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"Basara - The spirit of freedom which denies old authority, transcending traditions and customs."

Born under a prophecy that will liberate and unite Japan, Sarasa has had to take her brother Tatara's place as the "Boy of Destiny." Fighting for the oppressed, Sarasa journeys across Japan to gain allies and defeat her enemies--all while keeping her identity a secret!

Basara won the Shogakukan Manga Award for shoujo in 1992.


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Associated Names
ศัตรูที่รัก (Thai)
Legend of Basara

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Latest Release(s)
v.21 c.78 by MangaONE (3104d ago)
v.20 c.Extra by MangaONE (3885d ago)
v.20 c.76-77 by MangaONE (3894d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
27 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
16 Volumes (Bunkoban - Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 5

User Reviews
Basara by PrincessVera

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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (1253 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.84 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 20th 2017, 8:55pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Betsucomi (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (27 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #125 decreased(-14)
Monthly Pos #109 decreased(-9)
3 Month Pos #98 decreased(-14)
6 Month Pos #94 decreased(-14)

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On 1117 reading lists
On 1614 wish lists
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Third time's the charm   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by XileDragon
July 15th, 2017, 3:21pm
I finally finished the manga on my 3rd try. I couldn't get into the art the first 2 times and dropped it after a couple of volumes right before it got into the epic moments. What a mistake that turned out to be.

Basara is simply one of the most beautiful, epic and touching story ever told in manga. A story about a girl so fragile yet so strong, so naive yet so mature, and above all, the story of how she captivated all those around her with her unbelievable charm and spirit. Many female led adventure epics seem to end up with a male co-star to stand by her side as equal, but not here: Sarasa stands alone and all others are only witness to her incredible story of loss, growth and ultimate vindication. That isn't to say that there isn't romance, in fact the romance is a central part of the plotline, but Basara is above all the story of the struggles of war and nation building, brought together by one of the strongest girl character ever found in manga.

Basara is not a manga without its faults, as it suffers sometimes from unrealistic plot twists, too many characters, and overly annoying behavior. Yet all of this is secondary to the author's unbelievable way to draw the audience into Sarasa's life, feelings and growth. After reading hundreds of manga over more than 12 years, this is one of the greatest. Basara is a manga that has it all: the adventure storytelling of Red River, the unyielding character spirit of Skip Beat, the closure of Toyko Crazy Paradise, and finally the raw emotional impact of Onani Master Kurosawa.

An absolute masterpiece.

... Last updated on July 16th, 2017, 2:54am
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Best Manga In History   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jennyxbangtan
December 4th, 2016, 6:56am
Basara is truly the best manga I have ever read in my entire life. I've read athe least 200 mangas and I have never read anything like this.

Sarasa was truly a female lead that I rooted for and was proud of. She had so much character development and is the most idealistic female lead of the shoujo genre. I love the relationships she builds with her friend and Shuri. She is so strong and good at what she does, but there are times when she fails. However, she always gets back up.

All the characters were absolutely perfect and I couldn't ever find a single flaw in them. I really want to find another manga as good as this, but I don't think I will :/ this was written in the 90's and a lot of the good mangas are from back then. Nowadays, I can't find any good quality manga except for Skip Beat or Akatsuki No Yona. Sigh, the time I spent reading this wonderful gem was really fun and emotional. All of you reading this comment needs to pick it up NOW.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by femalecorpse
October 19th, 2015, 3:07am
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this manga is really good. i love how the mangaka build both shuri and sarasa's character. shuri, the red king who is really mean and cold blooded, but once he learnt that the woman he loves with all his might is also his nemesis, turn into warm, wise and kind leader. and the mangaka can pack all the romance that makes me shiver but not felt cliche at all. the storyline is also good, not too boring, everything just good, good, good!
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sarin68
March 26th, 2015, 5:18pm
This was recommended to me by my sister and I recommend it to everyone else. Good and believable characters, compelling plot, believable romance, etc. Easily one of my favorite manga to date.
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Doesn't know when to end   
Rating: N/A
by Lucifel
January 28th, 2015, 8:09am
You can see where the ending is going to be 9 volumes before it happens but there's still those 9 volumes to go through and I just lost patience. I liked the series but it just wouldn't end.
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The Art, so irritating   
Rating: N/A
by Krimson
January 12th, 2015, 8:15am
I loved the author's 7 seeds. It's an amazing manga with great story line. But Basara just didn't click with me. Even when I wanted to concentrate more on the story line and less on the art, the art proved impossible. Too bad for me.
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very great one!!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by wansmor
November 21st, 2014, 3:42pm
I was not interested in this manga and it was long after I had heard about it that I finally decided to pick it up on a library not a few months ago. One read on the 1st volume and I couldn't drop the comic book anymore. There're so much that each volume tell, and they kept enchanting me to go on reading.

The strength that Basara posses is its storyline. while the art was ok (you can still figure what is going on in the pictures), I will say that Basara's art is poor on term of depicting details especially on crowd scenes. Still it doesn't reduce my fun on reading it. I love the characters, I love the twists, I like the war, I like the romance, and the ending was good too.

