From the back cover:
Sarasa’s quest for freedom has ended, but the story 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 Tatara finds his true calling… as a pop star?
These stories weren’t bad, but they really weren’t anything awesome, either.
The first story, “Nakama” (fellowship), featured Hijiri and Nachi and showed how they originally became friends and also tied in with both of them moving on with their lives and thinking of starting families. It was cute. That’s about as much as can be said about it.
In “Dakara” (because), Asagi attempted to explain his dislike of Shuri to his manservant by describing an incident wherein a beloved peach got smooshed. Really, that was all it was. It was very short, though it at least provided the info that Asagi was indeed on his way to visit Hijiri and Nachi.
The bulk of the volume was occupied by “Katana” (sword), a tale about an ultimately unsuccessful band of rebels who fought against the royal family a few generations before the heroes of the main story. I liked parts of this a good deal, especially all the unrequited love going on, but it was just too short (even with 100 pages) to really get to know the characters. I did like how Tara, the sole female warrior in the group, tied in with the main cast. Some of the other connections were obvious (we already knew Hayato was descended from one of these guys), but hers was a surprise.
I haven’t much to say about the pop star thing, other than that it was pure silliness. And it had a cameo by Motomichi! That alone was worth something, at least.