Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of Deep Night Gets Post-Release Trailer

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Aniplex has released a new trailer for Sword Art Online -Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night, which debuted in Japanese theaters on October 22. The new trailer features more action cuts and footage of Mito, Asuna’s movie-original friend who was introduced in last year’s Sword Art Online -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night.

The trailer’s title also makes a point to mention that the the film, which began 4DX, MX4D, and Dolby Cinema screenings on November 3, is performing well at the box office. A new Sword Art Online -Progressive- story by author Reki Kawahara with illustrations from abec will be distributed to up to 250 thousand moviegoers on November 5 in commemoration. Scherzo of Deep Night placed first in its first weekend ranking with 344 million yen (~US$2.31 million) and placed fourth in the subsequent weekend.

The movie is inspired by the fourth volume of the Sword Art Online Progressive spin-off light novel series, which features the Scherzo of Deep Night story. The Progressive light novels expand on the “Aincrad arc” of the original and still ongoing Sword Art Online series. 

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…

The returning staff from Aria of a Starless Night includes Ayako Kounou as director, Kento Toya as character designer and chief animation director, Yasuyuki Kai as action director and monster designer, Aya Akizuki and Keisuke Watanabe as sub-character designers, and Yuki Kajiura as music composer. A-1 Pictures is the animation production company. 

Meanwhile, the cast includes Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Kirito, Haruka Tomatsu as Asuna, Shiori Izawa as Argo, Inori Minase as Mito, and Yuusuke Kobayashi as Morte.

The Sword Art Online Progressive light novel series began in 2012 and has eight volumes as of 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 Kawahara and illsutrated by abec.

The Sword Art Online Progressive light novels have been adapted into manga since 2014. Instead of being adapted as a single, lengthy series, the light novels are divided into separate manga series from different artists, with Sword Art Online Progressive by Himura Kiseki being the first. August 26 saw the release of the second tankoubon volume of Mugetsu‘s Canon of the Golden Rule.

Source: Aniplex YouTube channel

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