Sword Art Online Progressive: Movie trailer, release date, and more

Ellen Cooper
3 min readNov 18, 2020

After the success of Sword Art Online: Alicization — War of Underworld, Ayako Kawano is set to release the new Sword Art Online movie, which is based on the Aria on a Starless Night arc, which is one of the side-stories of the first season of Sword Art Online. The Sword Art Online Progressive movie will retell the first arc stories, highlighting each floor, which was not possible in the earlier installments in the SAO franchise.

Sword Art Online Progressive movie trailer

In the trailer, we see the first instance where players find out that they cannot log out of the game. The only difference in Sword Art Online Progressive and Sword Art Online season one is the players’ perspective and how Kirito and Asuna realize that SAO is not a fun game anymore, and the only way out is to win the game itself.

The Aria on a Starless Night arc deals more with Asuna’s perspective than Kirito, who was the central character in the long-running franchise of Sword Art Online.

Sword Art Online Progressive movie release date

Along with other titles such as Gintama: the final movie and Kamiari no Kodomo, Sword Art Online Progressive movie will premiere in 2021. The movie will follow the story from the light novel by Reki Kawahara with the same name, and A-1 Pictures will be the in-charge of animation production.

What to expect from the Sword Art Online Progressive movie?

Although the story and the plot are the same as the original SAO, the progressive is told from a greater and more detailed perspective. Unlike the previous SAO movies, the Sword Art Online Progressive will highlight the individual experiences of both Asuna and Kirito.

Fans can expect a more detailed view of Kirito and Asuna’s relationship, which was rushed in the previous SAO series. Rather than highlighting the husband-wife relationship between the game’s top two players, the Sword Art Online Progressive will highlight the duo’s personal struggles. It will also feature some new characters, previously ignored in the original SAO.


The Sword Art Online: Progressive novels previously gained traction for its in-depth storytelling and newly added characters, which was not possible with the earlier anime series. Although the original light novel has six volumes, the Sword Art Online Progressive movie will be based on the first, and fans can expect more SAO movies after Sword Art Online Progressive. Furthermore, there is a possibility that Sword Art Online season five will premiere soon after the Sword Art Online Progressive movie, but no official statement has been released from the Sword Art Online team.

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