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.
I see people are hating this anime, i mean the difference in scores between this and the original is like 2 points(7.4 to 5.4). Well, i am not here to disagree that this basilisk is bad , however i am here to make u all realise the original was not that good either, i will go as far as saing that despite the fact that this anime is bad, its still better than the original Basilisk.
I will compare the 2 anime and say why this one is better, but first i will explain the faults of this anime, and there are quite alot.
Firstly , oboro
had twins, which is impossible, and the show dose not even try to explain it, but i was fine with it, since i knew it was impossible to make a sequel to Basilisk, so i didin't care how the 2 Dojutsu children return. In case any, if u forgot ,the original basilisk did something similar too(in the sense that Oboro and Gennusuke looked exactly the same as the previous 2 clan leaders when they were young, despite the fact that there was no blood connection between any of them).
Secondly , The iga and the Kouga did not perish in the original, they just lost some soldiers and the top 10 ninjas they had, yet the ninja Villages are nowhere to be seen in this anime, but again this is also true for the original, in the sense that they made it seem like the 10 ninjas dieing would mean the end of both of the clans, despite the fact that that was not true, the villages had more than 10 ninjas each.
Thirdly , the strongest ninjas of this generation are wierd , in the sense that allmost all of them were not originally from either of the clans, they just happened to be adopted into the clans. By who u ask? Who knows? The show sure dose not, neither dose it bother to show the people who adopt these children . Also, may i ask which of the children belong to which clan?
Originally i thought the boys were all Kouga and the Girls were all Iga, and this seemed to be true in the first episode, since the 5 strongest Kouga ninjas were called the 5 treasures , and were all Male, and the strongest 5 iga ninjas were called the 5 flowers of the iga, which by the name and the fact that all the iga ninjas we saw that far were female would imply that the 5 flowers were female too , right? Wrong, they were male, and at that time my theory that the girls were all iga and the boys were all kouga seemed a bit off, however it was still correct , because it was, but its still wierd.
Forth, the abilities of the bad guys were ridiculous ,and it should have been allmost impossible to beat, but they were still beaten because of their stupidity ofc, also their goals were retarded. Also, there was a guy in the 5 treasures who should have been able to kill the guy who rewinds time ,because his ability was to send living insects against him to kill him. Even if the insects are rewinded, cant he just send them back??? Wathever.....
Also there is a moment in episode 18 or so , that for me is the most retarded moment in the entire series , and that moment is when the crippled guy pulls out a wooden mech to fight a gigant monster.....that was stupid.
With these flaws , you would think it would be impossible for it to be better than the original right? Wrong, because the original was bad either way, but lets just look at the thing this series did better than the first series.
The thing it did better was the characters. The characters in this anime dont have their backstory revealed and die right after, just like in the original, instead they all die at the same time at the end, aside Hibiki, who aparently evolves a Jojo stand.
In the original , the characters dieing 1 by 1 rly dragged it down , especialy since they died for no reason, they were just sacrificed beacause a priest said so, and I for one, did not feel good to see the characters die that way. The main 2 characters, are 10000 better than Gennouske and Oboro, because they posses a magical power that allows them to( and please prepare yourself for this, it might be hard to take it in for basilisk but...) do stuff other than doing nothing, which was the what the main characters of the original did......NOTHING. In the original Oboro did nothing until the end, and even then, what she did was retarded . Gennosuke also did nothing but let his people die until ep 14 when he uses his eyes once and then he fights at the last 2 episodes.... that's right, the main characters of the original did stuff only in 3 episodes.
Their attitudes toward their predicament was also super retarded. Gennosuke did not want to kill, despite the fact that 5 of his best ninjas were killed , and the enemy clan wanted to kill the other 5 too, which included him. And Oboro, again did FUKING NOTHING THE WHOLE SHOW. Hibiki and Hachirou were better, even in the department of Romance, despite the fact that this is incest....yes the original's romance was worse than an incest between brother and sister........ Also Hachirou has a better attitude than Gennosuke, because he cares for his nakama, and when his superior ask him to sacrifice his friends for his gain alone, this guy has the balls to say NO, because he had enough with what happened last time, and the clans were decimated for no reason. Hibiki at least has some fighting spirit in her compared to oboro, and she made herself usefull with the bar they had going for them there . I liked how she did not let Hachirou do that thing at ep 24 and instead she did that sacrifice(even if i think it was still stupid they had to do that at all). One thing i did not like is that the main antagonist was superior when fighting with swords compared to hachirou, yet he still did not even try to find some sort of master swordsman to teach him how to fight better to overcome the main bad guy.
As for the supporting cast....well i like that we get to know them before they die, so i cared about them more that i cared about the supporting cast of the original, i guess .
Also, while this show is slow, it at least has more action than the original and it dose not suffer from becoming very dragged out after episode 12 like the orignal, and its slowness is not that apparent, because the cast still has pretty much all the characters still alive up to episode 20 which cannot be said for the oribinal that was left with less then 50% of the cast alive at ep 12 and with only 4 characters alive for the last 4 or so episodes at the end .
The animation of this is just a bit better than the original, and while that is not an achivement for a 13 years difference, its still just animation so i dont rly care. The music is also fine, with the OP and Ed being quite good.
Anyway, this basilisk is superior to the original despite the fact that is still a pretty bad anime . The only thing the original had over this, is tenzen who was pretty fun to watch , but thats about it.