Bastard!! -heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy: When Will the 400-year Old Wizard Going to Appear on Netflix?

Bastard!! -heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy is a fantastic anime version of Kazushi Hagiwara‘s manga, that will be making its debut soon on Netflix. The anime will undoubtedly become one of the most distinctive anime shows coming to Netflix, since it celebrates Dark Fantasy and heavy metal.

The upcoming anime Bastard!! -Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy is based on the same-named manga by Kazushi Hagiwara, which had been published in 1988. Until going on pause in 2009, the manga was among the most popular shonen comics of the 1980s and early 1990s, generating over 30 million copies.

Bastard!! describes the story of Dark Schneider, a strong wizard whose soul got trapped away when he tried to conquer the world in dark fantasy. The dystopian fantasy is influenced by Hagiwara’s passion for heavy metal music as well as Dungeons & Dragons.

Schneider is unwillingly freed from jail by the priestess Tia Noto Yoko, she intends to harness the evil wizard‘s abilities to defeat another more terrible new enemy when a destructive conflict breaks out.

So here are all the details we know about the anime so far.

Bastard!! -heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy: When Is the Anime Coming?

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Netflix has stated that the upcoming anime reboot will be released in two segments, with the very first 13 episodes premiering in June. And, by the end of 2022, the following 11 episodes would be released to the streaming platform. Till now, there is no announcement regarding the anime’s release date, but we are more likely to know more from the creators.

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The new episodes of Bastard!! -Heavy Metal Dark Fantasy will now be the second anime adaptation of Hagiwara’s work to air. This original series debuted in 1992 as a six-episode OVA direct-to-video release and seems to be out of print for quite some period.

Bastard!! -heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy: What Is the Storyline of the Anime?

Bastard!! -Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy plot

Bastard!! -Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy is one of those shows that is upfront and honest with its audience. Its design and title are quite self-explanatory. It is indeed a dark fantasy world filled with monsters, magic, and bloody battles, as well as several metal music allusions. But, most crucially, the protagonist is a hot wizard.

The Dark Rebel Army, led by the tremendously strong Four Divine Kings, keeps growing its dominance in an attempt to conquer the globe, with intentions to revive the ancient god of destruction Anthrasax. The sorcerer-led Dark Rebel Army attacks the Kingdom of Metallicana just on Central Metallion Continent.

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Tia Noto Yoko, the Great Priest’s daughter, will choose to preserve the empire. She must awaken the ancient great wizard who formerly plotted to conquer the world and now is locked inside her close friend Lucien Renren.

A virgin’s maiden kiss seems to be the only act that can break the seal. When Yoko sets her lips against Lucien’s in the face of a potential threat, a dark and strong force floods the air. The renowned wizard Dark Schneider, the strongest, craziest, and most attractive protagonist, has been resurrected!

Dark Schneider, a famous 400-year-old wizard whose aim would be to take over the world and capture all the women for himself, will feature in the anime. Before he was defeated by Prince Lars of Metallicana, he had almost succeeded. This unexpected hero, now revived, could be the world’s largest and sole hope for survival.

Bastard!! -heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy: Who Are the Cast Involved in the Anime?

Bastard!! -Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy cast

The anime’s core cast includes Kisho Taniyama, who plays Dark Schneider, the series’ aggressive protagonist. He previously appeared in anime series such as Attack on Titans. Another significant cast member is Tomori Kusunoki, who plays Tia Noto Yoko, a priestess that revives Schneider and travels with him. Kusunoki is well recognized for her role in the Wonder Egg Priority.

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Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, who voiced in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba, Ari Ozawa, who worked in Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun, Shizuka Itou, who voiced in Sailor Moon Eternal, and Takehito Koyasu, who voiced in Attack on Titan: The Final Season, are among the new cast members announced by Netflix.

Who Are Involved in the Production of the Anime?

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Netflix first announced the Bastard!! -Heavy Metal Dark, Fantasy revival during early February. Warner Bros. Animation Japan is producing the series, Netflix already teamed with the company to deliver Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean to Netflix as the exclusive.

Takaharu Ozaki, who already directed the famous Goblin Slayer anime, is now in charge of this new dark fantasy project. Liden Films, the company behind the anime versions of both the Heroic Legend of Arslan and one of 2021’s biggest blockbusters, Tokyo Revengers, is now in charge of the entire show’s animation.


Bastard!! -Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy is arriving on Netflix this year, according to a short teaser released so far. Let’s enjoy this great anime teaser while we wait for the anime to premiere on Netflix.