The official website of Sword Art Online Progressive revealed on Aug 22, 2022, that the sequel movie, Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night‘s release date was delayed due to the spread of COVID-19 in Japan.
The movie was originally supposed release on Sep 10, 2022, but is now facing production delays. The new release date will be revealed by the staff soon.
“Due to production delays caused by the nationwide spread of the new coronavirus infection, we have been forced to postpone the release of ‘Sword Art Online -Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night,’ which was scheduled to be released on September 10, 2022 (Saturday),” the announcement on the website read.
The completion screening of Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night, which was supposed to be held on Aug 24, 2022, too has been cancelled. Refunds will be given to fans who purchased the tickets.
Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night is being animated by A-1 Pictures and the staff from the previous movie have been retained for the sequel too.
The staff includes:
- Director: Ayako Kono
- Character Designer & Animation Director: Kento Toya
- Sub Character Designer: Aya Akizuki & Keisuke Watanabe
- Action Director & Monster Design: Kai Yasuyuki
- Music: Yuki Kaijura
- Sound Director: Yoshikazu Iwanami
- Sound Effect: Yasumasa Koyama
- Art Setting: Akihiro Hirasawa
- CGI Director: Hiroshi Nakajima, Kengo Oda
- Boss Monster/Stage Designer: Junya Ishigaki
- Color Design: Naomi Nakano
- Director of Photography: Yuki Oshima
- Studio: A-1 Pictures
- Distributed by Aniplex
Haruka Tomatsu, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, and Shiori Izawa will be reprising their roles as Asuna, Kirito and Argo in the sequel movie. They will be joined by Kaede Hondo as Liten and Yusuke Kobayashi as Morte.
The theme song, Heart, will be performed Eir Aoi and composed by n-buna from Yorushika. Eir Aoi was also in charge of the theme songs for the anime series.
The movie’s teaser was first revealed at AnimeJapan 2022.
Sword Art Online: Progressive is an expanded retelling of the Aincrad storyline from the original Sword Art Online light novels. The novels became a reality after Tomohiko Ito, the director of Sword Art Online Season 1, asked author Reki Kawahara to write a short story for episode two of the anime, to fill in the gaps that were in flow of the story.
Kawahara realized that he enjoyed going back and working on expanding the Aincrad act, telling the story in added details. This eventually made him publish six volumes in the Progressive series till now. The first volume of the spin-off launched on October 2012.
Sword Art Online is a Japanese light novel series written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec. The series takes place in the near future and focuses on protagonists Kazuto Kirigaya and Asuna Yuuki as they play through various virtual reality MMORPG worlds after being trapped in one along with other players.
Kawahara originally published the story as a web novel on his website between 2002 and 2008, before ASCII Media Works’ Dengeki Bunko decided to publish it as a light novel, starting from April 2009.
The novels also received a manga adaptation and an anime adaptation by A-1 Pictures which spanned three seasons. The series also has a spin-off anime series titled Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online and a movie adaptation based on an original story by author Kawahara.
Source: Official website of SAO-P