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Sword Art Online the Movie's 3rd Teaser Introduces Cast, Previews LiSA's Theme Song

posted on by Egan Loo
Film opens in U.S. theaters on March 9

The official website for the Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale anime film began streaming a third teaser trailer on Sunday. The teaser introduces the cast and previews the "Catch the Moment" theme song by singer LiSA.

The website also reported that the film's original soundtrack will go on sale on February 18. It will feature 50 songs that Yuki Kajiura composed specifically for the movie, along with five insert songs by the AI idol character Yuna (as voiced by Sayaka Kanda). The third batch of advance ticket bundles will offer two B3 posters starting January 21, while supplies last.

The film will open in United States theaters on March 9, 2017. Eleven Arts is distributing the film in Japanese with English subtitles. Prior to the wide release, Aniplex of America will host a premiere event in Hollywood, California on March 1.

The company describes the movie's 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 open in Japan on February 18 in 150 theaters. 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.

The film will feature a returning cast from the previous two anime series, including:

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

Thanks to Dennis R. for the embedded video

Update: Typo fixed, Thanks, omiya

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