Either Basilisk was influenced by Ninja Scroll or the had the same source material, because a few of the techniques can be found in both, as well as some names. Of course that means whichever one you see second will seem unoriginal, so space it out. They're both very good.
The similarities between Basilisk and Ninja Scroll, which are so obvious in terms of the ninja superpowers that one could almost argue plagiarism, are down to Ninja Scroll being a homage by its director/creator (Kawajiri) towards 'The Kouga Ninja Scrolls'--the novel that Basilisk would later adapt. Kawajiri added his own story and distinctive style to Ninja Scroll but, since both anime are centered around fights where ninja use very similar / often the same supernatural skills, it's easy to mix them up.
As an example, doomed love is the key theme in both. In Ninja Scroll the heroine kills any man she kisses/sexy time with (which is a power a character in Basilisk also has, though not the main love interest) since her body is poison, which is a wee bit of problem when she spends the film bonding with its male lead! In Basilisk it's in the form of a Romeo & Juliet forbidden love between warring ninja clans. Also: the big bad in both anime just happens to be an evil immortal guy that doesn't die when he's killed. Just 'cause.  read more
"Ninja Scroll" movie shows a lot of affinities with "Basilisk": about characters (especially Kagero, then Genma/Tenzen, Yurimaru/Yashamaru, Mujuro/Hyoma etc.); scenary (Tokugawa period, the presence of Koga clan etc.); ninja combat's techniques.
Moreover, both of them are realized magnificently.
Although Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen has to do with samurai and Basilisk involves ninja they are both similar in plot. Both of them are extremely tragic endings, and have intense fight scenes (though Basilisk more so than Rurouni Kenshin). Both of these series have great character development that watchers identify with, as well as extremely involved storylines. The Rurouoni Kenshin OVA is a bit more believable than Basilisk but each series is extremely enjoyable and sad, the historical allusion in both is excellent, and oddly enough the music in both is really very well done.
Both anime are about ninja's and the main character is in love with a woman. There is lots of violence, action and bloodshed involved. Basilisk has some weird characters with weird and sometimes absurd powers/techniques. Both stories are really good, serious stories.
Rurouni Kenshin Tsuiokuhen is definetly like Basilisk. They carry the same sense of action and romance. The hint of romance in these two also makes these two extremely similar. Although Basilisk is about ninjas, Kenshin is about Samurai. Both are definetely worth watching.
Gonzo used to have something of a Romeo & Juliet fetish, as well as being one of few studios to have the balls to adapt material not destined to be adored by otaku. And this resulted in two very different anime, linked only by their usage of R&J tragedy as a main theme.
Basilisk is best described as the Japanese period piece, ninja warfare equivalent of R&J. Meanwhile, Romeo x Juliet is a re-imagining of Shakespeare's work... complete with flying horses and other fantasy elements sure to irk purists. The names are the same and core theme, but little else.
The series themselves do differ considerably, with Basilisk being a Battle Royale style bloodbath and RxJ being more of a tragic/romantic adventure. BUT, one only has to read 'Romeo & Juliet' to understand where the similarities lie... read more
Both are about rival clans, where the main girl and the main guy are enemies and fall in love. Both involve great action scenes and gives you a similar feeling in the end. Both are two amazing animes with detailed art and sceneries. Action, drama, fantasy and romance, both highly recommended!
Is it weird that the anime with Ninja Superpowers is more accurate to Shakespeare than the one with Romeo and Juliet in it? I think so...
If you like anime about love, tragedy, and pine over what could have been if only fate had not been so cruel, these are definitly series for you. These series get you attached to wonderful, lovable characters, only to rip them away or put them into heart-wrenching moral delemas. Keep a box of tissues on hand if you get teary eyed over anime like that.
Both are tragic love stories that involve 2 star-crossed lovers whose families loathe one another. Thus, making it utterly impossible for them to be in a relationship without either side holding true to the phrase "where civil blood makes civil hands unclean."
Both very violent, and both involving ninjas/ancient Japan, Shigurui has less "magic factor" (ie the combat techniques) than Basilisk, but both shows have the same bloody style. They are both great shows.
The folk tale style of characters and story are my main reasons for recommending one for the other.
these 2 brutal stories of blood feud offer 2 unrelenting and bloody takes on revenge.
be warned though, Basilisk is a complete story while Shigurui only completes its telling in manga form.
