Set for theatrical release in Japan on October 30th, Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night is an adaption of the SAO Progressive side story novels by Reki Kawahara.
The film goes back to the beginnings of the Sword Art Online saga to show some adventures for Kirito and Asuna in the virtual world of Aincrad that were not depicted in the original TV anime series.
Some key staff members from the original anime are returning, including voice actors Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Kirito) and Haruka Tomatsu (Asuna) with Ayako Kawano making his SAO series debut as director.
Here's the latest trailer for Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night!
And here's one of the film's posters, along with a synopsis for the original Progressive light novels from Yen Press!
"There's no way to beat this game. The only difference is when and where you die..."
One month has passed since Akihiko Kayaba's deadly game began, and the body count continues to rise. Two thousand players are already dead.
Kirito and Asuna are two very different people, but they both desire to fight alone. Nonetheless, they find themselves drawn together to face challenges from both within and without. Given that the entire virtual world they now live in has been created as a deathtrap, the surviving players of Sword Art Online are starting to get desperate, and desperation makes them dangerous to loners like Kirito and Asuna. As it becomes clear that solitude equals suicide, will the two be able to overcome their differences to find the strength to believe in each other, and in so doing survive?
Sword Art Online: Progressive is a new version of the Sword Art Online tale that starts at the beginning of Kirito and Asuna's epic adventure—on the very first level of the deadly world of Aincrad!