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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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  • Format: Animated, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • 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: #201,946 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Liberty Meadows on 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 By Liberty Meadows on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Coman on September 9, 2006
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By shadycrzy on July 23, 2007
Format: DVD
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 like little else before it.

The action in Basilisk is reminiscent of Ninja Scroll, but the story is unlike anything else out there. Gennosuke is next in line for leadership of the Kouga ninja clan. Oboro is next in line for the Iga ninja. The two clans are the bitterest of enemies--with a feud going back over 400 years--yet Gennosuke and Oboro are all but betrothed. Peace is about to come to the long-feuding clans.

But in Edo, the Shogunate is undergoing a crisis of succession. Open warfare is about to break out between the factions of the Shogunate for the right to rule all of Japan. To settle this feud without sacrificing samurai of the aristocracy, the Shogun decides to let the ninja clans decide the next ruler.

He dissolves the no-hostility pact forced on the two clans hundreds of years ago and has their leaders draw up a list of the ten best ninja from each clan. With the two vying powers each represented by one of the clans, whichever clan destroys the other's best ten first will be declared the winner and gain favored status with the Shogunate for 1,000 years. Their representative and their dynasty will rule Japan.

The twenty ninja each have a unique power that is both awesome and deadly to behold. Ninki can control his hair as both an appendage and a weapon, while Kazamachi has the appearance and abilities of a spider. The sense of impending tragedy is almost unbearable at times, but the hope for an eventual reconciliation between Gennosuke and Oboro is enough to keep you watching from the edge of your seat.
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