The Four Lords of Havoc have one terrible goal – to awaken the god Anthrasax and recreate the world. To stop them, Yoko, a maiden of Metallicana, awakens the ancient wizard Dark Schneider from within a 14-year old boy by bestowing upon him her virgin kiss. The only problem now is that the most chaotic, lecherous wizard in history resides inside the body of an innocent child. Even worse, he’s determined that neither hydras nor minotaurs should stand between him and his dream to conquer everyone and take the women for himself… all of which is less than convenient when trying to save the world!
Born beneath the gallows tree from which his dead mother hung, Guts has always existed on the boundary between life and death. After enduring a terrible childhood, he spends his adulthood in brutal combat, pitting his strength against others in order to build his own. Life is simple enough for Guts until he meets Griffith, the inspirational, ambitious, and beautiful leader of the mercenaries, the Band of the Hawks. When Guts loses to Griffith in a duel, he is forced to join the group, and, despite himself, finds a sense of camaraderie and belonging amongst them. However, as Griffith leads his soldiers from victory to victory, the bloody wars and underhanded politics reveal a side to him that nobody quite expected. Can Guts, a simple warrior, defend those who have come to mean the most to him, all the while struggling not to lose to the darkness he has carried with him his entire life?
Blood, sweat, and a big ass sword. The characters of Berserk, like Bastard, are very deep and well-developed. Action-packed episodes will have you coming back for more. If you liked Bastard, check out Berserk!
Both of these anime seem like they were made for the same people. They have similar settings and share a common atmosphere and animation style. Both are very violent and adult oriented. Both share an importance on character relation. Bastard!! however is a bit more comedic and Berserk is a little bit more serious. Oh also, worst of all, neither series was completed... so if you don't want to feel left hanging, you'll have to take a look at the mangas.
Swords.. Check, Medieval setting... Check, Blood and Death... Check, Main characters that can wipe the floor with anything that is placed in front of them and still look cool... Very much check. Along with this they both have a simialr feel in why the fights are run along with the simliarities in settings. Bastard is the comic little brother in sense of Berserk and worth watch if you have just finished the end of the Berserk series and want a pick me up
They are very similar in several aspects. To be honest I didn't get very far in either of them but from what I saw, I didn't like them for the same reasons. The art style, the senseless gore, etc. If you liked one of them, I'm pretty sure you've watched/should watch the other.
If you enjoyed Bastard, you'll adore Berserk since they have a very similar world concept, fantasy archetypes, and an unbridled macho approach. Moreover, their stories are surprisingly good despite how braindead their animation and premise makes them seem. Keep in mind, though, Berserk is far more serious and epic, whilst Bastard feels like an introduction to what is a spoofy but still plot-driven franchise.
If you enjoyed the over the top violence and overpowered lead in Bastard!!, you'll definitely like Berserk. Each series is very dark and have borderline ridiculous voilence.
Meet Lina Inverse, a mighty sorceress who fights evil in the name of... greed, gluttony and black magic?! When she meets Gourry, a swordsman whose skill with the blade is rivaled only by his stupidity, Zelgadis, a grumpy sorceror who's been turned into a golem, and Rezo, a priest known for his benevolence (with a dark secret), you know her adventures are just beginning!
Combine the humor, magic, and swordfighting you've got in Bastard, remove any trace of seriousness - oh, and make the major characters women - and you've got Slayers. It's a bit more light-hearted than Bastard, and stresses the comedy aspects. Fits squarely in the swords & sorcery genre with a good dose of humor.
As a D&D player, I can't help but be reminded of some of my own gaming sessions while watching both Bastard!! and Slayers. The humor, the battles, the occasional crazy ability, all are present in both series. While Bastard!! is darker and occasionally more serious than Slayers you should be sure to enjoy one if you found yourself laughing along with the other.
Both set in "ye olde times", Bastard!! and Slayers are a role players wet dream. Swordsmen, Magicians and summoners all play a significant part in each tale, though don't expect anything too serious from either series!
Action, adventure and a sprinkling of ecchi make these both two very popular and likable series.
These series both combine swordfighting, magic, superpowerful legendary type characters, and an ability to realize how over the top they are and make fun of this fact.
Jubei Kibagami is just a wandering swordsman minding his own business... until fate lands him in the middle of a battle with the terrifying Devils of Kimon! Now the fate of all of Japan lies in the hands of a vagabond samurai, a deadly female ninja and a perverted old monk as they take on an enemy who is, literally, immortal.
Ninja Scroll and Bastard are very alike. They both have the same violent nature, involve topics like sex and gore, and have a similar time setting.
In an ancient time of swords and sorcery,the struggle to rule the cursed land of Lodoss rages on, spilling the blood of monsters and men. With the threat of dragons and dark powers hellbent on destroying it, the only hope for Lodoss is a young swordsman named Parn and his comrades. Armed with determinination and sheer strength, the band of friends must join the forces of kings and elves to overcome the dark sorcerer Ashram and his mistress Pirotess, as the ultimate battle of good versus evil begins!
The similarities are clear in the settings of both anime: Dungeons and dragons-style fantasy with dark gods waiting to be resurrected. Bastard!! focusses more on action and is slightly comedic whereas Record Of Lodoss War is much more serious and has a superior storyline. The similar nature and artwork of both shows means that if you like one, you should try the other.
In present day England, a war is being fought. The average citizen does not notice, but vampires are running rampant among the populace, and it's up to the Hellsing organization to contain the bloodsucker threat, using even their own weapons against them. Alucard, a vampire himself, is the best agent the organization has to offer, answering only to Integra Hellsing herself. No one knows much about this mysterious figure fighting against the occult, but things starts to change after he “recruits” a new agent to the establishment...
Bastard!! is more comical than Hellsing, but if you enjoy a lead character who is beyond badass and strong beyond any reason, you will enjoy both of these shows. And they also have in common, of course, the endless amounts of enemies who actually think they stand a chance against these rather awkward heroes (who both are in essence "evil", but seem to primarily work for good).