Mars is a manga written by Fuyumi Soryo. The series has also been adapted into a Taiwanese drama under the name of Mars.
The manga stars Kira Aso, a timid artist who lives with her mom, and Rei Kashino, a flirt and playboy with a penchant for racing motorcycles (professionally). These two unlikely teenagers fall in and out of love (and in again by the end) throughout the course of the 15 book series.
The two 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 map is a picture Kira drew of a mother and child. On the first day at school they are both surprised to find each other 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. All this interaction leads to a very interesting relationship between the two.
The artwork in this manga is amazing, and nicely complements the very powerful and tragic story line.
Issues in Society
Whilst being primarily a love story, the manga deals with issues such as mental illness, suicide, sexual harassment, rape, bullying, and murder.
This is one of my favorite manga, and Tokyopop did an excellent job on this title (Something they do very rarely).
I can't really say any more without spoiling the story, seeing how I've already given too much away, other then Go and Read It!
Would you recommend the product? Yes
Price you paid? None indicated
Don't tell me the sky is the limit, when there are footprints on the moon