The recent news of the Sword Art Online feature film has now gotten a confirmation promo video that’s arrived with English subtitles where needed from the folks at Aniplex USA. They’ve also opened their online site for it here which details what we know about it so far.
The new film is set to be animated by A-1 Pictures with Tomohiko Itou returning to direct and Shingo Adachi on board to do character designs again. While no details are available about the story, though there’s more than enough material to adapt, the film will be an original story written by Kawahara specifically for the screen.
Original concept: In the year 2022, virtual reality has progressed by leaps and bounds, and a massive online role-playing game called Sword Art Online (SAO) is launched. With the aid of “NerveGear” technology, players can control their avatars within the game using nothing but their own thoughts.
Kazuto Kirigaya, nicknamed “Kirito,” is among the lucky few enthusiasts who get their hands on the first shipment of the game. He logs in to find himself, with ten-thousand others, in the scenic and elaborate world of Aincrad, one full of fantastic medieval weapons and gruesome monsters. However, in a cruel turn of events, the players soon realize they cannot log out; the game’s creator has trapped them in his new world until they complete all one hundred levels of the game.
In order to escape Aincrad, Kirito will now have to interact and cooperate with his fellow players. Some are allies, while others are foes, like Asuna Yuuki, who commands the leading group attempting to escape from the ruthless game. To make matters worse, Sword Art Online is not all fun and games: if they die in Aincrad, they die in real life. Kirito must adapt to his new reality, fight for his survival, and hopefully break free from his virtual hell.