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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

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Korean Manga Translations
Ne Neko Scans

Latest Release(s)
v.26 c.205-207 (end) by A-Team (1633d ago)
v.26 c.200-204 by A-Team (1680d ago)
v.26 c.199 by A-Team (1707d 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 (984 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.34 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 4th 2015, 8:01pm PST



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

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Monthly Pos #682 increased(+87)
3 Month Pos #760 decreased(-22)
6 Month Pos #753 decreased(-79)

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On 1139 wish lists
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ares ch 24 vol 000? 948 days, 11 hours, 45 minutes ago
Manga ending discussion 1611 days, 17 hours, 50 minutes ago
Discontinued (Was Mistaken Still Going) 3179 days, 12 hours, 10 minutes ago

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One of the best!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jadewtch
February 14th, 2009, 4:41pm
I love this series. The artwork is really great, although different from what you'd normally see in a manga. I think this is what makes me like it so much. It's not any more cliche or unrealistic than Naruto or Rurouni Kenshin which are a couple mangas that it really reminded me of.

I'm doing my best to make sure everyone I know finds out about Ares. It's a shame that it's one of the hidden gems out there, and I'd really like to see more people enjoy it.

Some people have said that they didn't like it so much. *shrug* What can I say? We all have different taste. I just hope you read more than a chapter before coming to a decision. It's been a while since there was an update, so I don't know if this series will continue, but until then I'll be re-reading the volumes that i have. (all the way up to 18)

I've read lots of manga. I read Kenshin and loved it. D-gray man, and Black Cat are really good too. Battle Royale was fascinating in a really sick and twisted sort of way so of course it was also great. I read Naruto all the way up to chapter 150 - 200 or so and stopped because the story seemed to go on, and on, and on.... I can tell that Ares is one of those that will stay interesting no matter how long it continues. Even after 18 chapters not one situation has been the same as another.

Many shounen mangas are all written on the same type of plot setting (not necessarily a bad thing fyi) The hero will get some power - beat up monster - get more power - fight stronger monster... and so on... Ares doesn't really do this which is why it's so fascinating. All he's gaining is experience, both mental and physical, without the pressure to get stronger so he can fight the next big bad guy down the line.

... Last updated on February 14th, 2009, 5:19pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sellega
February 1st, 2009, 7:13pm
This is a fascinating story. The endless pages of battle sequences could've easily become tiring fast, but this is a character-driven manhwa. Though I would say one particular character makes this a memorable read: Michael. Incredibly strong and with an unquenchable blood lust, Michael is one of the best Temple Mercenaries and considered a best friend by Ares, the main character. Only Baroona, another friend of Ares and Michael, is wary of Michael. And with reason. The writer also does a good job of introducing interesting and multi-faced secondary characters; you want to know the motivations of these secondary characters, what drives them to be warriors and killers.

The art style is also unique. Although the story is evidently set in an Ancient Rome-type setting, the characters are seen to wear modern articles of clothing (such as hoodies and cargo pants). When I was reading this series, I was so invested in the story and characters that I hardly paused to think about why some characters were garbed in modern day attire; I just went with it.

Anyway, I highly recommend this remarkable series (now one of my top 3) completely.

... Last updated on February 1st, 2009, 7:25pm
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Pretty good   
Rating: N/A
by kiron216
January 13th, 2009, 9:56pm
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The only decent character (Hell hes above decent he's f-ing awesome is Kiron who is Ares's dead master. Its also has an incredible impact when Kiron as accomplished as he is states that his life's mission was to put a sword in the hand of Ares. Ares himself is annoying and has one eyeball which is a constant reminder as to how unrealistic this manga this sometimes is. Depth perception is important damn it, its not something you can overcome with skill and willpower. Better than most but thats not saying much when it comes to manga. I've waded through to the letter N on onemanga and there are many mangas better than this one. If it wasn't for kirus kiron and michael this manga would get a 7.

As a sidenote I think many people say that ares is the best shonen manga out there because when they start experimenting with other mangas (besides bleach and naruto even though I think naruto is better than this manga. Bleach sucks period. If you think bleach is the best then you're only paying attention to artwork and tite kubo's fashion sense and his fame is as ridiculous as Picasso's and that Asian singer from American idol) they start with A and with such a tiny range of samples come to the conclusion that it is the best shonen manga out there. It isn't. Its good but it isn't the best to name a few others that are better there is vagabond, hajime no ippo (the best manga ever), majin tentei nougami neuro(debatable for this one), Biomega (a kickass manga that steadily gets weirder. Best action stunts I have ever seen). Those are the ones I can think of off of the top of my head anyways.

... Last updated on January 13th, 2009, 10:08pm
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close your eyes and feel the heat of your computer   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by krosko
December 13th, 2008, 2:45pm
What is Ares ?

Ares is THE shounen, THE ultimate comics.... that's all^^
More seriously ares is really the best comic that i have ever read (I use comic because i mean any kind of comic that exist eastern like western kind).

The art is one of the point people say that it's bad but it's not, it's just different and it's really good, well if you spend all your time reading japanese mainstream shounen (bleach, naruto...) you will find it strange but after the first volume you will love it, it express the feeling of the personnage so well, the fight are splendid and without super-power-of-the-death-if-i-use-it-i-win like in huh... naruto, bleach^^

About the story... here too it's really good, the story begin from nowhere and continue using the element you read before unlike other manga where the story continue with element who come from nowhere... no it come from the past of some guy... no i don't speak about naruto, no, no...'^^.

