Bastard Season 2 Receives New Teaser Trailer, Begins Streaming in July

©Kazushi Hagiwara/Shueisha, BASTARD!! Project

A second teaser trailer for the second season of BASTARD!! -Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy- anime has been released, and a July 31 premiere date revealed.

Theme song details and the episode count were also dropped. coldrain is performing the opening song “NEW DAWN” while Tielle is performing the ending song “La Muse perdue.” As for the number of episodes, BASTARD!! Season 2 will have 15.

BASTARD!! is an adaptation of the Shueisha-published dark fantasy manga by Kazushi Hagiwara, which began in 1988. The first season was released on Netflix in 2022 in two batches, with the first 13 episodes premiering on June 30 while the following 11 episodes became available on September 15. 

The new season will adapt the manga’s “Hell’s Requiem” arc. Netflix describes the plot as:

Another of the Four Divine Kings, the formidable Kall-Su, reigns as High King. He has raised a large army led by the 12 Sorcerer Shoguns and searches for Princess Sheila, who holds the final key to resurrecting Anthrasax. The survivors of the Kingdom of A-Ian-Maide band together around the samurai and form a resistance, clashing with the Sorcerer Shoguns across the land. Among the samurai corps is someone who survived the great war two years prior: Tia Noto Yoko…

Like the first season, the second season’s staff includes:

• Director: Takaharu Ozaki (Wave!! Let’s Go Surfing!!)
• Series composer: Yousuke Kuroda (My Hero Academia) as series composer
• Character designer: Sayaka Ono (Cross Ange Rondo of Angel and Dragon
• Creature designer: Raita Sunaga (Hortensia Saga co-monster designer) 
• Art director: Kusanagi’s Kazuhiro Inoue (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni  Sotsu
• Color designer: Aiko Shinohara (Hortensia Saga)
• Compositing director: Junpei Takatsu (Child of Kamiari Month
• Music composer: Yasuharu Takanashi (Talentless Nana
• Animation production company: LIDENFILMS 

The cast includes Kishou Taniyama as Dark Schneider, Tomori Kusunoki as Tia Noto Yoko, Hiroki Yasumoto as Gara, and Youko Hikasa as Arshes Nei. Season 2 will see the addition of Takuma Terashima as Joshua Belahia, Sho Hayami as Nils Sean Mifune, Junichi Suwabe as Yngwei Von Malmsteen, Koji Yusa as Zion Sol Vandenverg, Asami Seto as Shella E. Lee, and Taito Ban as Vai Staebe.

The BASTARD!! manga began serialization in Weekly Shonen Jump but was last serialized in Ultra Jump before entering hiatus, with 27 tankoubon volumes published as of 2012. It previously inspired a 1992 to 1993 OVA adaptation.

Source: Netflix Anime YouTube channel, @bastard_PR

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