Sword Art Online-Ordinal Scale, Japanese (animated) movie (2017)

The world of computergames is vast. Some say it is currently one of the biggest entertainment mediums, bigger even than Hollywood movies. Many of you already know this but I used to be a very fanatical gamer. One could argue that I was so fanatical that it wasn’t even healthy anymore. But that’s a thing of the past now, as I have stopped playing computergames altogether, well on consoles that is. I do play the occasional game on my Ipad, but that’s nowhere near the level of games that I was used to playing. Games these days are becoming ever more immersive, with virtual reality being one of the latest trends. Putting on special goggles, gamers can experience the gaming world in a way that is almost lifelike. I do say almost, as of course the technology isn’t anywhere close to the things you sometimes see in science fiction movies. Two years ago, around the time when my blog was up and running for a few months, I discovered the anime Sword Art Online, which focusses heavily on virtual reality gaming. It fast became one of my alltime favorite animeseries and now I have a huge collection of merchandise from that series (proving once again my point that I can truly become obsessed when I like something).

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Don’t look now, but I think you might have something stuck in your ear.

Last year a movie that was a follow-up to the series saw the light of day, and now I finally had the chance to see this one for myself as it was released on dvd two weeks ago. (Well here in Europe anyway). Was it worth the wait? Hell yeah it was!Β It is the year 2026, and the world is under the spell of the Augma device, a new system that allows players all over the world to simulate reality while still being conscious. As a few years prior players became trapped in a virtual reality game called Sword Art online, that used a full dive system, this new device is deemed much safer. We once again meet up with Kirito and Asuna, both survivors of the horrible SOA event, and not surprisingly both are also using the Augma to play the newest and most popular game Ordinal Scale. Although Kirito doesn’t seem to be enjoying himself as much. But then a new event is introduced to the game: old boss monsters from the Sword Art Online world begin appearing accompanied by the mysterious AI idol singer Yuna. What at first seems like a fun and welcome addition to the game, soon begins to take on a much more sinister shape. With Asuna’s life on the line, Kirito has to find out what is going on, before it’s too late. But it might already be too late, for Kirito seems to have met his match in the form of a player that is able to counter his every move….

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Gotta love Asuna’s new look in this film.

Sword Art Online is a series that is hated upon by a lot of animefans. I’m not going to start up that old discussion as I am here to talk about this movie. Suffice it to say though that I am a huge fan of this anime, in fact so much so that it has taken up a spot on my personal top 3 of favorite animeseries. When I first heard about the fact that there would finally be something coming out that would continue the storyline I was delighted. At the same time though I also felt anxious. What if it would suck? Well, having finally been able to see this film now, I am very glad to let you all know that my fears were unfounded. If you are a fan of the animeseries you will love this. Let’s talk about the storyline first. One of the things I really liked about it, is the way it treated the main characters of Asuna and especially Kirito. It was very refreshing to see the latter being out of his element and not the powerhouse player we are used to seeing in the series. Kirito really struggles within this new life and death game, and it takes him a long while to adapt. Asuna also at a certain point becomes very vulnerable, and it’s a side we are not always used to seeing from the starstruck couple. It’s their relationship and love for each other that continues to be heartwarming, and very touching though.

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GET READYYYYYYY: FIGHT!!!!

Another thing I liked about the film’s story is some of the questions it asked that really made you think.What if you were able to forget about things from your past that were not very happy thoughts or events? Β Would you do that if you were able to? Or are they a part of your life no matter how unhappy these memories might be? I think that is an intriguing question and one that could almost be the topic for an entire post or at the very least a lively discussion. The movie runs for two hours, and it is in my opinion just a tad bit too long. Some of the story elements felt a bit forced, and a few of the side characters had way too little screentime, but were probably just added to the mix for the fans. Nevertheless there are also quite a few things in it for fans of the original series that will in all likelyhood give you a few goosebumps. On the action front the film doesn’t disappoint. Even though it’s not a full on fight fest, there are enough action scenes in the film that make it very satisfying. The fights also feel much more threatening and dangerous.

