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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…
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.
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 2017 (Event)|
|France||February 19, 2017 (Event)
May 17, 2017 (Public release)
|Official News Announcement Page,|
|Germany||February 18, 2017 (Event)||Official Site, Tickets, Regular Screening Tickets|
|Iceland||May 2017 (Event)|
|Ireland||April 19, 2017|
|Italy||June 13, 2017 (Event)|
July (Italian dub screeening)
|Official News Announcement Page|
|Norway||May 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|
- A text showing "SAO will return" was shown at the end.
- ↑ 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 20.6 20.7 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
- ↑ Wakanim news article
- ↑ Official French Official News page announcing the postponement of the French release
- ↑ Announcement by the official United Kingdom distributor
- ↑ Announcement by Aniplex USA
- ↑ Mexican screening date announcement