PS: i don't have anything against naruto or bleach.
I like to read useless junk from time to time too, it make me dream that in a few years i could become an author.
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epic level   
Rating: N/A
by dwennon
December 10th, 2008, 10:19pm
this series is so great the story, drama, action, and art which gives it a gritty live feel, and the bad guy they reveal later is just someone that you really like to hate, and for good reason, with a main character who is probably manwha jesus for what he does
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Worth reading   
Rating: N/A
by metamike
August 9th, 2008, 11:22am
However it's just at such a crucial and confusing point right now that lacking updates is unforgivable sad Not a single one since June.

Worth a read though, very beautiful art portraying fluid fighting.

IS VERY NICE! (borat thumbs up)
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by itzshux2
July 4th, 2008, 5:24pm
at first, the art is unique, and different from what are in most mangas, but it grows on u. its actually pretty cool after u read the first few chapters. the story line is probably the best thing about this manga, the fights come one after another. the characters are unique and each of them are amazing in their own way. it is TOTALLY a book worth reading biggrin
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Best Ever   
Rating: N/A
by Rikarion
June 27th, 2008, 11:24am
ARES is the Best Ever. Best along any other manwa

This is sure thing, and I propose also> best Manga'on, for me it is just the best "oeuvre", piece of art, ever made. A mong Stanley Kubrick's movies, Door's, nirvana, Joy division music's, Feodor Dostoievski books, and Muhamad Ali Fight Rumble in The Jungle against Foreman , Lol, SUre thing for me.
When I observe the face of this manwa heroes I see so many things revealing their spirit of the moment, same thing as the ares' eye that change completely when he becomes deadly; is it not magical? ART is the best. I was caught directly. It so lively.
Plot? Incredible, no time to lose, evry next fight come one after another beetween some funny moment of relax or revelation that are also realllyy cool. Fight design are so great, movement, speed, charisma. Actually, Flashback, about Genasis is so greaaaaaat.

There's PURE GENIUS about this Ryu Geum Chel.

RYU GEUM CHEL a name to remember.

There are not much many man like him alive.
Best thing is I know that this manwa is still long where i am up to now (chap 119) and I know that it continues to be incredible (seen and agrreed on diverse forum). VERy bad thing is slow translation, driving me crazy, but I thank them thousands time more, of course
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saved by the art, mostly   
Rating: 7.4 / 10.0
by Akaila
April 29th, 2008, 1:49pm
I can hardly believe those who say that they like Ares despite the art - I can't really see the absolute great story in Ares, actually, it's a more standard shounen manga, as all of the protaganists are pretty strong, with a bone-breaking past, battles with some blood and a lot of will-power, which is all rather clichè. Not to say that the story is completely bad, though. It's just that there are a lot of shounen clichès there. If you really hate that, you might not want to read this. However, to me, Ares is largely saved by it's art. The drawings are completely different from everything you've ever seen before, and match the story very well. It shows no sign of detorerating, like in Naruto (and Ares has a much better basis). Because the art is so original, unique and good, many of the clichès don't feel so bad, and are therefore much more tolerable. If you only have interest in the standard manga style, and dislike shounen cliches, you'll probably not enjoy this manhwa. Otherwise, it's worth to check out, as it's pretty good. P.S: As for the philosphical part Kiron talked about, it's not much there. At all. It's pretty much all shounen, and at the vert least Naruto was more philosphical than Ares (in the beginning of N. that is). Come on, read battle angel or something if you want something philosophical.
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This manga is fantastic   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Kiron-
April 1st, 2008, 12:00am
First of all I'd like to clarify something. The art isn't "sub average" or " decent" or
any other degrading term everyone wants to tag it with. To begin with its above average and once you're engaged (several volumes into it) into the story it's absolutely stunning. Not only is detailed but the art is symbolic. It uses frames angles and graphic images in order to make the story that much more engaging.

Heres an example of his art. He doesn't cut corners either. The only time I've felt disappointed was with the Cygnus vs Ares fight and it turned out that was worse than usual because of unusual humidity that wouldn't allow him to concentrate on his work.
spoilers on the next one

The story itself is impressive. You'll almost never hear me say that about a manga. A manga is for the most part a japanese comic that has the artist and the writer be one in the same instead of seperate individuals like in the United States or Europe. If the artist happens to also be a gifted writer (exceedingly rare) then the manga is an artistic success (there are many mainstream mangas that aren't even though they do happen to be commercial succeses).

The story is slow to start with but becomes a true gem as it progresses. Its similar to cowboy bebop which introduces the characters and then reveals an extraordinary unbecoming past for each individual. Don't take the series at face value. You might be expecting a graphic One Piece rip off from the initial impression that the first chapter tends to have. Don't. This manga is much better and brings new meaning to the phrase you can't judge a book by its cover.

Also I've read many mangas and the philosophy in this one is the closest thing resembling the truth that I've seen so far. (Its not tolstoy but its certainly acceptable)

Side Note(skip if you don't want to read. Its rather lengthy):
Some series have the most ridiculous explanations for human behavior. Tite Kubo went as far as to suggest that the difference between a king and his horse was instinct. He failed to mention that a human is a million times smarter than a horse and can therefore capture enslave and manipulate their primal instincts into serving him (By feeding him when he's done good and punishing when he's done bad. conditioning.). Its the ability thats different, certainly not instinct. Our primal instincts are almost a carbon copy of a horses. No such philosophical pitfalls here (In ares).

I've read one piece, death note, bleach naruto, tenjho tenge, Prince of Tennis, Full Metal alchemist and many other mangas but nothing that made me want to write a review as much as this one. The fact that its probably the best manga I've read coupled with how undervalued it is made me create an account on this website. All of the volumes on one manga amount to about a 300 page book. It took me a day and a half to read and I absolutely love it. Everyone should read this manga or at least sample it. Don't be fooled by the initial appearance though. This manga becomes better as it progresses. Almost like the artist had never drawn a manga prior to this.
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