Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Film's Trailer Previews LiSA Theme Song

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Film opens in Japan on February 18, in U.S. on March 1

The official website of the Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale anime film began streaming a trailer and commercial for the film on Monday. Both videos feature LiSA's theme song "Catch the Moment." (Note: The YouTube video in the above link is region-locked to Japan.)

The film will screen in United States theaters for a one-night event on March 9. Tickets to the film are on sale now. 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 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 also adding three new characters and cast members:

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. Kanda is also performing insert songs for the film.

Thanks to Dennis R for the embedded videos.

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