Basilisk: Kouga Ninpou Chou


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Synonyms: Basilisk: Koga Nimpo Cho, Basilisk: The Kouga Ninja Scrolls
Japanese: バジリスク 甲賀忍法帖
English: Basilisk
German: Basilisk: Chronik der Koga-Ninja
Spanish: Basilisk
French: Basilisk: The Kôga Ninja Scrolls
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Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 13, 2005 to Sep 21, 2005
Premiered: Spring 2005
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Gonzo
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama, RomanceRomance
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, GoreGore, HistoricalHistorical, Martial ArtsMartial Arts, SamuraiSamurai
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.541 (scored by 7819978,199 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #17382
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1264
Members: 188,749
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For centuries, the Iga and Kouga ninja clans have engaged in a bitter war. But when a ceasefire is ordered by the powerful warlord Ieyasu Tokugawa, the two clans are forced to put down their arms.

Years later, Gennosuke Kouga, heir of the Kouga clan, and Oboro Iga, heir of the Iga clan, have fallen in love. Through marriage, both heirs aim to bring peace to the clans. But their hopes are dashed when flames of rivalry between their clans are reignited, and they are dragged into another war.

Ieyasu's two grandsons have both claimed to be the next heir to the shogunate. To resolve this dispute, both the Kouga and Iga are ordered to send their 10 best warriors to fight in a bloody battle royale, with each clan representing one of the potential shogunate heirs. Two scrolls with the names of the fighters are given and are to be marked in blood upon the given fighter's death. The prize for winning is the favor of the Tokugawa shogunate for a thousand years. Torn between their love for each other and duty to their clans, Gennosuke and Oboro must ultimately decide the fate of their clans.

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Opening Theme

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"Kouga Ninpouchou (甲賀忍法帖)" by Onmyo-za

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)


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 ...
Jun 11, 2011
Mixed Feelings
Normally I try to avoid spoilers in my reviews, but this time it isn't possible. You have been warned. Do not read any further if you don't want to be spoiled.

Basilisk has a simple plot. Two star crossed lovers with families that hate each other end up dying tragically. In spite of the simple concept it's capably done. The basic premise is that these two ninja clans, Koga and Iga, had a treaty that stopped them from killing each other for several years. This treaty is dissipated because the shogun is retiring and hasn't chosen a successor. He has two choices so the clan leaders ...
Dec 27, 2009
Right to the point: if you prefer either an uplifting ending or an ending that says the next season will be even better look elsewhere because most (not all) characters want to just kill.

It's not a horrible series altogether but the journey is much better then the destination, not to speak too highly of the journey though.

The action, animation, and character design are pretty good. However it's just not my personal taste to end a series with tragedy. If that's your thing though you'll likely enjoy this series.

Also ninja fans should be delighted to hear that this series is pirate-free.

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