Terra Formars Vol. 14 (Story by Yu Sasuga, Art by Ken-Ichi Tachibana) (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

September 14, 2016 by  

“Terraformars” is an exciting, violent but addictive series that I am always looking forward to! As humanity depends on the survivors on Mars, humanity is now under attack by the Terra Formars who have found their way from Mars to Earth.  Does humanity have a chance?  Find out in vol. 14 of “Terra Formars”!

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MANGA TITLE: Terra Formars Vol. 14

STORY BY: Yu Sasuga

ART BY: Ken-Ichi Tachibana



RATED: T for Older Teen

Available on September 20, 2016

Mankind’s final nightmare has become reality—the Terraformars have reached Earth! While the world’s governments scramble to deal with the situation, humanity’s best hope, the members of the Annex 1 expedition, are still trapped on Mars. Getting back to Earth is now not just humanity’s only hope for survival, it’s a race against time!

Back in “Terra Formars” vol. 1, we got a glimpse of the Terra Formars having reached Planet Earth, but since then, we have not seen any mention of how this came to be?  That is until this latest volume 14 of “Terra Formars” as a war on Earth between humankind and the Terra Formars has become a reality.

Meanwhile, back on Mars, the crew under Kuzuryu have captured Akari and Michelle and their plan now is to destroy everyone surviving member of UNASA on Mars.

Why does Kuzuryu want Akari and Michelle so badly?

What is “Terra Formars”?

In 2011, writer Yu Sasuga and artist Kenichi Tachibana would create “Terra Formars”, a manga series that would become a major hit in Japan.

First serialized in Shueisha’s “Weekly Young Jump” and an OVA and anime series slated later this year, “Terra Formars” was ranked #1 in the 2013 “Kono Manga ga Sugoi!” top 20 Manga for Male Readers survey.

With nine tankobon volumes published in Japan, “Terra Formars” vol. 1 will be released in the United States in July 2014 courtesy of Viz Media (on the Viz Signature imprint).

With Earth looking to colonize Mars which is undergoing its final stages of Terraforming and now becoming a green planet, a group of 15 men and women have been sent to Mars to check on the Terraformation of the planet.

Meanwhile, on Earth, the planet is falling into ruin due to environmental destruction and energy shortages, so Mars has been the focus by scientists.

Scientists have used moss and a black organism to darken the surface of the planet and causing it to absorb more sunlight, increase temperatures and melting the carbon dioxide.

The black organism used by scientists were cockroaches.

As the 15 men and women of BUGS 2 arrive on the planet on their mission to evaluate the planet but also to find out what happened to the first crew (BUGS 1) that landed on the planet.

The team discover that the Terraforming has succeeded but to their shock, the cockroaches have mutated with human bodies.

As the Japanese members, Shokichi Komachi and his childhood friend Nanao Akita try to make contact with one of the beings, the humanoid cockroach snaps Nanao’s neck.

And now the humans have become the hunted.

Because the cockroaches exhibit all abilities of a cockroach, it was learned that scientists embedded human DNA in them and their mutation has made them beings that would not just survive in Mars but also exhibiting human characteristics and a hatred towards humanity (as humanity has had a hatred towards cockroaches).

But humanity also has found a way for humans to counteract the cockroaches by using injections of insects on humans that will briefly give them insect powers. But is it enough for the humans to survive in Mars as they are now considered the pests for the planet in which the humanoid cockroaches are the primary species?

In volume 2 of “Terra Formars”, the manga is set 20-years later and Shokichi Komachi is now the new head of U-NASA. As one of the few survivors to escape from Mars and survive the cockroach onslaught, the Earth he has returned to is not just facing an overpopulation problem but also a widespread virus that came from Mars.

The bad news that the only way to stop it is to confirm the existence of the virus and determine its type and bring it back to Earth in hopes to create a vaccine.

But will Shokichi find a new group of people willing to sacrifice their lives for humanity by going to Mars and prepare for the onslaught of cockroach/humans that have infested the planet and want nothing more than to kill the humans?

As the Terraformars have invaded the spacecraft of Annex 1, it becomes a battle of survival as the recruits must prepare for a crash landing on Mars, but to find out that not only have Earth’s recruits have evolved, so have the Terraformars!

