Aniplex presented their own Anime Expo announcement on Saturday (July 2nd), running the first screening of a new English-subtitled trailer for Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale-. As the video revealed the film’s spring opening in Japan, the US-based distributors also confirmed that the film will be released overseas.

Aniplex gave their own description of the movie’s plot, which takes place after the anime series’ Mother’s Rosario arc, as follows:

In 2026, two years since the SAO incident, a new game called “Oridinal Scale,” an Augmented-Reality MMO, is becoming popular among the players. But…strange things are happening in the game and Kirito and the gang are facing a new danger. A brand new story created by the original author, Reki Kawahara and directed by Tomohiko Ito, “Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale-” is coming to theaters in Spring 2017.

Character designer Shingo Adachi topped off the reveal with a visual he created.

Returning along with the main cast, Tomohiko Ito is back as director at A-1 Pictures. With original light novel author Reki Kawahara writing a new story, Shingo Adachi returns to adapt abec’s original character designs, and Yuki Kajiura also returns to compose the score.

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