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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: TokyoPop (July 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591828643
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591828648
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,206,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A must-have for all readers of MARS! Featuring a short story prequel to MARS

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The other two short stories are cute but I don't think it is worth 10 bucks.
Windows
It had an interesting twist at the end of the story, but with zero chemistry on the characters and a conventional plot structure, I didn't care.
Del Keyes
Unfortunately, "Horse with No Name" only offers a short and almost irrelevant story about Rei and Tatsuya becoming friends.
Shannon

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Del Keyes on July 31, 2004
Format: Paperback
MARS...the fourth planet from the sun.
MARS...the mythical soldier of war.
MARS...the snack-producing powerhouse that makes M&Ms and SNICKERS.
and MARS...one of the best shoujo/romance manga to come gracefully into the American soil.

~REVIEW~

Using the basic concept of a typical boy-meets-girl story, adding the hardship of modern cruelty in society, unexpected twists, and characters so likable that people wouldn't care if they sound corny (or act unusual), MARS stands out to be one of the best of its genre; it actually made me want to start buying romance manga, and I'm a straight-up action-obsessed hombre. A year and 15 volumes later, I wanted more from the series. Well, Tokyopop heard our cry and now they released a prequel to the popular series, under the ridiculous sub, "MARS: Horse With No Name." A prequel isn't exactly what the fans expected for continuation, but as long as it brought some depth to the series' name, it's still a great read, right?

It turns out from the first page that "MARS: Horse with no Name" isn't just a whole prequel in one manga, but an assortment, albeit limited, of stories written by the same author that is Fuyumi Soryo. It has the prequel, and two short stories that are enjoyable, but not accessible to the MARS name:

MARS GAIDEN: Horse with no Name - It takes place a year before the whole Kira and Rei relationship thing takes heed. Romance enthusiasts will find that the "romance" part is sadly missing in this story as it actually follow how Rei and Tatsuya became the best of friends, under Tatsuya's perspective.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Windows on July 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
The story about Mars is very short and did not really add more information about the main story. The other two short stories are cute but I don't think it is worth 10 bucks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shannon on January 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
I love "Mars" and was excited to read a back-story to one of my favorite series. Unfortunately, "Horse with No Name" only offers a short and almost irrelevant story about Rei and Tatsuya becoming friends.

The two other stories in the book are completely unrelated to the "Mars" series. "Sleeping Lion" was an all right story, but the plot seemed unconnected and incomplete. "One Carat Fruit" was completely disappointing. The plot was boring and predictable and the characters were not likeable at all.

I suppose a die-hard fan could extract more enjoyment from "HwNN," but I suggest borrowing the book from a friend or a library. Not worth ten dollars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Torra on February 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
Ok. I knew that this book dealt with the friendship between Tatsuya and Rei when I read it, but i was hoping for a little more interaction betweent Rei and Kira. I was sadly disappointed. Rei and Kira's first meeting was told in the Mars manga in better detail then is this extra volume.

The other two stories were nice but were not on the same leve as Mars in story. the only reason this gets three stars is because the drawing is as beautiful as every and it give some background info on Tatsuya and Rei.
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