Basara Manga Image of Sarasa and Ageha


Name: Basara
MangakaTamura Yumi

Volumes: 27 (Complete)
Licensed: Viz (27 Volumes: Digital (App) / Paperback OOP)
Type: Manga
Genre: Adventure/Action/Fantasy/Drama
Age Group: Teen

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.

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Graphics Rating: 3/5
Plot Rating: 4/5

Opinion: Another shoujo classic, but this one I definitely thought I would never get a chance to read! But thanks to the Viz Manga App it cost me 2$ to read the entire series, and honestly it’s such a great app.

So the art is not my favourite. I thought it would improve over time and it did a little. It’s not an age thing, but the style was VERY detailed and I honestly found it distracting. Some pages, especially with the action, it was so hard to figure out what was going on. I am obviously going gentle because of the series age but it could have been better.

The story! Ok so if you’re like me where romance is your number one priority at all times then this series isn’t for you. It has a really great long-distance romance with enemies to lovers, but there are not a TON of romantic moments.

Where this series definitely shines instead is in the action-adventure. I really loved all the friends our Heroine made along the way and the arc of the main villain. Some of the twists and turns were fun as well. I genuinely loved the ability to simplify and tackle really complex geo-political issues that are still relevant to this day and age. Who is good, who is bad, what amount of force is acceptable to achieve peace? I loved the messaging from beginning to end.

Otherwise some arcs were kind of boring near the end. The end wasn’t as satisfying as I hoped. The best part of the series was the first 3/4. I think it may have been better if it had ended earlier.

If you have the Viz Manga app I 100% recommend this series as a classic.

Final Rating: 4/5

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Nana Komatsu and Nana Osaki by Ai Yazawa


Name: Nana
MangakaAi Yazawa

Volumes: 21 (Hiatus)
Licensed: Viz (21 Volumes: Digital/Paperback)
Type: Manga
Genre: Drama/Slice of Life
Age Group: Older Teen

Nana Komatsu is a young woman who’s endured an unending string of boyfriend problems. Moving to Tokyo, she’s hoping to take control of her life and put all those messy misadventures behind her. She’s looking for love and she’s hoping to find it in the big city. Nana Osaki, on the other hand, is cool, confident and focused. She swaggers into town and proceeds to kick down the doors to Tokyo’s underground punk scene. She’s got a dream and won’t give up until she becomes Japan’s No. 1 rock’n’roll superstar.

This is the story of two 20-year-old women who share the same name. Even though they come from completely different backgrounds, they somehow meet and become best friends. The world of Nana is a world exploding with sex, music, fashion, gossip and all-night parties.

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Graphics Rating: 5/5
Plot Rating: 5/5

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