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Basilisk: The Kouga Ninja Scrolls 

Basilisk: Kôga ninpô chô (original title)
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The year is 1614 AD. Two warring ninja clans, each supporting a son of Hidetada Tokugawa as the next shogun, send ten representatives each to fight to the death for the possession Tokugawa ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Laura Bailey ...  Oboro Iga 24 episodes, 2005
Nana Mizuki Nana Mizuki ...  Oboro Iga 24 episodes, 2005
Kôsuke Toriumi Kôsuke Toriumi ...  Gennosuke Kouga 24 episodes, 2005
Troy Baker ...  Gennosuke Kouga 23 episodes, 2005
Yasushi Miyabayashi Yasushi Miyabayashi ...  Narrator / ... 23 episodes, 2005
Bill Jenkins ...  Narrator 22 episodes, 2005
Shô Hayami Shô Hayami ...  Yakushiji Tenzen 21 episodes, 2005
Mark Stoddard ...  Yakushiji Tenzen 20 episodes, 2005
Jennifer Seman Jennifer Seman ...  Akeginu 19 episodes, 2005
Misa Watanabe Misa Watanabe ...  Akeginu 18 episodes, 2005
Wataru Hatano Wataru Hatano ...  Chikuma Koshiro / ... 18 episodes, 2005
John Burgmeier ...  Chikuma Koshiro 16 episodes, 2005
Risa Hayamizu Risa Hayamizu ...  Kagero 16 episodes, 2005
Yôji Ueda Yôji Ueda ...  Kisaragi Saemon 15 episodes, 2005
Miyuki Sawashiro ...  Hotarubi / ... 14 episodes, 2005
Stephanie Young ...  Kagero 14 episodes, 2005
Jason Liebrecht ...  Kisaragi Saemon 14 episodes, 2005
J. Paul Slavens J. Paul Slavens ...  Amayo Jingoro 13 episodes, 2005
Ken Uo Ken Uo ...  Amayo Jingoro 13 episodes, 2005
Colleen Clinkenbeard ...  Hotarubi / ... 13 episodes, 2005
Christopher Sabat ...  Kasumi Gyobu 12 episodes, 2005
Jim Johnson Jim Johnson ...  Mino Nenki 11 episodes, 2005
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John Gremillion ...  Muroga Hyoma 11 episodes, 2005
Katsuhiro Kitagawa Katsuhiro Kitagawa ...  Kasumi Gyobu 11 episodes, 2005
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The year is 1614 AD. Two warring ninja clans, each supporting a son of Hidetada Tokugawa as the next shogun, send ten representatives each to fight to the death for the possession Tokugawa government for the winning clan for the next thousand years. Written by isourav009

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In the fight for Shogun, the slaughter continues! See more »


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

12 April 2005 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Basilisk: The Kouga Ninja Scrolls See more »

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Gonzo Digimation See more »
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(24 Episodes)

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Color
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Version of Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (2005) See more »

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Kouga Ninpou Chou
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Performed by Onmyo-za
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Uneven experience
31 July 2012 | by bennyhagenSee all my reviews

Up until episode 12 this is a fantastic series keeping you in genuine anticipation, satisfaction and then anticipation again. The action is not the very best you have ever seen but it's okay and there is plenty of it around. The game with the truly exciting special powers makes up for everything though and you'll find yourself on the edge of your seat every time a new technique is getting revealed. These episodes are fairly well written too, featuring an interesting plot and also doing a fine job with character development and in setting up emotional attachment to most characters.

Now after getting you hooked I suppose, indicated by a token flashback episode a very different series emerges. The animation now becomes minimum effort most of the time, meaning a heavy decline on action scenes by definition and a lot of mere shaking of static pictures. This would be party acceptable saying that we'd have arrived at a more talky, story centered bit but unfortunately this is not the case either. The thing just runs out of steam and starts kind of going nowhere, doing that with a critically slow pace too. Ideas barely emerge anymore and everything just becomes very incoherent. Worst is that also the fights and deaths of the characters become disappointingly anti-climactic blowing a fantastic premise right out the window.

Now this doesn't stop me from genuinely recommending those first 12 episodes as they rocks quite hard nevertheless. I really can't recommend you to waste your time enduring the rest as there really is barely anything to look forward to, but maybe just reading the story (fighting those battles in you're head) on wikipedia and then cut to the final episode right away might be a good solution.

I'd give a 9/10 for the first half and a 2 for the rest.


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