Announced this 4th of July weekend, Sword Art Online is going to be bringing us some new content. One is good while the other might be bad for others.
During Aniplex Online Festival 2021, a key image visual reveals a brand new image of the upcoming anime movie Sword Art Online the Movie – Progressive – Aria of a Starless Night. The image shows the three main characters in the movie which has Kirito, Asuna and the brand new character named Mito both their avatar and real-life versions. For now, it’s been revealed the anime is set to be released in Japanese theaters on October 30th. No news yet for global release.
If you been playing this game on your phone, this could be bad news. It’s been announced from a Bandai Namco in an official statement that the app game Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag will be ending the service. Japan released this game on August 2016, while the West got the game on January 2017. Based on the article, the Japanese version of the game will be ending the service; it doesn’t say anything for the west. On July 30th, gamers will no longer be able to purchase in-game content and August 30th, Bandai Namco will shut the game’s service.
Crunchyroll – Progressive
Crunchyroll – Memory Defrag
Even though Sword Art Online: Alicization is over, there is still more Sword Art Online for the fans. Announced before, there is plans of another Sword Art Online movie titled Sword Art Online the Movie – Progressive – Aria of a Starless Night. The movie will be based on the light novel Sword Art Online Progressive which is written by the same creator Reki Kawahara and the plot of Progressive is a retelling of the story of Aincrad where Kirito, Asuna and many others was trapped for two years. The movie will be released in theaters in Autumn 2021. Revealed in this new trailer, an original anime character will be joining the movie named Mito who will be voiced by Inori Minase (same voice actress who voiced Rem from Re:ZERO – Starting Life in Another World -). I will try to keep you guys updated on the movie news, but know that it’s going to be on the fall this year and let’s hope there won’t be any delays from Covid-19.
With Sword Art Online Alicization completed, fans are looking forward to the anime adaptation to the upcoming Sword Art Online Progressive. However, according to Crunchyroll, the anime is happening, but in a different format.
According to Crunchyroll, it’s been revealed through the Japanese Twitter that the anime will instead be shown as an anime film. A trailer and visual image has been revealed and it shows that the film is called Sword Art Online Progressive the Movie: Aria of a Starless Night (also called Sword Art Online Progressive THE MOVIE: Hoshinaki Yoru no Aria). The movie will be released in 2021.
Progressive is a retelling of the first arc of Sword Art Online and the title of the movie is based on the first chapter of the novel made by creator Reki Kawahara. The film will be directed by Ayako Kawano, who worked on Love Live! Sunshine!!. A-1 Pictures will be returning to animate Progressive.
Synopsis based on the first volume of the novel:
‘There’s no way to beat this game. The only difference is when and where you die…’ One month has passed since Akihiko Kayaba’s deadly game began, and the body count continues to rise. Two thousand players are already dead. Kirito and Asuna are two very different people, but they both desire to fight alone. Nonetheless, they find themselves drawn together to face challenges from both within and without. Given that the entire virtual world they now live in has been created as a deathtrap, the surviving players of Sword Art Online are starting to get desperate, and desperation makes them dangerous to loners like Kirito and Asuna. As it becomes clear that solitude equals suicide, will the two be able to overcome their differences to find the strength to believe in each other, and in so doing survive? Sword Art Online: Progressive is a new version of the Sword Art Online tale that starts at the beginning of Kirito and Asuna’s epic adventure–on the very first level of the deadly world of Aincrad!
Are you ready to jump back into Aincrad?
Great news for Sword Art Online fans! Remember how hype we were when Aniplex was giving us the finale of War of Underworld months ago? If you already seen it, don’t spoil it for dub fans because it has been announced that the second part of War of Underworld will be returning to Saturday night on TV.
Mark your calendars for November 7th, 2020 because Sword Art Online Alicization War of Underworld will be returning in English Dub. Dub fans can finally experience the grand finale of Alicization and sub fans can re-experience epic moments on Toonami. Are you ready for November?
Do you love Sword Art Online and want more? With Alicization – War of Underworld concluding, there is more adventures for Sword Art Online. According to Crunchyroll, the official website of Sword Art Online announced that there is plans for an anime adaptation of Sword Art Online Progressive. Currently, there is six volumes of the novel and it was written by Sword Art Online creator Reki Kawahara. Sword Art Online Progressive is a light novel series retelling the story about Kirito and Asuna during the captivity of Aincrad arc. This will include stories that wasn’t shown in the original Sword Art Online season 1 anime. There is no further news of when the anime will be completed.
Synopsis on Light Novel volume 1 from YenPress:
‘There’s no way to beat this game. The only difference is when and where you die…’One month has passed since Akihiko Kayaba’s deadly game began, and the body count continues to rise. Two thousand players are already dead. Kirito and Asuna are two very different people, but they both desire to fight alone. Nonetheless, they find themselves drawn together to face challenges from both within and without. Given that the entire virtual world they now live in has been created as a deathtrap, the surviving players of Sword Art Online are starting to get desperate, and desperation makes them dangerous to loners like Kirito and Asuna. As it becomes clear that solitude equals suicide, will the two be able to overcome their differences to find the strength to believe in each other, and in so doing survive?Sword Art Online: Progressive is a new version of the Sword Art Online tale that starts at the beginning of Kirito and Asuna’s epic adventure–on the very first level of the deadly world of Aincrad!
