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The world you imagine, can be made real
SWORD ART ONLINE EX-CHRONICLE

Background music plays.

Sony's logo is shown on a black background

On a white background, the Opening title, "Sony's Innovations & Challenges Stories" is displayed.

An anime video starts playing.
In a room. A boy wears a VR helmet.
He inserts a LAN cable in a jack on a wall with his hand.
The screen of a foldable game console shows the title of a game: "SWORD ART ONLINE." The game console is folded.
Three indicator lamps labeled as POW, WAN, and BLK appear. The indicator lamp above each label lights green in order of POW and WAN.
In a parallel world, a huge iron-and-stone made floating castle that resembles a hanging bee nest is floating in the sky.

On-screen text
"Sword Art Online" (SAO) is a popular light novel
with over 22 million copies issued worldwide.

In an event venue. On a wall is a large anime poster. The poster illustrates Kirito, a boy with neat black hair, and Asuna, a girl in long, orange-brownish chestnut hair. They are each standing and holding out a hand towards you, as if to welcome the visitors. About 10 other characters are illustrated around Kirito and Asuna. The title, "SWORD ART ONLINE EX-CHRONICLE" goes across the center of the poster.
A time lapse video. It shows a view from above of how the event venue was set up. Workers in helmets are working by turns. Rebar cages, panels, stepladders, and other tools that were casually placed are being assembled as more and more rebar cages and exhibition panels are added. The venue is divided by partitions in order to make some passages for exhibition. The exhibition panels have anime illustrations or descriptions. Some cutouts of SAO characters are placed also.

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Using Sony's developmental technologies,
the world of SAO was brought to reality in an exhibition.

Outside the venue. A ponytail woman wearing a sleeveless dress is interviewed.

The ponytail woman
"SAO is always integrating leading-edge technologies within compelling stories.
I think it's a truly wonderful work of art.
It features AI, VR, and AR -
technologies that people are becoming more familiar with these days.
It shows us that if we create a future like this, the characters can really come to life.
As an engineer and as a fan, I think it's really exciting."

Scenes of SAO anime play one after another.
At a grass field. Kirito, the black hair boy, strikes a wolf monster with his sword. Kirito's thrust emits a glowing trail. Kirito jumps with a shout.
Kirito, and Asuna, the girl in long, orange-brownish chestnut hair, fight together with swords against a skeleton monster. Kirito is wearing black swordsman's clothing and a long coat. Asuna is wearing white knight's clothing.
Yui, a girl in long, black hair, is floating in the dark. Many floating photos are surrounding her.
Kirito wearing a VR helmet closes his eyes.
Five round buttons appear in front of Kirito, just like augmented reality. Those buttons are aligned vertically. As Kirito selects the one that is marked with a human figure, detailed information appears.
The ground where Kirito and the others are standing gradually changes black.
A huge person wearing a red wizard's cloak appears. Its hooded face is hidden in a shadow.
Some information displays are floating around him.
Kirito and Asuna are sitting side by side. Kirito is eating a hamburger. Around the two, many displays that show digital information are floating. Asuna touches one of those displays. Each of the displays gets bigger.
Kirito's finger touches a blue gem floating in the air. In front of Kirito, Yui, the girl with long, black hair, appears with bright light. She is emitting pale blue light.
Kirito is on a fallen tree bridge. He is holding Yui in his arms. Everything except the two and the bridge is converted into a countless number of alphanumeric characters lined up in regular order.
A profile of Kirito being surprised. The back view of Kirito and a ponytail woman standing on a green field under the blue sky with clouds.
Kirito looks back at you in a serious look. He is dueling with a lizard man. The lizard man gets slashed by Kirito and disperses into particles of pale blue light.

In the venue. An exhibition passage that explains the SAO story. The passage, panels, and frames are glowing pale blue; those are illuminated with words and pictures projected as images. Panels on both sides of the passage define many SAO terminologies. Each term is guided with a video and description.
A man is standing in front of a panel and watching one of the videos.
Another exhibition passage. This passage introduces events that occurred in the SAO story. Each event is guided with a video and a panel. A man standing in the rear of the passage is touching one of the panels.

