Kazushi Hagiwara’s Bastard: Heavy Metal Dark Fantasy manga series is getting a new anime adaptation in 2022. The anime will be streamed on Netflix worldwide. Studio LIDEN FILMS is animating the series, and Warner Bros. is producing. A key visual, staff, and cast information have been revealed.
Takaharu Ozaki (Goblin Slayer) is directing the anime, with Sayaka Ono on character designs. Yasuharu Takanashi is composing the music.
The cast includes:
- Kisho Taniyama as Dark Schneider
- Tomori Kusunoki as Tia Noto Yoko
- Hiroki Yasumoto as Gara
- Yoko Hikasa as Arshes Nei
This isn’t the first anime project for the Bastard: Heavy Metal Dark Fantasy series. Six-episode Bastard!! OVA by studio AIC was released throughout 1992 and 1993. The manga 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.
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?Official Volume 1 Synopsis, Viz Media
Source: Official Website
©Kazushi Hagiwara/Shueisha, BASTARD!! Project
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