Bastard!!: Heavy Metal’s explicit depiction of sex and violence makes the anime too dull and conventional to be shocking in any way.
Kodoani.com – As its trailer is perfectly clear, Bastard!!: Heavy Metal, the rebooted Dark Fantasy, now available to watch on Netflix, isn’t for everyone. The first 13 episodes of the anime that were released were anything but small family-friendly, filled with gore and sexualization to ensure that the series could only be released as a non-movie. shown.
While a second season of the completed anime with a 24-episode title will be released in late 2022, these first episodes leave little to the imagination and will likely appeal to fans of the final original manga. ’80s or early ’90s OVA. This is because, despite its updated artwork and animation, Bastard!!: Heavy Metal, the anime is clearly not interested in reducing any themes. any issues in the past – and paradoxically, this also makes anime too conventional for any reason in a shocking or sensationalistic way.
Fans familiar with anime of the 80s and 90s will no doubt recall that a lot of the OVA titles released at this time in the West were heavy on explicit violence and sexual content. From Kite and Ninja Scroll to Gunsmith Cats and Violence Jack, foreign audiences got all the sex and carnage they could ask for. Anime is no exception – a post-apocalyptic dark fantasy whose author, Hagiwara Kazushi, has infused both Dungeons & Dragons and heavy metal music into his work.
If the 2022 adaptation of Bastard !! There’s no bright spot, that’s it’s very self-aware. The anime doesn’t take itself too seriously – in fact, much of its more ‘adult’ content is played for laughs, inviting viewers to nod their heads and intentionally smile rather than being stunned or annoyed by the depictions on its screen—there’s the first bloodshed or head-to-head nudity, the latter of which stops at outright pornography in certain episodes. In other words, regardless of its graphic nature, the content presented as something is more or less refreshing, if not good.
However, its graphics are part of what makes Bastard!! a strangely dull anime. When audiences get so engrossed in X-rated content and stories deliver regularly that it’s inevitable that the viewing experience quickly becomes tedious and tedious. Bastard!! throwing her fan service out there whenever the opportunity arises, especially when it comes to sexually assaulting women, feels not only immature but practically predestined. While it is certainly possible to portray women as both sexy and powerful, Bastard!! makes no effort to give any of its female characters self-determination, let alone character development – and all of this is sadly predictable.
With history, target audience and overall tone and theme, Bastard!! can be said to be the product of many eras. It’s the kind of series that intentionally presents itself as dark and disgusting while showing more dark stuff in a comedic way, from how humans or monsters destroy their enemies in a rain of blood and guts to a completely meaningless depiction of sex “torture.” Designed to appeal to teens looking for something disgusting and “shrewd” and older audiences looking longing for the “good old days” of extremely sexual, extremely violent anime OVAs, which is not surprising at all.
In a vacuum, anime could have been more scandalous, maybe even, in a roundabout, thought-provoking way. As part of an older trend whose main concern seems to be going back to a time when many anime OVAs tried to shock and offend, the production isn’t just unimaginative or repetitive. but also utterly cliché and – ironically of all – boring.