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There are two rival clan of Ninja, the Iga Tsubagakure and Kouga Manjidani.The Iga clan and the Kouga clan have been sworn enemies for more than four hundred years. Only the Hanzo Hattori truce has kept the two families from all-out war. Now, under the order of Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa, the truce has finally been dissolved. Ten ninja from each clan must fight to the death in order to determine who will be the next Tokugawa Shogun. The surviving clan will rule for the next thousand years.

But not all the clan members are in agreement. Oboro of the Iga clan and Gennosuke of the Kouga clan have fallen deeply in love. Now these star-crossed lovers have been pitted against each other. Is their love destined to end in death?

By Yamada Fuutarou (Basilisk)

Main Characters

Main Article: List of Basilisk characters

Kouga Ninja

The Kouga specialize in stealth and assassination with techniques that, for the most part, rely on subterfuge. Even abilities designed for battle, such as Gennosuke's Dojutsu, tend to be defensive in nature.

Kouga Gennosuke
Voiced by: Kosuke Toriumi (Japanese), Troy Baker (English)
The grandson of Kouga Danjo. Becomes leader of the clan after his grandfather's death. Uses the Dojutsu Eye technique (Enchanted Vision) and is a capable swordsman. Prior to the truce's absolvement he was engaged to Oboro.

Kouga Danjo
Voiced by: Kiyoshi Kobayashi (Japanese), Grant James (English), Wataru Hatano (Youth Danjo/Japanese), Matthew Tompkins (Youth Danjo/English)
The grandfather of Gennosuke and leader of the Kouga clan; specializes in the poisonous needle arts.

Muroga Hyouma
Voiced by: Yasushi Miyabayashi (Japanese), John Gremillion (English)
Uncle and martial arts teacher to Gennosuke, whom he trains to use his Dojutsu Eye Technique.

Voiced by: Risa Hayamizu (Japanese), Stephanie Young (English)
A beautiful, embittered young woman whose breath becomes poisonous when she's sexually aroused. Suffers an unrequited love for Gennosuke

Kisaragi Saemon
Voiced by: Yoji Ueda (Japanese), Jason Liebrecht (English)
The older brother of Okoi; he is able to assume the physical appearance of others and imitate their voice.

Kasumi Gyoubu
Voiced by: Katsuhiro Kitagawa (Japanese), Christopher Sabat (English)
Able to meld with the surface of his surroundings; he vows revenge on the Iga for killing his father.

Voiced by: Haruka Kimura (Japanese), Monica Rial (English)
The younger sister of Kisaragi Saemon. Once in direct physical contact with the skin of another, she is able to drain their blood into herself. Due to the need of skin-to-skin contact, she is dressed in a more revealing manner than the other kunoichi.

Udono Jousuke
Voiced by: Katsui Taira (Japanese), Jeremy Inman (English)
Good-humored, lecherous, and a little dumb, his layers of fat give his body the resiliancy of rubber.

Jimushi Jubei
Voiced by: Atsushi Imaruoka (Japanese), Eric Vale (English)
Has no arms or legs, but can slide across the ground at high speed using the scales on his chest. He also has a long, prehensile tongue that can draw a dagger concealed in his throat and stab his enemies with. He also possesses skill in fortune telling through astrology.

Kazamachi Shogen
Voiced by: Ryusaku Chidiwa (Japanese), Chris Cason (English)
Spider-like in his appearance and movements; his tongue secretes a sticky glue-like substance.

Iga Ninja

Rather than relying on deception, the Iga prefer more direct methods and their techniques tend to be mostly offensive to better give them an edge in close combat situations.

Voiced by: Nana Mizuki (Japanese), Laura Bailey (voice actress) (English)
Ogen's granddaughter. She becomes leader after her grandmother's death but loses control over the clan due to her passive demeanor. Was born with 'Mystic Eyes' that neutralizes the technique of any ninja who meets her stare directly

Voiced by: Hisako Kyouda (Japanese), Juli Erickson (English)
Oboro's grandmother and the leader of the Iga clan at the beginning of the series. She controls her hawk with deadly accuracy.

Yakushiji Tenzen
Voiced by: Sho Hayami (Japanese), Mark Stoddard (English)
The series' primary villain. He wrestles control away from Oboro to become the Iga's de facto leader. Though he does not possess any special ninja technique, Tenzen is the host to a parasitic creature that prevents him from aging and allows him to quickly recover from nearly any injury. The only way to kill Tenzen is to burn him to ash, or completely sever his head from his body.

Voiced by: Misa Watanabe (Japanese), Jennifer Seman (English)
Oboro's long-time bodyguard and confidant. She's able to control her own blood and is in love with Tenzen's apprentice Koshirou.

