Bastard!!: Ankoku no Hakaishin
Bastard!!: Ankoku no Hakaishin is a dark fantasy, post-apocalyptic, sword and sorcery Japanese anime and manga series. The manga was illustrated by Japanese manga artist Kazushi Hagiwara. On March 14, 1988, the manga was first serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump under Jump Comics. Later, the anime adaptation for the manga took place in 1992. The anime has 6 episodes with a run time of 30 minutes each.
Moving towards the anime, the anime will be released in 2022. The anime is directed by the director Takaharu Ozaki under Liden Films Studio and licensed by Netflix.
The main plot of the anime is based on the kingdom of Metallicana. Metallicana is under attack by the Four Lords of Havoc. The members of the villains include ninja master Gara, deadly thunder empress Nei Arshes, cold and calculating Kall-Su, and energetic dark priest Abigail. They complete any work if they want to, though it creates destruction in their wake.
High Priest Geo wants to help to save the kingdom, and he unleashes the wizard Dark Schneider who used to be the enemy of the people for the task. Schneider has his plans and mindset. So, Schneider will be stopping the Four Lords of Havoc or joining them in their conquest of the world?
Dark Schneider is the main character of Bastard!!: Ankoku no Hakaishin. Schneider is the powerful wizard in his universe. The main ambition of Schneider was to rule over the world for which he started to attack kingdom after kingdom. Lars UI Metallicana defeated him, and he reincarnated as a young boy by the name Lucien Renlen using magical powers. Furthermore, he is also known by his violent psychotic attitude in the fights. As of now, he had an army of wizards and warriors that had been led by “Divine Kings.”
The Japanese voice for the character is provided by the Japanese voice actor, singer, and lyricist Kishō Taniyama. Taniyama is also affiliated with Ken Production. Besides it, he is also known by his stage name Kishow.
English voice for the character is provided by the American voice actor Daran Norris.
Gara is also known as the Ninja Master Gara. Gara was the son of the great ninja who desired to become the strongest ninja no one could defeat. As an adult, he attacked Dark Schneider to assassinate him and gain the title ‘Ninja Master.’ As a result, he lost with Schneider and allied with him. And become one of the Divine Kings. Gara was committed to the powerful wizard Dark Schneider.
Heading towards the Japanese voice, the voice had been by the Japanese voice actor and narrator Hiroki Yasumoto. Moreover, he is a member of Sigma Seven. Some of his projects include Baccano!, Bakugan Battle, and Berserk.
Whereas, the English voice for the character is provided by the American voice actor Steve Blum.
Arshes Nei is also known as the Thunder Empress. Around 100 years ago, she was born half human and half dark elf. The Dark Elf clan she was living with abandoned her and she comes to Dark Schneider on her own. She was a child when she caught Schneider and the wizard raising her as his child. Even she was given a name by Schneider as Arshes. As well as Arshes become his lover too and was the first member of the rider of Havoc to join Schneider.
Japanese voice for the character is contributed by the Japanese voice actress Yōko Hisaka. Some of her projects include A Whisker Away, Doraemon, and Junk Boy.
For the English dubbed version, the voice is provided by the American voice actress, ADR director, and singer Mary Elizabeth McGlynn.
Di-Amon is also known as Diamond. He is a vampire, however, he used to be a human sorcerer in the past. Using his magical powers he turned himself into a vampire. Like the vampire, he can become powerful by sucking the blood and healing profound cuts easily. With his magical powers, he can turn into the bat too.
The Japanese voice for the character is portrayed by the Japanese actor, voice actor, and sound director Masaharu Maeda. Maeda is also known by his stage name Shigeru Chiba.
Moving towards the English dubbed version, the English voice for the character is provided by the American voice actor and ADR director Kevin Seymour.
Kall-Su is one of the former members of Four Divine Kings born as the son of a woman and unknown father. People of his mother’s village hated him and he has lived in fear. Even his mother tried to kill him with the magical sword Ice Falchion thinking that its power will inhibit his healing abilities in him. Surviving it he killed his mother using his magical power. Later on, he was found by Dark Schneider. Dark Schneider started teaching him magic along with Arshes Nei.
The Japanese voice for this character is voiced by the Japanese actor, voice actor, singer, and narrator Toshihiko Seki. In the 26th Annual Readers Poll, he was honored by the readers of Animage Magazine.
Also, the English voice for the character is provided by the American voice actor Richard Cansino.
Abigail is the leader of Four Divine Kings. Among the Ten wise men of Europa, he was one of them. At the end of the world, Abigail was a great scientist. When the old world was destructed he turned himself into a dark cleric and started to travel around the world. Moving on, he joined Dark Schneider and his group. To revive the God Destruction Anthrasax he threads to obtain the Four Seals.
The Japanese voice for the character is provided by the Japanese freelance actor, voice actor, and narrator Ryūzaburō Ōtomo. Previously he was affiliated with Aoni Production, 81 Produce, and Tokyo Actor’s Consumer’s Cooperative Society.
Heading towards the English dubbed version, the American voice actor, voice director, and writer Richard Epcar has provided the voice.
Tia Noto Yoko
Tia Noto Yoko is the main female character of the series. Yoko is only the character who can control Dark Schneider. Her father was a great priest Geo Noto Soto. After her mother’s death, her father raised her along with a young orphan named Lucien Renlen. Renlen lived with her as the younger brother. From her father, she learned cleric magic and martial arts. By using the Virgin Kiss she awakens Dark Schneider.
The Japanese voice for the character is contributed by the Japanese voice actress Tomori Kusunoki.
Whereas the English voice for the character is provided by the American voice actress, writer, and director Wendee Lee. Some of her projects include Berserk, Bleach, and Code Geass.
Lucien Renlen is a young boy who is also known as Lucifer. Lucifer was the brightest and wisest angel. When angels were ordered to eradicate humanity, he fights against them. And he was exiled from heaven. Afterward, he incarnated as a young boy on the earth bonding with wizard Dark Schneider. As well as he is the reincarnation of Dark Schneider too. Lucien grew up with Yoko as her younger brother.
Sheila Metallicana is the supporting character in the series. Sheila is the princess of the kingdom Metallicana. Also, she is the sister of Lars UI Metallicana. When she saw the Dark Schneider, she loathed him as the enemy of her brother, however, she was overtaken by the charm of Dark Scheider. Also, she kissed him that transformed him from LUCIEN RENLEN to Dark Scheider.
For the Japanese version, the voice actress, Konami Yoshida portrayed the character. Zatch Bell! and Venus Wars are some of her popular projects.
Also, for the English dubbed version the American voice actress and ADR writer Bridget Hoffman provided the voice.
Lars UI Metallicana
Lars UI Metallicana is the brother of Sheila Metallicana. About 15 years ago before the series, he fought Dark Schneider that keeps going for several days. Schneider has almost captured all of the kingdoms only a few of the kingdoms were remaining. Lars was about to lose the battle but he summons a mechanical dragon named “Dragon Knight”.
Dragon Knight was made by the Ten Wise Men of Europa. It absorbs and even multiplies the power for anyone who uses it. However, he was able to kill Dark Schneider with it but its curse changes him into the Baby Dragon. As well as during the angel attack he fights against the angel.
The Japanese voice for the character is provided by the Japanese voice actor and narrator Masami Kikuchi.
Kai Harn works under Thunder Empress Arshes Nei as the Sorcerer General. As well she is the one of the Divine King of the Rebel Army.
The Japanese voice, Yuko Kobayashi provided the voice to the character. As of now, she is affiliated with 81 Produce.
Also, for the English dubbed version the American voice actress Debra Jean Rogers provided the voice.