Sword Art Online: Progressive Movie - Hoshi Naki Yoru no Aria

Sword Art Online the Movie: Progressive - Aria of a Starless Night

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Synonyms: SAO Progressive Movie, Aria in the Starless Night, Hoshinaki Yoru no Aria
Japanese: 劇場版 ソードアート・オンライン プログレッシブ 星なき夜のアリア
English: Sword Art Online the Movie: Progressive - Aria of a Starless Night
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 30, 2021
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: A-1 Pictures
Source: Light novel
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, FantasyFantasy
Theme: Video GameVideo Game
Duration: 1 hr. 37 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.971 (scored by 9709497,094 users)
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Ranked: #6622
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Popularity: #959
Members: 252,403
Favorites: 2,140

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Excelling socially and academically, Asuna Yuuki is on track to ace her high school entrance exams. Her friend and classmate, Misumi "Mito" Tozawa, advises her to take a short break from studying and join her on the launch day of Sword Art Online (SAO)—the highly anticipated online virtual reality multiplayer game. Asuna accepts her offer and soon meets her in the game.

In a cruel twist of fate, Asuna, Mito, and every other player logged into SAO find themselves trapped in the game permanently. The only way out is to clear all one hundred floors of the game, and to make matters worse, dying inside the game will kill the player in real life. With SAO now turned into a nightmare death trap, Asuna and other gamers—such as the lone swordsman Kazuto "Kirito" Kirigaya—must adapt and survive, all whilst attempting to beat the unforgiving competition to the top.

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Sword Art Online: Progressive Movie - Hoshi Naki Yoru no Aria has been licensed by Aniplex of America as Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night with the launch of the Official USA Website on November 19, 2020. Aniplex announced the movie's theatrical and IMAX release in the USA on December 3, 2021.

The movie's first limited edition advance ticket was released from December 28, 2020 to January 11, 2021 on the Aniplex+ website, which recorded the world's fastest advance ticket sale.

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Nakagawa, Hazuki
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Kuroi, Hitomi
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Oct 30, 2021
It's no surprise that SAO is one of the most significant franchises in the anime industry. No matter how each of us feels about it. We're not maniacs, are we?

I don't even know what to say. Perfect balance. The pacing is great, the visuals and the story are well adapted. (even including Mito) Music from Yuki Kajiura, as usual Godtear. If you are a fan of the franchise, then this is one hundred percent win. But even for people unfamiliar with original anime it will be interesting, or even become the door to the franchise.

I went to see the movie with a friend of ...
Dec 7, 2021
Mixed Feelings
Sword Art Online: Progressive Review
From a person that has not watched any SAO Series.

**This is my first review on MAL**

Surprisingly, good except for the storyline.
A-1 Graphics and animations alleviates this movie a lot.

[Story 4/10] [Character 5/10]
The story is very short and doesn't have anything relevant. The whole plot is mostly the intro of the series. The story is brief to the point that I can summarize it in only 5 minutes. Most of the air times in this series are edgy scenes, specifically the MC, who I had to watch his edgy personality for about an hour. About the jokes in this series, they are ...
Apr 21, 2022
SAO is a franchise that tends to get a large amount of backlash and hate whenever it is brought up, and while that tends to be an excessive amount for a show that isn't necessarily the worst of all time, it certainly deserves some of the vitriol that goes its way. Having seen the entirety of S1 and half of S1 of Alicization, I was pretty much done testing the show, as I found nothing enjoyable or memorable after season one's aincrad arc, which was my favorite section of the series. So naturally, when a movie is released that promised to develop Asuna, one of ...

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