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Japanese: MARS
English: Mars
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 15
Chapters: 59
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 13, 1996 to Nov 13, 2000
Genres: Drama Drama, Romance Romance
Theme: Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Bessatsu Friend
Authors: Souryo, Fuyumi (Story & Art)


Score: 8.321 (scored by 1552815,528 users)
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Ranked: #2832
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Popularity: #498
Members: 35,663
Favorites: 2,041


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Volume 1


Timid 16-year-old Kira Asou prefers to be alone drawing than stand out. At a park, she is approached by her schoolmate Rei Kashino—notorious for being a womanizer—who asks for directions. Distrustful of Rei's intentions, Kira quickly chalks a map for him and runs away. Little does she know that Rei finds one of her sketches on the back of the map and becomes captivated by her artistic skills.

Much to Kira's chagrin, Rei immediately recognizes her at school, but she ignores his attempts at striking up a conversation. However, Rei's sincere praise about her drawing leads Kira to see the violent rebel in a better light. After watching him kiss a statue of the god Mars, Kira feels so moved that she instantly requests him to model for her.

As Kira and Rei's chance encounter begins to develop into a flourishing relationship, what is to become of these two polar personalities?

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Mars was re-released in eight 2-in-1 omnibus bunkoban volumes, including an additional story, from October 12, 2006, to January 12, 2007.

The original release was published in English by Tokyopop from April 23, 2002, to November 11, 2003. After the company went defunct, Kodansha USA acquired the license and later digitally republished the entire series on June 12, 2019. Both the original and the omnibus versions have been released in French and German by Panini Comics and in Italian by Star Comics. Meanwhile, only the omnibus has been translated in Spanish by Arechi.

The manga was adapted into a Taiwanese television drama, which aired from July 31, 2004, to October 23, 2004. In 2016, it was re-adapted into a Japanese television drama titled Mars: Tada, Kimi wo Aishiteru and a sequel film under the same name.


Sugihara, Harumi
Sakurazawa, Shiori
Katayama, Kyoko
Kashino, Takayuki


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. Its just a love story told really well.

Fuyumi Soryo is an intelligent writer. Her use of all the ...
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 ...
Aug 7, 2011
Mixed Feelings
This manga's been in my "plan to read" list for so long, and after rereading one of my favorites manga for the 5th time i decided to change it up a bit and read Mars. It saddens me to say that i was truly disappointed.
Maybe i just had really high expectations for it, cause of all the amazing reviews, but at the end of the day it did not blew me away...
The story starts off very interesting, the quiet artist and the bad boy, but i started to lose interest by the 3rd volume. Yes, this story is darker than most shoujo mangas, but ...

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