Pilot episodes are important because they're like a preview of what the rest of the show has to offer. Some people may be so unimpressed with the first episode they might not even give the series a second chance! Despite that, animes are often notorious for slow starts. Not Basilisk, it opened up flooring the foot on the pedal, and never stopped there. It was so fast paced sprinkled with beautiful action, yet despite its pace, the story was easy to follow. We're thrusted into a typical Japanese warring states period setting; two clans are in a long war, and each is represented by the next potential Shogun; whoever wins between the two clans will determine the shogun.
The main story is established, the second half of the episode doesn't waste time to throw in some history. Two members of the clan are stuck in a Romeo and Juliet type of situation; lovers of opposing clans. Although the pacing was just too fast for us to stop and appreciate the romance and tragedy involved, the concept of it all was dramatic enough. We see first hand how these two lovers are forcibly separated, and then by the episodes end, they end up killing each other. It's like a poem in motion. If the pilot is a preview of things to come, hopefully there's more episodes like these in the future.