Basara 25 by Yumi Tamura: A+

From the back cover:
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!

Plus two bonus stories!

I admit it: I cried. At things happy, sad, and both at once. I’ve invested three years in this series and can happily say that it was worth it. I’m not going to give any details on how things go down, so suffice it to say that the ending is very satisfying. I must’ve reread the last few pages three times to savor all that Sarasa had accomplished.

Neither of the bonus stories was silly this time around, which was a good thing, as it would’ve been a jarring juxtaposition with the main story. The first one was pretty good and was all about the White King’s miserable life. It also answered some questions about Asagi as well as revealing King Ukon’s eventual fate. The second one was about Ageha’s adolescence and was very sad. I was teary again by the end of it.

Basara is probably the best manga I have ever read. Thanks, Viz, for taking a chance on it.

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  1. The best manga you’ve ever read? All right, I think that finally convinced me.

  2. Yay! I have triumphed! 🙂


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