Sword Art Online -Progressive- Anime Film Soundtracks Launch Alongside Sequel's U.S. Premiere

Latest from Milan Records brings Yuki Kajiura's music to fans around the world

Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night


Today marks the North American theatrical launch for Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night, and with it comes a pair of soundtracks covering the music of the two-part film series. Milan Records is celebrating Yuki Kajiura's compositions with a dual album release for Aria of a Starless Night and Scherzo of Deep Night, available now to stream globally for the first time.


You can check out Aria of a Starless Night's soundtrack here, and jam Scherzo of Deep Night's soundtrack here. If you're looking to watch Asuna, Kirito and the rest of the SAO players on the big screen in the U.S. and Canada, you can grab tickets via Fandango or your local box office.


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Here's what composer Yuki Kajiura had to say about the release: "I am truly honored and happy that so many people will be able to hear the music I created for this wonderful work. The timing of the music is matched to every detail of the movie, so I think you will also enjoy listening to it as a reminder of the breath of the work."


Check out the covers for both:



The first movie, Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night, was released in Japan in October 2021. Aniplex of America announced on November 18 that Scherzo of Deep Night would have theatrical screenings in February 2023, as well as announcing the English dub cast. Ayako Kono is the director for both films, based on the light novel series by Reki Kawahara. Kento Toya handles the character designs, Yuki Kajiura in charge of music, and A-1 Pictures handling the animation production.



Aniplex describes the movie:


The world’s first VRMMORPG (Sword Art Online) became a game of death. Over a month has passed since 10,000 users were trapped inside the game world. Asuna, who cleared the first floor of the floating iron castle of Aincrad, joined up with Kirito and continued her journey to reach the top floor. With the support of female Information Broker Argo, clearing the floors seemed to be progressing smoothly, but…


Conflict erupts between two major guilds who should be working together – the top player groups ALS (the Aincrad Liberation Squad) and DKB (the Dragon Knights Brigade). And meanwhile, behind the scenes exists a mysterious figure pulling the strings….


In a dangerous battle of death, there is an assault that differs from the threat, and it will involve Asuna and Kirito…!


Source: Press release




Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his comics at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox.


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