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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 (2067d ago)
v.20 c.Extra by MangaONE (2848d ago)
v.20 c.76-77 by MangaONE (2857d 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, 61 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (1087 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.84 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 15th 2014, 6:59am 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 #163 increased(+6)
Monthly Pos #121 decreased(-2)
3 Month Pos #119 decreased(-12)
6 Month Pos #98 increased(+4)

List Stats
On 1017 reading lists
On 1350 wish lists
On 2034 completed lists
On 149 unfinished lists
On 516 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Basara's ending 877 days, 14 hours, 31 minutes ago
what is the meaning of BASARA btw?? 951 days, 5 hours, 56 minutes ago
is it worth reading? 1190 days, 3 hours, 36 minutes ago
ending and spoilers 1522 days, 1 hours, 14 minutes ago
Sasara's Mother 1828 days, 20 hours, 45 minutes ago

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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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by Aria
April 24th, 2006, 5:44am
At first, when I first started reading Basara, I didn't find it particularly interesting, special or captivating. The art style of Basara isn't the kind of art I am used to and generally prefer.
However, when I started reading more of it, the story and the art began to grow on me, and now, all I can say is that the art is beautiful and really presents the essence of the characters. The plot, script and characters are meticulously formed, and the result is a heart-wrenching, intriguing story full of twists.
As each of the characters grow, change and develop, so will my love for the manga.
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