Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night has received a new trailer, which previews more scenes from the battle against the Aincrad 1st Floor boss, Illfang the Kobold Lord. The movie is currently screening in Japanese theaters following its October 30 premiere in the country.
Aria of a Starless Night is inspired by one of the stories from the Sword Art Online: Progressive light novels’ first volume, but features an original character called Mito and a focus on series heroine Asuna. The Progressive series expands on the “Aincrad Arc” of the original and still ongoing Sword Art Online series.
Sword Art Online -Progressive- Kuraki Yuuyami no Scherzo, a sequel movie based on Sword Art Online Progressive‘s fourth volume, will premiere in 2022.
Aria of a Starless Night ’s staff includes Ayako Kounou (86 EIGHTY-SIX storyboarder) as director, Kento Toya (Sword Art Online Alicization War of Underworld co-character designer and co-chief animation director) as character designer and chief animation director, and Yasuyuki Kai (My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission key animator, Haikyu! The Movie: Battle of Concepts co-action animation director) as action director.
Other staff include Yusa Itou (Woodpecker Detective’s Office) as art director, Naomi Nakano (The Aquatope on White Sand) as color designer, Yuki Ooshima (Cells at Work!!) as photography director, Kengo Oda (Sword Art Online Alicization War of Underworld Final Season) and Hiroshi Nakajima (Fate/Apocrypha) as CG directors, and Yuki Kajiura (The Case Study of Vanitas) as music composer.
Additionally, Aya Akizuki (Sword Art Online Alicization War of Underworld co-sub designer), Tomomi Ishikawa (PERSONA5 the Animation character designer), and Keisuke Watanabe (Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club chief animation director) are the sub character designers. A-1 Pictures is the animation production studio.
Meanwhile, the cast includes Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Kirito, Haruka Tomatsu as Asuna, and Inori Minase as Mito.
Funimation and Aniplex of America are bringing Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- to North America on December 3 and to Australia and New Zealand on December 9. Odex is bringing the movie to Southeast Asia, with Singapore getting a fan’s screening on November 20.
Source: Aniplex YouTube channel