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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
Legend of Basara

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Latest Release(s)
v.21 c.78 by MangaONE (1879d ago)
v.20 c.Extra by MangaONE (2661d ago)
v.20 c.76-77 by MangaONE (2669d 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 (1038 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.83 / 10.0
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Serialized In (magazine)
Betsucomi (Shogakukan)

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English Publisher
Viz (27 Volumes - Complete)

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Weekly Pos #241 increased(+29)
Monthly Pos #202 decreased(-70)
3 Month Pos #129 decreased(-7)
6 Month Pos #119 decreased(-6)

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On 987 reading lists
On 1277 wish lists
On 1907 completed lists
On 143 unfinished lists
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Basara's ending 689 days, 16 hours, 31 minutes ago
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One of the best adventure/romance mangas, hands down.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by smashinginred
July 31st, 2008, 10:47pm
I started reading this series not really knowing what to expect. After the first volume, I began downloading all the scanlations available and devoured 20 volumes of Basara as quickly as I could. Then I went back to the beginning and read it again. The story FAR exceeded my expectations and has quickly bumped all other romance mangas down several pegs in comparison.

Though you might not like the art at first, I swear it grows on you. By now, I can't imagine Basara drawn any other way; the artist's etherial style is perfect for portraying the intense emotions, the sexy boys and the landscape. Somehow, she is able to make the desert exude both romance and desolation.

You might think that 27 volumes means that the storyline becomes drawn out, repetitive and tedious, but that's far from true. The mangaka has paced the story very well and there are no unnecessary filler chapters in Basara. In fact, I wish the story was twice as long! The battle scenes are just long enough (they don't drag on and on), you get just enough romance (though I wouldn't mind even more Shuri/Sarasa interactions!) and you quickly get a good feel for the very dimensional supporting characters, numerous though they may be.

The romance between the Red King Shuri and the Child of Destiny Sarasa is so poignant and emotional, you can't help but get invested in it, even though you just know it'll result in tragedy when they find out each others' true identities. (And their reactions to this climactic discovery is absolutely heart-rending.) Though their relationship is only made up of several casual encounters and a few letters, this is no shallow love they experience.

Sarasa is the most amazing female heroine I've ever read. Truly brave, ingenious and caring, she also suffers from human weaknesses, like self-doubt and taking too much upon herself. Shuri...well, you wonder how these two can ever love each other after the big reveal, since he starts out as such a violent and, no other word for it, evil man. He undergoes the most character development in the story. However, I think Ageha, the male cross-dressing ex-slave turned dancer is my absolute favorite character, haha.

I've never fallen so much in love with a series. Everyone should give it a try, especially if you're a fan of "forbidden" or tragic love, comedy and epic historical adventures. Though the summary might lead you to believe you're setting yourself up for a world of heartache, don't worry, Basara is still a romance story, so expect a happy ending.
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one of the best mangas i've ever read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jun_
November 12th, 2008, 6:16am
the 1st time i read this when in yr2006. i read it just because i had nth better to do at that time.. the truth is, i just read it to pass some time. but as i read on, things became different. i started to really love this manga! this is surely one of those mangas you wont feel tired or bored to reaad over and over again! when i first saw this, i kind of disliked the art, it wasn't really the type that i used to read. but as i read on, i realized that the mangaka was really awesome! the way the art is. the plot of the story.. i can't imagine anything as perfect as this! really, this is oe of the best! i'm really glad i decided to read it! i would have regretted not reading it..
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Rating: N/A
by tazman0208
February 28th, 2010, 5:19am
I agree with everybody, this story is epic no doubt about it. I specifically liked the fact that the last two volumes are short stories about the lives of all the characters after the revolution, including Sarasa and Shuri.. I was hesitant for a long time about reading this manga because it was started in 1991 and to me art is important for a manga. But after I picked it up and started reading it kept getting better and better until it finally ended in one of the greatest endings a manga could have. If you haven't picked this up yet, you really should start reading it.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by hamburgla
January 6th, 2010, 5:21am
this story can only be described as EPIC. It is long and super satisfying, and leaves you (possibly) wanting for more. There is action, advventure, a killer story line and LOVE. Shuri and Sarasa is one of my favourite couples of all time. Their romance is soooo addictive: painful, intense and the sloppy, cliche shojo love cannot compare to this one.

And Shuri is too good looking for mine eyes.

