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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 (2126d ago)
v.20 c.Extra by MangaONE (2907d ago)
v.20 c.76-77 by MangaONE (2916d 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 (1104 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.84 / 10.0
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November 17th 2014, 3:15pm 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 #151 increased(+14)
Monthly Pos #139 decreased(-7)
3 Month Pos #116 decreased(-2)
6 Month Pos #100 increased(+2)

List Stats
On 1019 reading lists
On 1367 wish lists
On 2070 completed lists
On 154 unfinished lists
On 528 custom lists

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Basara's ending 28 days, 0 hours, 25 minutes ago
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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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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by HaruTheBirds
November 14th, 2011, 8:28am
I read this manga for the first time when I was in 7 grade, I can't even read it until the end cuz I doesn't like it at all, but, after a few years, about when I in my 12 grade, I read this manga again & I came to love It alot, it's a good manga, I wonder why I doesn't like this before, maybe because I was too young at that time.......
(Sorry for my poor English, I'm really not good at all)

... Last updated on November 14th, 2011, 4:38pm
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Worth the read   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by xRinko
November 2nd, 2011, 9:51pm
A few years ago I started reading Basara only dropping it soon afterward because the art was bothering me a lot..Later on I began reading 7 Seeds and got hooked that's when I decided to read Basara since the scanlations were finished. I would give the story a 8/10. Character development 9/10. Art.. well you get used to it. This manga reminds me of Saver so go check it out if you really liked Basara. I think it's even better in my opinion..I gotta say Ageha was my favorite among all the characters! Oh and the ending could of been better.. you'll see what I mean. The extra stories were a big plus though~!

... Last updated on November 2nd, 2011, 9:56pm
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Highly recommended!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by heynadz
September 20th, 2011, 6:18am
Can't believe it's done... This was one of those stories that get you so immersed into it, that you feel sad when it's finished. I wanted more, but at the same time the mangaka gave just enough. The ending was great. She made sure each character has a "closure".

I loved the fact that each character was relevant to the plot, and that they developed with the story. The main characters' internal struggles felt real.
I'm so glad I ended up reading this manga.
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One of the best   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by nadl-chan
September 8th, 2011, 2:28am
This manga was one of the best I ever read. The story is really deep and you can empathize with the characters. You can follow how they get stronger and get over hardships. Legend of Basara was really great and I shed the one or another tear, because it was so emotional.

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What - in my opinion - was really not necessary was Ageha`s death. Really I cried almost half an hour. He was one of my favourite characters. No one was as cool as he!

... Last updated on September 8th, 2011, 2:37am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by CiellavonNightmare
July 26th, 2011, 12:01pm
No. I dont regret reading this. I regret putting this manga off for like three years and spent my time wasted on cliche boring shoujo mangas. I mean, I'm just on chapter 35 as of now and I cant wait to finish it, or rather, I dont want to finish it at all! I regret putting this on my wish list for ages because I was put off with the odd art (back then it was odd for me) and i thought the story was a bit dull and people just kept talking about it and I realized, for the first time, I found a shoujo manga actually worrth's just so awesome, the character's are great, the plot is good and ahh..the 'thing' about
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Sarasa and Shuri being lovers when they hate each other as Tatara and Red King. Gah, I just cant wait for the time when they both find out who each other are or, sometimes, I dont eevn want them to
so anyways, one of the best. It was ages since I'm doing a one long series marathon and i'm actually enjoying it. I love the realism, tragedy and the way fate plays with their lives. I've never been this excited over a classic manga for a long time, the last one being Versailles no Bara. I reccomend it to anyone who is tired of modern stupid heroines.
Edit: I just finished this (finally) and all I can say is, the ending was great! Yeah,
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Shuri and Sarasa didnt die and everything was peaceful
but it could've been better if
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
they died together, well, you know like kind of romeoxjuliet.
but anw, each character had something going on and they resolve it at the end. Especially the prophecy for Ageha the 'One day you'll meet a woman worth dying for' and those were the words I couldn't forget, ever. Asagi's self discovery and Sarasa's growth. You just cant hate anyone, not even Ginko.

... Last updated on July 31st, 2011, 2:38am
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