A new Sword Art Online movie project has been announced during the franchise’s 10th anniversary event. The movie will follow a new and original story. A teaser trailer has been revealed:
The franchise celebrated its 10th anniversary with Sword Art Online: Full Dive event. An opening video for the event was also released earlier today. The cast of the series, including Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Kirito), Haruka Tomatsu (Asuna), Miyuki Sawahiro (Sinon), Rina Hidaka (Silica), and more attended the event. The voice actress of Leafa, Ayana Taketatsu wasn’t able to attend the event because she recently gave birth to her first child.
A voice drama about the events after each arc of the series was held, and the performers of the anime’s theme song, ASCA, ReoNa, and Eir Aoi also sang their songs during the breaks. Yuki Kajura, the composer of SAO anime music also performed. LiSA made a surprise appearance and performed the very first SAO opening song, the iconic “Crossing Field.” November 6, 2022, is a very important day in the Sword Art Online series because it is the day the SAO incident began in the original light novel and anime series.
The Sword Art Online anime series premiered on July 8, 2012, and it had multiple seasons with 4 movies over the past 10 years. Tomohiko Ito directed the first 2 seasons and the first 2 movies titled Sword Art Online: Extra Edition and Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale. Manabu Ono directed the whole Alicization arc of the series, which had 2 seasons. The 2 Progressive movies of the franchise that were recently released were directed by Ayako Kono. Studio A-1 Pictures animated all of it.
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Sword Art Online is a Japanese light novel series by Reki Kawahara. ASCII Media Works has been serializing it with abec’s illustrations since 2009 and it currently has 27 volumes with more than 30 million copies available. A spin-off light novel series titled Sword Art Online: Progressive is currently being published by the same publisher, and as of now, it has 8 volumes in circulation.
Source: Sword Art Online: Full Dive event, Official Twitter
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