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Terra Formars
Teraformars vol1.jpg
Cover of the first volume of Terra Formars
テラフォーマーズ
(Tera Fōmāzu)
Genre
Manga
Written byYū Sasuga
Illustrated byKenichi Tachibana
Published byShueisha
English publisher
Magazine
DemographicSeinen
Original runJanuary 13, 2011 – present
Volumes22 (List of volumes)
Manga
Terra for Police
Written byManpuku Dou
Illustrated byKaito Shibano
Published byShueisha
MagazineJump X
DemographicSeinen
Original runMay 10, 2014November 19, 2014
Volumes1 (List of volumes)
Manga
Terra Formars wa Oyasumi Desu.
Written byShouta Hattori
Published byShueisha
MagazineTonari no Young Jump
DemographicSeinen
Original runMay 10, 2014November 18, 2016
Volumes6 (List of volumes)
Manga
Oshiete! Michelle Kyōkan
Written byRyousangata Serebi
Published byShueisha
MagazineTonari no Young Jump
DemographicSeinen
Original runMay 10, 2014November 19, 2014
Volumes1 (List of volumes)
Original video animation
Directed byHiroshi Hamasaki
Written byShōgo Yasukawa
Music byShūsei Murai
StudioLiden Films
Released August 20, 2014 November 28, 2014
Episodes2 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Directed byHiroshi Hamasaki
Written byYū Sasuga
Music byShūsei Murai
StudioLiden Films
Licensed by
Viz Media
Original networkTokyo MX, ABC, CBC, TV Asahi Channel 1, BS11
English network
Original run September 26, 2014 December 19, 2014
Episodes13 (List of episodes)
Manga
Terra Formars Gaiden Rain Hard
Written bySatoshi Kimura
Published byShueisha
MagazineUltra Jump
DemographicSeinen
Original runOctober 18, 2014February 19, 2015
Volumes1 (List of volumes)
Manga
Terra Formars Asimov
Written byBoichi
Published byShueisha
MagazineGrand Jump
DemographicSeinen
Original runNovember 4, 2015June 15, 2016
Volumes2
Anime television series
Terra Formars: Revenge
Directed byMichio Fukuda
Written byNaruhisa Arakawa
Music byMichio Fukuda
Studio
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Viz Media
Original networkTokyo MX, TVA, ABC, BS11, TV Asahi Channel 1
English network
Original run April 1, 2016 June 24, 2016
Episodes13[4] (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Terra Formars: Earth Arc
Directed byMichio Fukuda
Written byMichio Fukuda
Music byTakafumi Wada
Studio
  • Liden Films
  • Yumeta Company
Released August 17, 2018 November 19, 2018
Episodes2 (List of episodes)
Live-action film
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Terra Formars (Japanese: テラフォーマーズ, Hepburn: Tera Fōmāzu) is a Japanese manga series written by Yū Sasuga and illustrated by Kenichi Tachibana. It is serialized in Shueisha's magazine Weekly Young Jump since 2011. Viz Media began publishing an English translation in 2014.[5] Two original video animations (OVAs), abridging the Bugs 2 arc were released in 2014, and an animated television series, covering the Annex 1 arc was also shown in 2014.[6] Also, a spin-off manga titled Terra for Police started on May 10, 2014 in Jump X.[7] A live action film adaptation directed by Takashi Miike was released in 2016.[8]

Plot[edit]

In an attempt to colonize Mars, 21st century scientists are tasked with terraforming the planet. Their goal is to seed the planet with a modified algae to absorb sunlight and purify the atmosphere, and cockroaches, whose corpses spread the algae across the planet as they feed.

Five hundred years later, the first manned ship to Mars lands and its six crew members are attacked by giant mutated humanoid cockroaches with incredible physical strength, later labeled "Terraformars"; the crew is wiped out after sending a warning back to Earth. Two years later, BUGS II, a multinational expedition of genetically modified humans, is sent to collect 10 samples of both sexes of roaches, and exterminate the mutated bugs to take control of the red planet. Only two survivors manage to return to Earth, one swearing to return and avenge their fallen companions. As a third expedition is assembled questions are raised about the true origin of the Terraformars and their connection with an unknown disease afflicting mankind, the Alien Engine Virus, or A.E. Virus. To fight the Terraformars' strength and agility, members of the second and third expedition undergo genetic modification to inherit the characteristics of other organisms, only possible after having a special organ implanted with a 36% chance of surviving the surgery itself.

