The upcoming Sword Art Online -Progressive- Kuraki Yuuyami no Scherzo (Scherzo of Deep Night) movie has received a Japanese release window for Fall 2022 and a teaser visual that shows protagonists Kirito and Asuna facing off against a towering boss.
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This is the sequel film in the SAO Progressive movie series. The previous Sword Art Online -Progressive- movie, Aria of a Starless Night, premiered in Japan on October 30.
Staff & Voice Cast
The main staff of that movie includes Ayako Kounou (86 EIGHTY-SIX storyboarder) as director, Kento Toya (Sword Art Online Alicization War of Underworld co-character designer and co-chief animation director) as character designer and chief animation director, and Yasuyuki Kai (My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission key animator, Haikyu! The Movie: Battle of Concepts co-action animation director) as action director and monster designer. A-1 Pictures is the animation production studio.
Scherzo of a Dark Dusk will have veteran voice actors Yoshitsugu Matsuoka and Haruka Tomatsu return as Kirito and Asuna, respectively.
Plot & Background
Both the main and Progressive Sword Art Online light novels are written by Reki Kawahara with illustrations by Abec. A manga adaptation of Sword Art Online Progressive by Himura Kiseki ran from 2014 to 2018 with seven tankoubon volumes.
The SAO Progressive film franchise is a reboot of the original Sword Art Online light novel series, written by the series creator Reki Kawahara. Specifically, the Progressive movies will cover the early days of the Sword Art Online VRMMORPG.
Yen Press describes the Scherzo of Deep Night as:
It’s been just two months since they were trapped in the game of death that is Sword Art Online, and Kirito and Asuna continue their struggle at the vanguard of progress through the game. The fifth floor of Aincrad is a mazelike ruin, and the two dare to take pleasure in raiding it for the treasure it contains. Upon returning to the fourth floor, it’s time to do some questing on behalf of the Elf Lord Yofilis–but here begins Asuna’s discontent, for in doing so they will have to face her least favorite monster ever…
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