BAST*RD: Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy Season 2 anime revealed a new trailer and key visual ahead of the July 31 premiere. The story of the second season is set two years after the events of the first season and will cover the Requiem of Hell arc in 15 episodes. LIDEN FILMS is animating the anime under Takaharu Ozaki’s direction. The theme songs for the second season are:
- Opening: “NEW DAWN” by coldrain
- Ending: “La Muse perdue” by Tielle
Sayaka Ono is in charge of the character designs, with Raita Sungara who did the creature designs. Yosuke Kuroda is doing 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)
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?
Netflix is streaming the anime.
Source: Netflix Anime Twitter
©Kazushi Hagiwara/Shueisha, B*STRD!! Project