The third expedition ends with most of its crew members killed as well, be it by fighting the Terraformars, or amongst themselves in the multi-sided conflict between the various factions aboard the ship, each with own opposing interests. Despite that, the few survivors manage to collect enough samples for the research on a cure to the A.E. Virus and return home. However, a new fight against the Terraformars begins when it is revealed that the creatures arrived on Earth long before, and after multiplying on an alarming rate and adapting themselves far better to their new environment than they did to their homeworld, they start their plan to take over the planet.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

The manga, written by Yū Sasuga and illustrated by Kenichi Tachibana, was first serialized in Shueisha's Miracle Jump magazine from January 13 to December 13, 2011.[9][10] It later moved to Weekly Young Jump starting on April 26, 2012, for the Annex I arc after the Bugs 2 arc concluded.[11]

The series has inspired seven spin-off manga:

  • Terra for Police (テラフォポリス), which began on May 10, 2014 in Jump X, was written by Manpuku Dō and illustrated by Kaito Shibano;[12]
  • Terra Formars wa Oyasumi Desu. (今日のテラフォーマーズはお休みです。), a parody by Shōta Hattori
  • Oshiete! Michelle Kyōkan (教えて! ミッシェル教官, lit. Teach Me! Instructor Michelle), an erotic gag series by Serebixi-Ryōsangata, were also published on May 10, 2014 on the Tonari no Young Jump website;[13]
  • Terra Formars Gaiden Rain Hard (テラフォーマーズ外伝 RAIN HARD), illustrated by Satoshi Kimura, ran from October 18, 2014, to February 19, 2015 in Ultra Jump, and focused on Adolph Reinhard;[14][15]
  • Terra Formars Gaiden Asimov, focusing on Sylvester Asimov before his trip to Mars, serialized in Grand Jump from November 4, 2015 to June 15, 2016, with illustrations by Boichi.[16][17]
  • Terra Formars Gaiden Keiji Onizuka, focusing on Keiji Onizuka before his trip to Mars, began in Miracle Jump on December 15, 2015 with illustrations by Saki Nonoyama.
  • Terraho-kun, gag series, began in Weekly Young Jump on January 7, 2016 with illustrations by Forbidden Shibukawa.

