The Strike the Blood TV series found itself a streaming home originally through Crunchyroll with Discotek Media bringing it out on Blu-ray. The OVA series that have followed haven’t had as much luck as there are four of them with the fourth one getting underway in 2020. Netflix Japan has now revealed its pickup of the first three OVA series for streaming on their service which begins in full on June 1st, 2020. Normally, we don’t mention what Netflix Japan gets because, for pre-existing series, it’s usually just additional distribution and doesn’t impact overseas deals. With these three OVA series not being licensed or streamed overseas, however, this could be a sign that we’ll see them get worldwide distribution later in multilingual form. So keep your fingers crossed.
The property is based on the light novels of the same name by Gakuto Mikumo with artwork by Manyako, which began in 2011. A manga adaptation began in 2012 summer that’s progressing slowly with artwork be Tate.
The cast includes 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, Hisako Kanemoto as Natsuki Minamiya, and Yuka Iguchi as Astarte.
The TV series and previous two OVA series had Hideyo Yamamoto directing based on scripts by Hiroyuki Yoshino with character designs by Keiichi Sano. Discotek Media has picked up the home video rights for the TV show in North America.
Plot Concept: The Fourth Primogenitor—That’s the world’s strongest vampire that should only exist in legends. Accompanied by twelve Kenjuu and spreading calamity, this phantom vampire appeared in Japan. For the observation and obliteration of this Fourth Primogenitor, the government and Lion King decided to dispatch an attack mage known as a Sword Shaman. However, for some reason, the one chosen for the observation was a apprentice Sword Shaman girl, Himegari Yukina. Wielding the strongest anti-primogenitor spirit spear, Yukina arrived at Demon District, Itogami City. What is the true identity of the Fourth Primogenitor, Akatsuki Kojou, she encountered over there!?
『ストライク・ザ・ブラッド I OVA』
『ストライク・ザ・ブラッド II OVA』
『ストライク・ザ・ブラッド Ⅲ OVA』
— Netflix Japan Anime (@NetflixJP_Anime) May 22, 2020