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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. The movie is set after Mother's Rosario, but before the Alicization Arc and has an original story written by the author, Kawahara Reki. The theme song of the movie is Catch the Moment, a new song by LiSA.
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.
In 2022, the world of virtual reality was upended by the arrival of a new invention from a genius programmer, Kayaba Akihiko.
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.
They’re about to find out that Ordinal Scale isn’t all fun and games…
Before the clearing of Sword Art Online, 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. Yuna, the game's idol character, were also gaining a lot of popularities and an AR concert for the AI singer have also been announced to be held in the New National Stadium in Tokyo. Students of the SAO Survivor School were granted a free Augma and a ticket for said concert.
One day, in a cafe, Asuna, Keiko, and Rika were playing an AR Pac-Man game[† 1] in co-op mode in order to win free cakes as reward while Kirito is sitting beside them watching them playing. After they cleared the game and ate those free cakes, they exited the cafe inside a mall, Lisbeth baited Silica to sing Yuna's song Ubiquitous dB in front of public by setting up a stage for her. She ran back to the group after performing a little part of the song. They then talk about the appearance of the old Aincrad's bosses in Ordinal Scale, and 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 the AR Diva entered the scene via a drone. Declaring the start of the battle, she began singing, which provided buffs to the players attended the battle. As Kirito was not familiar with battles in AR environment, he performed poorly in it. During the battle, a player fired a rocket at the boss, but the boss dodges the rocket and it 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 its 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 Eiji, he whispered the term «Switch», a term that was often used in SAO team battle. A moment later, the boss was killed by Asuna's attack. Then, Yuna gave her 10,000 points and a kiss for being an MVP of the battle.
After the battle, a member of Fuurinkazan noticed a pop-up that led him to a collectible in a 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 night after battle, Kirito, Asuna, Silica, Lisbeth, Klein, Agil, Leafa, and Sinon meet up in Forest House K4, talking about the most recent Ordinal Scale boss battle and Yuna's next live concert that will be held on 29 April, which was five days in the future. During this time, Agil and Sinon revealed that they oobtained two Yuna's live concert tickets and each of them gave it to Klein and Leafa who begged for them, even though Leafa cannot attend the concert due to her conflicting schecule with her training camp that were on-going for one week from 25 April. Asuna also confessed that she met her former guild member, Nautilus, who were now named himself Eiji. 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 Fuurinkazan 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 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 took off his Augma and attempted to punch him, but that caused him to be caught by Eiji, whom proceed to broke his arm. Afterwards, he wore 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 and activating a special program in Augma.
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 train 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. Shortly after, Asuna met Kazuto. Thus, they went to a restaurant near there. Yui then came out and asked them to meet up in their Forest House K4.
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 on locations of boss room in old AIncrad dungeons, thus enabling them to predict the next spawn location. Silica, Asuna, and Lisbeth were interested in joining the next boss battle while Sinon rejected the offer due to her part-time job, while Kirito also rejected the offer. Asuna mentioned to Kirito that Eiji could have been Nautilus, a lower-ranking member of the Knights of the Blood in Sword Art Online. Yui mentioned about Kirito and Asuna's promise about the shooting star. Consequently, Kirito brought Yui to the veranda with him and told Yui to keep the promise as a secret; he also asked Yui to transfer the bosses's predicted spawn point to his phone. Afterwards, He logged out and called Ryoutarou's number, which was not recieved. He then procced to call Andrew and asked him to check Ryoutarou's conditon and whereabout.
