I thoroughly enjoyed this series, though I wish the manga continued for longer. It matches up pretty well with the first season of the aniMy Thoughts:
I thoroughly enjoyed this series, though I wish the manga continued for longer. It matches up pretty well with the first season of the anime which I love, but I want to see past that! I'm going to have to find a way to either read or watch past this point because I'd hate it if Shurei doesn't end up with Ryuki somehow. I really want to see that.
I very much enjoyed seeing these characters. I know that some people feel that the story fell apart early on, but I didn't think so. I just wanted to be able to see want comes next. I am glad that Shurei has made it to the beginning of the road that she wishes to travel on and yet there is still much to be done. I'd love to see Shurei and Eigetsu in their role as joint governors of the Province of Sa.
All in all, I really enjoyed these characters and seeing them grow. Some didn't change much while others blossomed a bit more. They were all fun to read about, though and I love them all. I hope I get to find out what really happens in the end one of these days....more
hurei Hong, destitute but of noble birth, has always dreamed of working as a civil servant in the imperial court of Saiunkoku, but women areSynopsis:
hurei Hong, destitute but of noble birth, has always dreamed of working as a civil servant in the imperial court of Saiunkoku, but women are barred from holding office. The emperor Ryuki, however, refuses to take command, leaving everything to his advisors. Shurei is asked to become a consort to the emperor to persuade the ne'er-do-well ruler to govern.
After realizing Ryuki has been faking his ignorance, an enraged Shurei demands to be sent home immediately. Ryuki then locks Shurei in her room, unaware he has now put his consort in great danger...
A very nice second volume.
Ryuki continues to show just how competent he really is. Shurei is not one bit happy about it when he tells her he's just been pretending the whole time.
The plot of trying to kill Shurei comes to a head in this volume and we discover who was behind it all. It was more complicated than expected. I saw all of this unfold in the anime, but I'd completely forgotten aspects of it. It was like a plot within a plot and some secrets about characters are revealed. Seiran's identity really isn't a surprise, but that man doesn't have an evil bone in his body. He'd do you in for hurting Shurei or Ryuki, though. Then there's Shoka and Shusui. Those two were really surprising. I'd completely forgotten about their roles in all of this. And then there's Sho. I'd forgotten about his real identity as well. When Shoka confronted him, I wanted to punch Sho in the face. He may have gotten what he wanted out of all of this, but it wouldn't be wise to manipulate Ryuki too much or to involve Shurei and piss Shoka off, either. Granted, would they even be able to kill him? He's not exactly normal...
One thing I was happy about is that Ryuki and Seiran got to talk alone. They can't openly acknowledge their relationship, but knowing Seiran is around should help Ryuki quite a bit. Ryuki isn't happy that Shurei is going back to her home, though. Her job is over, granted, it was basically a sham job, anyway. She did come to care for Ryuki and he's totally in love with her. I think her own insecurity about her looks and status are holding back her own feelings, though.
Shurei's leaving doesn't seem to be discouraging Ryuki, though. He's determined to bring her back home, though. He considers her place to be with him. Good luck, Ryuki!...more
Shurei Hong, destitute but of noble birth, has always dreamed of working as a civil servant in the imperial court of Saiunkoku, but women areSynopsis:
Shurei Hong, destitute but of noble birth, has always dreamed of working as a civil servant in the imperial court of Saiunkoku, but women are barred from holding office. The emperor Ryuki, however, refuses to take command, leaving everything to his advisors. Shurei is asked to become a consort to the emperor to persuade the ne’er-do-well ruler to govern.
Shurei enters the palace as Ryuki's consort, but he has yet to seek her out. It is rumored that men, not women, share the emperor's bedchamber. Shurei must think of a way to stop the emperor from shirking his responsibilities, but she has to find him first!
I've watched the first season of the anime of this series, so a lot of what I read here, I'd already seen before. Still, I'd been wanting to read the manga because stateside, we'd only got the first season of the show even though there are a few others past that one. I want to know if the manga goes further than that. Besides, it was a few years ago that I watched it, so I don't remember just how close Shurei and Ryuki get.
