Upcoming Sword Art Online Movie Releases New Trailer

Today, Sword Art Online fans have a reason to celebrate. After a long wait, tickets for the U.S. release of the franchise's latest film have gone on sale, and it looks like Aniplex is eager to celebrate the ocassion. Not long ago, the Youtube channel for Aniplex U.S. shared a new trailer for Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale- that you can watch above.

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In the subbed trailer, fans are reintroduced to a slew of familiar faces and a couple new ones for safe measure. Both Kirito and Asuna return as leads as the two friends begin playing a new video game that's swept the world by storm. Unlike the Sword Art Online game, this movie's video game foregoes full-on dives and instead uses augmented reality. At first, the game appears to be fun and innocent enough, but that all begins to change when Kirito encounters a beast he and Asuna defeated whilst they were trapped in Sword Art Online.

Next month, Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale- will debut in Japan and other Southeast Asian countries before it debuts in America come March.

If you are not familiar with the film or want to know a bit more, then you can check out its official synopsis below:

"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…"

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Of course, Sword Art Online is already well-known to millions of fans around the world. Its popular manga was published in 2009 and has since sold over 19 million copies since its debut. The manga has since spawned of other comic adaptations and successful video games. Popularly, the franchise was adapted into two anime series which caught Japan and international audiences by storm. The first anime Sword Art Online began back in 2012, and it's sequel series kicked off in 2014.