The official website for the Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night anime film released a new English-subtitled teaser trailer in both 30 and 15 second length variants. The website also revealed new visuals of Kirito, Asuna, and Mito in their game world outfits. The film is set to premiere in Japan on October 30.
The official English account for Sword Art Online revealed that the US release date will be announced at a later date.
Ayako Kawano (Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic, High School Fleet, The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky) is directing the movie. Kento Toya (Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld, The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments) is in charge of character designs, while Yasuyuki Kai and Yuki Kajiura (Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel I. presage flower) are the action director and music composer respectively. A-1 Pictures is in charge of animation production.
Inori Minase voices the new character Mito.
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 anime Twitter