Shurei laments being poor, so when she's offered so much money to whip the Emperor into shape, she jumps at it. Of course, it isn't so easy in the beginning as it takes quite some time to even met him. It seems Ryuki has gone out of his way to avoid meeting those appointed to posts that he's supposed to work with. When Shurei does get to meet Ryuki, he's pretending to be someone else not realizing that she has already met this person. Still, they meet for tea often and get closer. Once Shurei tells him her story, he finally decides to start learning about governance.
As they get closer, Ryuki starts wanting a closer relationship with Shurei. He's a bit jealous that she speaks about her attendant Seiran so often. He decides he wants her to call him by his name from now on, but ends up falling asleep in her bed. As he's been known to only bed men, everyone is quite surprised when it's discovered that Shurei and Ryuki have spent the night together. Shurei is embarrassed, but Ryuki seems to have more than one reason for staying there. He's had nightmares for years stemming from his awful treatment as a child and it seems someone is trying to kill Shurei. She has no idea that Ryuki has been protecting her or that he's given "flowers" to Koyu and Shuei and enlisted their help. What will she do when she finds out? What will she do when she notices (like Shuei and Koyu have) that Ryuki isn't nearly as inept as he's made himself out to seem? I'm looking forward to finding out....more
In this special collection of side stories, join Sarasa and Shuri after the war, as they rebuild Japan and travel the world together. In theSynopsis:
In this special collection of side stories, join Sarasa and Shuri after the war, as they rebuild Japan and travel the world together. In the distant Huang Empire, Sarasa is infected with a fatal disease--but will Shuri betray the Huang Emperor to save her? And when the new Japanese government is beset with turmoil, it's up to two children to convince a reclusive hermit named Hayato to lead his country.
Finally, Yumi Tamura offers a glimpse of life before the apocalypse...before the ruined world Sarasa knows...before the beginning of Basara!
I really loved the short stories in this volume. We got to see Sarasa and Shuri after the revolution. Things weren't magically happy for them at first. Shuri was suffering because of the things he did to Sarasa as the Red King and she's unsure of how to treat him with his left arm missing. It takes a new a new adventure, but they manage to reconnect and reaffirm their love. They even help save another country from civil war. These two are amazing. I'm so happy for them.
The other stories were really nice, too, but I especially liked the one called "Pajama" where Sarasa and Shuri are spending a lazy morning in bed in their place in Europe discussing what everyone was up to since the revolution ended. It was cute and sweet. I also especially loved the chapter featuring Hayato after a small skip to the future. The last story "Sarasa" was good, too. We got to see a glimpse of a previous Sarasa and Shuri who were lovers before the world ended and became the world of Basara that we got to know. I like knowing that Sarasa and Shuri have a tie that brings them together even in future lives.
I never expected to love this series so much, but I blasted right through it. Part of me wishes I hadn't read it so fast, but it was impossible not to. This will definitely be one of the series that I re-read, but I really need to get hard copies of this. I want to be able to display it on my shelves....more
Sarasa's quest for freedom has ended, but Basara isn't over yet! In this volume of special side stories, Yumi Tamura goes deeper than ever beSynopsis:
Sarasa's quest for freedom has ended, but Basara isn't over yet! In this volume of special side stories, Yumi Tamura goes deeper than ever before to explore the characters and world of Basara. Hijiri and Nachi recount childhood memories of ships, sea monsters and mermaids. A band of star-crossed rebels arises in another time--and changes the course of Sarasa's battle. And Asagi finds his new calling...fronting a boy band?
