“Sword Art Online” film to release in U.S. next March

Aniplex of America announced that the “Sword Art Online” anime film “Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale” will release in U.S. theaters on March 9, 2017. Screenings will be in Japanese with English subtitles. You can read more about the film here.

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

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

The company describes the movie’s story:

“In 2022, the world of virtual reality was upended by the arrival of a new invention from a genius programmer, Akihiko Kayaba, called NerveGear. It was the first full-dive system, and with it, came endless possibilities to VRMMORPGs.

In 2026, a new machine called the Augma is developed to compete against the NerveGear and its successor, the Amusphere. A next-gen wearable device, the Augma doesn’t have a full-dive function like its predecessors. Instead, it uses Augmented Reality (AR) to get players into the game. It is safe, user-friendly and lets users play while they are conscious, making it an instant hit on the market. The most popular game on the system is “Ordinal Scale” (aka: OS), an ARMMORPG developed exclusively for the Augma.

Asuna and the gang have already been playing OS for a while, by the time Kirito decides to join them. They’re about to find out that Ordinal Scale isn’t all fun and games…”

Image courtesy of A-1 Pictures and Aniplex USA

Image courtesy of A-1 Pictures and Aniplex USA

Fans in Japan will get to see the film on Feb. 18, 2017.

Check out the English-subtitled trailer!

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