Different press releases reported that the film of A-1 Pictures, Sword Art Online: Progressive – Kuraki Yuuyami no Scherzo (Sword Art Online: Progressive – Scherzo of Deep Night), achieved the first position in earnings in its first weekend in Japan, which included Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23, 2022.
The film got more than 323 million yen (over 2.16 million US dollars) through more than 198,688 tickets sold between the 240 theaters (including IMAX) where it is available. On the other hand, the film premiered on October 22 in theaters in Japan, and it is possible that there are plans to release it in theaters in Mexico and Latin America, as happened with the first film.
In fact, the film was scheduled to be released on September 10, but was even delayed due to complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in production. On the other hand, this movie will adapt the fifth volume of the light novels, which is described as follows:
- The fifth floor of Aincrad is a dimly lit area of ruins and relics. In During the beta test, this floor was the scene of many PKs (Player Kills), so Asuna asks Kirito for a “Player vs. Player” dueling lesson. Asuna considers Kirito to be a very wise and trustworthy person, but she depends on him a lot. For this reason, she will seek to gradually become independent from him on this floor.
- Ayako Kouno (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri) is in charge of directing the feature film at the studios A-1 Pictures.
- Kento Toya (Angel Beats!, Boku dake ga Inai Machi, Nanatsu no Taizai: Imashime no Fukkatsu) is in charge of character design and animation direction, while Yasuyuki Kai is in charge of the design of the monsters.
- yuki kajiura (Kimetsu no Yaiba, Boku dake ga Inai Machi, Fate/Zero) is responsible for the composition of the soundtrack.
Sword Art Online Progressive Synopsis
This is a story that goes back to before “Lightning Flash” and “The Black Swordsman” were known by those names. The day Asuna Yuuki put on the NerveGear, she was a third grader who had never touched a game. On November 6, 2022, the world’s first VRMMORPG, Sword Art Online, is officially released. But the players, still elated to have connected, are suddenly trapped inside the game when the Game Master deprives them of any chance to get out. The Game Master gives them this warning “this may be a game, but it is not something to be played with”.
If a player dies in the game, they also die in real life. Hearing this, the players panic, and chaos reigns. One of these players is Asuna, but even though she still doesn’t know the rules of that world, she is on her way to conquer Aincrad, the floating iron castle whose peak is too high to be seen. As the days go by in this world where death is never far away, she has a fateful encounter. And then a goodbye. Although she is at the mercy of reality in her eyes, Asuna fights with all her might until someone appears before her: the cold swordsman, Kirito…
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