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Oboro, a naive, love-struck girl, is pledged to Gennosuke, an idealist. Both are successors to opposing ninja clans with a long history of hatred kept barely in check by a covenant of peace. Just as the two vow to reconcile the clans with their marriage, the shogun orders the feud to resume in order to resolve an internal struggle that threatens to tear the Tokugawa shogunate apart. Even worse, Oboro and Gennosuke themselves are forced to lead their clans in battle. Can the star-crossed lovers resist the brutal circumstances and remain true to their love as the death toll rises?

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Michinori CHIBA Character Design
Fuminori KIZAKI Director
Hidemasa ARAI Producer
Hideyuki NANBA Producer

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Ninja Scroll

Ninja Scroll
  • Movie (1 ep x 92 min)
  • 1993

Jubei Kibagami is just a wandering swordsman minding his own business... until fate lands him in the middle of a battle with the terrifying Devils of Kimon! Now the fate of all of Japan lies in the hands of a vagabond samurai, a deadly female ninja and a perverted old monk as they take on an enemy who is, literally, immortal.

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This is not a contest betwen clans in the same way as basilisk but rather a fight/war to stop one clan from getting to much power. The fight´s are in the same way as in Basilisk, they use their original technices against eachother, they are not as backstabbing as in basilisk but they don´t really play fair either.

Both Ninja Scroll and Basilisk are about feuding clans set in the era of the ninja. The line between good and evil is blurry in both series as viewers witness the tactics of each clan. If you like one then you will like the other.


For any fan of Basilisk I would totally recommend watching Ninja Scroll. It's a great watch if you like the ninja action and intrigue of Basilisk, though I should caution you that Ninja Scroll is a much older work.


Basilisk and Ninja Scroll are both serious ninja anime that have plots with depth and a multitude of characters with unbelievable ninja skills.


Both NS and Basilisk feature skilled ninjas, violent one-on-one combat, and fairly straightforward stories. The characters are simple, but the action is awesome.


When its alla bout ninjas and theyre supernatural special abilities like turnin into shawod or something like that.

Ofcourse we need war an good lookin ninjagirls too.


Both are ninja series where sacrifices need to be done because of a war involving the main characters.

In both you will be able to find a lot of action and death, in a fight between ninjas with super powers (or should i say demonic powers? o,O)


Some of the characters in both of these animes, are just plain CREEPY. I find the fighting style for both shows is very similar, usually 1 on 1 "Hi-yah!" Ninja action, with all that beautiful gore and intense animation we all love. If you're into battles of ninja clan, and morally questionable enemies, Ninja Scroll/Basilisk is here to ease your weary head.


If you have seen either Ninja Scroll or Basilisk, odds are you will like the other. Both stories involve a power struggle between opposing forces. Both have unique and interesting characters with a variety of different powers. In both the deaths are quick and brutal.


You will love them both for they are so similarily alike. Not only do both stories evolve around the same time period and context, but they both feature ninjas from the same clans with awesome super powers. The great apparent difference, besides the obvious storyline diversities, remains the fact Ninja Scroll is about a single warrior defying evil, while Basilisk contains a more in depth characterization of a vast amount of personalities.


Both revolve around Samurai fighting against enemies with supernatural powers. All enemies in each have unique abilities and the shows put a lot of emphasis on how they're dispatched. Most importantly both are violent and feature plenty of Gore for the fans.


Bloody violence, ninja's, great fights, strange powers and interesting characters: these are the ingredients for both Ninja Scroll and Basilisk. Basilisk is of course longer and has a bit more drama, but I am certain that if you like one, you will like the other.


Both of these series involve feudal Japan and ninja, and are both full of mature content, and gratuitous gore. 


These are two similar ninja stories, both having good animation and action that targets an older audience.


Both stories revolve around that feudal era of ninjas and stuff. You like one you will like the other, basilsk is more romeo and juliet with its story and rival clan hatred but both are in the same category

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Ninja Scroll: The Series

Ninja Scroll: The Series

A half-man, half-beast is chased by foes wielding power of an unpleasant nature. He would certainly be slaughtered, his mission failed, if not for the intervention of a wandering mercenary -- Kibagami Jubei. With the last of his strength, he gives Jubei a mysterious jewel, thereby transferring his mission: deliver the jewel at all costs to the Priestess of Light. The mystery of the jewel's powers, and the identities of those fiends who quest for it... these are questions whose answers will only be found through blood and battle.

