“Sword Art Online” is a popular novel which has totally sold 16.7 million copies all over the world. The novel has been animated into the animation film – “Sword Art Online -Ordinal Scale-” – by Kawahara Riku’s original story and it is going to be released in 2017. Kawahara Riku is the original author of “Sword Art Online”.
Alongside of the release of the main information, the character setting and the key visuals of the main characters, Kirito and the heroine, Asuna has been revealed. ‘abec’ is in charge of the characters’ original designs. Moreover, a limited amount of tickets with special visual images are going to be sold during the event “Anime-Japan 2016” on March 26th (Sat) and on March 27th (Sun) at the Tokyo Big Site. You can buy the tickets at the Aniplex booth.
The story of “Sword Art Online” is about a boy, Kirito, and his friends who are locked into the death game. They try to get out of the game by cooperating with each other. A TV animation followed in 2012 and since then it has been mediatized in multiple ways, such as game and comic adaptions.
The TV animation series’ package was sold about 0.93 million times. In terms of movie distribution on the internet, it has reached 700 million views in overseas only. You can see that the animation is internationally popular, not only in Japan. The popularity has spread in the world, so many foreign fans are supporting the animation as one of the representative Japanese animations.
“Sword Art Online -Ordinal Scale-” the movie
○Theatrically opens in ２０１７
○Original Script：pecial new story which is written by Kawahara Reki
Original story and script：Kawahara Reki（Dengekibunko issue）
Original character design：abec
character design：Adachi Shingo
Production team：SAO MOVIE Project
【Explanation of the story】
“A new device for AR（Agumented Reality）called《Augma》,
what awaits Kirito and his friends in this next stage,《Ordinal Scale》”
multi-device is a small wearable device like a headphone of the next generation. The compactness is way better than the VR machine ≪AmuSphere≫. Instead of implementing the full dive function, it maximized the function of AR（Agumented Reality). It is possible to send any visual, audial and tactile data to any person who is awake. There are many users who use the device for fitness and health control.
→New device: Augma’s design is going to be revealed at “Sakura-Con 2016” on March 25th (Fri) to March 27th (Sun) in Seattle, Washington State (USA).
※Kawahara Riku who has written the original Script and abec who worked on the character design, are going to be on stage .
ARMMO RPG is available only for《Auguma》. The game has become very popular because of its latest technology is known as the game of the next generation. In the augmented world, you need to collect items, beat monsters and increase the <rank> of your character. 《The characteristic of Ordinal Scale（OS）is this《Ranking System》. All the players’ statuses are decided by the ranking number, which is the ordinal number, not the cardinal number. So depending on your rank, you are given an overwhelming amount of power and in the solo PvP, the ranking affects yout chance of winning or losing.
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