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English: Basara
Synonyms: Legend of Basara
Japanese: BASARA


Type: Manga
Volumes: 27
Chapters: 112
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 11, 1990 to May 13, 1998
Authors: Tamura, Yumi (Story & Art)
Serialization: Betsucomi


Score: 8.521 (scored by 3775 users)
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Ranked: #1222
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Popularity: #672
Members: 9,855
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Jun 3, 2011
SoraRyuuzaki (All reviews)
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
Nov 11, 2008
Nezerchin (All reviews)
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
Mar 5, 2008
soaring_wings (All reviews)
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
Jun 22, 2013
Kuikirylia (All reviews)
“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
Aug 13, 2016
Mina-dere (All reviews)
Ahh I read this after reading the reviews about how awesome this manga was and honestly it seriously is a freaking awesome manga.

The storyline starts off with a girl Sarasa living in the shadow of her twin brother who is the "chosen one." Shit goes down and eventually Sarasa lives out her tale. The pretense of the storyline is definitely unique but nothing too out of the ordinary. It takes place in historical times with emperors and kings and all that jazz. (Reminds me of Akatsuki no Yona but less shoujo-y) The only big miss for me is that the author includes so many read more
Oct 5, 2010
Noofar (All reviews)
The first I landed on this story I was abit anxious and was asking myself do i need to read it or not, is it interesting, or will the story will drag itself!? No Basara from the first time i read it had captured me wholly!? The characters, storyline and art everything was perfect!?

I loved the story so much I couldn't stop myself from reading!? The suspense and the surprises and twists in the storyline keep on capturing more and more!?

The story is about Japan during the end of the monarchy!? The child of destiny who is a girl (thats definitely a read more
Mar 13, 2017
Amiabooklover (All reviews)
If you're into warship, social justice, historical romance and adventure.. go for it.

This tackled up all sorts of realities in the world--may it be conditional love or abusive love. How leaders abuse their power to remain seated or the reasons they want to keep seated. How people tried to protest by doing what they think is the right way.

How there's hope in retributional satisfaction and how forgiveness could also be a form of retribution.

Characters were given a deep thought. They are richly developed by the main story and their own story (as shown in side stories--which you should not missed also). All of this are read more