Sword Art Online Progressive is releasing the next installment adapting the light novel that dives deeper into the first story arc. Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night will be continuing the story of Kirito and Asuna as they are trapped in the VRMMORPG before they defeat the game to escape. The movie explores the stories from their experience during season 1 in the virtual world, which features in the reboot series of the initial story. 

Sword Art Online is a light novel series by Reki Kawahara, winner of the 15th Dengeki Bunko Novel Grand prize. Published by Dengeki Bunko, the story revolves around the main character Kirito and his heroics as a player in Sword Art Online, a next-generation virtual reality massive-multiplayer online role-playing game. The light novel series has enjoyed massive popularity since Volume One was first published in April 2009, with cumulative worldwide sales topping 30 million copies by 2022. 

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An anime adaptation, Sword Art Online Season 1, aired in 2012, followed by four more seasons to date. In 2017, a theatrical film, Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale, was released. Additionally, the franchise has produced a wide-ranging media mix of games, manga, and more. Sword Art Online Progressive is a reboot light novel series, penned by Kawahara himself, offering a deeper look at where it all began, on Aincrad’s first floor. 2021 saw the launch of an all-new animated film adaptation based on the Sword Art Online Progressive light novels.  

The first film in the series, Aria of a Starless Night, a rebooted Aincrad arc seen from Asuna’s point of view, debuted at No. 1 at the weekend box office in Japan and was a long-running hit, staying in theatres nationwide for 10 weeks. And now, Aria’s sequel, Scherzo of Deep Night, will be coming to global theatres in February 2023, taking audiences on a journey back to where it all began! 

Sword Art Online Progressive sequel releasing 2023 

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Theatrical Dates Set for February 1 in the United Kingdom and Ireland; for February 2 in Australia and New Zealand; and for February 3 in the United States and Canada; with additional dates for Europe and Latin America to be announced. Long Awaited Scherzo of Deep Night is the sequel to fan-favorite Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night, continuing the VR death game where “Game Over” leads directly to death in the real world 

Crunchyroll, one of the leading and ultimate anime destinations worldwide, along with partner Aniplex of America, is bringing Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night to theatres across Crunchyroll’s English-speaking territories in February 2023. The popular sci-fi action adventure arrives in theaters in the United Kingdom and Ireland on Wednesday, February 1; in Australia and New Zealand on Thursday, February 2; and in the United States and Canada on Friday, February 3. Additional theatrical release dates for Europe and Latin America to be announced soon. The film will be available in both Japanese with English subtitles as well as dubbed in English. 

Scherzo of Deep Night is the anticipated sequel to Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night (2021), now available to stream on Crunchyroll.com. The film follows protagonist Asuna as she continues her journey through the virtual reality death game, where “Game Over” means death in the real world. 

Official Film Synopsis: 

This may be a game, but it’s not something you play. 

The world’s first VRMMORPG (Sword Art Online) became a game of death. Over a month has passed since 10,000 users were trapped inside the game world. Asuna, who cleared the first floor of the floating iron castle of Aincrad, joined up with Kirito and continued her journey to reach the top floor. With the support of female Information Broker Argo, clearing the floors seemed to be progressing smoothly, but… 

Conflict erupts between two major guilds who should be working together – the top player groups ALS (the Aincrad Liberation Squad) and DKB (the Dragon Knights Brigade). And meanwhile, behind the scenes exists a mysterious figure pulling the strings…. 

In a dangerous battle of death, there is an assault that differs from the threat, and it will involve Asuna and Kirito…! 

Run time: 100 minutes 

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The storyline of the Sword Art Online video game only lasts for half a season, which was odd considering the amount of time past in the show and the potential story left behind. Although the anime series moved on from the original game, it is fantastic that fans can explore more in-depth story relating to Kirito, Asuna, and their friends that were trapped in the VRMMORPG. The first half of the show is what captivated audiences so adding more details and experiences will give fans a chance to see a full look at what Reki Kawahara had envisioned.

To this day, many fans hope to experience this game as depicted one day but till then, the movies are the best way to explore this amazing world.  

Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night will be releasing in theatres for UK & Ireland on 1st of February and US & Canada on February 3rd, 2023. To find out more about the latest Progressive movie, check out the official website using the following link

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Source: Crunchyroll

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