The Dengeki Bunko Aki no Namahousou Festival event announced a fourth original video anime series and a special episode for Gakuto Mikumo's Strike the Blood light novel on Sunday. Titled Strike the Blood IV, the new series will be released in six volumes, each containing two episodes.
The first volume of the fourth series will debut on March 25, 2020. The subsequent volumes will release on June 24, 2020; September 30, 2020; December 23, 2020; March 24, 2021; and June 30, 2021.
A key visual for the special original video episode, subtitled Kieta Seisou-hen, was also revealed (pictured right). Warner Bros. Japan will ship the special episode on January 29, 2020.
J-rock band Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets and voice actress Risa Taneda, who voices the female protagonist Yukina Himeragi, will perform the opening and ending theme, "Akatsuki no Kaleido Blood" and "Dear My Hero," respectively. The main staff and cast will reprise their roles from the previous anime installments. Connect will once again produce both original video anime.
Dengeki Bunko began publishing the school action fantasy novel in 2011, featuring illustrations by Manyako. The 15th volume marked the ending of the series' first part in May 2016, and the second part followed with the 16th volume in December that year. Kadokawa published the 20th volume on June 8.
The third original video anime series, entirely produced by Connect, debuted in December 2018 and ended with ten episodes on September 25. The latest series covered up to the 17th volume, as well as the Seisen-hen (Holy War arc).
Discotek Media licensed the television anime in North America and released it on Blu-ray and DVD in November 2016. Yen Press licensed both the light novel and manga adaptation in English in January 2015 and published the 12th light novel volume on May 21, with the 13th volume scheduled for an October 15 release. The tenth and final manga volume went on sale in April 2018.