Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Historical, Samurai, Romance, Supernatural, Clan Rivalry
First Aired: Spring 2005, 24 episodes
Summary: It is the year 1614 and two clans with an intense hatred toward each other, the Iga and the Kouga, have their peace treaty ended in a hurry. Each clan provides ten representatives to fight to the death for the possession of a scroll. The two clans have been feuding for centuries, so the prize of annihilation of the other clan and the support of the Tokugawa government for the next thousand years is quite appealing.
The Iga and Kouga fighters all possess some sort of special power, which keeps the fights entertaining. While there is a lot of fighting/battles throughout the series, the battles are kept relatively short and there is more to the series than just the fights. Some of the characters are interesting, but I feel conflicted about getting to know more about them, because as you can imagine in a twenty-person fight to the death, characters get killed throughout the season. While some of the characters were intriguing, others felt one-dimensional, with the sole purpose of hating the other clan. They were filled entirely with hatred toward the opposing clan, and that was all we got to know about them.
I enjoyed the clan rivalry aspect of the series to some extent, but it felt somewhat weak. The reasoning behind the intense hatred was not entirely believable. It felt like a sports rivalry at times, with each clan hating the other simply because they are part of the other clan. There were times I was rooting for the Iga and other times I was rooting for the Kouga, but overall both clans were filled with horrible people.
Basilisk first aired in 2005, but the style is reminiscent of 1980s and 90s anime. The sound effects of the special abilities seem like they are straight out of Ranma ½. The animation also resembles an earlier era of animation. The character design is unusual because some characters have a radical appearance that is hardly human-like, while others appear almost identical to one another.
You might enjoy this if: You are ready for the clan war from hell. If you have seen Akame Ga Kill, imagine that story, but set in the 17th Century.
You might not like it if: You do not handle violence very well. Basilisk is incredibly graphic and violent. There is blood, death, and killing all over the place.
Note to the Viewer: You will know almost immediately if Basilisk is for you.
AMV – Basilisk AMV by N1NJ4 Dru Productionz
(Warning, the AMV contains some minor episode one spoilers and a fair amount of violence)