Sword Art Online: Progressive – Aria of a Starless Night, the upcoming movie adaptation of the novel collection, launched a brand new trailer forward of its October 30, 2021 launch in Japan. Rather than focus on the franchise protagonist Kirito, the brand new movie focuses on Asuna in her early days in the beginning of Sword Art Online‘s original “Aincrad” story arc. [Thanks, Comic Natalie!]

The Sword Art Online: Progressive trailer begins with Asuna in the real world, first hearing about the imminent launch of SAO from her friend Misumi. A new character created for the novel series, Misumi goes by the in-game name Mito and is voiced by actress Inori Minase. Minase previously voiced Hestia in Is It Wrong To Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? and Reines from Lord El-Melloi II’s Case Files. Mito invitations Asuna to hitch her for the launch of SAO, a “Full-Dive” Virtual Reality Online game. The two turn out to be trapped contained in the game collectively when its creator Akihiko Kayaba turns SAO right into a loss of life game, difficult the captive gamers to ascend the game world of Aincrad to flee. As within the unique story, Kayaba has organized issues in order that if a participant dies within the game, they die in the actual world. Mito, nevertheless, guarantees to not let Asuna die, comforting Asuna as they confront the now-deadly risks of the game. Kirito additionally briefly seems, displaying his look previous to donning his iconic black coat.

As the unique novel and its subsequent variations targeted on the story and perspective of Kirito, Asuna’s exploits earlier than the pair met had been comparatively unknown. One of the needs of Sword Art Online: Progressive was to refine and broaden the story of that interval. It put extra focus on how Asuna, Kirito, and different key characters of SAO made their method via the early flooring of the in-game tower. As of 2021, eight volumes of the novel collection have been launched. The movie adaptation is being produced by studio A-1 Pictures, which additionally animated the Fate/Apocrypha animated collection, the Sword Art Online anime variations, and the Ordinal Scale movie.

Sword Art Online: Progressive – Aria of A Starless Night – will launch in Japan on October 30, 2021. The movie is licensed by Aniplex of America. However, worldwide launch dates haven’t but been detailed.