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Strike the Blood
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Cover of the first volume of the light novel volume featuring Yukina Himeragi.
ストライク・ザ・ブラッド
(Sutoraiku za Buraddo)
GenreAction, harem
Light novel
Written byGakuto Mikumo
Illustrated byManyako
Published byASCII Media Works
English publisher
ImprintDengeki Bunko
DemographicMale
Original runMay 10, 2011August 7, 2020
Volumes22 + 2 sidestories (List of volumes)
Manga
Written byGakuto Mikumo
Illustrated byTate
Published byASCII Media Works
English publisher
MagazineDengeki Daioh
DemographicShōnen
Original runJune 27, 2012December 26, 2016
Volumes10 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byTakao Sano
Hideyo Yamamoto
Written byHiroyuki Yoshino
Music byAssumed Sounds
StudioSilver Link
Connect
Licensed by
Original networkAT-X, Tokyo MX, MBS, CBC, BS11
English network
Original run October 4, 2013 March 28, 2014
Episodes24 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Strike the Blood: Valkyria no Ōkoku-hen
Directed byHideyo Yamamoto
Written byHiroyuki Yoshino
Music byAssumed Sounds
StudioSilver Link
Connect
Released November 25, 2015 December 23, 2015
Runtime23 minutes
Episodes2 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Strike the Blood II
Directed byHideyo Yamamoto
Written byHiroyuki Yoshino
Music byAssumed Sounds
StudioSilver Link
Connect
Released November 23, 2016 May 24, 2017
Runtime30 minutes
Episodes8 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Strike the Blood III
Directed byHideyo Yamamoto
Written byHiroyuki Yoshino
Music byAssumed Sounds
StudioConnect
Released December 19, 2018 September 25, 2019
Episodes10 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Strike the Blood: Kieta Seisō-hen
Directed byHideyo Yamamoto
Written byHiroyuki Yoshino
Music byAssumed Sounds
StudioConnect
ReleasedJanuary 29, 2020
Original video animation
Strike the Blood IV
Directed byHideyo Yamamoto
Written byHiroyuki Yoshino
Music byAssumed Sounds
StudioConnect
Released April 8, 2020 June 30, 2021
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
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Strike the Blood (ストライク・ザ・ブラッド, Sutoraiku za Buraddo) is a Japanese light novel series by Gakuto Mikumo with illustrations by Manyako, with 22 main volumes serialized between May 2011 and August 2020. A manga adaptation began serialization in June 2012 in ASCII Media Works's Dengeki Daioh. A 24-episode anime television adaptation by Silver Link and Connect aired between 4 October 2013 and 28 March 2014 in Japan. An original video animation series titled Strike the Blood II was released in four volumes between November 2016 and May 2017. A third series titled Strike the Blood III was released from December 2018 to September 2019. A fourth series titled Strike the Blood IV was released from April 2020 to June 2021.

Plot[edit]

On Itogami Island, a man-made island south of Japan which has developed into a monster and demon sanctuary (魔族特区), Kojo Akatsuki is suspected of being the Fourth Progenitor, a powerful vampire that could potentially disrupt the balance of power among the world's three ruling progenitors.

Kojo was an ordinary high schooler before becoming a vampire and is reluctant to use the powers which he barely controls. Yukina Himeragi is a neophyte Sword Shaman whose first mission is to 'observe' him.

Before long, Kojo is the centre of attention of many who are concerned about the risks he represents. Kojo and Yukina befriend various students and others, some of whom are attracted to Kojo, and whose situations drive his libido, which provides the source of much of his power.

Media[edit]

Light novel[edit]

Strike the Blood began as a light novel series written by Gakuto Mikumo and illustrated by Manyako. ASCII Media Works has published 22 main volumes and two side story volumes from May 10, 2011 to August 7, 2020 under their Dengeki Bunko imprint.[1] Yen Press began publishing the English language edition on September 22, 2015.

