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Basilisk, Vol. 1: Scrolls of Blood (1000)

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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Animated, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: August 8, 2006
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FQISJY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,762 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When honor means nothing and power is everything, can love survive? A legendary pair of rival ninja clans battle to end years of slaughter as a forbidden love struggles to prevail. Fate will decide if the ultimate declaration must be made: To the one I love… prepare to die. Episodes: Destiny Last Rendezvous The Onslaught of War The Horned Owl

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first casualty of war is innocence July 4, 2006
Format:DVD
Based on the like-named manga, BASILISK is an intense, violent, and grim fantasy/action ninja series (24 episodes in all -- the first DVD release contains eps. 1 - 4).

This is, for my money, one of the finest anime series ever released by Gonzo (or any anime company, for that matter). Beautifully and stylistically animated with imaginative (and sometimes nutty) character designs and fluid fight sequences, and backed by a brilliant musical score to boot, BASILISK is both a visual and audio feast. But don't be fooled by its initial beauty -- at its core this is a brutal and unforgiving show that is aimed at adult audiences.

The basic plot is quite simple: In Japan, 1614 AD, in order to settle a growing dispute over which of the Shogun's two sons should succeed him, the government lifts a peace agreement between the bitter rivals of the Kouga and Iga clans and pits ten ninja from each clan against each other. As each clan represents one of the Shogun's sons, the winners and their clan will enjoy one thousand years of prosperity, while the losing ninjas will likely be annihilated in the fracas.

After quickly establishing this scenario in the first episode, the series then swiftly cuts to the chase, with ninja after ninja battling it out in a bloody and unmerciful clash to the death. The twist is that each ninja has a different type of power, and each side is unaware of exactly what their enemies' superhuman abilities are. This element of surprise works to great advantage for some, but what may work well against one opponent, may prove to be a glaring weakness against another.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first casualty of war is innocence June 30, 2006
Format:DVD
Based on the like-named manga, BASILISK is an intense, violent, and grim fantasy/action ninja series (24 episodes in all -- the first DVD release contains eps. 1 - 4).

This is, for my money, one of the finest anime series ever released by Gonzo (or any anime company, for that matter). Beautifully and stylistically animated with imaginative (and sometimes nutty) character designs and fluid fight sequences, and backed by a brilliant musical score to boot, BASILISK is both a visual and audio feast. But don't be fooled by its initial beauty -- at its core this is a brutal and unforgiving show that is aimed at adult audiences.

The basic plot is quite simple: In Japan, 1614 AD, in order to settle a growing dispute over which of the Shogun's two sons should succeed him, the government lifts a peace agreement between the bitter rivals of the Kouga and Iga clans and pits ten ninja from each clan against each other. As each clan represents one of the Shogun's sons, the winners and their clan will enjoy one thousand years of prosperity, while the losing ninjas will likely be annihilated in the fracas.

After quickly establishing this scenario in the first episode, the series then swiftly cuts to the chase, with ninja after ninja battling it out in a bloody and unmerciful clash to the death. The twist is that each ninja has a different type of power, and each side is unaware of exactly what their enemies' superhuman abilities are. This element of surprise works to great advantage for some, but what may work well against one opponent, may prove to be a glaring weakness against another.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SERIES!!!!! September 9, 2006
By Coman
Format:DVD
I couldnt/cant stop watching this show. Just 1 of many good anime in last 3-4 years. I've had the series from import discs so hopefully the dubs sounds good.

No foolish comedic pieces here. This is pure action and story. Get the series, you wont be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of awesome ninjas November 28, 2012
By KevinB
Basilisk takes place in 1614 during the Tokugawa Shogunate era. Two ninja clans are at war with each other competing to win the favor of the regime for the next 1000 years. Each clan has to choose 10 members. Whichever clan kills the 10 members of their rival wins.

There are a lot of awesome things to say about this anime. The animation, the music, and the story line are all great. Almost all , of the characters are too. There are a few ninjas I didn't like though. One guy kills you with his hair, one guy is a quadriplegic that kills you with a knife that he holds with his tongue, and one dude turns into goo when he touches salt. Most of the other ninjas are awesome though. The bad guy is really a heartless bastard. It makes it very interesting when you have a bad guy that is way evil. The characters really keep you interested and the carnage never lets up.

I really think anyone that likes anime would get a kick outta this one. If you like it there's a live action movie called Shinobi. It's the same story line with a few less characters. It's incredible as well.

Definitely give Basilisk a look see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hands down, this is really good! August 19, 2007
Format:DVD
This is a ninja (and not a samurai) story, and it's an amazing one. The graphics are beautiful and the story line is fascinating. Even the music is good (unlike some other anime series like Rurouni Kenshin, when you can't stop wondering why should the music of such a wonderful series be so horrible!)

Not the best choice for kids, but definitely a perfect choice for adults!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta luv it
Got this Vol. to complete the series for my daughter, (Who by the way, got me into watching this series) Great Anime series from start to finish !
Published 15 months ago by Marty5
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for young adults and older
I not only enjoyed the story-telling and animation, but also the soundtrack, so I bought the entire series. Read more
Published 17 months ago by al
5.0 out of 5 stars Basilisk
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Published on May 20, 2008 by Natalie V. Galasso
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my style?
I like a variety of animes, but this just isn't one of them. I couldn't even get past the first episode. Read more
Published on January 6, 2008 by Jessica Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Basilisk
This anime is so hot it can't be shown on standard cable. Based on the 1958 novel The Kouga Ninja Scrolls by Futaro Yumada, Basilisk is the latest from Studio Gonzo and it shines... Read more
Published on July 23, 2007 by D. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Anime...
I'm not just rating this one DVD. You might as well buy the entire series because it's great. The animation is awesome and the story is touching. Read more
Published on April 5, 2007 by A. Cisneros
5.0 out of 5 stars Anime without the B-S
Its as if this anime was made just for me. I'm a big anime fan, but mainly for the serious ones. I've seen pretty much every anime {that I care to see} As of late, there were... Read more
Published on March 18, 2007 by David Skipper
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystic Mayhem
Star-crossed lovers, mystical ninja powers, a treaty between rival clans dissolved.

Well done Anime. It's about time. Read more
Published on March 9, 2007 by Citizen Baine
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good start.
Not since HBO `s Spwan, The Ninja Scroll movie , and the original Heavy Metal ( 1981), has there been any real decent mature (adult) animation. Let alone one with a plot. Read more
Published on September 8, 2006 by GretS
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! Kind of like Ninja Scrolls
I enjoyed this very much. I was waiting for another anime to come out that looked like the Ninja Scrolls movie. Each ninja has their own special power. Read more
Published on August 12, 2006 by Vernon M. Williams
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