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Sword Art Online: Progressive Film Premieres Today in Japan

The anime film Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night premieres today in Japan, and it released a total of 24 trailers ahead of the premiere. The official website of the series revealed the main trailer on September 16, 2021, which you can watch below:

Sword Art Online: Progressive main trailer

In October 2021, they released three special trailers with the titles Friendship, World, and Battle editions. Next, the official website of the franchise also uploaded a special video, promoting that the film will be available in more than 40 countries soon.

The official YouTube account of Aniplex Japan uploaded the first trailer of the film on November 8, 2020, which you can also watch below:

Sword Art Online: Progressive first trailer

The movie had a weekly countdown on ABEMA TV which started in September 2021. Each arc of the original series was broadcast as part of the countdown, and it ended in the final week of October 2021. The official website of the series also started a countdown video for the film on October 25, 2021. It ended on October 29, 2021, and you can watch the final countdown video below:

Sword Art Online: Progressive final countdown video

As for the international release date, Funimation announced that they will bring it together with Aniplex of America to theaters around the US and Canada this December.

The anime film Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night is based on Reki Kawahara’s Sword Art Online: Progressive light novel series, ASCII Media Works started publishing it in October 2012. The novel is still ongoing and currently has 8 volumes. The movie will adapt some parts of the novel’s first volume, although it will be from Asuna’s point of view.

Ayako Kono (Gate) directed the movie, while A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online series, 86-Eighty Six-) animated it.

Sword Art Online: Progressive Synopsis

“There’s no way to beat this game. The only difference is when and where you die…”
One month has passed since Akihiko Kayaba’s deadly game began, and the body count continues to rise. Two thousand players are already dead.


Kirito and Asuna are two very different people, but they both desire to fight alone. Nonetheless, they find themselves drawn together to face challenges from both within and without. Given that the entire virtual world they now live in has been created as a deathtrap, the surviving players of Sword Art Online are starting to get desperate, and desperation makes them dangerous to loners like Kirito and Asuna. As it becomes clear that solitude equals suicide, will the two be able to overcome their differences to find the strength to believe in each other, and in so doing survive?

Yen Press

Source: Official Website
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