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Sword Art Online The Movie -Ordinal Scale- (劇場版 ソードアート・オンライン -オーディナル・スケール-, Gekijōban Sōdo Āto Onrain -Ōdinaru Sukēru-?) is a Sword Art Online movie that was released in about 1,000 theatres worldwide on February 18, 2017.[1] The movie is set after Mother's Rosario, but before the Alicization Arc and has an original story written by the author, Kawahara Reki.[2] The theme song of the movie is Catch the Moment, a new song by LiSA.[3]

The stage of the movie is an Augmented Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (ARMMORPG) titled «Ordinal Scale» (OS) for an Augmented Reality device called the «Augma». A feature of Ordinal Scale is a «Ranking System», according to which, each player is assigned a rank, indicated by an ordinal number instead of a cardinal number. The game is set in the real world, and players can increase their rank by gathering items that appear in various places of the real world, or by defeating monsters. Higher-ranked players are granted overwhelming power and this is commonly a major factor in deciding the outcome of Player versus Player (PvP) battles.[4][5]

Prologue

In 2022, the world of virtual reality was upended by the arrival of a new invention from a genius programmer, Kayaba Akihiko.

Called NerveGear, it was the first full-dive system and with it, came endless possibilities to VRMMORPGs.

In 2026, a new machine called the Augma is developed to compete against the NerveGear and its successor, the AmuSphere.

A next-gen wearable device, the Augma does not have a full-dive function like its predecessors. Instead, it uses Augmented Reality to get players into the game. It is safe, user-friendly and lets users play while they are conscious, making it an instant hit on the market.

The most popular game on the system is «Ordinal Scale», an ARMMORPG developed exclusively for the Augma.

Asuna and the gang have already been playing OS for a while, by the time Kirito decides to join them.

They’re about to find out that Ordinal Scale isn’t all fun and games…

Plot

One night in Sword Art Online, Kirito and Asuna were enjoying the night sky of Aincrad. As Asuna complained about having never seen shooting stars because her neighbourhood was too bright, Kirito remarked that there were several good places to see them in his area, and thus they made a promise to see meteor showers some day in the real world. Kirito additionally promised to have a gift for Asuna that day.

More than a year later, by April 2026, an Augmented Reality (AR) device named Augma and its games, especially Ordinal Scale, were quickly becoming popular among the masses. The game's idol Yuna had also gained a lot of popularity, resulting in her first live concert being planned at the New National Stadium in Tokyo later that month. Students of the SAO Survivor School were granted a free Augma and a ticket for the concert.

One day, Yuuki Asuna (Asuna), Ayano Keiko (Silica), and Shinozaki Rika (Lisbeth) played an AR Pac-Man 256-like game in co-op mode in a cafe, while Kirigaya Kazuto (Kirito) observed their game with disinterest. By clearing the game, the girls earned free cakes; however the cake Rika ate exceeded her daily calorie limit, thus she left the cafe for a brisk walk in the mall outside.

Moments later, Rika created a virtual stage for Keiko, compelling her to sing one of Yuna's songs in the middle of the mall. Upon finishing an excerpt from the song, Keiko rushed back to the group in embarrassment. At a reference to Sword Art Online during a following conversation, Keiko recalled a rumour about the appearance of Sword Art Online bosses appearing in Ordinal Scale. As the location of the boss battles was only revealed nearly at the last minute, the girls needed a method of transportation to reach one in time. Thus, they persuaded Kazuto to drive one of them with his motorcycle.

As Asuna won a game of rock–paper–scissors to decide who would ride the motorcycle, Kazuto and Asuna drove to the location of an upcoming battle, where they met with Tsuboi Ryoutarou (Klein) and his guild members, the Fuurinkazan. The moment the clock struck 21:00, Kagachi the Samurai Lord, Aincrad's 10th Floor boss spawned. At that moment, Yuna entered the scene via a drone and, announcing the start of the battle, began singing, which provided buffs to the players attending the battle.

During the battle, a player fired a rocket at the boss; however, the boss dodged it, thus it flew towards Yuna, who was behind the boss at the time, instead. At that moment, Eiji, the second-ranked player of Ordinal Scale, joined the battle and deflected the projectile, causing it to hit the boss instead. As the fight continued, Asuna noticed an opening and assaulted the boss. The moment Asuna passed Eiji, he whispered the term «Switch», which was often used during battles in Sword Art Online. A moment later, Asuna defeated the boss, thus becoming the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the battle, which earned her a kiss from Yuna and an extra ten thousand points.

In the aftermath of the boss fight, a member of Fuurinkazan noticed a series of pop-ups, which led him to a collectible in a parking lot. Just as the man retrieved the item, he was confronted by Eiji. As Eiji was emanating hostility towards him, the man drew his sword in preparation for a fight.

