Sword Art Online is now celebrating the 10th Anniversary of its anime’s original premiere, and it is going to go big with a new stage play opening overseas later this Fall! Reki Kawahara’s light novel franchise is at a much different place now than when it all began, and much of that success is due to the original anime adaptation taking it on. The launch of that first anime was such a big deal that in the decade since we have seen all kinds of different sequels, spin-offs, movies, and more offering new looks at Kirito and Asuna’s story.
Sword Art Online will be breaking into the real world with a special stage play bringing live-action versions of the characters to life coming to Japan later this November. Titled Sword Art Online -Dive to Stage-, this new play will be focusing on live-action versions of Kirito and Asuna while it features new and older audio from the biggest moments from the original Aincrard arc of the anime. To get an idea of what to expect from the play, you can check out the trailer for it below:
What Is Sword Art Online’s Stage Play?
Sword Art Online -Dive to Stage- has unfortunately not revealed whether or not it will be available internationally, but it is currently scheduled to run at the Tokyo International Forum Hall C from November 8-13 this year. Adapting the biggest moments from the Aincrad arc of the anime, the trailer for the play shows off the main duo at the center of it all, Rin Matsubara as Kirito and Minami Tsukui as Asuna, But other characters from the series will be making their debut in the play too.
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As for what to expect from the story of the play, Sword Art Online -Dive to Stage- is officially teased as such, “The story will be told with great intensity through a fusion of the stage utilizing the latest technology and the stunning action and performance by the live cast members. This is the birth of a new kind of live entertainment that immerses the audience in the world of SAO.”
Would you check out Sword Art Online’s new play if you get the chance? Which moments from the series would you want to see in live-action? Let us know all of your thoughts about it in the comments! You can even reach out to me directly about all things animated and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!