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Basilisk  
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Description
From Del Rey:
By the order of Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa, ten ninja from the Iga and the Kouga clans must fight to the death in order to determine who will be the next Tokugawa Shogun, with the surviving clan ruling for the next thousand years. But Oboro of the Iga clan and Gennosuke of the Kouga clan have fallen deeply in love. Now these star-crossed lovers have been pitted against each other. Can their romance conquer a centuries-old rivalry? Or is their love destined to end in death?

Type
Manga

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
バジリスク
バジリスク 甲賀忍法帖
バジリスク 甲賀忍法帖
バジリスク~甲賀忍法帖~
Basilisk: Koga Nimpou chou
Basilisk: Kouga Ninpou-chou
Basilisk: The Koga Ninja Scrolls

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Latest Release(s)
v.5 c.31-34 by Genesis (3004d ago)
v.5 c.28-30 by Genesis (3011d ago)
v.5 c.27 by Genesis (3016d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
5 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

User Reviews
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Forum
3 topics, 20 posts
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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (525 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.75 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 8th 2012, 11:18am PST

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Year
2003

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Uppers (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Del Rey (5 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1040 increased(+32)
Monthly Pos #1863 increased(+95)
3 Month Pos #2324 increased(+233)
6 Month Pos #2679 increased(+38)

List Stats
On 303 reading lists
On 536 wish lists
On 1345 completed lists
On 65 unfinished lists
On 172 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Why is Basilisk labeled "Adult" 127 days, 1 hours, 20 minutes ago
Ending (spoilers) 1072 days, 9 hours, 53 minutes ago
Tenzen 2254 days, 10 hours, 24 minutes ago

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Good, but with flaws   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by EvilTomte
November 24th, 2009, 11:55am
It's very good. But it's got some flaws. Can't really put my finger on it but I guess it's that characters aren't really established. They're all just mean motherfuckers that want to kill each other. With some romance in between, and a few of them having a sense of justice. Throw in a conspiracy or whatever from the government and you've got this manga.

You'll like it if you like action and colorful 'ninja' abilities. smile
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Blah >_<!   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by IcedWolf
February 28th, 2009, 9:00pm
This one was just a regular remoeo and juliet story, which I totally despise. The only twist would have to be the fact that there deaths weren't accidental. Really good fighting scenes, background art, not that great; although, I really enjoyed the character art, I just hated the story.... -_-. Well If you like MASS suicide in stories this one is for you smile. +4 for the art +1 for the story...
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A great fighting manga   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by lozanogo
November 5th, 2008, 9:38pm
This is basically a manga focused mainly on the clash of two major ninja clans and the major excitement source are the variety of techniques used. Here is a quick review:

-Art: Frankly speaking I have to heavily disagree with other people saying that the art in the manga is great. Frankly speaking the characters are drawn very mediocre and there is an overuse of computer drawn backgrounds. Usually I have not any complaint using the advances of computer for graphics... but simply the styles (characters VS background) does not match. This is not evident all the time but for me became annoying at some parts.

Plot/story: Since the main topic of the manga is the fight between the clans the main plot simply is an excuse for it. So don't expect a masterpiece regarding the plot. On the other hand the story is not as bad since you can see both sides of the behavior of the ninja clans and their relations between them. That's a good point.

Characters: Most of them are well depicted and the difference in fighting techniques/style are the major source of this manga.

Overall it is a fighting manga with a simple plot and some good depth for some of the characters.

Oh, and in this case I would recommend the anime since it follows the manga all the way around.

... Last updated on November 5th, 2008, 10:43pm
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up there   
Rating: N/A
by odium323
July 28th, 2008, 2:53pm
prob would be one of my favorite manga if it wasnt for the tragedy part very sad manga but im a romance freak. but seriously if you put that much time and effort and love into someone and in the end they just die its enough to make you crazy
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Flat Characters   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by tokkun
February 28th, 2008, 8:08pm
Basilisk is a lot like Ninja Scroll. If you like Ninja Scroll, you'll probably like Basilisk. Its main flaw is that there is relatively little character development - it seems like most of the characters only exist for the sake of their special ability. The consequence is that you feel very little attachment to characters when they die and have little stake in preferring one clan to win over the other. If the author had been able to create fleshed-out, likable characters, this manga might have been great.
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Awesome   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by bloogal
January 26th, 2008, 10:10am
The fighting aspect of Basilisk is what makes it shine. The romance falls flat at times but ninja warfare is the real name of the game here, and it's a game that's played at fever pitch. Filled with intense one-on-ones in a 'tournament' sort of way, plenty of blood, guts, and insane ninja powers. There's no shortage of hot-blooded excitement. For those who want a good fight series with twists and turns, betrayals and the like, don't miss this one!
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Tragic   
Rating: 8.6 / 10.0
by JJTang
January 19th, 2008, 2:05am
Gorey action story with tragic love. Quite enjoyable if not for the fact that the ending is oh-so depressing. Pretty fast paced fights, especially compared to other ninja battles coughnarutocough that span several chapters. You're not missing anything though with that. I was surprised by the amount of blood and graphic detail in the story. The ending was depressingly tragic in my opinion.
The art detail is amazing. Everything is given such a specific touch, it can get scary at times. The story is very interesting and had me hooked throughout. An interesting variety of ninjutsu, and character personalities as well.
A great read. Go for it if you're not offended by vast amounts of blood pouring from large open wounds.
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A Dramatic Lovestory..   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by Dr. Love
November 17th, 2007, 7:51am
This is basically a Romeo & Juliet story.. Only difference is that it takes place in Feudal Japan, and that the characters have some crazy ninja skills..

If you like stories with a tragic ending due to a love that was never meant to be, then I definitely suggest you read this..

What I also find great about this manga, is how these characters are actually all good and nice persons.. As long as you're from their clan.. But when you set them with the other clan, they literally want to murder each other..

That shows that there isn't really a 'good' or 'bad' side, because each clan has those(good/bad) kind of moments.. You'll also feel sorry for some side-characters..

It's a great read, and I suggest that you should see the anime.. Even if you've already read the manga.. Just to see the series animated is great, especially since it's well-animated.. The fight scenes are dynamic and sometimes unpredictable..

The art is great too, especially the covers of the volumes.. =)

Bottom line: This is a tragic lovestory(with some fighting) about two people who are not meant to be..

... Last updated on November 17th, 2007, 7:53am
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Basilisk   
Rating: 8.3 / 10.0
by NightSwan
November 17th, 2007, 6:23am
Good story and very good art.
the end is very sad though... shoked me.
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Great read   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Juneau
July 31st, 2007, 6:16pm
Can't rate it down for being only 5 volumes. Really nice, fitting art, great plot backed up by the character's personalities. Short and sweet, in my current top 5 manga.
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