The official website of the anime adaptation of Reki Kawahara and abec’s Sword Art Online has announced that a brand new original movie is in production.
Here is the announcement trailer:
Recently, the second film in the Sword Art Online: Progressive film series was released in Japan on October 22nd, Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of Deep Night. The film adapts the 4th volume of the Sword Art Online: Progressive light novel series.
Sword Art Online is a light novel series written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec. Kawahara is also the author of Accel World. The light novel series began in 2009 being published in ASCII Media Works’ Dengeki Bunko. To date, a total of 26 volumes have been published. Since the series’s debut, the series has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. The series received a TV anime adaptation in 2012, produced by A-1 Pictures. Since the anime’s first broadcast the franchise has blown up in popularity. The anime was followed by a recap film, a second season, and an original anime film that was released on over 1000 screens worldwide. Since then, the series has appeared in many media with international merchandise, various manga adaptations of the light novel’s arcs, and video games. In addition, Kawahara has relaunched the series as Sword Art Online: Progressive, a re-release of the original light novels with additional content in 2012.
Here is a synopsis of the anime from MAL:
1 year after the SAO incident, Kirito is approached by Seijiro Kikuoka from Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Department “VR Division” with a rather peculiar request.
That was an investigation on the “Death Gun” incident that occurred in the gun and steel filled VRMMO called Gun Gale Online (GGO). “Players who are shot by a mysterious avatar with a jet black gun lose their lives even in the real world…” Failing to turn down Kikuoka’s bizarre request, Kirito logs in to GGO even though he is not completely convinced that the virtual world could physically affect the real world.
Kirito wanders in an unfamiliar world in order to gain any clues about the “Death Gun.” Then, a female sniper named Sinon who owns a gigantic “Hecate II” rifle extends Kirito a helping hand. With Sinon’s help, Kirito decides to enter the “Bullet of Bullets,” a large tournament to choose the most powerful gunner within the realm of GGO, in hopes to become the target of the “Death Gun” and make direct contact with the mysterious avatar.
A brand new original Sword Art Online movie has been announced and is in production.