Ranked #121
Basara (Manga)


Alternative Titles

English: Basara
Synonyms: Legend of Basara
Japanese: バサラ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 27
Chapters: 107
Status: Finished
Published: 1990 to 1998
Authors: Tamura, Yumi (Story & Art)
Serialization: Flowers (Monthly)


Score: 8.541 (scored by 2694 users)
Ranked: #1212
Popularity: #655
Members: 6,105
Favorites: 390
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page.

My Info

Popular Tags

drama romance


Sarasa grew up knowing that her twin brother Tatara was prophesied to be the "boy of destiny," the one who would overthrow the oppressive government and unite the people. When Tatara dies in battle, however, Sarasa realizes that it's up to her to secretly take on her brother's identity. On the way, Sarasa meets and falls in love with the mysterious Shuri, who may also have something up his sleeve. Together, she and her group of ragtag fighters journey across the land, attacking the many rulers and hoping to someday reach the leader of them all, the Red King.

Related Manga

Adaptation: Legend of Basara



Write a review | More reviewsReviews

Nov 11, 2008
Basara is an epic tale about Sarasa who replaces her twin brother; prophesized to be the boy of destiny and unite Japan; after he falls in battle. That in itself is more or less a cliched setup for a show, but Basara pulls it off incredibly well.

The whole first volume deals with Sarasa's taking up of Tatara's name. After that, things get pretty deep. Each volume (of 7 that I have read thus far) seemingly add another layer of complexity to the story. I much more than a simple "Unite Japan after an Apocalypse" type story, which has much to do with its read more
I found this review Helpful  Not Helpful
Jun 3, 2011
Before I begin, I would like to say that I have read the first six volumes over ten times and the entire series twice-- and I have loved it as dearly as the first time I picked up a volume.

Basara is definitely an epic to consider if you are seeking an escape from today's world. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, this tale begins with the birth of two twins, Tatara and Sarasa, and follows the latter's journey to create a better world for her people.

The first thing I would like to address is the art. Despite the seemingly haphazard lines that initially deterred read more
I found this review Helpful  Not Helpful
Mar 5, 2008
Before I begin, I would just like to say that this is my first ever review, so please bear with me. thanks.

The short synopsis of Basara here on MAL, of one brave girl liberating Japan from tyrannical kings, is the basic gist of the story. But I want to stress that the story is also so much more then just that main conflict. There are many stories, each dealing with characters that we come across on the journey that the main character takes. And these characters' stories are interwoven with that of the main character to bring about a breath taking epic. And it read more
I found this review Helpful  Not Helpful
Jun 22, 2013
“Sarasa, even if you feel that destiny is toying with you, destiny is something you design with your own hands.”

I love the fantasy genre. Lord of the Rings, Wheel of Time, Game of Thrones... stories with a truly epic feel, huge sword battles, intricate political schemes and a mountain of well-developed characters. So, of course, it's no surprise that I searched for an epic fantasy manga series when I began to get into the wonderful world of manga and anime. I read a few, they were okay... And then I found Basara.

Outstanding world building? Check. Incredible character development? Check. Huge, encompassing political wars? Check. read more
I found this review Helpful  Not Helpful

User Recommendations

Both series star a young woman and take place in a fantasy setting. The main character in each takes charge of her situation and becomes powerful. Each also has a well-developed romance.
Both mangas have an epic feel to them, and have a similar situation where the male and female lead are supposed to be enemies, but ... somehow aren't? The male characters also seem to have a 'dark side'.
Epic stories where an ordinary but strong and charismatic female lead is chosen by a prophecy, thrown into battle and forced to dress as a man to survive
reportRecommended by as3 - Add to favorites
Both heroines are trying to save people for freedom in a sense. It's a pity OLM is on hiatus mode
A legendary warrior. Forbidden love. These 2 tittles are scareily similar. The art is also fairly similar. I believe that if you loved one, you'd love the other....
The guy isn't one is actually a girl with a strong look and fighting spirit.
reportRecommended by Elie - Add to favorites

Recent News

No posts for this board were found

Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: Basara Chapter 14 Discussion
1 replies by FestinaLente »»
09-26-14, 1:04 PM
Poll: Basara Chapter 13 Discussion
1 replies by FestinaLente »»
09-25-14, 1:10 PM

Related Clubs

< Romance Alley >, "Hidden Gems of Manga", »♥« Smutty Romance Club »♥«, - Sad Moments & Scenes - , :: Romance Garden :: , :: Romance Garden :: , A.M.C. (Anime Manga Club), After the Apocalypse, Anime & Manga Recommendation, Anti Stereotyped & Weak Shoujo Heroine, Award Winning Mangas, ღ Paramour Paradise ღ, ►English Licensed Manga Club - PART 1◄, Basara, Brotherhood of The Black Dagger, Cross-dressing!, Eyes On Me, Fan Fiction Guild, Fans of Gender Bending/Gender Swapping, Female MCs who aren't wimps, French Licensed Manga, Long Black/Dark Haired Guys, Manga Recommendation, Marketplace Germany, Old School Manga Club, Otaku Fan Club, Quality Shoujo, Romance Anime/Manga Fanatics, Shoujo Wonderland-少女アニメと漫画大好き, Tamura Yumi Fan Club, The Kings and Queens of Drag, The Noble Heroines, The Sibling Spectrum, The Twin Factor, Tough Heroins, ~ONII-SAN... Big Brothers club~

More Users | My FriendsRecent Updates by Users

External Links

Official Site, MangaUpdates, Wikipedia
Advertising     FAQ     About     Contact     Terms     Privacy