During AnimeJapan 2021, Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night was confirmed for Fall 2021 in Japan. A new preview trailer was also released. Inori Minase will voice the new character Mito, who did not appear in the original light novel.
A new key visual was also revealed and illustrated by abec (original illustration and character design concept).
Ayako Kawano (surname romanized as Kouno according to Sakuga Blog and MyAnimeList, Kawano according to Anime News Network) is directing the movie. Kento Toya is in charge of character designs, while Yasuyuki Kai and Yuki Kajiura are the action director and music composer respectively. A-1 Pictures is in charge of animation production.
Yen Press is publishing the English version of the Sword Art Online: Progressive light novels and describes the first volume as:
“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!
Unlike the main Sword Art Online series’ Aincrad arc, which was told entirely through Kirito’s perspective, Aria on a Starless Night features several chapters told from the perspective of Asuna, albeit using a third-person point of view instead of the first-person point of view found in Kirito’s chapters.
Source: Sword Art Online official Twitter, AnimeJapan 2021, PR Times
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