Star Wars Visions Puts Anime Studios In Charge Of A Galaxy Far, Far Away This September

Disney is putting Star Wars in the hands of some of the best-known Japanese anime studios to bring a new vision of Star Wars to life.

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When it comes to Star Wars movies, we love them, but we kind of know what to expect. Disney's The Mandalorian showed us that Star Wars still has tons of TV-sized stories to tell, and now our favorite space opera is getting a Japanese touch with the upcoming Star Wars: Visions anime anthology.

During Anime Expo Lite on Sunday, Disney announced a bevy of anime studios hard at work on a series of anime shorts for Star Wars: Visions, which will stream on Disney+ this September. Anime fans will recognize most of the studios in the line-up. Even if they don't recognize the studio itself, they'll likely recognize the studio's work at the very least. These are some of the best known and most talented anime studios currently working in Japan.

There are nine shorts coming in total:

  • The Village Bride by Kinema Citrus (Code: Breaker, Made in Abyss)
  • Tatooine Rhapsody by Studio Colorido (Penguin Highway, Pokemon: Twilight Wings)
  • Lop & Ocho by Geno Studio (Golden Kamuy)
  • T0-B1 by Science SARU (Devilman Crybaby, Ride Your Wave)
  • Akakiri by Science SARU
  • The Elder by Studio Trigger (Kill la Kill, Promare)
  • The Twins by Studio Trigger
  • The Duel by Kamikaze Douga (Jojo's Bizarre Adventure)
  • The Ninth Jedi by Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex)

This concept is nothing new--other Western studios have handed their favorite properties off to anime studios for exactly this purpose. The Animatrix put the world of The Matrix in the hands of people like Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe, while Gotham Knight put studios including Production I.G. and Madhouse in charge of Batman. Halo Legends did the same for Master Chief.

In each case, the studio lets the animators play fast and loose with the particulars of their fictional world in a way that a film never could, giving each of the shorts a unique visual style and tone. Star Wars: Visions looks like exactly that. The production stills shown in the trailer above feature everything from hyper-detailed black-and-white warriors to a bright, stylized Tatooine sunset and a young non-human with long, fuzzy ears.

Star Wars: Visions will release as a single batch of episodes, rather than weekly installments, on September 2, 2021. Also on the horizon for this year is the Mandalorian spin-off, The Book of Boba Fett. Further out, we can look forward to the Obi-Wan Kenobi limited series, a Lando Calrissian series, Mandalorian Season 3, and more.

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