Aniplex of America has recently announced the premiere date for the US theatrical release of Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale. The film will premiere in theaters as a special one day event on March 9, 2017 distributed by Eleven Arts. The screenings for the film will be presented with it’s original Japanese audio and will feature English Subtitles. More information about theater locations and times will be revealed on a later date.
The film will first be presented at a special premiere event on Marc 1 in Hollywood, California.
The cast includes:
- Yoshitsugu Matsuoka – Kirito
- Haruka Tomatsu – Asuna
- Rina Hidaka – Silica/Keiko
- Ayahi Takagaki – Lisbeth/Rika
- Miyuki Sawashiro – Sinon/Shino
- Hiroaki Hirata – Klein/Ryotaro
- Kanae Itō – Yui
- Ayana Taketatsu – Leafa/Suguha
- Hiroki Yasumoto – Agil/Andrew
- Kouichi Yamadera – Akihiko Kayaba
- Sayaka Kanda – AR Idol Yuna
- Yoshio Inoue – Eiji
- Takeshi Kaga – Professor Shigemura
Aniplex of America provided a synopsis for the film.
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…