River (alasse_wolf) wrote in mars_manga,
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Live-Action Mars TV Show (x-posted)

I've always wondered why Mars, being the fantastic manga that it was, was never made into an anime. I mean, that's how it always goes, right? First comes the manga and surely there's an anime to follow.

Such has not been the case.

But never fear, my fellow Mars fans, because while it's not an anime in Japan, it is a Live-Action Taiwanese drama.

"Taiwanese?!" you may screech with dismay.

Now, now. Please reserve judgement until you've actually gotten to watch it. Trust me, it is so VERY well done that you soon forget. It draws you in just like the manga does and the music that goes with it kicks ass to boot.

"All right," you may be grumbling. "So where can I see this?"


YouTube.com

Now, granted, there is that little annoyance of having to view each episode in several parts (5 is the average so far and Episode 3 has 6 parts), but it's worth that minor aggravation.

But, rather than making you go hunt it down, here are the links to the parts of episode 1 and you can search from there (it's not hard. Just put in "Mars Ep. 2" or whatever episode you're on)


Mars Ep. 1 (pt. 1/5)

Mars Ep. 1 (pt. 2/5)

Mars Ep. 1 (pt. 3/5)

Mars Ep. 1 (pt. 4/5)

Mars Ep. 1 (pt. 5/5)

Now, just so you know, for some reason, the subtitles don't show whenever flashbacks or the "previously on Mars" (as it were) segments are being shown. They'll come back on again. Promise.

There are some minor differences that you'll notice when you watch the drama, but they are, really, quite minor. For instance, Ling and Qiluo (a.k.a. Rei & Kira) are in college rather than high school which, when you think about some things that happened in the manga, makes a bit more sense where it comes to being put on TV.

But I'm not going to tell any others (and I don't really know of much others as I've only yet seen like the first 8 episodes). Go start watching and find out for yourself! Believe me, the show is GREAT! Just as good as the manga and they did a really good job about keeping it as close to the storyline and characters as possible.


And for anyone who finds that they love the opening intro to the show as much as I do, you can watch the music video here:

"Ling" by Alan Kuo

**Edit: Also, if you'd like the lyrics to the theme song (both the Chinese Mandarin and the English translation) here they are, courtesy of http://www.tokyopop.com/kysentha/blog/ :

Lyrics to LING
(Mars theme song) by
Ke You Lun (Alan Kuo)

CHINESE MANDARIN:
Cong lai bu xiang xin wo de shi jie ke yi you duo wan me
Tong ku ji mo hai you yi xie pi bei
Bu yun xu ta ren sui yi jin ru wo de ling du kong jian
Ning yuan gu du lan de zai qu xiang shui

Liang ge ren yi qi shi fou zhi shi de dao yi zhong an wei
Zheng tuo guo qu ran hou wang ji yi qie
Me xiang guo you tian wo de jie ju hu ran quan bu gau bian
Shui hui zhua zhu wo de wui li shuang bei

Zen me... hui ku...
Shui cuo shui dui wei shui bao qian
Bu hui... zai ku...
Shui cuo shui dui wei shui bao qian
Bu hui... zai ku...
Shui cuo shui dui wei shui qiao cui

Zou ru ling du kong jian deng dao yi qie fen lie
Jiu suan ai de wei xian wo men yi qi mian dui
Lai bu zhi de fang bei mei ting guo de shi yan
Yao wo zen me xue hui duo le ai de ming tian
Zou chu ling du kong jian zhong yu yi qie fen lie
Jiu suan ai de hen lei wo que bu hui hou hui
Fang xia suo you fang bei yi qie dou wu suo wei
Tao shu hei an shi jie kai shi xin de ming tian
Xin de ming tian

Liang ge ren yi qi shi fou zhi shi de dao yi zhong an wei
Zheng tuo guo qu ran hou wang ji yi qie
Me xiang guo you tian wo de jie ju hu ran quan bu gau bian
Shui hui zhua zhu wo de wui li shuang bei

Zen me... hui ku...
Shui cuo shui dui wei shui bao qian
Bu hui... zai ku...
Shui cuo shui dui wei shui bao qian
Bu hui... zai ku...
Shui cuo shui dui wei shui qiao cui

Zou ru ling du kong jian deng dao yi qie fen lie
Jiu suan ai de wei xian wo men yi qi mian dui
Lai bu zhi de fang bei mei ting guo de shi yan
Yao wo zen me xue hui duo le ai de ming tian
Zou chu ling du kong jian zhong yu yi qie fen lie
Jiu suan ai de hen lei wo que bu hui hou hui
Fang xia suo you fang bei yi qie dou wu suo wei
Tao shu hei an shi jie kai shi xin de ming tian
Xin de ming tian

Zou chu ling du kong jian zhong yu yi qie fen lie
Jiu suan ai de hen lei wo que bu hui hou hui
Fang xia suo you fang bei yi qie dou wu suo wei
Tao chu hei an shi jie kai shi xin de ming tian
Xin de shi jie


ENGLISH:
I never though that my world could have much perfection
Painful, lonesome, and a bit beaten
Prohibiting other people from entering my zero degree space as they pleace
I'd rather be lonely- too lazy to go think of others

When two people are together, do they only receive some kind of comfort?
Working everything out and forgetting eveything afterwards
Never thought that there would be a day that my ending would suddenly completely change
Who will hold up my pair of powerless arms?

Why am I crying?
Who's wrong, who's right, feeling sorry for whom
I won't cry again
Who's wrong, who's right, destressed over whom

Stepping into zero degree space waiting until everything breaks apart
Even if love is dangerous we will confront it together
There's not enough time to defend against an unheard promise
How do you want me to learn a tomorrow with more love
Leaving zero degree space everything finall breaks apart
Even if love is very exhausting I will not regret it
Laying down all defenses everything no longer matter
Escaping from the dark world and starting a new tomorrow
A new tomorow

When two people are together, do they only receive some kind of comfort?
Working everything out and forgetting eveything afterwards
Never thought that there would be a day that my ending would suddenly completely change
Who will hold up my pair of powerless arms?

Why am I crying?
Who's wrong, who's right, feeling sorry for whom
I won't cry again
Who's wrong, who's right, distressed over whom

Stepping into zero degree space waiting until everything breaks apart
Even if love is dangerous we will confront it together
There's not enough time to defend against an unheard promise
How do you want me to learn a tomorrow with more love
Leaving zero degree space everything finall breaks apart
Even if love is very exhausting I will not regret it
Laying down all defenses everything no longer matter
Escaping from the dark world and starting a new tomorrow
A new tomorow

Leaving zero degee space everything finally breaks apart
Even if love is very exhausting I will not regret it
Laying down all defense everything no longer matters
Escaping from the dark world and starting a new tomorrow
A new world




I hid a little goodie in there, btw. Very good MARS music vid to "Ling"
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