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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
If by any chance you happened to like ninja scroll. Then my friend you just have to see this. These two are so much alike, but still are different.
When in ninja scroll you follow jubei around and eagerly wait what he is up against next and can it be defeated by jubei. That is one key element that keeps you watching it. Samething goes in Basilisk when you follow the epic battle between these two clans filled with cool characters and their special abilities.
There are some very clear similarities between these series, both being set in a similarly-depicted feudal Japan, and ultimately involving the conflict between two rival clans of freakishly-powered ninjas. Frankly, "Basilisk" does everything that "Ninja Scroll" did, but better. The plot is much more interesting with a fixed number and nice and nasty characters all sporting neat powers better developed. The pace is more measured, with just as much violence as in "Ninja Scroll"
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.
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?
If you're a fan of good old fashioned samurai action you're in luck. Rurouni Kenshin contains all of the elements of Ninja Scroll including the great swordplay, while adding a little something special of its own. In terms of content, both men are wandering samurai who find a purpose in protecting someone special to them. Both Kenshin and Jubei have a strong sense of duty and justice making both anime very interesting. But the similarity in action is what really makes both series great; Kenshin, like Jubei, tries to usually end the fight as quickly as possible even though in most cases it's not as easy as it seems. So if you liked Ninja Scroll you're most definitely going to love Rurouni Kenshin.
Both Rurouni Kenshin & Ninja Scrolls include large quantities of action sequences, both leads displaying vast quantities of power, strength and style. There are also some parallels in the more unique looking and weapon wielding fighters that you occasionally find in RK & throughout Ninja Scrolls. Although NS is the darker, more violent of the two series, they both have a similar romantic feel to them which does not over-shadow the main plot but gives more depth to the central protagonists.
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.
Both SDK and Ninja Scroll TV are great entertainment series. The action is enjoyable and the plots, while engaging, rely more on the likeability of the characters than on any masterful coherence to hook viewers. If you liked one of these shows and found yourself wanting more at the end (as I suspect is the case with many fans), then the other one may be the cure for your itch.
If you want to see more anime about ninja and samurai with supernatural powers, Ninja Scroll TV and Samurai Deeper Kyo are for you! Both contain creatures that look like they came out of a fantasy book, who fight with powers unlike any human. They are a nice refreshing view on the basic ninja/samurai story.
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...
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 highly episodic.
If you want ancient sword play and seeing humans and demons getting owned than look no further. Both of these anime have one thing on their mind (you attack me, than you die) and in each one there is a journey to them that tie's battles together.
Samurai Champloo is all about style, from the dj-style scratching scene changes to the hip-hop-inspired soundtrack to the eclectic character design. Mugen's fighting style is a funky meld of capoeira and limb-cutting, and Jin is the dramatic foil; he is all steel and old-school samurai style. What binds them together is the desire to test each other's abilities, and a promise to a girl named Fuu: to find the samurai that smells of sunflowers, who plays a pivotal role in her past. Together they travel through edo-era Japan, finding battle and comedy wherever they stop.
Both of these series focus mostly on over-the-top samurai-action against fighters with all sorts of crazy powers while the storyline takes a backseat. Both series also have rather strange music for this type of setting, Champloo having a soundtrack that's heavy on hip-hop while Ninja Scroll's soundtrack features quite a bit of rock-music.
So if you liked one, there's a good chance you'll enjoy the other. I must, however, note that those going from Shamploo to Ninja Scroll have to prepare for a considerable decline in animation-quality.