Honestly, this manga is one of the most difficult things to write about. Aside from giving my initial thoughts of the manga, it’s also hard to look for ‘safe’ images for use on this entry. I have a little policy to make my images safe for little kids as much as possible, and I think I might be violating or making this article an exemption for that rule. If there’s someone who should be commended for making one of the best yuri or shoujo-ai manga, he should be Torajirou Kishi. From his famous Maka-Maka yuri manga, he’s back with Mars no Kiss.
Honestly I rarely read manga. In fact, I’ve been already delayed on reading Hidan no Aria Light Novel and you know how I love reading Light Novels during my free time. However, my thirst for quality yuri readings made me look for some quality readings and I stumbled upon this gem.
The romance story is quite simple, a rebellious highschool student gets a lot of boyfriend. Expectedly, she’s quite the delinquent and b*tchy bunch. All she does after school is to get into a Karaoke bar with her boyfriend and do supposed-to-be-intimate-acts afterwards. She’s slowly getting sick of the lifestyle and a beautiful, hardworking, and intelligent classmate of hers annoys her. One day, she discovered a secret of her beautiful classmate. This lead to a confrontation which made them become closer. As time progresses, their friendship slowly evolved into a small romantic relationship…
The art is nicely done, excellent enough for a manga under the josei demographic. It’s clean and nice, and they’re honestly one of the best I’ve seen. Also notable is the very good drawing of spectacles for the beautiful girl. The character designs fit the purpose and traits of the characters. Manga should take notice of this! The events and story befit the genre and demographic. The first volume also ended with a sweet kissing scene between our two main characters.
Mars no Kiss is one manga that’s hard to miss, whether you’re a fan of the yuri genre or not. This is recommendable to everyone, except to those who have bias against the genre of course.
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