Basara is a kind of story that will not fail you till the end. If you like a well written story, mind not the art and keep reading. You'll come to love Sarasa (the lead role) and you are going to cheer her on her journey, through all the suffering and struggles, through her wars and love stories, to finally achieved her goal. You got to love her adversaries too, there were all kind of them: betrayer, pirates, emperor, allies, stranger, vagabond, lover, queen, and they were giving different aura from each other that you will never get bored with them. There were also times when they turned to her side by her unique charisma.

Basara is not neccesarily best drawn manga, the action scenes were quite pathetic, but still well explained. The art style is shoujo, but the story line is even more solid than the best written shonen .

... Last updated on August 2nd, 2015, 7:46pm
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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by mispelling
August 30th, 2014, 10:22pm
I love Yumi Tamura's works. 7 seeds and Basara are both my favorite shoujo and josei. It's not really right to compare the two because they're so different; the only thing they have in common is the post apocalyptic theme, although they're both done differently. Basara was much more focused on individual character growth of Shuri and Sarasa, as well as relying heavily on romance as a key point in the plot. The only thing that keeps me from giving this is a 10 is because it does get melodramatic and drawn out too long at time. Also it's kinda unbelievable how long they didn't know about each other (but it's entirely plausible, I suppose.) The art is a bit iffy, especially in the first few volumes, but it does progressively get better. It's very 90s style, which will take getting use to

The actually storyline ends in vol. 25 but I highly suggest reading the side stories as they contain other untouched plots not dealt with in the main story.
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one of the rare gems   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by hangluu
June 20th, 2014, 8:37pm
This manga is amazing.. it has its flaw likes the chick with black hair who was in love in w/ Shuri (she got annoying..) and the fact that Sarasa becomes physically weak (a lot of time but not all the times) wh3n she is with shuri. But those are minors things that I could overlooked. This manga is amazing.. itslike tokyo crazy paradise or red river.. this is not ur typical shoujo and if u judge a book based on its art (the reason for y I didnt read it for 3 yrs) then u will nvr find these kindnof gems...
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A rich and inspiring odyssey   
Rating: N/A
by Mizura
February 20th, 2014, 7:06am
Several times, I couldn't get far when I tried to read this series. The first few volumes absolutely drowns you in death, tragedy, doomed love and the occasional bad decision. The prospect of reading 27 volumes in the same vein felt off-putting, to put it mildly. As a huge fan of 7 Seeds from the same author though, I finally mustered the courage to read through it, and fortunately, it turned out that it wasn't 27 volumes of the tragic lovers adding to one another's list of grievances.

To those of you who initially felt the same as me: don't be put off. There is still plenty of drama, of course, and at times you'd really feel like slapping a character or two. Sarasa and Shuri vow to destroy each other, but must also confront many other challenges along the way. Losses are inevitable. Yet these extremely tall walls become the very stepping stones towards an incredible odyssey of personal development and uprising all across the country, taking the protagonists across numerous regions in Japan, and allowing the readers to enjoy a rich story that explores themes like politics and corruption of course, but also governance methods, trade, irrigation, journalism, art, slavery, plenty of family drama, and different sorts of introspection.

As Sarasa gathers allies and learns more about the world, she is also forced to rethink and look beyond her revenge to what she truly wishes to accomplish for the country. Shuri, meanwhile, is forced to look beyond his ambitions to topple his father and siblings, and truly confront the losses caused by his actions, both to himself and to others. Their romance, which may have felt overbearing at first, actually develops greatly, into something quite touching. Their growth is possible Because they must confront pain and loss, both those they felt themselves and those they have caused others.

And they don't do this alone. The series is supported by an amazing cast, each with unique personalities and backgrounds. There are the brave, the strong, the intelligent and the wise, but also the weak. There are those who fight at the frontlines, those who work in the shadows, those who expose the truth, those who reform or conspire from within, those who lead by example, even farmers, builders and healers striving towards a better tomorrow. These aren't characters that were just sitting around, twiddling their fingers and waiting for a savior. The whole country was ready for change well before Sarasa showed up. Nor do they coddle the supposed 'saviors.' Far from it: they can tell weakness, and they can tell hot air. And they are the ones who force the main characters to think about what it is they truly aim to achieve, as well as what sacrifices they are willing to make.

In the end, the survivors will have to live with scars and burdens, as well as difficulties that are only starting. And yet, they never stop struggling towards a better tomorrow. And somehow, I found that to be the most satisfying conclusion.

I'd like to point out that this is a mostly realistic fantasy, but fantasy nonetheless. There is no magic nor mystical creatures, but there is a strong notion of fate throughout the series, complete with too-well-timed natural events and encounters. Accepting this instead of nitpicking over the coincidences will allow you to enjoy the story more fully. Some people don't like the art, and I didn't enjoy the same artstyle with 7 Seeds at first, but with time I realized how rich and expressive it is.

Speaking of 7 Seeds, I've seen a few people compare 7 Seeds and Basara, but what really surprised me was how Different the two series are. Basara focuses more on romance and personal character development (for several key characters) in a setting of wars, politics, governance and related themes (trade, slavery, etc.). 7 Seeds focuses more on group dynamics (individual character development is more spread out compared to Basara) and psychology (some of the best I've seen anywhere) in a setting of survival (different strategies humanity considered against the impeding doom, differing strategies of survival used by the different teams). The things you love in one may not be present in the other, but both are magnificent works in their own rights.
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