In the evening, Asuna, Lisbeth, and Silica joined the boss battle. During the fight against The Strict Hermit, Kazuto came to spy on Eiji, who were standing at the edge of the battlefield observing. Asuna realized Eiji were there, so Asuna approached him and greeted him, and when Asuna question him if he was Nautilus, Eiji ask her to stop calling him with that name and call him Eiji. Subsequently, Eiji started to move when it was three minutes prior to the end of the battle. When a dragon similar to Pina appeared from a portal, Silica thought it was Pina and approached it, but the dragon transformed into an Aincrad boss from the 91st Floor, Dorz'l the Chaos Drake. In the following panic, everyone was trying to get distance from the newly-arrived boss. When Silica tried to get distance from the boss, she bumped into Eiji, who then pushed Silica so she would take damage from the boss attack. Asuna rushed ahead and shielded Silica from the boss’s attack, caused Asuna to lost all of her HP and fainted. Kirito, who witnessed this incident, was angry at Eiji and attempted to confront him in rage, but was halted when Eiji suddenly entered close range, pointing his sword at Kirito's throat at another boss fight.
At 2am midnight of the day, Asuna contacted Kazuto to come to Forest House K4 and told him she was losing her memories of her time in SAO. Hearing this, Kazuto brought Asuna to a hospital to get her diagnosed. Receiving the diagnosis, they learned that her brain had been scanned for SAO memories, causing synapses of her brain cells containing related memory to contract, caused Asuna to lost her memories in SAO and it could affect further brain functions. They were also told that similar incidents had happened to other players too, with all victims being SAO Survivors that were playing Ordinal Scale. As Kirito believe the syndrome is realted to fighting against SAO monsters in Ordinal Scale, he urged SAO survivors not to play the game to prevent them from losing their memories on online discussion board but was laughed off by the community.
At the next battle, Sinon met Kirito and joined the battle. During the battle, Yuna appeared and gave everyone a buff except Kirito. Shortly after the fight started, a SAO Survivor was knocked out and Yui attempted to follow the flow of data from the player's Augma to find its destination but was blocked by the system. On the battlefield, Kirito recklessly tried to defeat the boss himself and was almost knocked out himself, but was saved by Sinon’s assist with her sniper rifle. After the battle, Kirito met with the hooded girl again who pointed somewhere in the distance before disappearing again. Kirito asked Yui to analyze the direction she had pointed and discovered that the location the girl pointed at was Touto Institute of Technology in Ookayama. This location was the workplace of Professor Shigemura Tetsuhiro, Eiji's mentor and the developer of Augma.
Under Kikuoka's arrangement, Kazuto joined a seminar featuring the cons of VR and why AR are superior to VR, lectured by Dr. Shigemura. During the Q&A session, Kazuto asked for opinion from Dr. Shigemura about the potential danger behind AR by giving his opinion about VR would realize virtual world and AR would virtualize real world, which the professor avoided the question and immediately ended the seminar. Kazuto then followed Dr. Shigemura to his room and questioned him about Eiji and Augma's ability to scan and damage one’s brain, but he avoided the question again with the statement that every SAO survivor wanted to forget their experience during the SAO incident and gestured Kazuto to leave. While leaving the room, Kazuto noticed a photo of a little girl, named Shigemura Yuuna on his desk. After leaving, Kazuto called Kikuoka to discuss this matter and discovered Shigemura Yuuna was a daughter of Dr. Shigemura and have been killed in SAO, meanwhile Shigemura called Eiji to tell him to dispose of Kazuto.
As Asuna's home was near Touto Institute of Technology in Setagaya, Kazuto visited her. While Asuna was preparing tea for both of them, he explored her room and accidentally activated many pieces of automatic equipment, including a drawer that contained Asuna diary. Reading the last entry, he realized the full extent of the ordeal she was going through due to her memory loss, and when Asun was back to the roin, he promised Asuna to bring back her memory.
Kazuto met the hooded girl again in Meiji Jingu, who revealed herself as Yuuna and informed him that he cannot defeat Eiji with a rank as low as his. Following this revelation, Kirito decided to continuously solo bosses to rank up, with the help of training video provided by Kirigaya Suguha.
