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?
Manji, a recently-turned immortal swordsman, has sworn to kill a thousand villains to counterbalance the merciless and indiscriminate slaughter that ended with the death of his sister. To this end, he decides to travel with Rin, a young girl who reminds him of the sister he failed. She has sworn to take vengeance on the Itto-ryu, specifically their leader Anotsu; for the Itto-ryu are group of elite swordsmen who killed her parents and raped her mother in front of her. However; being immortal doesn’t guarantee victory: Manji’s skill and immortality will be tested to their limits...
Both Basilisk and Blade of the Immortal have similar feels/atmospheres, each is kind of dark and provide good, bloody action. If you liked either, you should be satisfied with the other.
As wright already said - they have the same bloody violent feel. Really i just wanted to agree with the poster above me but i will elaborate a bit as to what gives them that simular feel.
Revenge is a fuel for many battles in both of the anime.
Also present in both is the battle between rightous and evil killing. There seems to be reason for justification of the killing where killing is the tool of rightousness. (At least in the killers minds), while on the other hand you have the killers who are evil and love it.
Both are set in the same time period atmousphere while Blade of the Immortal is samurai compared to Basilisk ninja.
There is also a great veriety of weapons in both which make any fighting series better and bloodier. Watching different ways of killing is always more interesting then only seing swords slice through people.
Both the visual and soundtrack of both are right on as well, if not at times stunning!
A LOT OF KILLING :P
Like wright said above: If you like one you will like the other.
Both of these revenge driven stories feature dark atmospheres, supernatural abilities, plenty of fighting, and are borderline explicit. If you enjoyed one, make sure to check out the other.
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.
Naruto Uzumaki is a young ninja who bears a great power hidden inside him, a power that has isolated him from the rest of his village. As such, his only dream is to become the Hokage - the most powerful ninja, and leader of the village; but first he needs to graduate! With his inability to perform even the most basic ninja techniques, it seems that all Naruto has going for him is his determination to succeed no matter what. Teamed up with the genius Sasuke, book-smart Sakura, and their team leader Kakashi, Naruto embarks on his quest to become the Hokage. But with outside forces posing a threat to the entire Hidden Leaf village, Naruto discovers that he must become much stronger if he ever wants to realize his dream and protect the friendships he's forged.
Both Naruto and Basilisk are about ninjas who give their all for the sake of their clan (in Basilisk) or village (in Naruto). Basilisk has a very interesting story and a lot of stunning battle scenes. Naruto has the same, only Basilisk is made graphically more detailed; and also, in Basilisk, the ninjas are not kids, but adults; which means, there is not as much humor as in Naruto, but still, humor is present.
First, the obvious: both shows are about ninjas protecting their homes (villages in Naruto, clans in Basilisk); in both shows the ninjas have largely exagerated or impossible techniques that make them vastly stronger than the ordinary person.
Although Naruto is much longer, it is like the dumber, younger brother of Basilisk. They are immensely similar in theme, but Basilisk is more mature: there is less commedy, more violence, stronger emotions, and better animation in Basilisk, which on the other hand means Naruto is a lighter, longer, "happier" experience, although arguably less serious.
Separate groups of Ninja battling to save their respective village/clan from annhilation. Though Naruto has more opposing sides (about 5 villages, one terrorist group and one...well I supposose you could say evil selfish antogonist) and its ALOT lighter than Basilisk; Basilisk has much more stunning fight scenes (more as in more so, not quantity) and dramatic stories. Each Ninja in both shows have their own techniques that they've mastered, perfected, some even invented. As I said, Naruto is much lighter and is by far not as grim as Basilisk, hence in Naruto there's less blood and people dont die every other episode. Along with their ninja techniques they have similar weapons, hirearchy(though Basilisk is devoid of smaller teams inside the clan/village) and stratigic combat base. There are also characters that are very similar, for example, Okoi in Basilisk, is a more sensual adult verson of Sakura who's not a nerd, they're both you'r steryotypical modern kunoichi that dont take crap from anyone; as well as Sasuke and Yashamaru are somewhat similar, sure Sasuke doesn't have a girlfriend and Yashamaru cant use fire, but they have the same cocky, quiet yet stratigic attitude about them, in a way their combat style is similar too, they both use the metal wires they control with their fingertips or mouth, though they are not Sasuke's main weapon, both characters are very skilled in combat with them. I'm 100% positive anybody who liked Basilisk would like Naruto, my statistics show that 3 out of 5 Naruto watchers when asked either like Basilisk already or are really anxious to watch it soon.
Basilisk and Naruto have loads of ninja action, introducing a good variety of characters with a good range of different ninja techniques, the core of both shows are the fighting scenes, and they don't dissapoint in my opinion.
Basilisk is shorter and will appeal more to an adult audience than Naruto.
This beautiful finale to the Kenshin series will tear at your emotions. Himura Kenshin is back for his grand finale, while a vengeful figure from Kenshin's past named Enishi seeks revenge for the death of his sister. Find out how Kenshin tries to overcome this foe when Kaoru, his love, is kidnapped.
Pain and sadness can be felt in both Basilisk and Kenshin OVA 2. There's some nice action on the side too, though for me that's not where the emphasis lies. What's more is that these are samurai and ninja anime, and are often liked by the same people!
Both are Samurai themed and visually stunning in terms of action, but are also deeply moving tales of self-sacrafice. If you enjoyed this in one than you will love it in the other.
Basilisk is like the little sister of Rurouni Kenshin: Seisouhen. Where Basilisk doesn't have quite the background story that Rurouni Kenshin does it still holds the same purity for star crossed lovers. Both animes are an emotional roller coaster and have plenty of action to go around.
Samurai Deeper Kyo is a story of two men in one body - the humble, polite Mibu Kyoshiro and the legendary samurai Onime-no-Kyo, who has a price on his head. Consequently, Mibu Kyoshiro is captured for having an uncanny resemblance to the samurai. As the story of SDK progresses, we learn more about the two unique souls that inhabit the same body.
Samurai Deeper Kyo 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. :)
The characters in Basilisk and Samurai Deeper Kyo use powers you won't any ordinary ninja or samurai using. Fighting with these supernatural powers, the characters move forward. While SDK is a bit more straightforward, Basilisk provides a bit more drama and story.
In the 6th year of the Kan'ei era, people enjoy a time of peace; skilled swordsmen are revered and respected, and their lives are their own. Amidst the tranquility, Lord Tokugawa Tadanaka decides, for his own amusement, to hold a fighting tournament in which real swords are used - though laws forbid their use. In a match to the death two highly-skilled swordsmen face off: the one-armed Fujiki Gennosuke, and the blind Iraki Seigen. As they take their respective stances, flashbacks paint a picture of the duo’s past and battle wounds; and thus, the real story begins...
If you like Shiguri or Basilisk then this is for you. The two revovle around a love story. Basilisk be the lighter of the two in gore and detail. Revenge is also a major one in Shigurui and Basilisk. Plus both have lots of fighting and blood. very good both of them.
Though Shigurui is more explicit than Basilisk, both feature similar themes of violence, gore, revenge and morally suspect characters, while the romance in Basilisk serves to lighten the atmosphere of the series, no such relief will come in Shigurui, it is a bad ass gore/fight fest from beginning to end.
These are both well animated entries in the samurai genre that rate poorly. Mature storylines and elaborate action scenes are sure to please fans of the genre.