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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 day on the 22nd Floor of Aincrad, Kirito and Asuna made a promise to see meteor showers in real life. Kirito additionally promised to have a gift for Asuna that day.

In 2026, an Augmented Reality (AR) device named Augma and its games, especially a game called Ordinal Scale, were quickly becoming popular among the masses. Given its MMORPG nature and its idol character Yuna, an AI singer who was announced to hold an AR concert at the New National Stadium in Tokyo. Students of the SAO Survivor School were granted a free Augma and a ticket for said concert.

In a cafe, Asuna, Keiko, and Rika were playing Pac-Man in co-op mode in order to get a random prize while Kirito is sitting beside them watching them playing. Then they obtained the required point to get a random prize, they were given free cakes. After they ate them and exited the cafe inside a mall, Lisbeth baited Silica to sing Yuna's song by setting up a stage for her. Then after she had sung a little part of the song, she ran back to the group. They then talk about the appearance of the old Aincrad's bosses in Ordinal Scale, They persuaded Kazuto to drive them the spawn locations due to the difficulty caused by well-hidden location which only announced in a short amount of time prior to the battle time.

Kazuto then brought Asuna, the winner of the rock-scissors-paper, to the spawn location, 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. Declaring the start of the battle, she began singing, which provided buffs to the players attended the battle. During the battle, a player fired a rocket at the boss, but the boss dodges the rocket and flew towards Yuna who was behind the boss at the time. At that moment, Eiji, the second-ranked player of Ordinal Scale, joined the battle and deflected the projectile, which then hit the boss instead. Eiji then deals some damage to the boss, which was followed by others attack. As the fight continued, Asuna saw an opening, thus she assaulted the boss. The moment Asuna passed by him, Eiji whispered the term «Switch», a term that was often used in SAO. A moment later, the boss was killed by Asuna's attack. Then, Yuna gave her 10.000 points and a kiss for being an MPV of the battle.

After the battle, a member of Fuurinkazan noticed a pop-up that led him to a collectible in an underground parking lot. Just as he retrieved the item, the man was confronted by Eiji, emanating hostility towards him, thus he drew his sword in preparation for a fight.

The following evening, Ryoutarou invited Asuna to join them for a boss battle near her home. However, at the venue, one of Fuurinkazan members was unreachable, so the guild decided to remain outside the battlefield to wait for him. Asuna then proceeded to the boss fight by herself while waiting for Fuurikazan to join the battle.

As the battle with the boss and an impromptu Yuna concert began, another boss suddenly spawned near the Fuurinkazan members. Although 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 took his Augma and attempted to punch him, but Eiji caught him and broke his arm. 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.

At the venue of the boss fight the next morning, while waiting for Asuna to arrive for their date, Kazuto was convinced by Yui to trained for upcoming Ordinal Scale battles. While he was practising, he suddenly noticed an intangible, hooded girl right next to him. The girl pointed to a specific direction, murmuring something inaudible before disappearing. Yui then interpreted the inaudible voice as "search" based on the hooded girl's mouth movement.

During the meeting, Yui reported her research about Ordinal Scale, reporting that the old Aincrad bosses that have been spawned up until then were based old Aincrad's boss location. Thus enabling them to predict the next spawn location. Silica, Asuna, and Lisbeth interested in joining the next boss battle while Sinon rejected the offer due to her part-time job while Kirito also reject the offer. Later, Asuna mentioned that Eiji could have been Nautilus, a lower-ranking member of the Knights of the Blood in Sword Art Online.

Yui noticed that the spawn locations of the SAO bosses were similar to the layout of the dungeons from old Aincrad.

In the evening, Asuna, Lisbeth, and Silica met Eiji again at another boss fight. While trying to avoid an attack, Silica bumped into Eiji, who pushed her back. Due to using herself to shield Silica from the monster's attack, Asuna was hit by a monster and lost all of her hit points, mysteriously fainting as a result. Having seen Eiji's actions from the sidelines, Kirito attempted to confront Eiji in rage but was halted when Eiji suddenly entered close range, pointing his sword at Kirito's throat .

The next day, Asuna noted that she was losing her memories of her time in SAO, and told Kirito about it who decided to go to a hospital. Receiving the diagnosis, they learned that her brain had been scanned for SAO memories, that the scan could affect further brain functions and that similar incidents had also happened to others, with all victims being SAO Survivors. In order to find out what is happening in OS, Kirito then urged the community not to play the game so he could investigate.

Sinon joined Kirito in investigating the OS mystery. When another SAO Survivor was defeated, Yui attempted to hack into an Augma drone to trace his memories, but was blocked by the system. Kirito later noticed that the hooded girl was pointing to a specific location. The location was the Touto Technical University in Ookayama, the workplace of Professor Shigemura Tetsuhiro, Eiji's mentor and the developer of Augma. Kirito went to Touto Technical University to question Shigemura about the incidents, but the professor denied any connection or knowledge about Eiji and the memory losses, however Kirito spotted that Shigemura was building robots and had a photo of a girl resembling Yuna.

Upon analysing his findings with Kikuoka Seijirou, he discovered that Shigemura Yuna, the professor's daughter, had also played SAO, but died in the game. As Asuna's home was near Touto Tech in Setagaya, Kazuto visited and promised to get her memories back after realizing the full extent of the ordeal she was going through due to her memory loss.

Kazuto met the hooded girl again, who then revealed herself as Yuna and informed him that he can not defeat Eiji with a rank as low as his. Following this revelation, Kirito decided to continuously solo bosses to rank up, supported by Kirigaya Suguha and Asada Shino.