This was a nice collection of Basara side stories. ...more
Sarasa has led her army to victory, faced down King Ukon, and won the hearts and minds of her people. Now, in the final hours of battle, herSynopsis:
Sarasa has led her army to victory, faced down King Ukon, and won the hearts and minds of her people. Now, in the final hours of battle, her actions--and Shuri's--will decide Japan's ultimate fate. Sarasa began her quest in Tatara's shadow. The time has come for her to step into the light, speak her real name, and accept her true destiny as the woman who will lead Japan into a new age of peace and freedom!
The journey and war have come to an end. The people of Tatara's army are calling for Tatara to take the Red King's head. But what does Sarasa want? If she remains Tatara, she'll have to kill him. If she goes back to being Sarasa, she can keep loving him. I won't give it away, but that second chapter in this volume really moved me. I cried my eyes out. I loved it. Perfect ending is perfect.
The main story ends at 53% of the volume and what follows are two bonus side stories. The first one brings us Ginko's story. We see how she became the way that she was. We also find out the truth of Asagi's parentage. Growing up in that woman's care, it's no wonder Asagi was such a horrible person at first. Meeting Tatara, though, changed him. He gradually became so much better. He actually became one of my most favorite characters in the series.
The second story was about Ageha. We saw how he came to be the Blue Noble of the Desert and the reason why he never followed Shido the way Shido asked him to. Ageha didn't get to live happily ever after with the woman worth dying for (there was actually more than one), but I think he still got a happy ending because he did what he wanted to do. He's definitely another one of my most favorite characters in the series. It's impossible not to love Ageha....more
As the war for Japan rages on, the battle reaches the Royal Castle itself. Sarasa penetrates the castle's defenses to confront the traitorousSynopsis:
As the war for Japan rages on, the battle reaches the Royal Castle itself. Sarasa penetrates the castle's defenses to confront the traitorous Asagi. Shuri, wounded and crippled, pursues Sarasa even though the chase may kill him. Ageha descends into a labyrinth beneath the castle to stop a deadly mechanism designed to destroy them all. And King Ukon, now a pathetic, desperate shell of a ruler, grimly awaits Tatara's arrival!
The battle is still on only the Red army and Tatara's army are working together against the remainder of those still fighting for the Royal army. Tatara, though, races to Kyoto in order to confront Asagi about what he's doing. I'm glad she did only because we find out why he did what he did. When he explains it, it makes a lot of sense.
Shuri goes after Sarasa because he can't stand for her to leave him behind again. When the confront King Ukon, they realize just how insignificant that man really is. They let him leave knowing that the people are likely to tear him apart if they get their hands on him.
Meanwhile, Ageha is fighting beneath the castle to buy Tatara, Shuri and Asagi some time to get out of the castle before it collapses, but the Yaro-Gumi finds him and tries to take him out. The last time we see him, I'm not sure if they've succeeded or not. I hope not, but if he does die, at least I know it's because it was what he wanted. I just don't want him to die all alone...
While trying to get out of the castle, Sarasa now has a choice to make. Does even a little part of her still wish for the Red King to die? If she does, her best bet is to leave him in the castle as he's in no shape to get out on his own and he basically tells her to leave. But if she doesn't, then she has to help him. Choose, Sarasa......more
War will determine who wins control of Japan--but the bonds of love and loyalty will decide the nation's future. As the battle reaches its clSynopsis:
War will determine who wins control of Japan--but the bonds of love and loyalty will decide the nation's future. As the battle reaches its climax, will Shuri pursue his destiny as king or trust Sarasa's dream of democracy? When placed on the throne of Kyoto, will Asagi turn on Sarasa? And when Sarasa is forced to choose between her love for Shuri and her loyalty to her comrades, can she make the right decision?
Things just keep changing in this series! Shuri has surrendered the country to Tatara and tells the soldiers that they should think for themselves and choose their own sides. Some of the Red Kings army join with Tatara, others with the Royal army. It's practically a free for all. And then, Asagi is called back to Kyoto by the White King and ordered to present himself to King Ukon as the Blue King. He takes over Kyoto and does some pretty outlandish things. Thanks to a note from Tatara and some good planning by Ageha and some of the Kyoto neighborhood leaders, they're able to safely evacuate the city.
