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Basara  
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Description
"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.

Type
Manga

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
Legend of Basara
Басара
บาซาร่า ศัตรูที่รัก (Thai)
バサラ
婆娑罗
婆娑羅
바사라

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Latest Release(s)
v.21 c.78 by MangaONE over 10 years ago
v.20 c.Extra by MangaONE over 12 years ago
v.20 c.76-77 by MangaONE over 12 years ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
27 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
16 Volumes (Bunkoban - Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 5

User Reviews
Basara by PrincessVera

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9 topics, 62 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (1299 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.84 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 16th 2019, 10:33am PST


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Year
1991

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Betsucomi (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (27 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #189 increased(+25)
Monthly Pos #191 decreased(-22)
3 Month Pos #165 decreased(-28)
6 Month Pos #115 decreased(-12)
Year Pos #85 decreased(-20)

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On 1179 reading lists
On 1737 wish lists
On 2477 completed lists
On 178 unfinished lists
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A enjoyable surprise despite its popularity  
by Shellshock
March 26th, 2019, 1:21pm
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
Maybe calling it a surprise might be a bit much considering that this is one of the most popular manga ever but it STILL took me by surprise
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Amazing  
by sayhelou
January 4th, 2019, 2:18pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
this manga is one of the best i’ve ever read! the art in the beginning can bother a few, although i loved it from the start lol. Anyway, everything is well-written and i couldn’t find a good story like this in a while for now. Strong and captivating characters, good romance, no unnecessary drama! 10 today, 10 tomorrow, 10 forever for this!!! give it a try even if the beginning is a bit slow paced.you certainly won’t regret it later.
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<33  
by sakirol
February 23rd, 2018, 6:06am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I come back to this series every few years.

Basara is just so great. Adventure. Novel Situations. Romance. Angst. I'm always looking for another shoujo/josei adventure with the same kind of adventure and romance, but they're so far and few between, and I haven't found anything else that hits the spot quite like Basara.

For anyone looking at this comment that hasn't read Basara yet, you're really missing out.
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One of my all time favourites  
by PZcolo
September 2nd, 2017, 6:39am
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
This one easily enters the top 3 in my list and fights for the first place, an amazing work, 27 volumes and its finished! Tough to measure up against it and few can in my eyes.
I'll write a review if I ever re-read it since I read it at least 10 years ago, I found there is a "new" high quality scanlation and started downloading it only to notice I had not written anything here.

... Last updated on September 2nd, 2017, 6:43am
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Third time's the charm  
by XileDragon
July 15th, 2017, 3:21pm
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
I finally finished the manga on my 3rd try. I couldn't get into the art the first 2 times and dropped it after a couple of volumes right before it got into the epic moments. What a mistake that turned out to be.

Basara is simply one of the most beautiful, epic and touching story ever told in manga. A story about a girl so fragile yet so strong, so naive yet so mature, and above all, the story of how she captivated all those around her with her unbelievable charm and spirit. Many female led adventure epics seem to end up with a male co-star to stand by her side as equal, but not here: Sarasa stands alone and all others are only witness to her incredible story of loss, growth and ultimate vindication. That isn't to say that there isn't romance, in fact the romance is a central part of the plotline, but Basara is above all the story of the struggles of war and nation building, brought together by one of the strongest girl character ever found in manga.

Basara is not a manga without its faults, as it suffers sometimes from unrealistic plot twists, too many characters, and overly annoying behavior. Yet all of this is secondary to the author's unbelievable way to draw the audience into Sarasa's life, feelings and growth. After reading hundreds of manga over more than 12 years, this is one of the greatest. Basara is a manga that has it all: the adventure storytelling of Red River, the unyielding character spirit of Skip Beat, the closure of Toyko Crazy Paradise, and finally the raw emotional impact of Onani Master Kurosawa.

An absolute masterpiece.

... Last updated on July 16th, 2017, 2:54am
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Best Manga In History  
by jennyxbangtan
December 4th, 2016, 6:56am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Basara is truly the best manga I have ever read in my entire life. I've read athe least 200 mangas and I have never read anything like this.

Sarasa was truly a female lead that I rooted for and was proud of. She had so much character development and is the most idealistic female lead of the shoujo genre. I love the relationships she builds with her friend and Shuri. She is so strong and good at what she does, but there are times when she fails. However, she always gets back up.

All the characters were absolutely perfect and I couldn't ever find a single flaw in them. I really want to find another manga as good as this, but I don't think I will :/ this was written in the 90's and a lot of the good mangas are from back then. Nowadays, I can't find any good quality manga except for Skip Beat or Akatsuki No Yona. Sigh, the time I spent reading this wonderful gem was really fun and emotional. All of you reading this comment needs to pick it up NOW.
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NOT YOUR ORDINARY SHOUJO MANGA  
by femalecorpse
October 19th, 2015, 3:07am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
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this manga is really good. i love how the mangaka build both shuri and sarasa's character. shuri, the red king who is really mean and cold blooded, but once he learnt that the woman he loves with all his might is also his nemesis, turn into warm, wise and kind leader. and the mangaka can pack all the romance that makes me shiver but not felt cliche at all. the storyline is also good, not too boring, everything just good, good, good!
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Recommended  
by sarin68
March 26th, 2015, 5:18pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
This was recommended to me by my sister and I recommend it to everyone else. Good and believable characters, compelling plot, believable romance, etc. Easily one of my favorite manga to date.
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Doesn't know when to end  
by Lucifel
January 28th, 2015, 8:09am
Rating: N/A
You can see where the ending is going to be 9 volumes before it happens but there's still those 9 volumes to go through and I just lost patience. I liked the series but it just wouldn't end.
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The Art, so irritating  
by Krimson
January 12th, 2015, 8:15am
Rating: N/A
I loved the author's 7 seeds. It's an amazing manga with great story line. But Basara just didn't click with me. Even when I wanted to concentrate more on the story line and less on the art, the art proved impossible. Too bad for me.
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