Only three ninja remain on each side Saemon Kisaragi believes he has slain Tenzen and infiltrates Iga territory, the trouble is Tenzen isnít that easy to kill. Oboro swears that she wonít kill her lover Gennosuke, but with ninja falling on each side does she have any choice?
The first thing thatís noticeable about this volume is how much thicker it us than the books in the rest of the series, though itís nice Tanoshimi have retained the size and finished off the series at five volumes rather than dragged it on further. The volume kicks off with Saemon Kisaragi infiltrating the Iga territory in order to lure Akeginu out into the open. Whilst initially successful, Saemon gets over confident and his ignorance regarding Tenzenís powers comes back to haunt him.
Being the last volume the deaths come thick and fast as the story draws towards its inevitable bloody conclusion. Just as in the rest of the series itís extremely violent and doesnít shy away from showing anything, whilst this does mean it has impact, but means itís not the sort of manga that can just be left lying around. Thankfully all the deaths make it much easier to keep track of all the characters, which makes the story much easier to follow.
The conclusion to the story was an extremely obvious one, but that said it was extremely satisfying and well executed. The small note at the end about what happens in the following years really drives the point home.
The plot of Basilisk is simple, but previous volumes havenít felt quite right. This final book in the series demonstrates a real improvement as the plot focuses on the few remaining ninja. Itís a shame it wasnít this good from the start, but at only five volumes itís not such a major issue.