The 2nd Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Scherzo of a Dark Dusk will finally be screening on several Japan movie theatres on October 22, 2022 after it was delayed. This is announced by the movie’s official Twitter account.
These theatres are located in the regions of: Hokkaido and Tohoku, Kanto, Chubu, Kinki, Chugoku/Shikoku, and Kyushu-Okinawa. Availing an advance ticket is also an option on various outlets, as detailed by the official website. The time and price of the screening will depend on the chosen movie theatre. There are no announcements yet about a worldwide premiere.
Sword Art Online -Progressive- Scherzo of a Dark Dusk is the re-telling of the original Sword Art Online: Progressive light novels with additional content. It is a sequel to the first movie, Sword Art Online -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night.
The sequel will follow Asuna Yuuki’s journey in the VR game. This time, she teamed up with a solitary swordsman named Kirito (real name: Kazuto Narusaka/Kirigaya). The progress of her journey became smooth because of her companion, Kirito, as well as an informant named Argo. However, she did not expect to be in the middle of a crossfire between two guilds formed by other players. She and Kirito discovered a mysterious person who may be planning something. Will they be able to succeed in the Aincrad castle with all the challenges at bay?
Check the announcing tweet revealing the second key visual below:
The first movie, Sword Art Online -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night, explores the development of a virtual reality game called ‘Sword Art Online‘. It has a massive multiplayer system and enhances the players’ experience. However, this seemingly innocent and fun game actually hides something sinister as told from Asuna Yuuki’s perspective. Asuna Yuuki is not actually interested in games. She was only convinced by her friend, Misumi, to join the Sword Art Online game as a distraction. Despite Asuna’s popularity in school and financial wealth, she was plagued by a controlling mother. Hence this is why she joined the VR game and sets out on a journey in clearing the Aincrad castle floors. Along the way, she struggles to cope with her new virtual reality.
The sequel’s 1st trailer can also be watched below:
The sequel was first announced in November 2021, during the aftermath of the prequel’s premiere. It was slated to arrive in the fall of 2022 – in September 10, 2022. The key visual was also revealed during this time.
By August 2022, the 2nd trailer has been released. Watch it below:
It was also during this time that it was announced that that the sequel will be delayed in its September 10th premiere. The reason for this was that the production staff contracted COVID-19.
It has just confirmed to have moved to a new date of opening: October 22, 2022. Hopefully it will now push through and the staff members are feeling better now!
For a brief background info, Sword Art Online is the brainchild of Reki Kahawara. It started as a web light novel on his website in 2002. Dengeki Bunko was able to acquire and published Sword Art Online in 2009. Yen Press licensed Sword Art Online to be published in English in 2014. Since then, Sword Art Online has spawned many spin-off series, an anime adaptation, theatrical films, and video games.