It has been 10 years since the war between the Iga and Kouga ninja clans came to an end. The two groups have since made peace, supposedly dispelling the animosity that once existed between them. Hachirou Kouga and Hibiki Iga, the successors of their respective bloodlines, seem to have the perfect conditions for their love to bloom, but not everyone is satisfied with the results of the age-old battle.
Different tales of the final showdown between Gennosuke Kouga and Oboro Iga have spread, leaving Tadanaga Tokugawa—whom the Kouga represented—dissatisfied. As tension between the two clans rises once again, the brewing political climate threatens to keep the two fated lovers apart, just as it had in the previous generation.
There will be some spoilers, as I point out how stupid the story is.
This is so bad.
I've got a rule, which does backlash sometimes, that I do not criticise anything before seeing it to the end.
A complete waste of time. I watched it because the old one is on the top of my fav list. I've heard it's bad, but if it's simmilar to the old series, it should be at least decent, right? Right? Uh, no.
Let's start with storyline. So, apparently, Oboro gave birth to twins. Oboro, who was not pregnant at any time (pregnancy is only possible to hide if
there is a single, small baby, and woman is a bit plump, not a case for twins and tiny Oboro). The story was fast-paced, there were no possibilities for a pregnancy and birth to go unnoticed. It just doesn't make any sense at all. The rest of it, how the characters are set up in obvious couples, their backstories, the current relationship between Kouga and Iga... It's like written by a 12yo. Heck, I've seen stories better than that written by schoolkids.
Characters? Manequins is more appropriate a word. No personalities. One one hand they are set up in relationships, on the other hand there is no chemistry at all. The ninjutsu is silly, someone lacked creativity coming up with those. A bunch of unhappy childhoods, dissapointed by adults, found friendship and wanting to die for leaders. Because. Kouga leader an emo boy hiding away, Iga leader having a tea-house to save cash (or whatever that shop was, I don't even remember). Really? One of them having a technique which resembles Hotarubi's butterflies. Actually, the only interesting technique was the floating eyeballs.
Art is average, not awful, yet not good enough to watch it purely for aesthetics.
Ever wanted an anime like Naruto except the Ninja world is ran by bunch of kids who are into incest? Well here is a little something for your specific taste.
Basilisk Ouka Whatever is a pretty fun anime when it comes to ninjutsu arts and samurai swordo fights. All sort of obscure weapons are wielded, blood splat, and body count is nothing but a number in this cold ninja world.
This raises the question: Why fight tho? This because the world consists of two different ninja clans and they don't like each others very much, so naturally they want to slap each others shit and kill everyone
who doesn't share their blood line.
Unfortunately, different opinions exits even within these prideful clans, some type of romeo Et juliet level side tracking plotlines start rolling in from here and there. Could an alliance like this actually give the world piece and unite the two ninja clans? Let me put it in this way: the entirety of the story could have been told in 4 episodes, but for some reason it is 24 long.
Most of our characters are generic and old fashioned in the typical samurai/ninja way. Rational thinking and fair judgement are only in the way when these warriors give their review. The important part is to preach your own flawless bullshit. The most original factor of our cast lies not within their personalities and characteristics, but in their ninja powers.
The foolish pride with the rather black'n white world create somewhat interesting settings for the main story and the lead kids who are not yet molded and influenced by it all to their very cores. I was able to enjoy this series more than I expected thanks to this factor. It's rather interesting to witness what type of decisions our kids make and what type of people they develop into. This is the biggest reason why I didn't drop the show.
Production wise, some interesting music choices have been made, and the art quite well captures the world the story takes place into. Other than that, not much is worth of noting.
I.e. quite average series which can easily be seen as both: bad and fine. I enjoyed the good things in it rather than was annoyed by the bad.
Basilisk: Kouga Ninpouchou (prequel):
- Amazing art style
- Great animation
- Great soundtrack
- Great story
Basilisk: Ouka Ninpouchou (sequel):
- Trash art style
- Trash animation
- Ok soundtrack
- Trash story
* Sorry for using the word "trash", but I got so pissed off by how bad this one turned out after almost 13 years of the first Basilisk!
I've always loved "Basilisk: Kouga Ninpouchou" and considered it a masterpiece. I always wanted an Anime that could bring the same Shinobi feeling. After hearing about the sequel I couldn't believe it, but unfortunately I got really disappointed :(
*SPOILER ALERT - LAST EPISODE*
I noticed that in the last episode when Hachirou was fighting
Joujin there was moment where the art and animation elevated to a really great level that it reminded me of the previous season!
I love basilisk, I love how it time skipped and the villains were undoubtedly strong. I love that hachirou looks like Gennosuke too, it really eased me into the Basilisk I knew and loved. However...
This show has become a shadow of its former self quite fast. It was an impressive, gory, decapitations, violent, ninja/samurai style show with unique talents/powers to each character that could of been played out into a great series. Then you get into the later episodes to find out you've been spending almost 12 episodes alone just getting to know characters that can only kill ninja's called "The
Rain" (Aka. Possessed Farmers).
The side characters in this show were basically moral support, with some of the most fantastic powers in the show. Unfortunately they had little to NO impact on the show whatsoever besides acting as a diversion while Hachirou was either like "Yeah, I'm gonna do this" or "Nah, I'm gonna be gone on an adventure while everyone's fighting"
I love strong, OP characters, I love a strong villain, but the Joujin squad on this show were TOO strong, it makes it hard to watch on the supporting side of the MC's, you almost want to support them instead. The main characters/supporting characters spend the whole show attacking them over and over, and without fail the Joujinshuu always wins. Never actually doing any "impact" to the villain. I expected at some point some villains would fail or fall a lot sooner. Maybe even the supporting Kouga clan and Iga clan would have teamed up and made use of each others powers in homage to the lovers unique power, from the first/current Basilisk
So basically you take your whole time learning the past, powers, and everything of 12 characters, that you really don't need to care about because of how little they achieve. Feels like it all could of been cut out besides maybe Namemba and Gorone, the only interesting and useful supports for the show. The later half of the show also seems as if its oddly censored as well, which takes away from its overall charm. It feels like the shows finale will resemble the first series. I am left disappointed and bored because Basilisk's ouka scrolls couldn't really step up to the 24 episodes like the original could, a terrible shame.