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Sword Art Online Progressive Sequel Planned for 2022

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Sword Art Online Progressive

The Sword Art Online Progressive film series will continue. A Sword Art Online Progressive – Aria of a Starless Night – sequel will appear in 2022. Its formal title is Sword Art Online Progressive – Scherzo of a Dark Dusk -. [Thanks ANN!]

Sword Art Online Progressive is the title of a “reboot” series of light novels by SAO creator Reki Kawahara. Rather than hopping from game to game following the exploits of Kirito and his friends, SAO Progressive focuses on the earlier days of the death game. It covers events and incidents in the lives of Kirito and Asuna as they struggle to clear the lower floors of Aincrad.

Aria of a Starless Night distinguishes itself further by using Asuna as the viewpoint character. Viewers learn about one of Asuna’s long-lost friends, a young woman named Mito. She helped get Asuna into Sword Art Online in the first place. The film debuted in Japan on October 30, 2021, topping box office charts for the weekend. Aria of a Starless Night will release internationally as well. The film opens in North America on December 3, 2021, and in other countries in 2021 and 2022.

Check out the film’s final Japanese trailer, which is focused on the Game Master. A character controlled by the creator of Sword Art Online, The Game Master traps the game’s population inside the virtual environment of Aincrad, threatening them with death in the real world if they die in the game.

The Sword Art Online Progressive – Scherzo of a Dark Dusk –  sequel is due to premiere in Japan in 2022. The novel series on which it is based is on sale through Yen Press, as is the manga edition of the series. Check out Siliconera’s coverage of the audiobook edition of the original Sword Art Online light novel.

Josh Tolentino
Josh Tolentino helped run Japanator as Managing Editor since 2012, before it and Siliconera teamed up. That said, it's been years since he watched enough anime to keep his otaku license valid. Maybe one day he'll see enough of a given season to pretend to know what's hot. Until then, it's Star Trek reruns, gacha games, and bylines at Destructoid and GameCritics.