Sword Art Online is a light novel series written Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec. It was adapted into a 25-episode animated television series between July and December 2012. A special episode was released on December 31, 2013, and a second animated season aired between July and December 2012. An anime movie titled Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale was released in February 2017. The first part of the third season, called Sword Art Online: Alicization, aired between October 2018 and March 2019, while the War of Underworld, the second part, was broadcast between October 2019 and September 2020. A new movie, Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night, was released in 2021, and its sequel, Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of Deep Night, is set for a February 3, 2022 release in the United States and we finally have some news about the release!
Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of Deep Night was released on October 22, 2022, in Japanese theaters to very positive reviews, as the sequel to the Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night, both of which are adaptations of the Progressive light novel series. The movie is arriving in the United States and Canada on Friday, February 3, and on January 13, Crunchyroll has confirmed that tickets are available to buy on Fandango.
The rest of this article is going to bring you all the known and unknown information related to the upcoming Western release of the Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of Deep Night movie. You’re going to find out about its release date, whether there is a trailer, what the story is going to be about, the basic cast information, and much more about this highly-anticipated movie.
Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of Deep Night US & UK release date
On September 19, 2020, after the final episode of the third season aired in Japan, an anime adaptation of the spin-off light novel Sword Art Online: Progressive was announced. Eventually announced as a new anime movie titled Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night, it will be released on October 30, 2021, in Japan. As soon as this film was released, a sequel was announced under the title Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of Deep Night, which premiered in October 2022 in Japan. Now, with the movie out in Japan, fans in the West have been wondering when the movie is going to be released outside of Japan, and finally, in December 2022, we have gotten our confirmation.
Crunchyroll published the following press release about the release of the movie:
Crunchyroll, one of the leading and ultimate anime destinations worldwide, along with partner Aniplex of America, is bringing Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night to theaters across Crunchyroll’s
English-speaking territories in February 2023. The popular sci-fi action adventure arrives in theaters in the United Kingdom and Ireland on Wednesday, February 1; in Australia and New Zealand on Thursday, February 2; and in the United States and Canada on Friday, February 3. Additional theatrical release dates for Europe and Latin America to be announced soon. The film will be available in both Japanese with English subtitles as well as dubbed in English.
Scherzo of Deep Night is the anticipated sequel to Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night (2021), now available to stream on Crunchyroll.com. The film follows protagonist Asuna as she continues her journey through the virtual reality death game, where “Game Over” means death in the real world.– Crunchyroll
As you can see, the movie is going to hit Western theaters starting in February. The United Kingdom is going to see the movie first on February 1, followed by Australia and New Zealand on February 2, and finally, the United States on February 3. This probably has to do with the dates when each country’s cinemas change their schedules, so don’t worry, it’s not discrimination.
Now, while everyone is waiting for the movie’s release, on January 13, Crunchyroll has officially informed us that the ticket sale for Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of Deep Night in the United States had officially begun, some three weeks before the official US premiere that is going to take place on February 3, 2023. The movie is going to be available in multiple US theaters, so you will be able to watch it, as it is not a limited release. We know that the movie is scheduled to air for at least one week, but it probably remain on the schedule for at least another additional week.
Tickets can be purchased as of today and depending on your location in the United States, you can still pick up the best seats. The individual prices are around $10+, but all of it depends on the city, the theater, and the seats were taken, so actual prices may vary. The good thing is that the seats are still available as of the time of writing, which we have been able to confirm ourselves, so be sure to act quickly so you can get the best seats in your local cinema! Tickets are available on Fandango.
Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of Deep Night trailer
Now that we’ve provided you with all the relevant information, let us just quickly introduce the movie and tell you what you can expect. Since the movie, of course, aired in Japan, there is a trailer for it, and you can, as per usual, check it out here on Fiction Horizon. Here is the official trailer for the Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of Deep Night movie:
Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of Deep Night plot
The movie is going to have a 100-minute runtime, and this is how Crunchyroll officially summarized the plot of the upcoming movie:
This may be a game, but it’s not something you play.
The world’s first VRMMORPG (Sword Art Online) became a game of death. Over a month has passed since 10,000 users were trapped inside the game world. Asuna, who cleared the first floor of the floating iron castle of Aincrad, joined up with Kirito and continued her journey to reach the top floor. With the support of female Information Broker Argo, clearing the floors seemed to be progressing smoothly, but…
Conflict erupts between two major guilds who should be working together – the top player groups ALS (the Aincrad Liberation Squad) and DKB (the Dragon Knights Brigade). And meanwhile, behind the scenes exists a mysterious figure pulling the strings….
In a dangerous battle of death, there is an assault that differs from the threat, and it will involve Asuna and Kirito…!
Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of Deep Night cast
Luckily enough for us, the Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of Deep Night has already come out in Japan, and we know the complete Japanese voice cast, as well as the characters that are going to appear in the movie. With the English-language production being worked on as we speak, it makes sense that the English voice cast is likewise known, and here are the full cast members whose voices we can expect in February:
|Character||Japanese voice actor||English voice actor|
|Kirito / Kazuto Kirigaya||Yoshitsugu Matsuoka||Bryce Papenbrook|
|Asuna / Asuna Yuuki||Haruka Tomatsu||Cherami Leigh|
|Argo / Tomo Carina Hosaka||Shiori Izawa||Kimberley Anne Campbell|
|Mito / Misumi Tozawa||Inori Minase||Anairis Quiñones|
|Morte||Yūsuke Kobayashi||A.J. Beckles|
|Agil / Andrew Gilbert Mills||Hiroki Yasumoto||Patrick Seitz|
|Kibao||Tomokazu Seki||Derek Stephen Prince|