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I just love my special edition boxed set version of this movie πŸ˜€

 

While the animation might not be as beautiful as some of the higher level animefilms out there, I still found it to be very decent, with some spectacular setpieces. The new outfits for most of the characters also worked quite well and had a really nice look to it. Another thing that plays a big role in this film is the music. With the introduction of the new character of Yuna, an AI idol singer, there were quite a number of scenes that featured her singing. At times it almost felt as if I was watching a new installment of theΒ  Macross saga. But I have to admit that this element did work quite well and wasn’t distracting in the least. The music featured in the film fits the tone of Sword Art Online and as such is very pleasing to the ear. Even though the film can be watched on it’s own without any prior knowledge of the world of Sword Art Online, you will find it more enjoyable if you first watch the original anime. If you hated SOA in the first place, this movie won’t make you love the series all of a sudden. For the fans though this is a more than decent follow up to the original anime and with the words Sword Art Online will return at the end of the credits, we can rest assured that we haven’t seen the last of Kirito and Asuna. And I would not have it any other way. Link start !

I give Sword Art Online-Ordinal Scale a 8 out of 10 score.

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50 thoughts on “Sword Art Online-Ordinal Scale, Japanese (animated) movie (2017)”

    1. Well I wish I could see films such as this in the theatre. But unfortunately in Holland animemovies never appear in theatres. Still, I enjoyed it a lot in the home theatre as well. It was a fun film, and a nice continuation of the series 😊

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  1. Yes! Great film! Sword art online is amazing! I bought the season 1 box set for you know who’s birthday. This movie was great, though I loved the series more.
    Have you seen the new SAO? Gun Gale Online? We just finished it πŸ€—

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    1. It really was a fun film. And I bought the season 1 boxed set at animecon: talk about a coincidence 😊 Agree with what you said: the series was better, as it gave the characters more depth. I’m looking forward to season 3: it will be interesting to see how they are going to continue it.
      As for the new series…only two episodes so far, but I plan to hopefully bingewatch it somewhere in the weekend. From what I have seen so far it’s fun, but not as good as the original series. But that was to have been expected 😊

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  2. I haven’t seen the film yet as I’ve been on the fence about it. I think I will be picking it up one day. I just started the first light novel for the Sword Art Online original novel series, and I’m excited to experience it. Also, your boxed set looks quite fabulous.

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    1. Cool. I read that first light novel somewhere last year and quite enjoyed it. It’s a great addition to the series, and I live how it expands the series even more.
      As for the film…it’s good, not as good as the anime series, but for fans it’s a real treat. The boxed set really is quite cool, am very happy with it 😊😊

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      1. It really is good. I like the way how they expand on the series itself and give the characters even more depth than they already had. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it when you finish it 😊

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  3. I think it’s unfortunate that the film in is essence is a spin off. Knowing that events before the film story and after it are already set in stone gave me a feeling that the story was a bit inconsequential – of course no one will be harmed seriously when we know that all the material for the upcoming S3 had already been written. The same goes for the characters – I’d love to see more of Yuna in later iterations of the franchise but the chance of that happening is probably close to zero.
    Fully agree with you about the OST – Yuki Kajiura did her best, and all the insert songs were surprisingly well integrated.

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    1. True enough. Even though I really liked it, I felt the story could have been better, and many of the side characters were just added because..well they should be in there as it’s Sword Art Online. That’s a bit of a shame. Still, it’s a fun film, with some good fights and especially if you are a fan, it really does have it’s moments.
      Am very curious as to what they are going to be doing for season 3 though 😊😊

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    2. Hi…just ltetting you know that I placed a comment on your latest post, but that it got sent to spam heaven (as it disappeared it means that it got sent to your spamfilter). The only way I can let people know right now (short of wrting yet another post about it which I am not going to do is by replying to a comment on my own blog). So..as I said my comment is now in your spamfilter 😊

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      1. Oh, sorry about that. I usually check my spam several times a month and now guess what – I found there 3 your comments in total. I’ve no idea (probably as you yourself) why is this happening. WordPress should be ashamed.

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      2. Really no problem at all. It is really annoying and I don’t seem to be the only one anymore either as a lot of people complained about it this week. Everything seems to be working again though (at least for now that is πŸ˜€)

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  4. When it was first released, I heard that a good many people actually enjoyed it, despite them not loving the series. I for one cannot wait to get a hold of my own copy someday (as you have right there!) and I’m very glad that you enjoyed this film too!

