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'Sword Art Online Ex-Chronicle Online Edition' releases in Winter 2021

Written by: Nicole Castro

Published on: August 28, 2021 at 19:37 PHT (GMT+8)

The event Sword Art Online Ex-Chronicle, which commemorated the series’ 10th anniversary in 2019, is coming to fans in Japan via an Online Edition this Winter 2021.

The event was originally held in Tokyo (2019) and Kyoto (2020), with over 50,000 fans attended. It was a hands-on experience wherein fans dived into the cutting-edge technology universe of SAO via four-sided 4DX screen format.

Event details are as follows.

  • Event name: Sword Art Online -Ex Chronicle- Online Edition

  • Date: Winter 2021

  • Venue: Online

  • Ticket price: With fee

  • Organizer: Sony Music Communications Inc.

  • In cooperation with: SAO-P Project

Additional details and updates will eventually be released on their official website and social media:

Official website

Official Twitter

Official YouTube

About Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online (ソードアート・オンライン, called SAO for short) is a Japanese light novel series written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec. The series takes place in the near future and focuses on protagonist Kazuto "Kirito" Kirigaya and Asuna Yuuki as they play through various virtual reality MMORPG worlds. The novels began serialization through ASCII Media Works' imprint Dengeki Bunko in 2009.

The first season of the anime, known simply as "Sword Art Online," aired in Japan between July and December 2012. It was succeeded by a second season in 2014 (titled "Sword Art Online II"), a spin-off anime series titled "Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online" in 2018, and a third season titled "Sword Art Online: Alicization" that aired from October 2018 to September 2020.

SAO has received widespread commercial success, with entertainment news company Oricon reporting it was the top-selling light novel in Japan in 2012, with over two million copies sold.

Synopsis of Sword Art Online by MAL:

In the year 2022, virtual reality has progressed by leaps and bounds, and a massive online role-playing game called Sword Art Online (SAO) is launched. With the aid of "NerveGear" technology, players can control their avatars within the game using nothing but their own thoughts.

Kazuto Kirigaya, nicknamed "Kirito," is among the lucky few enthusiasts who get their hands on the first shipment of the game. He logs in to find himself, with ten-thousand others, in the scenic and elaborate world of Aincrad, one full of fantastic medieval weapons and gruesome monsters. However, in a cruel turn of events, the players soon realize they cannot log out; the game's creator has trapped them in his new world until they complete all one hundred levels of the game.

In order to escape Aincrad, Kirito will now have to interact and cooperate with his fellow players. Some are allies, while others are foes, like Asuna Yuuki, who commands the leading group attempting to escape from the ruthless game. To make matters worse, Sword Art Online is not all fun and games: if they die in Aincrad, they die in real life. Kirito must adapt to his new reality, fight for his survival, and hopefully break free from his virtual hell.


Source: SAO Ex-Chronicle official Twitter, official website, Aniverse, Anime Corner


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