Singapore-based anime distribution company Odex Private Limited teased on Wednesday that the upcoming movie Sword Art Online: Progressive will be released in Southeast Asia soon. Odex channeled the announcement on May 12, 2021 with a cover photo spread across all Odex-managed Facebook pages.
The new Sword Art Online movie will focus on the events of Kirito and Asuna’s encounter on the first floor of Aincrad. Moreover, it will cover Asuna’s initial struggles to cope with the new world. The film is set to premiere in Fall 2021.
You can also watch the trailer of the movie here!
What’s more, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka and Haruka Tomatsu will reprise their roles as Kirito and Asuna. Inori Minase will join the cast, voicing a new character named Mito. In addition, A-1 Pictures who animated the previous Sword Art Online series returns to take charge of the movie’s animation. It is sure that the new film will hype SAO fans.
In case you missed it, Sword Art Online: Progressive was originally a Japanese light novel written by Reki Kawahara with illustrations done by abec. It is still running and currently has 7 volumes. The novel is the prequel of the hit series “Sword Art Online,” which also had an anime adaptation that premiered July 7, 2012. The latest season of the anime, “Sword Art Online Alicization: War of Underworld,” ended last Summer 2020.
“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!
(Synopsis via Yen Press)
Odex started its anime distribution business in 2000 and has distributed anime movies as well as live concert viewings for the Southeast Asian region.
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