In a room. A man in a khaki shirt is interviewed.

On-screen text
Masami Niwa
Aniplex Inc.
Producer, "Sword Art Online"

Niwa speaks.

Niwa
"I think technology starts with someone's vision of a world that they want to create.
And when they realize it can be done, they work towards making it a reality."

An exhibition booth featuring the life size console of "Rath," the research institute that appears in SAO. The console consists of several displays, keyboards, and a large monitor in front of those. The monitor is showing a views of a town and a scene that appears in SAO. The back of Niwa watching the monitor.
A scene of SAO anime plays. Many characters are gathering in a town square. A view that shows the entire town, centering a circular area is shown.

In a room. A man in a black shirt wearing glasses is interviewed.

On-screen text
Reki Kawahara
Author, "Sword Art Online"

Kawahara speaks.

Kawahara
"In my work, I seek to recognize the power of technology for good.
I want to continue writing stories with the hope
that technology will lead humanity in the right direction."

A theater room called "EX-VIRTUAL THEATER -Dive into AINCRAD-," which features a 360-degree video experience.
Four screens that cover all four sides of the room show a 360-degree video, offering viewers a cinematic 3D experience. You can see the screens on the front, left, and right.
The screens show a scene of SAO anime. Many plant roots are shown.
A girl in yellow hair with wings sprouted from her back appears. She disappears as if she was sucked into the void. Particles like shattered glass scatter.
A spherical object emits light. Kirito is coming closer to you, opening his eyes wide in rage.
The scene ends with hands trying to reach out to each other.

Panels that explain events and character cutouts are shown one after another.
A panel that says "This may be a game, but it's not just something you play." is shown.

Background music changes.

The legs of many visitors heading towards the entrance of the venue are shown. The outside of the venue is decorated with signboards saying "#SAO's 10th Anniversary" and posters of characters. On the background of the image of the venue, the subtitle is displayed.

On-screen text
SWORD ART ONLINE EX-CHRONICLE
The world you imagine, can be made real

The area of "EX-CHRONICLE -Birth of the Death Game-." This area is guided with panels that explain the SAO series retrospective, stories, the concept of the heroine, and so on.
A female visitor in brown hair is watching some exhibits with eager eyes.
A screen is showing one of the characters in SAO, Alice, a girl in golden hair wearing a white apron. Her speech balloon is displayed.
A screen is showing Yui, the girl in long, black hair; a pair of wings is sprouted from her back.
As a visitor moves its finger in front of the screen, Yui moves in sync with it.
Several full-length-mirror-sized monitors are aligned horizontally. Those monitors show a scene where SAO characters are battling against goblins. As two visitors move their bodies in front of the monitor, the characters in the monitors move in sync with that and fight with enemies.

Niwa speaks.

Niwa
"What's appealing about SAO is that you actually enter the game itself.
The characters have to survive in this world.
And the drama that unfolds there is fascinating.
That's why many fans dream about entering this world.
"I want to go there. I want to try that game."
The story itself is full of these desires.
Our main goal for this exhibition was to create an entrance into that world."

A scene of SAO anime plays. Someone on horseback is standing on a cliff. From the cliff, the huge castle floating in the sky that resembles a hanging bee nest can be seen.
Five buttons are displayed in front of Kirito like augmented reality; he presses one of them. Then, a few more buttons appear; as Kirito presses one of them again, further information is shown.
Asuna and Kirito are tag-teaming to defeat a minotaur monster.

An exhibition passage that explains SAO terminologies. Panels on both sides of the passage define many SAO terminologies. Each term is guided with a video and a description. The passage, panels, and frames are glowing pale blue. A male visitor is watching one of the videos.
The area of "EX-CHRONICLE -Birth of the Death Game-." This area is guided with panels that explain the SAO series retrospective, stories, the concept of the heroine, and so on.
Some visitors are watching those panels. A female visitor in long hair is watching it with a smile.
The profile of a male visitor watching an exhibit. The view from behind some visitors watching the panels.
All the panels within this area are shown in order.
A room where video equipment is set. A staff member's hand operating the equipment. On the display of the equipment, an image of SAO characters gathering is shown.
The theater area of "EX-VIRTUAL THEATER -Dive into AINCRAD-."
You can see the screens on the front, left, and right. The screens say "This may be a game, but it's not just something you play." The screens also show a scene of SAO anime.
A computer screen. The view from behind some staff members wearing t-shirts saying "STAFF"; they are sitting in front of the computer and operating it while monitoring the venue.

