Sword Art Online Progressive Anime Film Premieres on October 30

Sword Art Online fans, get ready, because the anime film adaptation of the Sword Art Online Progressive novels officially has a date! As revealed during this weekend's Aniplex Online Fest 2021 event, the feature is set to premiere on October 30, and there's a new visual here to reflect the date.

Check out the poster while we wait for more on Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night.

The Progressive movie adapts the light novels of the same name, which serve up a retelling of author Reki Kawahara's first Sword Art Online arc, Aincrad. Ayako Kawano is directing, with Kento Toya returning to design characters and Yasuyuki Kai as action director.

Here's how publisher Yen Press describes the story:

‘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!

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