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Mars, Vol. 1

(Mars #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  15,727 ratings  ·  262 reviews
A bad boy can change a good girl forever. Rei is the school delinquent. Kira is shy and studious. What they see in each other is a mystery to their friends. What they find in each other is a miracle to themselves. With a style that is artistic and chic, this tale of restless and confused high school love will appeal to young women everywhere.

Kira and Rei might as well be f
Paperback, 200 pages
Published April 23rd 2002 by Tokyopop (first published May 13th 1996)
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Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who is interested to try a romance manga.

Book: Mars Vol 1 (Mars 1#) by Fuyumi Soryo
Genre: Abuse, Coming of Age, Psychological, Coming of Age, Manga, Shojo, Romance and Gothic.
Creatures: Non, just humans it's not a fantasy XDDD
Age: Young Adult, Mature.
Pages: 200 pages.
Format: Paperback
Publication: April 23rd 2002 by Tokyopop
Final Rating: 4/5

"This is the first portrait I drew. The Model was a 17-year old boy. I titled it "Mars."
Mars Signify two things-
One is the planet,
The other is a soldier-
THE GOD OF WAR." - Fuyumi Soryo

When peopl
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to キラ by: Courtney
My first experiences with shōjo manga were the likes of Fruits Basket and Hana Kimi. It's no wonder that I dismissed the genre as flippant, cheesy and inherently pointless. Most shōjo manga consists of impossibly handsome boys who are good at everything, girls who are vanilla wish-fulfilment devices and a plot that revolves around nothing but inexplicable instant romances.

That said, Mars has single-handedly crushed these stereotypes and restored my faith in the genre. I'm eternally grateful to C
Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: june-2019
A good start to what seems to be leading up to a great manga.
Kira is a quiet, shy, artistic girl who never stands up for herself - not that she's needed to. Everyone pretty much ignores her. Until this bad boy on a motorcycle shows up. She hates him on principle, but then is drawn to his beauty and the tenderness that
she senses in his character (he asks to keep one of her drawings for sentimental reasons). He is lovely, and he’s devoted to protecting her from the sudden burning jealousies that arise in the bosoms of all the other girls in the school once
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga, shoujo
Kind of cliched with standard shoujo art, but if you're looking for a light read, this is for you. To tell the truth, I prefer Love Roma, Volume 1. I need humor in my shoujo.

2.5 stars. I want a manga where the girl rides the motorcycle and the guy is the sensitive painter.
Ross Wilcox
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this! For so much of my life, I have been a closed minded douchebag guy when it comes to romance. I thank the heavens that this is no longer the case and that i am now open to romance and romantic comedies. They are so much fun! So titillating!

This manga is from the late 90s and although there are lots of cliches and some stuff hasn't aged that well, I did not give a fuck. The story is a hot, melodramatic mess. I loved this volume for its strengths and its flaws. I'm reading it strictly
Gary Butler
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
27th book read in 2017.

Number 186 out of 592 on my all time book list.
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'll start off by stating that this is a review of the series, not of this one volume.

I’ve been out of the manga/anime scene for quite a long time now, but a friend recommended this one to me and I decided to give it a try. I’m so glad that I did. While Mars undeniably falls victim to a few of the classic romance manga cliches, I found it quite easy to overlook its flaws. Sure the "shy girl meets bad boy" dynamic is something that has been done before (horridly overdone, really), but it's what S
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
I must have been in a bitter and angsty mood lately because I was expecting there to be more angst in this. This series in almost its entirety has been in my possession for over a couple of years now. I have been avoiding it because I had known from the time I was in high school its premise and that it was more dramatic than Peach Girl. In some ways, I would have to disagree. With practically every breath, Momo was facing something else dramatic and torturous. Mars did not hold that same intensi ...more
Aug 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Words cannot describe how much I love Mars. It's your typical bad guy meets shy girl, bad boy helps girl overcome shyness, they fall in love but not without their share of problems. But it's sooo much more than that. The characters heal each other in their relationships and overcome some serious issues. I love this manga so much I have the really cheesy Taiwanese tv drama based on it. Before I nerd out any more over this series I'm just going to end by saying it's one of my favorite manga series ...more
Jan 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic, ya
Not actually anything to do with the planet Mars, and not the sort of manga I normally read. Not my preferred art style, either. I was surprised at how the characters grew on me.
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-shojo
Looking at Fuyumi Soryo's wikipedia page, it was interesting to learn about some of her work that has yet to be translated into English, including her most recent work Cesare which centers around the infamous Borgia family of the Italian Renaissance and Cesare Borgia himself. As if we don't have enough pop culture about the Borgia! The breadth of her work is actually quite large, considering her first two series were both shojo manga centered around romancing delinquent male youth, her third tit ...more
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
I did not know what to make of the characters when I first started reading the series. Overtime I grew to love them and went through their ups and downs and all the drama they faced. I ended up loving the series!
Silvia  Gutierrez
5 Stars to all the series.
Read this if you haven't, forget all the Shoujo you have read before. This is a Great Drama/Plot/Romance.

This is not a light read.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I was first getting into manga in middle school, this series was always on the shelf, and always advertised in other books I was reading. However, I was focused on collecting other series, and none of my friends had it, so I never got around to it. It's been long gone from store shelves at this point, but I was digging through some of my online manga bookmarks last night/early this morning and saw it there, so here we are.

