In a small village, twins are born: a boy, Tatara, and a girl, Sarasa. The prophet Nagi declares that Tatara is the chosen one who will free Japan from the tyrannical rule of the King and his four sons. But when the ruthless Red King slays Tatara, Sarasa must take on her brother's name and responsibilities and embark on a quest to free Japan and deliver vengeance to the Red King.
In the 21st Century for some reason (probably global warming or something..) the world has turned into a wasteland and Japan is ruled by a corrupt and selfish clan whom have neglected their subjects through out their years of ruling so much that the quality of life is pretty much the lowest of low. Then one day there was a set of twins, a boy(Tatara) and a girl(Sarasa) was born and a prophet declares that the boy is the chosen one which would save them from their predicament. Unfortunately the supposed chosen one was killed by the "Red King", which happens to be the son of the ruling Emperor and now it's up the the other half of the twins to fulfill her brother's role.
The plot of Legend of Basara doesn't really exude originality but through out it manages to make itself interesting enough. It's too bad that the story is clearly unfinished with the way that things were left off with the final episode though it was somewhat obvious that this would happen seeing as this anime adaption was only 13 episodes long while the original manga span for 27 volumes.
Now the animation isn't necessarily bad but it's not great either, while the show being more than 10 years old needs to be put into consideration, there was still plenty of shows that were released around the same time as Legend of Basara that looked better. Although the show did have some interesting character designs despite most of the male characters looking a little too fabulous.
The OST hardly had much presence through out the show which is kind of disappointing since a lot shows fantasy type shows use background music to make you feel like what you're watching is some epic adventure.
Probably the best aspect of the show, Sarasa is a great lead character, she's isn't just some push over and is pretty likable from the start and still she displays a lot of growth in her resolve and personality as the story progresses.
Another interesting note about the characters is that most of the so called villains in the show, are really just following their own justice, following what they think is right for the country and in a way you could see Sarasa as the villain as she's stands in the way of the Red King who seems to have good intentions but just needs a bit more guidance in which is the right path to take.
Legend of Basara is a good show, despite the story being incomplete it was rather enjoyable. It's recommendable if you're looking for a decent fantasy/adventure/romance series although be prepared to move on to the manga once you've finished since the story is unfortunately cut short.read more
If you'd like to take a break from all the new shiny mainstream anime and don't mind dipping back into an older era of anime, Legend of Basara can be a hidden gem. I have the bias of reading the entire manga and I will forewarn you the anime is only a taste of the beginning of what is a very epic story. The end WILL leave you wanting more because there IS so much more. The manga is 27 volumes.
The creator likes to break out of the shoujo mold, though clearly with such aesthetics and a romance interest, there is also the horror of war and no punches pulled. Characters will die, they will struggle emotionally, and there's no simple good vs evil. Everyone has weaknesses and something they believe in.
The anime will end shortly after the plot arc introducing the Blue King, though I believe they condensed it quite a bit. Even with having the manga I still bemoan it did not go longer but there really is no "satisfactory" spot they could have ended it aside from the end itself. The story is built around a prophecy, a war, and two star crossed lovers who are usually apart. But you can enjoy and appreciate the anime for what it is. read more
The anime in itself was very interesting and had a lot of potential to be a good anime however, be it only thirteen episodes it clearly displayed that it was unfinished.With that being said it was only okay, could have been better if the plot had finished with answers answered and goals were achieved.
Art : 7
The art was pretty basic for me. I didn't find it spectacular but it also is a anime from the early 90's, so in that aspect I found it just okay.
Each character that was present and brought forth were unique and really thought about. Sarasa and Shuri are by far the most complex characters that are brought forth, due to each of their unique backgrounds and their psychological battles they face by falling in love with the 'enemy'. Although these two are the main focus, the other characters also reveal interesting pasts/experiences/backgrounds that make them appealing as well.
I did enjoy this anime, however I really would have enjoyed it even more had the story been completed and the goal that was portrayed was brought to light. The fact that those two things were not satisfied made this only an okay anime for me. read more
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