The director and character design team for the Sword Art Online anime adventures, Tomohiko Ito and Shingo Adachi, are working together on a new movie with a story written by the light novel series’ author Reki Kawahara. While out promoting his latest work, this season’s hotly anticipated anime ERASED, Ito managed to get in a word for this SAO movie set after the second season’s Mother Rosario arc, saying it’s now being storyboarded and that this stage is near completion.

He also dropped hints that there will be new characters in the feature, some of which have been slinking around the novels’ sidelines up to now, and indicated the Marvel cinematic universe in terms of plot. Apparently, it will relate in some ways to Avengers: Age of Ultron. With this in mind it seems to make sense that, while he’s sure it’ll please established fans, Ito noted that it will be enjoyable for SAO newcomers too.

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