After a delay because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Sword Art Online’s 2nd Progressive Film Sword Art Online the Movie – Progressive – Kuraki Yuyami no Scherzo (Scherzo of a Dark Dusk) is finally coming to the movie theaters on October 22, 2022.
On Friday, the 9th of September, the Official website for the progressive film franchise released the trailer for the upcoming movie. The trailer preview’s Eir Aoi’s theme song entitled “Shinzo” (Heart).
Eir Aoi will launch the single for Shinzo on October 19, three days before the official release of the movie.
Watch the Movie Trailer Here:
The second film will begin screening in Japan on October 22, 2022. It was previously announced last August 22 that the opening has been pushed back due to production delays caused by COVID-19. Sword Art Online the Movie – Progressive – Scherzo of a Dark Dusk was originally supposed to open in Japan on September 10 alongside IMAX Screenings of the film.
Not long after the announcement of the delay of the film, the official site also announced the cancelation of the advanced screening supposedly scheduled last August 24.
The upcoming film is said to feature a returning cast with two new additions: Kaede Hondo as Liten, and Yusuke Kobayashi as Morte.
Ayako Kohno (the unit director on Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic and The Seven Deadlu sins the Movie: Prisoners od the Sky) will direct the film at A-1 Pictures, and Kento Toya (SAO: Alicization – War of the Underworld, The Seven Deadlin Sins: Revival of the Commandments) is returning to design the characters. Yasuyuki Kai is the action director, and Yuki Kajiura is the music composer for the film.
The first anime movie film of the progressive series, Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night, opened in Japan in October 2021, and topped the box office at its first weekend.
Sword Art Online the Movie – Progressive – Scherzo of a Dark Dusk follows Kirito’s Journey through the floating Aincrad castle. It is based on Reki Kawahara’s Sword Art Online: Progressive light novel series which launched in 2012.