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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 (2988d ago)
v.20 c.Extra by MangaONE (3770d ago)
v.20 c.76-77 by MangaONE (3778d 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 (1240 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.84 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 20th 2017, 8:55pm 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 #124 decreased(-4)
Monthly Pos #114 decreased(-1)
3 Month Pos #95 decreased(-12)
6 Month Pos #83 decreased(-1)

List Stats
On 1104 reading lists
On 1584 wish lists
On 2354 completed lists
On 167 unfinished lists
On 655 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Basara's ending 890 days, 7 hours, 5 minutes ago
what is the meaning of BASARA btw?? 1872 days, 9 hours, 53 minutes ago
is it worth reading? 2111 days, 7 hours, 32 minutes ago
ending and spoilers 2443 days, 5 hours, 11 minutes ago
Sasara's Mother 2750 days, 0 hours, 41 minutes ago

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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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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jurippe
April 9th, 2012, 8:54am
Basara is a no ordinary manga. It is one of those classic manga that you'll be proud to say that you've read it. What I love about this manga are the characters, because they're so rounded. Every one deserves their happy ending after all the suffering they have gone through, Even the villains had their share of hardships that you'll understand why they've done those horrible things. You'll hate the villains but you'll sympathize with them at the end. The love story is soooo beautiful, it's like reading a classic novel.

You are not shoujo hardcore fan if you have not read this rare gem. And Even though there is a tragedy tagged, I assure you that the ending is the best ending out of all the complete manga i've read so far.
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Gone with the wind   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by fallen_angel93
April 3rd, 2012, 2:03pm
What to say about Basara... EXCEPT FOR THE FACT THAT IT'S ONE OF THE BEST MANGA OUT THERE?? Seriously, why read these comments on people recommendating this jewel, when you could find yourself in extreme bliss at this very moment?
Well, if you're reading anyway:
What can I say about this manga that hasn't been said yet? It is amazing. This manga is not just manga, it exceeds the 'shoujo-cliche' and every heroine that is supposed to be strong, strategical, amazing, loving and intelligent. The characters.. I can't describe how good they are.. Well of course, there are THAT many and if you are bad at remembering characters, this will be tough on you (still worth it, though, just look the people up). The storyline, amazing. I wish I'd thought of anything like this. The romance, WOW (it's useless to describe.. obviously mindblowing). The character development? Plenty and yes, the development will return throughout the story. The people in the story are humane and maybe somewhat heroic, but in a situation like that, wouldn't anyone act more or less like a hero than in your everyday life? The ending: Can't complain. Well finished, even though the last 2 volumes or so are not really necessary. If you don't connect with them at the beginning of their stories, don't read them, 'cause they might ruin that perfect image you were left with at the ending.
The art? Yes, it is different and might need some getting used to, but I'm sorry, guys. If you read manga solemnly because of the art work, you can't call yourself a real reader. And I'm not saying art work is unimportant, not at all, I'm saying that you should be able to step out of the typical-shoujo art style and -frame to be able to see that sometimes that special artwork suits a story best and is only that way able to leave you with a feeling you've read something special and worth admiring.
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Good story but....   
Rating: N/A
by Kinky-Chan
March 2nd, 2012, 12:43am
I gave this manga a 10 because of the storyline. I wouldn't say that it's the best and even though the story is great, with many well developed characters I still find that the main character is a bit...undeveloped. yes, she might be carry a huge burden but she always acts recklessly without learning from her mistakes and I find that very disturbing. I wanted to see her grow and think before she acts but I don't see that in her. She might be brave and all but sometimes it makes me wanna smack her. Especially in the beginning of the story. For the rest, they're pretty awesome and all. For some reason, I feel sorry for Shidou. But anyway, this is quite a good manga, although I don't know if you're gonna be like me who kept on wanting to smack Sarasa in every chapter.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Sunahm
January 11th, 2012, 9:04am
I, as many others, had this on my list for soooo long and kept putting it off (part of the reason is that it said "tragedy" and i just CANT HANDLE tragic endings... but this ending wasnt tragic it was perfect!)

I wish I could give it greater than a 10, it makes me want to go through my list and drop some of my ratings to 9 because they have paled in comparison to Basara. The story is so amazing, and the character development is absolutely phenomenal. Some longer series make me rather impatient and feel like I just want to get to the end and get it over with, but I savored every last bit of Basara. It drags you in so much and tugs and pulls at your emotions the whole time. So many times I was tearing up and so afraid that I would just HATE HATE HATE the ending.... I am glad to be proven wrong because everything was prefect smile

I couldn't stop reading the end of the series so here I am at 6am haven't slept yet and I am writing the review lol. ITS JUST THAT GREAT! In my top 5 for sure now!

PS I do wish they did a follow up story for chacha and her romantic endeavors as they did for many of the characters

PPS everything keeps reminding me of this story!! Listening to "Lies" by Trifonic and even now I am thinking uuwaaahhh sarasa and shuriiiiiii!

... Last updated on January 11th, 2012, 9:09am
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Worth reading   
Rating: N/A
by ayanechan
December 29th, 2011, 11:09pm
Though it is SO flawed and the romance is so naive Basara is one of the best SHOJO mangas i have ever read. It is so unlike all that crap that's out today that you have to love it, even though it was made in 1991. The characters are real and it made me cry so many times when i thought some of the characters were going to die, i felt bad for the romance though it was undeveloped and too soon.
Sure the main character cries a lot but put in the situation she is i can see why, the drawings may not be the best but the story is amazing.
Please give it a chance, i don't think its boring maybe you won't either.

... Last updated on December 29th, 2011, 11:09pm
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Please Please Please Please Read Basara   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sujinj523
November 26th, 2011, 9:15am
I never write reviews because I'm too lazy but I just can't help writing a review for Basara. I sincerely regret putting off this manga for so long just because it doesn't have good art. The story flows beautifully and it has a lot of detail. Basara has some great character development as well. Even the art seems beautiful when you get into it. It's got everything you could hope for and more, much more. Two weeks after reading this manga, I still can't stop coming back to reread it. This is really the BEST shoujo manga I have ever read - if you can call it shoujo (it's not the typical superficial boy meets girl, fall in love, kind of shoujo that you forget all about in two seconds). Instead of scrolling down and reading all the comments, start reading this manga. Basara is definitely worth your time. When I started reading, I kind of dreaded it because it was 27 volumes long, but once I started, I couldn't stop reading! I stayed up the whole night, finishing the series in one sitting, and I still want more. Please read this manga, or you'll be missing out on one of the best classics ever. It's better than Naruto, Bleach, Skip Beat, Dengeki Daisy, Vampire Knight, and all those other popular titles put together.
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by lina_inverse
November 20th, 2011, 7:11am
Basara, where can i start? It is wonderfully flawed and naive but throughly enjoyable saving for few parts. The manga is really long and i found it a bit tedious to finish.What kept me going was the side characters and i really could not warm-up to the romance of the manga. Spolier alert: I am unable to understand how the two mains can fall in love so easily. I am not a romantic so forgive me. I would have enjoyed the manga more if not for the romance all though that is the integral part of the story.
Story wise it is not new or unique but at the time of release (1992) it must have definitely been a welcome change from other shojou mangas of that time.
i would recommend it for a weekend read if you don't have anything better to do.

btw i loved asagi and nachi <3

... Last updated on November 21st, 2011, 11:58pm
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