After the broadcast of the Sword Art Online 10th Anniversary Countdown, a new promotional video made its debut, including new details of Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night.
It was previously reported that the main staff members from the first film will return for the sequel at A-1 Pictures, which includes Ayako Kono as director, Kento Toya as character designer, and chief animation director, Yasuyuki Kai as action director and monster designer, and Yuki Kajiura as music composer. They will also be joined by “Boss Monster Stage Designer” Junya Ishigaki, sub-character designers Aya Akizuki and Keisuke Watanabe, prop designer Hisashi Higashijima, Art director Yusa Ito, Art/setting director Akihiro Hirasawa, color designer Naomi Nakano, cinematographer Yuki Oshima, and CG director, Kengo Oda.
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka and Haruka Tomatsu were also confirmed to be returning as Kirito and Asuna, joined by Shiori Izawa (Nanachi in Made in Abyss) as Argo “The Rat”, an information broker in Sword Art Online. Also announced were two new cast members, Kaede Hondo as Liten and Yusuke Kobayashi as Morte.
Sword Art Online -Progressive- is a retelling of the series’ first arc, Aincrad. It was first published by author Reki Kawahara in 2012 and now spans eight volumes, with each volume generally covering a single floor in the Sword Art Online game, starting from Floor 1 in Aria of a Starless Night. “Scherzo of Deep Night” is the title of the fourth volume’s storyline, which means we’ll be jumping ahead to Floor 5 of Sword Art Online when the new film premieres this fall in Japan.
Yen Press publishes the Light Novels’ Official English version, describing it 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…
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