ZOMG~ This doesn't compare to your AVERAGE ninja anime series. I do admit that both series are too short but both has your very true ninja styles, fight scenes, gore, violence, blood and of course good characters and storyline.
Both are blood-soaked action series with a varied cast of characters who can (and do) die at any time, and while other series of its type drag their feet with poor pacing and filler, both Basilisk and AgK tell a complete, fast-moving story in precisely 24 episodes.
In 1614 AD two rival 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 leaders of each group are in love with each other even though their clans are at war with each other
-Neither side is simply good or evil, they are both in a grey area
-Deaths occur frequently to members of both clans, almost always bloody
-Both are fighting to change the government
-Romance is an important part of Basilisk
-Basilisk is the more serious story of the two (R+ for Mild Nudity)
-The manga of Basilisk is uncensored while the show is toned down
So, you liked the tragic tale of Oboro and Gennosuke and you're looking for more epic ninja action? Don't worry! I've got just the show for you. It's this somewhat unknown gig called NARUTO. In NARUTO, the world also has secret villages populated by ninjas that have all sorts of weird abilities, and who are destined to fight each other. BUT THAT'S NOT ALL!
Basilisk fans know that EYES are a very important part of this show's story. Both clan leaders have special eyes that have unique capabilities. Gennosuke's may kill anyone who looks straight at him, whereas Oboro's can cancel any other form of ninjutsu. As such, for you, fellow eye conoisseurs, you'll be happy to know that NARUTO features not only ninjas, but also NINJAS WITH SPECIAL EYES. And their eyes are even more diverse than Basilisk's! They have more properties, they can be fused and change over time, they can even be PASSED DOWN BY IMPLANTS. It's the true show for eyes lovers, and if you consider yourself one, you don't want to miss this. read more
where one is samuri and the other is ninjia, both have a similar feel to it. Basilisk is more mature but same touching story of warriors fighting for what they believe for in the end. Rurouni Kenshin is longer and older then basilisk but same intense action and unpredictable story plot that will keep you on edge. Each foe is different and each again his their own special combat ability which are a blast to watch. Not much fanasty involved i.e energy balls or summoned creatures and will suit a mature audience... have a go
Both have a great story as well as a love story. Both play in the old japan and are very mature and have great action. They will also make you think and sad.
I´m almost sure that you will like the other anime :)
If after watching Fate/Zero you were left wanting more in the way of 'Battle Royale' believable brutality and less in the way of circle-walky talking, then Basilisk is the anime for you!
Instead of Zero's premise of seven masters with seven revived heroes of lore (complete with 'middle-man' pace slowing rules overload) battling it out until only one pairing remains, in Basilisk ninja with superpowers (two sides, with ten on each side) every bit as powerful as those wielded by servants, quite simply, fight a desperate battle to the death; dying in quick succession. You can not get much more intense! In contrast, no-one really died at all in Zero until the last half, and even then it had an open-end for the visual novel 'sequel'. read more
Both are action anime about a group of people fighting one another to the death. In Basilisk it's about two ninja clans fighting to determine a successor to the shogunate while in Fate Zero it's about seven masters and their servants competing to win the holy grail. Both are action packed, have a fair share of duels, are very engaging and have great storylines. Also, both are very tragic.
* Different factions fighting each other both phisically and strategically.
* Battle royale between supernatural warriors.
* Mature characters, motivations and relationships.
* Multiple protagonists with different points of view, who interact between them.
* Adult oriented.
Both series contains theme of the historical era gives off a similar feeling.
Basilisk and Blade of the Immortal both contain violence, action, and the art of kenjutsu.
Both series also has a dark atmosphere as the series progresses that justifies killing as the main protagonist makes hard decisions.
Fuuma no Kojirou has a very similar setting to Basilisk, only these ninja are high school students. I don't know why they are, because they hardly ever go to school.
- two battling ninja clans
- many characters with special techniques
- duels to death
The drawing style and animation quality differs though, but it's an old anime, so no wonder.
Both create a VERY unique scenario of never knowing who is going to die. Neither series is shy of killing off anyone be it a minor or major character. The unpredictability is refreshing in both series.
