Title: バジリスク〜甲賀忍法帖〜
Animation Work by: Gonzo
Original Run: April 13, 2005 - September 21, 2005
Episodes: 24
Genre: Action / Fantasy / Historical / Martial Arts / Mature / Romance / Seinen / Tragedy

The Basilisk (バジリスク 〜甲賀忍法帖〜, Bajirisuku ~Kōga Ninpō Chō~) is the anime based on Masaki Segawa and Futaro Yamada's manga Basilisk: The Kouga Ninja Scrolls. It was produced by GONZO and directed by Fumitomo Kizaki.


It originally ran between April and September 2005, running for 24 episodes in total. The series first premièred in Japan on the television stations TV Saitama, TV Kanagawa, Chiba TV, Mie TV, KBS, AT-X, Jidaigeki Senmon Channel, and others between April and September 2005. The series has also been aired across numerous international regions, including Malaysia on ntv7, Canada on Razer, the United States on IFC, Russia on 2x2, Turkey on MTV Türkiye, and numerous others.


  • Original Work: Masaki Segawa, Futaro Yamada
  • Direction: Fuminori Kizaki
  • Assistant Direction: Yukio Nishimoto
  • Series Composition: Yasuyuki Mutou
  • Character Design: Michinori Chiba
  • Prop Design: Satoshi Ishino
  • Music: Kou Nakagawa
  • Music Work: Future Vision Music
  • Sound Direction: Yoku Shioya
  • Editing: Akinori Mishima
  • Art Direction: Shigemi Ikeda
  • Colour Design: Takae Iijima
  • Photographic Direction: Kenji Fujita
  • Animation Producer: Tomonori Shibata
  • Executive Producer: Kouji Kajita
  • Producer: Hidemasa Arai, Hideyuki Nanba
  • Animation Work: Gonzo
  • Production: GDH, Uchida Yasushi



# Title Original airdate English airdate
1 "Destiny" "Sōshi Sōsatsu" (相思相殺) April 13, 2005 January 10, 2008
2 "Last Rendezvous" "Taidō Niba" (胎動弐場) April 20, 2005 January 17, 2008
3 "The Onslaught of War" "Kyōchū Muzan" (凶蟲無惨) April 27, 2005 January 24, 2008
4 "The Horned Owl" "Yōkaku Yakō" (妖郭夜行) May 4, 2005 January 31, 2008
5 "The Surprise Attack" "Ninja Rokugi" (忍者六儀) May 11, 2005 February 7, 2008
6 "Longing in the Rain" "Kōrui Renbo" (降涙恋慕) May 18, 2005 February 14, 2008
7 "Bloodsucking Seductress" "Hitohada Jigoku" (人肌地獄) May 25, 2005 February 21, 2008
8 "Cage of Blood" "Chikemuri Mujō" (血煙無情) June 1, 2005 February 28, 2008
9 "Farewell" "Aizetsu Rinu" (哀絶霖雨) June 8, 2005 March 6, 2008
12 "Divine Mandate" "Shinso Gojō" (神祖御諚) June 15, 2005 March 13, 2008
11 "On Their Own" "Sekireki Mukoku" (石礫無告) June 22, 2005 March 20, 2008
12 "Remembrance" "Tsuisō Gentō" (追想幻燈) June 29, 2005 March 27, 2008
13 "A Swarm of Butterflies" "Kochō Ranbu" (胡蝶乱舞) July 6, 2005 April 3, 2008
14 "Fallen Flower" "Sange Kaikyō" (散花海峡) July 13, 2005 April 10, 2008
15 "Reckoning" "Hatō Gokumon" (波涛獄門) July 20, 2005 April 17, 2008
16 "First Impressions" "Kaihō Tanga" (懐抱淡画) July 27, 2005 April 24, 2008
17 "Wandering Hearts" "Konmei Rubō" (昏冥流亡) August 3, 2005 May 1, 2008
18 "A Dawn Without Light" "Mumyō Futsugyō" (無明払暁) August 10, 2005 May 8, 2008
19 "Conspiracy" "Mōjo Kanbō" (猛女姦謀) August 17, 2005 May 15, 2008
20 "River of Deceit" "Jinji Ryūryū" (仁慈流々) August 24, 2005 May 22, 2008
21 "With All Her Heart" "Misatsu Kagerō" (魅殺陽炎) August 31, 2005 June 5, 2008
22 "The Haunted" "Kikoku Shūshū" (鬼哭啾々) September 7, 2005 June 12, 2008
23 "Emancipation" "Mugen Hōyō" (夢幻泡影) September 14, 2005 June 19, 2008
24 "Requiem" "Raise Kaikō" (来世邂逅) September 21, 2005 June 26, 2008

Theme SongsEdit


Kouga Ninpouchou by Onmyouza, available on the CD Single of the same name. The single was published on April 27 2005.

Ending themeEdit

  1. "Hime Murasaki" by Nana Mizuki (eps 1,9,11-12)
  2. "WILD EYES" by Nana Mizuki (eps 2-8,10,13-14)

Both songs are published on the single "Wild Eyes", on May 5 2005.

Differences between Manga and AnimeEdit

Although the anime follows the original manga almost exactly in storyline, there are a few slight differences. The most notable being flashbacks (such as the one in episode 1 as to how Ogen and Danjou's love came to an end) as well as additional scenes which occur only in the anime; both of which serve to expand on the characters and the backstory. One of the more prominent scenes added to the anime was an epilogue for the final episode which was intended to add a sense of closure whereas the manga ends immediately after Gennosuke and Oboro's duel.

Other differences include fight scenes happening in a different order (i.e. in the manga, Oboro uncovers Jingorou's attempt to assassinate Gennosuke before stopping Akeginu and Jousuke's duel whereas in the anime the situation is reversed), and exposed breasts being obscured in the anime by some form of covering whereas the manga tends to be less censored. Although, toward the end of the anime, bare breasts can be seen on a number of occasions.

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