Basilisk is a Seinen, Action, Romance filled with sword fighting, ninja skills and psychological battles enough to satisfy Samurai fans out there.
Basilisk reminds me of the Shakespearian classical tragedy Romeo and Juliet, two people from two rivalled clans falling in love. The two intended to marry to stop the fues between their groups and create peace but in certain circumstances, greed for power, the thirst for blood and drive for vengeance can't be stopped as such thruce can't wipe away hatred. Thus starts the war between these groups.
The manga design including character, background and battle scene was somewhat appreciated by seinen readers, dark, bloody and a few nudity.
Diffinition of each character is more on their ninjutsu (ninja ability). But as I said before the story is similar to the Romeo and Juliet and even the characters are in one way or another, alike:
Romeo - Ginunsuke
Juliet - Oboro
Kouga Group - Montague
Iga Group - Capulet
This manga feeds readers with bunch of ninja actions, well defined battle scenes and tactics. Though the romance was somehow a bit of a cliche but can catch few tragedy fans.
Overall, this is a worth read taking a 7.5 for me.read more
When you have two rival clans that hate the living guts out of each other your bound to get a blood spilling manga, and that's exactly what Basilisk is. The Iga and Kouga clan are the two clans that take their differences to the battlefield in this exciting manga.
First of all I basically told you the story plots in my introduction. Other than the fact that these two clans fight to the death to see who would become the new shogun of Japan there's isn't much to the story. It sticks to this all the way untill the finish of the manga.
Art is very good. It's a manga that makes you visualize every fight scene and it makes it look great. The artwork is very realistic and it feels like your watching the anime and not reading the manga.
Now to my favorite part of this manga, the characters. Every character is so special and different from the rest. There are twenty main characters. Ten from Kouga and ten from Iga. You will like at least one of them by the end of the manga. Every character shows different feeling to different things and every one of them has a special power that you can't wait to see. My personal favorite character was Kisaragi Saemon.
This manga was very enjoyable. I was able to finish it in about two hours. It isn't too long so anyone that is looking for a nice quick read and is a fan of ninjas and Japanese history should read this manga. read more
With beautiful artwork and a beautiful story Basilisk is a one-of-a-kind Graphic Novel.
The battle between two clans, which are sworn enemy's for over 400 years makes the story intense. Every character is special in his own, because of his/her ninja technique or his/her appearance.
But it's not only a story about ancient old rivalry, this story also shows how beautiful, and painful, love can be.
It's not only a great Graphic Novel to look at, it's also a Graphic Novel that you can read anytime. It won't get bored.
Basilisk is a manga that reveals honor, loyalty, cleverness and abilities of the ancient ninjas, with some awesome and unique power in each character. It has a fantastic story which shows love can overcome anything, but the path the couple have to follow is a bloody and hard way.
The first thing I like about Basilisk is story. It shows you an old Japan, where samurais and specially ninja still exist. Even if they had to serve to their lord, they have feelings and ulterior motives to keep in their sides and fight. The love of the msin characters maintains strong and pure, althought the others want to stain it and sometimes they have to make difficult decision between love and loyalty. Even though the story is not anything beyond normal, each character has a different development in the story that makes it more complicated and scheming.
About graphics, it's a very good seinen art. Even though. I'm not affectionate to seinen, this manga makes me feel captivated with the battle scenes and the gore scenes. They really impact you and the backgrouund is very well done They really makes the quick and running action of ninjas stand out.
To conclude, this manga has many doses of action, gore, supernatural powers, scheming and crude story. If you like ninja with high amounts of crude action, this manga is one of the best choice for you.read more
Having finished Basilisk: Kouga Ninpouchou, I felt like reviewing it.
Two clans, Kouga and Iga, have been enemies for about 400 years, their bloodlust only being restrained by Hattori Hanzo, who came up with a treaty that prevents these two clans of generally killing each other.
However, Tokugawa Ieyasu, in order to decide who will succeed him as Emperor, dissolved the treaty, so that 10 ninja of each clan, especially picked by the elders of their respective clans, could enter battle and, well... kill each other. Whichever clan has at least one surviving member, among the 10 chosen, wins.
However, Gennosuke, of the Kouga clan, is in deep love with Oboro, of the Iga clan. And let's just say this is terrible news for them.
This premise is, honestly, really good. One could compare it to Romeo and Juliet, but unlike that, not only are there more participants and more love (not to mention, violence), the two main lovers HAVE to kill each other, for an incredibly selfish cause, that they don't really believe in.
Another thing that's really intriguing about this story is that, while there are general douchebags in each clan (more so in Iga, to be honest, but that may only be me), they aren't really evil. Neither of each clan is portrayed as evil, or wrong. In the end, they are just doing what they believe is right, feeding the hatred that their clan and family has bore for over four centuries.
Another aspect I find rather interesting is that they never really explain why these two clans hate each other so much. While this might be seen as laziness, or something along these lines, it can also be seen as a "parallel" to why they are fighting. The official reason behind their fighting is a simple "Game of Thrones", of sorts, but the reason they are personally fighting, and the one that they know and believe in, is their hatred, which even they don't know why it is.
And also, that ending. While rather 'abrupt' (by that, I mean that, while it does have a lot of buildup, it ends rather quickly), it still finished things on a rather satisfying note.
Also, this is probably one of the only mangas I've ever read where there were barely any, if at all, tropes or clichés (although that might be because it was based on a rather old book).
The art is, generally, very realistic. "Generally" because, as ninja in a fictional medium, the characters do have their otherwordly abilities. But whatever. The art in Basilisk is probably the best thing about it. Even if you do not care about the story, characters, or whatever, I still highly recommend it just for the art.
The amount of details, the backgrounds, the close-ups, the character designs, everything is beautifully drawn.
The character designs are memorable, and they also really help define the general personality of the character. It's very easy to tell them apart, even if they are not there for very long (I'll save more about this for when we get to the next section).
So yeah. The art is absolutely amazing.
This is probably my biggest gripe with Basilisk. The characters designs, as I mentioned earlier, are very memorable, you can easily tell their general personality traits just by taking a good look at them, and their expressions. They had a lot of potential for character development, and to add more drama to this senseless conflict.
However, that does not happen. Remember how the Kouga and Iga have to kill each other, both for Tokugawa, and for their personal hatred? Well, let's just say that many people die. Like, a lot.
It's an interesting idea, but the problem is it's execution. Many characters die before they even get a chance to be properly developed, or to have a decent scene showcasing their personality and/or abilities. This takes a good portion of the shock that could come with each and every death, and, in the end, most of them, except for about four, feel... well, like nothing, really.
It's even more revolting, considering how many of them seemed incredibly interesting, or had a lot of potential, but *bam*, dead.
It's not like that forever, else there'd be no one else to carry the story and the manga would be even shorter, and the remaining characters do get their fair share of character development, and their motives and reasoning, even if they get rather... violent, in the midst of this bloodshed, it's much more relatable and you start to get attached to these characters, so yeah. It isn't ALL bad.
Personally, I really enjoyed this. The setting, some of the characters, the art, the premise, it's all very enjoyable. It's also incredibly short, only having 5 volumes and 34 chapters, so one could finish reading this in about a day.
I'm not really sure if non-manga goers would particularly enjoy this one, as it is filled with Japan (less so in the weeaboo manner, and more so in the cultural level), but I think it's worth a try, even if just for that damn art.
...I can't really think of a conclusion.
But go give it a try. It's good.
Like, really good.