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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 over 9 years ago
v.20 c.Extra by MangaONE over 11 years ago
v.20 c.76-77 by MangaONE over 11 years 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 (1270 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.84 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 27th 2017, 9:13am 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 #154 decreased(-9)
Monthly Pos #103 decreased(-13)
3 Month Pos #90 decreased(-12)
6 Month Pos #75 increased(+13)
Year Pos #81 decreased(-2)

List Stats
On 1135 reading lists
On 1655 wish lists
On 2408 completed lists
On 176 unfinished lists
On 681 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Basara's ending over 3 years ago
what is the meaning of BASARA btw?? over 6 years ago
is it worth reading? over 6 years ago
ending and spoilers over 7 years ago
Sasara's Mother over 8 years ago

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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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No matter what   
Rating: N/A
by shiira.yuuki.187
July 18th, 2013, 12:47am
Well i just happen to come across this when I got tired of all cry-baby heroine who always waited to be rescue -- so I started searching for Strong female lead -- just by that tiny and simple summary i got a feeling that it'll be a good manga to read
so i read it and at first i find the art weird feels like scribbles but i didn't bother by it
after all for me storyline is what matters but then I suddenly started seeing how great the art is even though its old style
so then after reading it i cried my eyes out
I have read it for 4 times already and it's still great!!

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
The story between the two main characters - their tragic love it just beautiful - then there are the people they treasure and trust

Letting you guys know my fav character is Ageha! "Free spirit"
Tamura-san, thank you soo much for this wonderful manga

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One of the best ones out there   
Rating: N/A
by micxj
June 29th, 2013, 8:36am
I highly recommend this series. I have read lots of romance mangas but I can only count with my fingers the titles I really like, and this is one of them. The manga has 27 volumes but I just couldn't get enough of them. Despite its length, I wouldn't mind rereading all of them in one day (if life permits, lol)
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Yo!!
February 20th, 2013, 8:20am
Ignore other comments, the story line, intensity and the characters are so inspiring, you wouldn't want to keep it down for even a second. The art is older but still great, sort of like Tokyo Crazy Paradise, I guess, in the mid 1990's, it was common then, it really brings out the true intentions of a scene. If you do not read this one, you have missed out on a terrific, all consuming manga!

TAMURA Yumi, hats off to you,
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The storyline doesn't matter...   
Rating: N/A
by Mickeyymouse
February 15th, 2013, 11:57am
The storyline doesn't matter..

because the art is so terrible you can't focus on it. Basara is the only manga, and trust me when I say I've read thousands of mangas, I've ever put down because the art was so bad it was PHYSICALLY painful. I could have cried it was so bad. Dear God. Do NOT recommend, if you care in the slightest about what you're subjecting your eyes too.
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Beautiful story!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by follybaby
December 21st, 2012, 2:56pm
I read this manga in a little under a week... 27 volumes! I was hooked solid for the first three days, and then my interest was still piqued enough to continue but I wasn't AS hooked on it. I'm a big romance genre person, and the fact that my expectations weren't met romance-wise after three days kind of put me off. But, it's still a very good read! DEFINITELY worth the award that it was given.
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