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Basara  
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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
ศัตรูที่รัก (Thai)
바사라
Legend of Basara

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Latest Release(s)
v.21 c.78 by MangaONE (2033d ago)
v.20 c.Extra by MangaONE (2814d ago)
v.20 c.76-77 by MangaONE (2823d 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 (1080 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.84 / 10.0
10
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Last Updated
September 5th 2014, 12:03am 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 #181 decreased(-17)
Monthly Pos #144 decreased(-17)
3 Month Pos #108 decreased(-14)
6 Month Pos #102 increased(+7)

List Stats
On 1009 reading lists
On 1333 wish lists
On 2017 completed lists
On 149 unfinished lists
On 516 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Basara's ending 843 days, 14 hours, 36 minutes ago
what is the meaning of BASARA btw?? 917 days, 6 hours, 2 minutes ago
is it worth reading? 1156 days, 3 hours, 41 minutes ago
ending and spoilers 1488 days, 1 hours, 20 minutes ago
Sasara's Mother 1794 days, 20 hours, 50 minutes ago

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Well...   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Gingeh
October 2nd, 2010, 8:57am
Meh.

I, personally, didn't really like this. The characters were well-developed, of course, and it was nice that no one was all evil, or all good, and the plot was original and obviously well thought out.

But I didn't like it. There was too much angst, for one thing-- plus, everything always seemed to go horribly wrong. Loads of people die, it's very bloody, and it can get very confusing as to who's who, and what the heck is going on.

(And there's the fact that the art is horribly old and awful, everyone's shoulders are insanely broad, and you can't tell the girls from the boys at all. ...It does get better as it goes on - much better - but I really can't call it 'good'.)

And I really felt what romance there was developed entirely too quickly and randomly. Admittedly, this is marked as a shoujo, so I probably should have expected that, but it just seemed strange, when all friendly, enemy, and other relations were so gradually developed, that...
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Shuuri and Sarasa should fall completely and utterly in love after, like, three hour-long meetings in the hot springs.
It just feels off.

I'll finish it, just because I hate to leave something undone, but I certainly won't re-read. But maybe it's just me - loads of other people seem to really enjoy this series, so perhaps you shouldn't take my word for it.

EDIT: Okay, so I just finished it. ...And I'm still confused. Not to mention that it felt like this dragged on forever; I kept waiting for it to end, and it never did.

The characters were very good, though, I'll have to give it that. And it was certainly a very creative and unique plot.

...But I still most definitely won't read this again. Once was enough.

... Last updated on October 3rd, 2010, 2:55pm
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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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