- Kagachi the Samurai Lord (10th Floor Boss)
- Zehghi the Flame Caller (11th Floor Field Boss)
- The Storm Griffin (11th Floor Boss)
- The Strict Hermit (12th Floor Boss)
- Dorz'l the Chaos Drake (91st Floor Boss)
- The Dire Tusk (18th Floor Boss)
- Waheela The Black Wolf (28th Floor Boss)
- Xodra the Merciless Razor
- BuuRaa the Vile Flesh
- Z'y the Brutal Demolitionr
- Armadillon the Burly Blaster
- Barlon the Barbarous Barber
- Igor the One-armed Squelcher
- Gosirsa the Bullheaded Tormentor
- Asvasirsa the Horseheaded Tormentor
- The Flameeyes[† 2]
- The Fatal Scythe
- The Gleam Eyes (74th Floor Boss)
- The Skull Reaper (75th Floor Boss)
- An Incarnate of the Radius (100th Floor Boss)
- Touto Institute of Technology
- Yuuki family residence
- Kirigaya Residence
- Saitama mountain
- New National Stadium
- Ebisu Garden Palace, Shibuya Ward
- Yoyogi Park
- Forest House K4
- Rath's base
International Release Date
|Hong Kong||March 30, 2017||Official fanpage|
|Indonesia||March 4, 2017 (Event)|
March 22, 2017 (Roadshow)
|Korea||February 23, 2017||Official site|
|Macau||March 30, 2017|
|Malaysia||February 18, 2017|
|Philippines||February 18, 2017 (Premiere)|
February 22, 2017 (Roadshow)
|Singapore||February 18, 2017 (Premiere)|
February 23, 2017 (Roadshow)
|Taiwan||February 24, 2017||Official site|
|Thailand||February 18, 2017 (Premiere)|
February 23, 2017 (Roadshow)
|Vietnam||Late April, 2017|
|Austria||Official Site, Tickets, Regular screening Tickets|
|Denmark||May 10, 2017 (Event)|
|France||February 19, 2017 (Event)||Official News Announcement Page,|
|Germany||February 18, 2017 (Event)||Official Site, Tickets, Regular Screening Tickets|
|Iceland||April 1, 2017 (Event)|
|Ireland||April 19, 2017|
|Italy||June 13, 2017 (Event)|
July (Italian dub screeening)
|Official News Announcement Page|
|Norway||April 8, 2017 (Event)|
|Sweden||May 2017 (Event)|
|United Kingdom||April 19, 2017||Official Blog|
|Canada||March 17, 2017||Tickets|
|Mexico||March 4, 2017||Official site|
March 1, 2017 (Event)
|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|
- Many of the products featured in the movie actually exist.
- "SAO will return" 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.
- ↑ Statement from Kadokawa[Clarification needed]
- ↑ Interview with Kawahara Reki published in Dengeki Bunko MAGAZINE volume 46
- ↑ Theme song announcement on the official movie site
- ↑ Dengeki Online
- ↑ Official movie site
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Dengeki Bunko MAGAZINE volume 52
- ↑ Prescreening page on the official site
- ↑ Dengeki Online article
- ↑ PV2 simplified chinese edition changed the forecasted screening date from 2017 spring to 2017[Clarification needed]
- ↑ Neofilms announcement
- ↑ Jive Movie special screening announcement
- ↑ Jive Movie announcing the general release of the movie
- ↑ Official tweet by Aniplus TV
- ↑ Distributor site listing Macau City Town as a screening venue
- ↑ The cinema's site lists the regular and special editions to both be released on the same day.
- ↑ General release announcement by SM cinema
- ↑ Official comment: Road Show is 23 Feb in 6 GV cinema locations.
- ↑ DexClub event sessions announcement
- ↑ Thailand Major Cineplex Ordinal Scale Ticketing Site
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.5 Dengeki Online overseas release report
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 Peppermint list of cities with dates for regular screenings in Germany and Austria
- ↑ 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
- ↑ 23.0 23.1 German news site reporting the confirmation
- ↑ Cinemaxx page about Kommende Film.
- ↑ Wakanim news article
- ↑ Tweet by Wakanim
- ↑ Official French Official News page announcing the postponement of the French release
- ↑ Event homepage
- ↑ Event Site
- ↑ Announcement by the official United Kingdom distributor
- ↑ Announcement by Aniplex USA
- ↑ Mexican screening date announcement