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What the hell is Bastard!! ?

Discussion in 'Featured Manga of October 2010' started by Yak, Jun 1, 2008.

  1. Yak

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    Lots of people know about the awesomeness that is the Bastard!!-manga but only few are actually up to date with it and fully know what it is about.

    Q: What's Bastard!! ?


    Bastard!! is a manga created by Kazushi Hagiwara. It went into serial production in Shonen Jump originally as a shonen-manga (but for a more mature audience anyway) in 1988. Many years later after a longer break within the manga, Bastard!! is now published in Ultra Jump as a monthly seinen-manga. This said, its not only rather old but it has become one of the absolute manga legends anyone should know.



    Q: K, got that. But why is it so awesome?


    YOU FOOL!!! Why do you need to ask such a stupid question?! Bastard!! is awesome because of its unique mixture of styles and the countless references to Hard Rock and Heavy Metal that's intertwined with it.

    Since Hagiwara-sensei himself is a large fan of Heavy Metal he decided to name places, characters, events and spells after Heavy Metal bands, artists, songs or lyric references. Some of his character designs even mimic famous real-life artists, for example the vampire Dai Amon looks and is named after the musician and heavy metal artist King Diamond.

    Hagiwara also used a very whacky, unique humor in his manga which ridicules and makes fun of the nowadays typical and cliched shonen generics. There is lots of 4th-wall-breaking, the main character, wizard Dark Schneider is aware that he is the hero starring in a manga yet he behaves totally NOT like your typical shonen hero.

    Above all that, Hagiwara being also a fan of fantasy and Dungeons and Dragons scenario, managed make Bastard!! a manga with a unique, refreshing and truly amazing mix of deeply religious themes, science fiction, fantasy, horror, action and heavy metal. The storyline is superb and especially in the later volumes the art style has reached a height that is almost unrivalled in manga history.







    Changes of the art over time


    Q: How many volumes does the manga have yet?


    The manga currently has 25 volumes finished, volume 26 is a work in progress. There are also several side stories to the manga, for example the Unused Edition which is a special volume dealing with some off-panel incidents in between a flashback within the manga, which is rare to get outside of Japan and a novel series dealing with Dark Schneider's past which is called "Black Rainbow". Kazushi Hagiwara will go back to the manga storyline and continue releasing chapters in June 2008.


    Q: Cool! But why does it take so long for the chapters to come out? Is he lazy or what?



    NO HE IS NOT YOU FUCKWIT!!! :mad Seriously now, many people have wondered about that because other mangaka tend to take on breaks in between because they either ARE lazy or work on other side projects.

    Kazushi Hagiwara is very busy with side-projects as well of course but a main reason for him taking so long with chapter releases is his severe health condition. Years ago he suffered from two heart attacks and he is a strong diabetic, which means he has to take it slow. Respect Kazushi Hagiwara for his epic work despite his bad health condition and be patient like a good Bastard!!-fan. :)


    Q: What does this manga deal with again? What's the story about?


    Without trying to spoil too much, Bastard!! is a science-fiction-fantasy manga which plays in the 25th century. A great catastrophe has propelled the human civilisation back to the medieval age and monsters and magic roams everywhere. Starring in this manga is the main character, Dark Schneider, the most powerful wizard in the world. 15 years prior to the manga he was sealed inside the body of a small child and is held back as a last resort weapon in favour of the Kingdom of Metallicana.



    Dark Schneider wakes up and is not amused...

    When Metallicana is under attack by a group of four powerful fighters calling themselves the 'Riders of Havoc', Metallicana is forced to release Dark Schneider from his prison in order to defeat the enemy. But not only the 'Riders of Havoc' who try to ressurect the ancient Goddess of Destruction 'Anthrax' pose a problem. Dark Schneider himself is out to continue on his own quest which he couldn't finish when he was sealed 15 years ago: World Domination...
     
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  2. Lord Genome

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    Nice info

    Well since this is kinda a Q/A thread(kinda anyway), whats the chapter where DS beats the Third rider of Havoc guy?(Uriel i think his name was)

    Cause thats where i last left off some time ago
     
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    The third Rider of Havoc DS fights is Abigail

    He dies in chapter 68
     
  4. Athrum

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    Lol, it's funny how Dark is most of the time naked
     
  5. Yak

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    Yeah. :awesome He's great like that. :LOS
     
  6. Aldric

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    DS is kind of a manwhore :awesome
     
  7. Emperor Time

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    So Rushe and Dark Schneider are the same person? :huh
     
  8. Kamen Rider Ryoma

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    No. Luzi is Lucifer and Dark Schneider got sealed inside his body.
     
  9. Emperor Time

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    I see but isn't Satan, Dark Schneider father or is Lucifer and Satan not the same character?
     
  10. Kamen Rider Ryoma

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    Currently we're tending to 'not the same character'.
     
  11. Emperor Time

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    I see and thanks for clearing up that question I had as well.
     
  12. Ryuk

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    Thanks for the info, I will try to start reading it.:awesome
     
  13. C. Hook

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    Bastard's in the future? I didn't know that, and I've read the first 5 chapters...
     
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    Bastard is set in the future.
    Year 24xx more or less.
     
  15. KidTony

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    a more helpful bit of information would have been where the flying fuck to get Bastard!!.
     
  16. MichaelUN89

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    Bridal Lingerie
     
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    heavy metal reference, humor, epicest art
    this is verry revelent to my interest :33
     
  18. MichaelUN89

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    :LOS

    A little bit of promotion

    1Awesome Art (also check the girls on my avi and signature, both are from Bastard!!)
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    2hilarity

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    3.- Fan service of epic proportions like no other seinen has


    4.- Lot of mental/rock references

    5.- The main character is not an awful and stereotypical main character/hero.

    6.- The main character has had like over 400 girlfriends and he fucked with every single one xD

    Epic battles etc.
     
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    Bastard!! is awesome

    thread answered
     
  20. ichigeau

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    lol at first by seeing the character desing i founded it.... really not like
    but it look awesome
     
  21. riki-oh

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    why are there two exclamation marks

    i don't get it
     
  22. MichaelUN89

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    I do not know lol and who cares?
    Maybe
    Because those who are about to get wrecked by Darsh usually shout "Bastard!!", like when you are very surprised about something, you did not see it coming and you add a more than one exclamation mark to emphasize your surprise

    i.e.
     
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    The same reason there's a hyphen between riki and oh
     
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    only an unwashed brute would assail the majesty that is the hyphen
     
  25. Yak

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    Simple, you ditz! You are not supposed to read the manga's name out loud

    YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO YELL IT !!
     
  26. riki-oh

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    so is it like that one loser band

    bastard!! at the disco
     
  27. p-lou

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    :quite .
     
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    I will catch up to this later. It's on the list.

    Artwork's good.
     
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