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The purpose of this page is, naturally, to give you an intro to the story. Of course, if you've been to other BASTARD!! pages (esp. the anime ones) before, you will have undoubtly read this a million and one times already. To take out the chance of monotony, I shall make my summary ... more ... informative!! But, uh, due to my sorry knowledge of Japanese, please keep in mind that some of what's written MAY BE a tad inaccurate. ^^ Therefore, corrections are welcomed! ^___^
What is BASTARD!!?
BASTARD!!, by Hagiwara Kazushi and STUDIO LOUD IN SCHOOL, is a sci-fi fantasy manga complete with humour, lots of violence, gore, ladies with seemingly overly large breast implants, gratuitous scenes of naked guys and gals, and most of all, it stars a volatile, egotistic semi-anti-hero who happens to adore beautiful naked ladies with seemingly overly large breast implants. The story actually began in 1987 as a one shot mini-story called WIZARD!!: Bakuen no seifukusha in the shounen manga anthology, WEEKLY [Shonen] JUMP. Due to popular demand, WIZARD!! evolved into the manga this page is dedicated too. ^-^ Originally, it was serialized weekly but was later moved to JUMP's monthly collection and then finally, the quarterly edition. Apparently, Hagiwara was unable to keep up with the demands of the weekly and monthly schedule. (I also heard that he had a nervous breakdown at one point @_@) I think some time later on, BASTARD!! was completely put on hiatus. However, it is NOW back in JUMP yet chapters are still only available on an irregular basis; that is, the manga is in JUMP every few weeks. =/
BASTARD!! is currently up to volume 20 (released early December, 1998) For information on where you can get your copies of the manga, check the FAQ. ^-^ And now, onto the story intro ...
In the beginning ...
The Christian Era Year 200X
Utilizing the science of bio-technology and cybernetics, Man embarked on an ambitious quest to create the ultimate bio-weapon. This was known as the Hakaishin (destructive god) Project. Unfortunately, the success of the project resulted in a cataclysmic tragedy. In July 2008, the main unit, AnslaĚSax, unleashed itself on the world and destroyed much of the population. However, its rampage was stopped by the mysterious Dragon Warrior. Upon AnslaĚSax's defeat, the Dragon Warrior contained the destructive god within four seals. These seals were later scattered to the four kingdoms of Metallion . . .
400 years later ...
The downfall of humanity led to the banishment of science (regarded as the magic of the ancient world) and forced survivors to rebuild civilization through mundane means. Reduced to a medieval-like state, a 'new' type of magic established itself in this young society: sorcery (a.k.a. ... well, magic ^^). Of course, like science and the wonders of technology of the past, there are those that use magic for pernicious means.
Ye Olde Case in Point: The Golem War
15 years prior to the start of tankoubon 1, a powerful yet ruthless, reckless, arrogant, and handsome wizard by the name of Dark Schneider (DĚS) waged a devastating war against the four ruling families of Whites Neiki, Meta=llicarna, Aian Meide, and Judas for the sake of world domination.
To achieve this goal, DĚS created an impressive army of golems; thus, this war was known as the Golem War. Alongside DĚS overlooking the battle was his faithful Shitennou (loosely translated as the 4 Heaven(ly) Kings/Emperors, 4 Sky Kings/Emperors; can also be read as 4 Kings/Emperors of the Sky or 4 Kings/Emperors of the Heavens ... I really hope you do get the point).
One by one the kingdoms fell, helpless against the onslaught of the massive creatures. The remaining army, led by the Prince of Meta=llicarna, Larz, confronted DĚS but alas, they too were no match for him. Yet it was at this moment of desperation that the tide turned. By the power of the Ten Sages of Europea, Larz was fused with the Dragon Warrior, endowing him with unimaginable power -- and it was with this power that allowed him to overcome the dark wizard. Finally, the High Priest of the battlion, Geo, imprisoned Dark Schneider in the body of a baby Rusie Renren . . .
Pseudo works cited:
All info compiled up to this point is from The Bible of BASTARD!!.
Special thanks to Akane and Yuujin for translating parts of the summaries found in the aforementioned "book".
The Present ...
The Shitennou of Dark Schneider are continuing his dream and to hasten their means to conquest, they plan on releasing the ancient god that sleeps within the depths of Judas. Only by retrieving and breaking the four seals will they succeed . . .
Thus begins the story of BASTARD!!: Destructive God of Darkness . . .