Meanwhile, in Asuna and Kirito's forest house in ALfheim Online, Asuna, Klein, and Kirito told Agil, Leafa, Lisbeth, Silica, and Sinon about their Ordinal Scale boss battle. After Kirito mentioned that Yuna had come to sing at the battlefield and Klein complained about not being able to get a ticket for Yuna's live concert, Agil and Sinon revealed that they had both won a pair of tickets for it. As neither Klein nor Leafa had any tickets, Agil and Sinon offered their spares; however, at that moment, Leafa dejectedly remembered about having a kendo training camp at the time of the concert.

The following evening, whiles browsing for a gift in her bath, Asuna received an invitation from Ryoutarou to join them for a boss battle near her home. However, when Asuna arrived at the venue minutes later, she learnt that one of the members of Fuurinkazan had become unreachable, thus she proceeded to the battlefield alone while the guild decided to remain outside to wait for him.

As the battle with the boss and an impromptu Yuna concert began, another boss suddenly spawned near the members of Fuurinkazan. Although the guild was faring well against the boss, they were suddenly assaulted by Eiji, who disabled all of Ryoutarou's guildmates with martial arts. At that moment, Ryoutarou unequipped his Augma and attempted to punch him, but this resulted in his arm being caught and broken by Eiji. After putting Ryoutarou's Augma on him again, Eiji offered the injured man to the boss while holding him by the neck, thus allowing the boss to defeat him.

The next morning, while waiting at the venue of the previous boss fight for Asuna to arrive for their date, Kazuto was convinced by Yui to train for upcoming Ordinal Scale battles. While practising, he suddenly noticed a hooded girl right next to him. The girl pointed in a specific direction, murmuring something inaudible before disappearing. Based on the hooded girl's mouth movements, Yui interpreted the inaudible voice to have been a request to search a specific place. At that moment, Asuna arrived at the scene, thus the trio headed to a nearby restaurant, where Asuna shared her suspicion that Eiji could have been Nautilus, a lower-ranking member of the Knights of the Blood in Sword Art Online. In the middle of their conversation, Yui suddenly interrupted, informing them that she had discovered something.

Having gathered the majority of the group at the log house, Yui reported her finding that the spawn points of the old Aincrad bosses in the city aligned with the positions of their boss rooms in Aincrad, thus enabling them to predict that the next spawn point would be Yebisu Garden Palace. Asuna, Lisbeth, and Silica showed interest in joining the next boss battle; on the other hand, Sinon had to work at her part-time job at the time, while Kirito showed no interest in participating.

That evening, Asuna, Lisbeth, and Silica came to Yebisu Garden Palace, where the boss of Aincrad's 12th Floor, The Strict Hermit, spawned at 21:00. During the battle, Asuna noticed that Eiji was present at the battlefield, thus she approached him to confirm whether he was Nautilus. In response, Eiji requested her to stop using that name, showing her that he was currently known as Eiji.

When less than three minutes remained till the end of the battle, a dragon similar to Pina appeared on the battlefield. Thinking that Pina had come to help, Silica approached the monster; however, to her surprise the dragon suddenly transformed into Dorz'l the Chaos Drake, the boss of Aincrad's 91st Floor, and began pursuing her. Fleeing the boss's attacks, Silica accidentally collided with Eiji, who pushed her back.

Collapsed, Silica was about to be struck by the dragon, when Asuna suddenly shielded her from the attack. Thus, instead of hitting Silica, the dragon slashed Asuna, depleting all of her hit points and causing her to collapse the moment a yellow sphere was launched from her Augma. Having witnessed the incident, Kirito rushed to Asuna and attempted to confront Eiji in rage; however, in a split second, Eiji entered close range, pointing his sword at Kirito's throat. Moments later, the dragon interrupted their conflict just as the battle timer struck zero, causing both bosses to leave the battlefield.

Woken by a nightmare in the middle of the night, Asuna called Kazuto, asking him to come to their log house. There, she revealed that she had been losing memories of her time in SAO, causing Kazuto to become worried. In the morning, Kazuto brought Asuna to Doctor Kurahashi at the Yokohama Kōhoku General Hospital to have her checked. Having examined Asuna's brain with the Medicuboid, the doctor revealed that he had found evidence of a scan targeting specific memories to have been performed on her brain, resulting in the loss of her SAO memories. Kurahashi also informed them that similar incidents had occurred to other people, all of whom were SAO Survivors who were playing Ordinal Scale.

