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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?
Winner of the Kodansha Manga Award in the category "Best General Manga" 2004.
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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Adaptation of a Classic Novel
Since it doesn't seem to be mentioned anywhere in the comments or description, I thought it was worth mentioning that this is an adaptation of The Kouga Ninja Scrolls, a 1958 novel by the late Futaro Yamada, which is often described as the first modern Japanese fantasy novel.
The story, which is the first in his "Ninja Scroll Series", has been adapted into three different manga, as well as an anime and a live action film. It's also inspired countless other anime and manga. An English translation of the novel has been published by Del Ray Books.
The manga has, in my opinion, a distinctly "80s ninja anime" vibe, perhaps because it's adapting the origin of modern Japanese ninja stories, or perhaps because the last decade has been dominated by the thoroughly modern Naruto. If you've ever watched Ninja Scroll or Yotoden: Wrath of the Ninja, this will likely feel very familiar to you.
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!
in reply to gay: because some people want to see things *animated*
Great manga with screwed up situations
Damn this was a great manga i really thought it was creative and the art was great, but i have to say i was on the Kougas side the whole time
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mainly cause one they were the underdogs most of the time because the igas knew ahead of time the general situation and were kinda cheating (especially when they got the help of of some soliders like some bitches) and also there's not a doubt in my mind that if all the kouga ninjas knew ahead of time they would have won way more easier because most of them had better abilities than the Iga (excluding the one with the wind and the wire guy) and cause most of the kougas needed more that one iga ninja to get killed.Plus despite a mega disadvantage in the beginning they managed to take the advantage until the iga cheated and got help.
however the iga did have a few characters i liked which where mainly the ones that were sorta couples but anyway great manga, sad that its over and that the end turned out that way.
... Last updated on August 23rd, 2013, 6:57pm
Out of curiosity I began reading basilisk, after reading Y+M (which isn't that much better). The art is in my opinion rather grotesque, even when the characters aren't dying a horrible death. Of course the story is what's important, and in this case there isn't much of one. The characters are thrown right in from the beginning, and they die off before anyone would even be able to establish some kind of connection to them (if you could fall in love with any of their hideous faces). The "romance", if you can call it that, is melodramatic and I didn't sympathize for anyone.
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When Genosuke finds out that the two clans have to fight, he ups and leaves Oboro like it's her fault. What the heck was up with that? So much for "love". And in the end, when they drift off into death on the river and he writes that she's won, that was the cheesiest thing ever. I think I almost laughed.
Good, but with flaws
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.
Ninjas, a feud spanning centuries, plenty of action and at the heart of it all, a shakesperean love story. Definitely worth a read. The art is superb: original, bold with great creative character designs. I thought the length of the manga was just fine with nice pacing as far as the story goes, although it would've been nice to have more depth as to why the feud started in the first place like the anime explains...
Whoa whoa whoa
I love this series on the other end. It is great. No dragged on stories. The art is amazing. The characters all have their interesting aspect. The greatness of a manga is not really about the length. I say don't listen to the previous entry, Basilisk rocks!
i think the show is gay because it only has 5 volumes wats the use of watching the show when its gonna end so soon
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.