Legend of Basara

(ended 1998)


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Legend of Basara

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Originated from a popular manga written by Yumi Tamura.

This series follows the adventure of Sarasa, a girl who's force to assume the identity of her dead twin Tatara, who's destined to fight the tyrant that had ruled Japan in the 21st century. Along the way, she met and fell in love with Shuri, who's also unknowingly the man she was suppose to kill; the Red King.


The episodes listed in this guide will have the Japanese tile and then the Englidh title in brackets


Opening Theme: "Endless Loop" by Rouage Ending Theme: "Plumeria no Saku Basho e" by Nakayama Kanako


Japanese Staff:

Series director: Noburu Takamoto Music: Fumitaka Anzai & Toshiyuki Omori Original creator: Yumi Tamura Character Design: Keizo Shimizu Art director: Shichiro Kobayashi Director of Photography: Hisao Ishii Series Concept: Takao Koyama Sound director: Tsuyoshi Takahashi Theme Song Performance: Kanako Nakayama (ED)


Japanese Compaies:

Broadcaster: Chiba TV, Sun TV, TV Kanagawa, TV Saitama Production: KSS

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  • Basara is the name of a manga, and later an anime, written by Yumi Tamura.

    In Basara's post-apocalyptic setting, Japan has been controlled by a succession of corrupt and oppressive rulers. The current one is the Golden Emperor, a sovereign so obsessed with maintaining his power that he has had most of his children killed. He later appointed territories to the remaining children, allowing them to rule as subordinate kings and expend their energies in rivalries amongst each other, instead of trying to dethrone him. As a result, most of the Kings neglect the people they rule. Though the peasants have been downtrodden for decades, they have not completely lost their rebellious spirit. Four swords named for the Ssu Ling gods - Byakko, Suzaku, Seiryu and Genbu - forged for fallen rebel leaders two generations past, are the symbols of underground resistance groups across Japan. The sword of Byakko is kept in Byakko Village, and according to a prophet, a child of fate who will lead a revolution will be born there. Twins - a girl and a boy - are born under the prophecy, but ultimately the girl, Sarasa, is the child of fate. She assumes her brother's name to lead her people after the local ruler, the Red King, destroys their village, intending to prevent the fulfillment of the prophecy. Sasara undergoes extreme psychological strain over having to pretend to be a boy. As such, she often visits hot springs to 'let her hair down.' During these visits, she runs into a mysterious young man named Shuri, and they fall in love with each other. Unknown to Sasara, Shuri is really the Red King, whom she has sworn revenge upon for destroying her village and killing her family. The Red King is also unaware of the fact that Sasara, in her alter ego, is the rebel leader he is trying to kill. As the story progresses, the pair's relationship deepens even as their struggle becomes more bloody.moreless
  • Fantastically amazingly. It's a shame that it got cancelled after 13 episodes. I've watched this series at least 3 times and it never gets old. It's a classic love story, and yet it's done in such a beautifully original style.moreless

    Set in a desert-like, post-apocalyptic Japan, Legend of Basara tells the story of a prophecy about a "child of fate". Twins are born, and it is assumed that the boy, Tatara is the Child, and his sister Sarasa is destined to remain in his shadow. One tragic night, the fearsome Red King and his army come to the village and slaughter Tatara. To keep the hope of her people people alive, Sarasa, still racked with grief, cuts her hair and takes up the name of Tatara. She meets Shuri, a handsome young man, while at a hot spring recovering from a battle wound. What Sarasa doesn't know is that Shuri is the Red King who she has sworn to kill.

    The story wanders stylishly from character to character, from story arc to story arc. The characters and their struggles and feelings are all completely believable. The art is amazing with its own unique style. The opening is perfect for the series, and the song rocks. I highly recommend this series to ANYONE. Word of warning though, the series had low ratings due to the time when it aired, and so it got cancelled after 13 episodes. Still, GO SEE IT.moreless
  • I loved this show, but it had no ending!

    I attended a very geeky college five years ago where lots of people watched anime, and this was one of the series they watched, and I became hooked on it! I was obsessed with finding out what happened, but I had to leave the school before seeing the last two episodes. It was driving me crazy! I finally found a copy of a fan-sub of this series on ebay and bought it, waiting with baited breath to find out what happened. Then I saw the last episode, and nothing was resolved! I was massively pissed! The characters and the plot were wonderful, but the show simply stopped! A few years ago they started releasing the manga, so I've finally been able to find out a little of what the hell is going to happen, but I felt soooo ripped off that this show simply ended! Without resolving anything!moreless