Monday, May 16, 2011
Manga Monday! MARS
Author: Fuyumi Soryo
Available: Amazon and other retailers carrying Tokyopop
Price: $9.99 per book--and there are 15 in the series (with an extra book I don't recommend called Horse With No Name).
Description: Popular Rei and shy Kira are worlds apart, until one fateful day brings them together. Rei stumbles upon Kira in the harassing hands of her sleazy art teacher and saves the quiet girl from his clutches. And when the jock plants a kiss on a statue of Mars in the studio, Kira finds herself drawn in and even summons up the nerve to ask him to model for her but problems already lurk on the horizon. Vicious upperclassman Harumi has had her sights set on Rei for a long time, and is not about to let go now. One of the most popular teen girl manga series in Japan, Mars is a drama that will meet the demand of the growing female comic-reading market.
My thoughts: I don't remember why I picked this book up all those years ago. I actually think it might have been my sister who did and let me read the first five or ten she had. This was the first manga by Tokyopop I ever picked up. But five (or was it ten?) books in, I knew I had to get the rest. I immediately drove to the store and bought the rest of the series. Needless to say--it's absolutely one of my favorites of all time. Rei is a playboy and a little overwhelming at times, and Kira is so painfully shy it's almost hard to relate to her at times, and yet despite it all, you can't help but love these characters. You can't help love watching them grow as individuals and as a couple. You cheer for Rei, you cheer for Kira, and you suffer and cry with them when Rei's twisted, dark past catches up with them and threatens to tear them apart. It's a compelling, at times dark, read, but it's absolutely worth it. I can't recommend the series enough! So go get it!