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Basilisk is a Japanese anime and magna action, drama and suspense television program that is broadcasted in the United States, Canada, Japan and England. This show was a spin of a popular script and it was written by Masaki Segalua. This is a show that brings its viewers with action packed ninja fighting scenes and bright anime and magna animation that will satisfy any need for action packed animation. This show is directed by a very talented Japanese director called, Fumitomo Kizaki. Also, the show has a signature theme song that plays during the opening credits and it is called Ninpou Chou, which was written by the performer and compositor called, Onmyouza.

The plot of Basilisk took place back in the year 1614, when the show's two courageous and spunky ninja clans, The Tsubagakume of the Iga and their opposing force the Manjidani of Kouga must engage in a grueling battle so that the next shogun is determined. During the battle that will take place to determine the next shogun, the grandsons of the clans must battle each other and the winner is appointed the title of shogun. In addition, there are ten skilled and powerful ninjas who shall battle against each other for this title, and as a result many clans must fight hard against each their opposing forces and during the battle, years of pent up anger will be unleashed, thus reeking havoc on the clans and as a result of this the chances of peace is totally diminished.

IFC
1 Season, 24 Episodes - Canceled
October 4, 2006
Anime, Drama
8.0/10
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  • With Kagero captive, Oboro issues a public challenge, seeking to draw Gennosuke out, desiring to face him one last time. She stops Tenzen at his cruel play, unwilling to bear the suffering of an enemy, and draws his wrath instead. But Gennosuke arrives to face Tenzen at last, forced to defend himself with his greatest weapon still sealed against him. A startling revelation rings out in the night.

  • Tenzen's secret is revealed at last, the cost of which proves death to a Kouga in disguise. As Lady Ofuku's forces lend strength and protection to the two surviving Iga, they continue on their way to Sunpu Castle. Kagero claims responsibility for the death of Oboro, seeking Gennosuke's affirmation and affection. But when she sets out to prove her lie truth, trust misplaced will prove her undoing.

  • On the banks of a river, one left to death has risen again. Having finally learned the truth he set out to find, Gennosuke is resigned to this war that was never theirs. Too much has been lost for either side to turn back. A Kouga is sent out wearing the face of an enemy and finally sees the futile truth in the dying eyes of an Iga. But with her blood on his hands, his fate has been sealed.

  • False voices on the night wind play at lies and deceit, leading one without sight to a death without hope. As treachery waits for the moment to act, impatience has goaded political intrigue to seek a more active role in this annihilation of two tribes, upon which the succession rests. And the unseen finally comes to light as the remnants of both tribes learn of the wager which unleashed this war upon them.

  • During a simpler time, well before the political machinations and the dissolution of the no-hostilities pact, a plan was laid to ensure lasting peace between the Kouga and the Iga. A marriage was arranged between the adopted heirs of the two rival clans. Hope was placed on the innocence of youth to clear the path to understanding. A united clan to change the future for all.

  • Words from the past haunt Gennosuke, and Oboro is convinced that her life will end by his hands. Far more than the watery distance separates these lost lovers. Yet Tenzen seeks to inspire his leader to live, determined to force himself into the void left by Gennosuke's defection. A servant is torn between two masters as an unseen enemy seeks advantage in the turmoil.

  • Lovers reunite as shades in the night, as the gales of war continue unabated. Again equal in number, both the Kouga and the Iga harbor sorrow and despair. But the rage of a few may shape the future of many. As the Kouga prepare to set off again for Sunpu Castle, Tenzen leads the Iga across the ocean waters, with the hope of stopping Gennosuke and his people from reaching their intended destination.

  • As the challenge set by Gennosuke is accepted, both clans take to the road. But treachery and death follow on their heels. Time allows for reflections upon what once was, before war was unleashed among them, and fond recollection proves a bitter backdrop. All minds travel as one down the path towards the final design, wondering at the end cost.

  • Lord Ieyasu and the nobles review the carnage from a safe distance, tallying the deaths after only two days since the peace was broken. Unconcerned with the loss of life, rather their interest lies in the outcome of the wager and who shall inherit the title of Shogun, for the rift has grown great indeed. But for the Kouga and the Iga, this is far more personal?

  • With the secret scroll now in Gennosuke's possession, the Iga's elaborate deception has come to an end. At last, the Kouga knows of the old Shogun's fateful decree. As Oboro makes a last stand between the clans, begging for peace between them, Gennosuke takes advantage of her love to make good his escape. Alone, pressured to fight with the Iga, Oboro makes the ultimate sacrifice.

  • Gennosuke grows wary as hostility mounts, while the other Kouga captive demonstrates dire consequence for the baser forms of assault. Warriors in disguise seek to unearth the hidden deception, the counterfeit aided by desperate belief. The Iga stronghold infiltrated, Oboro is called away to finally learn the truth. The way has been laid for grief.

  • The Kouga begin to fret over the absent Gennosuke, and quiet steps are taken to study the lay of the land. But the overly ambitious Iga tip their hand, as Tenzen's charade fails and clans clash in the heart of the enemy stronghold. Undaunted by this minor setback, in possession of both the knowledge of the scrolls and the Kouga techniques, they set out for home and further horror.

  • The blind leading the faithful, Gennosuke and Udono feast with the Iga clan under the false pretense of coming peace. But friendly smiles hide fatal intentions, and the vengeful host seeks to further their lead in this mortally biased competition. Inspired by drunken lust and blinded by loyalty and trust, forgiveness will be the end of one Ninja's life.

  • The no-hostilities pact is no more, and the race to finish a long-unsettled score has begun. Seeking to maintain the upper hand dealt by Fate, the Iga clan sets out to intercept the second scroll. If they can keep the news of war from reaching the Kouga, with the rival heir an ignorant guest of honor, the path to victory will lie open before them.

  • Unaware of the devastation speeding towards them, Gennosuke and Oboro enjoy an innocent tryst in the secluded slopes of the forest. Bouyed by love, these heirs of the rival clans foresee a lasting peace once their intentions are made public. But news travels fast on the wings of a hawk and the Iga lay their first trap, deceit inspired by deepest affection.

  • 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.

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