Strike the Blood IV Volume 4 Dances Around Without Showing Much

Somehow more fanservice seems like less.  Maybe because it’s more of the same for the top-tier ecchi service?

Credit to nylon66 here and there for the original still images.


Strike the Blood IV BD Volume 4 released roughly a couple of weeks ago and nylon66 has early images.

Unfortunately, it’s a 12-episode OVA instead of a TV series like Strike the Blood I.  And there are months between volumes (like with StB II & III).  Hopefully, StB IV has more fanservice than StB III since StB III really dropped the ball when compared to earlier seasons — thus continuing a trend that started with Strike the Blood OVA and Strike the Blood II but went backwards with Strike the Blood III.

StB has been pretty good about having some nipples even if just a few every couple of episodes ever since it shifted from a TV series to OVA series.  Until that streak was broken with StB III.  Here’s hoping that StB IV does better than that especially since there are twelve episodes instead of ten.


EP 07

EP 08


WebMs (Album)

EP 07

EP 08


Welp.  Disappointing.  Once again.  Even if a very early impression.  Confounding…..

More is less.  Or so it seems.  While there was significantly more fanservice overall (and fun fanservice at that), there was only the briefest of nipple sightings and it was the same girl as last time.  Kanon is a great girl, but she shouldn’t be hogging the best fanservice scenes when there are other girls with far more sex appeal (especially the older girls)…

To be honest, if the StB staff is so intent on cramming in plot to the detriment of PLOT, ecchi fans would have be better served with a one-cour TV show instead of another OVA. What’s the point of using the OVA format if you’re not going to take advantage of it?  Especially with 12 episodes!  StB III had about as much fanservice as the TV show.  Maybe a little more.  But only four scenes would have needed to be censored.  And with a TV show, scenes can be uncensored and added for the BDs to get back to the expected level of fanservice.  Not only that, fans would actually get episodes subbed on a timely basis instead of having to wait weeks and months since most of the remaining fansub groups seem to have lost interest in StB…

Strike the Blood staff used to have a good handle on what works for them.  Plot that doesn’t forget the PLOT.  But plot and characters first and foremost.  With PLOT in measured but reasonable doses.  Which worked as long as they continued to deliver quality over quantity.  Unfortunately, that no longer seems to be the case starting with StB III which only had nipples for 30% of the episodes instead of the usual 50%.  And now, StB IV is 3 out of 8 for 38%.  And the last two nipple sightings were weak at that.  Just a few frames total.  Possibly more fallout from Silver Link no longer being on the production team?  At this rate, ecchi fans can only expect to see nipples once every three or four episodes or so or around three to four episodes total out the planned twelve episodes.  Which is a darn shame…

I’m still a fan.  Even if StB seems to be going backwards instead of forward when it comes to that rare combination of plot and PLOT and great girls that made up the old StB magic.  And I still find StB entertaining to watch again and make media from.  But they can and have done better in the past.  I sincerely hope that StB IV proves me wrong in the next four episodes but only time will tell…

Once again, the faces of the main girls seem to be more derpy than they used to be.  More like CG and less like 2D? Why mess with a good thing???  When there was nothing wrong with how the faces looked in StB I & II and the first OVA.  Looking into this a little more, it looks like the derpy faces started when Silver Link stopped working on animation production after StB I and II and the first OVA leaving just Connect.  That’s a real shame…

Then it turns out that Silver Link owned Connect and merged Connect into Silver Link.  Good news?  Then Silver Link turns around and gets acquired by Asahi Broadcasting Group and merged into a subsidiary.  Bad news?  Don’t know what to think yet…


This is just an early look at StB IV Volume 4 done for news purposes.