While of course Japan gets the first dibs when the anime movie Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale is shown on February 18, 2017 in about 150 theaters there, US-based fans of the massively popular anime series will have a chance to catch a screening in select theaters for a one-night event only on March 9.
Although there is also a Hollywood “Premiere” event held by Aniplex of America on March 1, Canadian fans of SAO will get to enjoy a 3-day screening of Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale movie that will be available at Cineplex theaters in Calgary, Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver.
Here’s the movie’s synopsis:
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 machine 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…
PSN (PLAYSTATION Network) users in Japan also got a lucky sneak peek at Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale when the first 12 minutes the anime film was uploaded to watch for free. The clip shows the “normal” life interactions between Kirito and his harem ~Ahem*, that is to say “Group” of friends eat at a familiar restaurant (Wagnaria).