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Mars (マース, Māsu) is a manga series written and illustrated by Fuyumi Soryo. Initially serialized in Bessatsu Friend from 1996 to 2000, the series spans 15 tankōbon volumes. A single volume prequel, Mars: A Horse With No Name was released in 1999.

The manga is licensed for an English language release by Tokyopop, which has published all 15 volumes plus the prequel. The series was adapted into a 21 episode Taiwanese television drama in 2004. A Japanese television drama series adaptation titled Mars: Tada Kimi wo Aishiteru (MARS~ただ、君を愛してる~) was broadcast on Nippon TV from January 24 to March 27, 2016 and a live-action film adaptation of the same name was released in Japan on June 18, 2016.

Plot[]

Kira Aso and Rei Kashino meet when Rei asks Kira for directions to a local hospital one day in the park, but instead of telling him the directions she draws him a map and hands it to him without saying a word. On the back of the directions is a picture Kira drew of a mother and child. On the first day of school they are both surprised to find that they are in the same class. Later, Rei walks in on their teacher sexually harassing Kira. Rei promises to protect Kira in exchange for a painted version of the sketch that was on the back of the map. He also offers to "lend Kira his body," and she asks him to model for her. Thus beginning a relationship that is opposed by the world in general. They draw on their love for each other to heal the wounds the world has left on them; Rei, the scars from his twin's suicide over something Rei told him, and Kira, her hatred of men due to her stepfather taking advantage of her.

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