Ranked #185

Mars (Manga)


Alternative Titles

English: Mars
Japanese: MARS


Type: Manga
Volumes: 15
Chapters: 90
Status: Finished
Published: May 13, 1996 to Dec 13, 2000
Authors: Souryo, Fuyumi (Story & Art)
Serialization: Bessatsu Friend


Score: 8.441 (scored by 9040 users)
Ranked: #1852
Popularity: #229
Members: 16,554
Favorites: 1,269
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Kira, a shy high school student, lives only for her art. Rei, An arrogant, rebellious and violent playboy, wears his delinquency like a badge of honor. They are exact opposites in every way, but when Kira sees Rei kissing a statue of Mars, she overcomes her fears and asks him to model for her. And, to everyone's surprise, Rei agrees.

(Source: Tokyopop)


Mars was republished by Kodansha in eight kanzenban volumes from October 12, 2006 to January 12, 2007.

The series has been published in English by Tokyopop from April 23, 2002 to November 11, 2003. It was also adapted into a 21-episode live-action Taiwanese series in 2004.

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Aug 14, 2008
I wouldn’t call myself a fan of the shoujo genre, so for me to give Mars a score of 10, must mean that it transcended the trappings of the genre and connected with me on a universal level. And it did.

This story of a boy on the wrong side of the tracks, and a shy artist girl both falling for each other, captivated me. Its not some innovative blast of originality, there's no genre deconstruction, no super twist that tips the world upside down. It’s just a love story told really well.

Fuyumi Soryo is an intelligent writer. Her use of all read more
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Sep 9, 2009
I'm saddened to see that this manga is not so known around fans of the genre.
I found out about this manga in this site while I was browsing around.I read one of the reviews here and thought to myself,why not try it?It has gotten a really high rating and must be good.Alright,sometimes high rating can be in fact misleading so I wasn't so excited at first and wasn't expecting a lot from this one.How wrong I was...
And here comes my review on this manga.

Story 9/10
I didn't give this a 10 cause the story is really common,you know....girl turns bad boy into a sweet boy.We've heard read more
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Oct 4, 2007
Too bad I cant give it more than a 10. Its the all time greatest shojo there is. I could keep reading it forever. The main character Rei has problems with his past that make him slightly unstable but Kira, the other main character, falls in love with him after a little teasing >.> hehe. It progresses from there and we find out that Rei isnt the only one thats a little messed up in the head. Drama ensues and im sure you'll cry while reading it. I did. The first 4 volumes are a little slow but that's not saying much considering how much read more
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Jun 16, 2010
Mars is a story about the schools ‘tough boy’ who one day, was asked by the teacher of the classroom to change seats so that he now sits next to the artsy silent girl that people have a tendency to forget about. Guess what happens? Suddenly, they fall in love and then! She gets bullied from keeping the schools ‘hotty’ to herself. I honestly don’t want to go on.

The story is just a seating change, make-out sessions and ultimately sex with a virginal girl by a player. Yes, the author tries to add depth to the story but it’s so obvious where the story was read more
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Manga: Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou
Both of these series are about the fundamentals of romance, the struggles seen in love, and the raw emotions between them. While they both have very different stories, MARS happening to be a bit more soap-opera in appearance, the two had a distinct line of similarity. They will both try to tug on your heart strings, if not attempting to make you remember past experiences in love. If anything, I recommend both series, mostly if you liked one or another.  
reportRecommended by Kanashimi
Manga: "Kare" First Love
I actually made the mistake of trying to read both at the same time, and ended up getting them confused. Mars is far darker than Kare First Love and also 5 volumes longer. Both focus on shy, artistically-inclined girls (Karin wih music, Kira with art) who, despite their best efforts, fall for "bad boy" types (though Kiriya is A LOT tamer than Rei). Kare is a lot lighter, but Mars is very realistic. On another note, Mars volumes are kind of hard to find. (I had to stop the series because volumes are on backorder at the local bookstore  read more 
reportRecommended by SweetlyKaoru
Manga: Bokura ga Ita
Shy, innocent girl falls in love with the outgoing, popular guy. Guy has trouble coping with traumatic death of a loved one in the past. 
reportRecommended by YakuzaDog
Manga: The One
Male leads are very similar, with their backgrounds, traumas and all. The One and Mars both have more realistic approach to relationships unlike other shoujo series out there. While leads in the Mars are high-schoolers, the ones in The One are older. Especially the male lead of The One has a more mature attitude towards his past and present. They both give the same heart wrenching feeling most of the time except The One is hilarious as well. 
reportRecommended by _mAgy_
Manga: Hana yori Dango
Shoujo standards about love between an unlikely couple. In Mars they get and stay together early and have outside forces to contend with, while in HanaDan its their own problems that typically provide the problems. 
reportRecommended by lithiumflower
Manga: Eden no Hana
in both stories the girl protagonist has been sexually abused, and a guy comes along to protect her. they both fall in love along the way. the girlr is kind of a loner at the begining of each story, but while being with the guy they start to come out of their shells.

in eden no hana, the guy protagonist is a her brother
in mars they are different people but fall in love despite all that 
reportRecommended by TeARsFade

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