Mars Red

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Japanese: MARS RED


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: HistoricalHistorical, MilitaryMilitary, VampireVampire
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: None


Score: 6.641 (scored by 2391223,912 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #54382
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1591
Members: 103,848
Favorites: 531

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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.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


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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Characters & Voice Actors


Sadamitsu, Shinya
Hatano, Kouhei
Director, Episode Director
Fujisawa, Bunoh
Sound Director, Original Creator
Fujisaku, Junichi
Script, Series Composition


Opening Theme

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"Seimei no Aria (生命のアリア)" by Wagakki Band

Ending Theme


Jun 28, 2021
AstralBread (All reviews)
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 read more
Jun 28, 2021
klasnix (All reviews)
I really would like to give this one a 8 or higher but these damn plotholes. With every episode you end up asking yourself "did I miss something? When did that happened?“ and that’s the Elefant in the room because the story relies on you understanding what things are happening. There ist not that much exposition or a character that tells you what happened or something like that and that’s a shame. This anime has a fantastic stageplay and I liked the artstyle and it’s simplicity. There is so much potential but it ends up getting nowhere because you can’t follow what’s happening and that’s read more
Jun 28, 2021
KANLen09 (All reviews)
When was the last time we truly got a serious depiction of vampires in anime, much less Frankenstein, Werewolves (e.g. Sirius the Jaeger) and so on? I sure as hell can't remember one in recent memory, not even in the past decade. Hollywood though, has some variables ones like the mediocre Van Helsing movie to the iconic Bram Stoker's Dracula. On the other hand, you have famous people like theater director and writer Bun-O Fujisawa, who is the brainchild for this show: Mars Red, a story of vampires living in the Taisho era of Tokyo.

Largely influenced by the learning journey in theater due to his read more
Jun 30, 2021
Resident_Green (All reviews)
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 read more


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