Sword Art Online -Progressive- Anime Film to Release in Over 40 Countries

Sword Art Online might be a part of the most hated anime list, but the show still has a fanbase that keeps it running and producing more installments. This time, the anime has decided to revisit the basics to clear its name and establish a good image.

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The franchise’s upcoming anime film Sword Art Online -Progressive- retells the initial events from Asuna Yuuki’s perspective. The film takes us back to when players were trying to clear Aincrad’s first floor.

The story also involves Asuna and Kirito’s first encounter, but from Asuna’s point of view. She has always been treated as Kirito’s girlfriend instead of an independent character who’s strong and capable and the film will give her the platform she deserves.

The Sword Art Online -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night anime film will have a theatrical release in Japan on October 30, 2021, and will open in over 40 countries and territories.

「劇場版 ソードアート・オンライン -プログレッシブ- 星なき夜のアリア」世界40以上の国と地域で公開決定!
“Theatrical version Sword Art Online -Progressive- Aria of the Night without Stars” will be released in more than 40 countries and regions around the world!

The film’s international screening will be in December, with Funimation premiering it in standard and IMAX theatres in the US and Canada on December 3 and in Australia and New Zealand on December 9, 2021. 

Tickets go on sale in the US and Canada on November 5 and in Australia and New Zealand on November 9. It will be released in both English dubbed and subtitled versions in all regions. The dates for the UK, Ireland, and Latin America will be announced soon.

Sword Art Online -Progressive- Anime Film to Release in Over 40 Countries
Sword Art Online | Source: Crunchyroll

The announcement trailer by the franchise features a fierce and potent Asuna along with a few shots of her real-life friend Mito. Both of them logged into the game together and got stuck there, forced to fight for their life.

Mito is a new character that is introduced in the upcoming film. There is very little information about her till now, so we will have to watch the movie to know more.

The franchise also revealed a 15-second clip titled for the film that gives us a glimpse into the ruthless and horrific world of the Sword Art Online game.

「劇場版 ソードアート・オンライン -プログレッシブ- 星なき夜のアリア」公開直前映像 / 世界編
“Theatrical version Sword Art Online -Progressive- Aria of the Night without Stars” Video just before the release / World Edition

The virtual world is full of terrifying creatures and formidable opponents which the players have to defeat. The most alarming part of the game is that if a player dies in the virtual world, they die in the real world.

This rule was enough to cause mass panic among the gamers and pit them against each other in a survival game situation where you can’t trust anyone.

The fans always wanted Asuna’s character to reach its potential, which the anime failed to do mainly because she’s not the main character but the love interest. 

Although she’s a strong one, she was mostly reduced to a side character role without giving much significance to her role as an individual. I am excited to see what the film has in store with this new perspective on the story.

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About Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online is a Japanese light novel series written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by Abec.

The series occurs in the near future and focuses on the protagonist “Kirito” Kirigaya Kazuto and Asuna Yuuki as they play through various virtual reality MMORPG worlds.

At the launch of the game, 10,000 people had connected themselves to the virtual reality of Sword Art Online. The plot takes a twist when people realize that they can’t quit the game.

Protagonist Kirito, a pro gamer and was present for the beta launch of SAO, starts planning to clear levels as soon as possible. Throughout his quest to finish the game, he meets many friends and also a love interest, Asuna.

The plot and the whole premise of the show are remarkably unique and quite believable in some futuristic sense.

Source: Sword Art Online Official Website


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