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"Sword Art Online: Progressive" anime film new key visual and PV released, premieres 2021 in Japanese theaters

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Jei Beltrano

November 8, 2020 at 8:31 PM PHT (GMT +8)

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The official website of the Sword Art Online's new anime project titled "Sword Art Online: Progressive" has announced on Sunday that the "anime film" adaptation based on the SAO light novel series of the same title is scheduled to premiere in Japanese theaters in 2021. A new key visual and a promotional video (PV) have also been revealed.

"Sword Art Online: Progressive" anime film new key visual and PV released, premieres 2021 in Japanese theaters

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A-1 Pictures will be handling the animation production. Yuki Kajiura will be in charge of the music. No cast and additional staff was revealed as of writing.

"Sword Art Online: Progressive" was announced last September 19 through a short teaser that was revealed right after the final episode of SAO: Alicization - War of the Underworld Part 2 TV anime series aired. It is a new version of the Sword Art Online tale that starts at the beginning of Kirito and Asuna's epic adventure--on the very first level of the deadly world of Aincrad!

Yen Press describes the light novel as:
One month has passed since Akihiko Kayaba's deadly game began, and the body count continues to rise. Two thousand players are already dead. Kirito and Asuna are two very different people, but they both desire to fight alone. Nonetheless, they find themselves drawn together to face challenges from both within and without. Given that the entire virtual world they now live in has been created as a deathtrap, the surviving players of Sword Art Online are starting to get desperate, and desperation makes them dangerous to loners like Kirito and Asuna. As it becomes clear that solitude equals suicide, will the two be able to overcome their differences to find the strength to believe in each other, and in so doing survive?

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