The upcoming Sword Art Online -Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night movie is set to release in Japan on September 10, the Sword Art Online Twitter account has announced. The first key visual for the film was also released, with Kirito, Asuna, and Argo featured in it.
Some footage from the film was previously shown in March.
Scherzo of Deep Night is the sequel to 2021’s Sword Art Online -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night. Both films are based on the Sword Art Online Progressive spin-off light novel series that expands on the “Aincrad arc” of the original and still ongoing Sword Art Online series. Scherzo of Deep Night is the title of the story in Sword Art Online Progressive‘s fourth volume.
Yen Press describes the volume as:
It’s been just two months since they were trapped in the game of death that is Sword Art Online, and Kirito and Asuna continue their struggle at the vanguard of progress through the game. The fifth floor of Aincrad is a mazelike ruin, and the two dare to take pleasure in raiding it for the treasure it contains. Upon returning to the fourth floor, it’s time to do some questing on behalf of the Elf Lord Yofilis–but here begins Asuna’s discontent, for in doing so they will have to face her least favorite monster ever…
Like the first movie, Scherzo of Deep Night‘s staff includes Ayako Kounou as director, Kento Toya as character designer and chief animation director, and Yasuyuki Kai as action director and monster designer. A-1 Pictures is the animation production company.
Meanwhile, the main cast includes Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Kirito, Haruka Tomatsu as Asuna, and Shiori Izawa as Argo.
The first volume of the Sword Art Online Progressive light novels was published in 2012, several years after the first Sword Art Online volume in 2009, while the eighth and latest volume was published in June 2021. The books are published under Kadokawa’s Dengeki Bunko label.
Both the main and Progressive Sword Art Online light novels are written by Reki Kawahara with illustrations by abec. A manga adaptation of Sword Art Online Progressive by Himura Kiseki ran from 2014 to 2018 with seven tankoubon volumes.