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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 (2128d ago)
v.20 c.Extra by MangaONE (2910d 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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Last Updated
November 17th 2014, 3:15pm 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 #128 increased(+14)
Monthly Pos #126 increased(+6)
3 Month Pos #116 decreased(-2)
6 Month Pos #101 increased(+1)

List Stats
On 1020 reading lists
On 1366 wish lists
On 2072 completed lists
On 154 unfinished lists
On 528 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Basara's ending 30 days, 6 hours, 33 minutes ago
what is the meaning of BASARA btw?? 1012 days, 9 hours, 21 minutes ago
is it worth reading? 1251 days, 7 hours, 1 minutes ago
ending and spoilers 1583 days, 4 hours, 39 minutes ago
Sasara's Mother 1890 days, 0 hours, 10 minutes ago

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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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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Shily
December 5th, 2006, 7:24pm
One of the best manga I've ever read. It's a magnanimous, touching, beautiful, and formidable tale, which is taken place in an immense & colorful (all kinds of colors & shades) world. It made me happy, satisfied, indignant, heartbroken... everything to the extreme.

At first, the drawing is kinda hard to look (it's like a sketchbook), but actually it's drawn carefully & lively. The feelings of the characters & the story, which are developed cleverly, can be felt clearly through each picture. Furthermore, the story is a grand advanture in which each character has to take part to find his or her true goal in life.

I love the world of "Basara" and extremely grateful of Tamura Yumi for creating it.

... Last updated on December 5th, 2006, 9:55pm
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Great story   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Maian
November 14th, 2006, 12:14pm
The story is very epic in scope and has all the plot twists and tweaks to make it a great story. Character development is amazing, and its themes are all featured prominently together. The art is also good, though I prefer a style less focused faces with sharp angles.

One critique: I think the author drops too many hints of future events along the way - it makes the story too predictable at times, and that's this manga's biggest problem in my eyes. For example, if something bad is going to happen to a character, there are always scenes portending doom surrounding that character several chapters before the actual event happens. I just wish the author would leave more of the mystery unlocked and let the reader figure it out for himself/herself. Edit: Thankfully, the author improves on this later on in the story.

... Last updated on November 16th, 2006, 4:54pm
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Great epic   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by jonsi
November 10th, 2006, 2:25pm
great story, and what the others say =)
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by Anonymous
July 16th, 2006, 1:22am
I absolutely love this manga. The love that evolves for two people who can not love each other. It's sort of like Romeo and Juliet. Next to this, I love Goong and Princess. It's for those who love a historical and romantic story. It's wonderful and must-have and a must-read for all shoujo readers. To add to that even more, the plot in itself is why it's great.
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