Sword Art Online: The Movie – Ordinal Scale (2017)

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Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale is a 2017 Japanese animated fantasy adventure film based on the Sword Art Online light novel series written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec.

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Asuna, Lisbeth and Silica enter another fight where Yuna and Eiji appear again. Asuna is hit by the boss and passes out upon saving Silica who was pushed into the boss’ path by Eiji. Asuna realizes her memories of SAO are fading and at a hospital visit with Kirito, learn that the Augma scanned her brain for SAO memories and that it could also happen to other SAO survivors playing OS. Kirito investigates the issue with Sinon during a boss battle, where an SAO player is defeated and a glowing orb floats upward into an OS drone. Yui fails to retrieve it after being locked out by the game. Later, Kirito meets the hooded girl again who repeats her actions from before. Kirito and Yui discover she is pointing towards Touto Technical University.

At the Dengeki Bunko Autumn Festival 2015 on October 4, 2015, it was announced that the light novel series would be adapted into an animated film, with the main staff returning from the anime series. The film takes place after the anime series’ second season, Sword Art Online II. It was then revealed at the Dengeki Bunko Haru no Saiten 2016 event on March 13, 2016 that the film is titled Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale. The voice cast from the anime series returned to reprise their roles in the film.

The next morning, while waiting at the venue of the previous boss fight for Asuna to arrive for their date, Kazuto was convinced by Yui to train for upcoming Ordinal Scale battles. While practising, he suddenly noticed a hooded girl right next to him. The girl pointed in a specific direction, murmuring something inaudible before disappearing. Based on the hooded girl’s mouth movements, Yui interpreted the inaudible voice to have been a request to search a specific place. At that moment, Asuna arrived at the scene, thus the trio headed to a nearby restaurant, where Asuna shared her suspicion that Eiji could have been Nautilus, a lower-ranking member of the Knights of the Blood in Sword Art Online. In the middle of their conversation, Yui suddenly interrupted, informing them that she had discovered something.

In the year 2026, the Augma is released to the public as an alternative system to the AmuSphere, due to its function to simulate reality while the player is conscious rather than using FullDive. The most prominent combat-based game is Ordinal Scale, in which a player’s abilities are ranked by ordinal numbers.

No Game, No Life is about 2 siblings named Shiro and Sora, 2 shut in gamers. When they are transported to a different world that is only run by games, Shiro and Sora have to develop lifestyle in this world of games.

More than a year later, by April 2026, an Augmented Reality (AR) device named Augma and its games, especially Ordinal Scale, were quickly becoming popular among the masses. The game’s idol Yuna had also gained a lot of popularity, resulting in her first live concert being planned at the New National Stadium in Tokyo later that month. Students of the SAO Survivor School were granted a free Augma and a ticket for the concert.

February, and it quickly broke records. The film was the first anime movie to hit the number one spot for both weekend attendance and box office totals. In fact, Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale even threatened to budge Your Name out of its lofty box office status thanks to its popularity. So far, the movie has sold about 500,000 tickets worldwide since its opening weekend.

Days later, the OS players gather at a stadium for Yuna’s concert. In the lower levels, Kirito duels with Eiji who claims he has a way to return Asuna’s memories. Kirito wins but Eiji reveals that Shigemura has been harvesting memories of SAO players in an attempt to reconstruct his lost daughter’s soul and download her as an AI; having all players in the concert would make removing memories easier. Eiji adds that the drones used for harvesting possess enough power to damage the players’ brains, killing them like the NerveGear did in SAO.

Title:Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale
Release:2017-02-18
Runtime:110 min.
Genre:Action, Adventure, Animation, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Stars:Ayana Taketatsu, Haruka Tomatsu, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Ayahi Takagaki, Hiroaki Hirata, Hiroki Yasumoto
Overview:People everywhere were enjoying a new game called Ordinal Scale, an ARMMORPG developed exclusively for the Augma, a new wearable console designed for AR (augmented reality) gaming. But, the players had no idea that a nightmare from the virtual world was starting to spread into reality! As his fellow players find themselves in danger, the hero is called upon once again.

 

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