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“Sword Art Online” film to release next spring in Japan

The Japanese website Dengeki Hobby revealed recently that the animated “Sword Art Online” film, “Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale,” will premiere next spring—release date TBA—in over 150 theaters in Japan.

“SAO” fans in Japan can pre-order tickets, which go on sale starting July 16. Aniplex of America presented a new English-subtitled trailer for the film during Anime Expo in Los Angeles.

The plot takes place after the Mother’s Rosario arc, which was the final arc depicted in the TV anime’s second season. Original graphic novel author Reki Kawahara is writing the plot and composer Yuki Kajiura is scoring the music.

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Kirito and Asuna in their “Ordinal Scale” outfits, as drawn by Shingo Adachi / Image courtesy of A-1 Pictures and Aniplex USA

“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.”

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