Both Basilisk and Berserk have a dark, violent, emotional and tragic scent about them. They are both dark and mysterious. The stories on the other hand, are not much alike. Basilisk is focusing on the rivalry between two ninja tribes and Berserk follows the life of Guts, the Dark Swordsmen. But none the less, I am sure that if you like the one, you will like the other due the feeling they both emit.
Both anime is made by Gonzo. Aired the same year, and in the same season.
In the Basilisk and Speed Grapher there is a unique action scenes and mild nudity.
I recommend adult fans. These animes are seinen. There are no bishi, but there are very beautiful women. Great characters and a great story.
Basilisk is a sad story of two lovers that cannot be together while Katanagatari is very similar in this aspect. In Katanagatari the lead girl character has a hard time falling in love because she is on a mission of revenge. They both have adventure, romance and sadness, and a good storyline that you will never forget.
Forbidden love is the main theme in both series. Basilisk is about the love between two ninjas of rival clans, while Kemonozume shows the love between a Shokujinki, a kind of cannibal monster, and a member of Kifuuken, the group specialized in killing them.
Both are ninjas anime that are set in ancient Japan (1580 Yotoden and 1614 Basilisk).
Both have Kouga and Iga clans. There are also repeated characters like Jubei and Oboro, although the concepts and contexts of them are different in every anime.
Yotoden is darker and has monsters, while Basilisk is more romantic.
After watching both series, there's definitely some similarities between these series not just on historical terms but also the fact that both series contains
+the theme of clan rivalry
+a darker story as episodes progresses
+an adventure like feeling as the main characters are in a form of journey
+in depth drama with emotions added in
Both series feature a diverse cast of weirdos killing each other in bizarre and entertaining ways. Neither shies away from graphic violence or sexual content. Both make en effort to develop characters, even characters that don't have much of an impact on the overall plot. The tone of the two shows is also similar in that they are dark without being too heavy or slowly paced.
They are a cool spectacle that you don't have to think too hard about, and are a good watch for anybody who just wants to watch some odd people kick lots of ass.
Both Basilisk and X have two waring factions with supernatural abilities, they also don't have your typical moral "good" and "bad" sides. Both animes also have a somewhat bleak atmosphere to them, and contain a similar group combat progression (deliberated phrased strangely to avoid spoilers). Both these animes also leave a bit to be desired from their leading characters, but have relatively solid supporting characters. However these two animes are set in different time periods, and also have a different feel to them.
tense waiting to see just what special skill every sword has ( Bleach) and which special skill every ninja has (basilisk).Of course bleach is more full of action but it seems to me that basilisk is more artistic.
I finished Samurai 7 and I was seriously upset. It kind of reminded me of Basilisk. I mean I don't want to spoil it for anyone else but the end was so...upsetting. Some of my favorite characters died even though I already suspected they would but come on. I had bought the Samurai 7 box set for my brother (christmas gift). I ended up taking them home to watch them myself (am I a loving sister taking my bros gift before he had a chance to watch them? I know you don't have to say it). Once I finished them he watched them and his reaction was priceless. He said, "I hate this f******g anime! Why did you get if for me? You should have bought me something else." I was kinda expecting this because my youngest brother said (almost) the exact same thing. But all in all I enjoyed it. Whats a little tragedy right? If you haven't seen them I suggest you give them both a try.
As for Basilisk I pretty much had the same reaction. My brother owns them both I however do not T_T. They are both amazing anime's and if you haven't seen them I highly recommend them.  read more
This two are similar because both:
1. are bloody
2. have may cute girls
3. great fights
4. and some spoilers are similar too
But there are also many differences
I prefer Basilisk, but both are great :D
If you were a fan of Basilisk, and feel like you want a new Anime experience, try out Claymore! Both series are short, and include a higher degree of violence/gore than some other action based Anime such as Naruto. One key difference is that Claymore has a Manga adaptation longer than the Anime series.
In both of the series there is a lot of fighting, the storyline is wellfully thought out and the drawing is beautiful.
Utawarerumono is a series which can't really be compared to another serie, but in my eyes it is really a MUST SEE
Even though Basilisk isn't a hentai, it does contain nudity, and the stories both involve ninja clans. Basilisk also has a certain amount of nudity and sex scenes, however not nearly as graphic and frequent as in Shadow.