In just its first four days of its screening in North America, The Sword Art Online anime film titled Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale has earned 1.35 million dollars in ticket sales— a new opening record for an anime film distributed by Aniplex of America. Played in over 560 theaters nationwide, the movie was praised well by both critics and fans.
Aniplex of America President Hideki Goto said that he is honored that so many SAO fans in the West have supported the film. “Ordinal Scale has become a smash hit worldwide and has garnered some wonderful reviews from critics. We hope that our dub release next month will bring the same excitement and lead to more people being able to enjoy this wonderful film.”
To those who have missed out the first screening, you don’t worry for the movie will return on April 22 for a very limited time. This upcoming return screening will also be the debut of the movie’s English dub. You may get your tickets at www.sao-movie.net/us . Be sure to hurry because tickets are sold out fast.
Below are some information about the anime film’s production:
Original Story: Reki Kawahara (Dengeki Bunko)
Director: Tomohiko Ito
Character Design & Chief Animation Director: Shingo Adachi
Prop Design: Tomoya Nishiguchi
Art Director: Takayuki Nagashima
Art Setting: Yoshinori Shiozawa
Concept Art: Sotaro Hori
CGI Director: Ryuta Undo
Sound Director: Yoshikazu Iwanami
Animation Production: A-1 Pictures
Produced by: SAO MOVIE Project
Character Design Concept: abec
Script: Reki Kawahara/Tomohiko Ito
Monster Design: Ryuta Yanagi
UI Design: Satoshi Watsuji
Art Supervision: Yusuke Takeda
Color Design: Satoshi Hashimoto
Director of Photography: Kentarō Waki
Editing: Shigeru Nishiyama
Music: Yuki Kajiura
VOICE CAST (JAPANESE / ENGLISH)
Kirito / Kazuto Kirigaya: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka / Bryce Papenbrook
Asuna / Asuna Yuuki: Haruka Tomatsu / Cherami Leigh
Yui: Kanae Itō / Stephanie Sheh
Leafa / Suguha Kirigaya: Ayana Taketatsu / Cassandra Lee Morris
Silica / Keiko Ayano: Rina Hidaka / Christine Marie Cabanos
Lisbeth / Rika Shinozaki: Ayahi Takagaki / Sarah Anne Williams
Sinon / Shino Asada: Miyuki Sawashiro / Michelle Ruff
Klein: Hiroaki Hirata / Kirk Thornton
Agil: Hiroki Yasumoto / Patrick Seitz
Seijirou Kikuoka: Toshiyuki Morikawa / Matt Mercer
Akihiko Kayaba: Koichi Yamadera / Marc Diraison
Yuna / Yuuna Shigemura: Sayaka Kanda / Ryan Bartley
Eiji / Eiji Nochizawa: Yoshio Inoue / Chris Patton
Tetsuhiro Shigemura: Takeshi Kaga / Taylor Henry
Voice Director & ADR Script Writer: Alex Von David
More information can be found at Anime News Network.
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