Rightstuf describes this movie:
The NerveGear, the world’s first dedicated full-dive device developed by the genius programmer, Akihiko Kayaba in 2022…a revolutionary machine that opened up infinite possibilities for the world of VR (Virtual Reality). 4 years later…. A next-generation, wearable multi-device called the Augma has been released to compete with the NerveGear’s successor, the Amusphere. A cutting-edge machine boasting the ability to enhance AR (Augmented Reality) to the maximum, the Augma offers a safe, user-friendly experience, as it can be used while the player is awake, making it an instant hit. Its most popular title is an ARMMORPG developed exclusively for the Augma, “Ordinal Scale (a.k.a. OS).”
Kirito is about to join Asuna and the others as an Ordinal Scale player, but they’re about to find out that it isn’t all fun and games…
WARNING: This review will have spoilers especially if you have not seen Sword Art Online seasons 1 and 2. For a spoiler-free review, click on the link here.
Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale movie review and experience
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If it wasn’t for the Coronoavirus, we would already have the conclusion to the War of Underworld in April. Announced in a tweet from the official Sword Art Online Twitter, Sword Art Online Alicization War of Underworld will be back and streaming on July 11th. This second part of this anime will also be streamed via services such as Hulu, Crunchyroll, Funimation, and HIDIVE. In Japan, the creators plan to release an “omnibus” episode recapping the first act of War of Underworld in July 4th. Mark your calendars because the next act of the war is coming in July.
With COVID-19 affecting every business in the world, this makes things hard to do normal activities. This pandemic has also affected in the entertainment section in the world such as movies and anime. Unfortunately, this affected some new anime seasons in which they would be released in later 2020 in summer and fall. For example, the final season of Sword Art Online Alicization War of Underworld was planned to be streamed in the spring, but it got pushed back to summer instead.
Fortunately, we did get some news from the team who is making the final season. According to sources from Crunchyroll, the official Dengeki Online Youtube Channel released a livestream revealing some information on the anime. The livestreamed included Sword Art Online creator Reki Kawahara, Aniplex producer Masami Niwa and many more. Despite them having to stay home, they are constantly working hard and creating the anime’s episode by working on the script, storyboards and animation. Even with COVID-19 affecting work, the team is working hard to bring this anime season to life and hopefully release it in July.
As a way to promote people to stay home, the official Sword Art Online website is allowing fans to download a wallpaper featuring Kirito and Eugeo. In this wallpaper, it says “Stay Home.”
If you’re staying home and want to get excited to see the final season of the war in Alicization, feel free to binge watch the Alicization arc.
Sword Art Online Alicization official site
Whether you love or hate Sword Art Online, it’s coming back for Toonami. If you remembered, Toonami premiered the English Dub of Sword Art Online: Alicization in 2019. However, this was just the first act of the Alicization arc and the second act was premiered on sites such as Crunchyroll and Funimation. If you are one of those people who wait for the anime to be in English Dub so you can watch, don’t wait any longer because it is coming sooner than you think. Aniplex announced that the second cour of Sword Art Online: Alicization will be coming to TV on January 18th. The second part of the anime is called Sword Art Online Alicization War of the Underworld. This part of the anime covers volumes 15-18 of the light novels. This anime will be replacing season 2 of One-Punch Man.
If you haven’t seen the anime, don’t read the synopsis for this anime (according to LN volume 15):
Administrator’s defeat has come at a heavy cost: The death of Eugeo as well as the mental decline of Kirito. Six months after the epic battle atop Central Cathedral, Kirito spends his days in the Underworld wheelchair-bound; bereft of emotion or even a will to live. Although Alice and Bercouli do what they can to help him, it isn’t long before the armies of the dark territory are start to move in earnest. The “Final Stress Test” has begun. But will Kirito be ready?
What’s better than Thanksgiving food? Shopping for deals on Black Friday. Technically now, according to some, Black Friday begins after Thanksgiving feasting. In Black Friday, people line up at stores and prepares to buy stuff that in major discounts. Some people stay up early in the morning in order to get those deals while others decides to take a more comfortable and begin an early Cyber Monday and shop online. Even though Cyber Monday begins on the Monday after Thanksgiving weekend, people can shop online early and still get deals. For myself, I am more of a online shopper if I am getting something for myself. On the Black Friday week, I went ahead and order some cool stuff from Barnes and Noble and RIghtstuf.
From Barnes and Noble, I got a Spyro the Dragon and Sparx Pop Funko! figure. This Spyro and Sparx will go great with my collection. He will be with the other video games I have like Crash, Sonic and Sora. Spryo and Sparx is the 38th figure of my collection.
From Rightstuf, I thank God for this sale because I was finally able to get the entire DVD collection of Sword Art Online. Aniplex of America joined this Christmas Holiday sale. As much as I wanted the Blu-Ray version, I stuck with the DVDs. The Blu-Ray collection was too high even for this sale. The collection comes with all the episodes from season 1 and the special episode Sword Art Online: Extra Edition. This cost me about $50.
Even I bought this way back in early November, I feel like sharing this anime collection. I also got the second season of Food Wars in the premium box set. This box set is big as the first set. It comes with exclusive anime items like a pin and scarf. Food Wars: The Second Plate premium set comes with the DVDs and Blu-Ray discs. This was also on sale at the Sentai Filmworks site for whopping of $50.