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!
Personally, I love this!It is definitely my cup of tea and a breath of fresh air when it comes to adapting a manga into an anime. The title says it all, "Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy". It's a sign that it's either gonna be something that won't be for everyone's taste, or it will be something that some people will more than likely enjoy.In my opinion, this anime definitely lives up to the title and I enjoyed every single episode from beginning to end. Dark Schneider is an excellent character and the other characters are what you might expect in an anime taking place in a medieval dark fantasy world where magic exists.The fanservice didn't bother me that much and most of the "ecchi" moments are mostly in the end credits and a few are played for laughs. I've been excited for this anime ever since it was announced, and... I got exactly what I came for.I love the story, the art style, the action scenes, the characters, and that kickass OP. If you're expecting a dark fantasy compared to the likes of Berserk and Attack on Titan... you might not take anything about this anime seriously.But if you want a highly enjoyable dark fantasy anime with an edgelord protagonist and a story with heavy metal vibes, this anime is for you!I loved this anime!
I don't understand why Netflix decided to do a remake of this anime. The plot seems interesting but the ecchi in this anime is ridiculous and makes the story not interesting to watch. Who wants to watch girls screaming all the time and worried that they will lose their virginity... This show is hella dumb. Don't waste your time watching this anime.
What's fascinating to me about this is that such an old somewhat forgotten manga Bastard!! Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy was remade and by Netflix of all things. That's what got me to watch this series. Plus it follows the premise and tones of the manga (At least the first half) which what shocked me as well. If you read the manga or watched the 1992 OVA series, that's basically what you'll get with the 2022 series with an updated character designs. While poorly written fantasies with ecchi fanservice will always have its market, I'm surprised Netflix funded it and left it unchanged especially with the protagonists living up to the anime's title, how the women are treated as well as his "peculier" relationship with one of the girls. But I'm not complaining. I kind of love its stupidity and I'm glad that Bastard can have the spotlight, remain unchanged and true to its source material. It remains obnoxiously edgy, dumb and fun. While I personally prefer the 90s OVAs (especially the Dub) for its high comical energy compared to the new one. The new one is better paced and easier to follow compared to the OVAs and the Manga. I also love that VA Takehito Koyasu (the voice of Dio Brando) is voicing a maniac muscular vampire once again and it's glorious though I still enjoy VA Kevin Seymour's performance in the OVAs more. Though the slight difference the 2022 series has from the manga is that the protagonist might reincarnate into the modern era, probably the premise for part 2. It makes me wonder where the series will go regardless of the fact of the manga was cancelled without a proper conclusion. If you want something entertaining and idiotic to watch this could be for you. Don't watch it with family or anybody who gets easily offended.
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