New Sword Art Online Movie Begins U.S. Ticket Sales On Friday

Anime fans, it is time you looked up your nearest cinemas. Over the past few years, studios like [...]

Anime fans, it is time you looked up your nearest cinemas. Over the past few years, studios like Aniplex and Funimation have worked hard to bring some of the world's biggest anime series to the big screen, and the former will do so again this March. In the spring, Aniplex of America will screen the latest Sword Art Online film in a slew of theaters. Now, the company has partnered with distributor Eleven Arts to roll out ticket sales for the limited event.

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Earlier today, Aniplex announced that they will begin ticket sales for Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale- on Friday, January 6. The sale will go live at 12:00 p.m. PST at the movie's official homepage. The movie will screen for one night only on Thursday, March 9.

If you are not familiar with the film, 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…"

Of course, Sword Art Online is known to millions of fans all over the world. The hugely popular manga was first published in 2009 and has sold over 19 million copies since its debut. The manga has since spawned of other comic adaptations and a very successful video game. Most 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.

(Photo: A-1 Pictures )

This is not the first and only anime feature coming to theaters in the U.S. In less than a week, Funimation will bring the latest One Piece film to theaters for a limited run, and Studio Ghibli is releasing Princess Mononoke into cinemas to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

[H/T] Anime News Network