Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Film Briefly Listed on February 18 by Theater
posted on by Egan Loo
The advance ticket page for the Aeon Cinema Dainichi theater in Osaka briefly listed the Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale anime with an opening date of February 18, 2017. As of Sunday, the page no longer lists the film.
A trailer for the film debuted at Anime Expo earlier this month, and it listed a Spring 2017 release. Some anime — notably the Precure franchise — have listed February launch dates as "Spring." The film will play in about 150 theaters in Japan, and Aniplex of America confirmed its release overseas.
Aniplex describes the movie's story:
In 2026, two years since the SAO incident, a new game called "Oridinal Scale," an Augmented-Reality MMO, is becoming popular among the players. But…strange things are happening in the game and Kirito and the gang are facing a new danger. A brand new story created by the original author, Reki Kawahara and directed by Tomohiko Ito, "Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale-" is coming to theaters in Spring 2017.
The film's returning cast includes:
- Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Kirito
- Haruka Tomatsu as Asuna
- Rina Hidaka as Silica
- Ayahi Takagaki as Lisbeth
- Miyuki Sawashiro as Sinon
- Hiroaki Hirata as Klein
The film's all-new original story will take place after the Mother's Rosario arc, which was the final arc depicted in the TV anime's second season. Original light novel author Reki Kawahara is writing a new story for the film. Tomohiko Ito is returning from the two TV anime series and the anime special to direct the film at A-1 Pictures. Shingo Adachi is also returning from the TV anime to design the characters based on abec's original character designs, and to draw the key visual above. Yuki Kajiura is returning to score the music.
[Via Hachima Kikō]