The official website for the upcoming Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale has revealed that the anime film will have its theatrical release in Spring 2017.
The first full theatrical trailer has been released with English subtitles, which introduces the series’ new focal game: Ordinal Scale.
In addition to this, a new visual for the upcoming Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale anime film has been featured in the July 2016 issue of NewType as a poster. This issue can be purchased here (get 5% off with coupon code MOE-N3Y-4YW0QK).
The film will release in Japan in over 150 theatres. In addition, the International website of the movie has also echoed that the film is set for a Spring 2017 release. The Spring 2017 season of anime generally runs from late March until June.
- Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Sora in No Game No Life) will be back to voice Kirito
- Haruka Tomatsu (Haruka Takayama in Sakura Trick) returns as Asuna
- Rina Hidaka (Airi Kashii in Ro-Kyu-Bu!) as Silica
- Kanae Itou (Ruiko Saten from Toaru Kagaku no Railgun) voicing as Yui
- Ayahi Takagaki (Mikako Satsukitane in Sora no Otoshimono) will voice Lisbeth
- Miyuki Sawashiro (Celty Sturluson from Durarara!!) is back as Sinon
- Ayana Taketatsu (Kirino Kousaka from Oreimo) voicing Leafa
- Hiroaki Hirata (Sanji from One Piece) will return to voice Klein
- Hiroki Yasumoto (Germany from Hetalia) as Agil
- Koichi Yamadera (Togusa in Ghost in the Shell) will reprise his role as Akihiko Kayaba
The film will feature the new VMMO Ordinal Scale that utilises the new Augma Augmented Reality device. Players rank up in the game by defeating monsters and using special items.It will have an original story, not adapting of Kawahara’s any previous work; set after the Mother’s Rosario arc, which was the third and final arc to be animated in Sword Art Online II. The arc itself was featured in the light novel’s 7th volume.
The Director of first two seasons, Tomohiko Ito (Silver Spoon, Seikimatsu Occult Gakui), will return to direct the film alongside Anime Character Designer Shingo Adachi (Working!!, Galilei Donna). Yuki Kajiura (Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica,Fate/Zero) will also return to compose the music and A-1 Pictures (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, AnoHana) will be back to animate the film. Reki Kawahara will be writing the movie’s original story.
Sword Art Online is a Japanese light novel series written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec. The series takes place in the near-future and focuses on various virtual reality MMORPG worlds. The light novels began publication on ASCII Media Works’ Dengeki Bunko imprint from April 10, 2009, with a spin-off series launching in October 2012. The series has spawned eight manga adaptations published by ASCII Media Works and Kadokawa. The novels and four of the manga adaptations have been licensed for release in North America by Yen Press.
An anime television series produced by A-1 Pictures aired in Japan between July and December 2012. An Extra Edition episode aired on December 31, 2013, and a second anime series, titled Sword Art Online II, aired between July and December 2014. A video game based on the series, Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment, was released on PlayStation Portable in March 2013, with a second game, Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment for PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) released in April 2014. A third game, Sword Art Online: Lost Song, was released on PlayStation 3 and PS Vita in March 2015.
In the near future, a Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) called Sword Art Online has been released where players can control their avatars through brain waves using technology called “NerveGear.” When players enter the game, they discover they cannot log out, as the game creator is holding them captive. To escape, players must beat the game by defeating each boss on all 100 floors; however, if they die in the game, they die in real life too. Their struggle for survival starts now…