Volume 2 - The Spoils of War

Starring (voice): Kousuke Toriumi, Nana Mizuki, Atsushi Imaruoka and Katsuhiro Kitagawa
RRP: 19.99
Certificate: 15
Available 06 August 2007

The Passions of the past quickly re-ignite as one scroll seeks to undo two powerful tribes. Death is on the wind, and the storm continues unabated. The Iga set out to rewrite the rules of deceit, made possible by deepest affection, as Gennosuke and Oboro stand facing one another across a river of animosity. But as reason is lost to hatred, ambition tips the hand of the treacherous. Kouga warriors in disguise delve deep within the enemy stronghold to unearth the truth, revealing both innocence taken and innocence lost. As the darkness pervading the sky seeps into the souls of men, blood lingers in the rain and the flood is unleashed. No mercy will be spared to the enemy...

Basilisk tells a story of star-crossed love set against the backdrop of a bloody conflict between two rival ninja clans. Based on the popular manga by Masaki Segawa, itself an adaptation of best-selling author Futaro Yamada's 1958 historical novel The Kouga Ninja Scrolls, and produced by Studio Gonzo (Speed Grapher; Samurai 7; Gantz; Burst Angel), Basilisk is a character-driven period piece packed with super-ninja combat action and plenty of graphic bloodshed.

Episodes on Volume 2 include:

The Surprise Attack: The Kouga clan are a little concerned that something is going on that they don't know about. After years of peaceful coexistence with the Iga clam, the Kouga get the distinct feeling that something bad is on the horizon. After receiving a frosty reception at the Iga camp Saemon decides to send his younger sister, Okoi, to find Gennosuke and work out what is going on.

Longing In The Rain: The Kouga clan, now realising something drastic is going on, decide to investigate. However, when the Igas find Okoi, one of the Ten Kouga, they decide to capture her.

Blood Sucking Seductress: Rousai interrogates Okoi, in a bid to find out the fighting abilities of the remaining Kougas, however Okoi has a few tricks up her sleeve to ensure her escape.

Cage Of Blood: With Rousai dead and lord Teyasu's ninja scroll lost to the Iga the plan to kill the Kouga, before they realise what is going on, is slowly falling apart. With her dying words, Okoi tells Saemon the registry's true location. Determined to make it out alive, Saemon will hold up his ruse long enough to walk out with the scroll in his hands and take vengeance for his sister's death along the way.

Extras include Behind the Scenes of Basilisk (2 x 32 min featurettes that sees some of the Japanese voice actors being interviewed); textless opening and closing titles; and trailers.

Another entertaining addition to the series.

Nick Smithson

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