Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale is a continuation of one of my favorite anime series of all time. A lot of the times, movies based on the anime seem to exist in their own story-arc, separate from the main plot (example Dragon Ball Z films), but in this case, the film is completely canon. It is directed by Tomohiko Itō and based on an original story by manga creator Reki Kawahara. This review covers the English dub.
Taking place after Sword Art Online II in 2026, a new company Augma has developed Ordinal Scale, a game that gets rid of the “full dive” virtual reality from SOA, Elfheim, and Gun Gale, choosing to create a holographic field that simulates reality.
Kirito (Bryce Papenbrook) is hesitant about the technology, though Asuna (Cherami Leigh), Lisbeth (Sarah Anne Williams), and Silica (Christine Marie Cabanos) enthusiastically join when Japanese pop singer Yuna (Ryan Bartley) begins making appearances at the battles to encourage players. However, Kirito, Asuna, and their friends begin to notice that game has similarities to SOA which begins to worry them. Their suspicions are confirmed when SOA survivors begin to lose their memories in battles with boss level creatures from Sword Art Online.
As the tournament continues, heading toward a free Yuna concert for Ordinal Scale players, Kirito decides to level up and find out who is stealing the memories of his fellow survivors while dodging attacks from the mysterious player Eiji (Chris Patton) who may have a strange connection to Asuna.
FAVORITE QUOTE: Switch.
PARENTAL CONCERN: Violence, Brief sexual content, Some language
Watch the trailer below:
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