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Basilisk: Kouga Ninpouchou

Basilisk: Kouga Ninpouchou

Alternative Titles

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

Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: 5
Chapters: 34
Status: Finished
Published: Feb 4, 2003 to Jun 15, 2004
Authors: Yamada, Fuutarou (Story), Segawa, Masaki (Art)
Serialization: Young Magazine Uppers

Statistics

Score: 7.711 (scored by 4736 users)
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Ranked: #19742
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Popularity: #654
Members: 8,608
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Volumes: /5
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Synopsis

The Iga clan and the Kouga clan have been sworn enemies for more than four hundred years. Only the Hanzo Hattori truce has kept the two families from all-out war. Now, under the order of Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa, the truce has finally been dissolved. Ten ninja from each clan must fight to the death in order to determine who will be the next Tokugawa Shogun. The surviving clan will rule for the next thousand years.

But not all the clan members are in agreement. Oboro of the Iga clan and Gennosuke of the Kouga clan have fallen deeply in love. Now these star-crossed lovers have been pitted against each other. Can their romance conquer a centuries-old rivalry? Or is their love destined to end in death?

(Source: Del Rey)

Background

Basilisk was first published in English by Del Rey from May 30, 2006 to May 29, 2007, and by its British equivalent Tanoshimi from August 3, 2006 to June 1, 2007. When both of these publishing companies has became defunct, Kodansha took over the license, and published the series digitally from September 2 to 9, 2014.

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Characters

Kouga, Gennosuke
Kouga, Gennosuke
Main
Iga, Oboro
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Main
Hotarubi
Hotarubi
Supporting
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Yakushiji, Tenzen
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Muroga, Hyouma
Muroga, Hyouma
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Yashamaru
Yashamaru
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Kisaragi, Saemon
Kisaragi, Saemon
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graysky14
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 read more
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ManU-Alchemist
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 read more
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Ayimu
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*)
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arichan20
Jan 17, 2012
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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