Season 1 Episode 24


Aired Unknown Jun 15, 2007 on IFC

Episode Fan Reviews (4)

out of 10
12 votes
  • The end.

    Rather than go for an epic ending, Basilisk goes for emotional torment. Well, depends how attached to the characters you were. The death of Oboro and Gennosuke really was really aiming for a Romeo and Juliet ending with Gennosuke opening his eyes just in time to see Oboro kill herself, and the two of course dying in each other's arms floating down the river like their grandparents in the first episode. As tragic as seeing something like that go down, how tragic it is depends on the foundation that was built before it. How was its foundation? Not the best. It didn't spend enough time on the relationship between Oboro and Gennosuke--a couple of episodes and a crappy flashback won't do it unless it was super super bomb quality time--so personally I wasn't as emotionally moved as others.
  • Love's Sacrifice

    As the words of an old song go "If loving you is wrong, I don't want to be right." Even though I've seen it coming it didn't stop me from feeling deeply sad in the end. This is one of the most heartbreaking conclusions in anime ever, it ranks up there with the conclusions from other anime shows like "Sakino" and even Second Season of "Space Battleship Yamato" (a.k.a. Starblazers).

    Like with "Romeo and Juliet" it was a tragidy of manners.
    The moments where we see both the head clan leaders we see them trying to get their own children to fight one another and kill each other, despite both trying to reason with them confessing to them the truth on how they feel about one another.

    But unfortunately both head clan leaders are just too damn stuburn, pigheaded, and downright stupid. I remember when they said that what both Genoske and Oboro were feeling for each other was wrong just made me cringe and feel more disgusted with them, I though these clan leader ought to be ashamed of themselves. These bad traits of both clans make them short sighted in seeing a peaceful future for both of their clans and I felt their could of been. But it's not to be because both clans are too focused on their stupid senceless pride and honor in a stupid war that has became pointless. Instead of honor both clans get nothing but sadness in the end.

    The final moments where we see both Genoske and Oboro despite their blindness can hear and feel one another. We see how truely deep their love for one another is, where both don't have it in their heart to kill each other. We of course see Oboro suppisingly take her own life, but then Genoske take her in his arms and pushes the knive through her body just to penetrate himself. And we see the final sad but beautiful shot where both float in a river holding each other in their arms.

    I'll admit just see that made my heart sink and I could help but shed a few tears for the couple. Both of them were a beautiful couple with beauful souls to match. They did no wrong except love each other, it wasn't fair these forces of harted tried keeping them apart because we can see they truely deserved each other. But in the end even if it was for just a mere moment they both achieved a sense of peace at love's sacrifice.

    The lovesong of Genoske and Oboro will live in my heart and all our hearts forever.
  • The heartbreaking end of an epic tragedy.

    My reason for watching this series was simple: the tale of two lovers on opposite sides of the battlefield, forced into fighting each other.

    The series was always driven by this theme and here, it ends as it began: all hopes of averting the inevitable fail and unable to destroy each other, Oboro kills herself, dying in Gennosuke's arms before he carries her to the river and kills himself. But where Romeo & Juliet was a tragedy because of thwarted love and a misunderstanding, the deaths of the lovers in Basilisk actually creates a lasting peace.

    Done with aching beauty (the mark of the series) and so masterfully written, this episode will haunt you long after it ends.
  • Bring out the tissues.

    This episode is both beautiful and sad. The scene in where the series' lovers dreamed of getting married alongside their grandparents almost brought me to tears.
    I wished it happened at the first trimester of the series. Genno-sama and Orboro-san should've kept reasoning for their families to come together to resolve their differences in a better manner instead of war.
    But instead, fate had to be unfortunate to decide their fates. And the series becomes a feudal-era style Romeo and Juliet.
    But I'm glad the lovers are together in spirit in the end. That's why I gave the series a good 10.
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