The first 13 episodes of the BASTARD!! -Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy- anime launched on Netflix in late June, and episodes 14-24 will start streaming next week, on Thursday September 15. Ahead of this a trailer has dropped that’s a little over two minutes long. In it you can hear the Japanese voice actors.
The series is being made at LIDEN FILMS, with Takaharu Ozaki of Goblin Slayer working as the director. The task of being in charge of series scripts falls to Yousuke Kuroda, who has previously worked on My Hero Academia and Mobile Suit Gundam 00. Sound directing is taken care of by Yasunori Ebina, who has worked on Naruto. Character design goes to Sayaka Ono, who is known for working on CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon. The music is being composed by Yasuharu Takanashi, whose credits include Naruto Shippuden and Fairy Tail.
Turning to the actors, the anime stars Kisho Taniyama, Tomori Kusunoki, and Hiroki Yasumoto.
The anime’s ending theme song is “Blessless,” performed by Tielle. The opening theme song is performed by coldrain.
The original manga was created by Kazushi Hagiwara and debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1988. The 27th volume of the manga was released in Japan ten years ago. More than 30 million copies of the manga exist in circulation. VIZ Media released part of the manga in English, but halted with the 19th volume.
The manga previously led to a six-episode OVA series, which Geneon licensed in America. Geneon has since folded.
Netflix gave this description of the new anime:
“When evil forces threaten to resurrect Anthrasax, the God of Destruction, the Kingdom of Meta-llicana calls on a volatile dark wizard for help.”
Are you interested in checking out the second part of BASTARD!! -Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy-?
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