No. Title Original release date English release date
1The Right Arm Of The Saint
Seija no migiude (聖者の右腕)
May 10, 2011[2]
978-4-04-870267-6
September 22, 2015[3]
978-0-31-634547-7
2From The Warlord's Empire
Sen'ō no shisha (戦王の使者)
September 10, 2011[4]
978-4-04-870752-7
January 19, 2016[5]
978-0-31-634549-1
3The Amphisbaena
Tenshi enjō (天使炎上)
February 10, 2012[6]
978-4-04-886274-5
May 24, 2016[7]
978-0-31-634551-4
4Labyrinth Of The Blue Witch
Aoki majo no meikyū (蒼き魔女の迷宮)
June 10, 2012[8]
978-4-04-886633-0
September 27, 2016[9]
978-0-31-634553-8
5Fiesta For The Observers
Kansoku sha tachi no utage (観測者たちの宴)
October 10, 2012[10]
978-4-04-886899-0
January 31, 2017[11]
978-0-31-634556-9
6Return Of The Alchemist
Renkinjutsu shi no kikan (錬金術師の帰還)
February 10, 2013[12]
978-4-04-891407-9
May 23, 2017[13]
978-0-31-634558-3
7Kaleid Blood
Enkō no yahaku (焔光の夜伯)
April 10, 2013[14]
978-4-04-891555-7
September 19, 2017[15]
978-0-31-656265-2
8The Tyrant and The Fool
Gusha to bōkun (愚者と暴君)
July 10, 2013[16]
978-4-04-891750-6
January 23, 2018[17]
978-0-31-644208-4
9The Black Sword Shaman
Kuro no ken'nagi (黒の剣巫)
October 10, 2013[18]
978-4-04-866023-5
May 22, 2018[19]
978-0-31-644210-7
10Bride of the Dark God
Kuraki shin ō no hanayome (冥き神王の花嫁)
March 8, 2014[20]
978-4-04-866428-8
September 18, 2018[21]
978-0-31-644212-1
11The Fugitive Fourth Primogenitor
Tōbō no dai yon shinso (逃亡の第四真祖)
September 10, 2014[22]
978-4-04-866865-1
January 22, 2019[23]
978-0-31-644214-5
12The Knight of the Sinful God
Kyūshin no kishi (咎神の騎士)
February 10, 2015[24]
978-4-04-869254-0
May 21, 2019[25]
978-0-31-644218-3
13Tartarus Roses
Tarutarosu no bara (タルタロスの薔薇)
June 10, 2015[26]
978-4-04-865191-2
October 15, 2019[27]
978-1-97-538483-8
14Golden Days
Ōgon no hibi (黄金の日々)
November 10, 2015[28]
978-4-04-865503-3
January 21, 2020[29]
978-1-97-533258-7
15The War Of Original Vampires
Sinso taisen (真祖大戦)
May 10, 2016[30]
978-4-04-865944-4
May 26, 2020[31]
978-1-97-533260-0
16Holy Knight of the Sunset
Yōen no seikishi (陽炎の聖騎士)
December 10, 2016[32]
978-4-04-892547-1
October 20, 2020[33]
978-1-97-533262-4
17Broken Holy Spear
Oreta seisō (折れた聖槍)
June 9, 2017[34]
978-4-04-892953-0
18Truth Theory・Kingdom of Valkyria
Shinsetsu・Varukyuria no ōkoku (真説・ヴァルキュリアの王国)
November 10, 2017[35]
978-4-04-893398-8
19Never-ending Night Banquet
Owaranai yoru no utage (終わらない夜の宴)
November 10, 2018[36]
978-4-04-912101-8
20Reunion of Vampire Princess
Saikai no kyūketsu-hime (再会の吸血姫)
June 8, 2019[37]
978-4-04-912517-7
21Twelve True Beasts and Blood Squires
To chi no jūsha-tachi (十二眷獣と血の従者たち)
January 10, 2020[38]
978-4-04912957-1
22The Return of Akatsuki
Akatsuki no gaisen (暁の凱旋)
August 7, 2020[39]
978-4-04913268-7

Side-stories[edit]

No. Title Original release date English release date
APPEND1The Legacy of the Doll Maker
Ningyōshi no isan (人形師の遺産)
January 10, 2018[40]
978-4-04-893578-4
APPEND2Day and Night of the Arai Festival
Saikōsai no hiru to yoru (彩昂祭の昼と夜)
April 10, 2018[41]
978-4-04-893793-1

Manga[edit]

The manga was serializaed from June 2012 to December 2016 in ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Daioh magazine.[42]

The first tankōbon volume was released on December 15, 2012 and the concluding tenth volume on March 27, 2017. The English language edition, published by Yen Press, was released between October 15, 2015 and April 17, 2018.

