Seven Japanese animation studios came together to bring their unique perspectives to the “Star Wars” universe through a series of short films and all I could think of is, “Wow, Star Wars should really go all anime”! Of course, that is not realistic but for the more obscure stories, it would fit it so well.
Star Wars Visions is a nine-part anthology, with each episode telling a completely original story. They’re all short, the longest being 22 minutes long, and others clocking in at just 13 minutes, the best part, the entire season is available to stream all at once. The opening episode and probably my favorite one is called “The Duel,” which is a mostly black-and-white story about dueling Sith warriors, structured like a classic samurai film. After that, the other episodes were all nice, all completely different from one another. All of them were stories I really would like to see full-blown series to be made. I mean, each short had me wanting to see more, learn more about the characters and their new settings. I’ve never been this excited for Star Wars since the Rouge One and The Mandalorian.
Some episodes such as“T0-B1,” paid homage to Astro Boy and Twins was I think Kill La Kill. There were probably more but unfortunately, I am not as cultured. Regardless, all seven of these episodes used the Star Wars elements in interesting ways. For the first time, in my opinion, I really began to feel the vast, grand universe that is Star Wars. The endless possibilities this universe has to offer, and how truly anyone could become a Jedi or a Sith Lord. Yes, it’s true that none of these epic stories are canon, but that could always change in the future. There’s no rule that says none of these events couldn’t be happening right now in the universe of Star Wars.
Overall, this was an anthology well worth checking out!