Sword Art Online is a TV anime adaptation based on a Japanese light novel series written by Reki Kawahara, the 15th Dengeki Novel Prize’s Grand Prize winner. The series is about the protagonist Kirito playing the mysterious next-generation online game called ‘Sword Art Online’.
Since its first original release in April, 2009, the series has gained a lot of popularity, selling over 12.5 million copies in Japan. It has been widely adapted to multiple different media, two TV anime series, games, comics and various merchandise, forming a media-mix franchise.
Its animated film, Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale, features a complete original story by the original author, Kawahara, and will premiere in February 18, 2017. Many fans of the franchise all over the world are eagerly anticipating its release.
Kadokawa Corporation and ASCII Media Works held an event called ‘Dengeki Bunko Autumn Festival 2016′ in Akihabara UDX, Tokyo, and had a special talk show on the main stage with guest speakers from the series: Haruka Tomatsu (Asuna), Ayana Taketatsu (Leafa), Kanae Itou (Yui), Rina Hidaka (Silica), and Ayahi Takagaki (Lizbeth). The audience was full of enthusiastic fans who welcomed the guests with huge heated cheers.
Besides all the new information about the series, they also held a quiz segment where they challenged the guest speakers’ passion towards the series. The audience burst into laughter at their unique answers. Especially, Haruka Tomatsu who is voicing Asuna devoted herself to excite the crowd and stuck to deliberately wrong answers, drawing a gale of laughter every time she replied.
Here are the guest speakers’ comments:
Rina Hidaka (for Silica)
I really appreciate that so many people came here today. Just as the last event, I had a lot of fun presiding at the show. I think we delivered all sorts of information and I hope you all look forward to Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale.
Ayahi Takagaki (for Lizbeth)
Thank you very much for today. I’m happy to present you the latest promotion video of Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale. Its premise is AR in the real world, and it is fascinating and very different from the previous series that there are existing locations in real life. Please look forward to the new world of Sword Art Online.
Kanae Itou (for Yui)
I’m happy that I managed to win the quiz with serious answers. Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale is set in the real world, and I’m also looking forward to the scripts myself to see how Yui participates in the story, as the recording hasn’t started yet. Thank you very much for today.
Ayana Taketatsu (Leafa)
Thank you very much for coming to have fun with us. I’m so glad that we could present you the latest information on Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale. I tried hard and seriously at the quiz, so I’m happy to win the first prize and to receive nice advance tickets as a reward. I’d like to go watch it with everyone. Please look forward to the release.
Haruka Tomatsu (for Asuna)
Thank you very much for today. I hope you all enjoyed the special preview to see the serious moments and heart warming daily life scenes in it. Actually I saw the second special preview for the first time today too, and I can’t wait for the recordings. I’ll do my best to convey the excitement of the show to the audience at the theaters. Please continue to give us your support for Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale.
She is a diva singer, the first ever AR(Augmented Reality) idol in Ordinal Scale. Players can acquire special effects if they run across her stage inside the game.
He is a mysterious young swordsman that Kirito and his friends encounter in game. His high rank is famous in Ordinal Scale.
He is the developer of the AR(Augmented Reality) device called ‘Augma’, and is a leading expert on non-invasive(it does not harm human organism) Brain Machine Interface researches. He works as a professor in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department at Touto Technological University. Because of his radical researching styles, he is treated as an outcast in academia.
Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale
Public release: Saturday, February 18, 2017
First-run showing in Japan
Distributed by Aniplex
(C)2016 川原 礫/KADOKAWA アスキー・メディアワークス刊/SAO MOVIE Project
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