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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 (2199d ago)
v.20 c.Extra by MangaONE (2981d ago)
v.20 c.76-77 by MangaONE (2989d 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 (1120 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 #207 decreased(-45)
Monthly Pos #131 increased(+7)
3 Month Pos #124 decreased(-16)
6 Month Pos #112 decreased(-10)

List Stats
On 1030 reading lists
On 1389 wish lists
On 2114 completed lists
On 155 unfinished lists
On 537 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Basara's ending 101 days, 9 hours, 1 minutes ago
what is the meaning of BASARA btw?? 1083 days, 11 hours, 49 minutes ago
is it worth reading? 1322 days, 9 hours, 29 minutes ago
ending and spoilers 1654 days, 7 hours, 7 minutes ago
Sasara's Mother 1961 days, 2 hours, 37 minutes ago

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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...   
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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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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by myyinfatuation
June 15th, 2012, 9:46pm
I started this series a while ago, I loved it, but never touched for 8 years. I finally got around to rereading it and watching the small anime adaption. Still gold
Finding a heroine in a shoujo manga that is truly likable is hard enough, but finding a manga that allows the male lead to actually mature from a great character to an epic one is tough. I love Sarasa, Shuri, Ageha, Asagi, ChaCha, Hayato just every character thats makes its way into the series is so likable in their own way.
And the plot. Epic fantasy is my favorite book genre, and for a series as long and complex as this it definitely lives up to the hype. (though not much to the fantasy aspect to the series except for prophets)
Cant really put into words how good the plot is. (its gets a bit overloaded with the regions of japan so that was a bit confusing)
Overall I'm really happy i reread the series from the start, and that it was still as good as I remember it
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