The second half of the Bastard!! Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy anime adaptation has a release date, with the series set to premiere on Netflix on September 15, 2022.
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The first half of the anime, consisting of episodes 1-13, premiered on Netflix just last week, and the final ten episodes (14-24) are coming shortly after now, wrapping up the series’ second anime adaptation.
Bastard!! Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy originally premiered in 1988 in manga form, and has been continuing on and off again ever since, with its latest chapter coming in 2010. In total, the series has made up 27 total volumes as of 2012, with the series having been adapted into an anime in 1992.
However, that anime only lasted 13 episodes due to the amount of content available in the manga. Despite its on-again, off-again publication style, Bastard!! is still one of the best-selling manga series of all time, having over 30 million copies in publication. The series is heavily based on the culture of heavy metal music and the world of Dungeons & Dragons, both of which the manga draws heavily from in its story and character names.
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“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,” reads the official synopsis of the manga. “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.”