The Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night anime film ranked #1 in the Box Office revenue during its opening weekend in Japan. The movie premiered on October 30, 2021, in IMAX theatres nationwide in Japan.
You can check the official announcement below:
According to the tweet above, Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night anime film managed to top the weekend box office, and the staff is thanking all fans who watched it.
The movie earned over 349 million yen (~US$3.04 million). Over 225,000 tickets were sold in just two days, allowing the film to top the charts in Japan on October 30 and 31, 2021.
Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night is the third movie installment in Sword Art Online‘s franchise. It was based on Reki Kawahara’s Sword Art Online: Progressive light novel series. ASCII Media Works started publishing the novel in October 2012 and it currently has 8 volumes in circulation.
The movie adapts some parts of the light novel’s first volume. Ayako Kono (Gate) directed the anime film, while A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online series, 86-Eighty Six-) took care of its animation. It will be available in more than 40 countries soon. The movie will also receive a sequel in 2022 titled Sword Art Online: Progressive – Kuraki Yuuyami no Scherzo.
Sword Art Online: Progressive Volume 1 Synopsis
“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?Yen Press