Sword Art Online The Movie: Progressive – Scherzo is hotly anticipated by fans of the series, and its official release date was just revealed!
The newest movie in the Sword Art Online franchise has received its official theatrical dates. Sword Art Online The Movie: Progressive – Scherzo of the Deep will soon be headed to its English-speaking audience in 2023. Fans will now know when to expect it to fit a viewing into their calendars.
Now, the sequel to Sword Art Online The Movie: Progressive – Aria of a Starless Night is on its way. Crunchyroll and Aniplex of America has announced that the film will release in the United States and Canada on February 3. This will come after initial releases in the United Kingdom and Ireland on February 1, followed by Australia and New Zealand on February 2. It already released in Japan on October 22. The theatrical release of Sword Art Online The Movie: Progressive – Scherzo of the Deep will have both an English dubbed version and a Japanese version with English subtitles. The film has a run time of 100 minutes.
Sword Art Online began as a self-published novel series created by Reki Kawahara in 2002, before becoming a light novel series illustrated by abec and published by ASCII Media Works and Yen Press in 2009. Since then, the series has been adapted into multiple anime series, films, and video games. The Sword Art Online light novel series spans twenty-seven volumes and typically centers on Kirito Kirigaya's adventures in a video game world where if a player dies, they also die in the real world.
This may be a game, but it's not something you play.
The world's first VRMMPRPG (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…!
Kawahara began rebooting the Aincrad arc in the 2012 light novel series Sword Art Online Progressive. The series has been retelling the initial Aincrad arc from Asuna's perspective, instead of Kirito's. This provides fans with a new look at the series' beginnings with some fun new twists. The first film, Aria of a Starless Night released in 2021, and the cast from it will be returning. This film covered events that were skipped over involving Aincrad's first floor, adding to the lore of SAO's early days. There are several more volumes in the new light series that have yet to be covered, with Scherzo of the Deep being the fourth. In total, there are presently eight volumes, with the eighth having released in Japan in 2021 with its English translation releasing in 2022. Anime fans have a lot to look forward to in 2023.
Sword Art Online has been gaining steam as it goes, capturing the imaginations of fans and expanding more and more. From its initial release it has spanned four seasons, including Sword Art Online, Sword Art Online II, and Sword Art Online Alicization which was divided into two parts. It also had a spin-off anime, Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online. Sword Art Online The Movie: Progressive – Scherzo of the Deep – the third film within the anime series – will continue the franchise's broader expansion when it releases in February 2023.
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