As many of you may already know, one of George Lucas’s great influences to create Star Wars It was the cinema of the Japanese master Akira Kurosawa and, specifically, his film The hidden fortress. With the premiere of the animated series Star Wars: Visions, the most famous space saga in the world openly embraces Japanese culture in a series different from what it had offered us so far.
It is the first animated project of Lucasfilm Japanese style. It is a co-production between the Asian country and the United States that promises to bring us a collection of stories never seen before, belonging to the universe Star Wars but passed through the filter of some of the best anime creators of the moment, and imbued by Japanese culture.
In total, there are nine stories that bring a “new, more diverse approach” to the vast universe of the space saga. Each of these episodes is independent of the rest and they are distributed among six of the anime studios most important of the modern scene: Kamikaze Douga, Twin Engine, Trigger, Kinema Citrus, Production IG, and Science SARU. Each one, in addition, maintains its own style of animation and its own identity.
The Elder and The Twins They are placed before and after the Skywalker saga, respectively, although they do not connect with any character in the movies directly. Both explore the Force through a Jedi and his Padawan and a pair of Sith twins. On The Ninth Jedi the question is answered as to what became of that order of knights after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Lop and Eight Japan’s interest in nature versus technology continues with a story situated between the first two trilogies. On The Duel we found a classic western reinterpreted “a la Japanese” in the short film closest to Kurosawa. The most interesting of all may be Ronin, a period drama based on a wandering knight.
In addition, the series still has time to explore new planets, different galactic cultures and beings never seen before in the remaining three episodes, The Village Vride, Akakiri, the rock opera of Tatooine Rhapsody (Will it be a bohemian episode?) And T0-B1. The latter, offered by Science SARU, is signed by the Spanish Abel Gongora (He is the only non-Japanese in charge of one of the chapters).
Being a co-production with the Asian country, Japanese is the language in which it is dubbed in the original version. In the English version, names such as those of Temuera Morrison (bringing Boba Fett back to life), Neil Patrick Harris (how I Met Your Mother), Simu Liu (Shang-Chi and the legend of the Ten Rings), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 days together), Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians), George Takei (Star Trek), Lucy Liu (Elementary) O David Harbour (Stranger Things).
Star Wars: Visions offers us the universe created by George Lucas like we’ve never seen it before. There are nine different stories with new protagonists, mixed with Japanese mythology and popular culture and animated as only Japanese masters know how to draw. The best of Star Wars and anime, mixed into one series.
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