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A story not so unlike Basilisk, rivaling ninja clans fight against eachother using secret ninja arts. Not as dark as Basilisk but not all a rejoiceful story either. The things that really are similar to Basilisk here is the powerful ninja technices the people in the series use, every person has his own original technnice.
These two shows could've been brother and sister. There are enough differences not to make them copies. But you can't help but noticing the alike ninja arts and the way the plot develops (the way people, not the same plot). Basilisk has added some very nice drama to it btw ;).

The characters within Basilisk and Ninja Scroll TV are detailed and mature in design, and form unlikely protagonists. They have non-human fighting styles and super-human abilities that are almost grotesque, and the battle sequences prove intriguing and are beautifully detailed. Fans who enjoy action, beautiful women and twisted plots will like both of these!


Ninja Scroll TV and Basilisk could've been brother and sister, though there are enough differences that they aren't copies of each other. Each has ninja arts and the same type of plot development, though Basilisk also has additional drama.


Basilisk has many things that Ninja Scroll also has, though Basilisk, in my opinion, has a better story and not as much blood. The characters also have many things in common and the same powers. Both anime are all about the samurai age.


When its alla bout ninjas and theyre supernatural special abilities like turnin into shawod or something like that.

Ofcourse we need war an good lookin ninjagirls too.


These are both pretty standard samurai hack and slash series.  Girl meets boy, boy annihilates ninja army for girl... Neither one is big on plot, but every episode is packed with violence and ninja techniques.



both are based on The Kouga Ninja Scrolls, a historical fantasy novel written in 1958-1959 by the Japanese author Futaro Yamada. i would say Basilisk is aimed towards a more mature audience then Ninja Scroll.

Rurouni Kenshin

Rurouni Kenshin

In the revolutionary Meiji period, Japan is undergoing enormous political change. It is a time when vagabonds and terrorists will use any method to prevent the modernization of their country, even if it means trampling on the innocent in the process. In such a time, Himura Kenshin, a wandering samurai, has dedicated his life to protecting the weak and desperate peasants from those who would oppress them. However, Kenshin has a dark past which threatens to destroy the values he is fighting for. When he meets his new friends Kaoru, Sanosuke, and Yahiko, and tries to build a peaceful life with them, events conspire against him. Can Kenshin overcome the demons within and without, and finally ensure the peaceful future that Japan deserves?

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If you liked Basilisk, you'd like Kenshin because they both possess some wonderful fight scenes and have characters with special skills. While Kenshin is overall a much lighter series than the dark and grim Basilisk, they are both about trying to deal with events of the past that continue to influence the present.


Kenshin and Basilisk are both samurai series about the old assassins that ruled the country. They have amazing sword fights and magic techniques, forbidden love and everything you can wish for. :)


If you prefer your samurai/action anime to retain all the fights scenes and styles you'd commonly associate with them but fancy a softer, less violent approach about human emotions and bonds, than try Rurouni Kenshin. If it was the Samurai meets romantic sub-plot that truly won you over, than either anime should suffice.


If you lied Basilisk you'd also like Rurouni Kenshin because like Basilisk Rurouni Keshin is an anime with a great story, great characters and awesome fighting scenes. The character development and their background history is also a great thing done by the creators of Rurouni Kenshin.


Both series let you enjoy various fighting techniques of samurais or ninjas that are in some form taught even nowadays. If you liked one, you'd surely like the other.


Both series have fights, supernatural powers, love stories, and drama...much drama. If you like gory deaths with ingenious battle scenes, do watch.


both these anime have to do with samurais..they have excelent sword fights.also they talk about historical japan


Rurouni Kenshin and Basilisk are both similar in that they take place in a time when peace is just beyond the horizon.  Tension is still high and certain people aim to seek vengeance.  Two skilled samurai, Kouga and Kenshin, believe in the new era and peace that lie ahead.  They are forced to fight regardless of their beliefs and slaughter the other clan.  Political change is happening and as a result Kouga is forced to fight incredibly tough opponents and same for Kenshin.  Bloodshed and sweet samurai fights with hint of romance, if you liked one, watch the other.

