Sword Art Online -Progressive- Anime Film Shares 2 Short Trailers to Celebrate Release in 40 Countries
The retelling of the original SAO arc opens in Japan on October 30
A pair of new Sword Art Online The Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night anime film trailers were released last night to celebrate the upcoming release of the film in 40 countries, including the previously announced release in most English-speaking countries and Latin America through Funimation starting December 3. Japan's bonus theatrical gifts that will be given out to moviegoers were also revealed for the film's first week.
Postcards featuring Kirito, Asuna, and Mito will be given out at Japanese theaters, each drawn by abec, who draws the original illustrations and character design drafts for the novel series, will be handed out at random with each filmgoers getting one of the postcards.
Sword Art Online The Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night opens in Japan on October 30, with the film heading internationally on December 3 from Funimation and Aniplex. They describe the film as such:
This is a tale of the time before “Lightning Flash” and “The Black Swordsman” were known by those names…
The day that she happened to don the NerveGear, Asuna Yuuki was a third-year middle school student who’d never even touched an online game before.
On November 6, 2022, the world’s first VRMMORPG, Sword Art Online, is officially launched. But the players, still euphoric over having logged in, suddenly find themselves trapped inside the game when the Game Master deprives them of any way to log out.
The Game Master then gives them this warning “This may be a game, but it’s not something you play.” If a player dies in-game, they die in the real world.
Hearing this, all of the players panic, and pandemonium reigns.
One of those players is Asuna, but despite not yet knowing the rules of this world, she sets off to conquer the floating iron castle, Aincrad, whose peak is too high to be seen.
As the days go by in this world where death is never very far away, she has a fateful encounter. And then, a parting…
Though she’s at the mercy of the reality before her eyes, Asuna fights on with all her might, until someone appears before her: the aloof swordsman, Kirito…
Source: Comic Natalie
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.