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Description
"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.

Type
Manga

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
バサラ
命运之子
婆娑罗
바사라
Legend of Basara

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Latest Release(s)
v.21 c.78 by MangaONE (2006d ago)
v.20 c.Extra by MangaONE (2787d ago)
v.20 c.76-77 by MangaONE (2796d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
27 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
16 Volumes (Bunkoban - Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 5

User Reviews
Basara by PrincessVera

Forum
9 topics, 61 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (1072 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.84 / 10.0
10
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9+
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8+
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7+
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6+
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5+
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4+
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2+
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1+
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Last Updated
June 23rd 2014, 7:00pm PST

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Year
1991

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Betsucomi (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (27 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #171 decreased(-16)
Monthly Pos #116 decreased(-11)
3 Month Pos #93 increased(+20)
6 Month Pos #100 increased(+9)

List Stats
On 1001 reading lists
On 1328 wish lists
On 1997 completed lists
On 148 unfinished lists
On 515 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Basara's ending 816 days, 6 hours, 36 minutes ago
what is the meaning of BASARA btw?? 889 days, 22 hours, 2 minutes ago
is it worth reading? 1128 days, 19 hours, 41 minutes ago
ending and spoilers 1460 days, 17 hours, 20 minutes ago
Sasara's Mother 1767 days, 12 hours, 50 minutes ago

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I didn´t like it at first   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Kaori9
July 8th, 2010, 12:55am
At first I really wanted to drop this. (So glad I did not). The story is fantastic, but the best thing about Basara are characters. Loved them. Altrough I didn´t like the end so much

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honestly, that guy killed your family, how could you be happy with him??? I feel so sorry for Asagi. And the afterstory with Hayato tells us, that not that much changed with the system, so it was a little pointless, but well...


This IS a masterpiece. I loved it a lot and will probably re-read it just to see the characters again.

... Last updated on July 8th, 2010, 12:56am
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Recommended!   
Rating: 9.3 / 10.0
by Twilight_Moon
July 1st, 2010, 8:51pm
Even though Basara is a tale of love conquering hate - new beginnings, war and revolution, it still manages to live up to all that. What I love most, is the way internal turmoil is portrayed. Everyone has their own battle to face and how we're not truly evil or good. I find the emotions of guilt in war more realistic than other stories and I do enjoy how there are a bunch of mini stories after the ending - and how it's not completely lovey-dovey-everything-is-perfect-world etc.

I've really enjoyed reading Basara, all the hardships Tatara/Shuri has faced, and how they've both matured and grown up really makes me love the series! Redemption, retribution, freedom! Definitely a shoujo to be recommended!

And I really like Nachi and Hijiri <3 Nachi's such an idiot!
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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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Hmm...   
Rating: N/A
by kevinkgood
April 5th, 2010, 6:42pm
I just couldn't get through it...I have no idea why but it just did not capture my attention. Like I know it is a very good story but not one that I can read? Don't let my comment deter you though, give this one a shot and it may be a story for you.
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Epic   
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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epicness   
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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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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Great!   
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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It was pretty good.   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by shoujo22
October 8th, 2009, 7:52am
I don't really like shoujo manga, but every now and then I come across a series that manages to catch my attention and actually keep it from beginning to end. Basara was one of those series'. Although it's not the most awesome thing that I've ever read, it is still very good. Perhaps I shouldn't go into graphic detail here, because most reviewers have already said what needs to be said it.

I suggest just giving it a try. You might like it, too.

... Last updated on October 8th, 2009, 7:52am
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What a GREAT story!!!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by zero-chan
October 5th, 2009, 9:37am
I normaly don't read manga with older art but I think after reading Basara I should consider reading other works with old art, because its just soooo GREAT!! The story is very unique and the characters are all developing in this storry. In the end I was really moved by some characters and even cryed, what I usually don't do by reading a Manga. I raed a lot other gender bender mangas but this is verry difrent, It's better^^!! If you think it's not worth giving a try then you are absolutly 100% WRONG!!! It's absolutly awesom and I was really absorbed in it while reading it and felt the emotions of each character^^!!

... Last updated on December 14th, 2010, 9:54am
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