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Strike the Blood Anime Gets 4th OVA Series, Original OVA Episode in 2020 (Updated)

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Key visual revealed for original OVA episode; 4th OVA season to have 12 episodes

The "Dengeki Bunko Aki no Namahōsō Festival" event on Sunday revealed that the Strike The Blood franchise is getting both an original video anime (OVA) episode and a fourth OVA series in 2020.

The original episode OVA is titled Strike The Blood: Kieta Seisō-hen (Disappearing Holy Lance Arc). A key visual for the OVA episode is below.

The fourth OVA season is titled Strike The Blood IV (Strike the Blood Fourth). Strike The Blood IV will have a total of 12 episodes, with two episodes on each of the six home video releases.

The Strike The Blood: Kieta Seisō-hen OVA will ship on January 29, 2020, and the first installment of the Strike The Blood IV OVA will debut on March 25, 2020. The subsequent releases for the fourth OVA season will ship on June 24; September 30; December 23; March 24, 2021; and June 30, 2021.

Both anime feature the same staff, including director Hideyo Yamamoto, scriptwriter Hiroyuki Yoshino, composer Assumed Sounds, and animation studio CONNECT. Kishida Kyōdan & The Akeboshi Rockets will perform the opening theme song, and Risa Taneda will perform the ending theme song for both anime. Both anime will feature a returning cast.

The school action fantasy story of Strike The Blood begins with Kojō Akatsuki, a boy deemed the "fourth progenitor" — the world's most powerful vampire, once thought to only exist in legend and lore. In the Itogamijima special zone for demons, a girl named Yukina Himeragi is entrusted with watching over the vampire and if needed, hunting him down.

Gakuto Mikumo's original novel series inspired a 24-episode television anime series in 2013, as well as two OVA seasons in 2015 and 2016-2017. Crunchyroll streamed the television anime series as it aired in Japan. Discotek licensed the television anime for North American home video.

Strike The Blood III, the third Strike The Blood OVA season, shipped in five installments between December 2018 and September 25. Each release featured two episodes, for a total of 10 episodes. The season covered up to volume 17 of Gakuto Mikumo's original light novel series, as well as the end of the "Holy War" (Seisen) arc.

Yen Press is publishing the light novel series in North America. TATE has been serializing a manga adaptation in Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine since 2012.

Update: Added staff, cast, release date information, and video. Also corrected episode count. Sources: Comic Natalie, Strike the Blood Fourth anime's website

Sources: Dengeki Bunko Aki no Namahōsō Festival livestream, Dengeki Online (Tekeon)

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