Strike the Blood II's Final Volume Delayed by 1 Month to May 24
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The official website of Strike the Blood II (Strike the Blood Second), the new original video anime (OVA) series adaptation of Gakuto Mikumo's Strike the Blood light novels, announced on Wednesday that the fourth and final Blu-ray Disc and DVD volume has been delayed to May 24 due to production issues. The release was originally slated for April 26.
Strike the Blood II is shipping as four two-episode volumes on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. The first volume (cover shown below left) shipped in November. The second volume shipped on December 23, and the third is slated for March 29.
Most of the cast returned for the new OVA series, which include Yoshimasa Hosoya as Kojō Akatsuki, Risa Taneda as Yukina Himeragi, Asami Seto as Asagi Aiba, Rina Hidaka as Nagisa Akatsuki, Ikumi Hayama as Sayaka Kirisaka, Ryota Ohsaka as Motoki Yaze, Kanae Itō as Kanon Kanase, and Hisako Kanemoto as Natsuki Minamiya. New cast members include Nao Tōyama as Yume Eguchi, and Yukiyo Fujii as Kiriha Kisaki. Both are new characters who first appear in the novel series' ninth volume, which the new OVA series portrays.
Risa Taneda performs the ending theme song as her character Yukina Himeragi.
The OVA's story starts by depicting the story in the ninth light novel volume, and will take place in Blue Elysium, a resort facility near Itogami Island.
Much of the staff from the television anime adaptation and the Strike the Blood: Valkyria no Ōkoku-hen OVA return for Strike the Blood II, including Hideyo Yamamoto as director at SILVER LINK./CONNECT, Hiroyuki Yoshino on series composition, Keiichi Sano on animation character design, Aiko Taira as art director, Yukiko Tanno on color design, Takeshi Hirooka as director of photography, Kentarou Tsubome on editing, Jin Aketagawa as sound director, Magic Capsule on sound production, Assumed Sounds on music, Green as the background studio, and REAL-T as the editing studio. Other staff members include:
Mechanical design: Mika Akitaka
Visual design/mechanical design cooperation: Barn Storm Design Lab
Art design: Toshinari Tanaka
Mecha/Creature Design: Kio Edamatsu, Satoshi Yuri
3D CGI Production: Wired
3D Production Cooperation: IKIF+
Photography studio: Nexus
The novel series inspired a 24-episode television anime series in 2013, as well as an earlier two-episode OVA project in November and December 2015. Crunchyroll streamed the television anime series as it aired in Japan. Discotek licensed the television anime for North American home video.
Yen Press is publishing the light novel series in North America. It published the fifth volume on January 31. TATE has been serializing a manga adaptation in Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine since 2012. The manga's ninth compiled book volume shipped last September.