Singapore-based licensor ODEX Pte. Ltd. has announced on their Facebook page on Sunday that there will be a special “fan’s screening” for the hit anime film in Manila this Saturday, April 22.
The licensor explained that the difference of the April 22nd screening to the previous one is “… the latest movie version which have some parts re-drawn into High Res compared to the earlier General Release version.”
They also mentioned that the latest version will have Asuna’s full bathroom scene “not zoomed in.”
In the Philippines, the special screening will happen at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City, which will start at 05:00pm and ticket price will cost PHP1,800.
Like the previous screening, the attendees of the film will be given a special goodie bag, but it will be more loaded with seven (7) premiums items like postcards, an original light novel by Reki Kawahara and the film’s “official spoiler book”, which was given during its eight week screening in Japan, and seven (7) signature cards featuring the lead characters of the film.
You can book your tickets online by visiting this page: https://smcinema.com/Schedule?mn=Sword%20Art%20Online%20The%20Movie
In 2026, two years since the SAO incident, a new game called “Ordinal Scale,” an Augmented-Reality MMO, is becoming popular among the players. But… strange things are happening in the game and Kirito and the gang are facing a new danger. (Synopsis from Aniplex of America)
Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale is an anime film adaptation of the highly-popular light novel series Sword Art Online, written by Reki Kawahara with illustrations by abec.
The novel is being published by ASCII Media Works since April 2009 under their Dengeki Bunko imprint, which currently has 19 volumes. After the release of its highly-popular anime series in 2012, the franchise has expanded to multiple novels, manga and video games.
The anime film is an original story that took place after the “Mother Rosario” arc (Sword Art Online II), which was written by Reki Kawahawa and directed by Tomohiko Ito. Character designs were made by Shingo Adachi for anime studio A-1 Pictures.
Popular anisong singer LiSA, who performed Sword Art Online’s anime theme music, sang the film’s theme music, “Catch the Moment”.
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (as Kirito), Haruka Tomatsu (as Asuna), Rina Hidaka (as Silica), Ayahi Takagaki (as Lisbeth), Miyuki Sawashiro (as Sinon), Hiroaki Hirata (as Klein) returned to voice their characters in the movie.
The film will also include three new characters voiced by Sayaka Kanda (as AR idol Yuna), Yoshio Inoue (as the mysterious young swordsman Eiji) and Takeshi Kaga (as Augma developer Professor Shigemura).
The anime movie was launched during World Cosplay Summit in August last year, where the film’s trailer was played simultaneously in Japanese with English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Korean, and Thai subtitles.
In the Philippines, the film premiered “same day as Japan” on February 18 at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City, initially as a one-time screening but added another screening day due to the massive interest in the movie.
The film eventually had its general screening in select SM Cinema branches, which ran for two weeks.