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2022 is a big year for the Sword Art Online series with it not only being the 10th anniversary of the TV anime premiere but also the year in-universe when Kirito and Asuna first got trapped in the game. The first big SAO celebration this year will be the release of the second Sword Art Online -Progressive- anime film, Scherzo of Deep Night, this fall in Japan, which got its first teaser trailer today. Also announced was a special event to be held in November.


Sword Art Online -Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night teaser trailer:


The teaser trailer was originally released as part of the Sword Art Online 10th anniversary video, which announces the event.



The memorial event, Sword Art Online Fulldive will be held on November 6, the in-universe date the Sword Art Online game releases, at the Tokyo Garden Theatre. Most of the main cast will be making an appearance at the event.


Previously released Sword Art Online -Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night visual

Sword Art Online -Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night visual


Sword Art Online -Progressive- is a retelling of the series’ Aincrad arc and was first published by author Reki Kawahara in 2012, now spanning eight volumes, with each volume generally covering a single floor in the Sword Art Online game, starting from Floor 1 in Aria of a Starless Night, which was adapted into an anime film in October 2021. Scherzo of Deep Night is the title of the fourth volume, with Yen Press, who publishes the light novels in English, describing the volume as such:


It’s been just two months since they were trapped in the game of death that is Sword Art Online, and Kirito and Asuna continue their struggle at the vanguard of progress through the game. The fifth floor of Aincrad is a mazelike ruin, and the two dare to take pleasure in raiding it for the treasure it contains. Upon returning to the fourth floor, it’s time to do some questing on behalf of the Elf Lord Yofilis–but here begins Asuna’s discontent, for in doing so they will have to face her least favorite monster ever…


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Source: Sword Art Online on Twitter, AnimeJapan Stage


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Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.