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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 over 7 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 (1020 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.34 / 10.0
 31% (315 votes)
 24% (244 votes)
 23% (231 votes)
 11% (112 votes)
 5% (51 votes)
 2% (23 votes)
 1% (12 votes)
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 1% (6 votes)
 1% (12 votes)

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 #481 increased(+108)
Monthly Pos #850 increased(+90)
3 Month Pos #1030 decreased(-77)
6 Month Pos #980 decreased(-69)
Year Pos #963 decreased(-122)

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On 1914 reading lists
On 1236 wish lists
On 1704 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 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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great manga   
Rating: N/A
by blue183
January 26th, 2008, 10:18am
art my be wierd, but it will grow on you. the fights are very very good, and diffrent from any other manga. the story is also geting very good
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weird art, rest is top   
Rating: N/A
by fiva55
October 27th, 2007, 1:08pm
Hmm i will be short, if art is the main point why you like a manga, i think you should skip this, but if you dont mind a little weird art, ares is pretty good. You will get use to the art anyway ^^
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Unique Manhwa   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by thischinksays
October 26th, 2007, 6:49pm
Ares is an epic Manhwa. All the main characters are fun in their own way. The plot is slow in the beginning but I enjoyed the beginning for what it is. Ares is simply nonstop entertainment. From the start I became addicted to Ares. I've already reread Ares three times and will probably once more reread Ares once fully scanlated. I love the art style in Ares, it is refreshing.

... Last updated on July 25th, 2009, 9:41pm
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Rating: 7.7 / 10.0
by o0James0o
October 24th, 2007, 6:15pm
avg..... well better than avg.... pretty nice.... artwork lookz like done not with a computer.... so its kinda like those from the 90s.... anyways the thing that sucks most is the the scannin group = a bunch of slow moles..... all of the manga they scan r slow as hell...
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A weird entity..   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by weltall2
September 27th, 2007, 12:15pm
First of all I will not give a rate to this manga because there is a 80% possibility that I will not like this manga because of its lack of storyline as people are saying. Although after just going throug the first 5 pages i want to comment on the artwork. This artwork is WEIRD! Its not bad but its weird. Its like the one that drew the manga is inexperienced but the same time it has something different from other manga. Its not ugly.. its actually too cool looking if you ask me.. and yeah like a poster mentioned this looks a bit like One Piece even if I read only 5 pages. Actually the second kid I see on the beggining reminds me a bit the swordman from One Piece.

I never judge something without even reading it except ofcourse if its genre doesn;t interest me much. But here are a ton of people saying openly it has no storyline but they like it. I was expecting some lame drawing when I started it but after seeing this artwork from 90% of probably not reading more than 2 volumes it went to 80%. Actually this manga gained a 10%+ after me looked 5 pages. Although I still doubt I will like it since I hate most anime without storyline except if they are ecchi-comedy >.>

-Edit 1-

Ok already after some minutes I burn to make more comments. I finished the first chapter. Indeed the artwork seems bad and their dialogues seem so swallow. Like a little newbie in manga world tried to make something to check his skills. But definatelly I like it. Still the 80% possibility of me stoping it is there. A poster here said that if your open minded then that will help you like the manga.. So true. If my favourite game which is actually connected to my name was not one of the games I hated the most once upon a time then I would not even read the 5th page cause of my ummm closed mind? >>


There might not be any more comments until Volume 12. Yeap. I read the first 2 Volumes and I can say.. the storyline it great! There is no storyline? What are you talking about? Its about 3 mercenary boys and thats that. The story of mercenaries is to get paid and protect or fight for someone. Thats the storyline here. I can't understand why everyone keeps mentioning that there is a bad storyline. The drawing are not the best but they are clear and they do not look that bad. I suggest it easily. One of the best. Might not come in par with Berserk but I doubt I will find someone that will come in par with it because its ok another level. For now I am giving this manga a 9 because it kept me stuck with it and made me like it. I am not giving it a 10 yet cause I do not have any special feelings for it like other manga. We shall see.


Not much time passed and here is another update. There will probably be at least another 1 in the new future.. like tomorow. I am just posting ecause I stopped at Volume 9 and I am looking for the rest of the volumes up to 12.

Trully this manga is not as bad as people seem to say in some posts. It doesn't lack storyline first of all. It just feels its slow. Its a story about a mercenary boy and how he weirdly connected with some other different from him mercenaries and they fight endless battles.

The artwork is not that good but it doesn't seem like its bad. Its more or less how I felt when I first saw a cell shaded, or however is called, game on ps2. I did not like it much because it was different. It looked bad at first but as time passed it was very good.

All three heroes look cool each on their own ways and this definatelly reminds me One piece Manga. I did not even realize how fast time passed and I am amazed I am not tired after reading 9 volumes in just one day. I am going to read more and probably will end up reading all 12 today. I will comment this again after Volume 12 is over. ^.^


Seems I picked up a nice time to read Ares.. Won;pt explain why to avoid spoilers. The manga seems great. Every character in them is great too. The storyline seems average but I bet it will get better and better as the manga continues. I feel like a fool that I thought I would not like this amazing manga.

I want to comment something but it will be a spoiler for the ones that did not read at least up to volume 12.
Spoiler (highlight to view)
I want to comment on Michael because it seems some people did not like him and I think I found why. In Volume 11 or something he killed the boy that used the spear (or at least thats how it seemed donno if the creator revives him later). I did not like it because as always when someone that has a name and e have seen him background dies in anime and manga we get that strange feeling. Its not like the rest of the men that are nameless or just introduced that they can;t stand out since we do not know them. Even if I did not like what he did I asked myself this "Would it be ok to not kill him?" and ofcourse the answer that I gave myself loud and clear was "NO"! Its easy to see the creator imagines Michael as someone that has no mercy. If he would let him spare him then it would ruin his whole image. On the other hand knowing that such feelings come to readers he used that event as oil and threw it on the fire "cruelty of Michael" reminding us he is not just a good guy that saves everyone and tags along his friends fighting with them. He is a cruel beast that seems to have a lot on his shoulders. The end of Volume 12 adds more to him being cruel. I am actually looking forth for a battle with him and either Ares or Baroona .

Well 14 Volumes to go for the translation to be over. I hope it gets better and better. I will forget about this manga like I did with Berserk since Volume 30 and wait for some volumes to gather and read the continuation. I easily suggest it for the funs of the genre. All I have to say is that it can;t compare with Berzerk because Berserk is more brutal and a lot more splattersih. And also focusses on one character. Well thats all. Next edit will probably take a lot time to appear. I say that because even if KMT needed 1 year for the first 9 volumes it took the team 1and half years for the other 4. Maybe it was that rumor about Ares getting canceled? Who know. Time will say.

... Last updated on September 27th, 2007, 10:47pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Dragonfiremule
August 26th, 2007, 2:39pm
This is a pretty good manga. The violence level is quite nice, although the art style for people runs a bit strange. They are all too skinny, if you know what I mean.

If you like Claymore, then I suggest you read this manga. Its really good.
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some good ideas   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by darkgenio
July 11th, 2007, 3:29am
well, i like the fights and the actions. Also the art is somewhat original. But it bores me to death anytime they are not fighting.
Worth reading but don't expect too much
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