A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages about putting the greater good above one's personal needs.
Positive Role Models
Characters show courage, empathy, and ingenuity.
Violence & Scariness
The action/fantasy series routinely features swordfights, magic battles, and other violent/scary moments. There's a plotline about a romance between a child and his caretaker.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters are seen in bed together, female frontal nudity is shown, and there's a plotline about a romance between a child and his caretaker.
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Moderate profanity is used throughout: the "f--k," "ass," "s--t," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are occasionally seen drinking what is presumably alcohol. No drug use or smoking are shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bastard!! is an anime fantasy action series based on a long-running manga of the same name. Bastard!! takes some inspiration from '80s thrash metal, with references to bands like Metallica and Anthrax throughout. The central plot revolves around a dark wizard who has been living within the body of a timid 14-year-old boy, and his strange relationship with the young woman who releases him. Even beyond that, the series contains some edgy sexual content, including frontal female nudity and bedroom scenes. One plotline involves a romance between a child and his caretaker.
Is It Any Good?
The thrash metal bands that Kazushi Hagiwara's series draws inspiration from typically undergird their speed and intensity with legitimate musical sophistication. Hagiwara's Bastard!! may feature pyrotechnics when it comes to pace and action sequences, but it lacks the depth of its muses. Beneath the surface is a muddled, chaotic story that sprawls out in too many directions at once, using its metal associations mostly for showmanship (character names, costumes, easter eggs) rather than artistry.
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