Sword Art Online has a new movie in the works that will be released overseas later this year, and a new trailer for Sword Art Online -Progressive- Scherzo of a Dark Dusk has revealed more of the staff and cast for the big sequel! As the TV anime series wrapped up the last of the Alicization saga, it was announced that the franchise would continue with a new movie that would take over the first arc of Reki Kawahara’s official spin-off series, Sword Art Online Progressive. This first movie did so well that a second one is now on the way for the next few arcs in the spin-off.
Sword Art Online -Progressive- Scherzo of a Dark Dusk will hit theaters in Japan on September 10, and while no international release plans have been announced at the time of writing, it has been revealed that the cast and staff will return for the second film. There will be some new additions to the cast for this next big arc of the spin-off series (which explores how Kirito and Asuna make their way through the floors on Aincrad), and you can see them in action a bit with the latest the trailer below:
Returns for Scherzo of a dark twilight his director Ayako Kohno for A-1 Pictures. Kento Toya returns as character designer, Yasuyuki Kai returns as action director, and Yuki Kajiura returns to compose the music. In addition to the returning cast for the second film, Kaede will play Hondo Liten and Yusuke Kobayashi as Morte. Fans may have noticed how the film’s title seems to skip some of the events left over from the original spin-off series after Aria of a Starless Night in the first film.
Series creator Reki Kawahara took to Twitter to explain why the movies skip some arcs (especially the Elf War Quest), saying the following: “If you’ve read the original SAO Progressive novel, you may be wondering “what about Rondo, Concerto and Barcarolle?” Due to various circumstances, such as the Elf War Quest not yet completed, we decided to adjust the Scherzo volume instead. I’m sure it’s going to be a great, satisfying movie, so look forward to it.”
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