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Basilisk: Kouga Ninpou Chou

Alternative Titles

English: Basilisk
Synonyms: Basilisk: Koga Nimpo Cho
Japanese: バジリスク 甲賀忍法帖


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
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.631 (scored by 59,456 users)
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Ranked: #13172
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Popularity: #764
Members: 139,387
Favorites: 1,377


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. 
report Recommended by Vesey
Similar in depth and action, it's more emotional although not as realistic. 
report Recommended by helldude89
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  read more 
report Recommended by AironicallyHuman
Both have death-crazy samurai and loads of blood. 
report Recommended by ashura
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. 
report Recommended by leonmcnicol
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.  
report Recommended by Uriel1988
the same ninjia style combat with each ninjia having his her own style but alot more less mature and fun, more comedy and silly moments, but be aware, its a very very long series which is still going 
report Recommended by lonestar6969
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 
report Recommended by lonestar6969
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  read more 
report Recommended by AironicallyHuman
Immorta warriors, bloody battles and revenge! l 
report Recommended by Balordemon
Both anime are about rival ninja clans fighting each other in some epic battles full of violence, persecutions, traps and superpowers. 
report Recommended by BDL
intense action and lots of people killing and dying left and right 
report Recommended by bonkler
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. 
report Recommended by Migandas
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. 
report Recommended by Hirotaka1
Same samurai and ninja stuff but Basilisk got more story than Afro Samurai which is pure action 
report Recommended by ymg414
It takes place in the same era and also have fighters using ninpou. 
report Recommended by Kuszek
A blood filled journey towards uncertain end. 
report Recommended by play4fun1
Romeo and Juliet theme: impossible love between people from different "clan/families/races". 
report Recommended by Unmasked89
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. 
report Recommended by SunWukung
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 +forbidden love +betrayals +supernatural elements +an adventure like feeling as the main characters are in a form of journey +in depth drama with emotions added in  
report Recommended by Stark700
Both are ninja theme, with the same competition between clans. 
report Recommended by cool_life
These series both have a simple plot line and include battles within midevil worlds without too much exageration with the exception of abilities. The slow fighting styles are also similar.  
report Recommended by hypernova_00
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.  
report Recommended by jRad522
Historical, Samurai 
report Recommended by BigSips
Both are about groups chosen to fight, about people much stronger than any other in the world. Climate and plot are completely different but both deserve for distinction. 
report Recommended by Aedrin
Both series have a male MC who has eye powers that are very destructive, and both feature large amounts of action. 
report Recommended by RoarkTenjouin
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. 
report Recommended by Azeal
Similarities: - Historical - Romance - War - Same setting 
report Recommended by yuroshite
Many similarities, from the first sight when I saw this I remembered all kinds of "Basilisk" There are two parties: Action - historical - Samurai  
report Recommended by RoXaS-Eng
Both are about war between clans. While in Basilisk they´re ninjas, in Hakuouki they´re samurai. Both deal with tragedy. Both are also about a forbidden love.  
report Recommended by Orulyon
they are similar somehow same Era and there is alot of Violence 
report Recommended by Kazuha_chan
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. 
report Recommended by zibibba
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  read more 
report Recommended by n8tivegurl
Both are love stories with a sad atmosphere. Unfaithful love. Probably sad ending too. The protagonist cannot be together due to some circumstances. 
report Recommended by Kyo_Kagami
Both have - Historical setting - Characters with super powers - Needless fighting - Lots of action - Warring clans 
report Recommended by Volturnus
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 
report Recommended by DanielS
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. 
report Recommended by Pwnobi
Though Basilisk is about ninjas, and Hakuouki is about samurais, the two animes have similarities and the same feeling while watching.  
report Recommended by biakudryavka
Both series are short and sweet, include a slightly more mature mind-set than many other anime, and include a nice display of fight scenes. 
report Recommended by Pwnobi
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 
report Recommended by afrodestinyfan
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. 
report Recommended by mightyUnderdog
Both animes are about ninja with a solid plot and good fights with each ninja having a power of some sort 
report Recommended by wes55463