In February, Netflix unveiled the teaser trailer for the new Bastard!! anime will be launched in 2022. Known for its titular wizard, Dark Schneider, this dark fantasy series is going to be a split-cour series.
Now you may be wondering: what is a “cour”? Well, a “cour” is a three-month TV broadcast based on the physical seasons, usually composed of 10 to 13 episodes.
But the upcoming Bastard!! anime will consist of 13 episodes, according to an announcement from the official Twitter account.
The original tweet in Japanese:
And the translated tweet in English:
The above date confirms the rumors we reported and predictions we made in February.
What is the plot of the upcoming Bastard!! animation?
Little is known about the story at this time. A short excerpt from the official website states the following:
“The work is classic entertainment at its finest: a grand and unique story, compelling fantasy world, intense battles full of sword and sorcery, and adorable heroines who were probably a little too daring for a young boy comic at the time. All this in combination with the extensive artwork of the manga makes Bastard!! the pioneer and pinnacle of dark fantasy manga, which influenced countless works that followed.”
Given the current character roster, which includes Abigail, Di-amon and Kall-Su, the first course will likely revolve around the Bastard’s previous storylines!! manga.
Who are the voice cast and staff behind this dark fantasy anime?
To date, we have confirmation from the following Japanese voice cast members:
- Kisho Taniyama as Dark Schneider
- Kanae Ito as Lucien Renlen
- Tomori Kusunoki as Tia Noto Yoko
- Yoko Hikasa as Arshes Neic
- Hiroki Yasumoto as Gara
- Tomokazu Sugita as Abigail
- Kensho Ono as Kall-Suo
- Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Larso
- Shizuka Ito as Kai Harno
- Nao Toyama as Sheila Tuel Metallicana
- Ari Ozawa as Sean Aric
- Takehito Koyasu as Di-amon
The main animation staff includes Takaharu Ozaki as director, Kazuhiro Inoue as art director, Yosuke Kuroda as story editor, Sayaka Ono as character designer, Yasunori Ebina as sound director, and Kumiko Taniguchi as special effects supervisor.
Liden Films is responsible for the animation production and Felix Film is working on the 3D-CGI. And Warner Bros. Japan produces the Bastard!! animation. This upcoming series looks promising, but we’ll know for sure when June rolls around. Stay tuned!