On a white background, an on-screen text, "The interaction between entertainment and technology" is displayed.

Background music changes.

A different exhibit area, "AI Conversation: Let's make AI."
A built-in screen on a wall in this area is showing a chat room with an anime character. An indicator lamp saying "AT TALKING LIVE" is glowing pink above the screen. On the left side of the screen, an AI-based character Alice, the girl in golden hair wearing a white apron is standing. On the right side of the screen, there is a window that displays "Tsugu (user's nickname)." On the center of the screen, the chat between Alice and Tsugu is shown in speech balloons.

On-screen text
"AI Conversation: Let's make AI"
Conversation data previously submitted by visitors (users) is processed
with an original algorithm to create an AI copy of that person.
Visitors could listen to the conversation between their copy AI and the AI-based character, Alice.

Outside the venue. A ponytail woman wearing a sleeveless dress is interviewed.

On-screen text
Saya Kanno
Sony Corp., R&D Center
Engineer, "AI Conversation: Let's make AI"

Kanno speaks.

Kanno
"As engineers, we are always thinking about implementing the latest technologies.
We have this strong motivation to design and disseminate
intelligent algorithms and systems.
But as members of society,
we know that it doesn't end with just developing the technology.
We need to consider all aspects, including design and planning,
together to make something of value.
I think it's important to remember that as we do what we do."

Kanno is watching the screen of "AI Conversation: Let's make AI."
The screen shows some speech balloons of the chat between Alice and Ayumi (user's nickname).
Kanno points the screen with her finger and hand.

A different exhibit area, "Meeting Yui's Heart."
It has a honeycomb structure background. As the center of the screen flashes, Yui, the girl in long, black hair having a pair of wings sprouted from her back appears. Yui does a spin move.

On-screen text
"Meeting Yui's Heart"
An original volumetric display technology that enables
the user to encounter and interact with virtual characters.

A man in a white shirt is interviewed in the exhibition venue.

On-screen text
Koji Sato
Sony Corp., R&D Center
Engineer, "Meeting Yui's Heart"

Koji Sato speaks.

Koji Sato
"I have always been a huge fan of SAO and fascinated by the idea of virtual worlds.
I've always wanted to experience moving around freely in a world like that.
I think we have to ask ourselves on how fun and how engaging something is to us.
Otherwise, after we're done creating it, we may find it doesn't stir us emotionally.
So it's crucial to be conscious of the entertainment factor
while working with technology."

The view from behind Koji Sato reaching his hand toward the screen of "Meeting Yui's Heart."
Its game screen is shown on a built-in screen of a video game arcade cabinet. A few of those cabinets are aligned horizontally.
The game screen is displaying a window saying "put your hand over the screen." As the window disappears, the center of the screen glimmers.
There is a monitor above the video game arcade cabinets, and it is showing an SAO anime scene where Yui appears in front of Kirito.
As Koji Sato moves his finger in front of the screen, Yui slowly moves in sync with it.
A profile of Koji Sato watching the screen.
The monitor shows a scene of SAO anime. Yui flies herself into Kirito's arms.

A different exhibit area, "Sword Skill Challenge"
Several full-length-mirror-sized monitors are aligned horizontally. The monitors show a scene where SAO characters are battling against goblins. Two visitors stand in front of the monitor. Each character on the monitor moves in sync with each of the two. As the two move, the characters swing their swords against enemies. The visitors are wearing small sensors on their heads, waists, and wrists.

On-screen text
"Sword Skill Challenge"
Motion capture technology that can reproduce a full range of physical
movements with only 6 lightweight sensors attached to the user's body.
This makes it easy to reflect realistic motion in virtual space.

A man in a black SAO t-shirt is interviewed at the venue.

