Sword Art Online the Movie: Progressive Aria of a Starless Night Getting UK Cinema Release!

Funimation have announced they are set to release science fiction action-adventure anime Sword Art Online the Movie: Progressive Aria of a Starless Night in the UK and Ireland next month!

The film recently made it’s debut in it’s native Japan a few weeks ago, now it’s time for Ayako Kono to go international. The release is in association with Aniplex who have just released the film’s official Trailer.

Based on the original story from Reki Kawahara (Dengeki Bunko), Sword Art Online the Movie: Progressive Aria of a Starless Night travels back to the beginning of the saga where players find themselves trapped inside the world’s first VRMMORPG, Sword Art Online, with no way out. The film introduces the story through Asuna’s perspective as she struggles to cope with the realities of her new world and her fateful encounter with Kirito. The film also introduces a new mysterious character, Mito, a classmate who invites Asuna into the world of SAO.

This is a tale of the time before “Lightning Flash” and “The Black Swordsman” were known by those names…

The day that she happened to don the NerveGear, Asuna Yuuki was a third-year middle school student who’d never even touched an online game before. On November 6, 2022, the world’s first VRMMORPG, Sword Art Online, is officially launched. But the players, still euphoric over having logged in, suddenly find themselves trapped inside the game when the Game Master deprives them of any way to log out.

The Game Master then gives them this warning “This may be a game, but it’s not something you play.” If a player dies in-game, they die in the real world.

Hearing this, all of the players panic, and pandemonium reigns. One of those players is Asuna, but despite not yet knowing the rules of this world, she sets off to conquer the floating iron castle, Aincrad, whose peak is too high to be seen. As the days go by in this world where death is never very far away, she has a fateful encounter. And then, a parting…

Though she’s at the mercy of the reality before her eyes, Asuna fights on with all her might until someone appears before her: the aloof swordsman, Kirito…

Funimation have stated the film will be released in subtitled and dubbed versions. Please check your local listings for screenings (more info here and buy tickets too!).

Sword Art Online the Movie: Progressive Aria of a Starless Night will be released in the UK, Ireland as well as Australia and New Zealand on 9th December. South African anime fans can see the film on 10th December with the American and Canadian release on 3rd December.