As part of AnimeJapan 2021, which takes place this weekend, was today announcedthat the anime film for “Sword Art Online: Progressive” will be released in Japanese cinemas in autumn 2021. At the same time, a new trailer was released, which you can find below.
The film is made at A-1 Pictures
“Sword Art Online Progressive The Movie: Aria of the Starless Night” is being produced under the direction of Ayako Kawano (“High School Fleet Movie”) in Studio A-1 Pictures. Kento Toya (“Sword Art Online: Alicization”) acts as the character designer, while Yasuyuki Kai (“Sword Art Online”) is involved as the action director and Yuki Kajiura (“Demon Slayer”) composes the music.
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka and Haruka Tomatsu slip back into the leading roles of Kirito and Asuna, as in all previous anime productions by “Sword Art Online”. Inori Minase, who is also known as Rem in “Re: ZERO”, speaks the new character Mito.
“Sword Art Online: Progressive” is a more detailed narration of the first arc of the main series. The story follows Kirito and Asuna as they must pass all 100 levels of Aincrad. The previously seven-part light novel is written by original author Reki Kawahara and has been published by BUNBUN since October 2012 with illustrations.
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Design by Mito (voiced by Inori Minase):
“There is no way to beat this game. The only difference is when and where you die… ”- A month has passed since Akihiko Kayaba’s deadly game and the number of corpses continues to rise. Two thousand players are already dead.
Kirito and Asuna are two very different people, but both have a desire to fight their way through this world on their own. Nevertheless, the two often team up to face difficult challenges. In view of the fact that the entire virtual world in which they now live was created as a death trap, the players of “Sword Art Online” begin to despair.
Exactly this desperation becomes dangerous for loners like Kirito and Asuna. Will they both find the strength to overcome loneliness, which is like suicide in this world, and thus survive together in this world?
© 2012 Reki Kawahara, BUNBUN / KADOKAWA
© REKI KAWAHARA/PUBLISHED BY KADOKAWA CORPORATION ASCII MEDIA WORKS/SAO Project