Heavy Metal Dark Fantasy Anime ‘Bastard!!’ Releases First Trailer

by Tito W. James

‘Four hundred years since the collapse of modern civilization, the world is dominated by the chaos of swords and sorcery. The Dark Rebel Army, which plans to resurrect the god of destruction Anthrasax, continues to expand its power in a bid to rule the world, led by the overwhelmingly powerful Four Divine Kings. The Kingdom of Metallicana on the Central Metallion Continent is assaulted by the sorcerer-led Dark Rebel Army. In order to save the kingdom, Tia Noto Yoko, daughter of the Great Priest, has a decision to make — she must resurrect the ancient great wizard who once plotted to rule the world, and who is sealed within her childhood friend Lucien Renren.

The only thing that can undo the seal is a virgin’s maiden kiss. Facing imminent danger, Yoko puts her lips on Lucien’s, and in that moment, a dark and powerful energy fills the air. The strongest, wildest, and most beautiful protagonist, the legendary wizard Dark Schneider, is finally revived!’

Bastard!! is a dark fantasy anime series based on the Manga by Kazushi Hagiwara and directed by Takaharu Ozaki (Goblin Slayer). The trailer looks like it will appeal to fans of Devilman and Berserk (like myself). The creators also held a special announcement event online that can be viewed below.

Look out for Bastard!! streaming on Netflix in 2022.

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