time has come for the heart to harden, and two lovers must
choose to stand one against the other or lead all to their
destruction. Adoring eyes have now become the weapons of war.
The Iga's elaborate deception has come to an end, their treacherous
advantage lost. Hatred that has smouldered for generations
drives history to repeat, as the call goes out for the past
to be avenged. But as one lover turns to the light, the other
chooses to look away. And what Oboro has given freely, Gennosuke
has taken away. As the numbers fall the stakes rise ever higher,
with fate the worst enemy of all. No mercy will be spared
to the enemy...
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.
on Volume 3 include:
Gennosuke, along with two other members of the Kouga clan,
are surrounded by Iga. As they slowly walk through the crowd,
a handful of Iga attack. Gennosuke's special power is let
loose causing the attacking Iga to kill each other. With Gennosuke's
power now known, Tenzen calls forward one of his warriors
who he thinks can defeat Gennosuke. However Oboro intervenes
and allows Gennosuke to escape, much to the annoyance of the
rest of the Iga clan.
Mandate: This episode is basically a recap of what has
already happened in the series to date - showing which characters
are already dead and how they died.
Their Own: Gennosuke issues a challenge to the Iga clan
- telling them that if they attack the Kouga village they
will destroyed. Never one to back down from a challenge, Tenzen
sends some scouts out to locate the Kouga and end their lives.
Remembrance: After blinding Gennosuke, Saemon is in
pursuit of Hotarubi - who cleverly misleads him by making
him follow her butterflies.
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.
interesting addition to the series - although you can probably
skip Divine Mandate, unless your memory is that bad
you can't remember what happened in the previous two volumes.