Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale Opens in Southeast Asia on February 18
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Southeast Asian film distributor Odex announced on Tuesday that it will open the Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale film in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Brunei on February 18, the same day as the Japanese opening.
In addition, Odex confirmed that in the Philippines, the film will screen exclusively in SM Cinemas.
Kadokawa had announced in October that the film would be "simultaneously released worldwide on February 18, 2017.” The film's staff previously confirmed that the film will screen in about 1,000 theaters worldwide.
Aniplex of America, the film's United States distributor, describes the story:
In 2022, the world of virtual reality was upended by the arrival of a new invention from a genius programmer, Akihiko Kayaba, called NerveGear. It was the first full-dive system, and with it, came endless possibilities to VRMMORPGs.
In 2026, a new machine called the Augma is developed to compete against the NerveGear and its successor, the Amusphere. A next-gen wearable device, the Augma doesn't have a full-dive function like its predecessors. Instead, it uses Augmented Reality (AR) to get players into the game. It is safe, user-friendly and lets users play while they are conscious, making it an instant hit on the market. The most popular game on the system is “Ordinal Scale” (aka: OS), an ARMMORPG developed exclusively for the Augma.
Asuna and the gang have already been playing OS for a while, by the time Kirito decides to join them. They're about to find out that Ordinal Scale isn't all fun and games...
The film will feature a returning cast from the previous two anime series, including:
- Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Kirito
- Haruka Tomatsu as Asuna
- Rina Hidaka as Silica/Keiko
- Ayahi Takagaki as Lisbeth/Rika
- Miyuki Sawashiro as Sinon/Shino
- Hiroaki Hirata as Klein/Ryotaro
- Kanae Ito as Yui
- Ayana Taketatsu as Leafa/Suguha
- Hiroki Yasumoto as Agil/Andrew
- Kouichi Yamadera as Akihiko Kayaba
The film is adding three new characters and cast members:
Sayaka Kanda (Gamba: Gamba to Nakama-tachi's Shioji) as AR idol Yuna
Yoshio Inoue (live-action Space Brothers' Kenji Makabe) as mysterious young swordsman Eiji
Takeshi Kaga (Sinbad: Sora Tobu Hime to Himitsu no Shima's Captain Razak, live-action Death Note's Souichirou Yagami) as Augma developer Professor Shigemura
LiSA will perform the film's theme song "Catch the Moment." Kanda will also perform an insert song for the anime.
[Via AnimePH Project]