Terra Formars

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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 Action, Horror, Science Fiction
Manga
Written by Yū Sasuga
Illustrated by Kenichi Tachibana
Published by Shueisha
English publisher
Demographic Seinen
Magazine
Original run January 2011 – present
Volumes 15 (List of volumes)
Manga
Terra for Police
Written by Manpuku Dō
Illustrated by Kaito Shibano
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Jump X
Original run May 10, 2014November 19, 2014
Volumes 1 (List of volumes)
Manga
Terra Formars wa Oyasumi Desu.
Written by Shōta Hattori
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Tonari no Young Jump
Original run May 10, 2014 – present
Volumes 3 (List of volumes)
Manga
Oshiete! Michelle Kyōkan
Written by Serebixi-Ryōsangata
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Tonari no Young Jump
Original run May 10, 2014November 19, 2014
Volumes 1 (List of volumes)
Original video animation
Directed by Hiroshi Hamasaki
Written by Shōgo Yasukawa
Music by Shūsei Murai
Studio Liden Films
Released August 20, 2014November 28, 2014
Episodes 2 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Directed by Hiroshi Hamasaki
Written by Shōgo Yasukawa
Music by Shūsei Murai
Studio Liden Films
Licensed by
Network Tokyo MX, ABC, CBC, TV Asahi Channel 1, BS11
Original run September 26, 2014December 19, 2014
Episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Manga
Terra Formars Gaiden Rain Hard
Written by Satoshi Kimura
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Ultra Jump
Original run October 18, 2014February 19, 2015
Volumes 1 (List of volumes)
Manga
Terra Formars Asimov
Written by Boichi
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Grand Jump
Original run November 4, 2015 – present
Anime television series
Terra Formars: Revenge
Directed by Michio Fukuda
Written by Naruhisa Arakawa
Music by Takafumi Wada
Studio Liden Films, TYO Animations
Licensed by
Network Tokyo MX, TVA, ABC, BS11, TV Asahi Channel 1
Original run April 1, 2016June 24, 2016
Episodes 13[1] (List of episodes)
Live-action film
Directed by Takashi Miike
Released
  • April 29, 2016 (2016-04-29)

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.[2] 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;[3] Also, a spin-off manga titled Terra for Police started on May 10, 2014 in Jump X.[4] A live action film adaptation has been directed by Takashi Miike.[5]

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 begin 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.

Release[edit]

The manga, written by Yū Sasuga and illustrated by Kenichi Tachibana, began serialization in Shueisha's Miracle Jump magazine in January 2011. It later moved to Weekly Young Jump for the Annex I arc after the Bugs 2 arc concluded.[6]

The series has inspired five 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;[7] 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, and 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;[8] 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;[9][10] and Terra Formars Asimov, focusing on Sylvester Asimov before his trip to Mars, began in Grand Jump on November 4, 2015 with illustrations by Boichi.[11]

