Basilisk: Kouga Ninpouchou
Basilisk: The Kouga Ninja Scrolls
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Basilisk: Kouga Ninpouchou

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English: Basilisk: The Kouga Ninja Scrolls
Japanese: バジリスク~甲賀忍法帖~


Type: Manga
Volumes: 5
Chapters: 34
Status: Finished
Published: Feb 4, 2003 to Jun 15, 2004
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama, HistoricalHistorical, Martial ArtsMartial Arts, RomanceRomance, SeinenSeinen
Authors: Yamada, Fuutarou (Story), Segawa, Masaki (Art)
Serialization: Young Magazine Uppers


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The Kouga Manjidani clan and the Iga Tsubagakure clan have been sworn enemies for centuries, with only the Hanzo Hattori truce maintaining a tenuous peace between the two ninja clans. But years later, when former shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa faces a succession dispute to determine which of his two grandsons shall become the next shogun, he decides to settle the matter through a proxy war. Selected to represent respective candidates, the Kouga and Iga clans send ten of their best fighters into a deadly battle, with the winning party deciding the rightful successor. Thus, the truce is cancelled and the ruthless bloodshed begins.

But not all approve the truce’s end. Gennosuke of Kouga and Oboro of Iga, both heirs to their respective clans, were to be married in hopes of ensuring lasting peace. However, unlike typical arranged marriages, they were already deeply in love. Whilst the rest are preparing for war, Gennosuke questions his loyalties while Oboro refuses to fight.

With a unique art style Basilisk: Kouga Ninpouchou is a compelling tale of feud and violence. Will the two clans be consumed by hatred or will love change their destinies?

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Basilisk: Kouga Ninpouchou was authored by Masaki Segawa, based on the historical fantasy novel Kouga Ninpouchou , by Futaro Yamada, published in 1958, which also inspired Ninja Scroll anime. This manga was published in Japan in 2003 and 2004, by Kodansha’s “Young Magazine Uppers” magazine. Segawa used real images for the background of his manga, superimposing his hand-drawn characters over the top and each chapter was named after how many ninja were alive on each side. It won the 2004 Kodansha Manga Award for general manga. In 2005 Gonzo Studios produced an anime, very close to the manga apart from a few differences.

The entire manga was later produced into 5 volumes, which were translated by Del Ray Manga for release in the U.S.A and Canada, and by Tanoshimi in the UK. It was also released in Germany, with a german translation. A sequel series followed in 2005, titled Yagyuu Ninpouchou, also based on a novel by Futaro Yamada.

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Dec 30, 2009
ManU-Alchemist (All reviews)
When you have two rival clans that hate the living guts out of each other your bound to get a blood spilling manga, and that's exactly what Basilisk is. The Iga and Kouga clan are the two clans that take their differences to the battlefield in this exciting manga.

First of all I basically told you the story plots in my introduction. Other than the fact that these two clans fight to the death to see who would become the new shogun of Japan there's isn't much to the story. It sticks to this all the way untill the finish of the manga.

Art is read more
Mar 21, 2009
graysky14 (All reviews)
Basilisk is a Seinen, Action, Romance filled with sword fighting, ninja skills and psychological battles enough to satisfy Samurai fans out there.

Basilisk reminds me of the Shakespearian classical tragedy Romeo and Juliet, two people from two rivalled clans falling in love. The two intended to marry to stop the fues between their groups and create peace but in certain circumstances, greed for power, the thirst for blood and drive for vengeance can't be stopped as such thruce can't wipe away hatred. Thus starts the war between these groups.

The manga design including character, background and battle scene was somewhat appreciated by seinen readers, dark, bloody read more
May 5, 2009
Ayimu (All reviews)
With beautiful artwork and a beautiful story Basilisk is a one-of-a-kind Graphic Novel.

The battle between two clans, which are sworn enemy's for over 400 years makes the story intense. Every character is special in his own, because of his/her ninja technique or his/her appearance.
But it's not only a story about ancient old rivalry, this story also shows how beautiful, and painful, love can be.

It's not only a great Graphic Novel to look at, it's also a Graphic Novel that you can read anytime. It won't get bored.

(10 - MASTERPIECE) (*my opinion*)
Jan 17, 2012
arichan20 (All reviews)
Basilisk is a manga that reveals honor, loyalty, cleverness and abilities of the ancient ninjas, with some awesome and unique power in each character. It has a fantastic story which shows love can overcome anything, but the path the couple have to follow is a bloody and hard way.

The first thing I like about Basilisk is story. It shows you an old Japan, where samurais and specially ninja still exist. Even if they had to serve to their lord, they have feelings and ulterior motives to keep in their sides and fight. The love of the msin characters maintains strong and pure, althought the read more

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