Aniplex Sets US Box Office Date for Sword Art Online Film

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Highly Anticipated Feature Film to Hit U.S. Box Offices on March 9, 2017

SANTA MONICA, CA (December 6, 2016) – Aniplex of America Inc. announced today that the nationwide release of the highly anticipated feature film Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale- will take place on March 9, 2017. Details on theater locations and tickets for the nationwide release will be announced at a later date on the official homepage (www.sao-movie.net/us). 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 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 device 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

STAFF

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

CAST

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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