Monday, August 23, 2010

Basara: Vol. 1 by Yumi Tamura

At the birth of Sarasa and her twin brother, Tatara, a prophecy was made that one of them was "the child of destiny" and would lead their oppressed people to freedom. Everyone has assumed it will be Tatara, so he has received training to be a warrior. But when their village is raided and Tatara killed, Sarasa takes his place by pretending it was she who was killed. Can a girl who was ignored much of her life lead an army?

The art in this manga is very simple and sparse, reflecting nicely the harsh, desert way of life these characters lead. It isn't particularly beautiful and is awkwardly drawn at times. This manga's strength isn't it's art, but it's fascinating and gripping story. The plot sucks you in and doesn't let go. It is fast moving and a definite page-turner. The panel layout isn't fancy looking but pushes the reader onwards smoothly and simply, meaning you don't ever stop and struggle to figure out what panel comes next.

4 Stars

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