8:16am 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 #436 increased(+22)
Monthly Pos #445 increased(+17)
3 Month Pos #444 decreased(-1)
6 Month Pos #414 decreased(-37)

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On 659 reading lists
On 895 wish lists
On 3721 completed lists
On 142 unfinished lists
On 450 custom lists

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got me hooked   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by TkNo0dLeSXD
October 8th, 2007, 6:56pm
This story is so real, the characters are all well developed. And like, dragonness57 said, this story really does give you chills. All of the scenes made my heart pound so much. You can really feel what the characters are feeling and that is what makes a story great. Its scary and beautiful at the same time. I know, it sounds weird but you'll understand once you start reading this great series.

... Last updated on October 8th, 2007, 6:59pm
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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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dramatic   
Rating: 9.2 / 10.0
by whitespade
August 27th, 2014, 10:20pm
the characters in this manga all are multi-dimensional, and their expression of personalities lend a dramatic atmosphere to the story. the male mc is the usual good looking bad boy, and the female mc is the usual naive innocent cutie, however their characters are explored and magnified making us root for their happiness. the side characters did a great job in supporting the mc in making their love bloom. some characters seems big, however lost significance in just a short while, so it might throw you off.

the mentally unstable aspect of the characters are also a huge draw of this manga. every one of them have at least a little bit that's broken, and both of the mc is too broken that they can only fix each other. i really love that rei never change his psychopathic tendency, he is only moderated by kira's presence.

even though i love the development of the story, it is a little bit stretched. sometimes i feel a whole volume gone by without anything of significance happen. this is because of the style of art, where sometimes there is only one or two panels in a page and a lot of extreme closeup. this do make a more dramatic feeling, however progress is much slower. also one can get bored as they endlessly profess their love to each other, sometimes their touching and kissing are too much as nothing else is going on.

still, though their drama is a bit too dramatic, it is quite entertaining. the art is also very beautiful and light and pleasing to the eye. one can get lost in admiring them.
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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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The standard of shoujo.   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by F0rcefi3ld
May 18th, 2014, 9:46pm
If you think of shoujo, this is it. I saw the Taiwanese live-action a long time ago before I read this manga, so nothing surprised me.

Great artwork. The chemistry between the two main characters was great. The plot, although was dark and at some point had a message about the importance of dreams and passion, was centrally focused on the romance that I thought made the story not much else besides that. Although mostly everything was cliche, well this manga is dated (just a little less than two decades since it came out!) so I'll forgive some things. What I'll also give a thumbs up for about this manga is the fact that the cheesy parts didn't make me cringe; basically it wasn't gag-worthy.

Anyway, this manga would have usually gotten a high rating from me except while reading I realized I didn't much care about the main couple. It's not that it's an old story I'm revisiting and I wasn't so hyped to be getting into it again. (Even while watching the live-action when I was still so in love with the actor that played Rei,) I couldn't emotionally invest in the two main characters like I usually do when I'm reading/watching anything. The only character I felt anything for was Rei's father and probably Kira's mother. I think part of my disappointment with the manga was how selfish Rei and Kira was. They sacrificed a lot for each other, but yet they existed in their own world where no one else mattered. Everything was all about them literally; what they needed, what they wanted, what they cared about. Hey, it's a love story about fated lovers, I know! Maybe I just don't care for this type of thing. And maybe it's just me, but I felt that Rei and Kira never really expressed their gratefulness for all the support that everyone gave them to a depth that satisfied me. Again, to the end it was all about them. You see, I might forgive other shoujos for this, but for MARS where the mangaka tried to go for something deep my rating criteria thus is more harsh.
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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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I loved it.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by micochin
June 25th, 2012, 2:35am
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.
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My all time favorite   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by AyameAkira
March 30th, 2012, 1:48pm
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!!!
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Love conquers all   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by alex3510
February 11th, 2012, 4:36pm
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.
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It's so good, I can't really write down how I feel about it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kichiX
October 22nd, 2011, 9:21am
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.
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