Sword Art Online Movie's New Trailer Reveals Spring 2017 Opening
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Anime News Network's Anime Expo 2016 news coverage sponsored by Yen Press.
Aniplex of America presented a new English-subtitled trailer and a new visual for Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale at Anime Expo on Saturday. The trailer reveals that the film will open in Japan next spring, and Aniplex confirmed that the movie will be released 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.
Character designer Shingo Adachi drew the new visual:
Haruka Tomatsu and Ayahi Takagaki, the voices of Asuna and Lisbeth in the anime, appeared at Aniplex's event at Anime Expo as surprise guests.
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 Yuki Kajiura is returning to score the music.