Volume 4 - Takaido Road

Starring (voice): Kousuke Toriumi, Nana Mizuki, Atsushi Imaruoka and Katsuhiro Kitagawa
RRP: 19.99
Certificate: 15
Available 03 December 2007

The clans follow separate paths to Sunpu Castle, as Gennosuke seeks the solution to the riddle of this costly ninja war. But treachery and death follow hard at their heels, as those blinded by hatred seek to shorten the lists. Oboro, convinced death shall be delivered by love's own hands, has become a prisoner within her own clan. The past weighs far too heavily on the present, and the path to carnage is one that cannot be escaped once begun. 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 4 include:

A Swarm of Butterflies: Kisaragi Saemon, now having the appearance of Mino Nenki, begins to confront Hotarubi. As the Kouga ready themselves to continue on to Sunpu Castle, Tenzen knowing they can not wait for Nenki and Harutobi, leads the Igas across the ocean in hopes of stopping Gennosuke before he reaches his destination. However, Amayo Jingoro is, understandably, a little nervous about being surrounded by salt water.

Fallen Flower: As the Igas cross the sea, Tenzen orchestrates it so that he can be alone with Oboro. He takes the opportunity to force himself upon her, telling her that she must take a husband from the Iga clan. Oboro's screams leave Koshiro torn between his master and the clan leader. Meanwhile, thanks to all of the confusion, a hidden enemy makes his move.

Reckoning: Kasumi Gyoubu gives away his hidden position in a bid to throttle Tenzen to death. Once he's killed Tenzen he moves onto Jingoro. But Tenzen is not as easy to kill as Gyoubu thought. There's also a flashback to give us Gyoubu's point of view. Here we learn about Gyoubu's relationship with his father - and how his tragic murder set Gyoubu on a course of revenge.

First Impressions: This is a flashback episode that takes us back to a time before the disintegration of the none hostilities pact. We see a lot of the now dead clan members joking around and discussing the pact as well as an arranged marriage.

Sound options available include 5.1 surround sound English dub, or the original Japanese in stereo.

Extras include two episodes of Behind the Scenes of Basilisk (First Press Extra #7 and #8 - each of which are 30 minute interviews with various members of the cast. This is hosted by two of the main Japanese cast); Textless Songs; and trailers for other shows.

If you haven't been following this show, then this is not the disc to start with. This is one of those anime series that is impossible to pick up and run with halfway through. However, those that have been following the previous discs will love this collection of episodes which see a few more names scrubbed from the scrolls.

Nick Smithson

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