Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Film Gets Wide Opening in Indonesia in March
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Indonesian cinema chain CGV Blitz revealed on Thursday that it will hold the main screening of the Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale anime film in March. Film distributor Odex is collaborating with CGV Blitz, Cinemaxx, and Platinum Cineplex to screen the film.
Odex clarified that, while the film is scheduled to open in Indonesia and other Southeast Asian territories on February 18 on the same day as its Japanese opening, that screening will be a limited engagement that will run for only one or two days. The March screening will be the film's wide opening in the country.
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 also adding three new characters and cast members:
Sayaka Kanda as the AR idol Yuna
Yoshio Inoue as the mysterious young swordsman Eiji
Takeshi Kaga as the Augma developer Professor Shigemura
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. LiSA will perform the film's theme song "Catch the Moment," and Kanda is also performing insert songs for the film.
[Via Kaori Nusantara]