In the evening, Kazuto came to the site of the next Ordinal Scale battle, where Yui promised to look for leads for the memory loss incident during the fight. At that moment, the two were joined by Asada Shino (Sinon), who had decided to help Kazuto in the battle, arguing that there was no risk of her memories being scanned due to not being a former SAO player. Moments later, the Ordinal Scale event began; however, the monster that appeared was The Dire Tusk, the boss of the 18th Floor of Aincrad, rather than the expected 13th Floor boss. As Kirito expressed surprise at this change, Yui reported that several bosses had appeared in various areas of the city simultaneously, while their positions were shuffled.

At that moment, the timer began ticking and the boss attempted to assault the players, but its attack was stopped by a chain binding it to a wall. Just as some players were about to reach the boss, the boar managed to extract the chain from the wall and hit an SAO Survivor with it, depleting the players hit points to zero and causing the brain scan to engage. Noticing a piece of data being launched from the player's Augma, she followed it to find its destination but her attempt was blocked by a barrier midway. Meanwhile, on the battlefield, Kirito recklessly attempted to defeat the boss himself but was forced into defence when the boss began chaining attack with its chains. At that moment, Sinon sniped the chain and then the boss itself, allowing Kirito to deal the final blow.

In the aftermath of the battle, Kirito noticed the hooded girl again, but by the time he reached her, the girl disappeared, pointing at some location in the distance. While getting a drink from a nearby vending machine in disappointment, Kazuto suddenly recalled that the girl had asked him to search the place she pointed at during their first meeting. Upon asking Yui to analyze this, he discovered that the location the girl pointed at was the Touto Institute of Technology, where the developer of the Augma, Professor Shigemura Tetsuhiro, worked.

The following day, Kazuto participated in a lecture by Professor Shigemura on the advantages of Augmented Reality as compared to Virtual Reality. At the end of the lecture, Kazuto asked for Professor Shigemura's opinion on the potential dangers of Augmented Reality, prompting the professor to conclude the lecture. The two continued the conversation in the professor's office, where Kazuto questioned him about Eiji, and the Augma's ability to scan and damage the user's brain. Implying that such a scan was impossible, the professor questioned what issue was there with people losing their memories of SAO, presuming that the survivors wished to forget them.

After noting the presence of various parts in the room at the end of the conversation, Kazuto noticed a photo of a girl on the professor's desk just as he was leaving the room. Outside, Kazuto called Kikuoka Seijirou to enquire about the girl, and thus discovered that the professor had a daughter named Shigemura Yuuna, who had lost her life to the SAO Incident. After the conversation with Seijirou, Kazuto received a call from Asuna, with whom he then arranged a visit at her house, as it was relatively close to the institute.

In Asuna's room, Kazuto accidentally came across her diary while she was getting tea. By reading the last entry, he learnt the extent to which the memory loss incident had affected Asuna, thus when she returned to the room, he promised to retrieve her memories for her.

In the evening, while walking through a park, Kazuto was approached by the hooded girl from behind and suddenly transported to a mysterious place in his Ordinal Scale outfit. There, Kirito encountered the girl, whom he now recognised as Yuuna. After the girl informed him that he needed to increase his ranking in Ordinal Scale if he wished to retrieve Asuna's memories, Kazuto awoke in the park.

New Characters

  • Yuna (Shigemura Yuuna)
  • Professor Shigemura Tetsuhiro[6]
  • Eiji (Nochizawa Eiji)[6]

Monsters

Named Bosses

  • Kagachi the Samurai Lord (10th Floor Boss)[7]
  • The Storm Griffin (11th Floor Boss)[7]
  • Zehghi the Flame Caller (11th Floor Field Boss)[7]
  • The Strict Hermit (12th Floor Boss)[7]
  • Dorz'l the Chaos Drake (91st Floor Boss)[7]
  • The Dire Tusk (18th Floor Boss)[7]
  • Waheela the Black Wolf (28th Floor Boss)[7]
  • Xodera the Merciless Razor[7]
  • BuuRaa the Vile Flesh[7]
  • Z'y the Brutal Demolitionr[7]
  • Armadillon the Burly Blaster[7]
  • Barlon the Barbarous Barber[7]
  • Igor the One-armed Squelcher[7]
  • Gosirsa the Bullheaded Tormentor[7]
  • Asvasirsa the Horseheaded Tormentor[7]
  • The Flameeyes[† 1][7]
  • The Fatal Scythe[citation needed]
  • The Gleam Eyes (74th Floor Boss)[citation needed]
  • The Skull Reaper (75th Floor Boss)[citation needed]
  • An Incarnate of the Radius (100th Floor Boss)[7]

Locations

International Release Date

Country/Region Release Date Site
Japan

January 30, 2017 (Prescreening Event)[9]
February 18, 2017 (Roadshow)
March 10, 2017 (4D)[10]

