The upcoming BAST*RD: Heavy Metal Dark Fantasy anime adaptation revealed a creditless version of the opening which features the OP song “Bloody Power Fame” by coldrain. The anime is coming to Netflix on June 30.
Studio Liden Films is animating the 24-episode series, which is based on a manga by Kazushi Hagiwara. Takaharu Ozaki (Goblin Slayer) is directing the anime, with Sayaka Ono on character designs. Yosuke Kuroda is doing the series composition, and Yasuharu Takanashi is on music. As Netflix’s original anime, B*stard will stream only on their platform. The main trailer was revealed earlier this month.
In addition to the opening theme song by coldrain, Tielle is performing the ending theme song, which is titled “Blessless“. The main cast 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)
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?
Source: Warner Bros. Anime YouTube Account
©Kazushi Hagiwara/Shueisha, BSTRD!! Project