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Mania Grade: A-

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  • Art Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Released By: Del Rey
  • MSRP: 13.95
  • Pages: 288
  • ISBN: 0-345-49047-6
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Basilisk

Basilisk Vol. #05

By Matthew Alexander     July 18, 2007
Release Date: May 29, 2007

Basilisk Vol.#05
© Del Rey

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Futaro Yamada / Masaki Segawa
Translated by:David Ury
Adapted by:David Ury

What They Say
With only three ninja remaining on each side, the battle between the Iga and the Kouga clans is nearing its bloody end. Believing he has slain Yakushiji Tenzen, shape-shifter Saemon Kisaragi morphs into Tenzen's body and infiltrates Iga territory. But what Saemon doesn't know is that Tnezen is an immortal ninja, and that he has his own plan to dispose of Saemon and the Kouga clan.

Meanwhile, Oboro, leader of the Iga clan, has sworn that she will die rather than fight against her lover, Gennosuke. Every death brings these two star-crossed lovers closer to confronting each other on the battlefield at last!

The Review
Endgame. Contains nudity.

This is a tough volume to review because I don't want to ruin it for anyone that hasn't watched the anime. So I'll keep things at a bare minimum considering everyone knows the story will eventually come down to the final decision between two lovers. With more lives than a cat, Tenzen just won't stay dead. With Saemon impersonating Tenzen and the real Tenzen still wandering around, the blood will flow. With both the Iga and Kouga having three members still alive this volume increases the importance of each successful kill. Ultimately it comes down to a final face off between Tenzen and Gennosuke with Oboro and Kagerou acting mostly as bystanders. Compared to the anime version, this final battle plays out a little differently and is far too short. But in the end, as any good love story plays out, it takes the jealousy of a spurned lover and the ultimate family betrayal for the one you love. On this count, Yamada doesn't disappoint.

I bumped up the art grade for this last volume for two reasons; every 'henchman' character had just as much facial detail as the main characters. Secondly, with so many people dying the characters expressions do an amazing job of capturing the mixture of pure hatred and excruciating pain as the characters meet their end. The print quality for this volume is great, nothing faded nor too dark as was a problem with volumes one and four. Overall, this is a great series, which stands out with its larger format, in your face violence, overall death count, and plethora of nudity and adult situations. To compare this to the anime version I have a tough time choosing my preferred format. Both have advantages and disadvantages. The anime includes more filler scenes, which leads to more background information on characters than the manga. On the other hand, the anime lacks some of the gore factor and all of the nudity. I guess for me, if I couldn't double dip, all the extra filler scenes and the longer battles in the anime win out. Don't forget you can also buy THE ORIGINAL novel, The Kouga Ninja Scrolls also coming from Del Rey.


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