Sword Art Online has a new movie in the works releasing overseas later this year, and a new trailer for Sword Art Online -Progressive- Scherzo of a Dark Dusk has revealed more of the staff and cast for the big sequel! When the TV anime series rounded up the last of the Alicization saga, it was announced that the franchise would be continuing with a new film taking on the first arc from Reki Kawahara's official spin-off series, Sword Art Online Progressive. This first film did so well that now a second one is on the way for the next few arcs in the spin-off.
Sword Art Online -Progressive- Scherzo of a Dark Dusk will be hitting theaters across Japan starting on September 10th, and while it has yet to reveal any international release plans as of this writing, what has been revealed is that the cast and staff are returning for the second movie. There will be some new additions to the cast for this next major arc of the spin-off series (which explores how Kirito and Asuna make their way through the floors on Aincrad), and you can see them in action for a bit with the latest trailer below:
Returning for Scherzo of a Dark Dusk are director Ayako Kohno for A-1 Pictures. Kento Toya serves as character designer once again, Yasuyuki Kai returns as action director, and Yuki Kajiura returns to compose the music. Joining the returning cast for the second film are Kaede Hondo will play Liten and Yusuke Kobayashi as Morte. Fans might have noticed how the title of the film seems to skip over some of the events left off from the original spin-off series after Aria of a Starless Night in the first film.
Series creator Reki Kawahara actually took to Twitter to explain why the films are skipping some of the arcs (especially the Elf War Quest) and had the following the say, "If you've read the original SAO Progressive novel, you might be wondering "what about Rondo, Concerto, and Barcarolle?" Due to various circumstances, such as the Elf War Quest not being completed yet, we decided to adapt the Scherzo volume instead. I'm sure it'll be a great, satisfying movie, so look forward to it."
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