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


Related Series
Mars Gaiden (Prequel)

Associated Names
Chiến Thần

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.6 by Eternal Blue over 19 years ago
v.1 c.4-5 by Eternal Blue over 19 years ago
v.1 c.1-3 by Eternal Blue over 19 years ago
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in Country of Origin
15 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
8 Volumes (Bunkoban - Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Reviews
MARS by ffleur
Mars by HYDh8er

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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (1670 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.66 / 10.0

Last Updated
June 11th 2024, 11:40am



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Bessatsu Friend (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Kodansha USA (15 Vols - Complete; digital)
TokyoPop (Expired / 15 Vols - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #440 increased(+195)
Monthly Pos #1113 increased(+36)
3 Month Pos #1690 increased(+88)
6 Month Pos #1848 increased(+72)
Year Pos #2008 increased(+31)

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love the art style, tired of the trope  
by fmliwannagetisekaid
April 25th, 2023, 10:14pm
Rating: N/A
i said what i said
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Art is pretty but not for me  
by LienHoa
April 23rd, 2023, 10:01pm
Rating: 7.0  / 10.0
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by avaeva1
December 13th, 2020, 7:06am
Rating: N/A
Amazing plot and very detailed. I wish there was more romance at the end since they are finally happy but I just really enjoyed the story
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by ninakun
March 10th, 2020, 7:38pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
The classic shoujo manga, still good, still impactful. Good characters, great arcs, some crazy amazing art. A distinct 90s feel. Loved to reread.
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by AA-A-AA
February 12th, 2017, 8:20am
Rating: N/A
My feelings for Mars are a bit difficult to describe, but I’ll try anyway (why else did I write this much).
For the first five volumes or so, I was absolutely stunned by it and then unsurprised because it was made by the same author of another work I was deeply engrossed with, which was Eternal Sabbath. However, one focus of their genres’ aspect differed greatly, considering Mars was more centered on a shoujo perspective while Eternal Sabbath was seinen. Despite this (because the audience is VERY different), I felt it was an amazing and captivating read and was astounded by the amount of depth the characters had and remembered this was what impressed me so much about her other work. Sometime during or after volume five, however, I could feel the focus of the story shifting and becoming more psychological; it already had the psychological tag beforehand, I’m sure, but it became more of the prime focus for a few volumes, which was something I was not too ecstatic about. Don’t get me wrong because I love the psychological genre, and the author best exemplifies this in Eternal Sabbath (which I know I’ve mentioned three times now), but I felt that this should have ended before a certain character was introduced and more heavily involved. The story kept going, but I felt like it was rather unnecessary, even though it did build up and create more character growth and development than ever before and giving a greater insight to the main characters, which certainly made the buildup seem worth it for the most part. However, maybe it’s because I knew where this was headed that I was a bit irked by this new direction the manga was taking (did I already mention that there was someone I really did not like? Who knows).
As others have pointed out, there is a certain flaw that wraps up the problems of the characters rather too nicely and simply, when this manga was all about struggling and enduring and confronting issues straightforwardly; it seemed like such an easy way even though it was most certainly NOT without its own setbacks, or at least, initially.
Mars was definitely worth the x amount of hours I spent binge reading it in one sitting, but not the entire x hours, as I could have also been spent on more productive means (such as sleeping, eating). My issue lies with length of volumes, which I consider some to be “extra,” especially concerning the ending.
Again, I liked the character growth, but I felt like one character in particular, was rather annoying, although he did serve a useful purpose in revealing the inner layers of the main characters even more so than before, which really peaked my interest and kept me interested enough to see how it would ultimately end.
Now, the ending wasn’t anything really terrible that I would berate badly enough to make me try to forget I ever read the series at all, but when I remember how Eternal Sabbath ended (yes I am bringing this up again, and for the last time), I felt like it could have been executed better, or been given one more volume to finish (even though I complained about the number of excess volumes before).
Overall, I enjoyed it for the most part, because despite certain flaws (again, also mentioned below), it also combined elements of surprise and suspense that kept me coming back for me enough to continue reading all night/morning instead of just simply spoiling the ending for myself by skimming through.
If the question being asked is if I would read it again... Yes, I would, but I would not give this series an outstanding ovation because of certain plot points that irked me to such a degree (which you can find below, contained in the hidden section (ahem, spoilers!), which I hope you won’t read because the story is much more interesting than even I give it credit for).

