The official website of the anime series adapting Gakuto Mikumo's Strike the Blood light novel announced a fifth and final original video anime (OVA) season on Wednesday. The new OVA season will adapt the 22nd and final volume, Akatsuki no Gaisen (Akatsuki's Triumphant Return). Warner Bros. Japan also posted an announcement promo.
The cast members are reprising their roles. Production staff returning from the previous anime installments are as follows:
Mikumo began publishing the school action fantasy novel through Dengeki Bunko 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 22nd and final volume on August 7 last year. Strike the Blood has a cumulative 3.2 million copies of its volumes in circulation.
The first anime season, adapting the first six volumes, aired over two quarters beginning Fall 2013. A two-part OVA based on an original story by Mikumo shipped in 2015.
Silver Link. and Connect returned to co-produce a second OVA series, which was distributed between November 2016 and May 2017. The eight-episode series spanned four home video installments and covered volumes nine through twelve.
The third OVA season, entirely produced by Connect, was released from December 2018 and September 2019. The third series ran for ten episodes, adapting up to the 17th volume, as well as the Seisen-hen (Holy War arc). The fourth and latest OVA season debuted in August 2020 and ended with 12 episodes on Wednesday. The fourth season covered volumes 18 through 21.
Discotek Media licensed the television anime in North America and released it on home video in November 2016. Yen Press licensed both the light novel and manga adaptation in English in January 2015 and published the 18th light novel volume on June 1. The tenth and final manga volume shipped in April 2018.