Familiar faces await in this new adventure.
Earlier today, fans flocked to the Dengeki Game Festival 2018 fan event. During the show, Dengeki Bunko announced that a new Strike the Blood OVA, titled Strike the Blood III (“Strike the Blood Third”) is in the works. The publisher unveiled the cast and crew for the project, as well as a trailer.
We break the details down below.
The minute-long trailer features a series of quick cuts between high-energy action sequences as a wailing guitar riff plays in the background.
The series will star the following:
- Kojō Akatsuki: Yoshimasa Hosoya
- Yukina Himeragi: Risa Taneda
- Asagi Aiba: Asami Seto
- Nagisa Akatsuki: Rina Hidaka
- Sayaka Kirisaka: Ikumi Hayama
- Motoki Yaze: Ryota Ohsaka
- Natsuki Minamiya: Hisako Kanemoto
- Astarte: Yuka Iguchi
The cast members are reprising their roles from previous entries in the series.
The core team from the previous OVA will return to work on Strike the Blood III.
Hideyo Yamamoto (Strike The Blood, The Prince of Tennis II) will direct the project at studios Silver Link and Connect, as Keiichi Sano (Absolute Duo, Heaven’s Memo Pad) provides character designs. Hiroyuki Yoshino is in charge of series composition.
According to the official website, the new series will run through the end of the “Holy War” (“Seisen”) arc. This should carry the title through Light Novel Volume 17, plot-wise.
Strike the Blood was first released under ASCII Media Works’s Dengeki Bunko imprint in May 2011. The series spans eighteen volumes to date, the latest of which hit Japanese retailers on November 10, 2017.
The title spawned an ongoing manga in 2012, which currently runs in Dengeki Daioh magazine.
An anime adaptation of Strike the Blood was also produced, which aired during in the Fall 2013 broadcast season. Takao Sano served as chief director on the project at Silver Link, with Hideyo Yamamoto (The Prince of Tennis II) serving as director. Keiichi Sano (Absolute Duo) provided character designs on the project, while Hiroyuki Yoshino (Accel World, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic) took charge of series composition.
The most recent OVA, Strike the Blood II, spanned eight episodes and ran from November 2016 through May 2017.
In North America, Yen Press distributes the Strike the Blood light novels and manga. Discotek Media currently holds the rights to the anime, which is available in its entirety on Crunchyroll.