On-screen text
Tetsuro Sato
Sony Corp., R&D Center
Engineer, "Sword Skill Challenge"

Tetsuro Sato speaks.

Tetsuro Sato
"Looking at technology by itself, it can be hard to understand what's amazing about it.
When technology becomes part of entertainment, even if people don't understand at first,
they pay attention because it's interesting.
And while people are thinking, "This is cool,"
they begin to see how amazing the technology is.
That in turn causes us to think of new possibilities for the next technologies.
This mutual benefit leads to a virtuous cycle,
and I think it can lead to exciting new experiences
that we could not have imagined before."

The arms of a visitor playing "Sword Skill Challenge." A small sensor is attached to each of the arms.
The back of a female visitor's head playing this game is shown. She is wearing a small headset-like sensor on her head.
A profile of a female visitor watching a monitor. She swings her arm down.
As the male visitor who is playing this game spins sideways and makes spectacular moves, the character in the monitor moves the same way and fights with an enemy.
Next to him, another male visitor is playing the same game.
A female visitor claps her hands with a laugh, brings her hands to her mouth, and raises her both hands in cheers.

On a white background, an on-screen text, "Reality catching up with the future" is displayed.

Background music changes.

Kawahara speaks.

Kawahara
I want technology to be seen as good for humanity.
I believe developers are working hard to research ways
to improve lifestyles and the environment,
and to enable people to enjoy themselves more.
It's a novel, so I can write the story as I please,
but now I am seeing technology catch up to my imagination.
I'm both surprised and happy to see this.

A panel saying "I want to design VR as good for humanity."
A hand of a staff operating video equipment.
Kanno is explaining at the venue.
The view from behind Koji Sato reaching his hand towards the game screen of "Meeting Yui's Heart."
Tetsuro Sato is looking at something.
Outside the venue. Numbers of visitors are passing along the passage in front of the entrance.
The profiles of visitors looking at some exhibition panels are shown one after another.
The view from behind Kanno looking at the chat window where Alice in the "AI Conversation: Let's make AI" talks.
A visitor reaching its hand towards the game screen of "Meeting Yui's Heart."
Two visitors perform perfectly in tune with each other in "Sword Skill Challenge."
Some storyboards of SAO anime are shown.
Some replicas of SAO anime items, such as a VR helmet, are displayed.
Visitors watching and enjoying the exhibits are shown one after another.

Niwa speaks.

Niwa
"There's a lot that we can learn from the main character Kirito.
It's all about transcending the system from within.
This created world isn't everything. Once they realize there's actually an outside world,
They must think, "How do we go beyond?""

Niwa speaks in the venue.
Some screens of exhibits including "AI Conversation: Let's make AI" are shown.
Scenes of SAO anime play one after another.
Kirito is lying on his face in front of a man in white clothing. The man in white clothing disperses into particles of light.
The view from behind a man arguing with another man with wings.
A profile of Kirito. Many floating screens that show data are surrounding him.
The screens of "EX-VIRTUAL THEATER -Dive into AINCRAD-."
Kirito and Asuna are tag-teaming to defeat a giant enemy.

Kawahara speaks.

Kawahara
"How will Kirito and Asuna consider this question and how will they find the answer -
I can't really be sure until I write it and see.
In the series I'm writing now,
I think the problem will expand from just one virtual world to encompass society.
At the moment, I'm also wavering between different ideas,
but I hope to find an answer."

Scenes of SAO anime play one after another.
Kirito and Asuna are fighting together against a skeleton monster.
Asuna crying in Kirito's arms. Kirito is hugging her.
Kirito and Asuna are hugging each other at a hall where light comes in.
The scene changes to the venue. A panel saying "Will VR evolve" and "We affirm games" is shown.
A scene of SAO anime. A character facing Kirito disperses into particles of light.
Visitors' faces and behavior expressing how they are enjoying each exhibit of this SAO event are shown one after another.
The images of members of the developers, Kanno, Koji Sato, and Tetsuro Sato are shown one by one.

On a white background, an on-screen text, "Entertainment and technology create the future" is displayed.

Movie ends with Sony's logo.