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How Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale falls short

DISCUSSION – After waiting for a few months, I finally had the opportunity to go and watch Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale – an anime film set on events after its main series. Despite enjoying the film, I find myself somewhat dissatisfied and wished that the film would have tried to go all out with its story progression – which is something I want to talk about here.

If you have not watched this film and do not take kindly to spoilers, avert your eyes! With that warning in, let us dive in.

Anime Discussions

Twelve minutes of SAO: Ordinal Scale

DISCUSSION – Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale has just been theatrically released in Japanese theaters on February 18, 2017. A preview has just been released by Sony of the first twelve minutes of the movie.

After viewing the video in roughly-translated English, it seems to show the events leading up to Kirito’s involvement in the augmented reality MMO, Ordinal Scale. Throughout the video, the movie’s setting shows how much has changed since the events of SAO and GGO.

People have gotten more reliant on augmented reality in their day-to-day life. It now serves as the upgrade from smartphones to even more advanced technology. Smartphone functions can now be done in a simple movement of your arm with the new augmented reality gadget, Augma.

Gaming has changed as well. People have gotten hooked into augmented reality gaming rather than the full-dive consoles – much to Kirito’s distaste.

He’s shown a strong displeasure when it comes to augmented reality and comes around when he’s heard news of some odd happenings in the augmented reality game, Ordinal Scale.

It is revealed at the end of the video that the odd thing about this game is that some of the bosses are the same ones from the first game, Sword Art Online. Kirito sets to find out the identities of Yuna, the diva of the game; the second ranked player and the game as a whole.

Go ahead and view the first twelve minutes of the movie yourself. It shows a lot of promise.