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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 (2804d ago)
v.20 c.Extra by MangaONE (3585d ago)
v.20 c.76-77 by MangaONE (3594d 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 (1226 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.84 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 20th 2016, 1:15am 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 #137 increased(+12)
Monthly Pos #136 decreased(-34)
3 Month Pos #107 (No change)
6 Month Pos #104 increased(+5)

List Stats
On 1068 reading lists
On 1547 wish lists
On 2315 completed lists
On 165 unfinished lists
On 636 custom lists

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Basara's ending 706 days, 4 hours, 42 minutes ago
what is the meaning of BASARA btw?? 1688 days, 7 hours, 30 minutes ago
is it worth reading? 1927 days, 5 hours, 10 minutes ago
ending and spoilers 2259 days, 2 hours, 49 minutes ago
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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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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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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: 10.0 / 10.0
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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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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