Sword Art Online – Progressive – Scherzo of the Deep Night movie was added to Crunchyroll’s catalog on Nov 24, 2022. However, fans have noted that Asuna’s bath scene from the movie, where she appears naked, has been censored on the version that is being streamed on the platform.
The censoring happens in the form of “holy light” and scene cuts, with the skin-show being reduced to almost nothing in the scene. Both the censored and uncensored versions have been compiled into a video by a YouTube user.
The uncensored version of Asuna’s bath scene is available in the Blu-Ray version of the Sword Art Online: Progressive movie.
Some of the snapshots from the video are shown below!
According to some fans, Crunchyroll acquired a censored version of the movie, which was intended for release in certain theatres and not its Blu-Ray version.
Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night released on Oct 22, 2022, in Japan. The sequel was originally supposed release on Sep 10, 2022, but it faced production delays, forcing the staff the push forward the release date and also cancel the advanced screening of the movie which was supposed to take place on Aug 24, 2022.
The movie was animated by A-1 Pictures and the staff from the previous movie were retained for the sequel too.
The staff includes:
- Director: Ayako Kono
- Character Designer & Animation Director: Kento Toya
- Sub Character Designer: Aya Akizuki & Keisuke Watanabe
- Action Director & Monster Design: Kai Yasuyuki
- Music: Yuki Kaijura
- Sound Director: Yoshikazu Iwanami
- Sound Effect: Yasumasa Koyama
- Art Setting: Akihiro Hirasawa
- CGI Director: Hiroshi Nakajima, Kengo Oda
- Boss Monster/Stage Designer: Junya Ishigaki
- Color Design: Naomi Nakano
- Director of Photography: Yuki Oshima
- Studio: A-1 Pictures
- Distributed by Aniplex
Haruka Tomatsu, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, and Shiori Izawa reprised their roles as Asuna, Kirito and Argo in the sequel movie. They were joined by Kaede Hondo as Liten and Yusuke Kobayashi as Morte.
The theme song, Heart, is performed Eir Aoi and composed by n-buna from Yorushika. Eir Aoi was also in charge of the theme songs for the anime series.
Sword Art Online: Progressive is an expanded retelling of the Aincrad storyline from the original Sword Art Online light novels. The novels became a reality after Tomohiko Ito, the director of Sword Art Online Season 1, asked author Reki Kawahara to write a short story for episode two of the anime, to fill in the gaps that were in flow of the story.
Kawahara realized that he enjoyed going back and working on expanding the Aincrad act, telling the story in added details. This eventually made him publish six volumes in the Progressive series till now. The first volume of the spin-off launched on October 2012.
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