Ranked #1020

Basilisk: Kouga Ninpou Chou

Alternative Titles

English: Basilisk: The Kouga Ninja Scrolls
Synonyms: Basilisk: Koga Nimpo Cho
Japanese: バジリスク 甲賀忍法帖


Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 13, 2005 to Sep 21, 2005
Premiered: Spring 2005
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: GDH, Kodansha
Studios: Gonzo
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.701 (scored by 40,792 users)
Ranked: #10202
Popularity: #509
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The year is 1614 AD. Two warring ninja clans, each supporting a son of Hidetada Tokugawa as the next shogun, send ten representatives each to fight to the death for the possession of a scroll. The prize: the annihilation of the other and the staunch support of the Tokugawa government for the winning clan for the next thousand years.

(Source: ANN)


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Cook, Justin
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Kizaki, Fuminori
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Sound Director

More episodes Episodes(2/24)

Episode Title Aired
1 Destiny
Soushi Sousatsu (相思相殺)
Apr 13, 2005
2 Last Rendezvous
Taidou Niba (胎動弐場)
Apr 20, 2005

Opening Theme

"Kouga Ninpouchou" by Onmyouza

Ending Theme

#1: "Hime Murasaki" by Nana Mizuki (eps 1,9,11-12,15-16,24)
#2: "Wild Eyes" by Nana Mizuki (eps 2-8,10,13-14,17-23)

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Jun 19, 2007
I can actually make a 3 word summary for this anime. It would go like this : KILL, KILL, KILL.

Heartless killing, endless dying. That pretty much made up the story. Almost every character was just blood thirsty, all except this anime’s Romeo and Juliet, aka Gennosuke and Oboro. It’s another story of forbidden love, I suppose. The forbidden love was a foot note for me – I was more engrossed by the fight scenes and the dramatic deaths of the ninjas.

The concept was actually new to me, but I was able to understand most of it. I was familiar with Samurai – themed anime, but read more
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Jul 5, 2008
Story: (9/10) - Great
The story is simple - two warring ninja clans kill each other. Don't let the simple plot fool you though, there is a forbidden love story thrown into the mix aswell, and that is pulled off well. The best way to describe this would be a ultra-violent Romeo and Juliet sort of story. I enjoyed the story very much, but it had it's flaws. Many of the characters that appear only last for a few episodes, and I felt that they could have been kept along just a bit longer. But, after all, the main premise of this anime is two ninja read more
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Feb 5, 2015
Basilisk is a successful attempt to combine historical premise with supernatural/fantasy setting and to produce an original piece with elements of both genre present throughout the show. The anime centers on a fierce battle between two ninja clans, but the fight scenes do not follow sword-action as you may expect of samurai era - at this point fantasy part takes over.

The story takes place in Tokugawa period, when the retired shogun Ieyasu orders Iga and Kouga clans to fight each other, representing two of his successors and the outcome will determine next shogun. Apart that, these clans have a history of their own and seemingly read more
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Oct 26, 2008
Oh my word, this has got to be the greatest ninja/shinobi anime ever made.

It is romantic, gory, action-packed, dramatic, deep and beautiful in every way.

The story is a revamp of the old Kouga/Iga ninja conflict. It is interesting and involving. The story is a historical piece, but it becomes so much more because it reminds you that the people involved were PEOPLE, who had lives and loves and everything in-between. The plot follows a bloody death match; there's execution-style story-telling, and it reels you in from the first episode to the chilling final one.

The art was excellent. Couldn't do any better. It read more
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