BASTARD!! Complete Collection (1992)
DISTRIB. COMPANY: Pioneer
DVD reviewed by Dennis A. Amith
DIRECTED BY:
Katsuhito Akiyama
RATED: 16 and Up
TYPE OF ANIME: Action, Romance
DURATION: 180 minutes

 
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Anime Synopsis:

Dark Schneider is the "Bastard!"! A lone warlock, freed from years of imprisonment, stands against an army of destruction bent on world conquest and the resurrection of an ancient evil. But Dark Schneider is not protecting the desperate people of Meta-Rikana out of the goodness of his heart. After all, they were the ones who imprisoned him for leading this same army against their city the first time! However, he's not about to let his old army, his old generals, and his ex-girlfriend show him up. Besides, his new girlfriend is counting on him, and it's been awhile since he's had some fun... Contains all 6 episodes.


DVD EXTRAS:

Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
 Color, Animated
The Complete Six Episode Series / Photo Gallery / A look at the Bastard!! figures.

KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): None that I know of


I first heard of the "Bastard!!" series back in the early 90's and recalled many fans at an anime convention talking about how cool the series was and how funny it was because of the main character's name (Dark Schneider) and the many references to popular US metal bands (from the 80's). 

After watching all six episodes, I just fell in love with this series.  There have been several "Bastard!!" video games available for the SNES and Sony Playstation and the series has yet to be "fully completed", although the six-OAV episode arc is just totally awesome!

The series is about an evil warlock named "Dark Schneider" who has been freed from imprisonment and fortunately, the evil warlock has been combined with a very good kid named Rushe which makes him somewhat a hero to aid the people of Meta-Rikana" and take on his old generals and army.

The storyline is just awesome but since this anime includes combat, humor and wizardry...the battles can be bloody and too violent for some people.

All in all, an awesome anime featuring awesome characters (and character designs) such as Ninja Master Gara, Thunder Empress Arshes Nei and more. 

Check out this anime, you won't be disappointed.   

THE MOVIE: A-
THE DVD EXTRAS: A- 
THE DVD OVERALL: A-

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