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1987年に『週刊少年ジャンプ』(集英社)で掲載された読切『WIZARD!! ~爆炎の征服者~』が話題になり、翌1988年から連載化されると、またたく間に男女問わず爆発的な人気を集め、累計発行部数3000万部を超える萩原一至原作の『BASTARD‼-暗黒の破壊神-』。





In 1987, Kazushi Hagiwara’s one-off story Wizard!! Conqueror of Explosive Flames was published in Weekly Shonen Jump (Shueisha). In response to rave reviews, BASTARD‼ -Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy- started serialization the following year and instantly became a huge hit among and men and women alike. To date, over 30 million copies of the manga have been published.

The work is classic entertainment at its finest: a grand and unique story, compelling fantasy world, intense battles full of sword & sorcery, and cute heroines that were probably a bit too risqué for a young boys’ comic back then. All this paired with the manga’s elaborate artwork make Bastard!! the pioneer and pinnacle of dark fantasy manga, influencing countless works that followed.

Taking the director’s chair is Takaharu Ozaki, whose experience with dark fantasy in Goblin Slayer makes him a perfect choice. Story editor Yosuke Kuroda, a Jump veteran whose works include My Hero Academia, and production studio Liden Films of Tokyo Revengers fame will be joined by an all-star production crew.

The awe-inspiring setting, intense magic battles, and fascinating characters from the dark fantasy that started its serialization on Weekly Shonen Jump is finally coming to anime as a series for the first time!