Sword Art Online is now celebrating the 10th anniversary of its anime’s original premiere, and it’s going to go big with a new play opening overseas later this fall! Reki Kawahara’s light novel franchise is in a much different place now than when it all began, and much of that success is due to the original anime adaptation. So big was the launch of that first anime that over the past decade we’ve seen all sorts of sequels, spin-offs, movies, and more offering fresh looks at Kirito and Asuna’s story.
Sword Art Online will burst into the real world with a special stage play bringing live-action versions of the characters to life coming to Japan later in November. Title Sword Art Online – Dive into Stage-, this new piece will focus on the live-action versions of Kirito and Asuna while featuring new and older sounds from the greatest moments from the anime’s original Aincrard arc. To get an idea of what to expect from the play, you can check out the trailer below:
What is Sword Art Online Stageplay?
Sword Art Online -Dive into the Stage- unfortunately did not reveal whether or not it will be available internationally, but it is currently scheduled to take place at the Tokyo International Forum Hall C from November 8 to 13 this year. Adapting the greatest moments from the Aincrad arc of the anime, the play’s trailer shows the main duo at the center of it all, Rin Matsubara as Kirito and Minami Tsukui as Asuna, but others characters from the series will make their debut in the game too.
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As for what to expect from the story of the play, Sword Art Online -Dive into the Stage- is officially teased as such, “The story will be told with great intensity through a fusion of the stage using the latest technology and the stunning action and performance of the live cast members. This is the birth of a new type of live entertainment that immerses audiences in the world of SAO.”
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