Terra Formars
Volume 01
Title: Terra Formars (テラフォーマーズ, Terafōmāzu)
Author: SASUGA Yu (Story) & TACHIBANA Kenichi (Art)
Original Run: January 13, 2011 - Ongoing
Published by: Miracle Jump & Weekly Young Jump (Shueisha)
Volumes: 21+ (230+ Chapters)
Genre: Action/ Horror / Mature / Sci-fi / Seinen / Tragedy

Terra Formars (テラフォーマーズ, Terafōmāzu) is a manga series written by SASUGA Yu and illustrated by TACHIBANA Kenichi.


With the space program attempting to travel to Mars, 21st century scientists were tasked with warming up the planet so that humans could survive on its surface. They came up with an efficient and cost effective plan of sending cockroaches and mold to the surface so that the mold would absorb the sunlight and the insect corpses would serve as a food source for the mold.

It is now the year 2577 and the first manned ship to Mars has landed on the planet and the six crew members are ready for their mission. But what they find are giant mutated humanoid cockroaches with incredible physical strength. The crew members are easily wiped out, but not before sending a transmission back to Earth. Now, humanity will send elite warriors to exterminate the mutated bugs and claim back Mars.


The series begun in the first issue of bi-monthly Miracle Jump (once every 2 months) on January 11, 2011, which was the replacement of the Monthly Young Jump. It run until the 6th issue of Miracle Jump released on December 13, 2011, and the chapters were compiled as Volume 1. While running in Miracle Jump, between the 3rd and 4th chapter, a Prologue chapter named Terra Formers One was released in Weekly Young Jump 27-2011 Issue on June 2, 2011. In April 2012 the manga moved to Weekly Young Jump and started from issue 22-23-2012 (released on April 26, 2012), with restarted numbering of the chapters and the story continued 20 years later from the previous story.

On the 2013 edition of This Manga Is Amazing! (このマンガがすごい!, Kono Manga ga Sugoi!) guidebook, Terra Formers won the first place for Male Readers, a surveys conducted among professionals in the fields of manga and publishing. Interviews in japanese and pages related to Terra Formars from the book can be see at right.

Terra Formars was one of the 11 nominated for the Manga Taisho 2013 awards (マンガ大賞2013, Cartoon Grand Prize 2013). The rest nominees are: Ansatsu Kyōshitsu, Umimachi Diary, The Bride's Stories, Ore Monogatari!!, Sanzoku Diary, Ningen Karimen-chū, Hi Score Girl, Bokura no Funka-sai, Ballroom e Yōkoso & Kui Ryōko Sakuhin-shū: Seven Little Sons of the Dragon. The nominating committee is composed mainly of bookstore staffers and any manga title that was released in 2012 and has eight volumes or less is eligible. The winner is to be announced in March 2013.

In July 2013, Da Vinci Magazine listed the top manga in the 1st half of 2013, where a group of 1,020 voters including professional book reviewers, bookstore employees, and Da Vinci readers selected the lists for the first half of the year. Terra Formars ended up taking 3rd place in the male-oriented manga.

At October 11, 2013, Viz announced at its New York Comic Con panel the license of Terra Formars for english release.

In February 2014, it was revealed that the manga will be turned into an TV Anime and OVA series. Later a Teaser for the OVA was released and in late April, a Terra Formars Kickoff Event was released on Niconico Chokaigi 3, revealing the cast & staff for the OVA series.

The May issue of Jump Kai, released in April 2014, revealed that a spin-off series of Terra Formars named Terrafo Police (テラフォポリス) will start on its next June Issue (released May 10, 2014). Manpuku Dou provided the original concept for the spinoff, and Kaito Shibano (Ben-To), will be doing the illustration. The manga will be a slapstick comedy, which will reimagine Michelle and Komachi as a police officers. 2 more spin-offs were announced to start in May 10, 2014. Terra Formars wa Oyasumi Desu. (テラフォーマーズわおやすみです。) by Shouta Hattori is set to run in the Tonari no Young Jump website with a tagline "The members have arrived … but not at Mars! It's a extremely silly spinoff!". Teach Me! Instructor Michelle (教えて!ミッシェル教官 Oshiete! Michelle Kyōkan) by Ryousangata Serebi with tagline "unbelievable erotic gag manga", will also be previewed in Tonari no Young Jump also on May 10, 2014 and then it will formally start in the June issue of the restarted monthly Miracle Jump. In October, a new spin-off started in Ultra Jump named Terra Formars Gaiden: Rain Hard, following a back story of Adolf Reinhard and drawn by KIMURA Satoshi.

In February 2015, the 12th issue of Young Jump announced that a live-action movie will be released in April 2016 and will be directed by Takashi Miike. In August 2015, the 38th issue of Young Jump also announced a 2nd season TV anime series. The 2nd season started in April 2016 and was titled Terra Formars: Revenge.