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Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen

Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen

Himura Kenshin was a boy orphaned by the murder of his parents. Now he is the Hitokiri Battousai, the most feared and skilled killer in 19th century Japan. In the midst of a blood bath, he meets the love of his life, Tomoe. Will he continue to fight his enemies in a killing rage or will she sheath his bloodstained sword?

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Basilisk with Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen is a bit of an odd recommendation, but here is why it works. Both have two sides wanting each other dead, both sides will do anything to see the other side killed off, and both have two people who are willing to sacrifice themselves for each other and do whatever it takes to be together. Both Basilisk and Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen have great fights, good storylines and a love story to boot.


It is more than just action, blood and violence that connects the two but the deeper meaning that really binds them. The leads are pawns for a greater purpose, going to great lengths to win battles at the cost of conflicting loyalties. Both will make you feel sorrow for those who must fight with the repercussions of their actions hidden, ultimately at a greater loss to themselves. Seriously, you must watch them both!


both series are about love that grows in the middle of a fight.

both have a lot of blood showing and are depressing in a way.


Tragic love stories which take place in difficult times of japanese history. Both anime let you enjoy unique animation and interesting fights. Moreover, they both make you think about japanese values which were acknowledged at that time and which are sometimes acknowledged even today. If you liked one, you'd surely like the other.


I know from an outside view these two animes don't look like they'd be comprable but I think at the heart of both there is a lot tying them together. Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen is about Samurais where Basilisk is about Ninjas, but they type and level of action falls equal to the other (ocassionally Basilisk is more extreme). They main characters Kenshin and Gennosuke are extremely similiar, with Kenshin it is a more progressive piece. Also Tomoe relates to several different females within Basilisk. Both animes incorporate the depth of the human heart into their storylines making the bloodshed more than a visual captivation, but an emotional rollercoaster. I believe if you liked one you will like the other!


I find both shows very similar in terms of main plot wich is the forbidden love between the main characters, but Basilisk and Ruouni Kenshin follow different directions. Basilisk is way more focused in the fighting scenes than Kenshin.


Basilisk and Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen are both gory, violent shows with brutal fight scenes. However these shows also share an emotional core about characters that are in love but fighting on opposing sides. Both shows deal with the issue of loyalty being in conflict with the feelings of the heart. 



Born beneath the gallows tree from which his dead mother hung, Guts has always existed on the boundary between life and death. After enduring a terrible childhood, he spends his adulthood in brutal combat, pitting his strength against others in order to build his own. Life is simple enough for Guts until he meets Griffith, the inspirational, ambitious, and beautiful leader of the mercenaries, the Band of the Hawks. When Guts loses to Griffith in a duel, he is forced to join the group, and, despite himself, finds a sense of camaraderie and belonging amongst them. However, as Griffith leads his soldiers from victory to victory, the bloody wars and underhanded politics reveal a side to him that nobody quite expected. Can Guts, a simple warrior, defend those who have come to mean the most to him, all the while struggling not to lose to the darkness he has carried with him his entire life?

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Despite the fact that they are pretty far from each other genre-wise, Basilisk and Berserk do have the same feeling to them. Basilisk is a dark, traumatic story of forbidden love and clan rivalry, while Berserk has no commonalities except the feeling and darkness of the world. If you liked Baslisk you will probably like Berserk too.


While the two take place at different time periods, they both share a tragic nature and sense of hopelessness as events leading up to the finale transpire. They both instill the sense of honor in a warrior's life but the sadness that carries both shows runs deeper than the characters themselves. There is a hidden message beneath all of the swordplay and bloodshed inherent in both shows. If you like a gripping/emotional story, I beseech you to watch them both and let the content speak for itself.


Berserk and Basilisk are wonderfully connected when it comes to action, violence and skill. Yet they both have more depth than your typical action series, using character interactions and devlopment to give the overall tragic plots more meaning.


Both Basilisk and Berserk have a dark, violent, emotional and tragic scent about them. They are both dark and mysterious. The stories on the other hand, are not much alike. Basilisk is focusing on the rivalry between two ninja tribes and Berserk follows the life of Guts, the Dark Swordsmen. But none the less, I am sure that if you like the one, you will like the other due the feeling they both emit.