Volumes[edit]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 April 19, 2012[18]978-4-08-879270-5July 15, 2014[19]978-1-4215-7154-6
2 August 17, 2012[20]978-4-08-879396-2September 16, 2014[21]978-1-4215-7155-3
3 November 19, 2012[22]978-4-08-879459-4November 18, 2014[23]978-1-4215-7156-0
4 February 19, 2013[24]978-4-08-879523-2January 20, 2015[25]978-1-4215-7157-7
5 May 17, 2013[26]978-4-08-879561-4March 17, 2015[27]978-1-4215-7158-4
6 August 19, 2013[28]978-4-08-879630-7May 19, 2015[29]978-14215-7159-1
7 November 19, 2013[30]978-4-08-879684-0July 21, 2015[31]978-1-4215-7798-2
8 February 19, 2014[32]978-4-08-879754-0September 15, 2015[33]978-1-4215-7868-2
9 May 19, 2014[34]978-4-08-879796-0November 17, 2015[35]978-1-4215-7871-2
10 August 20, 2014[36]978-4-08-879888-2January 19, 2016[37]978-1-4215-8078-4
11 November 19, 2014[38]978-4-08-890042-1March 15, 2016[39]978-1-4215-8381-5
12 February 19, 2015[40]978-4-08-890118-3May 17, 2016[41]978-1-4215-8443-0
13 May 19, 2015[42]978-4-08-890154-1July 19, 2016[43]978-1-4215-8521-5
14 August 19, 2015[44]978-4-08-890245-6September 20, 2016[45]978-1-4215-8711-0
15 November 19, 2015[46]978-4-08-890285-2November 15, 2016[47]978-1-4215-9068-4
16 March 18, 2016[48]978-4-08-890375-0January 17, 2017[49]978-1-4215-9069-1
17 April 19, 2016[50]978-4-08-890398-9March 21, 2017[51]978-1-4215-9168-1
18 August 19, 2016[52]978-4-08-890483-2July 18, 2017[53]978-1-4215-9442-2
19 November 18, 2016[54]978-4-08-890521-1October 17, 2017[55]978-1-4215-9580-1
20 February 17, 2017[56]978-4-08-890587-7January 2, 2018[57]978-1-4215-9759-1
21 August 17, 2018[58]978-4-08-890637-9July 16, 2019[59]978-1-9747-0791-1
22 November 19, 2018[60]978-4-08-891165-6December 17, 2019[61]978-1-9747-0955-7
Terra for Police
No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBN
1 November 19, 2014[62]978-4-08-890075-9 [62]
Terra Formars wa Oyasumi Desu.
No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBN
1 November 19, 2014[63]978-4-08-890020-9 [63]
2 May 19, 2015[64]978-4-08-890201-2 [64]
3 August 19, 2015[65]978-4-08-890242-5 [65]
4 March 18, 2016[66]978-4-08-890433-7 [66]
5 August 19, 2016[67]978-4-08-890434-4 [67]
6 November 18, 2016[68]978-4-08-890518-1 [68]
Oshiete! Michelle Kyōkan
No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBN
1 November 19, 2014[69]978-4-08-890050-6 [69]
Terra Formars Gaiden Rain Hard
No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBN
1 February 19, 2015[70]978-4-08-890123-7 [70]

Anime[edit]

An anime adaptation produced by Liden Films began airing on September 26, 2014, and finished airing on December 19, 2014 with a total of 13 episodes. The anime is licensed in the United Kingdom by Kazé UK and in North America by Viz Media. Madman Entertainment acquired the series for release in Australia and New Zealand.[71]

A sequel to the anime titled Terra Formars: Revenge was announced in November 2015, with changes to the series' main staff and the main cast returning to reprise their roles. Liden Films and TYO Animations produced the sequel. The anime premiered on April 2, 2016.[72]

An OVA adaptation of the manga's Earth Arc was planned for a May 2017[73] release, but was delayed to an August 2018 release instead.[74]

The anime broadcast in Japan has been subject to censorship that has been described as "ridiculous".[75]

Film[edit]

A live-action film based on Terra Formars was developed with Takashi Miike directing.[8] It was released on April 29, 2016.[76]

Novel[edit]

A light novel series based on Terra Formars was released on January 7, 2016, titled Terra Formars Lost Mission I by Akira Higashiyama. Another novel titled Terra Formars Lost Mission II by Yumeaki Hirayama, begun on January 19, 2016, in Miracle Jump.[77]

Terra Formars The Outer Mission I was published on November 21, 2014 and written by Kenichi Fujiwara. A follow up novels titled Terra Formars The Outer Mission II and Terra Formars The Outer Mission III were later also released. The novels followed Tohei Tachibana and Elizabeth Rooney.

Games[edit]

A Nintendo 3DS game titled Terra Formars: Akari Hoshi no Gekitou was released on April 2, 2015, developed by FuRyu. A pachislot/pachinko game machine was developed by KYORAKU and released in 2016 in Japan.

Reception[edit]

The 6th volume reached the number one place on the Oricon weekly manga chart in the week of August 19–25, 2013, with 317,248 copies.[78] As of February 2015, the 11 first volumes of Terra Formars had over 10 million copies in circulation.[79][80] As of August 2015, the series had sold 13 million copies.[81] As of April 2018, the manga had over 16 million copies in print.[82] As of November 2018, the manga had over 21 million copies in print.[83]

Terra Formars was number one on the 2013 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Top 20 Manga for Male Readers survey.[84] It was placed second in Zenkoku Shotenin ga Eranda Osusume Comic 2013, a 2013 ranking of the top 15 manga recommended by Japanese bookstores.[85] It was also nominated for the 6th Manga Taishō in the same year.[86]

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