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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 (3769d 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 #122 decreased(-2)
Monthly Pos #114 decreased(-1)
3 Month Pos #95 decreased(-12)
6 Month Pos #83 decreased(-1)

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On 1104 reading lists
On 1584 wish lists
On 2354 completed lists
On 167 unfinished lists
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Basara's ending 889 days, 19 hours, 19 minutes ago
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Sasara's Mother 2749 days, 12 hours, 56 minutes ago

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Read it.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by oriana3k
May 19th, 2011, 2:49am
I've had Basara on my to read list for a long time, and finally got to read it these last few days. I just finished, and I've got chills up and down my arms because that was the sort of reading experience that I swear to you comes only a few times in a lifetime. I'd read some of Yumi Tamura's shorter works, but they do not fully showcase what a master storyteller she really is. There is so much here to offer a reader, whether you want a complex story, fully realized characters, or a unique world.

My life probably won't change after this. I won't be a better person for it. In a few days this "euphoric" feeling will fade. But right now, I feel pretty damn good to be alive.
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A must read   
Rating: N/A
by Blingwingling
May 13th, 2011, 12:37pm
I have read so many mangas and books but none of them quiet left an impression like Legend of Basara, by far one of the best shojo manga ever. And make no mistake, I rarely praise mangas especially shojos like I do with basara, this is a true definition of a gem of a manga. The reason why I hold this manga in such a high pedestal because it explored every human emotion and balanced every genre well enough to create the perfect world and story.

Where can I start, well let's see

Story: might sound cliched but make no mistake Basara was actually one of the leading mangas that paved this storyline for further generations to follow. I consider the story to be well executed because everything paced perfectly and made sense.

The main character is one of the most compelling female heroines that I personally came across while reading manga, she's unique, despite being strong, she has her weak side, you could tell she was indecisive and was insecure about her Sarasa persona. The rest of the cast fit well and helped the story develop and move on, they make the story. In fact, make no mistake this manga would be nothing without it's characters, the story did not shy away from introducing new characters that actually had a role in the story.

Overall I give this manga 10/10
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by RemmeR
March 12th, 2011, 7:23am
At first, I was really reluctant to read this manga, simply because there was 27 friggin' volumes! But as I read the first chapter I realised that this plot would be in need of a lot of volumes. It's not like one of those manhwas who just drags on and on for 40 or so volumes and the characters neither develop nor make the reader feel conected. The plot is really complex and I can say with scertainty that I feel for all the characters. At first I was expecting some mediocre story but oh my God! How wrong was I!? This manga really made me think, and I think I spent about a week reading this and impatiently waiting for any chance to continue reading it. It's thrilling, beautiful and tragic. But it leaves the reader with... how should I put it without sounding like some sort of overachiever?... hope. That's the best word I can find to describe what I was feeling when I read this. The entire story is about hope, and to have faith in others, and to be able to see through other peoples differences. As the ending drew near I realised that the romance in this novel isn't really the major point of the manga. It's the struggle for the "new Japan", and when I realised that, i was astounded that I actually could feel the way I feel for this manga. It truly is comparable to a work made by Shakespear, and I can't help but feeling really deep when I think about the plot. This story has captured both my mind and my heart and I it's changed the way I see life. Hahaha, this may sound really weird but the story actually touched me very deeply and I recomend it to anyone who'll be able to see the brighness it gives of and you'll be able to understand the way the characters are thinking and why they do these scertain things, and somehow it feels like all of the characters has been with me forever XD hahahaha, just read it, and be ready to be astound! It didn't get the Shogakukan Manga Award for nothing wink
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by yuriu
February 27th, 2011, 3:22pm
This manga is best ever what I have read. Even now, when I write this comment, I have tears in my eyes. Sarasa is very strong girl and not only her destiny is very bitter. But my thoughts going to other person: Ageha and this words will never be erased from my mind: "One day ... you´ll meet a woman worth dying for."

... Last updated on February 27th, 2011, 3:23pm
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>: )   
Rating: N/A
by Krysic
January 4th, 2011, 10:53pm
I really like the story and the characters. what I did NOT like however, is that it drags onnnnnnn and onnnnnnnn and onnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.
I'm tempted to skip to the end, my patience went POOF. But it's good anyways.
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A Work of Art   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by SylvestraArgena
October 2nd, 2010, 9:56pm
I absolutely love it, the plot is intriguing, the characters lovable and almost seem like you met them in real life, the world of Basara is a genius of imagination. Development is not rushed, but it never lags. Maybe I'm biased because my favourite character got a lot of spotlight time ^^. Will make you think, will make you feel, will make you sad and happy. Art was a bit...old-fashioned at first, but got used to it before the first chapter ended. In fact, each character is drawn uniquely so you can recognize everyone, and the guys actually do look like guys, which I really like. Will make you think about life and appreciate it more. It's amazing...go read it! =)

... Last updated on October 2nd, 2010, 10:00pm
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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Gingeh
October 2nd, 2010, 8:57am

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...
Spoiler (highlight to view)
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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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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