By; Scarlett Cardenas
Years after its original premiere in the US, Sword Art Online got its first canon movie which premiered in the US March 9, 2017. It was a one day, one screening event in select movie theaters in the US. Tickets were purchasable before on websites such as Fandango and Regal Cinemas.
The sequel movie of the original anime, manga, and light novel series, Sword Art Online (SAO) created by Reki Kawahara, called Ordinal Scale (OS) took place after the events of season two.
The movie takes place in 2026, about four years after the incident of VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) game SAO (Sword Art Online) keeping the players captive in the game until the game was cleared two years after by beta tester Kazuto Kirigaya (Kirito) and Asuna, a female gamer and in-game wife who he fell in love with while trapped in SAO. She was known as the strongest and most beautiful female (of the few) in the game, she and Kirito vowed to survive SAO and to be together in the real world.
The movie’s plot revolves around their relationship and the release of a device that allows the use of virtual reality in real life. Its most popular game being Ordinal Scale (OS). The game featured old SAO bosses and live musical performances from an AI (Artificial Intelligence) singing idol who was a mascot for OS named Yuna. Nothing is suspicious until former SAO survivors who fought against the old SAO bosses in OS begin to experience memory loss revolving their time spent in SAO, including Asuna, and Klein, one of the first friends Kirito made when he first played SAO on its release day. Finding this highly suspicious and interesting, Kirito begins investigating Ordinal Scale and its connection with the SAO incident in order to save everyone’s memories of SAO from being completely erased.
I thought this movie was a brilliant addition to the Sword Art Online storyline that all SAO fans will like. It expands the storyline, introduces new characters and gives further development to the main cast. I bought a ticket online to see the movie on the premiere in theaters. I had an amazing time. The theater had plenty of anime fans bursting with excitement, including me.
SAO fans who have seen the film say that the film is like the sequel the anime never got. That the audience got the feeling that something very important was constantly at stake. The movie is bound to make fans of the anime fall in love with the series once again. It was given the same formula for season 1 but continuing from season 2 while introducing new characters and giving underrated characters more background and screen time. This movie does justice to season 2 because it fills previous plot holes and unanswered questions as well.
Photo Courtesy of Sword Art Online Ordinal Scale Wiki.
Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale theatrical movie poster