Basilisk – The Kouga Ninja Scrolls

Basilisk: Kouga Ninpou Chou

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For centuries, the Iga and Kouga ninja clans have engaged in a bitter war. But when a ceasefire is ordered by the powerful warlord Ieyasu Tokugawa, the two clans are forced to put down their arms. Years later, Gennosuke Kouga, heir of the Kouga clan, and Oboro Iga, heir of the Iga clan, have fallen in love. Through marriage, both heirs aim to bring peace to the clans. But their hopes are dashed when flames of rivalry between their clans are reignited, and they are dragged into another war. Ieyasu's two grandsons have both claimed to be the next heir to the shogunate. To resolve this dispute, both the Kouga and Iga are ordered to send their 10 best warriors to fight in a bloody battle royale, with each clan representing one of the potential shogunate heirs. Two scrolls with the names of the fighters are given and are to be marked in blood upon the given fighter's death. The prize for winning is the favor of the Tokugawa shogunate for a thousand years. Torn between their love for each other and duty to their clans, Gennosuke and Oboro must ultimately decide the fate of their clans.

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English: Basilisk
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
Producers: GDH, Kodansha, Sotsu Music Publishing
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Gonzo
Source: Manga
Genres: Action, Adventure, Historical, Supernatural, Romance, Samurai, Fantasy
Duration: 24 min per ep
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
Resolution: 1080p, 480p, 720p
Type: BD, Dual Audio


Justin Cook – Producer
Clarine Harp – Producer
Fuminori Kizaki – Director
Yoku Shioya – Sound Director
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Theme Songs

OP1: “Kouga Ninpouchou (甲賀忍法帖)” by Onmyo-za
ED1: “Hime Murasaki” by Nana Mizuki (eps 1,9,11-12,15-16,24)
ED2: “Wild Eyes” by Nana Mizuki (eps 2-8,10,13-14,17-23)

Episode List

01: Destiny
02: Last Rendezvous
03: The Onslaught of War
04: The Horned Owl
05: The Surprise Attack
06: Longing in the Rain
07: Blood-Sucking Seductress
08: Cage of Blood
09: Farewell
10: Divine Mandate
11: On Their Own
12: Remembrance
13: A Swarm of Butterflies
14: Fallen Flower
15: Reckoning
16: First Impressions
17: Wandering Hearts
18: A Dawn Without Light
19: Conspiracy
20: River of Mercy
21: With All Her Heart
22: The Haunted
23: Emancipation
24: Requiem



A show that all death game anime should aspire to match while at the same time a romance that none should strive for.


The show encases the way of the ninja quite well salted with just enough fantasy to make it even more riveting.


Ridiculous death match anime that has crazy characters with insane powers. Takes itself just seriously enough. Quality characters underneath


It has a beautiful art style but is a bit crude from time to time, my 13-yo self enjoyed it and honestly, I still do when I rewatch it.

Igor Mendonca

Simple and to the point. Great style, great fights. Just an all-around good series


Great, more mature depiction of ninja battles. Mostly tense, but starts to get predictable as both clans numbers gets thinner.

The Animal Cannibal

One of the few death game anime that’s actually good 2 lifelong rivaling Clans must fight to the death to decide who becomes the next Shogun



    "We, who hurt each other so terribly, will sit here licking each other's wounds. We damaged goods will each seek the other out in comfort. If you are to die tomorrow, I'm fine with my life ending then as well. But if you want to live for me for one more day,I'll go on living with you today as well. And thus begins a tale of kindred, bound by their scars. Soaked in red and written in black, a story of blood. One of which I'll never speak. Our very own, precious as it is, story of scars. And I have no intention of reciting it to anyone."

    Demolition Man

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