‘Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale’ North American Premiere Event

By: Robert Prentice
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Film to Receive Nationwide Theatrical Release Following Premiere

(Press Release) SANTA MONICA, CA (November 11, 2016) – Aniplex of America Inc. announced today that they will be hosting the North American premiere of the highly anticipated feature film Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale-. The premiere will take place at the historic Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 1, 2017. Tickets for the event will be available for purchase on the official website (www.sao-movie.net/us) starting next Tuesday, November 15, at 12PM (PST). Aniplex of America has also announced their plan to release Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale- in theaters nationwide following the premiere event. Details on theater locations and tickets for the nationwide release will be announced at a later date. Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale- will be distributed by ELEVEN ARTS in the original Japanese audio with English subtitles.

About Sword Art Online:
The animated TV series Sword Art Online is based on author Reki Kawahara’s light novel (winner of the 15th Dengeki Novel Award Grand Prize) in which the protagonist Kirito fights to survive in the mysterious next-gen VRMMORPG called “Sword Art Online.” Since the first volume of the novel was published in April 2009, the series has proved extremely popular, with cumulative sales exceeding 12.5 million units in Japan and 19 million worldwide, spawning two TV anime adaptations, video games, comic books, and merchandise.

Story of Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale-:
In 2022, the world of virtual reality was upended by the arrival of a new invention from a genius programmer, Akihiko Kayaba, called NerveGear. It was the first full-dive system, and with it, came endless possibilities to VRMMORPGs.

In 2026, a new machine called the Augma is developed to compete against the NerveGear and its successor, the Amusphere. A next-gen wearable device, the Augma doesn’t have a full-dive function like its predecessors. Instead, it uses Augmented Reality (AR) to get players into the game. It is safe, user-friendly and lets users play while they are conscious, making it an instant hit on the market. The most popular game on the system is “Ordinal Scale” (aka: OS), an ARMMORPG developed exclusively for the Augma. Asuna and the gang have already been playing OS for a while, by the time Kirito decides to join them. They’re about to find out that Ordinal Scale isn’t all fun and games…

For details on Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale-, please visit: www.sao-movie.net/us


  • Original Story: Reki Kawahara (Dengeki Bunko)
  • Director: Tomohiko Ito
  • Character Design & Chief Animation Director: Shingo Adachi
  • Prop Design: Tomoya Nishiguchi
  • Art Director: Takayuki Nagashima
  • Art Setting: Yoshinori Shiozawa
  • Concept Art: Sotaro Hori
  • CGI Director: Ryuta Undo
  • Sound Director: Yoshikazu Iwanami
  • Animation Production: A-1 Pictures
  • Produced by: SAO MOVIE Project
  • Character Design Concept: abec
  • Script: Reki Kawahara/Tomohiko Ito
  • Monster Design: Ryuta Yanagi
  • UI Design: Satoshi Watsuji
  • Art Supervision:Yusuke Takeda
  • Color Design: Satoshi Hashimoto
  • Director of Photography: Kentaro Waki
  • Editing: Shigeru Nishiyama
  • Music: Yuki Kajiura


  • Kirito: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka
  • Asuna: Haruka Tomatsu
  • Yui: Kanae Ito
  • Leafa: Ayana Taketatsu
  • Silica: Rina Hidaka
  • Lisbeth: Ayahi Takagaki
  • Sinon: Miyuki Sawashiro
  • Klein: Hiroaki Hirata
  • Agil: Hiroki Yasumoto
  • Akihiko Kayaba: Koichi Yamadera
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