Looks like Lucasfilm is following Warner Bros. lead and creating anime for their franchises! Like Warner Bros.’ BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT and THE ANIMATRIX, Lucasfilm is giving us, STAR WARS: VISIONS, an anime anthology from some of the best in the industry. Check out the announcement trailer below.
Seven Japanese anime studios bring their unique talent and perspective to Star Wars: Visions, a collection of animated Original Short Films, streaming September 22 on Disney+.
The anime studios revealed were Kamikaze Douga, Geno Studio (Twin Engine), Studio Colorido (Twin Engine), Trigger, Kinema Citrus, Science Saru, and Production IG. Each studio will use their signature animation and storytelling styles to realize their own visions of the galaxy far, far away.
Lucasfilm’s Jacqui Lopez (Executive Producer), James Waugh (Executive Producer), Josh Rimes (Executive Producer), and Qubic Pictures’ Justin Leach (Co-Executive Producer) and Kanako Shirasaki (Producer) were on hand at the event to reveal each studio and give fans a special look at the environment and concept art as they debuted the title and first details of each short.
Kamikaze Douga – The Duel
Geno Studio (Twin Engine) – Lop and Ochō
Studio Colorido (Twin Engine) – Tatooine Rhapsody
Trigger – The Twins
Trigger – The Elder
Kinema Citrus – The Village Bride
Science Saru – Akakiri
Science Saru – T0-B1
Production IG – The Ninth Jedi
As a first formal venture into anime, each “Star Wars: Visions” short bears a unique Japanese sensibility, which in many ways aligns with the tone and spirit of Star Wars storytelling. From the beginning, stories told in the Star Wars galaxy have counted Japanese mythology and the films of Akira Kurosawa among their many influences, and these new visions will further explore that cultural heritage through the unique animation style and perspective of each anime studio.
All episodes of “Star Wars: Visions” will be released on Disney+ September 22, 2021.
I’m not gonna lie, I couldn’t be more excited about this. Being a lifelong otaku and Star Wars fan, having anime inspired by the franchise? It’s like a dream come true!
The best part? It’s coming to Disney+! Why is that cool? Well, it’s unknown if this will be an animated feature comprised of shorts, or, as io9 mentioned, “…teased as a 10-part anthology series..”, but if it’s the latter, all I’m thinking about is anime of a healthy length ALL ABOUT STAR WARS! I mean, if you think about it, look at the MCU Disney+ shows, even THE MANDALORIAN. The episodes are all of varying length, with the mindset of taking the time needed to tell the individual story, and personally love that!
So definitely can’t wait!
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