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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 (2800d ago)
v.20 c.Extra by MangaONE (3582d ago)
v.20 c.76-77 by MangaONE (3591d 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 #200 decreased(-31)
Monthly Pos #99 increased(+21)
3 Month Pos #109 decreased(-2)
6 Month Pos #105 increased(+4)

List Stats
On 1068 reading lists
On 1545 wish lists
On 2315 completed lists
On 165 unfinished lists
On 635 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Basara's ending 702 days, 12 hours, 21 minutes ago
what is the meaning of BASARA btw?? 1684 days, 15 hours, 9 minutes ago
is it worth reading? 1923 days, 12 hours, 49 minutes ago
ending and spoilers 2255 days, 10 hours, 27 minutes ago
Sasara's Mother 2562 days, 5 hours, 58 minutes ago

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one of my favorite series   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Rin_Uzuki
July 13th, 2008, 6:30pm
Basara is one of my very favorite series. The art in Basara might throw you off at first glance, but once you grow accustomed to it, it's really got its own charm. Enthralling action scenes, interesting characters at every turn, romance that isn't too sappy and extremely well written. Also, even though Basara is quite long, the story manages to not drag on, which is nice. Other series by this author like 7 Seeds and Chicago (plus I imagine anything else she's written) are worth reading as well.

... Last updated on August 10th, 2015, 11:03am
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one of the best!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by kyashi39
June 23rd, 2008, 4:06am
the story is balanced, the artwork is good and the flow of the story is sooo hooking! (don't know if it's a word "hooking" LOL) all in all 9/10. 10 are for those who reached their limit so i think 9 is for best...

... Last updated on June 23rd, 2008, 4:07am
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Don't judge this manga by its cover!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Meepyish
April 7th, 2008, 8:25pm
I originally did, which is why I stayed away from it until now. After much egging from friends, I finally started it--and I was completely hooked! great action, great plot, likeable characters, romance, and ass-kicking female lead! Wish they had more mangas like these nowadays...
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The Best Manga EVER   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by shooter
December 2nd, 2007, 9:25pm
mUST read and must have .....
this manga is really cool ....
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Must Read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by La Plume
October 24th, 2007, 11:15am
As all the volumes have been published in France I can say it for sure Basara is definitly a must when it comes to Shoujo reading. Personnally I find the drawing sucked but apart from that, the story in itself is wonderfully told. Though it is also a love story it's mainly a story about love, hatred, forgiveness, about how to build a nation of the people and for the people and how to accept each others differences using the past to build the future and not to keep on resenting and fighting. It's a wonderful lesson in the belligerous society we actually live in. Wish there were more shoujos like that.
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Rating: N/A
by sweetkisses8584
August 22nd, 2007, 9:40pm
i didn't want to read this one for a long time because of the cover art didn't interest me... then i read the summery and bought the first couple of books and BAM! i fell in love!! this manga is sooo good... the romance is sooo good this romeo and juliet type love almost.. except doesn't end in tragedy... smile but ah so good... i recomend this!! it is sooo interesting and funny and cool and UGH just so damn good.. i think i made my point.. haha
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great! but incomplete....T_T   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by dragonmisteress
August 10th, 2007, 8:16pm
this is a wonderful series that really makes you think about the value of lives and love. it is wonderfully drawn and i suggest that anyone who reads manga should read it! but there is one problem though. this manga isnt completely scanned and atops right when the story is reaching its climax. it leaves you sad and feeling incomplete because you never got to finish he story.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by firedragonfly0
July 22nd, 2007, 9:38am
it makes me cry sometimes T.T
the plot is intriguing and all (well ALMOST all XD) the characters are just so lovable!!!
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Great action and romance   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by PrincessVera
June 22nd, 2007, 1:31pm
An epic story with a character whose reason for cross-dressing is a lot more credible than most cross-dressing series. The story begins to drag on after 10-12 volumes, and the character relationships become too angsty later on. Still a great read for romance/fantasy fans.
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Shoujo epic   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by kasekimizu
March 17th, 2007, 2:08pm
Emphasis on SHOUJO (i.e., it doesn't flesh out the world/setting as much as shounen manga tend to, but instead focuses on characters and interactions). It sometimes takes the "even bad guys are people" theme a bit far. It's true that everyone has their own motivations and good intentions but then who do you blame for the people who get crushed in the way? And is every single person in the world really worth your sympathy? I feel that the ending hasn't really resolved that to my satisfaction. However, amazingly, the author has truly built a massive world and an all-encompassing storyline, from the birth of rebellion to the creation of a new nation. It's a world you want to return to.
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