In November 2015, another spin-off by Boichi, started in Grand Jump, named Terra Formars Gaiden: Asimov. And in December started Terra Formars Gaiden: Keiji Onizuka in Miracle Jump by Nonoyama Saki. The following issue of Miracle Jump, begun a novel by Yumeaki Hirayama named Terra Formars Lost Mission II: Hibo e no Kikan. In January 2016, a 7th spin-off gag series named Terraho-kun started in Weekly Young Jump by Forbidden Shibukawa.

In February 2016, in the 11th issue of Young Jump and with 173rd chapter, the Terra Formars manga ended its Mars saga. The series continued in the 16th issue of Young Jump, starting the Earth saga with restarted chapter numbering and change of logo color font to blue, to indicate the end of the red planet saga and start of the blue planet saga.

After Number 40, released on March 2, 2017, the manga went on hiatus, due to Sasuga's health issues. The 21st volume (and Limited Edition with anime DVD) was expected to release in May 2017, but was postponed until the manga return. A bit more than a year, the manga returned with large 53 pages chapter on April 26, 2018 in the combined issue 21-22 of Young Jump and 21st volume was scheduled for August release. Near the release date of the 21st volume, it was announced that the 22nd volume will also featured limited edition with anime DVD and will release in November. In the 39th issue of Young Jump, it was announced that the manga will take a break next week and will return in 41st issue. But when the 41st issue came, instead of a new chapter, a message was featured stating that the manga will go on 2+ months hiatus and will return in the 50th issue of same year, due to health precautions of the Sasuga's health.

Promotional VideosEdit

See: Promotional Videos


See: Terrafo Police
See: Kyou no Terra Formars wa Oyasumi Desu.
See: Oshiete! Michelle Kyoukan
See: Terra Formars Gaiden: Rain Hard
See: Terra Formars Gaiden: Asimov
See: Terra Formars Gaiden: Keiji Onizuka
See: Terraho-kun

Volume GuideEdit


# Release date Volume
1 April 19, 2012 Japan July 15, 2014 American Volume 1
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Volume 01

After humanity's first manned mission to the Red Planet was lost, a second expedition arrives. The explorers prepare to exterminate the cockroaches that were used to transform the Martian environment. They are shocked to discover that the insects have mutated into giant, aggressive humanoids with one overriding goal - exterminate the humans! But this crew of explorers has each undergone the Bugs Procedure, terrifying experimental surgery designed to make them more than human...

2 August 17, 2012 Japan September 16, 2014 American Volume 2
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Volume 02

Thailand, twenty years after the ill-fated Bugs 2 mission - Two American U-NASA agents arrive to find Akari Hizamaru, a child born after the operation, and recruit him for Annex 1, a new mission to Mars. The purpose of Annex 1 is to research the origins of a new disease that is ravaging the earth. But the reasons why U-NASA would need the incredible powers that Hizamaru possesses are still a closely guarded secret. Once again, humanity launches an expedition to Mars that has frightening implications for the future.

3 November 19, 2012 Japan November 18, 2014 American Volume 3
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Volume 03

A new mission to Mars, Annex 1, is under way. Their mission: crucial research into the A.E. Virus currently plaguing mankind. The mutant Terraformars, giant humanoid cockroaches, may hold the key to a cure. Unfortunately for the crew of the Annex 1, the Terraformars have somehow gotten on board the ship and have only one goal - total extermination! Led by Akari Hizamaru, the crew will need to rely on their superhuman powers to survive...if those powers don't kill them first!

4 February 19, 2013 Japan January 20, 2015 American Volume 4
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Volume 04

In order to protect their crewmates, Akari and Michelle use their abilities and head into battle against the Terraformars, who have adapted unique and terrifying new forms! The enemy's astounding strength forces them into an unexpectedly desperate fight. Meanwhile, the whereabouts of the other teams scattered around Mars become clear. The battle between humans and the demons they created reaches a new intensity.

5 May 17, 2013 Japan March 17, 2015 American Volume 5
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Volume 05

As the various teams try to make their way to Annex 1, Team 5, made up of Germans and South Americans, comes under ferocious attack by the Terraformars. The team leader, Adolf, struggles to survive against all odds. The American and Japanese members of Team 1 have their own battles to fight against an enemy that keeps coming, keeps adapting and won’t stop until all the humans are dead!

6 August 19, 2013 Japan May 19, 2015 American Volume 6
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Volume 06

Keiji Onizuka and Team 1 are fighting as hard as they can, but the Terraformars use a clever stratagem to put them in a tight spot. Running low on their serum, the members of Team 1 may be finished unless Akari and Michelle can bail them out. But will engaging the new Terraformar cause Akari to lose himself completely? Meanwhile, Asimov’s team goes into the pyramids, where they find the first transmitter whose signal was lost. How did it get there, and what does it say about what the Terraformars may be planning?

7 November 19, 2013 Japan July 21, 2015 American Volume 7
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Volume 07

As the situation on Mars intensifies, back on Earth the nations involved convene to negotiate their interests. China makes an offer of a rescue ship, forcing those at the council to choose sides. As the leaders deliberate, the humans on Mars find their conflicts reflecting those back home, as members of the expedition begin to turn on each other. Akari and Michelle make their way back to the rendezvous point, but will they be welcomed or attacked? As always the Terraformers lurk with more surprises in store...

