Basilisk is a Action/adventure drama manga written by Fuutarou Yamada and drawn by Masaki Segawa. This is a relatively short story chock full of action and drama. The story revolves around two ninja clans clashing in all out war that decides who will be the next Shogun.
After 400 years, the world of Feudal japan has lived in peace. As Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa is nearing his death a successor must be named. After his declaration of breaking the peace treaty, both the Kouga and Iga clan are at each others throats to find out who will rule for the next 1000 years. However not both Oboro of the Iga clan and Gennosuke of the Kouga clan who are deeply in love don’t quite agree with the sudden outbreak of war.
I really didn’t expect this series to be so short but so good. With the premise of the story it almost feels like Shakespeare classic “Romeo and Juliet”. Both loves on different sides and an endgame set from the start, the story can really keep you on your toes. Each chapter filled with suspense, action and drama. This series can definitely prove to be worth wild.
Character development in Basilisk is really well done. While not amazing, because a few of the side characters don’t really live long enough for development. Those who do for example the side characters, have some good development. For example, a few characters are really in tune with their jutsu and that itself gives you a deeper meaning to who they are. As for the main characters, both Gennosuke and Oboro are a perfect pair. Both complement each other in more ways than just character. Although they are bound by family duties, they do struggle to break free from their fate.
When I first read the series, the art in chapter one really put a bad taste in my mouth. Some of the characters just look disgusting and others really strange. Still as it progressed and some of the weird characters disposed off, it got much better. The action was also really weird and took me a few chapters to get used to it. Some of the ninjas skills are just strange. Still I think its strange assortment of character abilities makes it really fun to read. Partly because the artist drew the characters with a lot of emotion. There’s quite a variety of emotion drawn like lust, anger, fear, frustration and love.
All in all, Basilisk is an incredible short story and I really enjoyed it. Didn’t even take me more than 4 hours to read through it. As for how I felt throughout the series, I was really rooting for a happy ending. There’s a few references to Naruto in the series, early references I mean. Like Orochimaru.