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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)


Score: 8.401 (scored by 66796,679 users)
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Ranked: #2142
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Popularity: #749
Members: 24,562
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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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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.




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 ...
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. ...
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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