MARS Episode 1 Review
MARS～ただ、君を愛してる～ 01 : The story follows Rei and Kira, who meet for the first time after Rei asks her for directions about a hotel- instead of answering him, she quickly draws him a sketch of the location before she leaves. They meet again at school, as they will be attending the same class.
Rei is an extrovert with a love for motorcycles, popular among his peers while Kira is reticent about her feelings and thoughts, only speaking through her art.
He finds himself drawn to her and protects her from a disgusting teacher harassing her, and she asks him to become her model for drawing after he gains her trust.
Popular playboy meets timid girl; this is the impression the first episode leaves, but it is much more than that; I mean, I hope the drama will depict the beautiful (heartbreakingly beautiful to be precise!) bond between Kira and Rei, as their relationship is quite deep and messy.
The thing I remember about the MARS manga back in my highschool days when I read it, is how extremely hard was to find the volumes; I still think most of them are out of print. It is pretty violent for your typical shojo, and deals with many dark themes.
I am not sure if the series will be as heavy as the manga was or if they will take a lighter turn, so that remains to be seen. It’d be a waste to tone it down (I mean, I get that it needs to be PG but they can work around it) so I’m eager to see how the story will go.
Honestly, it was a so-so first episode; things were fastly stacked together, the pace was a bit rushed (it is 20 mins afterall) but I will keep on watching to see how Rei and Kira’s relationship will grow.
Onwards to episode 2 then!
[disclaimer – this post was written by kipzizz + huge thanks to oneokusagi@LJ! ]