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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 (2420d ago)
v.20 c.Extra by MangaONE (3201d ago)
v.20 c.76-77 by MangaONE (3210d 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 (1166 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.84 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 6th 2015, 4:03pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Betsucomi (Shogakukan)

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English Publisher
Viz (27 Volumes - Complete)

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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sarin68
March 26th, 2015, 5:18pm
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   
Rating: N/A
by Lucifel
January 28th, 2015, 8:09am
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   
Rating: N/A
by Krimson
January 12th, 2015, 8:15am
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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very great one!!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by wansmor
November 21st, 2014, 3:42pm
I was not interested in this manga and it was long after I had heard about it that I finally decided to pick it up on a library not a few months ago. One read on the 1st volume and I couldn't drop the comic book anymore. There're so much that each volume tell, and they kept enchanting me to go on reading.

The strength that Basara posses is its storyline. while the art was ok (you can still figure what is going on in the pictures), I will say that Basara's art is poor on term of depicting details especially on crowd scenes. Still it doesn't reduce my fun on reading it. I love the characters, I love the twists, I like the war, I like the romance, and the ending was good too.

Basara is a kind of story that will not fail you till the end. If you like a well written story, mind not the art and keep reading. You'll come to love Sarasa (the lead role) and you are going to cheer her on her journey, through all the suffering and struggles, through her wars and love stories, to finally achieved her goal. You got to love her adversaries too, there were all kind of them: betrayer, pirates, emperor, allies, stranger, vagabond, lover, queen, and they were giving different aura from each other that you will never get bored with them. There were also times when they turned to her side by her unique charisma.

Basara is not neccesarily best drawn manga, the action scenes were quite pathetic, but still well explained. The art style is shoujo, but the story line is even more solid than the best written shonen .

... Last updated on August 2nd, 2015, 7:46pm
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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by mispelling
August 30th, 2014, 10:22pm
I love Yumi Tamura's works. 7 seeds and Basara are both my favorite shoujo and josei. It's not really right to compare the two because they're so different; the only thing they have in common is the post apocalyptic theme, although they're both done differently. Basara was much more focused on individual character growth of Shuri and Sarasa, as well as relying heavily on romance as a key point in the plot. The only thing that keeps me from giving this is a 10 is because it does get melodramatic and drawn out too long at time. Also it's kinda unbelievable how long they didn't know about each other (but it's entirely plausible, I suppose.) The art is a bit iffy, especially in the first few volumes, but it does progressively get better. It's very 90s style, which will take getting use to

The actually storyline ends in vol. 25 but I highly suggest reading the side stories as they contain other untouched plots not dealt with in the main story.
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one of the rare gems   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by hangluu
June 20th, 2014, 8:37pm
This manga is amazing.. it has its flaw likes the chick with black hair who was in love in w/ Shuri (she got annoying..) and the fact that Sarasa becomes physically weak (a lot of time but not all the times) wh3n she is with shuri. But those are minors things that I could overlooked. This manga is amazing.. itslike tokyo crazy paradise or red river.. this is not ur typical shoujo and if u judge a book based on its art (the reason for y I didnt read it for 3 yrs) then u will nvr find these kindnof gems...
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A rich and inspiring odyssey   
Rating: N/A
by Mizura
February 20th, 2014, 7:06am
Several times, I couldn't get far when I tried to read this series. The first few volumes absolutely drowns you in death, tragedy, doomed love and the occasional bad decision. The prospect of reading 27 volumes in the same vein felt off-putting, to put it mildly. As a huge fan of 7 Seeds from the same author though, I finally mustered the courage to read through it, and fortunately, it turned out that it wasn't 27 volumes of the tragic lovers adding to one another's list of grievances.

To those of you who initially felt the same as me: don't be put off. There is still plenty of drama, of course, and at times you'd really feel like slapping a character or two. Sarasa and Shuri vow to destroy each other, but must also confront many other challenges along the way. Losses are inevitable. Yet these extremely tall walls become the very stepping stones towards an incredible odyssey of personal development and uprising all across the country, taking the protagonists across numerous regions in Japan, and allowing the readers to enjoy a rich story that explores themes like politics and corruption of course, but also governance methods, trade, irrigation, journalism, art, slavery, plenty of family drama, and different sorts of introspection.

As Sarasa gathers allies and learns more about the world, she is also forced to rethink and look beyond her revenge to what she truly wishes to accomplish for the country. Shuri, meanwhile, is forced to look beyond his ambitions to topple his father and siblings, and truly confront the losses caused by his actions, both to himself and to others. Their romance, which may have felt overbearing at first, actually develops greatly, into something quite touching. Their growth is possible Because they must confront pain and loss, both those they felt themselves and those they have caused others.

And they don't do this alone. The series is supported by an amazing cast, each with unique personalities and backgrounds. There are the brave, the strong, the intelligent and the wise, but also the weak. There are those who fight at the frontlines, those who work in the shadows, those who expose the truth, those who reform or conspire from within, those who lead by example, even farmers, builders and healers striving towards a better tomorrow. These aren't characters that were just sitting around, twiddling their fingers and waiting for a savior. The whole country was ready for change well before Sarasa showed up. Nor do they coddle the supposed 'saviors.' Far from it: they can tell weakness, and they can tell hot air. And they are the ones who force the main characters to think about what it is they truly aim to achieve, as well as what sacrifices they are willing to make.

In the end, the survivors will have to live with scars and burdens, as well as difficulties that are only starting. And yet, they never stop struggling towards a better tomorrow. And somehow, I found that to be the most satisfying conclusion.

