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From Viz:
Basara is a post-apocalyptic fantasy adventure series and one of the most popular shôjo manga of the 90s in Japan. It is the story of how a young girl becomes "the child of destiny" and finds the strength to free her people and seek revenge for the death of her brother.

Note: Won the Shogakukan Manga Award for Shoujo in 1992.


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Associated Names
Legend of Basara
บาซาร่า ศัตรูที่รัก

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Latest Release(s)
v.21 c.78 by MangaONE over 15 years ago
v.20 c.Extra by MangaOne over 17 years ago
v.20 c.76-77 by MangaONE over 17 years ago
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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, Chap 19 Abridged

User Reviews
Basara by PrincessVera

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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (1414 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.75 / 10.0

Last Updated
January 10th 2024, 7:23am



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Betsucomi (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (27 Vols - Complete)

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Beautiful story  
by Zhangorphne
December 27th, 2023, 7:58am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
I'm so confused about the last 2 bad reviews of this manga on here. This was well written and executed. Tbh I wish I could read this forever or that it had a complete anime.
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by MangaGirl1999
October 13th, 2023, 6:33am
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
Very good
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by Fati1367
September 11th, 2023, 5:41am
Rating: 1.0  / 10.0
The most stupid overrated shit I have ever seen in manga world...
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All I see is stupid plot armour  
by AzureNix
June 20th, 2023, 9:02am
Rating: 2.0  / 10.0
The author tries to make a dumb FL into a leader well what's worse than that.
All she does is cry and kiss guys while the ML who is abstine for her and she is building her harem for indulgence while cheating him for his brother lol how shameless FL can get, this harem cringe should be erased from history.
This is incompletency at its hight.

... Last updated on June 21st, 2023, 12:32am
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by Shimma
November 27th, 2020, 7:34pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
There's plot, character development, and an a main couple with so much chemestry.
I specially like the main character: the author knows how to despic the inner trouble our MC went through: She had to be Basara, but she also wanted to embraise her feminine side, be a normal girl. Her growth is amazing.
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My entry to the manga world  
by ayaneninja
October 14th, 2020, 7:50pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
Basara was not only my first manga, but also solidified my love of shoujo manga in a quick one-two punch. I have extremely fond memories going to the library as a young teenager and getting volumes of the series to experience. The story is iconic, and filled with emotion; Basara will take your heartstrings for a ride you will never forget. Sarasa is one of the most strong willed characters I have ever read in a story, and many other characters share the same characteristic, especially Ageha. The amount of heartache, sacrifice and endurance on display from both the protagonists and antagonists (with one of the most iconic love stories in manga) moves this story from great to masterpiece. The characters are some of my favorite in the medium, and are fleshed out better than most real life people are. Pick up the first two volumes and just get a glimpse of what this epic tale has to offer and see if it hooks you the same as it did myself and many other manga fans around the globe.

If I had to recommend just three series for someone just getting their feet wet in the manga world, this would definitely be one of them.

... Last updated on October 14th, 2020, 7:53pm
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An absolute masterpiece  
by MermaidAiera
February 26th, 2020, 12:23pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
I'll begin this review by stating that I'm wildly biased in awarding it a perfect 10. However, I do recognize that there are various flaws that make this manga not for everyone. Despite these shortcomings I feel that the incredible impact the rest of the work has as a whole far outweighs and goes so far as to negate them.

Basara is an award winning classic for a reason. The story is compelling. The characters are multi faceted. The attention to side characters is astounding--so much that even characters we've known for one or two chapters can make an overwhelming impact both to the plot and emotionally. The themes explored are deep, heavy, and complex. They are also skillfully explored and executed in a way that moves the reader and makes a significant impact. Odious characters that were once abhorred are humanized; like the characters, readers come to assume a grudging respect for them, even mourning with them if misfortune befalls them. The author clearly highlights right and wrong, but paints a picture of a coin with two sides that also has a moral grey zone. The entire story highlights sacrifice, redemption, desperation, destitution, ruination, and the process of navigating, overcoming, and healing through these things.

And all of this has boldly withstood the test of time.

Basara is also for mature audiences. Although it already has the power to command readers' emotions, it requires a degree of empathy and understanding of the hardships of life and difficulty of navigating complex social problems. At times it rips back the skin of political, emotional, and ethical problems and rawly exposes the deep hurt that fuels the misunderstandings and perpetuates the issues at hand. Every time I re-read this work, I find I'm relating to it more and more. And seeing how the characters live out their lives in such trying times and situations is beyond motivating and inspiring.

I think the most life-changing aspect of Basara is that throughout all the deeply relatable themes it explores, it offers a solution of love and forgiveness. Not your typical shoujo style of obstinate friendship conquers all--love and forgiveness that is quietly settled on through grief, suffering, loss, and tenacity.

Say what you want about the art, the pacing, some unrealistic plot points, or even some of the characters. This manga is undeniably the heavyweight champion of epic stories that have the power to profoundly affect the reader.

tl;dr - This manga is absolutely incredible and I highly recommend it. It is for mature audiences though, and if you're not someone looking to get emotionally involved in the story and explore incredibly deep themes then it may drag on. It's not some romantic adventure--it's a heart wrenching life story. So if that's your cup of tea then please, buckle up and enjoy it.
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Started promising, became boring and ended up predictably  
by AndelMartina
November 17th, 2019, 8:05am
Rating: 7.0  / 10.0
That's how I'd sum this series up. It started quite well and I found myself unwilling to stop reading. After a few volumes (around the middle - vol. 15 or so) it started to become really repetitive and boring. The ending was a predictable "happy ending". The MC is a bit annoying, being strong and weak the next moment, it was like a horrible emotional rollercoaster, but instead of sympathizing with her it just made me angry 😀 Could have been a good series, but has its flaws. The style of drawing is fine in my opinion. Still recomend for reading, if you have the patience for it.
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Engaging Adventure  
by CCheshire
August 19th, 2019, 10:39pm
Rating: N/A
I recall looking at the series for a while but I was initially put off by the retro art but the manga-ka improved a lot and it ends up being very unique.

Sarasa is a great MC as she starts out as an avg girl who witnessed tragedy into wise and capable leader of the rebels. I liked how she wasn't the strongest fighter and relied on other strategies to win her battles. Also, she still is a believable teen hero vs someone who would end up super jaded from her exp. She remains true to her goals even if it meant separating from loved ones.

I do have to say that their romance does felt a bit rushed since I swear they met like 4x. Also, I'm glad they didn't have any strange love triangle problems.

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Aegha... leaving her alone on that mountainside during her breakdown is a terrible idea like why. A lot of the times I kept wondering like what's his deal then he died w/o giving us much of a clue.

I'm still on the fence if I liked the ending or not. Since Shuri lost his arm and now Sarasa are both traveling together vs running the country. I get it as works as a conclusion but I kinda wanted them to actually govern Japan together instead of just leaving it to everyone else.

... Last updated on August 19th, 2019, 10:41pm
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A enjoyable surprise despite its popularity  
by Shellshock
March 26th, 2019, 1:21pm
Rating: 10.0  / 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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