If you’re a fan of anime and Star Wars, Lucasfilm has created something just for you. At an Anime Expo Lite panel, the studio gave fans their very first look at Star Wars: Visions, an upcoming anthology series set in a galaxy far, far away. The extended trailer features production stills and behind-the-scenes interviews with animators. It also showcases a wide range of visual styles, ideas, and stories that will make up the new anthology.
Star Wars: Visions consists of nine new short stories set in a galaxy far, far away. This includes a rock opera–style film called Tatooine Rhapsody, an Astro Boy-inspired robo-romp called T0-B1, and some sort of space-furry adventure called Lop & Ocho, and much more.
LucasFilm sourced seven different Japanese anime studios to bring life to the special project. So fans look can look forward to seeing the talents of Kamikaze Douga, Geno Studio (Twin Engine), Studio Colorido (Twin Engine), Trigger, Kinema Citrus, Science Saru, and Production IG. These animation giants will bring a unique perspective to Star Wars and its characters.
Star Wars: Visions, a collection of animated original short films, will be available exclusively on Disney+ and includes titles such as:
- 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
LucasFilm executives Jacqui Lopez, James Waugh, Josh Rimes, and Qubic Pictures’ Justin Leach, and Kanako Shirasaki were on hand at Anime Expo Lite to announce each studio and give fans a look at the environment and concept art as they revealed the title and details of each short.
During the event’s panel discussion, James Waugh said LucasFilm really wanted to give the creators a wide creative birth to explore the Star Wars galaxy. By doing so, the end result would “be as authentic as possible” to the studios and the creators.
“The idea was… this is their vision, riffing off all of the elements of the Star Wars galaxy that inspired them,” James Waugh explained.
As LucasFilm’s first formal venture into anime, each Star Wars: Visions short bears a uniquely Japanese sensibility. And this aligns with the tone and spirit of storytelling we have seen in the franchise. From the beginning, stories told in the Star Wars galaxy have counted Japanese mythology and the films of Akira Kurosawa among their many influences. So these new visions should further explore that cultural heritage through the unique animation style and perspective of each anime studio.
Star Wars: Visions was first announced in December 2020, and aims to celebrate the franchise through the lens of the world’s best Japanese anime creators. Anime has become a big focus for streaming services, with both Netflix and Amazon Prime acquiring some massive titles. As such, Star Wars: Visions will be the first major anime series to debut on Disney’s streaming service.
The Star Wars: Visions anthology will be released on September 22nd via Disney+.