Theatrical Release Announced For ‘Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night’!

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Ohhhhhhh man, Funimation has announced the the theatrical release date for Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night, which is directed by Ayako Kono with animation production from A-1 Pictures!

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The film will be coming to theaters on December 3rd in IMAX for the U.S. and Canada, and December 9th for Australia and New Zealand, but no release date for United Kingdom, Ireland and Latin America as of yet. The tickets will be available for pre-order on November 5th (U.S. & Canada) and November 9th (Australia & New Zealand). Also, the film will be available both subbed and dubbed, and the run time is 1 hour and 37 minutes.

Here’s the film synopsis for Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night:

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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…

Check out the cast for the film:

Kirito: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Japanese voice); Bryce Papenbrook (English voice)

Asuna: Haruka Tomatsu (Japanese voice); Cherami Leigh (English voice)

Mito: Inori Minase (Japanese voice)

I’m actually hyped for the film. I’ve been a fan of the franchise for a long time now, and I’ve been looking forward to this prequel. In my opinion, next to the Alicization arc, I feel like the early parts of the series is where it was the strongest for sure. Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night is going to be fire!

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