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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 over 6 years ago
v.26 c.200-204 by A-Team over 7 years ago
v.26 c.199 by A-Team over 7 years 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 (1019 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.34 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 21st 2016, 8:24pm PST



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

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Licensed (in English)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #527 increased(+10)
Monthly Pos #810 decreased(-18)
3 Month Pos #933 decreased(-23)
6 Month Pos #928 decreased(-17)
Year Pos #942 decreased(-101)

List Stats
On 1911 reading lists
On 1235 wish lists
On 1699 completed lists
On 152 unfinished lists
On 418 custom lists

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Forum Posts
ares ch 24 vol 000? over 5 years ago
Manga ending discussion over 6 years ago
Discontinued (Was Mistaken Still Going) over 11 years ago

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best.manhwa. ever.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by miss hu
February 1st, 2010, 8:09pm
i love this manhwa. i love this manhwa more than life itself. (if i'm a nihilist, that means less than it might.) if i catapulted to the moon with but one story, it would be this one. i will learn my mother tongue just to read this in its original form. i will most certainly do that before i learn greek to likewise give due to "the odyssey".

the art of "ares" is loose and rangy and full of motion, as if the artist snapped out his wrist before drawing an entire volume in one go. the story is spare and well-paced and capable of pathos. each character sparks. every frame speaks - even those without word or action. that is, ryu geum chel is a great storyteller who also happens to draw stylishly well.

lucas and tolkein annoy me with their cultural rewrites, whereas ryu's modern and roman munge adds color because the story is his own.

i love "the breaker", and "ares" reminds me that i only _like_ "the breaker".

that blur between shounen and seinen, it is the best. if you have a grown-up attention span, read "ares". the god of stories will never forgive you if you don't.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by flapple
May 6th, 2009, 12:45am
Best manhwa ive read so far. There is a little bit of romance, which adds some funny comedy, but what really shines is the character development. Each character has a huge background with lots of detail. Oh, and Ares is really cool and i love how he acts around Ariadne.

... Last updated on September 25th, 2009, 11:02pm
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Rating: N/A
by klamz
March 21st, 2009, 10:00pm
I'll make this short and simple for yah! This is an amazing series, so read it! The author actually takes time to develop his characters in this action packed story.
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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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