On September 6, 2022, the official Twitter account for the ONA (original net animation) adaptation of Kazushi Hagiwara’s Bastard!! Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy (BASTARD!! Ankoku no Hakaishin, lit. “Bastard!! The Dark God of Destruction”) manga announced that the second part, including Episodes 14-24 is coming soon, and a trailer hinting at Dark Schneider’s fate will be released on September 8, 2022!
You can watch a trailer for Bastard!! Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy on Netflix Anime’s official YouTube channel here:
Dark Schneider will most likely return and, if he does, he’ll probably end up teaming up with Arshes in order to defeat the Dark Rebel Army. Anthrasax might be awakened by Abigail and Kall-Su, which would mean it would be up to Dark Schneider to defeat the ancient being. If Dark Schneider is defeated, he might wind up in Hell.
Keep reading to the very end for some massive spoilers and predictions of what will occur in Bastard!! Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy Part 2.
What is the plot of Bastard!! Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy?
Four centuries ago, Earth suffered an apocalyptic event when the demon Anthrasax was unleashed. When the demon was slain by the Dragon Knight, the world was still plunged into a new Dark Age. In the present, the story begins when the Kingdom of Metallicana is attacked by the Dark Rebel Army whose goal is to resurrect the demon Anthrasax so they can take over the world. Caught up in the middle of all this is a feisty young girl named Yoko and her ward — a 14-year-old boy named Lushe Renren.
Yoko’s father, who happens to be the high priest, reveals that Lushe is actually the reincarnation of a dark wizard and the founding leader of the Dark Rebel Army known as Dark Schneider. With a kiss, Yoko will be able to break the seal on Lushe and unleash Dark Schneider on their enemies. However, as Dark Schneider is pitted against his former allies, his true loyalties become questioned as well as his mysterious connection to what befell the Old World.
What happened in the final episode of Bastard!! Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy?
Fans of Bastard!! Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy were left with quite an evil cliffhanger at the end of the first cour. With Abigail manipulating Arshes to fight against Dark Schneider, a fierce duel between them ensued. Arshes was able to negate Dark Schneider’s magic, but Efreet sacrificed himself and his sword in order to destroy Arshes’s lightning sword. Darsh tried to remind Arshes of their past love, but this only served to make her more angry.
Abigail grew smug that either Arshes would kill his enemy Dark Schneider for him, or the curse would kill her. Arshes reveals that her goal was to create a world without poverty where children wouldn’t become orphaned like she was. Arshes makes the mistake of threatening Yoko, however, whom Lushe is in love with, and Dark Schneider finally attacks Arshes at full power.
However, Lushe alerts Dark Schneider about the curse on Arshes. Dark Schneider is enraged to discover Arshes was being manipulated to fight him all along and decides to sacrifice himself for her sake by ripping his own heart out of his chest, thus breaking the curse.
How did the original OVA end?
WARNING: MASSIVE SPOILERS AHEAD
In the original OVA, Dark Schneider’s body was laid to rest in a church and his friends and allies mourned his “death”. Meanwhile, Abigail and Kall-Su set out to conquer two kingdoms in order to retrieve the seals that are preventing Anthrasax from entering their world. The final seal is located in Metallicana so the Dark Rebel Army sends its troops to attack it. Metallicana’s king reveals the final seal is inside Sheila’s body and tells Geo he must kill her if they lose the battle.
Abigail manages to break the other three seals, which causes Sheila enormous pain as Anthrasax is partially awakened. After Arshes discovers that Abigail only wanted to destroy the world rather than make it a paradise, she becomes the kingdom’s defender and fights in Darsh’s honor. Using Anthrasax’s flesh as a catalyst, Abigail is able to summon a powerful Cyclops. Arshes is forced to team up with Gara and his troops in order to defeat the monster.
The Cyclops wipes out Gara’s troops, however, and begins to regenerate. Dark Schneider’s heart starts to regenerate at the same time, but he remains in a comatose state until Yoko slaps him. With Dark Schneider once again on their side, the protectors of Metallicana are able to defeat the Cyclops and Abigail. After the battle, Yoko, Arshes, and Shiela, who has recovered, have a happy reunion with Dark Schneider. Dark Schneider proudly declares that with Arshes and Gara at his side he is invincible and fears nothing. Kall-su swears revenge on them all as Anthrasax goes to sleep once again.
Where can I watch Bastard!! Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy?
On July 30, 2022, an ONA adaptation by Liden Films consisting of 13 episodes was released on Netflix worldwide. The remaining 11 episodes are scheduled to premiere on September 15, 2022. Takaharu Ozaki directed the ONA with scripts by Yosuke Kuroda. Sayaka Ono is in charge of character design and Yasuharu Takanashi is composing the music.
Coldrain performed the opening theme song “Bloody Power Fame” and Tielle performed the ending theme “Blessless”.
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