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The Movie Art of an Online Sword at AFA16

Anime Festival Asia 2016 is getting closer and closer, with it a rush of info have finally begun to surface. First to announce is the featured anime movie of the ever popular Sword Art Online franchise…

Along came a couple of seiyuu who will make an appearance at the event itself!

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Sword Art Online The Movie – Ordinal Scale –

The animated TV series “Sword Art Online” is based on author Reki Kawahara’s light novel (winner of the 15th Dengeki Novel Award Grand Prize) in which the protagonist Kirito fights to survive in the mysterious next-gen VRMMORPG called “Sword Art Online.”

Since the first volume of the novel was published in April 2009, the series has been extremely popular with cumulative sales exceeding 12.5 million units in Japan and 19 million worldwide.

Because of its popularity, the series has been adapted into two animated series, in addition to several games, comics and merchandise. In Spring 2017, “Sword Art Online The Movie – Ordinal Scale –“, a brand new original story written by Reki Kawahara, is set for a theatrical release. SAO fans around the world are anxiously anticipating its release.

Prologue: In 2022, the world of virtual reality was upended by the arrival of a new invention from a genius programmer, Akihiko Kayaba. Called NerveGear, it was the first full-dive system and with it, came endless possibilities to VRMMORPGs.

In 2026, a new machine called the Augma is developed to compete against the NerveGear and its successor, the Amusphere. A next-gen wearable device, the Augma doesn’t have a full-dive function like its predecessors. Instead, it uses Augmented Reality (AR) to get players into the game. It is safe, user-friendly and lets users play while they are conscious, making it an instant hit on the market. The most popular game on the system is “Ordinal Scale” (aka: OS), an ARMMORPG developed exclusively for the Augma.

Asuna and the gang have already been playing OS for a while, by the time Kirito decides to join them. They’re about to find out that Ordinal Scale isn’t all fun and games…

AR (Augmented Reality) Type Information Terminal “Augma”: A next-generation, wearable multi-device that looks like a pair of small headphones. In terms of size and portability, it is far superior to the existing VR machine “Amusphere.” Augma doesn’t have a full-dive function, however, its AR function is greatly enhanced to compensate for it. It can transmit visual, audio and tactual sensation data to players while they are awake, thus enabling the users to enjoy fitness and health management like a game.

“Ordinal Scale”: “Ordinal Scale,” an ARMMO-RPG that was designed exclusively for “Augma.” Following its release, it has become the most discussed game due to its advanced technology. In this game, players can raise their rank by collecting items that appear in various places in the real world and by defeating monsters. This “Ranking System” is the main feature of the game, and in this system, each player’s status is determined by their rank which is indicated by an ordinal number instead of a cardinal number. As the result, high ranking players are given overwhelming power and often rank has become a major factor in deciding the outcome of a PvP battle.


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Matsuoka Yoshitsugu

Voice Actor of Kirito (Sword Art Online)

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka was born on the 17th of September in Hokkaido.

In 2012, he received the Best Male Newcomer Award at the 6th Seiyuu Awards Ceremony.

His numerous successful roles include:

• Sora (No Game No Life)

• Akashi Saginuma (M3: Sono Kuroki Hagane)

• Tomoya Aki (Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend)

• Sōma Yukihira (Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma)

And not forgetting:

• Kirito (Sword Art Online)

Catch Yoshitsugu Matsuoka on the Sword Art Online Stage this year, only at Anime Festival Asia Singapore!


 

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Ito Kanae

Voice Actress of Yui (Sword Art Online)

Kanae Ito was born on the 26th of November in Nagano.

Her many popular roles over the years include:

• Midori (Divine Gate)

• Ruiko Saten (A Certain Scientific Railgun)

• Amu Hinamori, Diamond (Shugo Chara!!)

• Sena Kashiwazaki (I Don’t Have Many Friends)

As well as:

• Yui (Sword Art Online)

Catch Kanae Ito on the Sword Art Online Stage this year, only at Anime Festival Asia Singapore!

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