On Tatara and Shuri's end, things aren't going as well as planned thanks to Asagi and Sarasa finds herself needing to know why Asagi would do this. She ends up setting off after him alone, but this time, Shuri isn't letting himself be left behind....
Meanwhile, some of Tatara's army are hoping that the alliance with the Red King is only temporary. They ultimately want Tatara to avenge them and take Shuri's head. That seems to be what Kaku wants as well. He can't stand to see Tatara and the Red King together. I think he needs to chill, but I'm worried about what might happen if Sarasa as Tatara doesn't give her followers what they want....more
As war breaks out in Kyoto, Taro races to warn Sarasa about Project Pomegranate, a secret plan launched by Hagiwara. But a traitor has betraySynopsis:
As war breaks out in Kyoto, Taro races to warn Sarasa about Project Pomegranate, a secret plan launched by Hagiwara. But a traitor has betrayed Taro to the Yaro-Gumi, Kyoto's feared elite police force. With the truth of Project Pomegranate still a mystery, the forces of Sarasa and the Red King ride into battle against one another, not realizing that, in doing so, they play into Hagiwara's hands!
The battle is on and raging and Hagiwara's trap is laid. Thanks to Ageha figuring out Taro's message, the armies are warned in time and they don't go up in a fiery pit.
We learn Shuri's motivation for coming to this battle at last. That man sure has grown over the course of this series. It's impossible for me not to love him. I adore him. Sarasa has grown, too. She faces him head on. It's amazing. Shuri risks a lot to take out one of the relics that he feels cannot remain in the new country Tatara is trying to create, but he does it knowing that he may lose something. It was pretty awe-inspiring.
Allies from all over are gathering at Tatara's base camp in preparation for a massive assault. Meanwhile, Shuri has a plan to establish his aSynopsis:
Allies from all over are gathering at Tatara's base camp in preparation for a massive assault. Meanwhile, Shuri has a plan to establish his authority in Kyoto and deplete his rivals' funds. On a reconnaissance mission, Taro finds information crucial to the war effort. All the while, a battle between Tatara and Shuri is imminent!
The battle is on! What will happen?! So far, Sarasa and Shuri seem to be really adept at anticipating each others moves. It's a crazy battle, but they aren't completely aware of the true danger. They're going all out against each other despite how they feel about each other or maybe because of how they feel about each other. Can this end happily?
Meanwhile, Taro has discovered the truth of what's going on behind the scenes, but can he warn everyone in time?...more
A curfew law has been passed in Kyoto to suppress the rebellion. Sarasa's ally Ageha seeks to destroy King Ukon's senior officials, while AsaSynopsis:
A curfew law has been passed in Kyoto to suppress the rebellion. Sarasa's ally Ageha seeks to destroy King Ukon's senior officials, while Asagi, the real Blue King, gains Sarasa's trust and leads a daring assault. But while Sarasa and her forces are gaining ground, their enemies' secret plan could turn the tide against them!
Another awesome volume. Tatara and Shuri are both making their way to Kyoto with their armies only from different directions. King Ukon's territory is steadily dwindling away. Meanwhile, Ageha is in Kyoto assassinating key officials and Taro is on a journey to uncover a conspiracy that could spell the end of Tatara. I really hope both of them make it to the end of this series. Unfortunately, Taro left some evidence behind that the Yarogumi have uncovered that just may get him caught. Hayachi is a strict guy and damn good with a sword, so I'm really worried about him.
Meanwhile, one of King Ukon's four councilors, Councilor Tachibana is really worried about about Tatara's approaching army. This guy seems really devoted to the royal family, but he's lost his faith in King Ukon, so he goes to Shuri and basically begs him to replace his father. I was surprised when Shuri ends up taking the offer, especially after meeting Chigusa. What is he up to? When Kikune finds out, she goes to tell Sarasa and Sarasa is devastated all over again at the thought of fighting Shuri. It takes a visit to Byakko Village and her allies gathering around her to strengthen her resolve, but she seems ready to this.
