BAST*RD: Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy is getting a 2nd season, as announced earlier. The story will be set two years after the events of the first season and will cover the Requiem of Hell arc. The anime will stream on Netflix in 2023. A special stream dedicated to the series took place today, right after the announcement was made.
The first season had a total of 24 episodes, split into two parts. LIDEN FILMS is returning to animate. Takaharu Ozaki is directing the second season, with Yosuk Kuroda on the series composition. The main cast is returning and includes:
- Kisho Taniyama (Dark Schnieder)
- Tomori Kusunoki (Tia Nouto Youko)
- Kanae Ito (Lucien Renlen)
- Kensho Ono (Kall-Su)
- Nao Toyama (Sheila Tuel Meta-Ilicana)
- Tomokazu Sugita (Abigail)
- Yoko Hikasa (Arshes Nei)
- Shizuka Ito (Kai Harn)
The teaser trailer for BAST*RD: Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy 2nd Season is now also available:
Kazushi Hagiwara’s manga that the anime is based on started serialization in 1988 in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. In 2000 it moved it Ultra Jump, where it stayed until 2010 when it went on hiatus. The series has a total of 27 volumes the last one of which was published in 2012. Viz Media licensed 19 volumes in English, but the series is no longer in print. Six-episode B*stard!! OVA by studio AIC was released between 1992 and 1993.
Viz Media describes the plot as:
The kingdom of Metallicana is under siege by evil armies of monsters. The desperate defenders turn to a legend that a virgin’s kiss may awaken the wizard “Dark Schneider” from his slumber inside the innocent boy Lucien. Thanks to his sister Yoko, Lucien metamorphoses into the powerful, lecherous wizard. With demons, dragons, and other dark forces roaming the land, and Dark Schneider barely under control, the question remains: will Metallicana ever know a lasting peace?
©Kazushi Hagiwara/Shueisha, B*STRD!! Project