I'd like to point out that this is a mostly realistic fantasy, but fantasy nonetheless. There is no magic nor mystical creatures, but there is a strong notion of fate throughout the series, complete with too-well-timed natural events and encounters. Accepting this instead of nitpicking over the coincidences will allow you to enjoy the story more fully. Some people don't like the art, and I didn't enjoy the same artstyle with 7 Seeds at first, but with time I realized how rich and expressive it is.

Speaking of 7 Seeds, I've seen a few people compare 7 Seeds and Basara, but what really surprised me was how Different the two series are. Basara focuses more on romance and personal character development (for several key characters) in a setting of wars, politics, governance and related themes (trade, slavery, etc.). 7 Seeds focuses more on group dynamics (individual character development is more spread out compared to Basara) and psychology (some of the best I've seen anywhere) in a setting of survival (different strategies humanity considered against the impeding doom, differing strategies of survival used by the different teams). The things you love in one may not be present in the other, but both are magnificent works in their own rights.
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Rating: 9.7 / 10.0
by moonmystery
December 15th, 2013, 1:46pm
The main character is downright badass--sacrificing her own gender identity for her town's vengeance...Not that this is recommended, but it shows how good of a person she is.

While the story is a tad melodramatic, I enjoyed the whole entire thing. The ending was just so sweet!!! biggrin biggrin biggrin

EDIT: I just recently found out that the author of this series also wrote my other favorite series, 7 Seeds!!! No wonder it felt familiar somehow.

While I prefer 7 Seed's storyline and emphasis on multiple main characters, I love the epic journey of the two seemingly star-crossed lovers here too! Kudos to the author for being such an awesome person!

... Last updated on April 22nd, 2014, 4:05pm
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Certainly a diamond in the rough   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by khanaami
October 29th, 2013, 9:47pm
I usually never give reviews, but this manga is the one of the greatest of its genre, so I'll make a special case. It starts out well fleshed but later develops into a very meaningful and thought provoking series filled with all the necessary elements of adventure, action, and romance to keep someone interested. This is exactly why Basara will never fail to keep you hooked to its story.

Even though it follows some shoujo formulas in its story line, Basara is strictly unique in its delivery. It stands out from other series within the same genre, drawing heavily on rich story telling, a large cast of amazing and lovable characters, and relevant themes that keep you at feet. This series is a must read for anyone who reads shoujo, especially since Sarasa is one of the most interesting and head strong female characters out there in the shoujo world. Seeing through Sarasa's eyes really makes you appreciate this series all the more, since her characterization is one of the best seen for any female character in a manga. I could go on and on about this manga, but I won't. You need to read this NOW. I mean can't you see all the other good ratings and reviews this series has gotten? There is a reason for that, and that is something you need to discover on your own.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by fishiiie
September 18th, 2013, 1:06pm
This manga... was fricken.. AMAZING.

Tatara, or Sarasa, is one of the best characters out there, ever. All the hardships she goes through - all the trials and tests and pain and suffering - and yet she still manages to conquer everything and shine. The whole time I was reading, I was just so taken by her. You know, I bet none of us could take on everything she experienced without being somewhat scarred or emotionally/mentally damaged. For example, every time she goes anywhere, I'm just thinking, She's so gonna die. That, or I'm just feeling that the world's against her. (it's so sad..) Which just goes to emphasize the fact that she has such a courageous and brave spirit, and she's so amazing.. and that this story is completely fictional. (HA!)

Fictional or not, it is a phenomenal work of art. Basara is not just a manga, but an actual work of art. The mangaka, Tamara Yumi, is such a good storyteller and has such great imagination, ... the story was just incredible (see, I was left speechless again). I'd say it's on par, maybe even exceeds, the plot of JK Rowling's Harry Potter. And I LOVE Harry Potter.
Really, the spoilers that people are giving out doesn't even give the story justice, because it's not the result that matters, it's how it got there that matters. For example, no matter if a certain character dies, they ALL died with honour, with purpose, and the mangaka so skillfully does this that you actually can't scorn her for it. Ofc it was SO FLICKEN SADDENING AND MADDENING when they died, but... This is a war manga. Come on guys, be realistic. it'd be impossible for people NOT to die.

The story... the plot... was so beautifully conveyed, and so well-thoughtout, and detailed... I just really want to shake Tamara Yumi's hand right now and tell her I love her. The amazingness cannot be commended enough. I mean, from beginning to end, Basara never sucked. And omg, I never thought I could get over this, but FINALLY, a shoujo where the female protagonist likes to cry - yes, Sarasa is a hugeass crybaby (is this a spoiler? hope not LOL) - is completely OKAY. Because as readers we can actually understand all the pain she has to bear, and eff it if you don't cry along with her. (Well I didn't cry, but deep down inside I did.)

Man, Full Metal Alchemist was my #1, but as of right now… it's BASARA. (Haven't read Naruto/Bleach/Fairy Tail/One Piece yet, so…)

And to people afraid of the terrible art, well, GET OVER IT. Half of us suck at drawing even stickmen, nonetheless real human beings, so stop complaining. But, yes, it does improve a hell of a lot by the end. That, or you just get used to it (or both).


And I don't make comments often, but when I do, it's a longass one like this and about how good Basara is. (Kidding, I have made other comments but never as long as this one. I'm secretly wondering if there is a word limit to making comments, because if not, that means I can go on and on about how good this manga is.. yeah, you get the point.)

PS - oooh I forgot to add, this manga actually has some deep and intense moments to it. Like the chapter "Madara" on the last volume, holy.. :l so scary...
And as a forewarning, this manga does contain homosexuality and rape. Not sure if this is another spoiler again, and idk if it should be on the tags or not (I think it should), but yes, it does contain "mature content". It's inevitable, especially given the time and circumstances they were in. =\ Wasn't really a huge part of the story, but it does affect certain characters a lot.

... Last updated on September 18th, 2013, 5:49pm
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