Star Wars Visions is a new animated anthology from Lucasfilm that is now available on Disney Plus exclusively. Working with notable anime production houses, it offers a slew of standalone Star Wars stories, each with their own take on the universe – in general, it’s a lot weirder than we expected, with drastically different visual takes on a galaxy far, far away than we’re used to.
Is Star Wars Visions canon?
There are currently no plans to integrate Star Wars: Visions into the main canon, according to Lucasfilm’s James Waugh – and if you watch the episodes, you’ll understand why. They’re visually distinct from the movies, which contributes to their allure.
However, some stories may continue in a different form, establishing their own canon or timeline in the process. For example, the character of Ronin from ‘The Duel’ will appear in a new book called Star Wars Visions: Ronin by Emma Mieko Candon, which will be released in October(opens in new tab).
Is Star Wars Visions an anime?
Yes. On its official website, Lucasfilm describes it as the “ultimate anime and Star Wars mash-up,” and all of the studios producing the episodes are considered anime production companies – so, yes, ‘anime’ seems appropriate here.
Where to watch Star Wars Visions?
Star Wars Visions is available exclusively on Disney Plus. There are nine episodes in total, each of which is 21 minutes or less in length – so expect to get through them quickly.
Where can you watch Star Wars Visions?
Star Wars: Visions is available exclusively on Disney Plus. There are nine episodes in total, and they’re all around 20 minutes long, with a few shorter entries thrown in for good measure – so expect to get through them quickly.
Which is the best Star Wars Visions episode?
Your mileage may vary, but we particularly enjoyed ‘The Duel’ and ‘The Ninth Jedi.’
We liked the former because of its obvious ties to Star Wars’ original inspiration, Japanese historical films – and we also liked its neat visual spin on the universe, combining history with the films’ iconography.
The animation in ‘The Ninth Jedi,’ directed by Kenji Kamiyana of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, wowed us. We also like the idea of lightsabers that change length based on the user’s connection to the Force, which is mentioned in this episode.
What’s interesting about this show is how different the styles are from episode to episode. The tonal shifts are dramatic, and the genres shift frequently as each studio attempts to stamp its mark on the Star Wars universe.
As for our least favorite, we’d like to apologies’ to ‘The Twins,’ a particularly garish take on Star Wars that didn’t quite work for us. Expect your Visions experience to be very different depending on the type of anime you enjoy.
Which studios made Star Wars Visions?
Here’s a breakdown of who worked on each episode of Star Wars Visions:
- Kamikaze Douga – ‘The Duel’
- Studio Colorido (Twin Engine) – ‘Tatooine Rhapsody’
- Trigger – ‘THE TWINS’
- Kinema Citrus – ‘The Village Bride’
- Production I.G – ‘The Ninth Jedi’
- Science SARU – ‘T0-B1’
- Trigger – ‘The Elder’
- Geno Studio (Twin Engine) – ‘Lop and Ochō’
- Science Saru – ‘Akakiri’