Now, Tatara's army is continuing their advance to Kyoto. How bloody will things get? Who will die and who will survive?...more
Sarasa is engaged in a naval battle with the Royal fleet, but dolphin suicide torpedoes are being deployed against her Shikoku allies to devaSynopsis:
Sarasa is engaged in a naval battle with the Royal fleet, but dolphin suicide torpedoes are being deployed against her Shikoku allies to devastating effect. Hiiragi's assassins infiltrate Sarasa's Suzaku flagship as she and her crew are pushed to extremes. Sarasa also learns of Shuri's deeds in the North and realizes that he is no longer the Red King of old, but more the Shuri that she loves.(
Things are moving swiftly towards Kyoto. Everyone has grown so much. I'm sure it will be some time before Sarasa and Shuri reunite, but I'm looking forward to it....more
While in Kyoto Shuri runs into his beloved sister, the Great Sister of White, as well as his old teacher and rival, Hiiragi. Sarasa continuesSynopsis:
While in Kyoto Shuri runs into his beloved sister, the Great Sister of White, as well as his old teacher and rival, Hiiragi. Sarasa continues to form alliances and gain strength. Although Sarasa and Shuri are apart, they remain close in each other's hearts. Meanwhile, someone wants Shuri dead-but who?
This volume is very much focused on Shuri and his group's efforts. They pull of a major coup. Just think what could have been done if Shuri and Tatara had worked together from the outset. Tatara laid a foundation in the North and Shuri built on it. It made me cheer.
So far, things are looking up for our characters, but Hiiragi is still set to kill Tatara and I doubt Shuri will be allowed to keep running around forever. Please keep surviving!...more
Sarasa and Shuri meet in the battlefield, and are devastated to learn one another's true identities. Sarasa runs away to Kazuno, reunites witSynopsis:
Sarasa and Shuri meet in the battlefield, and are devastated to learn one another's true identities. Sarasa runs away to Kazuno, reunites with her mother, and reaffirms the sanctity of love. But what path will she choose now...?
This volume is a bit lighter than the last few have been. I was glad for that because things just can't be dark ALL the time. It was so good to see Sarasa with a smile on her face again. And I was happy that she and Shuri both helped each other when you might think both would be too bitter to do so. I'm also glad that Shuri seems to won someone who had every reason to hate him over to his side and that thanks to Sarasa, he's reunited with Nakijin and Yuna.
I really like Kikune's character. I hope to see her again and hopefully, not as an enemy. I really like Ichimatsu as well, he's funny.
I really enjoyed seeing Sarasa dealing a blow to the royal family. Totally made them lose face. Plus, she freed a lot of slaves. It looks like back in Suo, they're rebuilding the city and it's going well. Senju, though, still is out of it. She should have had her baby by now, but I don't know if she can ever let go of her grudge against Tatara. Sakaki is still around, too. It seems that Sarasa wants him to help with his aqueduct that he had began before. Looks like he's working on it in secret, but at least he's working.
However, one of King Ukon's councilors has sent an assassin after Tatara and Kinari the Spider has warned him about it. Will she survive the attempt?...more
At last, "Tatara" and the Red King have met in battle. The fighting was fierce, but the revelation of their true identities proved to be theSynopsis:
At last, "Tatara" and the Red King have met in battle. The fighting was fierce, but the revelation of their true identities proved to be the most devastating. Now they must find a way to carry on and fulfill their destinies.
Sarasa is truly in a bad way in this volume. She isn't all together sane. She's been fighting without even knowing it. A surprise meeting seems to bring her back to herself. I'm so glad for that. She's also set into motion the first beginnings of her new free Japan, but there are still enemies afoot. Watch your back, Sasara!
Meanwhile, Shuri has found himself in a pretty bad situation, but he doesn't seem motivated enough to care. How will he regain his senses? And when he does, what will he do?...more