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From Viz:
In a post-apocalyptic world of heavy metal fantasy, the only thing able to save humans from orcs, lizard men, and other monsters is something even MORE evil. Sealed within a 14-year-old boy, the chaotic wizard Dark Schneider is unleashed to fight four mighty generals and their plot to resurrect the evil god Anthrasax.

Kazushi Hagiwara published numerous complementary dōjinshi for the series, most being hentai. Vol 1 & 2 of the Complete Edition feature redrawn art (mostly in Vol 2), additional scenes and two graphic sex scenes.


Related Series
Bastard!! dj - Expansion Set (Alternate Story)

Associated Names
Bastard!! Destructive God of Darkness
Bastard!! Heavy Metal Dark Fantasy
BASTARD!! ~암흑의 파괴신~
BASTARD!! อสูรร้าย จอมราชัน (SIC)
Bastard!! 暗黑之破坏神
Bastard!! 暗黑的破坏神
Bastard!! 暗黑破坏神
BASTARD!!: Ankoku no Hakaishin
نذل!! المعادن الثقيلة ، الخيال المظلم
バスタード!! 暗黒の破壊神

Groups Scanlating
Dead Sea Scans
Kindan no Aku
Inglorious Scans

Latest Release(s)
v.18 c.98-100.5 by B/a/stard 6 months ago
v.17 c.94-97.5 by B/a/stard 6 months ago
v.16 c.92-93.3 by B/a/stard 6 months ago
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in Country of Origin
27 Volumes (Hiatus)
9 Volumes (Complete Edition - Ongoing)
9 Volumes (Bunkoban - Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 0 (OVA/S1P1) / Vol 8, Chap 70 (S2)
Ends at Vol 6, Chap 45 Page 7 Skips Chap 16-21, 28-33 (OVA) / Vol 8, Chap 69 (S1P2) / Vol 13, Chap 83 (S2)

User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 7.6 / 10.0 (263 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.47 / 10.0

Last Updated
March 26th 2024, 8:15am



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Ultra Jump (Shueisha)
Shuukan Shounen Jump (Shueisha)
Gekkan Shounen Jump (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (Canceled / 19 Vols)

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Year Pos #2108 decreased(-5)

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The best drawn manga EVER!  
by Hellfirethegatekeeper
May 16th, 2023, 9:14am
Rating: N/A
I do not say this lightly. The first 5 volumes are very good for the time they were published, but then it just keeps getting better and better drawn. The part from volume 19 onward is just GODLY. I read a ton of manga but I never seen anything like it. And I know about Nihei, Miura(RIP), Hirano and many others but THIS tops them all for me. A badass male protagonist, metal references everywhere, a continuous escalation of action and violence and some silliness from time to time. On one side I wish this manga would end after 30 years of keeping the faith, but on the other I wish it would just keep on going forever... Anyways, I can't recommend this enough! Especially to Guilty Gear fans!
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I'd rate it higher but...  
by MemeYakuza2019
January 24th, 2022, 8:54am
Rating: 7.8  / 10.0
it shares a similar issue with Negima (and probably many other series) where it doesn't take itself serious enough in moments where it should except it is worse in Bastard!! than in the aforementioned manga

Don't get me wrong while I do find the silliness quite funny, sometimes it is just way too over the top

... Last updated on January 24th, 2022, 2:37pm
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please revive it  
by skydeathgrimm
March 24th, 2016, 7:30am
Rating: N/A
it might be silly, it might be inappropriate for a lot of people, but its addicting.

the silliness, the action, the magic, the insane main character, the romance and the gruesome ends of the enemies are all what make bastard!! the gem it is! dont tell me that fight scene between two gigantic armored creature that even broke the dimension of hell and crashed unto earth doesn't impressed you with the feels of a brother turned insane by the loss of his sister and the awesome art depicting the entire fight. '

tl/dr : someone please pick it up.
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Epitome of a great shounen manga, but...  
by MeisterKleister
March 1st, 2013, 7:50pm
Rating: 7.5  / 10.0
I remember reading the first 20 or so translated volumes quite a while back, so my memory might be a bit fuzzy...

I loved the artwork, the action, the sexy girls, the background story and I thought the evil uber-powerful *sshole magician turned good *sshole uber-powerful protagonist magician was pretty cool.