... Last updated on February 12th, 2017, 8:37am
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by Shimma
January 9th, 2017, 7:33am
Rating: 5.0  / 10.0
I didnt really like this manga. While it has some good points to at least be able to finish it, it also has some, in my opinion, unrealistic stuff and situations that bother me.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
1. He discover she was rape and still try's to force her.
2. The stepfather rape her, and yet they were worried he was calling the police?
3. She finds a letter adress to him but decides to hide it.
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Life Goes On  
by CCheshire
August 9th, 2016, 4:48pm
Rating: 7.0  / 10.0
I liked how the story focused on surviving despite all the different setbacks. Also how the main couple had separate lives before and after their relationship which continued on into their future. There was notable improvement from Rika starting out and Rei who slowly realized how self-destructive his prior lifestyle had been. However, I feel like the ending lacked the impact since it had been resolved easily compared to everything else going on at the time.

Art is dated but still works with the story. I'm a bit bothered by how she draws girl's eyes since they look awkward with the realistic art style. I didn't mind it that much compared to other retro titles.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Later on the drama levels started getting insane esp with the mental illnesses and antagonist but luckily it resolved itself. Also Rei's father showing up and basically paying for everything made it somewhat less interesting. Then again I do agree they are really young to be getting married.

... Last updated on August 9th, 2016, 6:52pm
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Made me think a lot about my own life  
by moonmystery
May 15th, 2016, 11:58am
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
Yes, this series has a lot of drama. It sometimes seems like a soap opera. Love triangles, amnesia, car crash, childhood trauma, mental illness, bad parenting, suicide, violence, bullying. . . the list is long.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
The rich troublemaker and poor kind girl cliche is another big one. Everything was conveniently solved by the rich dad, which is the one thing keeping me from giving MARS 10/10.

But underneath all the action is the author's understanding of humans. We get hurt, but life goes on. One accident alone can cause overwhelming pain, and all the deaths around us can make our world seem crazy. All we can do is keep on living. So we stand up again, and put a bandage over the scars. We all can either die or keep existing. This manga made me think about how I've taken a lot for granted. The messages the author delivers through MARS really resonated with me, and i found myself crying at how immature this manga made me feel.

There are lots of plot holes in this story, and the characters are all flawed-- i don't like the main guy for his violent temper, for example. But to me, MARS is a sincere love poem to humanity. For all the pain and cruelty that we give each other, we humans are a beautiful paradox of fragility and strength. Humanity is just like the God of War, Mars, cruel but kind, and burning with violent passion.

I recommend this to everyone who has ever gone through hard times.

... Last updated on May 15th, 2016, 12:06pm
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well done!  
January 4th, 2016, 7:01pm
Rating: N/A
I already watched live action (Taiwanese Drama) long time ago, and at that time I don’t know that this drama is adaptation from manga. I never thought that.

When I know this manga, I pass it, since I already watch the live action; I’m scared that I will disappoint with this manga. Since I like the live action very much. But I was wrong, I love this series. I love this much much than the live action.
The art is good, I love that. I love how Souryo Fuyumi draw Rei, and after I finish this manga, I feel more happy about my life smile biggrin
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The best shoujo in my book  
by residentgrigo
October 28th, 2014, 7:55am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
This is the best shoujo (josei would have also made sense) that i ever read and impossible to put down.
The art is great, the topics the manga carefully addresses feel well researched and the romance is one of a kind. The way the series handles death/suicide and sexual abuse and sexuality is unsurpassed in the genre and only Watashitachi no Shiawase na Jikan (9,5/10) comes close. Every single characters is alive and it must have been thrill ride to read the series weekly back in the day. I couldn´t even find real flaws while i reread the series a while ago and the structure of the narrative itself is a sight to behold too. So much foreshadowing! No subplot is wasted and the series ended on exactly the right note. Fuyumi is my favorite female mangaka and i hope that she will finaly be acknowledged with a few anime adaptations one of these days. It least she has the award side covered (but sadly not for this gem). Overall a rare perfect series.

... Last updated on July 18th, 2015, 6:44am
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