Warner Bros. Japan announced the new anime adaptation of Kazushi Hagiwara’s BASTARD!! -Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy- action manga will be receiving a second season, which will stream on Netflix worldwide in 2023. The second season will have the title BASTARD!! -Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy- Requiem of Hell Arc (Bastard!! Ankoku no Hakaishin: Jigokyu no Chinkoka-hen).
Hagiwara drew a commemorative illustration to celebrate the announcement of the second season.
Season 2 of the series will feature a returning staff. Warner Bros. Japan also announced four new cast members for the upcoming season.
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The newly announced casts are:
Takuma Terashima as Joshua Berahia
Sho Hayami as Nils John Mifune
Junichi Suwabe as Yngwei von Mattström
Koji Yusa as Zion Sol Vanderverg
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The first season of the anime consisted of the first 13 episodes, launched on Netflix worldwide on June 30. On September 15, Netflix released the second installment, which included episodes 14-24.
Bastard!! -Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy- started as a manga series written and illustrated by Kazushi Hagiwara. It was serialized by Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump in 1998 and continued irregularly in Ultra Jump since 2000. The series is Shueish’s all-time best-selling manga series, with over 30 million copies in circulation.
The series is heavily influenced by Hagiwara’s love for heavy metal music and Dungeons & Dragons using both elements in the series evidenced by characters and locations named after his favorite heavy metal bands and the series’ dark-fantasy dystopian theme.
AIC adapted the manga into a six-episode OVA, released from 1992 to 1993 and released in North America by Pioneer (also known as Geneon Entertainment Inc.) in 1998.
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