Mars Red

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Japanese: MARS RED
English: Mars Red
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Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2021 to Jun 29, 2021
Premiered: Spring 2021
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 01:59 (JST)
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Signal.MD
Source: Other
Genres: ActionAction, SupernaturalSupernatural
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, HistoricalHistorical, MilitaryMilitary, VampireVampire
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

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Score: 6.591 (scored by 3639336,393 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #62812
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1775
Members: 125,497
Favorites: 589

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Synopsis

In the year 1923, a vampire crisis takes Tokyo by storm. Provoked by the illegal trade of "Ascra," an artificial blood source, the population of vampires begins to rapidly increase within the city. Under orders from Lieutenant General Sounosuke Nakajima, the Special Forces Unit 16 gathers vampires within the military to create a new undercover vampire-hunting unit known as Code Zero.

Leading the unit is Colonel Yoshinobu Maeda. Responsible for locating the source of the Ascra trade as well as capturing and killing vampires, he is pressured into producing fruitful results amidst the growing criticism that threatens to decommission the unit. To make matters worse, the vampires within the unit are struggling to grasp their newfound powers and identities now that they are no longer human. With the world at odds against them, the members of Code Zero must find a way to curb the crisis or otherwise fall victim to their own demonic natures.

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Background

Mars Red is based on a 2013 dramatic stage reading of the same name that was written by Bunoh Fujisawa, the sound director for the anime.

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"Seimei no Aria (生命のアリア)" by Wagakki Band
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"ON MY OWN" by HYDE

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Jun 28, 2021
This review contains an optional spoiler section at the end.

- How does it end?
- It’s a tragedy.

One word: cinematography and theatrics.

If someone told me before I have seen Mars Red that it’s a TV anime entirely drawn in cinemascope size (2.35:1), my first thought would’ve been, “Well, that’s pointlessly pretentious. Not like a TV anime is shot on 70 mm film and meant to be projected on cinema screens.” Boy, am I happy to be wrong on this one. Every other scene of Mars Red is an absolute masterpiece of shot composition, properly utilizing the wide aspect ratio for grand panoramic views and pensive camera ...
Aug 4, 2021
Mixed Feelings
I honestly don't at all see how people enjoyed this for more than 3 episodes. The production value is there but everything else is just terrible. My itch for Taisho Era stuff was the only thing that got me through this dumpster fire.

The story and characters are especially terrible...well...the story could have been "fine" at least if the characters were well written. I cannot tell you the name of a single character because they really had absolutely zero buildup in the story. You do not get to know ANYONE. There are minimal backstories and minimal setup. You see characters rise and fall before ever even ...
Jun 30, 2021
Pretentious, chaotic, and lazily open-ended. And pure relief when I managed to finish the last episode.

∞ Who is Mars Red aimed at? Definitely not an average anime follower.
I doubt that even folks drown to niche shows are going to find Mars Red charming. It's very theatre-heavy and into the most confusing way of storytelling. Don't get me wrong. I love me some mental challenge, but that lack of explanations would frustrate even the most chill person.
Those with a degree in English literature could be the ones to enjoy this, but even there I'm not so sure. I still believe that anime isn't ...

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