Funimation and Crunchyroll adds Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale to their Streaming Services


It is certainly a great time to be an SAO Fan, the newest film in the Sword Art Online Franchise opened at the top of the box office, selling 225,000 tickets and earned about 349 million yen (US$3.06 million) in its first two days. The New Film also has a special crossover poster with Marvel Studio’s Newest Film, The Eternals, and now it has been confirmed by Funimation’s Nicholas Friedman and Crunchyroll’s Joseph Luster that both companies added the film Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale to their Streaming Services, premiering today. Both Funimation and Crunchyroll added Subbed and Dubbed Versions of the movie. It will be available for the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.

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The Ordinal Scale Film opened in Japan in February 2017, it sold about 308,376 tickets for 425,762,760 yen (about US$3.76 million) on its opening weekend. Tomohiko Ito directs the film—based on a screenplay by Ito and original Sword Art Online creator Reki Kawahara—at anime production house A-1 Pictures. Also a reminder for fans of the series, the new film Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night go on sale starting on November 12th when it premieres in Western Theaters in December.

In 2022, the world of virtual reality was upended by the arrival of a new invention from a genius programmer, Akihiko Kayaba. Called NerveGear, it was the first full-dive system and with it, came endless possibilities to VRMMORPGs.

In 2026, a new machine called the Augma is developed to compete against the NerveGear and its successor, the Amusphere. A next-gen wearable device, the Augma doesn’t have a full-dive function like its predecessors. Instead, it uses Augmented Reality (AR) to get players into the game. It is safe, user-friendly and lets users play while they are conscious, making it an instant hit on the market. The most popular game on the system is “Ordinal Scale” (aka: OS), an ARMMORPG developed exclusively for the Augma.

Asuna and the gang have already been playing OS for a while, by the time Kirito decides to join them. They’re about to find out that the Ordinal Scale isn’t all fun and games…


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