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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?

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

Type
Manga

Related Series

Associated Names
Basilisk: Koga Nimpou chou
Basilisk: Kouga Ninpou-chou
Basilisk: The Koga Ninja Scrolls
Василиск
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~
巴西利斯克
바질리스크
바질리스크 ~코우가인법첩~

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Latest Release(s)
v.5 c.31-34 by Genesis over 14 years ago
v.5 c.28-30 by Genesis over 14 years ago
v.5 c.27 by Genesis over 14 years ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
5 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol. 01
Ends at Vol. 05

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5 topics, 22 posts
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User Rating
Average: 7.6 / 10.0 (618 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.55 / 10.0
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Year
2003

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Uppers (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Del Rey (Defunct / 5 Vols - Complete)
Kodansha USA (5 Vols - Complete; digital)
Tanoshimi (Defunct / 5 Vols - Complete)

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Fast paced and pulls no punches!  
by ayaneninja
October 14th, 2020, 7:03pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Basilisk is a manga about two warring ninja clans, with the wrench thrown in being that the leaders of each of the clans are in love. The action gets underway from the opening scenes, and keeps up throughout the length of the tale. The art and action both have a gritty feel to them, and compliments the tone of the story well. This one is short and to the point, so if you want vast character development or light hearted, silly filler chapters, you won't find them here; however, the character personalities are well done for how short the series is and for how the plot unfolds. If you are into manga like Flame of Recca or Azumi, Basilisk is a must read!
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Pretty Good but Not Enough  
by Acradnxy
November 13th, 2019, 5:12am
Rating: N/A
This manga is pretty good, the story is kinda predictable but what makes me love it are those ninja's skills. Pretty good fight, though the background of the characters are too short. I wish the author make it longer, so we will know much more about those ninjas. We get deeper into the character background only for the two main characters.

The ending is suck.
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All is death in the name of love, indeed (sarcastically saying). At least, do some proper ending, I feel the ending is so rushed because the poison that make Oboro and Gennosuke eyes blind for a while almost ran out of effect. So people thought they will have staring battle, but in the name of tragic love, Oboro just killed herself while telling how she loves him so much. OMG... I don't hate Tragic love story but must them do this? Those two have like the most powerful ninja's skills in Japan. They can kill that sick Daimyo with their stares, but instead they chose to die together... (eyes rolling)


Good reading though, but I must say a bit disappointing at the same time.

Update: I watched the anime and I can feel some bonding with the characters more rather than in the manga. I feel pity for them.
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400 years grudge and to end it every one just killing each other to die. Saemon is the only one who seems to re-think what is the purpose for this silly fight (besides those 2 mc). Saemon felt bad for Iga, like when Hotarubi died calling Yashamaru and many more. If only they chose how to make peace between 2 clans, it will be more better, IMHO. But if they do choose peace, we can't have this story. Anyway, I think it's better that those people from those 2 clans suddenly open their own eyes and looking for a new world for both of the clans


... Last updated on March 3rd, 2020, 5:15am
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Bloody  
by ladymanson
August 19th, 2017, 6:15pm
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
The graphic of this manga is really unusual but not bad. I saw firt the anime adaptation and then read this manga. I love it. I'm not into romantic but I love tragedy and gore things. I'm hopping Y+M will be same good.
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Ninjas or mutants?!  
by Kamugin
August 29th, 2015, 4:17pm
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
Don't take this manga seriously and you'll get some fun. I like samurai and ninja stories like Lone Wolf and Cub, The Sword of Kamui and Asumi, there are very strong characters in these mangas, but none of them are like the "ninjas" of Basilisk, those guys aren't ninjas, they have freaking mutant powers! They could be admitted into the X-Men without any DNA test and would put most of the Xs to shame. If you like serious stories don't touch this, but if you suppress your need for credibility and want to try something funny for a change, go for it. The center of the plot is a Romeo and Juliet drama, so if you know that Shakespeare's play, you know what to expect. The story isn't completely shallow, you will find yourself touched by the cruel fate of many young lovers, the author manages to make the reader like his characters, for this I praise him and his manga.

... Last updated on August 29th, 2015, 4:21pm
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Disappointed  
by smily_lois
December 14th, 2013, 9:19pm
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
Basilisk was a fun read, but all my problems with it come from one essential aspect of story telling - DEVELOPMENT.

The manga's characters had little to no development. It's almost like the author is assuming that we know each of their backstories enough to give a damn about their overall character. Sad thing is, I didn't give a single damn about any of them. Well, maybe I was obligated to sympathize with Oboro, and genuinely feel for Akeginu,Koshiro and the old people at the beginning, but that's about it. People die off way too quickly, motivations weren't explored satisfyingly, and even the romance (that was supposed to be a huge factor in the outcome) didn't even feel real.

On the bright side, the action was great, and art is quite excellent by my standards. Most conversations are intelligent, and the overall concept was really good.

So yeah, it could've been done a whole lot better.
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Great manga with screwed up situations  
by SSJR2
May 4th, 2012, 10:56pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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
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Couldn't believe it!  
by Cyren
March 30th, 2012, 12:11pm
Rating: N/A
I think this is the first time I've actually finished a manga/anime without caring for the fate of any of the characters. In most cases like these, I would have quit somewhere in between but...well, I was bored.

It surprised me though, because throughout the story of Basilisk, I've probably switched my preferred clan over 30 times, each time thinking to myself, "Hurry up and kill [insert opposing clan]!". I felt no personal connection to any of the characters, besides a bit of pity every now and then but I could not find anyone that I wanted to stick with in terms of a ''favorite character". In the end I decided to keep it neutral and just watch the events unfold in front of me, every now and then predicting some future event. Speaking of predictions, I had jokingly predicted the actual ending near the beginning on Basilisk and I have to say, I was pissed off. When I had first made my prediction I had inferred a cheesy ending...an ending that I had laughed at because I had thought, "They wouldn't pull something like that." But the fact is, that ending happened. I felt like I should have been crying at the end but all I felt was the weird satisfaction of being right.

Oh and rage. Lots of rage.

... Last updated on March 30th, 2012, 12:12pm
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down low  
by Moonclaw7
August 26th, 2011, 2:26pm
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
I really dont want to class this as romance, people who think that this will be real romance are going to be dissappointed. Even at the end it felt like a romeo and juliet story without a real reason behind it
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Beautiful in it's own way  
by SimonFearless
August 19th, 2011, 3:56am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
When I finished reading I felt kind of conserned. It was really sad to see how people killed each other for the sake of power. And in the middle is two who loves each other. I couldn't help feeling sadness over everyones destiny. I also makes reminds me of off all the wrong things that happens in this world.
This is a really good fighting manga. The action is well drawn and I think the art is beautiful.
I like the dark content about humans nature which is mostly described in how hate affects us.
The mixing of beauty and vilonce is great. It's just like reading Shakespear, but with ninjas.
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Adaptation of a Classic Novel  
by Amaranth Sparrow
August 2nd, 2011, 10:51pm
Rating: N/A
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.
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