For centuries, the Iga and Kouga ninja clans have engaged in a bitter war. But when a ceasefire is ordered by the powerful warlord Ieyasu Tokugawa, the two clans are forced to put down their arms. Years later, Gennosuke Kouga, heir of the Kouga clan, and Oboro Iga, heir of the Iga clan, have fallen in love. Through marriage, both heirs aim to bring peace to the clans. But their hopes are dashed when flames of rivalry between their clans are reignited, and they are dragged into another war. Ieyasu’s two grandsons have both claimed to be the next heir to the shogunate. To resolve this dispute, both the Kouga and Iga are ordered to send their 10 best warriors to fight in a bloody battle royale, with each clan representing one of the potential shogunate heirs. Two scrolls with the names of the fighters are given and are to be marked in blood upon the given fighter’s death. The prize for winning is the favor of the Tokugawa shogunate for a thousand years. Torn between their love for each other and duty to their clans, Gennosuke and Oboro must ultimately decide the fate of their clans. – My Anime List
Based on 13 review scores:
I highly recommend watching this series to anime lovers. Beautiful storyline, in addition to a lot of action taking place amongst the clashing of ninjas with a touch of romance.
Basilisk is a truly fascinating anime. It took the meaning of revenge to a new level. The anime contains a lot of bloodshed which I liked. I loved how the story line built up. Also learning each ninja’s ability was interesting. The only problem with that anime was time. You don’t get to enjoy seeing the amount of strength or ability that each ninja is capable of. I believed that some characters died too early. None the less, that fact will make you make up their strength with your own imagination. Plus you would want to see them with different opponent. Aside from the fighting, that anime has one of the most romantic stories in the history “Romeo and Juliet style”. So even if your not into the whole ninja fights thingy. You will still enjoy the anime.
Basilisk is a series filled with longing, love, betrayal, and of course, violence. It has all of the elements that go into good drama, excellent character development, a well-developed plot and, most of all, an interesting premise. From the melancholy of lost love to realizations of hard choices that must be made against one’s own desires, Basilisk has it all. The artwork is sublime and the atmospheric music helps to build the tension and drama throughout the series. This is a must see event for any anime fan.
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If one goes into Basilisk expecting a more mature-oriented take on super-powered ninja action then it is unlikely to disappoint. It’s hardly the best period story out there, but what it does, it does pretty well and looks good in the process.
Basilisk for half the way looked like it is going to be a rare exception where its great looking and well thought out battles is pulling it forward and not the characters and story, and then the battles get worse, an instant change of heart midway through, somewhere along the way you think to yourself “where did it go wrong?” Though it does have an epic “tragic romance” ending like William Shakespeare himself wrote it. In the end though Basilisk is without an identity that lacks enough development in any of its areas to feel really whole.
Basilisk consistently runs with the idea of human nature and the preference to wallow in hatred instead of letting it go for the greater good. In many ways, the war provided the excuse both sides were looking for to finally annihilate the other, putting aside the future and happiness that could have been achieved through Oboro and Gennosuke. On the other hand, one can even understand the hatred people like Gyobu of the Kouga and Tenzan of the Iga have for the opposing clan. Hatred so deep that it scars both mentally and physically is simply a hard thing to let go of. That is probably the saddest thing of all in this tragic and affecting series.
Perhaps one of the best all around Anime flicks of this era, Basilisk, does not let loyal fan boys down in any way, shape or fashion. Basilisk, Japan’s unique animated twist of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ set in ancient Japan, provides its viewers with great pleasure as it combines elements of distinctly Japanese ninja lore fantasy with realism on an overwhelmingly emotional level. From the dreamy, innocent flirtatious puppy love scenes in peacetime hidden Tsubu valley with the lovely Oboro and the hopeful Gennosuke to the dreadful ending conflict between the weathered Gennosuke and the insidious Tenzen; Basilisk’s atmosphere immerses its viewers into an emotional roller-coaster consisting of dread, rage, compassion, and a bitter-sweet depression that accompanies the conclusion of a great series. Hands down, Basilisk will not fail to deliver Great Justice to Anime veterans or new-comers alike.
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Basilisk is an anime not of entertainment, it does not contain any anime refrences and there is not any hilarious moments. People actually die in this anime yes, all the characters that you have loved seeing will eventually die. The plot demands it and this is why this anime is a seinan. In shonen too many characters escape death, how an author protrays death and the aftermath will contribute to a greater understanding of the anime. Most people will avoid it becuase of the fan base or it is to difficult. Basilisk is different they handle the characters emotions and speech so well, it almost becomes real. Back to my original point this anime is not a piece of entertainment, it is a piece of art the pinicle of what an anime strives to become. It is like a 24 part oscar winning motion picture. Put the laughter to one side and focus on the drama and plot unfold. Get ready to experience one of the greatest animes you will jave ever watched with the highest quailty animation possible!
I didn’t expect much from Basilisk, but now I have seen its true power, and I will never underestimate Gonzo again.
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This is a very good anime series, and despite some of it’s flaws, is a must see for any fan. I would say that about 95% of the people who watch this will like it. I would say that this series is appropriate for children over the age of fifteen, because it does include violence, scenes of rape, nudity, blood, and mildly suggestive themes. Main Verdict – Buy, rent, or download this anime — it is great!
Basically, this would be dull as dishwater if it were just about Oboru and Gennousuke, our lovebirds. But the supporting cast is colorful and interesting, and the conflict between the families and their involvement in historical events is what makes this show worth watching. What I liked this show for was how much it got me interested in learning more about each family.