Basilisk Scrolls of Blood Volume 1
This is the first volume of a really cool story. I
love Ninja movies and the way that this is represented in this movie is
great. What we are faced with are two rival clans of ninja who over time
have battled a fierce war for supremacy with one difference; we have a
love struck couple from each side of the fence.
It raises an interesting moral dilemma and one that
is played out very nicely. Certainly not the first time that a story of
this nature has been told, that my friends has been a problem since time
immemorial however itís with ninjas! All kidding aside, this is one
slick production filled with brilliant animation and a well-paced
Itís worth mentioning at this point that there is
some really well done battle scenes here and the nice part about it all
is that you can see effort has been made not to demonise anyone, rather
show the general conflict of war and the violence that comes with it.
Our couple is Oboro from the Iga clan and Gennosuke
from the Kouga clan. Both are heirs to their respective clans and caught
up in the battle between the warring factions who are fighting for the
pleasure of the Shogun. Each group has special abilities that are
unveiled during combat which are for the most part, unrealistic however
add an over the top angle to the anime that I truly enjoyed.
Will the couple be able to get over centuries old
conflict and animosity that persists between the clans? I guess weíll
have to see how the flick pans out to know for sure.
I love the fact that the killing, whilst constant in
the title, is not glamorous. Itís fast and brutal and characters you can
identify with will die, just like real life. This is a great disc that I
would like to see the rest of.
This is also a movie that I would have to say that
whilst I prefer the Japanese language version, the English dub of this
is also very good and accurate. The DVD also has a number of extras that
seek to let you know more about the ninja and also a directorís