Sword Art Online fans are in for a treat as Aniplex recently uploaded the first three minutes of Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless anime film. The film premiered in Japan on October 30 and dominated the box office on its first weekend, earning 1,095,351,413 yen (estimated USD $9.51 million.)
Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless will be streamed in North America by Funimation on October 3. The film will premiere in New Zealand and Australia on December 9. Screenings for the United Kingdom, Latin America, and Ireland are confirmed but no confirmed dates yet. Odex confirmed that they would be screening the movie in Southeast Asia this year. No official dates have been announced yet.
The film’s official website announced that another new film is also confirmed. The second film, Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Kuraki Yūyami no Scherzo (Scherzo of a Dark Dusk), is slated to premiere in Japan in 2022. However, no official date has been announced so far.
The Sword Art Online: Progressive anime is based on the light novel series of the same name created by Rie Kawahara. The novel was published in 2012, which is actually a revised retelling of the original novel series, Sword Art Online. The Progressive novel series center’s on Kirito’s adventure as he advances floor-by-floor in the floating castle of Aincrad.
The Sword Art Online: Progressive novels are licensed and published in English by Yen Press. Aside from the original novel series, two manga adaptations were also released.
Ayako Kohno directs the first film. Kohno was the unit director for the following titles: High School Fleet, The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky, and Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic. A-1 Pictures does the animation.
We are looking forward to what adventures would unfold for both Kirito and Asuna.