Sword Art Online Progressive Teases U.S. Release Date

The story of the digital world that made Kirito the Black Swordsman a household name among anime fans is getting ready to return to North America with Sword Art Online Progressive. With the latest series in the Sword Art Online franchise, Alicizathion - War of Underworld, recently coming to a close, a brand new movie is on the way that will further explore the digital world from a new perspective, revisiting the events of the original series.

During a special event held for the film as part of Aniplex Online Fest, it was confirmed that Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night would be officially be hitting theaters in Japan this October. But while fans in Japan will be able to check it out this Fall, fans in other territories will have to wait a little longer. Luckily, the official Twitter account for Sword Art Online's United States release announced that information about the movie's North American drop will be "coming soon.":

Directed by Ayako Kawano for A-1 Pictures, Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night will feature returning character designer from the anime series, Kento Toya, Yasuyuki Kai returning as action director, and Yuki Kajiura returning to compose the music for the new feature. Yoshitsugu Matsuoka and Haruka Tomatsu have been set to return for the movie as Kirito and Asuna respectively, and it will introduce a new character voiced by Inori Minase.

This project is tackling the first arc of Sword Art Online Progressive, a companion series written by the original creator that shows what happened on the floors Kirito and Asuna first explored during the Aincrad arc that had been skipped over during the events of the original series. With this being the third arc of the spin-off, it opens the door for more potential entries but we'll see soon whenever we finally get a United States release date.

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