After Urusai Yatsura, Bastard!! is getting a new anime release! Bastard!! used to be one of Shueisha’s most popular manga in the 2000s with over 30 million copies in circulation. The series is written and illustrated by Kazushi Hagiwara and was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump from 1988 and then later continued in Ultra Jump. The manga came to an end in 2010 and was collected into 27 volumes.
There was an Original Video Animation (OVA) for the series in 1992. With only 6 episodes, the previous anime adaptation was shadowed by the popularity of the manga. The anime series was not super popular among fans with only 6.7/10 on My Anime List!
What is Bastard!! Ankoku no Hakaisha About?
Bastard is set in a dark fantasy world with sorcery and swords and all the aspects of a gritty and brutal world. The Kingdom of Metallicana is threatened by the Four Lords of Havoc. Ninja Master Gara, Kall-Su, the thunder empress Nei Arshes and the dark priest Abigail.
As it so happens, the high priest of the Kingdom of Metallica sees no other way but to awaken a legendary wizard from his slumber to try protecting the Kingdom from this invasion. The High Priest asks his daughter Tia Noto Yoko to wake Dark Schnieder, one of the Havoc Riders who was one allied with the villains that presently threaten the kingdom. The Havoc Riders were formidable and feared across the lands in their years of conquest.
Dark Schneider’s plan was to rule all the lands and have all the women in the world. 15 years prior to these times, he had a massive army of warriors and wizards at his disposal. Now, he is reawakened in the body of 14-year-old Luche Renren and tasked with the protection of the four kingdoms that house the seals that keep the God of Destruction at bay.
Bastard!! is returning after over a decade and fans are surprised in the best possible way. Reddit threads expressed absolutely no hope of this series returning despite the manga being wildly popular. Now that the any is being remade, there may be more series like this and Urusai Yatsura that will be brought to present fans.
When will the new Bastard!! anime release on Netflix?
The Original Net Animation series has announced a 2022 release but has not specified a date yet. With the current announcements in place, it is likely that the anime will get a Summer 2022 or Fall 2022 release. Check out the tweet and key visual shared!
A lot of details including the number of episodes in the season is currently unknown. Given that the original manga had 27 volumes, there may be more than one season of the anime.
The 1992 OVA series for Bastard!! had only six episodes that barely covered the major part of the story. The ONA series will at least have a single cour with 12-14 episodes in its first season when it releases. The Key Visual of the anime has also been revealed!
Where to Watch the New Bastard!! Anime Adaptation?
The new adaptation for Bastard!! will have a Netflix release in 2022. This means that there will be a simultaneous international release for the anime that will be exclusive to Netflix much like series like the Great Pretender.
There is also a special program on YouTube and Bilibili featuring the cast and director of the upcoming series on February 10 at 8 PM JST. If you want to catch up on the 1992 OVA, the episodes are actually also available on YouTube!
Bastard!! Anime Characters, Cast and Staff
With announcements are reveals slowly flowing in, some of the main cast for the upcoming anime has been announced! The present voice cast for Bastard!! includes:
- Kisho Taniyama as Dark Schneider
- Tomori Kusunoki as Tia Noto Yoko
- Hiroki Yasumoto as Gara
- Yoko Hikasa as Arshes Nei
LIDEN Films, best known for Berserk and Tokyo Revengers, will be working on the anime adaptation. Takaharu Ozaki is the director, Sayaka ONo is the character designer, Yasunori Ebi is the sound designer, Yousuke Kuroda is the series composer and Yasaharu Takanashi is the music composer for the series.
FAQs – Bastard!! Anime Adaptation Edition
Q. Is Bastard!! popular?
A. Bastard!! is considered one of the most popular manga from Shueisha with Over 30 million copies in circulation in 2007. On the other hand, the anime series that was released as a 6-episode OVA in 1992 did not do very well among fans. All the more reason to look forward to a more nuanced adaptation of the series!
Q. Is there a Bastard!! anime trailer yet?
A. Warner Bros. Japan unveiled a new trailer for the anime of the manga written and illustrated by Kazushi Hagiwara, Bastard !!! Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy (Bastard !!: Ankoku no Hakaishin). The English subbed Bastard!! anime trailer takes one through the first five episodes with a soundtrack composed by Yasuharu Takanashi. It confirms that the Bastard anime will have 24 episodes.
Bastard!! has only revealed the key visual, some of the main cast members and the staff along with the release date and platform. A teaser trailer has not yet been revealed but should follow in the upcoming months. The opening and ending theme of the anime are also yet to be announced along with the release format and number of episodes for the season.
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