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Hopeful Chant (ホープフル・チャント, Hōpufuru Chanto?) is an extra story written by the author of the Sword Art Online light novel, Kawahara Reki. The story was distributed as a present to visitors of Sword Art Online The Movie -Ordinal Scale- in Japan in the third week of the official cinema release between March 4 and March 10, 2017.
October 2023, approximately one year after the SAO incident began.
In this death game where it is impossible to log out, forty floors out of a hundred have been reached. At this front line, the Dragon Knights Brigade, the Divine Division, and Fuurinkazan, compete to beat this game.
On this day, a new player joined the ranks of the strongest guild, the Knights of the Blood: Nautilus, an ambitious young swordsman skilled with the one-handed sword.
However, the moment he encountered a high level monster within the dungeon, Nautilus, who had entered to protect the flank of the deputy guild leader Asuna, became no longer able to move due to the "fear of death".In the midst of his failure, the Black Swordsman, appearing like a gust of wind, came to assist, therefore making Nautilus very disappointed in himself. Like this, how would he be able to fulfill his promise that day - a promise he had made the day he realized he was in a death game, with a girl more important than anyone else -