In an old Japan that never was, a war between two feuding ninja clans is about to begin. The ninja wield awesome and deadly supernatural powers, which will only make the battle all the more desperate. Ten champions from each clan will meet in a fight to the death - with the victor ruling Japan for the next thousand years. But when the son of one clan meets the daughter of the other, they fall in love. Will their forbidden love end the war or drive the clans into their next final battle?
Futaro Yamada, author of the novel upon which Basilisk is based, was born in 1922. He made his debut as a novelist while still a student at Tokyo Medical University, and was known for his mystery novels. Later his novel The Kouga Ninja Scrolls - on which Basilisk is based - became wildly popular. he died in 2001. Masaki Segawa, creator of the Basilisk manga, made his debut in 1997 with the series Senma Monogatari, which ran in the weekly magazine Comic Morning. In 1998 he began his long-running series Onigiri Jyuuzou, which ended in the year 2000. Basilisk is his second long-running series and his first adaptation. He loves cats and watermelon, and currently lives in Funibashi.