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

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Japanese: バジリスク~甲賀忍法帖~
English: Basilisk: The Kouga Ninja Scrolls
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 5
Chapters: 34
Status: Finished
Published: Feb 4, 2003 to Jun 15, 2004
Genres: Action Action, Award Winning Award Winning, Drama Drama, Romance Romance
Themes: Historical Historical, Martial Arts Martial Arts
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Young Magazine Uppers
Authors: Yamada, Fuutarou (Story), Segawa, Masaki (Art)


Score: 7.521 (scored by 76377,637 users)
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Ranked: #29162
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Popularity: #1099
Members: 17,245
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Volume 1


The Kouga Manjidani and the Iga Tsubagakure ninja clans have been sworn enemies for centuries, with only the Hanzo Hattori truce maintaining a tenuous peace between the two families. But years later, when former shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa faces a dispute to determine which of his two grandsons shall succeed their father, he decides to settle the matter through a proxy war. Selected to represent the respective candidates, the Kouga and Iga send 10 of their best fighters into a deadly battle, with the winning party deciding the rightful successor. Thus, the truce is revoked and the ruthless bloodshed begins.

But not all approve the truce's end. Gennosuke of Kouga and Oboro of Iga were to be married in hopes of ensuring lasting peace. However, unlike typical arranged marriages, they were already deeply in love. As preparations for the war ensue, Gennosuke questions his loyalties while Oboro refuses to fight. Fueled by their reawakened feud, will the two clans be consumed by hatred, or have their destinies changed by genuine love?

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Basilisk: Kouga Ninpouchou is an adaptation of the 1958 historical fantasy novel Kouga Ninpouchou. It won the 2004 Kodansha Manga Award for general manga. Masaki Segawa used real images for the manga's backgrounds, superimposing his hand-drawn characters over them. Each chapter was named after the number of ninjas alive on each side.

The manga was published in English as Basilisk: The Kouga Ninja Scrolls by Del Ray Manga from May 30, 2006, to May 29, 2007. In the UK, Tanoshimi released the series under the same title from August 3, 2006, to June 7, 2007. It was also published in German as Basilisk: Chronik der Kouga-Ninja by Heyne; in Italian and Portuguese as Basilisk: I segreti mortali dei ninja and Basilisk: O Pergaminho Secreto dos Kouga by Panini Comics; in French and Finnish as Basilisk by Kurokawa and Punainen jättiläinen, respectively; and in Spanish as Basilisk: The Kouga Ninja Scrolls by Editorial Ivrea.

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May 5, 2009
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*)
Dec 30, 2009
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 ...
Mar 21, 2009
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 ...

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