Volumes[edit]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 April 19, 2012[12] ISBN 978-4-08-879270-5 [12] July 15, 2014[13] ISBN 978-1421571546
2 August 17, 2012[14] ISBN 978-4-08-879396-2 [14] September 16, 2014[15] ISBN 978-1421571553
3 November 19, 2012[16] ISBN 978-4-08-879459-4 [16] November 18, 2014[17] ISBN 978-1421571560
4 February 19, 2013[18] ISBN 978-4-08-879523-2 [18] January 20, 2015[19] ISBN 978-1421571577
5 May 17, 2013[20] ISBN 978-4-08-879561-4 [20] March 17, 2015[21] ISBN 978-1421571584
6 August 19, 2013[22] ISBN 978-4-08-879630-7 [22] May 19, 2015[23] ISBN 978-1421571591
7 November 19, 2013[24] ISBN 978-4-08-879684-0 [24] July 21, 2015[25] ISBN 978-1421577982
8 February 19, 2014[26] ISBN 978-4-08-879754-0 [26] September 15, 2015[27] ISBN 978-1421578682
9 May 19, 2014[28] ISBN 978-4-08-879796-0 [28] November 17, 2015[29] ISBN 978-1421578712
10 August 20, 2014[30] ISBN 978-4-08-879888-2 [30] January 19, 2016[31] ISBN 978-1421580784
11 November 19, 2014[32] ISBN 978-4-08-890042-1 [32] March 15, 2016[33] ISBN 978-1421583815
12 February 19, 2015[34] ISBN 978-4-08-890118-3 [34] May 17, 2016[35] ISBN 978-1421584430
13 May 19, 2015[36] ISBN 978-4-08-890154-1 [36]
14 August 19, 2015[37] ISBN 978-4-08-890245-6 [37]
15 November 19, 2015[38] ISBN 978-4-08-890285-2 [38]
16 March 18, 2016[39] ISBN 978-4-08-890375-0 [38]
Terra Formars wa Oyasumi Desu.
No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 November 19, 2014[40] ISBN 978-4-08-890020-9 [40]
2 May 19, 2015[41] ISBN 978-4-08-890201-2 [41]
3 August 19, 2015[42] ISBN 978-4-08-890242-5 [42]
Oshiete! Michelle Kyōkan
No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 November 19, 2014[43] ISBN 978-4-08-890050-6 [43]
Terra Formars Gaiden Rain Hard
No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 February 19, 2015[44] ISBN 978-4-08-890123-7 [44]
Terra for Police
No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 November 19, 2014[45] ISBN 978-4-08-890075-9 [45]

Media[edit]

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.

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 are producing the sequel. The anime premiered on April 2, 2016.[46]

Film[edit]

A live-action film based on Terra Formars was developed with Takashi Miike directing.[5] It was released on April 29, 2016.[47]

Reception[edit]

It was number one on the 2013 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Top 20 Manga for Male Readers survey.[48] It was placed second in Zenkoku Shotenin ga Eranda Osusume Comic 2013, a 2013 ranking of the top 15 manga recommended by Japanese bookstores.[49] It was nominated for the 6th Manga Taishō.[50] 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.[51] As of February 2015, Terra Formars 11 first volumes have sold over 10 million copies.[52] As of August 2015, the series had sold 13 million copies. [53]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Viz Adds Terra Formars, Ore Monogatari, Black Rose Alice Manga". Anime News Network. October 11, 2013. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
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  9. ^ "Terra Formars' Reinhard Gets His Own Spinoff Manga". Anime News Network. September 6, 2014. Retrieved October 24, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Terra Formars Manga Spinoff About Reinhard Ends in February". Anime News Network. January 17, 2015. Retrieved October 24, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Terra Formars Gets Asimov Spinoff Manga by Sun-Ken Rock's Boichi". Anime News Network. October 20, 2015. Retrieved October 24, 2015. 
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  39. ^ テラフォーマーズ  16 [Terra Formars 16]. Shueisha (in Japanese). Retrieved February 18, 2016. 
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  43. ^ a b "教えて! ミッシェル教官". Shueisha (in Japanese). Retrieved October 24, 2015. 
  44. ^ a b "テラフォーマーズ外伝 RAIN HARD". Shueisha (in Japanese). Retrieved October 24, 2015. 
  45. ^ a b "テラフォポリス". Shueisha (in Japanese). Retrieved October 24, 2015. 
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  47. ^ "Live-Action Terraformars Film to Open on April 29". Anime News Network. November 1, 2015. Retrieved November 7, 2015. 
  48. ^ "Top Manga Ranked by Kono Manga ga Sugoi 2013 Voters". Anime News Network. 2012-12-10. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  49. ^ "Japanese Bookstores Recommend 15 Top Manga of 2013". Anime News Network. 2013-02-04. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  50. ^ "Akimi Yoshida's Umimachi Diary Wins 6th Manga Taisho Award". Anime News Network. 2013-03-21. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
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  52. ^ テラフォーマーズ : コミックス1000万部突破 4年で大台に. Mainichi Shimbun Digital (in Japanese). 2015-02-11. Retrieved 2015-04-20. 
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