The new Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night movie has just been released in Japan, but when will the film premiere in English?

When thinking about classic anime franchises, what comes to mind? One Piece, My Hero Academia, Naruto, Dragon Ball or Attack on Titan?

One of the most popular anime franchises of the past few years has been Sword Art Online.

This is why, after the finale of Alicization: War of the Underworld in 2020, fans were worried that there could be a significant hiatus.

However, we will return to Aincrad sooner than you think with the upcoming movie ‘Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night.

Sword Art Online Progressive movie: English release date

Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night released in Japanese theatres on October 30th, 2021.

The movie is now set to premiere in North America on December 3rd, with the launch in Europe and Oceania scheduled for December 9th.

Unfortunately, there has been no information to indicate what date the movie could release for online streaming, but fans should expect the film to become available online by January 2022.

The movie will release in GCC and MENA regions, with ODEX Anime also bringing the movie to various countries across South and East Asia.

Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night Trailer 1

Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night Trailer 1

What is Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night about?

The movie is adapting the first arc of the Sword Art Online Progressive series that show Kirito and Asuna’s experience at the very beginning on the first floors – arcs that were skipped over in the main series.

The synopsis reads that, “Kirito and Asuna are two very different people, but they both desire to fight alone” yet are drawn together in the face of new challenges.

“Given that the entire virtual world they now live in has been created as a deathtrap, the surviving players of Sword Art Online are starting to get desperate, and desperation makes them dangerous to loners like Kirito and Asuna. As it becomes clear that solitude equals suicide, will the two be able to overcome their differences to find the strength to believe in each other, and in so doing survive?” – Synopsis, via MAL.

Recognise any of the voice cast?

At the time of writing, only four voice actors have been confirmed for Aria of a Starless Night.

  • Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Kazuto Kirigaya (Fuutarou from Quintessential Quintuplets and Bell from DanMachi)
  • Haruka Tomatsu as Asuna Yuuki (Zero Two from Darling in the Fraxx and Kyouko from Horimiya)
  • Inori Minase as Mito (Hestia from DanMachi and Rem from Re:Zero)
  • Shiori Izawa as Argo (Midoriko from Panzer Girls and EM Pino from Edens Zero)

This article will be updated when more information on the international release, streaming and voice cast is revealed.

A sequel movie is already announced…

The good news for fans of the SAO series is that a second ‘Progressive’ movie is already in the works.

The movie is titled ‘Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of a Dark Dusk’ and will open in Japanese theatres in 2022.

Scherzo of a Dark Dusk will adapt the fourth volume of the light novel series, one of the few story arcs that haven’t yet been completed.

However, neither an international release date nor a streaming partner has been announced.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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