The Strike the Blood IV series will have a twelve-episode run as it adapts more of the novels while also adding an original work OVA into the mix. We learned back in December that the first OVA that was set for January 29th, 2020 was bumped back to an April 8th, 2020 debut but that hadn’t delayed any of the other volumes. At least until the COVID-19 pandemic came into play as the second volume was bumped from its original June 24th, 2020 date to a July 29th, 2020 release date. That volume is now starting to show off its artwork as we get a look at it below and it’s definitely going to continue to expand the look of the run.
Four new characters were cast with this OVA:
- Saya Aizawa as Shizuri Castiella Kasugaya
- Ayaka Asai as Yuno Amase
- Seiichirō Yamashita as Rui Miyazumi
- Sōma Saitō as The Blood
The property is based on the light novels of the same name by Gakuto Mikumo with artwork by Manyako, which began in 2011 and has twenty volumes to date. 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 an 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!?
|1||04/08/20||Booklet, Audio Commentary, Clean Opening, Clean Closing, Commercial|
|2||07/29/20||Booklet, Audio Commentary, Commercial|
[Source: Strike the Blood]