“Sword Art Online” is on its way back, y’all! While season two of the anime released back in 2014 (for the English dubbed version, in 2015), fans have been left pining for more. According to Inquisitr, season three may release this year, but so far, there is no official date.
Article by ChinLin Pan
While fans wait for season three, there will be a “Sword Art Online” movie releasing next year in Japan as well. According to Anime News Network, Aniplex USA released the English trailer earlier this month.
Aniplex USA revealed more news about the upcoming movie, “Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale,” last weekend in Seattle at the 19th annual convention Sakura Con. Aniplex USA released new visualizations, character designs, and announced characters that will appear in the movie.
New visualizations of characters in their “Ordinal Scale” outfits
Also, the same Japanese voice actors from the anime series will reprise their character roles: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Kirito, Haruka Tomatsu as Asuna, Rina Hidaka as Silica, Ayahi Takagaki as Lisbeth, Miyuki Sawashiro as Sinon, and Hiroaki Hirata as Klein.
More about the film
“Ordinal Scale” is the name of the game that utilizes an augmented reality (AR) device, “Augma.” This proves to be far more superior than the virtual reality (VR) machine, “Amusphere.” The official website states, “In this game, players can raise their rank by collecting items that appear in various places in the real world and by defeating monsters. This ‘Ranking System’ is the main feature of the game, and in this system, each player’s status is determined by their rank which is indicated by an ordinal number instead of a cardinal number. As the result, high ranking players are given overwhelming power and often rank has become a major factor in deciding the outcome of a PvP battle.”
Unfortunately, we don’t know much about the plot of the film, except that, according to MyAnimeList.com, the film will take place “in-between Mother’s Rosario and the latest Alicization” arcs and that the film will focus on Kirito and Asuna’s relationship.