To commemorate its release, a secret dinner show in collaboration with travel agency H.I.S took place on 21 February.
The event was joined by fans not only from Japan, but from around the world. SAO was able to allow everyone cross borders as the fans interacted with each other. The guests enjoyed a luxurious full course French dinner, which spanned from hors d’oeuvres to dessert.
The dinner show was attended by SAO creator Reki Kawahara, as well as his editor, Kazuma Miki, who was also a producer of the movie. Kawahara seemed to be overwhelmed by the fans who gathered there, ‘I sincerely feel so grateful to see people from all over the world make their way here tonight’. He and the fans raised their glasses to celebrate the release with special drinks inspired by Kirito and Asuna.
At the talk show, Kawahara was asked about his favorite scene, ‘I loved Silica’s dancing scene in the shopping mall. That scene makes me feels a little strange. I think of her as very cute, but I feel embarrassed every time I watch it.’ His answer caused the audience to burst into laughter. Miki was asked about his favorite male character. He selected Eiji, one of the new characters, ‘You’ll come to understand what is good about him by the end of the movie.’
Kawahara and Miki were utterly impressed by the fans who turned up cosplaying as SAO: Ordinal Scale versions of Kirito, Asuna, and Silica. Two of the fans said they spent two weeks hand-making their cosplays especially for this event. The dinner show was wrapped up with a sweet dessert and greetings from Kawahara and Miki. The stage was then handed over to LiSA for her mini concert.
LiSA for her mini concert
When LiSA appeared on the stage the fans welcomed her with roars of excitement. She signalled the start of the show by saying ‘even though you guys are smartly dressed tonight, let’s go wild!’. The show kicked off with the opening theme song of the Aincrad Arc of the first TV series, Crossing Field.
Between the songs, she spoke in English for the overseas fans, and then sang her second song, Shirushi, which was the ending song for the Mother’s Rosary Arc of the second TV series. She confessed that she was so happy when she first listened her song on the TV series.
Her last song of the night was Catch the Moment, the main theme song of Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale. Her thoughts were embedded in the song, ‘my wishes for everyone to live each day to the fullest as every day is a special day for each of us.’ The show climaxed when she started singing the song and the venue was filled with deafening cheers from the fans.
Comments from the Guests
Q: Sharing their feelings of the dinner show
‘I’m so apprehensive since it’s the first time I’ve come to such a large dinner show. I’m truly grateful for the people who gathered here tonight even from overseas.’
‘I’m impressed by the enthusiasm of the fans from overseas, as well as the fans from Japan. I hope everyone will enjoy the show.’
Q: Regarding how the plans of production started
‘After the successful TV series ended without a hitch two years and three months ago, the plan to create a theatrical adaptation emerged as the next step.’
‘At the beginning, we discussed making a movie based on the Aincrad Arc at the beginning of the novels. However, we decided to create a new, original story which is a succession of the TV series. We wanted to talk about the future, not the past.’
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