On the official site of the franchise Sword Art Online It was announced that the film Sword Art Online: Progressive – Kuraki Yuuyami without Scherzo (Scherzo of a deep night), the second part of the film project based on the spin-off light novels Sword Art Online: Progressiveannounced that the premiere has been rescheduled for next October 22nd in theaters in Japan.

The film was scheduled to be released on September 10 but was delayed due to complications caused to production by the COVID-19 pandemic. On the other hand, this film adapts the fifth volume of the light novels, which is described as follows:

  • The fifth floor of Aincrad is a dimly lit area of ​​ruins and relics. In the beta test, this ground was the scene of a lot of PKs (Player Kills), so Asuna asks Kirito for a Player vs. Player dueling lesson. Asuna considers Kirito to be a very wise and trustworthy person, but she is very dependent on him. For this reason, she will try to gradually make herself independent of him on this floor.
Sword Art Online: Progressive

voice output

  • Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Kazuto Kirigaya/Kirito.
  • Haruka Tomatsu as Asuna Yuuki.
  • Shiori Izawa like Argus.

production team

  • Ayako Kuno (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, Tor: Jieitai Kanochi Night, Kaku Tatakaeri) is responsible for directing the feature film at the studios A-1 Pictures.
  • Kento Toya (Angel Beats!, Boku dake ga Inai Machi, Nanatsu no Taizai: Imashime no Fukkatsu) meanwhile is in charge of character design and animation direction Yasuyuki Kai is responsible for the design of the monsters.
  • Yuki Kajiura (Kimetsu no Yaiba, Boku dake ga Inai Machi, Fate/Zero) is responsible for composing the soundtrack.

Sword Art Online Progressive Summary

This is a story that goes back before “Lightning Flash” and “The Black Swordsman” were known by those names. The day Asuna Yuuki donned the NerveGear, she was a third-grader who had never touched a game. On November 6, 2022, the world’s first VRMMORPG, Sword Art Online, will be officially released. But the players, still delighted to have connected, are suddenly caught up in the game as the gamemaster denies them any chance to get out. The gamemaster gives them this warning: “This may be a game, but it’s not something to play with”.

If a player dies in-game, they die in real life too. Hearing this, players panic and chaos ensues. One of those players is Asuna, but while she still doesn’t know the rules of this world, she’s on her way to conquer Aincrad, the floating iron castle whose top is too high to be seen. As the days pass in this world where death is never far away, she has a fateful encounter. And then a farewell. Despite being at the mercy of reality before her very eyes, Asuna fights with all her might until someone appears in front of her: the cold swordsman Kirito…

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