The official Twitter account for the Strike the Blood anime franchise revealed on Friday that due to «production circumstances,» the release date for the second and final Blu-ray Disc and DVD volume of Strike The Blood FINAL has been pushed back a month. starting June 29. to July 29.
Additionally, the anime franchise’s official website streamed a commercial for the second volume.
Strike The Blood FINAL is the fifth and final original video anime (OVA) «season» based on Gakuto Mikumo’s Strike the Blood light novel series, and adapts the 22nd and final main volume of the Strike the Blood light novel in four episodes. The first two-episode volume shipped on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on March 30.
Megumi Han joins the cast as Raadorii Ren (romanized spelling is unofficial), the younger sister of MAR leader Shafrial Ren.
Kishida Kyōdan & The Akeboshi Rockets interpreta el tema de apertura “Akatsuki no Kaleid Blood”. Risa Taneda interpreta el tema final “Engagement ~ Yakusoku ~” como su personaje Yukina Himeragi.
The new OVA features returning cast and staff including director Hideyo Yamamoto, screenwriter Hiroyuki Yoshino, character designer Keiichi Sano (along with Hideki Furukawa), sound director Jin Aketagawa at Magic sound production studio Capsule, composer Assumed Sounds, and animation studio CONNECT.
The main story of Mikumo’s Strike the Blood novel series ended in the 22nd compiled book volume in August 2020.
The novels debuted in 2011 with illustrations by Manyako. Strike the Blood’s school action fantasy story begins with Kojō Akatsuki, a boy considered the «Fourth Progenitor»: the world’s most powerful vampire, once thought to exist only in legend and lore. In the special area for demons in Itogamijima, a girl named Yukina Himeragi is in charge of keeping an eye on the vampire and, if necessary, hunting him down.
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 anime television series as it aired in Japan. Discotek licensed the television anime for North American home video. Crunchyroll is streaming the first two OVAs and will also stream the third OVA.
Strike The Blood III, the third season of the Strike the Blood OVA, shipped in five installments between December 2018 and September 2019. Each release featured two episodes, for a total of 10 episodes. The season covered up to volume 17 of Mikumo’s original series, as well as the end of the «Holy War» (Seisen) arc.
The Strike The Blood IV OVA series debuted its first two-episode home video release in April 2020 after a delay. The second volume of the OVA was delayed from June 2020 to July 2020 due to the pandemic. The remaining four volumes (each containing two episodes) shipped in October 2020, December 2020, March 2021, and June 2021.
The special OVA Strike The Blood: Kieta Seisō-hen (Disappearing Holy Lance Arc) shipped in January 2020, and was the first in the franchise to tell an original story episode not in Mikumo’s novels.