Basilisk: The Ouka Ninja Scrolls

Alt title: Basilisk: Ouka Ninpouchou

TV (24 eps)
2.113 out of 5 from 565 votes
Rank #9,147

The battle for succession that continued for three generations of shogun in the Keichou era culminated in a gruesome battle of ninja arts between the Kouga and Iga clans. Amidst a rain of flower petals, a man and woman who had decided to live for love were separated once again, beautiful in their transience.

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Once upon a time, there was a show which had two ninja clans fight each other to death, it was violent, well animated, and fun. over a decade later, some guy smoked a load of crack, and wrote his own fan fiction about the show continuing the story, and it was shit. it fell in the hands of an idiot and he decided to make an adaption out of it, and so, an abomination was born, and now we have to face the reality, that this show exists... The original Basilisk wasn't flawless, in fact it's whole structure was deeply defected in a way which made it fairly predictable and had a lot of other problems that became more apparent as time came by, it was somewhat uneventful, and had a slow pacing that came almost to a hault in it's second half. but at the same time it was a fine and an entertaining schlock with a satisfying ending, or at least had one before the story got retconned when they made this completely inferior and unnecessary sequel. The show is now waay more uneventful and the budget is even less than that of a comedy short, the once detailed character designs are now just uglier chibified versions, and there is barely any animation, there are a lot of still frames that are placed randomly in order to save money. the battles are mostly standing around using contrived powers while explaining how they work, and when they're moving there is no choreography in battle, so basically the only reason anyone would watch the show originally is no longer. it just goes to show how a show from 2018 is unable to match the quality of a show from over a decade ago. Sometimes, the quality of the exposition can tell you a lot about the quality of the written product, a show that resorts to making the characters state what is obvious to them, isn't really a well written show. the new Basilisk takes that to a new level, behold, in one of the worst badly written scenes in this show, a scene that was meant to be shocking yet came out hilarious, it literally makes character, right after he loses his head, state out loud that he's DEAD. *slow clapping* Jee, i wonder what that tells us about the quality of the written product. hop on to the brilliant new story that includes kids that conveniently can't remember how their powers work, just so that we can learn how they work through a long battle sequence that feel devoid of excitement or life. edgy adults that were hiding somewhere when the two clans were killing each other in the original story, and two siblings whom the adults want to make them bone so that they can create super ninjas, because it's not a modern anime without incest. Most of the scenes are badly written, everything that happens in the show feels very staged, whenever a plot point, a character, or a superpower is introduced, everything happens conveniently to introduce it, as if it was created on the spot which makes them feel contrived, and made exactly to fit that exact scene, it gives you the impression that you're watching a cheesy soup opera with a bunch of clumsy inexperienced actors trying hard to get into their characters and failing miserably. the characters will also explain how their abilities work to their enemies through info dumps, because this show is now a fighting shounen, not a campy schlock. Those self proclaimed powerful ninjas are surprisingly very stupid, falling for the most obvious traps, underestimate the obviously powerful enemy for no reason, ignore the obvious for the sake of the previously mentioned staged scenes to work. this is a show that'll brings out your inner straightman and make you yell at the screen all the time because of how stupid everyone and everything in it. I could go on forever, but there is no point in doing it, if you didn't watch the original, then go watch it, and if you already did watch it, then go and rewatch it, just pretend this one doesn't exist, like i said, the original is not completely flawless, but it's a masterpiece in comparison to this.

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