Updated November 7, 2018: Added trailer video for Strike The Blood Season 3 and updated cast list.
The Strike The Blood Season 3 release date has officially been confirmed. Called Strike The Blood Third (or Strike The Blood 3), the third season is a series of Strike The Blood OVA episodes that will be released as home video releases from December 2018 through September 2018. What’s more, the number of episodes will be more than Strike The Blood Season 2 (or OVA 2).
This article provides everything that is known about Strike The Blood Season 3 and all related news. As such, this article will be updated over time with news, rumors, and analysis. Meanwhile, let’s delve down into what is known for certain.
Strike The Blood light novels compared to the anime
The story for the anime is based on the Strike The Blood light novel series by author Gakuto Mikumo and illustrator Manyako. Published since May 2011, the book series is already up to Volume 18 as of November 2017. Strike The Blood Volume 19 is scheduled to release on November 10, 2018.
The Strike The Blood manga adaptation was created by the original author and artist Tate. With the Strike The Blood manga ending in March 2017, Volume 10 was the last and final volume to be released.
The English translation of both the manga and light novel series is being handled by Yen Press. As of April 17, 2018, the English manga finished the ending in Volume 10, whereas the English light novels are only up to Volume 10. Volume 11 is scheduled to release on January 22, 2019, and Volume 12 on May 21, 2019.
Originally released in 2012, the first season of the anime series adapted six volumes of the original light novel series into 24 episodes. The 2015 OVA Strike The Blood: Kingdom of the Valkyria (Valkyia no Oukoku-hen) was an original story written by Gakuto.
The pacing accelerated after that since the eight episodes of Strike The Blood Season 2 (OVA 2) adapted three story arcs from volumes 9, 10, 12. Therefore, fans of the series should go back and read the volumes that were skipped by the anime adaptation.
Strike The Blood Season 3 is expected to cover the story events of the Holy War (Seisen) arc. That means the third season should find an ending in Volume 17: The Broken Holy Spear, which is the ending of the Holy War story arc.
Strike The Blood Season 3 release date
Animation studios Silver Link and Connect have confirmed that the Strike The Blood Season 3 release date will happen from 2018 through 2019. The number of episodes for Strike The Blood 3 will be 10 in total, which means this third season is longer than the eight episodes of Strike The Blood Season 3 (OVA 2).
Each of the five Blu-Ray/DVD home video releases will include two episodes. The box sets will release in Japan on December 19, 2018, March 27, 2019, May 29, 2019, July 24, 2019, and September 25, 2019.
Director Hideyo Yamamoto is returning to helm the project for studio Connect. Hiroyuki Yoshino will again write the screenplays, Keiichi Sano is again creating the anime character designs, and Jin Aketagawa is overseeing the sound creation at Magic Capsule.
The Strike The Blood 3 OP song will be Blood and Emotions by Kishida Kyodan and The Akeboshi Rockets. The ending theme song is Love Stoic by Risa Taneda.
Here is the full Strike The Blood cast that’s been announced thus far.
- Yoshimasa Hosoya as Kojo 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
- Yuka Iguchi as Astarte
- Sayaka Senbongi as Yuiri Haba
- Kaede Hondo as Shio Hikawa
- Misaki Watada as Glenda
- Lynn as December
- Hikaru Akao as Carly
- Shun Horie as Rogi
- Anzu Haruno as Raan
- Kousuke Toriumi as Takehito Senga
It’s currently unknown if Strike The Blood Season 3 will receive an English dub. For the first season, Discotek licensed the dubbed version for release in North America. However, Strike The Blood Season 2 and other OVA projects did not receive an English dub. Similar to the previous OVA episodes, Strike The Blood Season 3 will probably only have English subtitles.
Unfortunately, Crunchyroll did not stream Strike The Blood Season 2. While their news department has covered news concerning Strike The Blood Season 3, the anime streaming service has not announced any plans to stream the OVA episodes.
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