I think Mars has a lot of typical shoujo elements to it, namely the j
Victor The Reader
I started reading manga when I was in 7th grade, and I was just drawn into it so much and the “MARS” series was some of my first reads. It centers on the surprising growing high school relationship between bad boy heartthrob and motorcyclist 🏍 Rei and quiet good girl artist ✏ Kira, who are both from different worlds, and their sudden chemistry starts to attract attention, mainly bad.

First reading it back then, it was just engrossing and hard to not stop reading it. It was definitely like a typic
Jenny Clark
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: tokyopop-manga
The art is good, and the story is pretty good too. It will be interesting to see the developments in all the characters and their relationships. I do like that there is some mystery, but not enough that nothing makes sense, just enough to make you want to read more.
I also like the fact that Kira is so shy, but yet strong enough to tell Harumi to go ahead and break her right hand, she'll draw with her left, and break that too she'll draw with her feet.
It does seam a little extreme, but girls can
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
WOW! What a crazy ride. The stakes for the characters are so high but I can’t wait to see more from the characters and their history. They all seem twisted which is so interesting for a manga. I didn’t enjoy how they talked about death and life, I hope it will be talked about more. And I also did like some of the comments that were made, it is from 2002, but it still limited my enjoyed.

All in all a good read
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Cute story, unfortunately the library copy I read had a page missing near the end 😡
Just re-read this for the billionth time and it's still one of my favorite things everrrr.

Also why is this series out of print I'm cry
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ok. Why do I like this so much? I feel like this is more classic manga series that I somehow never read. I work at half price books and it was Sitting in the resort pill so I picked it up and read it for my break. And now I have up to volume 5 stashed on my employee shelf. I really like Kira, she is so cute. Rei doesn’t seem like a bad boy to me, he seems like a normal guy which I like. I really liked this first volume honestly I’m so surprised by it.
Yon Nyan (BiblioNyan)
Mars is definitely a series for the ages. It has everything that one could possibly ask for when looking for a great romance manga series, and then some. Whether you are a sucker for gorgeous art, tight-knit plot work, or beautiful characters with dark histories, you will definitely find yourself falling in love with this series before the end of the first volume.

My experience with Fuyumi Soryo began when I picked up her psychological sci-fi series Eternal Sabbath a few years ago. ES was one of
Dec 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: romance lovers
Shelves: reviewed
The first statement I'd like to make about this manga is that it was beautiful in all regards. Story, plot, art---it was all beautiful. Romance manga isn't typically my favorite type, but a book like this one I think could renew any reader's faith in the genre.

The characters were intriguing specimens. I enjoyed Rei and could connect to Kira well. Though the trope of popular boy meets reserved, weird girl isn't new I loved the story behind MARS too much to disregard it for the cliche use. Watchin
May 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I read this book a couple of years ago, my cousin Christabell introduced me to this book shes also the one who got me into manga. This book made me want to keep reading and wasting my money on buying more volumes, but it was worth it. Mars is my favorite manga book.

This book is about a girl who was sexualy abused by her step father and ends up not trusting men at all. Then one day she meets a guy who isn't like she thought all guys were. She ends having all these adventures with him then also
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the most original, and amazing mangas I have ever read. This series, made me laugh and cry to no end. I was so sad when it ended and I loved absolutely fell in love with the main characters. They grew and changed as the story progressed. There was drama, love triangles, fights, breakups, make-ups, and so much love. Everything was complicated, and wonderful all at the same time.

From beginning to end, I cheered for Rei and Kira. They're two fragile souls learning how to love and heal each o
If I could give stars just for the art work, I would give "Mars" volume one four stars. I found the teenage angst thing way overdone and the bad boy and good girl cliché is also tiring. I mean the bad boy even rides a motorcycle, which of course the good girl has never ridden on one before she met him.

I did love the emotions shown through the art work and the story was strong enough for me to want to finish the book and continue on to read volume two. Overall I found the book too predictable and
Jun 23, 2010 rated it liked it
To get a good idea of what to expect from MARS you can check out my review of the complete series on my blog Reading Robyn It's spoiler free, has images from the manga for those interested in a preview of the art, and gives a good overview of the roller coaster that is this series.

MARS has staying power. With the strength of its plot it's not a manga easily forgotten!
Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
There is something compelling about Kira and her silent, shy personality that I am drawn to. Otherwise it is a fluffy shoujo manga with not much too it except some mean girls and a jealous male friend.

The drawing is light and its a cool romance, I like both characters, its just not special. This whole killing thing at the end of the volume smacks of overboard drama and not threatening or serious!

BOTTOM LINE: Dengeki Daisy, Black Bird and Fruits Basket are all so much better!
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, manga
Like with other mangas, I buy just the first one of a friend recommends it to me, or I read her manga. So I read her Mars vol 1, and was hooked. Since then I have bought the entire set for myself. The story of Rei and Kira is fascinating and exciting, along with some rather dramatic moments. Wonderful manga!
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
Almost love at first page and a weak female character...not really a great start.
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Fuyumi Soryo (惣領 冬実 Sōryō Fuyumi?, born January 6, 1959) is a Japanese manga artist from Beppu, Oita, Japan. She is a graduate of the Oita prefectural Geijutsu Midorigaoka High School.

She was born into the home of a master of the Kanze school of Noh. In her childhood she liked to draw pictures of horses and things but had no special interest in manga. While enrolled in fashion college, she happene

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