Basilisk Complete Series Blu-ray/DVD Anime Classics

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About Basilisk Complete Series Blu-ray/DVD Anime Classics

Basilisk complete series collection contains episodes 1-24 of the anime directed by Fuminori Kizaki.

Feudal Japan is set to bear witness to the bloody clash of titans as two fearsome ninja tribes are unleashed, one upon the other. For wretched within the Edo Castle loyalties have been severed into warring factions, as two sons struggle to inherit the title of Shogun. If this rupture goes unresolved, the Tokugawa kingdom will be torn apart. A solution must be found, one befitting a samurai family.

The Kouga and the Iga, two ninja clans with four hundred years of hostilities between them, meet at the request of Lord Ieyasu. There they learn that the peace forced upon them is to be broken by the whim of royalty, and that the outcome of this battle will determine the next Shogun. The passions of the past quickly reignite as two scrolls are sent out into the night.

Ill-fated is this event indeed, for lovers stand with hands entwined as travesty approaches on the wings of a hawk. Reared from birth as sworn enemies, Gennosuke and Oboro, each the heir of these rival clans, seek lasting peace between their peoples. But the terms have been set, and two lists seal their destinies. Two lists from which a name can only be crossed out in blood. No mercy will be spared to the enemy.

Special Features: Audio Commentary, Textless Songs, Trailers.

Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Details

  • Publisher: FUNIMATION
  • Media: Blu-ray
  • Spoken Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitle Language: English
  • Genre: Drama
  • Age Rating: 17+
  • Run Time: 600
  • Release Date: 8/11/2015
  • Dimensional Weight: 1
  • Region Code: A

Ratings & Reviews

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A Tale of Love, Hate And Revenge, Forged Across Generations

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Basilisk takes the mythos of the ninja and uses it to tell a tale that has equal parts epic action and heart breaking tragedy. The story sees two rival clans of ninja with a history of hatred pitted against each other as the willing pawns in a battle to determine the heir of the shogunate. Tragically enough the figureheads of the clans are in love and set to be married, just as the hostilities are renewed. Now, thrust into a war that threatens to deny them their love, they must face the cruel and unforgiving battle that is their fate.

With stunning animation, artwork and audio, Basilisk is definitely a series that should be on your list if you like action in your tragic dramas or vice versa.

An Epic Disappointment

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Basilisk had everything going for it except believable characters and a coherent storyline. Animation was first-rate, voice actors were superb, basic story-line had a good plot, sort of like Romeo & Juliet set in Feudal Japan, but the wacky characters who were more like supernatural ogres than believable samurai were absolutely ridiculous. I know Anime is supposed to be fantasy, but at least the writers could've made their characters more human and less absurd. I love Samurai Deeper Kyo, and even love Samurai Champloo, and those both have some unbelievable characters in them too, but at least they're grounded in reality and no sheer ridiculousness. It's hard to take a story seriously when you have characters like a spider-guy, a clay-man, and an armless, legless snake dude who spits blades with his tongue. Just plain stupid. All in all, an epic disappointment.

One of My Favorite Period Fantasys

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Let me start by noting that Basilisk is actually an adaptation of a 1950's novel called "The Kouga Ninja Scrolls." In that respect, it's not alone - a live action adaptation exists as the film "Shinobi: Heart Under Blade." But Basilisk gets much more time to flesh out the story and characters.

By and large, this is a drama about the relationships of various people caught up in a war, one that is in fact completely pointless, but also sought by many on both sides. The characters act as befitting warriors of their time and place, and each has his or her own demons and motivations. The story does progress largely along predictable routes, through not without a few twists and surprises along the way.

In the technical area, there's nothing to complain about. The acting, art, animation, and blu-ray quality are all right up there. And being twice the length of more recent titles that often cost twice as much, it's also a great value.