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    1. It really does stand on it’s own and can be seen without ever having seen a single episode of the series (though honestly it is more enjoyable if you have.
      I hope you will get hold of that copy soon and enjoy the film as much as I did 😊

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  5. Like you, I really enjoyed this one a lot. While SAO in general has it’s flaws, the overall product is much better than the reputation it has garnered might lead people to believe.

    With that in mind, this was a perfect followup to the series thus far, keeping the spirit of it intact, and forwarding the characters in a meaningful way. Can’t ask for much more than that from a movie based on an anime.

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    1. So true. It really is a shame that SOA has gathered such a bad reputation in general. Sure, it’s not the best anime ever made, but I love it. A lot…and my huge amount of merchandise proves it (erm…either that or I am way too much of an impulse buyer πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚).
      Seriously though…it really was a fun film, and a worthy addition to the franchise. I’m really wondering what’s next though: can’t wait for season 3 #thehypeisreal lol πŸ˜‚

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    1. Well, this is going to sound like I am making fun of you but I really am not. Just start at the beginning. The series has so far had two seasons and a spin off (which I plan on seeing in the weekend).
      Season 1 is the best of the series and really enjoyable. Season 2 is darker, but also a little bit unbalanced at times. Still many people hated the second arc..I was not one of them. All of the episodes can be found either on Netflix or on Crunchyroll. It’s a terrific show: I hope you will enjoy it 😊

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    1. It really was a lot of fun. I’m just a huge fan of this series. It’s not the best anime ever made, but it doesn’t have to be either. It’s just pure fun…and also has a depth to it…which is great 😊😊

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  6. Being trapped in virtual reality would be very scary. Glob, could you imagine being stuck inside one of the Sims games. That would be so messed up lol πŸ˜€

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about Sword Art Online, though I’ve avoided watching the anime myself πŸ™‚ (It seems like it would have a lot of flashes and bright light in it. Which sadly gives me migraines and makes my head feel really heavy and dizzy. I’ve nothing against the anime itself).
    This film sounds like a really good follow up to the series. If it wasn’t for the whole light sensitivity thing, I think I could really get into Sword Art Online. πŸ™‚
    Great Review and your special edition boxed set cover is awesome πŸ™‚

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    1. Hmm…I guess it depends on which virtual reality you get trapped in. If it’s something along the lines of the holodeck in Star Trek where you can recreate pretty much everything you want, I would not mind being stuck in it…not forever though lol πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      But…the SIMS 😱😱😱😱 That would be so incredibly horrific.
      Well I can understand why you would pass on this, that’s for sure. But sorry to hear that though. Well, luckily there are quite a number of terrific anime series out there that don’t have these elements in it 😊
      The series really is one of my favorites (hence the enormous amount of merchandise I have).
      As always thanks for your kind comment! 😊😊

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  7. Maybe I’ll like this film better than I liked the show… The show lost me after a while. πŸ˜• And quit…. Games??? WHY?!? Okay, so you got to an unhealthy gaming POINT. We’ve all been there! I don’t even have time for gaming anymore and I still have about 500 steam games and thousands of console games around my house just crying my name “…. Nicole…. We’re SO LONELY!! Michel won’t play us… You’re the only one we can trust…..”
    “….. MOMMY’S COMING, GAMES!!! MOMMY’S COMING!!!!” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ»

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    1. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ HahahaπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ This is pretty much the first comment I read since I just woke up, and this was hilarious πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      Well…I quit gaming because of Call of Duty. That game turned me into a psychopath at some point…and that’s why I just quit altogether (cold turkey lol).
      Too bad about Sword Art Online though…I could hear Kirito and Asuna shouting that they lost you….it was so sad….😒😒😒
      πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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      1. Psh, COD??? Well, that’s your FIRST PROBLEM!! Maybe if you played a PROPER game, you would feel better?? (says the girl who’s steam library is littered with such gems as “there’s poop in my soup” and “shower with your dad simulator”) πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        And I’m sorry Kirito and Asuna!! You’re 1st season was great!!! Then…… πŸ˜•

