US Theatrical Release Date Confirmed for Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale-

Been waiting for more anime content in the Sword Art Online media franchise? Your wait is almost over. Offering an anime-exclusive storyline, the franchises’ first theatrical film – Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale- will be arriving in early 2017.

Providing confirmation for those in North America, regional publisher Aniplex of America have announced that Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale- will be available in theatres from March 9 2017.

The film will be distributed by ELEVEN ARTS, and at this time will only be available with the original Japanese audio w/ English subtitles. While I think it is fairly safe to assume that an English dub will be created at some point in time, it is uncertain if, when and/or how it will be available to fans.

Details and ticket sales for the nationwide release will be announced in the weeks leading to the theatrical season beginning.

Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale- features an script by Reki Kawahara and Tomohiko Ito. The film has been directed by Tomohiko Ito, with other members of the creative team including Shingo Adachi (Character Design / Chief Animation Director), Takayuki Nagashima (Art Director), Yoshikazu Iwanami (Sound Director), Yuki Kajiura (Music), A-1 Pictures (Animation Production) and many more.


In 2022, the world of virtual reality was upended by the arrival of a new invention from a genius programmer, Akihiko Kayaba, called NerveGear. It was the first full-dive system, and with it, came endless possibilities to VRMMORPGs.

In 2026, a new device called the Augma is developed to compete against the NerveGear and its successor, the Amusphere. A next-gen wearable device, the Augma doesn’t have a full-dive function like its predecessors. Instead, it uses Augmented Reality (AR) to get players into the game. It is safe, user-friendly and lets users play while they are conscious, making it an instant hit on the market. The most popular game on the system is “Ordinal Scale” (aka: OS), an ARMMORPG developed exclusively for the Augma.

Asuna and the gang have already been playing OS for a while, by the time Kirito decides to join them. They’re about to find out that Ordinal Scale isn’t all fun and games…