The second Sword Art Online -Progressive- anime film, Scherzo of Deep Night, is scheduled to open in Japan on October 22, or October 21 for the IMAX release of the film. To entice people to the theater, the official Twitter account showed off the first-week benefits of Kirito, Asuna and Argo portraits drawn by character designer Kento Toya.
First-come first-serve benefits:
IMAX exclusive poster giveaway:
Sword Art Online -Progressive-, a retelling of the series’ Aincrad arc, was first published by author Reki Kawahara in 2012 and now spans eight volumes, with each volume generally covering a single floor in the Sword Art Online game, starting from Floor 1 in Aria of a Starless Night which was released in Japan in October 2021. “Scherzo of Deep Night” is the title of the fourth volume’s storyline, which means we’ll be jumping ahead to Floor 5 of Sword Art Online. Yen Press, which publishes the light novels’ official English version, describes the volume as:
It’s been just two months since they were trapped in the game of death that is Sword Art Online, and Kirito and Asuna continue their struggle at the vanguard of progress through the game. The fifth floor of Aincrad is a mazelike ruin, and the two dare to take pleasure in raiding it for the treasure it contains. Upon returning to the fourth floor, it’s time to do some questing on behalf of the Elf Lord Yofilis–but here begins Asuna’s discontent, for in doing so they will have to face her least favorite monster ever…
The main staff members from the first film return for Sword Art Online -Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night at A-1 Pictures, including Ayako Kono as director. It is scheduled to premiere in Japan on October 22 in regular theaters with an October 21 opening in IMAX theaters.
Daryl Harding is a Senior Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.