Well it seems Sword Art Online becomes popular enough to get a live action stage adaptation. That’ll be the good news, assuming you’re a ODS fan. The bad news is that it will only be in Japan. At least for the moment.
Sword Art Online: The arc of the live stage?
The official Sword Art Online Twitter account posted a Tweet a while ago about a live-action theatrical adaptation of the anime series. According to the Tweet, this play will be named after Sword Art Online – Dive into the Stage. The play even has a official site which gives us more details about it. According to said website, this stage play will adapt the Aincrad arc (AKA: the first and best arc).
The website even gives us a list of the actors who will be playing the various ODS characters in Sword Art Online – Dive into the Stage. This includes who will play the lead roles of Kazuto “Kirito” Kirigaya and Asuna Yuuki. Apparently, Rin Matsubara will play Kirito and Minami Tsukui will play Asuna. Unfortunately, we don’t have any information on Matsubara, who appears to be a complete non-person as far as the internet is concerned. Fortunately, however, we have information on Tsukui, who even has his own Wikipedia article. It seems that she has already acted in many Kamen Rider series, and even in Ultraman X. As for live-action plays, Tsukui has starred in stage adaptations of various anime such as tiger and rabbit, Fairy tale, The attack of the Titans, and more. So I think we can say that this ODS the stage game is in good hands.
The website even gives us a premiere date for this play. Sword Art Online – Dive into the Stage will make its debut on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. The piece will continue its screenings until Sunday, November 13, 2022. You can even purchase tickets directly from this official website link above. However, this play will only be released in Japan. So unless you want to travel to Tokyo International Forum Hall C in Tokyo, Japan look at this piece; we in NA are out of luck. All we can do for now is hope someone in NA halls decides to adapt this as well. anime in a play. Check back on THS later to find out if we do.