Anime Taste Testing: Bastard!!: Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy

Ah, Bastard!!. The perfect anime for horny teenagers desperately trying to be cool and horny adults desperately trying to be young.

For anyone not familiar with the original late 80s/early 90s Bastard!! manga or OVA series, it’s an apocalyptic dark fantasy that’s… shall we say, very much a product of its time. Self-aware as it is (and yes, I’ll give the series that much), it’s your pretty typical grimdark edgelord fare in that it’s actually incredibly predictable in the amount of gore and fanservice it throws up on screen. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing here that offended me per se, mostly because again, I was supremely unsurprised by what the show delivered. If anything, it got quite dull given the inevitability of its content (and boob jiggle in 3… 2… 1… kind of stuff).

I will warn readers, however, that the first couple of episodes of this reboot are relatively tame compared to some of the later ones – at some points, the material does border on pornography, and needless to say, none of it is in the least bit flattering to the show’s female characters in terms of either their development or agency (i.e. expect plenty of sexual assault, often played for comedy). Still, viewers should know within the first few minutes of runtime whether or not this show is for them. And hey, if it is, no judgment here. Just be aware of what you’re going into, that’s all.

Because I’m sure we can all see where this is going… sigh.

Score: 4/10

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4 thoughts on “Anime Taste Testing: Bastard!!: Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy

  1. I missed this one, and now, thanks to this post, I can miss it on purpose. I’ve known about Bastard, but never cared enough to inform myself, so I can see myself just moving on seeing a reboot. That’d explain how I missed it.

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    1. It’s all on Netflix (they dropped the first 13 episodes, and apparently the second bulk of 11 episodes is going to be dropped later on in the year). So yeah, anyone without Netflix or who doesn’t check the anime section there may well have missed it. I didn’t bother watching the whole thing – I made it to episode 4 I believe before finally giving up.

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      1. Ah, yes, I often miss Netflix shows. I very nearly missed Kotaro Lives Alone, which I thought was stellar and would have been a pity.

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