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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 (2200d ago)
v.20 c.Extra by MangaONE (2982d ago)
v.20 c.76-77 by MangaONE (2990d 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 (1120 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.84 / 10.0
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January 6th 2015, 4:03pm 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 #206 decreased(-44)
Monthly Pos #143 decreased(-12)
3 Month Pos #124 decreased(-16)
6 Month Pos #112 decreased(-10)

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On 1031 reading lists
On 1389 wish lists
On 2114 completed lists
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Basara's ending 102 days, 8 hours, 58 minutes ago
what is the meaning of BASARA btw?? 1084 days, 11 hours, 46 minutes ago
is it worth reading? 1323 days, 9 hours, 25 minutes ago
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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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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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I liked it.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Romashk
August 1st, 2009, 3:10am
Had to read it someday, and I am glad I did. Everything in this manga can become something significant in later chapters. Sometimes I re-read some parts to understand better and move on to next chapters, but tha is a beauty of this manga.Some manga just sound big(revolution, world wars and etc) but it always comes down to some local conflict without any clear ending. This manga is different. The end became as grand as it sounded in the beginning. Many interesting things happened. And this manga became a little represantation of much bigger story. Seriously, if some other author wrote it it would've taken 2-3 times more volumes. But this way it's a 100% juice, free of mind tiring stalls and fillers.
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Rating: N/A
by iitzHans
July 23rd, 2009, 5:13pm
I can't even start to BEGIN how epic this series were. Entertaining arcs and entertaining story line. ALL the characters captivate the reader and the "forbidden love" between the two main characters were lovely yet heartbreaking at the same time. Although the main characters were amazing, one simply cannot forget the side characters as well. Chacha and Ageha were simply fantastic. Although to many readers the 27 volumes may be daunting and scary, do not fear. It's actually 25 volumes with 2 volumes of extra side stories which are very amusing to read. (in fact, I recommend you do) Of all the manga and manhwa I have ever read during my whole lifetime, this deserves a solid 10.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Nanoo
June 20th, 2009, 1:05pm
This story made me cry, made me laugh, made me wanna feel part of it. All I can say is that there are no words to describe how much I love this manga and how much I'm going to miss it now I finished it.
Tamura Yumi thank you!
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curious >.<   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mileen
June 8th, 2009, 5:57am
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As the title said, I'm curious am I going to pick this up for my newest manga reading or not? I dare myself, I pick it up. God, man.. can you believed it? The art, I've never seen this kind of art ever! Seriously, all typical shoujo I read have typical art, but no for this manga. It's soo beyond the edge and from the first caught my interest <3. I loved the way mangaka make us believed the "child of destiny" is Sarasa's twin brother, Tatara. Then, poof. Tatara's gone, and I couldn't believed it if Tatara's is "Son of destiny" because he way too soft and loveable meanwhile Sarasa more rebellious and adventures.

The plot and storyline keep my heart beat like crazy! Seriously, the Sarasa's team (or.. "Tatara's Team) keep bumping one to another adventure that keep them trap and showing the spirit of "Tatara".

I simply love all the character! Seriously, to the good guy and bad guy. They have something that make us to Hate them or love them. As for "bad + good guy" Asagi, I don't know, should I hate him or like him? This show that, the mangaka knew what she's going to present.

Hey, this manga make me draw tears oke! Seriously! Ageha or "No 31" sacrifice is too much for me to handle. To his past as "No 31" and future as Ageha, I couldn't help it how much he suffered. And, I couldn't help giggle when he found out he in "hell". Haha, seriously, they still can chit chat and jealous of Taro.

Red King aka Shuri relationship with Sarasa is to die for! I love it when he became a "monk" with bald head and together with Sarasa in horrendous slave game, he couldn't help to remark every word Sarasa meant to "Blue King " that also stab his heart.

I'm satisfied enough with the ending even though too many character died for! But, that's what make it more exciting right?

Highly recommended. Don't bother by "dislike" comment. Everyone has their own opinion. For me, it suitable to those who love adventure/action and + romance shoujo element. <3 great!
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Artwork DATED, Story SUPERB   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by turnip head
March 22nd, 2009, 5:20am
It's old, so this style of artwork is to be expected. But the story is so much better than most of the more beautiful, recent work in shoujo. It's like Kanata Kara or Miriam- a good story with art that gets the job done, though I could wish that someone would update portrayals of the more amazing scenes.
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Damn good!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Helaine
March 19th, 2009, 10:27am
It's story like this that makes your world filled with red roses everyday. It's full of plot and smart storyline, and the romance is really, really good. It's much more realistic than most Shoujo mangas. I'm wondering why there are more stupid plotted shoujo mangas than this kind of manga... I'm really sick of quick romance and unrealistic relationship development and this one is a good cure, this stands tall above most shoujo mangas. Love it.

The art is a bit turn-off, but once you get used to it I think it's just okay. Not that bad, at least you understand the character's expression well.
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