Two of my biggest loves in the world of Pop Culture Entertainment and Role Playing Games are Star Wars and Anime/Manga as clearly evidenced by recent and past posts on both subjects. It's a shame that the two were never fully combined into one amazing Reese's Peanut Butter Cup of complimentary awesomeness.
Whoah. I think I died and became a Force Ghost. Force Yokai? Are there Force Yokai? I suppose there could be now...
Star Wars Visions is an all new short form, animated anthology series set in that familiar galaxy far, far away, produced by Lucasfilms and featuring the work of seven different Japanese Anime studios. It is Star Wars through the eyes of some of the top creative teams in Japan, paying homage to both the legendary universe of Droids and Jedi and the cultural perspective of those artists involved.
There will be nine shorts in total:
- The Duel by Kamikaze Douga
- Lop and Ocho by Geno Studio
- Tatooine Rhapsody by Studio Colorido
- The Twins by Trigger
- The Elder by Trigger
- The Village Bride by Kinema Citrus
- Akakiri by Science Saru
- TO-B1 by Science Saru
- The Ninth Jedi by Production I.G.
After seeing the trailer, which is really more of a 'behind the scenes' look at the creation of some of these shorts, I am even more excited about this series than I was when the idea was first announced in December of last year. Already I am in love with some of the character designs and art styles and very eager to absorb the stories that will surround them.
Sometime later this month, if all goes well, I will tackle Star Wars TRPG gaming in Japan and what Star Wars Visions might add to running that universe in my own games. Since much of my gaming is Anime influenced already (even when it isn't an 'Anime/Manga Game', I feel like this could inspire a whole new long term Star Wars campaign.
Check out some of the concept art below...
From 'The Duel' by Kamikaze Douga
From 'Lop and Ocho' by Geno Studio
From 'Twins' by Trigger
From 'The Ninth Jedi' by Production I.G
From 'Tatooine Rhapsody' by Studio Colorido
Star Wars Visions will drop on Disney+ on September 22nd, 2021. According to current reports, the entire series will be available to stream on that day. You can see the trailer here.
More news and information as it becomes available.
May the Force be with you.