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TL;DR
Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale (2017)
劇場版 ソードアート・オンライン -オーディナル・スケール- (Gekijō-ban Sōdo Āto Onrain -Ōdinaru Sukēru-)

Synopsis

In 2026, two years since the SAO incident, a new game called “Ordinal Scale,” an Augmented-Reality MMO, is becoming popular among the players. But strange things are happening in the game and Kirito and the gang are facing a new danger.
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Visual
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Overview

The film is produced by A-1 Pictures and directed by Tomohiko Itō, featuring an original story by Kawahara, character designs by Shingo Adachi and music by Yuki Kajiura. It was released in Japan, Southeast Asia, and Germany on February 18, 2017.

Alternative title

– Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale
– 刀劍神域劇場版:序列爭戰
– 劇場版 ソードアート・オンライン -オーディナル・スケール-
– Gekijō-ban Sōdo -Āto Onrain -Ōdinaru Sukēru
– Gekijouban Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale
– Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale
– SAO Movie Ordinal Scale
– Gekijouban SAO Ordinal Scale

TL;DR Review

Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale (Japanese: 劇場版 ソードアート・オンライン -オーディナル・スケール- Hepburn: Gekijō-ban Sōdo Āto Onrain -Ōdinaru Sukēru-) is a 2017 Japanese animated fantasy adventure film based on the Sword Art Online light novel series written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec.

This movie took place between season 2 and season 3 of Sword Art Online. Like most movie tie-in of popular TV series, you would expect a throw-away plot that has almost no consequences to the actual series, and you would be mostly right. However, there are some references to the movie in season 3 that does affect the series plot.

The action and animation are as impressive as ever for a Sword Art series but had a higher production value. There are enough combat scenes to keep the movie entertaining, but not to the point they become mindless combat for the sake of combat.

The one thing Sword Art Online always impressed me is their world building. It’s the type of world that you believe can be possible in the near future. Unlike the regular show that focuses mainly on Virtual Reality (VR), the movie explores a parallel technology of Augmented Reality (AR).

This is a good movie that helps tie season two and three together. I am glad it wasn’t some quick cash movie that introduces irrelevant characters with an irrelevant plot in some irrelevant timeline. Highly recommended for fans of the series and those that also enjoy playing MMO. Sword Art Online contains moderate violence and suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for young adults.

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Featured Music

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale (2017)
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Closing Theme

– “Iris” by Eir Aoi

Insert/Image Theme

– “Break Beat Bark!” by Sayaka Kanda
– “delete” by Sayaka Kanda
– “longing” by Sayaka Kanda
– “smile for you” by Sayaka Kanda
– “Ubiquitous dB” by Sayaka Kanda
Kirito
“I don’t even know the real names of the two… no, three that I killed back then. I just close my eyes, put my hands over my ears and tried to forget it all.”
Klein
“Just consider hardships as another part of training and keep working hard.”
Asuna Yuuki
“Sometimes the things that matter the most are right in front of you.”
Kirito
“Everybody can fight. It’s just a choice of whether you should.”
Kirito
“Whether here or in the real world, you can cry when it hurts. There’s no rule that you can’t show feelings just because it’s a game.”
Asuna Yuuki
“I cried alone every single night. It felt like every day that passed here stole another piece of my real life away. After I cried, I’d go and fight as hard as I could. My only thought was winning, moving forward and getting stronger.”

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Photo by Nicolas LB, Jon Flobrant, and Yvette de Wit on Unsplash.

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