Chikuma Koshirou
Voiced by: Wataru Hatano (Japanese), John Burgmeier (English)
Tenzen's student. He wields two hand scythes and is also capable of creating air vacuums with his breath. Highly protective of Oboro.

Amayo Jingoro
Voiced by: Ken Uo (Japanese), J. Paul Slavens (English)
Contact with salt allows him to dissolve into a viscous liquid like form. Vulnerable to excessive dehydration while in this form.

Mino Nenki
Voiced by: Kenji Utsumi (Japanese), Jim Johnson (English)
Able to control his hair to use as a grasping tool or even a weapon.

Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese), Colleen Clinkenbeard (English)
Yashamaru's lover. She summons swarms of butterflies which can distract enemies or conceal her and others when fleeing. Carries around a pet snake that acts as her bodyguard.

Voiced by: Naoki Yanagi (Japanese), Justin Cook (English)
Hotarubi's lover. A master of garrote wires made of maidens' hair which can be manipulated by Yashamaru to cut through stone or momentarily bind an opponent.

Azuki Rousai
Voiced by: Takeshi Aono (Japanese), R. Bruce Elliott (English)
Can extend and contort his limbs to kick or punch from a distance with tremendous force. Carries around a very deep hatred towards the Kouga and has a large gourd-shaped head.

Other Characters

Hattori Kyohachiro
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese), Robert McCollum (English)
The nephew and adopted son of Hattori Hanzo the 4th (his birth father was Hattori Hanzo the 2nd). Kyohachiro was charged by Hanzo to monitor the duel between Koga and Iga and then report the results to him and Lord Ieyasu. Although he initially has his subordinates witness the battles, following Gennosuke's victory over the Iga at Tsubagakure, Kyohachiro eventually decides that the Koga/Iga duel is something he has to see for himself personally. Gradually, Kyohachiro begins to regret the slaughter caused for the sake of deciding the heir to the shogunate and because of this, Oboro in the anime entrusts him with Gennosuke's flute which she explains is their prayer for the future. After witnessing Oboro and Gennosuke's match alongside his father and realizing just what had been done to them, Kyohachiro leaves on a pilgrimage to Aekuni Shrine to present Gennosuke's flute as an offering, vowing that even if history forgot the sacrifice made by the twenty ninjas of Koga and Iga, he would remember them always. In the manga, he doesn't appear until volume 4 when he reports to his father that Lady Ofuku had departed in an attempt to sway victory in the Iga's favor.

Kasumi Renbu
Voiced by: Mugihito (Japanese), Daniel Penz (English)
The father of Kasumi Gyoubu who appears only in the anime. Under the command of the Koga elder, Renbu was ordered to hunt down and eliminate any Iga who escaped Nobunaga's assault, but was stopped by Lord Kouga Danjo when he attempted to kill Ogen in the forests behind Tsubagakure. Despite being a ruthless combatant, Renbu's deepest desire was for his son to live a life free of conflict and bloodshed and eventually became a supporter of Danjo's desire to build a lasting peace with the Iga. Sent by Danjo to meet with them as a representative, Renbu and his companions were ambushed by an Iga squad who sought revenge for the attack he led on their clan. Renbu was mortally wounded during the fight and his final words to Gyoubu before he died was to never pity any ninja.

Ogen's Hawk
Ogen's companion and familiar. After fulfilling his master's final wish (delivering to the Iga their copy of the battle scroll) he travels alongside the Iga but for the most part remains neutral, preferring to watch the life and death battles of the 20 chosen ninja from the sidelines as an impartial observer. After Gennosuke and Oboro's duel, he delivers the battle scroll to Lord Ieyasu which states the victors of the ninja war. Although his name is never spoken in either the anime or the manga, the original Japanese voice actors stated that the script unofficially referred to him as "Polly."

The Flautists
A father and son pair of travelling performers who appear only in the anime. Journeying with their troupe aboard the same ship as the Iga; the performers sought to entertain the other passengers with their music and juggling routines when they found themselves involved in the war between Koga and Iga. Seeking to avoid getting caught in Tenzen and Gyoubu's duel, the father dropped his flute as he fled which his son ran to retrieve before it could be broken. Tenzen, seeing an opportunity, intentionally positioned himself in front of the child and dodged as Gyoubu slashed at Tenzen with his sword. The boy was saved only when his father placed himself between his son and the feuding ninjas, taking the blow for himself and dying instantly. The son would continue traveling with the rest of the troupe and would later be befriended by Gennosuke when the two crossed paths on the road to Sunpu.

Oboro's Nanny
Voiced by: Naoko Suzuki
Oboro's childhood caretaker who appears during the flashback of episode 16. The two had a close mother/daughter relationship and after she died, Oboro would frequently go to her grave to pray for guidance and strength. Her character design was based on Kuzuha Kuyou, one of the characters of Masaki Segawa's other Manga series Onikiri Juzo.

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