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Sword Art Online the Movie: Progressive - Scherzo of Deep Night

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Virtual world anime has fantasy violence; teamwork themes.

Movie NR 2023 101 minutes
Sword Art Online the Movie: Progressive - Scherzo of Deep Night movie poster: Three teenage warriors, a dark haired boy and two girls, each with weapons

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The first movie spin-off of the beloved Sword Art Online anime series retold the thrilling start of the story in an epic way. With the stakes set and the characters immersed in their dangerous world, its sequel, Sword Art Online the Movie: Progressive - Scherzo of Deep Night, feels less exciting and more like a mid-season episode of a show. Here the focus is on character development and exploring the way people have reacted to being trapped in the game. Some have formed allegiances, sharing knowledge and helping each other to make it through the dangerous world. While others have set off to find their own personal path. With warring guilds and agents of chaos, it's basically all shades of human interaction on the internet, but a lot more fun to watch. Gamers' thumbs will be twitching during the familiar-feeling battles, while the complex and emotional relationships provide the necessary heart to make it a solid entry in the series.

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