"Sword Art Online" Movie Site Posts Prologue Description

Staff and cast return for 2016 feature

This week, the billingual site for 2017's Sword Art Online - Ordinal Scale was updated with a story prologue. TV anime director Tomohiko Ito and character designer Shingo Adachi are set to reunite for an anime movie with story by series light novel author Reki Kawahara, set after the Mother's Rosario arc that wrapped up the second season. 

 

≪Prologue≫

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 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…

 

 

 

Previously posted concepts 

AR (Augmented Reality) Type Information Terminal “Augma”

AR (Augmented Reality) Type Information Terminal “Augma”
A next-generation, wearable multi-device that looks like a pair of small headphones. In terms of size and portability, it is far superior to the existing VR machine “Amusphere.” Augma doesn’t have a full-dive function, however, its AR function is greatly enhanced to compensate for it. It can transmit visual, audio and tactual sensation data to players while they are awake, thus enabling the users to enjoy fitness and health management like a game.

 

“Ordinal Scale”

“Ordinal Scale,” an ARMMO-RPG that was designed exclusively for “Augma.”
Following its release, it has become the most discussed game due to its advanced technology. 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.

 

 

Original Story -Reki Kawahara
(Dengeki Bunko / ASCII MEDIA WORKS)
Original Illustration & Character Design Concept - abec
Music - Yuki Kajiura
Director - Tomohiko Ito
Character Design - Shingo Adachi
Animation Production - A-1 Pictures

 

Visual

by original character designer abec

 

And one by anime character designer Shingo Adachi

 

Ordinal Scale character designs

 

 

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime. 

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