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Sword Art Online Movie's February 18 Date Confirmed in Japan

posted on by Egan Loo

The "Dengeki Bunko Aki no Saiten 2016" event confirmed on Sunday that Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale will open throughout Japan on Saturday, February 18, 2017. A new trailer debuted at the event.

The film will play in about 1,000 theaters worldwide. The film is set to open in 150 theaters in Japan, and Aniplex of America confirmed the film's overseas release. Amazon Japan had posted a ticket/poster bundle that listed the February 18 opening date.

Aniplex describes the movie's story:

In 2026, two years since the SAO incident, a new game called "Ordinal 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 all-new original story takes 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 the 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 Yuki Kajiura is returning to score the music. The film will feature a returning cast from the two anime series.

Image © 2016 Reki Kawahara/KADOKAWA ASCII Media Works Imprint/SAO MOVIE Project

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