Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night

Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night

One month after Kayaba Akihiko's game of death began, the death toll continues to rise, two thousand players having already lost their lives to the ultra-difficult VRMMO world of Sword Art Online. On the day of the strategy meeting to plan out the first-floor boss battle, Kirito, a solo player who vows to fight alone to get stronger, runs into a rare, high-level female player. She gracefully dispatches powerful monsters with a single rapier that flashes like a shooting star in the night...

  • Released: 2021-10-30
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Genre: Action, Animation, Fantasy
  • Stars: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Haruka Tomatsu, Koichi Yamadera, Hiroki Yasumoto, Nobuyuki Hiyama, Inori Minase, Rina Hidaka, Ryusei Nakao, Tomokazu Seki
  • Director: Ayako Kono
  • HotHamlet - 24 September 2022
    Awful Addition to SAO Universe.
    This movie wasn't terrible but was not very good to say the least. First off before anything i want to mention how half of this movie is just Sword Art Online with nothing added besides some poor context.

    Now, the story of this is simply put a worse version of the Sword Art Online story that most know. It doesn't add anything substantial and when an event happens that makes you ever so slightly interested it makes a mess of what could have been ok. This movie from day dot was never going to be amazing, but i was hoping for at least something average. Although i don't hate SAO as much as others, i am now off put from SAO going forward simply because of this anime movie. Story isn't original (obviously) and has nothing extra of any substance.

    The new character added into this movie and subsequently the universe of SAO is real bad. Now it's not the worst character to be introduced in anime ever, but my god this character has to be in my top 100 most pointless character ever. I have no idea why this movie was made and the driving force behind that thought is this new character. She was so uninteresting and didn't add anything to SAO at all. I think you are meant to dislike her at a certain point but i simply didn't care as this character is awful.

    The animation is easily passable but nothing amazing in anime terms. If you have seen any of the Sword Art Online anime in the past (which you probably should have before watching this movie), the animation is about the same it's always been. Not at all bad but simply fine and easily passable in this type of show. The visuals of the world seemed nice and the design of certain areas are fine but nothing extraordinary. All of this is about average if not slightly above, but nothing good.

    Story - 1/10

    Characters - 1/10

    Animation - 5/10

    Visuals - 5/10

    Definitely do not recommend, 2/10.