Revealed online at “Aniplex Online Fest 2021” held 4th July, “Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night” will be released in Japanese cinemas on 30th October 2021.

The show will be directed by Ayako Kawano, featuring character designs by Kento Toya, with music by Yuki Kajiura, and to be animated by A-1 Pictures. Yoshitsugu Matsuoka and Haruka Tomatsu will be reprising their roles as series leads Kirito and Asuna.

The movie is part of the “Sword Art Online Progressive” reboot series that depicts protagonist Kirito becoming the black swordsman; the new adaptation has a more granular approach to the SAO story, showing the protagonists’ progress level by level.