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Basilisk: The Complete Series (Viridian Collection) [Blu-ray]
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The Kouga and the Iga, two ninja clans with four hundred years of hostilities between them, meet at the request of Lord Ieyasu. There they learn that the peace forced upon them is to be broken by the whim of royalty, and that the outcome of this battle will determine the next Shogun. The passions of the past quickly reignite as two scrolls are sent out into the night.
Ill-fated is this event indeed, for lovers stand with hands entwined as travesty approaches on the wings of a hawk. Reared from birth as sworn enemies, Gennosuke and Oboro, each the heir of these rival clans, seek lasting peace between their peoples. But the terms have been set, and two lists seal their destinies. Two lists from which a name can only be crossed out in blood.
No mercy will be spared to the enemy.
The Onslaught of War commentary
History of the ninja
Behind the scenes of Basilisk (Japanese original extra features): First-Press Extra nos. 3-12
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The anime series adaptation was then produced by Gonzo Studios in 2005 and is now the complete series is now available on Blu-ray courtesy of FUNimation Entertainment.
"Basilisk" is about two ninja clans at war, the Kouga and the Iga clan who have fought each other for four hundred years but a "no hostilities" pact is made to prevent the two from going into war.
We are given a glimpse of the past when the Iga clan's Princess Ogen and the Kouga clan's leader Danjou. Two people from opposing clans who were planning to get married. With the two clans living in peace, it looked as if marriage was possible until fighting began in the Iga village and survivors from the village were killed by the Kouga clan.
Needless to say, the two lovers became hated enemies but due to a "no hostilities" pact, there would be no fighting between the two clans.
Fast forward many decades later and now Ogen is the elder of the Iga Clan and Danjou of the Kouga clan. With the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu now retiring, their is a dispute of who will be taking over as the Third Tokugawa Shogun. So, in order to decide, Tokugawa lifts the pact and the rules are each clan can select 10 of their best ninjas. Whoever is the last one standing and has complete control of the scroll will be the rightful heir.
As Ogen and Danjou have been waiting for this moment, their own offspring are in a similar predicament that they were in when they were younger.Read more ›
This work will pull the entire spectrum of emotions from you. Love, hate, anger, outrage, excitement, humor... and sadness. (Everything but boredom)
The characters are deep and inspiring.
The artwork is amazing.
The "Romeo and Juliet" theme is absolutely heart wrenching...
The music is seemingly rich with tradition. (I say seemingly because it sounds very traditional to me, but I'm no real judge of that type of thing.)
This is another amazing anime you really shouldn't miss.
The women are voluptuous, sexy, and strangely genuine for all of the fantasy that this anime demonstrates.
The men are heroic and majestic and again very honest for this class of animation.
I highly recommend this to anyone who can taste a "bitter sweet" story and bask in it. You have to be able to stomach high degrees of turmoil and human devastation at a very personal level to really appreciate this. The anguish and pain is in stark contrast to the backdrop of love and peace that our two lovers share and desire for their clans.
The families on both sides demonstrate amazing levels of warmth when dealing with their own people. Yet, they also display powerful aggression when confronting each other. This make them very human, and makes it easy to like even the most terrible characters.
This one is not for kids, and I think it may have left me emotionally scared for life... hehe
The story is rich and it also speaks to the horrors that people on the "front line" experience because of "the abuse of power" by those who pursue politics before compassion.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The series is a fantastic mix of romance/tragedy/betrayal/Humor/action done very well. All the characters have their unique individuality and personal quirks that make them... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rich(アニメとゲームが優先!!)
Great anime. I enjoyed the romance,action,drama. The artwork was excellent and blu ray quality shows. Read morePublished 3 months ago by PhoBoy
I dont understand how people are telling other people to not buy this because of the violence. In this time and period of japan, all of that was reality. Read morePublished 14 months ago by billy dicesare
beware, its not that samurai-y! it might seem like it but actually there isn't much sword fighting, just a couple here and there. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Aziiz