However, I still remember there being a few scenes, that to me personally almost ruined this manga: Whenever a villain did something exceptionally cruel/gruesome on-screen, it was followed by that villain laughing and rejoicing in a comically drawn way.
For example, I remember a scene where
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they explicitly show the gruesomely skewered bodies of several men, then a mother gets killed in front of her young daughter and then her daughter's eyes get gorged out by the 3-foot villain. And then that short villain laughs and he is drawn in this style when characters act silly.

I think this juxtaposition of explicit gruesome cruelty and then silly drawing style is intended by the author to make children who read the manga feel less scared, but I think it's just plain terrible.
It's not about the way the villain acted, but about the way he was depicted. I just thought that totally ruins the tone of those scenes.

Anyway, that might just be me.

... Last updated on March 1st, 2013, 7:54pm
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The hero is fun XD  
by Pebble_
June 2nd, 2012, 11:19am
Rating: N/A
Of course the portrayal of women in this manga is downright awful, but who really cares? At least the hero is coherent in his behaviour. biggrin
It's refreshing to see such a cocky bastard as the hero, and the manga doesn't take itself too seriously. SO, great read imo.
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All I can say is...hmm...  
by ymoua
June 9th, 2010, 2:37pm
Rating: N/A
So I've read all of the chapters that's out and I've been patiently waiting for the newer what's going on is Bastard on haitis or what?

The drawings are some what really old looking but the story makes up for what it lacks. Although sometimes I find myself in the what just happened mood and go back to read--sometimes that's helpful, not really since it usually gets explained later.

Like usn014 there were parts where it went down for a bit, but I stuck with it! That I did! And here I am still waiting for the chapters!!

Oh yes, there are many echii parts because of DS's nature although it gets weird when get to the chapter that shows that past? which volume was it?? as you can see it's been a while...and here I'm waiting to see what's going to happen!!! ARG~~ the suspense SUSPENSE!!! Oh the weird part is that the past doesn't look like their present...if you read it you'll understand what i mean.

I'll be so sadden if it gets dropped without finding out what happens!! So sad

... Last updated on June 9th, 2010, 2:39pm
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like a Phoenix  
by usn014
April 29th, 2010, 5:35am
Rating: 8.0  / 10.0
this manga began ok. than it died. miserably. very often i was wondering why im wasting life and god breath on it. until recently. around v15. this manga rises again. the art is now outstanding. the story actually has a great background and the references that it derives the plot from are very shrewd. i have to say its one of my favorites now. it took WWWAAAAAYYYYYY too long for it to get good though. not everyone is willing to go through about 11 Sh*tty volumes. but now its a definite go. a definate read. im glad i stuck to it now. must read. if you have patience and are willing to go through some rough to find a diamond, than read this manga.
PS. the rough, is ROUGH lol
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by Tiamat
November 30th, 2009, 5:43pm
Rating: 2.0  / 10.0
I stopped this manga after chapter 14 (near end of v02). The story is just unbearably trashy. It's like something a grade schooler could come up with. Main guy has to beat the 4 bad generals who are trying to revive the demon god thing etc. and the fights themselves are equally mindless.
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He fights this fire ifrit thing and it supposedly is immune to fire but the main guy uses the ifrits own fire against him and it beats him somehow. Then he fights this ninja guy and each of them lose an arm. After the fight they just reattach their arms with no explanation. Retarded.
I did not find the characters likable or the humor funny either.

normally I wouldn't give a rating this low but I feel like my intelligence was insulted just by reading it. the author just doesn't seem to give a crap about the story he's telling

... Last updated on March 5th, 2010, 11:40pm
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It gets better...  
by RilleL
January 15th, 2008, 8:16am
Rating: 7.0  / 10.0
The story gets better, how unlikely that seems, although the ecchi can get a bit over the top sometimes. I'm wondering sometimes if he has to grope every girl in the manga. -.-
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So hooked on it!  
by Mandy_Manga
November 29th, 2007, 11:11pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
Started off watching the short anime cartoon series of it, but that didn't have a ending, so i looked for the manga story and found lots. Totally loved it! I think it has a great balance of humor, romance, and kick ass-ness! I only wish i knew how to read Japanese, cuz only 9 volumes of it has been translated to English that i've found. bigrazz so jealous of all you lucky folks that have read up to volume 23! bigrazz

... Last updated on November 30th, 2007, 12:13am
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