Director: Tomohiko Ito.
Voices: Haruka Tomatsu, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Koichi Yamadera. Japan 2017. TBC mins. Japanese with English subtitles.
Sword Art Online was a 2009 Japanese light novel that spawned a run of manga comics, TV series and video games, all wildly successful both in their home country and with fans globally. This movie spin-off is set in 2026, when a new virtual-reality invention called the Augma is launched to compete against the dominant devices, the NerveGear and the Amusphere. TV series director Tomohiko Ito’s brashly thrilling big-screen debut has regular characters Asuna and her gang – already fans of the popular game Ordinal Scale – quickly embracing the Augma and its deeply immersive VR powers. But soon they discover that it has a dark side.