New 'Sword Art Online' Movie U.S. Premiere Date Revealed
"SAO" fans in America will now have the chance to watch the new "Sword Art Online" movie at a special event hosted by Fathom Events. Fans will also have access to "exclusive content" at the one-night special screening.
According to Collider, the one-night event will be held in select movie theaters on Thursday, March 9 at 8:00 p.m. EST. The event will be hosted by Fathom Events, Aniplex of America Inc. and ELEVEN ARTS. "Sword Art Online" fans also look forward to exclusive content that will be showcased alongside "the full-length, English subtitled feature." However, the "exclusive content" will be revealed at a later date.
After the Fathom premiere event, "Sword Art Online: The Movie - Ordinal Scale" will then commence its wide theatrical release. Interested fans can purchase tickets for the premiere event by visiting www.FathomEvents.com, www.elevenarts.net/sao, or participating theater box offices. Fans of the franchise in America can watch the upcoming movie at more than 500 select movie theaters.
The "Sword Art Online" anime is based on the light novel of the same title. The light novels are written by Reki Kawahara. The "Sword Art Online" franchise also includes video games, manga, and various merchandise.
The official synopsis of the new "Sword Art Online" movie reads, "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...," per Anime News Network.
In Japan, the new "Sword Art Online" movie will open on February 18. Watch the trailer of "Sword Art Online The Movie - Ordinal Scale" below.