BASTARD!! -Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy- Previews New Key Visual & 24 Episode Count

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©Kazushi Hagiwara/Shueisha, BASTARD!! Project

Netflix Anime has shared a new key visual for the upcoming BASTARD!! -Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy- series on its Twitter page. The visual highlights some of the most important characters in the show. 

The anime series is confirmed to have 24 episodes in total, with part 1 consisting of episodes 1–13 and set to premiere on Netflix on June 30, 2022. Part 2, consisting of episodes 14-24, is scheduled to be released sometime later this year. 

bastard anime second key visual
©Kazushi Hagiwara/Shueisha, BASTARD!! Project

News of a Netflix anime remake for the original Bastard!! manga series was first confirmed in February 2022, with a teaser trailer uploaded to Netflix Anime’s YouTube channel. Information about a premiere date and additional cast members were released later in March. 

The voice cast members for the anime include Kishou Taniyama as Dark Schneider, Tomori Kusunoki as Tia Noto Yoko, Hiroki Yasumoto as Gara, Youko Hikasa as Arshes Nei, Kanae Itou as Lushe Renren, Tomokazu Sugita as Dark Priest Abigail, Kensho Ono as Kall-Su, and Nao Touyama as Princess Sheila. Other cast members consist of Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Lars, Ari Ozawa as Sean Ari, Shizuka Itou as Kai Harn, and Takehito Koyasu as Di-amon. 

Takaharu Ozaki (Wave!! Let’s Go Surfing!!) is directing the anime series. Yousuke Kuroda (My Hero Academia) is the screenwriter, Sayaka Ono is the series’ character designer, Yasunori Ebina (BORUTO) is the sound director, and Yasuharu Takanashi (ZOMBIE LAND SAGA) is the music composer. LIDEN FILMS is in charge of the animation production.

bastard teaser visual
©Kazushi Hagiwara/Shueisha, BASTARD!! Project

The original manga series was created by Kazushi Hagiwara from March 14, 1988 to May 19, 2010, when it went on indefinite hiatus. Shueisha has published it periodically since its debut in its Weekly Shonen Jump and Ultra Jump magazines. 27 tankoubon volumes have been published in total. 

Viz Media describes the original manga as:

In a post apocalyptic world of heavy metal fantasy, the only thing able to save humans from orcs, lizard men, and other monsters is something even MORE evil. Sealed within a 14-year-old boy, the chaotic wizard Dark Schneider is unleashed to fight four mighty generals and their plot to resurrect the evil god Anslasax.


Source: Netflix Anime 

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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