In volume 4, the officers come across different types of Terraformars that somehow have other insect abilities. Did they evolve that way or is someone responsible for the insects becoming bipedal humanoid.

And in volume 5, learning that these Terraformars have managed to evolve possible with other insects that were kept behind on Bugs 2. And now, Adolf Reinhad of Germany and his crew must survive in their fight against them.

In volume 6, the onslaught by the Terraformars continues and as the Division 1 has no extra serum to continue fighting or heal themselves, can the team of Lt. Davis and Alex save Division 1 in time?

Meanwhile, it appears there is a traitor amongst U-NASA and that the Terraformars are much more developed than expected.

In volume 7, it is revealed who the traitors who sabotaged the U-NASA mission and why they did it. As Divisions 1 and 2 finally regroup and plan their next strategy, back on Earth, we see how nations are politically corrupt and are working in their own personal best interests and their thoughts of even rescuing the divisions on Mars.

Low on medicine, low on weaponry, will the surviving divisions have any chance of survival on Mars?

In volume 8, the Chinese have revealed that they were never on anyone’s side and are in control of the lab and annex. And with the Chinese feeling they can eliminate all other teams sent by various countries, the Russians are the first to arrive and take them on.

Who will win in this fierce battle? And what about the Terra Formars?

In volume 9, the Chinese are in pursuit of the USA and Japan teams, while Russia who are incapacitated are behind. Meanwhile, the Rome team are also being ambushed.

In order to create a diversion, both Michelle K. Davis and Akari Hizamaru must fight with all their might to take on two powerful Terra Formars they have faced yet…a ground beetle and a bullet ant in humanoid version.

In volume 10, members of the USA and Japan team have been captured and Bao of the Chinese group plans to bring them back to their HQ. As the group is good as dead, may it be due to the swarming Terraformars that await them or being experimented on, the top ranked crew member, Joseph G. Newton manages to arrive in time. But can one man save the captured?

In volume 11 as Keiji and Division 1 try to infiltrate the HQ occupied by the Chinese delegation. But the Chinese are waiting for them and preparing to kill them off. As Division 1 makes their goal to send a signal back home, Keiji must become the diversion to fight the Chinese delegation.

Meanwhile, Terra Formars are also planning to do their own sneak attack upon the station.

In volume 12, all hell has broken loose as the USA/Japan team were confronted not only my the Chinese delegation but unbeknownst to all of them is that a huge swarm of Terra Formars have been unleashed on the station.

Meanwhile, major sacrifices have taken place and a few main characters do not make it alive.

In volume 13, the USA and Japan team not only have to fend off the huge swarm of Terra Formars but also a Chinese delegation send to kill all teams and have the Chinese team escape the planet.

But what the Chinese team were not expecting is the reawakening of Akari Hizamaru’s ability, but even more surprising is the return of Germany’s Adolf Reinhard and Eva Frost, who were long thought were dead. How is this possible?

In volume 14, Earth is now under the attack of powerful Terra Formars and Kuzuryu has captured Akari and Michelle.  But what does Kuzuryu want with these two?

Just when you thought that there were enough complicated factors in “Terra Formars”, volume 14 has now shown us that Earth is now in war with the Terra Formars!

You would think that a mass population of humans, the aliens don’t have much of a chance, but somehow these aliens are much too powerful than humankind had ever thought.

Meanwhile, the storyline of Kuzuryu capturing Akari and Michelle continues.  But unbeknown to both, someone will come to their aid.

The artwork by Ken-Ichi Tachibana is magnificent. Characters are well-detailed, artwork is just pleasing and the action is well-featured. And of course, the writing and research done by Yu Sasuga has really made “Terraformars” a fascinating and captivating series.

Overall, “Terraformars” is an exciting, violent but addictive series that I am always looking forward to! As humanity depends on the survivors on Mars, how will Earth’s only survivors of the mission survive another day on Mars without medicine and advanced weaponry? But with the advancement of the Terraformars, who have now unleashed a terrifying onslaught on the humans.  Not just on Mars but now on Earth.

It’s a chaotic battle of survival on Planet Earth and on Planet Mars.  Find out what happens in Vol. 14 of “Terra Formars”. Recommended!

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