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Netflix has given a season 2 renewal order (probably long before today) to the hit anime series. BASTARD!! -Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy- which will return for 15 new episodes in 2023.

Directed by Takaharu Ozaki, the Japanese anime series (which has a 6.7 on IMDb) is about what happens when the forces of evil threaten to resurrect Anthrasax, the God of Destruction, the Kingdom of Metal-llicana calls upon a volatile dark wizard for help.

The series is produced for Netflix by Warner Bros. Japan Anime.

After its first season released on Netflix on June 30, 2022, it spent two weeks in the global top 10 collecting 18.28 million hours between June 26 and July 10.

Here’s how his figures break down by the hour:

week period Hours seen (M) Range Week in the Top 10
June 26, 2022 to July 3, 2022 8,960,000 8 one
July 3, 2022 to July 10, 2022 9,320,000 (+4%) 8 2

According to our data, it was the sixth most popular anime series in the top 10 in 2022, with hunter x hunter topping the list.

BASTARD!! -Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy- will return for 15 episodes in 2023

On January 9, as part of a live broadcast found on the Netflix anime channel, the series creator, producers, and voice actors announced that the series would be returning for new episodes:

“As people of our generation who are fans of the original manga, we know that there is so much more to it and it only gets better. I was over the moon to hear that the anime will continue.»

What is the adaptation of the second season? The additional episodes will cover volumes 8 through 12 of the manga, leading up to Hell’s Requiem.

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Producer Tsuruoka told us more about Hell’s Requiem on the live stream, saying, «The story goes far beyond the story depicted in the bonus episodes,» adding, «This story was the most popular in the manga actually. Many new characters appear, and we also get to see the fateful showdown between Dark Schneider and Kall-Su. To offer every detail of this part of the story, Hell’s Requiem will consist of 15 episodes.»

Speaking about how far along production is on the series, Tsuruoka said, «Production actually started a while ago, so we’ve already shot a lot.»

The main staff members will continue to work on the series, and all cast members will return.

The full live stream can be seen below, which begins with a quiz before diving into the news of the second season order.