Official site
Asia
Brunei April 20, 2017[11]
China September 15, 2017[12] Official site
Hong Kong March 30, 2017[13] Official fanpage
Indonesia March 4, 2017 (Event)[14]
March 22, 2017 (Roadshow)[15]
Korea February 23, 2017[16] Official site
Macau March 30, 2017[17]
Malaysia February 18, 2017[18]
Philippines February 18, 2017 (Premiere)
February 22, 2017 (Roadshow)[19]
Singapore February 18, 2017 (Premiere)
February 23, 2017 (Roadshow)[20]
Taiwan February 24, 2017 Official site
Thailand February 18, 2017 (Premiere)[21]
February 23, 2017 (Roadshow)[22]
Vietnam May 23, 2017[23]
Europe
Austria

April 6, 2017 (Public release)[24][25]
By Early 2018 (BD/DVD)[26]

Official Site, Tickets, Regular screening Tickets
Belgium May 17, 2017[27]
Denmark May 10, 2017 (Event)[28][29]
France February 19, 2017 (Event)[30]

April 20, 2017 (Pre-screening)[31]
May 17, 2017 (Public release)[32]

Official Site, Official News Announcement Page,

Tickets

Germany February 18, 2017 (Event)

April 6, 2017 (Public release)[24][25]
By Early 2018 (BD/DVD)[26]

Official Site, Tickets, Regular Screening Tickets
Iceland April 1, 2017 (Event)[33]
Ireland April 19, 2017[28]
Italy June 13, 2017 (Event)
July (Italian dub screeening)[28]
Official News Announcement Page
Luxembourg May 17, 2017[34]
Norway April 8, 2017 (Event)[35]
Sweden May 2017 (?) (Event)[28][36]
United Kingdom April 19, 2017[37][28] Official Blog
North America
Canada March 17, 2017[38] Tickets
Mexico March 4, 2017[39] Official site
United States

March 1, 2017 (Event)
March 9, 2017 (Public release)

Official site
Oceania
Australia March 4, 2017 (Event)

March 9, 2017(Public release)

Official News Announcement Page
New Zealand March 9, 2017 (Public release) Official News Announcement Page

Gallery

Preview

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Sword Art Online Ordinal Scale - Official English Dub Trailer02:02

Sword Art Online Ordinal Scale - Official English Dub Trailer

Trivia

  • Many of the products featured in the movie actually exist.
  • An "SAO will return" teaser was shown at the end of the movie after its post-credit scenes.
  • Despite Kazuto's statement that he had never visited Asuna's residence in Volume 9, which takes place after the movie, he visited her residence twice in the movie.

Notes

  1. A red-colored version of the Gleam Eyes

References

  1. Statement from Kadokawa[Clarification needed]
  2. Interview with Kawahara Reki published in Dengeki Bunko MAGAZINE volume 46
  3. Theme song announcement on the official movie site
  4. Dengeki Online
  5. Official movie site
  6. 6.0 6.1 Dengeki Bunko MAGAZINE volume 52
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 7.14 7.15 7.16 Full Record of SAO the Movie "Behind-the-Scenes" (8th week movie bonus)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Tokyo map displayed by Yui
  9. Prescreening page on the official site
  10. Dengeki Online article
  11. Cinema facebook page opening announcement
  12. Release date media report[Clarification needed]
  13. Neofilms announcement
  14. Jive Movie special screening announcement
  15. Jive Movie announcing the general release of the movie
  16. Official tweet by Aniplus TV
  17. Distributor site listing Macau City Town as a screening venue
  18. The cinema's site lists the regular and special editions to both be released on the same day.
  19. General release announcement by SM cinema
  20. Official comment: Road Show is 23 Feb in 6 GV cinema locations.
  21. DexClub event sessions announcement
  22. Thailand Major Cineplex Ordinal Scale Ticketing Site
  23. Local media report
  24. 24.0 24.1 Peppermint list of cities with dates for regular screenings in Germany and Austria
  25. 25.0 25.1 Peppermint's post on Facebook mentioning that the theater release of SAO OS in Austria and Germany will take place in Spring 2017 dubbed, with certain cinemas going to hold a subbed screening
  26. 26.0 26.1 German news site reporting the confirmation
  27. Cinema introduction page
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 28.4 Dengeki Online overseas release report
  29. Cinemaxx page about Kommende Film.
  30. Wakanim news article
  31. Tweet by Wakanim
  32. Official French Official News page announcing the postponement of the French release
  33. Event homepage
  34. Cinema introduction page
  35. Event Site
  36. Comments by Wakanim SAS on Facebook claiming that they are unable to find any suitable cinema in Stockholm
  37. Announcement by the official United Kingdom distributor
  38. Announcement by Aniplex USA
  39. Mexican screening date announcement

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