The official website for the Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale anime film began streaming the film’s second teaser video on Sunday. The video introduces the film’s new characters. (The linked video is region-locked to Japan.)Aniplex of America also began streaming an English version of the trailer on Sunday.
The new characters and Aniplex of America‘s descriptions include:
Yuna, “an idol in the AR world of Ordinal Scale. If a player encounters her in the game, they can acquire special upgrades.”
Dr. Shigemura, “a developer and an authority on non-invasive BMI (Brain Machine Interface) research. He is also a professor in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department at Toho Technological University. Due to his radical theories on electrical physiology, his peers regard him as a crackpot.”
Eiji, “a mysterious young swordsman, who is the top ranked player in Ordinal Scale. Kirito and his friends encounter him during gameplay.”
The film will open in Japan on February 18 in 150 theaters, and will play in about 1,000 theaters worldwide.Aniplex of America confirmed the film’s overseas release. The company describes the movie’s story:
It’s just a game,or so I thought..
A brand new story written by original author, Reki Kawahara!! People everywhere were enjoying a new game called Ordinal Scale, an ARMMORPG developed exclusively for the Augma, a new wearable console designed for AR (augmented reality) gaming. But, the players had no idea that a nightmare from the virtual world was starting to spread into reality!! As his fellow players find themselves in danger, the hero is called upon once again.
Aniplex of America plans to release the film in spring 2017.
The film will feature a returning cast from the previous two anime series, including:
- Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Kirito
- Haruka Tomatsu as Asuna
- Rina Hidaka as Silica/Keiko
- Ayahi Takagaki as Lisbeth/Rika
- Miyuki Sawashiro as Sinon/Shino
- Hiroaki Hirata as Klein/Ryotaro
- Kanae Itō as Yui
- Ayana Taketatsu as Leafa/Suguha
- Hiroki Yasumoto as Agil/Andrew
- Kouichi Yamadera as Akihiko Kayaba
The film’s all-new original story takes place after the Mother’s Rosario arc, which was the final arc depicted in the TV anime’s second season. Original light novel author Reki Kawahara is writing the new story for the film. Tomohiko Ito is returning from the two TV anime series and the anime special to direct the film at A-1 Pictures. Shingo Adachi is also returning from the TV anime to design the characters based on abec‘s original character designs, and Yuki Kajiura is returning to score the music.
(Source: Anime News Network)
To be honest, this upcoming movie of Sword Art Online looks promising. I know that the TV anime series of Sword Art Online kind of has a neutral reputation. Yes, the first arc of the 1st season of SAO is somewhat good and pretty enjoyable, which is also known as the SAO arc. However, what really made SAO have a bad reputation is because of the second arc, which is also known as the ALO arc.
I’ve seen a lot of people hating on this particular arc. They’re saying that it’s sh*t, it’s full of harem, and most of all, wincest *winks*. Also, don’t forget about that blonde bastard. Well, I think that this arc holds a lot of potential if the story was written in a better way. Kirito was made to be more overpowered in this specific arc and… it is not really deconstructed on how he learned to access the Cardinal System.
Well, enough for the anime. For the movie like I said, it looks promising and I’m quite interested because of the movie’s original story that takes place after the Mother’s Rosario arc. I can’t help but say that I’m really looking forward to seeing this movie and I’m hoping that it doesn’t end up all harem-ish.