No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 December 15, 2012[43]978-4-04-891279-2October 27, 2015[44]978-0-31-634560-6
2 May 27, 2013[45]978-4-04-891685-1February 23, 2016[46]978-0-31-634564-4
3 October 26, 2013[47]978-4-04-866015-0May 24, 2016[48]978-0-31-634568-2
4 March 27, 2014[49]978-4-04-866393-9September 27, 2016[50]978-0-31-639603-5
5 September 27, 2014[51]978-4-04-866834-7December 20, 2016[52]978-0-31-636185-9
6 March 27, 2015[53]978-4-04-869298-4March 21, 2017[54]978-0-31-646608-0
7 September 26, 2015[55]978-4-04-865352-7June 20, 2017[56]978-0-31-646609-7
8 April 27, 2016[57]978-4-04865740-2September 19, 2017[58]978-0-31-644202-2
9 September 27, 2016[59]978-4-04-892370-5December 12, 2017[60]978-0-31-644204-6
10 March 27, 2017[61]978-4-04-892767-3April 17, 2018[62]978-1-97-530013-5

Anime[edit]

A 24-episode anime adaptation produced by Silver Link and Connect began airing on October 4, 2013 on AT-X.[63][64] The series is directed by Hideyo Yamamoto with scripts by Hiroyuki Yoshino and character design by Keiichi Sano.[65] The first opening theme song is "Strike the Blood" (「ストライク・ザ・ブラッド」) by Kisida Kyoudan & The Akebosi Rockets, and the first ending theme song is "Strike my soul" by Yuka Iguchi. The second opening theme is "Fight 4 Real" by Altima[66] and the second ending theme is "Signal" by Kanon Wakeshima.[67][68] Crunchyroll (with distribution by Discotek Media) released the anime series in a combined Blu-ray/DVD format on November 8, 2016.[69]

On March 15, 2015, publisher Dengeki Bunko announced that a two-part OVA based on an original story by creator Gakuto Mikumo would be released by year's end. On August 14, 2015, further details were announced for Strike the Blood: Valkyria's Kingdom which would be released on DVD/BD on November 25 and December 23 of that year. The opening theme is "Little Charm Fang" (「リトルチャームファング」) by Iguchi and the ending theme is "Kimi wa Soleil" (「君はソレイユ」) by Wakeshima.[70]

A second 4 volume, 8 episode OVA series based on the 9th light novel, co-produced by Silver Link and Connect and with returning director Hideyo Yamamoto, was released between November 21, 2016 and May 24, 2017. The opening theme song is "Blood on the EDGE" by Kishida Kyōdan & The Akeboshi Rockets and the ending theme song is "Fortune Number 0405" (「フォーチュンナンバー0405」) by Risa Taneda.[71][72]

A third 10 episode OVA series, produced by Connect and with returning director Hideyo Yamamoto, debuted on December 19, 2018, and concluded on September 29, 2019. The opening theme song is "Blood and Emotions" by Kishida Kyōdan & The Akeboshi Rockets and the ending theme song is "Love Stoic" by Taneda.[73]

Another OVA titled Strike the Blood: Kieta Seisō-hen was released on January 29, 2020. A fourth OVA series, projected at 12 episodes, debuted on April 8, 2020, and will conclude on June 30, 2021.[74] Kishida Kyōdan & The Akeboshi Rockets perform the opening theme song, while Taneda performs the ending theme song.[75] The staff from the third OVA series returned to reprise their roles. On May 15, 2020, it was announced that volume 2 was pushed back from June 24 to July 29 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[76]

Reception[edit]

All the three volumes of the anime series' release on DVD charted among the weekly best-selling Japan's animation DVD ranking, with each compilation selling over 1,000 copies.[77][78][79] The Blu-ray discs were also among the best-selling of a week, and have sold over 4,000 copies per volume.[80][81][82]

Season three's second volume was reported to have sold over 7000 BRD copies in its first week of release.[83]

Reviews[edit]

Theron Martin of the Anime News Network gave the show a B rating, praising its “Entertaining action, highly appealing female character designs, chemistry between Kojo and Yukina.” and highlighted the originality to, “...Make the male harem lead a fledgling vampire (albeit a very powerful one) who is still figuring out the ways of being a vampire.” but criticized it in that, “Most character and story elements are retreads, artistic quality control issues late in the series, how Kojo became a vampire is not sufficiently detailed.”

In describing the character designs, he wrote:[84]

While nothing about the characters or the story arcs stands out, the series does deliver quite well on the action front and does excel in one important aspect: it has an exceptionally appealing array of female character designs to surround Kojo with. Keiichi Sano, whose other prominent character design effort was Heaven's Memo Pad, strikes gold here with designs that range from merely pretty to absolutely gorgeous.

And in summary, offered the following:

Despite its lack of freshness, Strike the Blood executes well enough, and establishes a convincing enough relationship between Kojo and Yukina, that it still proves plenty entertaining. It may be built on a tried-and-true formula which has developed over the past few years, but it does not mess it up by striving for anything too grand, by deigning to inflict preachy ramblings on its audience (see Index), or by generally failing to make sense (see Asura Cryin’).

China ban[edit]

On June 12, 2015, the Chinese Ministry of Culture listed Strike the Blood among 38 anime and manga titles banned in China.[85]

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