Based on the manga series of the same name written and illustrated by Kazushi Hagiwara, ‘Bastard!! -Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy-‘ or ‘Bastard!! Ankoku no Hakaishin’ is a fun and raunchy ONA full of action, adventure and heavy metal references. The story follows Dark Schneider, the most powerful wizard in the world. 15 years ago he conquered almost the whole world, but he was defeated and his mind was sealed in his reincarnation, Lucien Renlen. However, when his former disciples try to bring back an ancient evil, the people have no choice but to bring him back.
Middle and ending credit scenes are traditionally used to give audiences a glimpse of what’s to come and keep them engaged. Almost all episodes of the first season of ‘Bastard’ have a closing credits scene, which serves as a link to the next episode. Since ‘Bastard’ is a split-cour anime, the 24 episodes are divided into two cours, with the first containing 13 episodes and the second 11 episodes. In every way they are two separate seasons. The closing credits scene in the Season 1 finale effectively connects Season 1 to Season 2. Here’s everything you need to know about it. SPOILERS FORWARD.
The finale mainly revolves around the ongoing battle between Dark Schneider and Thunder Empress Arshes Nei, a half-human, half-dark elf adoptive daughter and former lover of Dark Schneider. Their struggle brings out all the anger and frustration Arshes harbors towards Dark Schneider. They were together for 100 years and she became one of his four disciples, along with Abigail, Gara and Kall-Su. However, she also felt alienated and humiliated because Dark Schneider had amassed a harem. In the 15 years that Dark Schneider has been gone, Arshes’ resentment towards him has only grown.
After Dark Schneider defeats the three wizard generals of Arshes – Sean Ari, Kai Harn and Di-amon – by seducing the first two and exorcising the third, an enraged Thunder Empress decides to face him herself. However, Dark Priest Abigail is questioning her commitment to their cause now that Dark Schneider has returned. She allows him to cast the Accused spell on her to prove she was still loyal, unlike the Sorcerer Generals and Gara, who has already defected to Dark Schneider. If Arshes loses her battle with Dark Schneider or joins him, the color of the nail where the curse is placed changes from blue to purple to red. When it turns crimson, Arshes will be transformed into an immortal, hideous toad.
During their battle, both Dark Schneider and Arshes cast Helloween, the ultimate spell of destruction. Just as Dark Schneider’s spell begins to overwhelm Arshes, Lucien appears before him and tells him about the suspect’s spell. Arshes does not want to die from the curse, nor does she want to kill Dark Schneider. This prompts the evil wizard to cast his Helloween spell elsewhere.
In the closing credits scene, Dark Schneider approaches Arshes and rips his heart out, committing suicide and fulfilling the vision of the royal family prophet. As mentioned above, Dark Schneider also used Accused and managed to negate its effects. He knew he had to sacrifice his own life to save Arshes. According to the original manga series, Dark Schneider later revives himself, and Arshes becomes the second of his original four disciples to rejoin him after Gara.
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