Ladies and gentlemen, we’re getting a new Sword Art Online anime! This new movie will adapt Reki Kawahara’s Sword Art Online: Progressive light novels, and its title will be Gekijou-ban Sword Art Online: Progressive Hoshi Naki Yoru no Aria (Sword Art Online the Movie: The Aria of the Night Without Stars). It will open in 2021, and the staff also revealed an announcement trailer as well:
『劇場版 ソードアート・オンライン プログレッシブ 星なき夜のアリア』
— アニメ ソードアート・オンライン 公式 (@sao_anime) November 8, 2020
Much like the Sword Art Online TV anime, A-1 Pictures will once again be animating the project. Ayako Kawano will be directing the film, with Kento Toya returning as character designer. Meanwhile, here is the anime’s new key visual:
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka and Haruka Tomatsu are both returning as Kirito and Asuna respectively.
Creator Reki Kawahara himself wrote the light novels, and it features a better look at what happened over at Aincrad when the Sword Art Online incident happened. It expands the Aincrad storyline, which many fans found to be too short and had a lot of wasted potential. As for the anime itself, they announced the Progressive light novels’ anime adaptation last September.
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Source: SAO Anime official Twitter Page