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Basara

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Legend of Basara
Japanese: BASARA
English: Basara
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 27
Chapters: 112
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 11, 1990 to May 13, 1998
Genres: Adventure Adventure, Award Winning Award Winning, Drama Drama, Fantasy Fantasy, Romance Romance
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Betsucomi
Authors: Tamura, Yumi (Story & Art)

Statistics

Score: 8.411 (scored by 62326,232 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #2042
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #748
Members: 23,469
Favorites: 898

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Synopsis

At the end of the 21st century, a great catastrophe devastates Japan, leaving its land unrecognizable and halting civilization's progress. In the present day, the emperor and his four sons reign over the country with an iron fist. It is said that only the prophesied "Child of Destiny" can free Japan from the royal family's shackles.

Sarasa is the twin sister of Tatara, the Child of Destiny. Despite having to live in her brother's shadow, Sarasa supports him in any way she can. However, tragedy strikes when the Red King, the emperor's youngest son, and his army attack her village, leading to Tatara's brutal death. To protect the townspeople, Sarasa takes on her brother's name and becomes the Child of Destiny, vowing revenge on the Red King.

With the sudden turn of events taking a toll on her health, Sarasa visits a hot spring to recuperate. During her stay, she meets Shuri, a charming yet mysterious young man. Shuri is fascinated by Sarasa as she treats him differently from other girls; meanwhile, Sarasa is unable to stop thinking about him. This casual encounter between the two seals their fate—destined to be bound by war, hatred, and love.

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Background

Basara won the 38th Shogakukan Manga Award in the shoujo category in 1993.

The series was published in English by VIZ Media under the Shojo Beat imprint from August 13, 2003 to May 13, 2008, and digitally from September 3, 2013 to March 25, 2014. Basara was also released in Chinese by Sharp Point Press from June 8, 2004 to September 20, 2005; in French by Kana from May 19, 2001 to May 5, 2006; in German by Egmont Manga & Anime from October 2003 to January 12, 2012; and in Swedish by Mangismo from September 15, 2006 to May 15, 2007, up to the fifth volume.

The manga was adapted into several stage plays in Japan. The first was performed from December 12, 2012 to December 16, 2012, and its sequel was performed from January 9, 2014 to January 14, 2014. A stage play covering a prequel story included in the 26th volume was shown from January 25, 2019 to January 28, 2019. Another stage play rendition of the series was performed from January 13, 2022 to January 23, 2022.

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Characters

Sarasa
Main
Shuri
Main
Ageha
Supporting
Asagi
Supporting
Shinbashi
Supporting
Ginko
Supporting
Hayato
Supporting
Chacha
Supporting
Kakujii
Supporting
Shidou
Supporting

Reviews

Dec 1, 2022
i've read basara for days, since i only have time at night. every night i look forward to reading it because the story is actually really good. the art style bothered meat first since i was used to modern manga but now i love it, it grew on me. the characters are multi-dimensional and complex, in which i can't choose who am i rooting for between the 2 main characters. all their decisions are the best and not impulsive (for me). also, the romance is chef's kiss, because it's not sudden and it happened slowly between them. in conclusion, i love sarasa and shuri <3
Jan 28, 2024
With Basara I came in expecting a story of star crossed lovers. While that is certainly what is on offer here, it is also completely enthralling, an epic tale of war and romance. Epic in its scale and in its ability to build a world of distinct characters.

The story of Basara is largely that of rebellion, to be honest it reminds be alot of the original Star Wars trilogy or any other story about war and the romance of it. It's also a story that deals with mature themes and portrays war in a no nonsense manner. Seeing both Shuri and Sarasa build their ...
Nov 10, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Long drawn out story with an aggravating heroine like most 90s shoujo manga. At some points during reading, I kept hoping the author would kill off the female lead. 90s shoujo manga tend to write the most aggravaging, annoying, headache-inducing female leads in the world of fiction. Most of the characters I found to be annoying. I will say the political aspect of the story was done quite well. Honestly it was more of a political manga than a shoujo romance manga which isn't a bad thing. Honestly I felt like it was a waste of my time but I can understand why others would ...

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