This volume gives us the conclusion of the battle between Tatara and Shido. It doesn't end well for all parties, naturally. With this kindMy Thoughts:
This volume gives us the conclusion of the battle between Tatara and Shido. It doesn't end well for all parties, naturally. With this kind of series and everyone believing they're on the right side, that's just not possible, at least, not at this point. Maybe someday, though it won't happen unless everyone can let go of their hatred and vengeance. Right now, they're all in an endless loop and it just doubled back on Sarasa because of what happened to Shido.
Curiously, or not, Shuri seeks out Sarasa's company for comfort in the aftermath. If he only knew, he wouldn't be so quick to rest on her lap.
At least now, they knew where the Suzaku sword is and the Tatara Army has a new base of operations. Things don't slow down, though. A messenger from the Blue King shows up at Sakurajima to propose an alliance to take out the Red King. Sarasa isn't moved by that, though because she can't work with a guy that's willing to kill his own brother. She did agree to go to Kanto, though because apparently, the Blue Army has found the Byakko sword that she dropped during Sakurajima's rising and has taken it back there. Now, she's set out on a journey and is using Shuri as a traveling camouflage (he had asked her to come with him because he's basically using her in the same way), but it's not that simple. The two of them end up captured as runaway slaves and now they're stuck in some kind of race that isn't quite what it seems......more
Sarasa and her new friend Hayato are captured by pirates who plan to sell them off as slaves. On the pirate ship, they reunite with Old Kaku,Synopsis:
Sarasa and her new friend Hayato are captured by pirates who plan to sell them off as slaves. On the pirate ship, they reunite with Old Kaku, whom Sarasa had feared dead. A fight with the spirited female captain ends in a draw, but will Sarasa do as well in a battle with the treacherous Shojos?
Sarasa and Hayato are really surprised when they find Sakurajima in the state it's in. How are they supposed to get their hands on the Suzaku sword now? If that isn't bad enough, they get captured by pirates that want to sell them to foreign countries. They learn that if you break the rules, you have to do the "Death Dance" with the chief, a woman named Chacha. The Death Dance is basically a sword fight on the bow of the ship above shark infested waters. Apparently, Chacha has never lost.
Sarasa wants to get the pirates on her side when she discovers they hate the Shojo Clan, but it isn't so easy. Lucky for her, Kaku is on board the pirate ship. However, Sarasa challenges Chacha to the Death Dance saying that if she loses, the pirates can sell her, but if she wins, they have to follow her. Amazingly, she does win, but then the Red Army lead by Shido with Ageha in tow shows up and things really get crazy. Sarasa has to find a cannon on board the Suzaku flagship within an hour so that they can defeat the Red Army or Zaki-Chacha's protector-will kill her and give her head to the Red Army. She pulls off what should be impossible and the Red Army isn't in much of a good condition now.
Meanwhile, Shuri has his own problems. Someone uses Tatara's name and nearly starts a war with one of the foreign countries, but Shuri isn't fooled. He knows what his brother is up to. He does something drastic when he figures it out and now he cannot go to aid Shido. What will happen now?...more
In this volume, Sarasa travels by land and sea to seek freedom for her village and revenge for her murdered family. Captured in battle aftMy Thoughts:
In this volume, Sarasa travels by land and sea to seek freedom for her village and revenge for her murdered family. Captured in battle after witnessing the terrifying spectacle of a massacred village, Sarasa learns that violence, intrigue, and even romance rule this postapocalyptic fantasy world.
Sarasa is on her own when this volume starts out. After failing to kill the Red King in the last volume, she decides that she must continue on alone because she doesn't want to lose anymore people that are important to her. Nagi does recommend that she go to Suzaku Village in Kyushu next so that she can gather the first of her allies around her. Tatara wields the Byakko sword, but apparently, there are three others out there and one of them is the Suzaku sword.
On her way to Kyushu, Sarasa meets Ageha again and discovers that people aren't being allowed to go to Kyushu by boat because the search for Tatara is on. Here, we meet Shido, Shuri's cousin and loyal confidant/general. We also discover that Shido has a fiancee that he loves and she loves him just as much. Senju seems really worried about Shido fighting Tatara. She's a sweet girl and outside of his ruthless side while working for Shuri, Shido probably isn't a bad guy. It's just hard to root for someone that's out to kill the main character when I like Sarasa so much. We do find out why Shido is willing to die for Shuri, though. We get a glimpse into what Shuri's childhood was like and it's no wonder he doesn't care for his father and brothers. Shuri does become more intrigued by Sarasa when they unexpectedly meet again at yet another hot spring. It seems they're destined to meet like this. He really seems to want her by his side and even gives her a bird to use so that they can send letters back and forth. They're adorable together, but I'm still worried about what might happen between them when they discover they're enemies.
Sarasa does find her first ally, though. Hayato is the great-grandson of the previous wielder of the Suzaku sword who was betrayed by one of his fellow villagers. Originally, he doesn't want to follow Tatara, but changes his mind after being double-crossed by Shido who asked him to pretend to be Tatara so that rebels could be ferreted out. Sarasa was right to smell a trap in that so-called meeting. After losing his mother, Hayato and Sarasa set off towards Sakurajima to see if they can find the Suzaku sword, but find a big surprise when they get there...
What will happen next? How are they supposed to find the sword in that place? Will Shido show up? What about Ageha? He's in trouble for aiding Tatara, but he isn't talking. I was surprised to learn about his history and ties to Shido as well. There are some messy connections here, but I didn't get the feeling that Ageha harbors any love for Shido. I hope they all continue to survive, at least for now....more
Basara is a post-apocalyptic fantasy adventure series and one of the most popular shôjo manga of the 90s in Japan. It is the story of how a ySynopsis:
Basara is a post-apocalyptic fantasy adventure series and one of the most popular shôjo manga of the 90s in Japan. It is the story of how a young girl becomes "the child of destiny" and finds the strength to free her people and seek revenge for the death of her brother.
I originally read this first volume some years ago and never managed to get back to the series. Since I've been back enjoying shoujo fantasy series (From Far Away and Red River) again, I decided to start this series up again. I'd basically forgotten everything that happened. I figured Tatara would have to die early on, but I didn't remember that when we first see Sarasa and her brother, they are only 12 and that their friend died in place of Tatara the first time that the Red King came to their village during one of his rebellion crushing missions. After that, we get a three year timeskip and Tatara is working hard at gathering people for a rebellion. His work is cut short when the Red King and his army come back to the village looking for Tatara again. It seems they realized that an imposter was killed the first time and they make sure they get the right person this time around. No one could expect Sarasa to step up and assume Tatara's life, but that's what she does.
Things aren't easy for her after that. She pulls off some surprising victories, but she also makes some serious mistakes. I hope she can pull this off, though. It won't be easy living as a boy until things can be settled. Especially not now that she's met Shuri who seems to call to her as a woman. Meeting Shuri at the hot springs seems to be the only time that Sarasa can be herself. Too bad she doesn't know Shuri is really the Red King who she hates. Too bad for Shuri, too because he seems to like her quite a bit, but he doesn't know she's Tatara. What will happen to them when they find out the truth?
I'm really interested in seeing the turns this series will take. Sarasa has a long rode ahead of her. She has no power save for the faith people have in the name Tatara. She's got to gather allies, but most of all, she had to stay alive....more