During a panel at the Aniplex Online Fest 2021, it was announced that the upcoming anime film ‘Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night Past & Future’ is getting a release date of October 30th in Japan.
They also released a visual which was shared on the official English Twitter page, which included a note that more information on the release date would be “coming soon.”
#NEWS Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night announces a new key visual and release date in Japan at Aniplex Online Fest! ✨
More information regarding the U.S. release will be coming soon!
— Sword Art Online (@SwordArtUSA) July 4, 2021
Anime News Network reports that the movie is being made by A-1 Pictures and is based on a series of light novels ‘Sword Art Online: Progressive’ by author Reki Kawahara which retells Kirito and Asuna’s journey through the first floors of Aincrad as he and the others trapped inside make a desperate attempt to escape the virtual world they are trapped in.
Ayako Kawano is directing the movie with Yoshitsugu Matsuoka and Haruka Tomatsu returning to voice Kirito and Asuna, respectively. Inori Minase is joining the cast as a new character named Mito.
Crunchyroll revealed the official light novel synopsis from English distributor Yen Press:
‘There’s no way to beat this game. The only difference is when and where you die…’ One month has passed since Akihiko Kayaba’s deadly game began, and the body count continues to rise. Two thousand players are already dead. Kirito and Asuna are two very different people, but they both desire to fight alone. Nonetheless, they find themselves drawn together to face challenges from both within and without. Given that the entire virtual world they now live in has been created as a deathtrap, the surviving players of Sword Art Online are starting to get desperate, and desperation makes them dangerous to loners like Kirito and Asuna. As it becomes clear that solitude equals suicide, will the two be able to overcome their differences to find the strength to believe in each other, and in so doing survive? Sword Art Online: Progressive is a new version of the Sword Art Online tale that starts at the beginning of Kirito and Asuna’s epic adventure–on the very first level of the deadly world of Aincrad!
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