The good news was that they were about to announce Sword Art Online Season 3, given the fact that, according to the original news, this announcement relates not only to video games. This point was particularly emphasized. Taking into account that the film has been released recently, we supposed that they were talking about the next season of the anime. As turned out, we were right.
The anime started off in 2012 on Tokyo MX. Subsequently, MBS, RKB, AT-X, and other Japanese networks picked up the series to broadcast. A-1 Pictures served as a developer of the adaptation. Aniplex acted as a licensor of the series in North America. SAO aired on Adult Swim in the US. Season 1 of SAO has received a positive response from the target audience. According to the data of MyAnimeList, the first season of the series has a score of 7.72/10 ~ 780,000 votes. Season 2 of the anime debuted in July 2014. The second season was a success as well, given the positive statistics on MAL, 7.26/10 ~ 437,000 votes. The season concluded in December of 2014. Since that point, the fans have been looking forward to the next installment. Finally, the eponymous film subtitled Ordinal Scale premiered on March 9, 2017, in the United States.
What Is This Franchise About?First of all, it's worth mentioning that SAO is a successful anime adaptation of the Japanese light novel series of the same name by Reki Kawahara that is incredibly popular in Japan, as well as across the globe. By the way, the series is currently ongoing. Over nineteen million copies were sold globally.
The setting of the anime is the virtual reality world. The story is happening in the near future, where the technology moved to another level, allowing thereby for complete integration with the game process. The first VR game made using this engine was Sword Art Online (SAO). The day of launching promised to be the greatest in the whole game industry. Thousands of gamers connected their VR to join the MMORPG. However, an unpleasant surprise awaited them in the new virtual world. To exit the game, the players will have to pass through all of a hundred levels. If anyone would attempt to log out, this player must die in the natural world. Thus, ten thousand gamers logged in found themselves in a trap.
Kazuto Kirigaya, nicknamed "Kirito," was among them. To exit the game, he will have to use all his skills, cooperate with the allies, and deal with foes, in an attempt to survive. Fortunately, Kirito is an experienced player as he served as a beta-tester of the game for a while. This advantage allows him of rapidly becoming a leader, despite the fact that he used to play the games alone. He teams up with Asuna, who later becomes his wife. Their joint mission is to free all the rest player to allow them to exit the game. The subsequent story follows Kirito's adventures in the virtual world.