8 February 19, 2014 Japan September 15, 2015 American Volume 8
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Volume 08

In a sad reflection of the situation on Earth, factions among the human explorers on Mars fall into conflict with each other, a fight they can ill afford as the relentless Terraformars continue to close in on them. The cockroaches have begun to display more human-like qualities, and the battle becomes even more desperate. If the humans can’t set aside their differences long enough to face this threat, death is the only guaranteed outcome...

9 May 19, 2014 Japan November 17, 2015 American Volume 9
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Volume 09

A giant swarm of Terraformars is bearing down on the escape vehicle where Bao from Division 4 is holding Akari and the others captive. Virtually defenseless, Bao contemplates a horrific course of action. Meanwhile, Marcos and his team head underground with a plan to hack into the Annex’s communications array and attempt to contact Earth. But Bao’s treachery and his unique ability may be the end of them all, if the Terraformars don’t kill them first!

10 August 20, 2014 Japan January 19, 2016 American Volume 10
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Volume 10

Pursued by Division 4, Akari and Michelle encounter a Terraformar with bullet ant characteristics. Realizing this creature has stolen her deceased father’s strength, Michelle stands her ground alongside Akari. The two will be pushed beyond their limits in this fight, but even more formidable opponents are lining up to fight them, and their human enemies are still out there as well...

11 November 19, 2014 Japan March 15, 2016 American Volume 11
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Volume 11

In a bid to contact Earth for help, Keiji and the others from Division 1 infiltrate the Annex 1 and head for the communications center. With the release of Hong’s bioweapon, the mission is dangerous even without the ongoing threat from the terraformars. Getting a message through to Earth may be the last chance anyone from the Annex 1 mission has to survive, but even if they can contact home base, will the leaders on Earth agree to help?

12 February 19, 2015 Japan May 17, 2016 American Volume 12
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Volume 12

Countless swarms of terraformars close in on Shokichi and the others as they try to rejoin Akari’s group. The struggle for survival looks grim as one disappointment and setback follows another. Reinforcements from China are arriving on Mars, but is their mission objective to rescue or to exterminate?

13 May 19, 2015 Japan July 19, 2016 American Volume 13
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Volume 13

The Annex 1 survivors find themselves fighting on all fronts against the Chinese forces sent from earth to wipe them out. As if that weren’t enough, the Terraformars themselves aren’t letting up on their attacks either. A plan is formulated to rescue the Annex 1 crew but to carry it out, they’ll have to cross through hostile territory while under assault all the way!

14 August 19, 2015 Japan September 20, 2016 American Volume 14
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Volume 14

Until now, all knowledge of the ill-fated Bugs 1 mission ten years ago has been kept top secret. Yet even some of the governments involved do not know everything. Some of the wreckage of Bugs 1 made it back to Earth, and so did something that originated on Earth but was never meant to come back—the Terraformars!

15 November 19, 2015 Japan November 15, 2016 American Volume 15
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Volume 15
16 March 18, 2016 Japan January 17, 2017 American Volume 16
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Volume 16
17 April 19, 2016 Japan March 21, 2017 American Volume 17
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Volume 17
18 August 19, 2016 Japan July 18, 2017 American Volume 18
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Volume 18
19 November 18, 2016Japan October 17, 2017 American Volume 19
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Volume 19
20 February 17, 2017Japan January 2, 2018 American Volume 20
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Volume 20
20 August 17, 2018Japan TBA American Volume 21
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Volume 21

Chapters not yet in tankōbon formatEdit


Terra Formars did various promotions with idols and other famous people like: Moga Mogami, Haruka Kudo, Sachiko Kobayashi, Nanoka. Another special promotion in 2014-2015 was made with Tadashi Harada (Shiseido) featuring models as Adolf and Michelle.

The October issue of Da Vinci magazine (released on September 6, 2014), featured Attack on Titan series and an interview with the author. It also featured various tribute illustrations by other artist, one of which was Terra Formars' authors.

In 2014-50 issue of Young Jump a special collaboration with Gunjou Senki manga was revealed. With the authors of the both series drawing a tribute illustration for the other manga.

In Bessatsu Margaret Sister 2015-05 Issue, Kenichi & Yu did a tribute (along with other artist) for the TV anime announcement of the Ore Monogatari manga.

With the conclusion of the spin-off series Terraho-kun in issue 2016-20 of Young Jump, a special crossover was featured with the series I Am a Hero from Big Comic Spirits magazine. The same numbered issue of Big Comic Spirits also featured a different crossover between the series.


  • The 10th, 11th, 21st & 22nd volumes also had a limited edition which contained anime DVD episodes.
  • In 2018, as Terra Formars returned from hiatus, 7 New Edition volumes were released that covered the 20 released volumes at that time, under the Shueisha Jump Remix label.

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