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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
Genres: Adventure Adventure, Drama Drama, Fantasy Fantasy, Romance Romance
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Betsucomi
Authors: Tamura, Yumi (Story & Art)


Score: 8.411 (scored by 53745,374 users)
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Ranked: #1682
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Popularity: #763
Members: 17,433
Favorites: 705

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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.


Basara was published in English by VIZ Media from July 16, 2003 to May 13, 2008, and digitally from September 3, 2013 to March 25, 2014.

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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
Jun 22, 2013
bauzlotz (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

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