Sword Art Online is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the anime's original debut, and part of this celebration will include a new live-action stage play hitting Japan later this Fall! Reki Kawahara's original light novel series has been running for quite a while, and the anime has exploded in popularity in the decade since its premiere. The franchise has since branched off into all sorts of anime sequels, movies, spin-off projects and more, and there was also word of a live-action series in the works several years back as well. But there's yet to be any word on when that will happen.
While it has been a few years since the live-action Sword Art Online series was announced to be in the works for Netflix, fans have been given an idea of just how it could all look in the real world with the upcoming stage play for the franchise. A new stage play titled Sword Art Online -Dive to Stage- is currently scheduled to be making its way overseas later this Fall, and to give fans an idea of what to expect, a new poster shows off its takes on the main characters, Kirito and Asuna. You can check it out below:
Sword Art Online -Dive to Stage- is scheduled to run at the Tokyo International Forum Hall C from November 8-13, and will be taking on the Aincrad arc seen in the first season of the series. Featuring the main players of Rin Matsubara as Kirito and Minami Tsukui as Asuna, the show will even feature voices from the cast of the anime as they act out some of the arcs biggest scenes. Unfortunately, there's no word of any international way to check out the play just yet.
As for what to expect from the story of the play, Sword Art Online -Dive to Stage- is officially teased as such, "The story will be told with great intensity through a fusion of the stage utilizing the latest technology and the stunning action and performance by the live cast members. This is the birth of a new kind of live entertainment that immerses the audience in the world of SAO."
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