In addition to Anime Expo Lite, this weekend had Aniplex Online Fest 2021 delivering plenty of fresh news about upcoming titles. One of the big ones was an update on the Sword Art Online Progressive anime film, including release timing and a brand new visual.
Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night will adapt the light novel series that retells the Aincrad arc of Reki Kawahara’s saga when it opens in Japan on October 30. Check out the new visual below.
Ayako Kawano is directing the film, with Kento Toya back on the Sword Art Online circuit as character designer and Yasuyuki Kai returning from the TV anime as action director at A-1 Pictures.
Yen Press publishes the series in English and describes it:
‘There’s no way to beat this game. The only difference is when and where you die…’ One month has passed since Akihiko Kayaba’s deadly game began, and the body count continues to rise. Two thousand players are already dead. Kirito and Asuna are two very different people, but they both desire to fight alone. Nonetheless, they find themselves drawn together to face challenges from both within and without. Given that the entire virtual world they now live in has been created as a deathtrap, the surviving players of Sword Art Online are starting to get desperate, and desperation makes them dangerous to loners like Kirito and Asuna. As it becomes clear that solitude equals suicide, will the two be able to overcome their differences to find the strength to believe in each other, and in so doing survive? Sword Art Online: Progressive is a new version of the Sword Art Online tale that starts at the beginning of Kirito and Asuna’s epic adventure–on the very first level of the deadly world of Aincrad!
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