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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 (2127d ago)
v.20 c.Extra by MangaONE (2909d ago)
v.20 c.76-77 by MangaONE (2918d 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 (1105 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.84 / 10.0
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November 17th 2014, 3:15pm PST

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Serialized In (magazine)
Betsucomi (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (27 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #128 increased(+14)
Monthly Pos #126 increased(+6)
3 Month Pos #116 decreased(-2)
6 Month Pos #101 increased(+1)

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On 1019 reading lists
On 1367 wish lists
On 2071 completed lists
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Basara's ending 29 days, 9 hours, 58 minutes ago
what is the meaning of BASARA btw?? 1011 days, 12 hours, 46 minutes ago
is it worth reading? 1250 days, 10 hours, 26 minutes ago
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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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Good enough   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by KittyTeea
February 7th, 2009, 7:41am
I'd say it was good enough, the story caught my attention from the beginning till the end, but the passing was kinda slow (27 volumes, dah). I appreciated the most the character development, the way Shuri and especially Asagi changed was really well made and it shows the author put a lot of thought into it . As for the art, it's not very good at least at the beginning, but it gets better along the way (or maybe I just got used to it).
All in all it's a good read.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by selenoliber
February 1st, 2009, 7:10pm
This manga is definitely in a class of its own. I like going back to it once in a while because the plotwork is very intrincate, the heroine is a complex character who grows and the political intrigue, the complexity of the rest of the cast, and the action are all top notch. It's one of the better historical/sci fi genres out there. I really found myself pulled into the plot and the characters. It's creative and emotionally wrenching at times, although romance does take a backseat. One of the best aspects of the manga is the lush characterization of secondary characters like Asagi. It is not only the main character that grows but the entire cast. It is also full of symbolism, archetypes etc.

That being said, this is for older audiences that don't mind a lack of the tradition lovey dovey type of romance or gradual buildups for relationships. I do feel that although the rest of the manga is excellent, the romantic aspect is a tad unrealistic if you're cynical like me, but the ending is climatic and gives off the tone and atmosphere that it was striving to achieve.

On another note, the artwork is good but not clean cut. I, myself, prefer crisp lines and shapes so the artwork here isn't my ideal cup of tea.

Overall though, this is definitely a series everyone should check out. It has its flaws, as with everything, but in terms of all the mangas I've read, this definitely touches pretty close to perfection.
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