Fat Shonen Sundays (Weekly Manga Review) : Basilisk

September 25, 2011

Hi guys! Another week has gone by fast don’t you think! It’s another week for the manga review!

This week we’re gonna look at a manga with a Japanese version of a Romeo and Juliet type of tragedy story. The manga is called Basilisk.

Set in the late 16th century in the Azuchi-Momoyama period, there exists 2 ninja clans, the Iga Tsubagakure clan and the Kouga Manjidani clan. The two clans had a deep blood feud with one and another for centuries but the Shogunate Ieyasu Tokugawa forged a peace agreement to stop the endless war. But the boiling hatred still exists between the 2 clans.

With the fall of the Shogunate after Ieyasu retired , the 2 clans chose 10 of their best warriors to enter a kill or be killed competition as it will regulate the control of the Shogunate system. With the young heirs from each clan falling in love with each other, the competition is a test of the strength of their love.

This manga is filled with loads of ninja action! and the art has its own distinctive style and is very well drawn! It’s got good drama and like in Romeo and Juliet, THE TRAGEDY!!!!! @_@ oh dear lord! why can’t true love be simple!? ~T-T~

With a wide range of characters, it is very exciting to read and to see the different skills each ninja of each clan possesses and the way they kill of each other! Gorey stuff! but GOOD STUFF!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this manga and I rated the overall 9/10! I is an awesome read! But I felt that the manga didn’t last very long…kinda a quick read for my manga reading pace hence the missing 1 point from perfect!

Original Story by Futaro Yamada

Manga by Masaki Segawa

Genre: Seinen, Tradegy, Drama, Gore, Action, some Nudity

Released Date: 2003~2004

Volumes: 5 (complete)

Story: 9/10

Art: 9/10


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