The only thing i regret is reading it when i first started out with manga. It has set my expectations too high for all the other mangas and i have not yet found one better than this. sad fingers crossed to finding one ><

... Last updated on January 6th, 2010, 5:23am
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Epic shoujo gem   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by yuzuru19
April 19th, 2010, 5:48pm
Basara is without doubt one of the best shoujo of all time. It's a truly epic shoujo and an epic romance.
The artwork may be outdated and even ugly for many people(nevertheless I find the style beautiful) but who cares about the art when you have THIS story? Human, *real* characters, bathed in gray; you won't find evil overlords or "good guys" in this manga. The plot is intriguing and full of twists and even if I was able to predict many stuff, everything is so amazingly executed that this "predictability" doesn't detract any points from the awesomeness. The messages are naturally conveyed, unforced; this is not a stupid moralistic story.
Don't let the artwork turn you off people and read this manga. It's worth every minute of your time.
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Review of Basara   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by luciferius
November 23rd, 2009, 9:27am
This is perhaps the best shoujou, maybe even manga I've ever read. I haven't found a better shoujo that can compete with Basara. It had everything, from adventure, action, romance, betrayal and everything. Even though the art grew on me, despite being annoyed by it at first. It's a wonderful story and told in such a way that captures a reader and doesn't let go.
I love Basara so much, it's wonderful and not your typical shoujo. The characters are beautifully made, it made me cry, something I didn't expect and just the world of Basara itself enchanted me. I would give 15/10 but I can't, so i'll just stick to 10/10.
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curious >.<   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mileen
June 8th, 2009, 5:57am
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As the title said, I'm curious am I going to pick this up for my newest manga reading or not? I dare myself, I pick it up. God, man.. can you believed it? The art, I've never seen this kind of art ever! Seriously, all typical shoujo I read have typical art, but no for this manga. It's soo beyond the edge and from the first caught my interest <3. I loved the way mangaka make us believed the "child of destiny" is Sarasa's twin brother, Tatara. Then, poof. Tatara's gone, and I couldn't believed it if Tatara's is "Son of destiny" because he way too soft and loveable meanwhile Sarasa more rebellious and adventures.

The plot and storyline keep my heart beat like crazy! Seriously, the Sarasa's team (or.. "Tatara's Team) keep bumping one to another adventure that keep them trap and showing the spirit of "Tatara".

I simply love all the character! Seriously, to the good guy and bad guy. They have something that make us to Hate them or love them. As for "bad + good guy" Asagi, I don't know, should I hate him or like him? This show that, the mangaka knew what she's going to present.

Hey, this manga make me draw tears oke! Seriously! Ageha or "No 31" sacrifice is too much for me to handle. To his past as "No 31" and future as Ageha, I couldn't help it how much he suffered. And, I couldn't help giggle when he found out he in "hell". Haha, seriously, they still can chit chat and jealous of Taro.

Red King aka Shuri relationship with Sarasa is to die for! I love it when he became a "monk" with bald head and together with Sarasa in horrendous slave game, he couldn't help to remark every word Sarasa meant to "Blue King " that also stab his heart.

I'm satisfied enough with the ending even though too many character died for! But, that's what make it more exciting right?

Highly recommended. Don't bother by "dislike" comment. Everyone has their own opinion. For me, it suitable to those who love adventure/action and + romance shoujo element. <3 great!
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Rating: N/A
by SoraAijin
August 5th, 2012, 9:14pm
Basara is a beautiful work, and the award(s?) it won were well deserved. It has a cuttingly realistic plot, full of burning truths and violent inspiration.

It is dark.

This is NOT, in any way shape or form, a good starting manga. Firstly, because if one starts with the best, there's nowhere to go but down. But also because you will never forget it. Each of the character's stories will be branded into your memory, and each loss will leave scars on your heart. Proceed with caution. This is a work that will stay with you for a lifetime.
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Rating: N/A
by sakirol
October 30th, 2009, 10:32pm
It's extremely good. You'll find yourself caught in it from beginning to end.The thing that I find this series lacks though is in the ending. It's a conclusion that ends everything in a way that you're content, but it also lacks coverage on the two main characters. Instead of telling us how the characters feel now after the long turmoil of revenge and fighting, the situation with their lives is told vaguely by an outside third-person perspective, so it makes the whole emotional struggle between Shuri and Sarasa less of an impact.
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I Agree With Everyone! It's A Must Read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by theoserenity
October 31st, 2008, 6:29am
I agree with everyone. Basara is just amazing. The story telling and all makes you want to have more and more, althou it was hard for me to read it at first because of the art. I love the forbidden relationship between Shuri and Sasara and the rest but I wish that Ageha would at least have a happy ending... well he a way... Anyway it's a must read. It's the greatest and best manga and one of my most favorites.

... Last updated on October 31st, 2008, 6:31am
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