On Sunday (2/13) CGV Cinemas Indonesia had announced that it will be hosting the World Premiere of Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale for Indonesia. The event was planned to be held on Saturday, 18 February 2017, at CGV Cinemas Grand Indonesia. But suddenly, it is announced that the premiere of a film adapted from the light novel series written by Reki Kawahara is postponed due to technical problems.

“We’ve just received information that the World Premiere of Sword Art Online is postponed due to technical problems. We shall post further information  immediately when available. Thank You.”

The information is broadcasted on the official Facebook fanpage of CGV Cinemas. It is also informed that the screening will be held for invitation only. As of the writing if this article, no further information has been announced regarding the new date for the screening.

The announcement has induced the rage of some netizens. The comment section of the announcement is filled with questions  about the reason for the delayed premiere. Some of them also express disappointment to hear that the World Premiere is held for invitation only.

The World Premiere is scheduled for the same day as the premiere in Japan and some other countries. The regular screening itself is scheduled to begin in March 2017. Other than CGV Cinemas, Cinemaxx and Platinum cinema chains are also confirmed to show the regular screning of the film.

Taking place after the Mother Rosario arc, Ordinal Scale will feature a completely new storyline.


“In 2026, 2 years after the SAO incident, a new Augmented-Reality MMO game titled “Ordinal Scale” gained popularity among teenagers, but now, the game faces looming danger, as well as our hero, Kirito, and his friends.”

© 2016 Reki Kawahara/Published by Kadokawa Corporation ASCII Media Works/SAO MOVIE Project

Reki Kawahara is handling the script for the movie, while Tomohiko Ito returns as the Movie Director. Character designer Shingo Adachi is working on the character designs as well.

LiSA is returning as the singer for Ordinal Scale‘s theme song, titled “Catch the Moment”. The video clip for the song has been released as well on Youtube.

Written in 2009, Sword Art Online (otherwise known as SAO) is a light novel series that tells the adventures of Kirito inside a Virtual Reality world. It all started when Kirito and Asuna are trapped in a Virtual Reality game world called Sword Art Online. If they happen to die in the game, then they will die in the real world as well. Together with thousands of other players, Kirito has to fight through hundred floors in Aincrad tower to escape from the game. The novel has been adapted to several animation projects, video games, comic serializations, and other adaptations.

Sword Art Online has also been reported to have a Hollywood live-action adaptation, but no further news are available until now.

The Indonesian Anime Times

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