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Mars (Manga)

Mars

Alternative Titles

English: Mars
Japanese: マース; 战神mars

Information

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

Statistics

Score: 8.461 (scored by 8406 users)
Ranked: #1862
Popularity: #209
Members: 15,266
Favorites: 1,187
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page.

Popular Tags

drama romance shoujo slice of life

Synopsis

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)

Related Manga

Prequel: Mars: A Horse with No Name


Characters

 Kira
Aso, Kira
Main
 Rei
Kashino, Rei
Main
 Masao
Kirishima, Masao
Main
 Takayuki
Kashino, Takayuki
Supporting
 Shoko
Kashino, Shoko
Supporting
 Akihiko
Kashino, Akihiko
Supporting
 Sei
Kashino, Sei
Supporting


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Aug 14, 2008
Beatnik
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
Akachi_Tem
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
Tuttle1
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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Aug 16, 2011
kyoko328
I just finished reading Mars and i had to write a review. I am happy to say that this manga was far from what i expected. This story was intense, loving, and amazing. The depth this story had was incredible and i can't help but want to read it all over again.

Story: I gave the story a 10. This was by far the best manga i have ever read. The story had so much depth and heart that i finished it all in one day. This story caught me off guard. Not knowing how it was going to end, will they stay together? Will read more
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User Recommendations

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
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
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
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_
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
Both have delinquent charismatic main characters that fall in love despite constant adversity and forces pulling them apart. Mars has been my top favorite manga for a long time and i never expected to find a manga that could rival it but Let Dai proved to be equally amazing. Both have beautiful artwork and fully developed characters that take you on a breathtaking journey that stays poignant on your mind long after youve finished the series. Simply amazing stories. 
reportRecommended by rubberducky_jen

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