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      2. Haha…lolπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Well…I never said COD was a proper game: it totally sucked, but all my friends played it so..yeah.
        But..now I am of course incredibly curious about these most likely gems of games that you have in your library. Because really they sound incredible: there’s poop in my soup….what’s not to love about that πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        I think it’s time for me to go back to gaming now, with games like this😱😱😱
        Haha…I know…the first season was better than season 2…but still..I can’t help it: I love the show. And…season 3 is coming 😍😍😍

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      3. Well, keep an eye on my Game on! Saturdays! (sadly, I had to forgo this week due to WAY TOO MANY blog tours… How do I always manage to overbook myself so badly?? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚) but, I always try to feature some real gems of the VG and tabletop worlds!! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ’– (my steam library is messed… The few people on my friends list are ALWAYS making fun of whatever I’m playing!)

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  8. I no longer keep up with DVD releases so I wasn’t aware that the movie is now out in Europe. Will have to check it out, in the not too distant future. I’m not one of those people who turned on SAO and have liked both seasons.

    Would I erase painful memories? Nah, I believe that you learn from your mistakes so painful experiences have value. That said, for people who have suffered a traumatic event I can see some merit to wiping out the past.

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    1. Yeah…I usually don’t either, but I really wanted to see this film, so that’s why I kept checking Amazon to see when it would be released. And I also like both seasons of SAO. Really looking forward to the 3rd season to see what they will come up with.
      I have that same reasoning. There are certainly events from the past that I would rather forget, but then again, they are part of me…so why erase them 😊
      Hope you get to see the film at some point: would love to hear your thoughts on it πŸ˜€

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  9. I really love this movie. I watched it on theaters with my friend Allie at March 2017 and I enjoyed every moment. The idea of forgetting a memory from the past is interesting and scary. I need to watch this movie again. I have the standard Blu-Ray. I wanted the limited edition version, but I didn’t want to spend too much because I needed money for Christmas gifts.

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    1. I wish I had been able to see this in the theatres (but anime never makes an appearance in the theatres here, so no chance of that ever happening).
      But yeah so true, it was a great film..and I also really liked the storyline for this one.
      haha…yeah I can imagine that, and Christmas gifts are very important too😊 I really am such a huge SAO fan that I could not keep myself from buying the deluxe version 😊

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      1. Yeah I bet it’s hard getting anime movies on theaters world wide. Still, at least you got to experience the movie and enjoy the story. If I had more money, I would def. get deluxe to express your love to SAO. πŸ™‚

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  10. Nice review! So does the movie take place between the two seasons? I’ve watched a few eps of season 2 but kind of got stuck. The movie sounds more similar to the first season which is what I completely loved πŸ™‚

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    1. No the movie takes place after season 2: but the good news is: you don’t really have to have seen season 2 to enjoy this. It really does feel much more than season 1. I liked season 2, but I do agree that the first one was better. So yeah, I think you will like this movie. And…at the end of this year season 3 will arrive…which judging by the first trailer that I have seen for it…also looks a lot more than season 1 😊
      Ps…LAWLESS LAWYER 😍😍😍😍😍😍

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      1. Ah, well that’s good to know that I can go ahead and check it out then. But if there’s a season 3, that means I need to get with it and get through season 2 πŸ˜› Especially if it’s got more of a season 1 feel.

        Eeeee! Lawless Lawyer!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    1. Aww, that is so kind of you too do thanks so much 😊😊 And thanks for the warm welcome back. It really is awesome to be finally back to blogging again! And with such a welcome it’s worth it even more. Thanks so much 😊😊😊

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      1. You’re most welcome, Michel – I missed u!
        It really is awesome to see u finally back
        I will send u Links so u can catch up with the best stuff πŸ˜‰
        Bless u

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  11. SAO is one series that I have high up on my list. I really can’t wait to read and watch it, and then check out this movie. The art style is beautiful and I love the questions it raises and makes you think about. Awesome review, Michel.

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    1. SAO is one of those show that you either hate or love. Some people absolutely hate it, but I am not one of them. It’s one of my absolutel all time favorite animes and I just love the chemistry between the two main characters of Kirito and Asuna. I hope you will enjoy this one as well. Thank you again 😊😊

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