On the day of Yuna's concert, Kirito headed to the stadium's basement to confront Eiji. Kirito eventually defeated Eiji, leading him to reveal that the reason behind his actions, namely him being close to Yuna while in SAO, as well as the concert being a trap. According to him, Shigemura planned to capture the SAO memories of the survivors gathered there to rebuild Yuna as an AI using the SAO boss monsters and drones placed throughout the stadium, employing wireless energy transfer from the drones to the Augmas of those present to trigger a NerveGear-like pulse, killing everybody inside.

Kirito managed to get into the arena and fought the monsters with his companions. Asuna's condition worsened, as the bosses triggered the survivors' fear needed to activate the microwave pulse when a certain amount would be reached. Hooded Yuna appeared and defended them from a monster, informing Kirito that the Augma has a FullDive function and that they needed to use it to defeat Aincrad's 100th boss. Kirito gave Asuna a ring as promise before entering FullDive.

Kirito, Agil, Silica, Lisbeth and Sinon entered the Ruby Palace on level 100 in Aincrad, where they began to fight «An Incarnate of Radius», the true final boss of SAO. As they were about to be overpowered by the boss, Asuna dove in and joined the battle, together with Leafa, Klein, the spirit of Yuuki, as well as other players from ALO and GGO coming in later. Yui restored the saved game data of the SAO survivors, allowing them to turn the tables on «An Incarnate of Radius». Kayaba's voice congratulated the players, and Kirito was rewarded a powerful sword.

Kirito returned to the stadium as his Aincrad character, combined his newly achieved position as the number one player of Ordinal Scale with wielding the sword to one-hit kill the boss monsters. The hooded Yuna sang to motivate the survivors and the monsters were eventually eliminated. Meanwhile, Kikuoka and his squad moved in to apprehend Shigemura, who was found in Argus' server room.

Hooded Yuna returned the memories of the survivors and, as she was made of data from Aincrad, she disappeared as well with Aincrad's final boss defeated.

Some time later, Kirito and Asuna fulfilled their promise to see the meteor shower. Asuna returned the ring to Kirito, asking him to put it properly on her ring finger this time.

It was later revealed that Kikuoka did not arrest Shigemura, who was shown to be the mentor to Kayaba and Sugou Nobuyuki as well; rather, Kikouka saw potential in Shigemura's AI system and recruited him to help work on Rath.

New Characters

  • Yuna
  • Doctor Shigemura Tetsuhiro[6]
  • Eiji (Nochizawa Eiji)[6]

International Release Date

Country/Region Release Date Site
Japan

January 30, 2017 (Prescreening Event)[7]
February 18, 2017 (Roadshow)
March 10, 2017 (4D)[8]

Official site
Asia
China 2017[9] Official site
Hong Kong March 30, 2017[10] Official fanpage
Indonesia March 4, 2017 (Event)[11]
March 22, 2017 (Roadshow)[12]
Korea February 23, 2017[13] Official site
Macau March 30, 2017[14]
Malaysia February 18, 2017[15]
Philippines February 18, 2017 (Premiere)
February 22, 2017 (Roadshow)[16]
Singapore February 18, 2017 (Premiere)
February 23, 2017 (Roadshow)[17]
Taiwan February 24, 2017 Official site
Thailand February 18, 2017 (Premiere)[18]
February 23, 2017 (Roadshow)[19]
Vietnam Late April, 2017[20]
Europe
Austria

April 6, 2017 (Public release)[21][22]
By Early 2018 (BD/DVD)[23]

Official Site, Tickets, Regular screening Tickets
Denmark May 2017 (Event)[20]
France February 19, 2017 (Event)[24]

May 17, 2017 (Public release)[25]

Official News Announcement Page,

Tickets

Germany February 18, 2017 (Event)

April 6, 2017 (Public release)[21][22]
By Early 2018 (BD/DVD)[23]

Official Site, Tickets, Regular Screening Tickets
Iceland May 2017 (Event)[20]
Ireland April 19, 2017[20]
Italy June 13, 2017 (Event)
July (Italian dub screeening)[20]
Official News Announcement Page
Norway May 2017 (Event)[20]
Sweden May 2017 (Event)[20]
United Kingdom April 19, 2017[26][20] Official Blog
North America
Canada March 17, 2017[27] Tickets
Mexico March 4, 2017[28] 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

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Trivia

  • A text showing "SAO will return" was shown at the end.

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. Prescreening page on the official site
  8. Dengeki Online article
  9. PV2 simplified chinese edition changed the forecasted screening date from 2017 spring to 2017[Clarification needed]
  10. Neofilms announcement
  11. Jive Movie special screening announcement
  12. Jive Movie announcing the general release of the movie
  13. Official tweet by Aniplus TV
  14. Distributor site listing Macau City Town as a screening venue
  15. The cinema's site lists the regular and special editions to both be released on the same day.
  16. General release announcement by SM cinema
  17. Official comment: Road Show is 23 Feb in 6 GV cinema locations.
  18. DexClub event sessions announcement
  19. Thailand Major Cineplex Ordinal Scale Ticketing Site
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.5 20.6 20.7 Dengeki Online overseas release report
  21. 21.0 21.1 Peppermint list of cities with dates for regular screenings in Germany and Austria
  22. 22.0 22.1 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
  23. 23.0 23.1 German news site reporting the confirmation
  24. Wakanim news article
  25. Official French Official News page announcing the postponement of the French release
  26. Announcement by the official United Kingdom distributor
  27. Announcement by Aniplex USA
  28. Mexican screening date announcement

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