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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?

Note: Won the Kodansha Manga Award in the category "Best General Manga" in 2004.


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Associated Names
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 (3587d ago)
v.5 c.28-30 by Genesis (3594d ago)
v.5 c.27 by Genesis (3599d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
5 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 7.7 / 10.0 (568 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.65 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 15th 2015, 10:54am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Uppers (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Del Rey (5 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1068 increased(+46)
Monthly Pos #1473 increased(+333)
3 Month Pos #2092 increased(+293)
6 Month Pos #2470 increased(+83)

List Stats
On 327 reading lists
On 578 wish lists
On 1460 completed lists
On 67 unfinished lists
On 201 custom lists

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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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A good martial art manga   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by darkgenio
July 11th, 2007, 4:05am
In my opinion it was right to keep it short. I agree with the comment of Zeidrich, although I would not call it awesome.
Interesting, quick paced, predictable.
Not at the level of Blade of the immortal, but still worth a read

... Last updated on July 11th, 2007, 4:07am
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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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