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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 (2424d ago)
v.20 c.Extra by MangaONE (3205d ago)
v.20 c.76-77 by MangaONE (3214d 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

9 topics, 62 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (1168 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.84 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 6th 2015, 4:03pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Betsucomi (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (27 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #202 increased(+29)
Monthly Pos #209 increased(+8)
3 Month Pos #211 decreased(-11)
6 Month Pos #206 decreased(-11)

List Stats
On 1041 reading lists
On 1471 wish lists
On 2202 completed lists
On 163 unfinished lists
On 577 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Basara's ending 326 days, 4 hours, 16 minutes ago
what is the meaning of BASARA btw?? 1308 days, 7 hours, 4 minutes ago
is it worth reading? 1547 days, 4 hours, 44 minutes ago
ending and spoilers 1879 days, 2 hours, 22 minutes ago
Sasara's Mother 2185 days, 21 hours, 53 minutes ago

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No matter what   
Rating: N/A
by shiira.yuuki.187
July 18th, 2013, 12:47am
Well i just happen to come across this when I got tired of all cry-baby heroine who always waited to be rescue -- so I started searching for Strong female lead -- just by that tiny and simple summary i got a feeling that it'll be a good manga to read
so i read it and at first i find the art weird feels like scribbles but i didn't bother by it
after all for me storyline is what matters but then I suddenly started seeing how great the art is even though its old style
so then after reading it i cried my eyes out
I have read it for 4 times already and it's still great!!

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
The story between the two main characters - their tragic love it just beautiful - then there are the people they treasure and trust

Letting you guys know my fav character is Ageha! "Free spirit"
Tamura-san, thank you soo much for this wonderful manga

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One of the best ones out there   
Rating: N/A
by micxj
June 29th, 2013, 8:36am
I highly recommend this series. I have read lots of romance mangas but I can only count with my fingers the titles I really like, and this is one of them. The manga has 27 volumes but I just couldn't get enough of them. Despite its length, I wouldn't mind rereading all of them in one day (if life permits, lol)
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Yo!!
February 20th, 2013, 8:20am
Ignore other comments, the story line, intensity and the characters are so inspiring, you wouldn't want to keep it down for even a second. The art is older but still great, sort of like Tokyo Crazy Paradise, I guess, in the mid 1990's, it was common then, it really brings out the true intentions of a scene. If you do not read this one, you have missed out on a terrific, all consuming manga!

TAMURA Yumi, hats off to you,
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The storyline doesn't matter...   
Rating: N/A
by Mickeyymouse
February 15th, 2013, 11:57am
The storyline doesn't matter..

because the art is so terrible you can't focus on it. Basara is the only manga, and trust me when I say I've read thousands of mangas, I've ever put down because the art was so bad it was PHYSICALLY painful. I could have cried it was so bad. Dear God. Do NOT recommend, if you care in the slightest about what you're subjecting your eyes too.
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Beautiful story!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by follybaby
December 21st, 2012, 2:56pm
I read this manga in a little under a week... 27 volumes! I was hooked solid for the first three days, and then my interest was still piqued enough to continue but I wasn't AS hooked on it. I'm a big romance genre person, and the fact that my expectations weren't met romance-wise after three days kind of put me off. But, it's still a very good read! DEFINITELY worth the award that it was given.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by hyunwon88
December 15th, 2012, 2:30am
The story is epic (It's Berserk meets Romeo & Juliet, now tell me if its not epic?) The romance is bittersweet (She fell in love with Shuri without knowing
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
that he is the red king who is responsible for the massacre of her village & the death of her father & brother
) & character developments was superb.(A good example would be Shuri). I really recommend this to all who apreciate a good masterpiece!

Ps: I'm so sad that the anime of this manga have just 13 episodes. It definitely deserves a lot of attention unlike other crappy shojos or shounens out there.

... Last updated on December 15th, 2012, 3:06am
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It's predictable yet still keeps you on edge   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kimi_ni_todoke
October 1st, 2012, 10:38am
It's predictable. Once you read a few chapters you understand that. The development is also predictable but the way the mangaka has put it, and all those tiny details in between are amazing. It transforms the whole thing into a fairy tail. It's definitely a must-read.
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Good... Bad... Good...?   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by lalalarry
August 21st, 2012, 2:31am
I felt like... the begginning was very good. There was decent development of character even though thing's were INCREDIBLY PREDICTABLE
It appears that sometimes it's really good.
Then it goes REALLY slow. Where there is very little plot or character development and it's just Sarasa whining over her love life.
The art is very good and the love story behind it is too but I feel like the manga ka can only do one at a time and can't focus on both the same time.
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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: 10.0 / 10.0
by 1amc00lt00
June 25th, 2012, 12:19am
BEST manga I've ever read. I loved it so much. I still do. I'm constantly trying to find a manga like this but can't seem to find one as good, but I think Red River was alright but definitely not as good.
The plot was great, the type I love most. (Where they are rivals but fell in love with each other)
I love the characters. Both Sarasa and Shuri were strong, like seriously strong and that's what I love in main characters. Physically and emotionally strong. I loved their cute interactions when they didn't know who each other was. I loved how Shuri was very cold towards other people but treated her so specially.
The ending was satisfying enough for me, at least it was better than the ending in Red River.
I'm planning to reread this series in the school holidays~~
This series definitely deserves a 10!
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