Today at Anime Expo Lite, Lucasfilm unveiled a teaser trailer for the upcoming anthology series Star Wars: Visions.
Star Wars: Visions Will Steam on Disney+ This September
Star Wars: Visions was first announced during the Disney Investor Day event in December. Lucasfilm is no stranger to animated stories, but this is the first time that they have opened the door for the other studios to create their own Star Wars stories.
As a first formal venture into anime, each Star Wars: Visions short bears a unique Japanese sensibility, which in many ways aligns with the tone and spirit of Star Wars storytelling.
From the beginning, stories told in the Star Wars<span style=”font-weight: 400;”> galaxy have counted Japanese mythology and the films of Akira Kurosawa among their many influences, and these new visions will further explore that cultural heritage through the unique animation style and perspective of each anime studio.
“This is their vision, riffing off all of the elements of Star Wars.” Executive producer James Waugh said during the panel about the studios that created the shorts. Visions’ executive producer Jacqui Lopez explained the shorts as “Epic serialized stories about the conflict between good and evil.”
The creative team was originally set to visit Tokyo and have a face-to-face collaboration with the studios, but their plans were unfortunately canceled due to the pandemic. Lopez and Waugh both discussed how the pandemic affected the way the project came together.
They managed to make Star Wars: Visions happen through Zoom calls. The studios were initially invited to visit Skywalker Sound to mix their shorts, but they were ultimately able to have remote mixing sessions.
Del Rey Books teased that Emma Mieko Candon’s upcoming Star Wars: Ronin novel may have had a few clues dropped during the trailer.
Check out the list of shorts coming soon to Disney+.
Kamikaze Douga — “The Duel”
“The Duel” is a black and white short that features bursts of color for the lightsabers. The short’s theme centers around selflessness.
Geno Studio (Twin Engine) — “Lop and Ochō”
“Lop and Ochō” is a story that focuses on a collision between natural beauty and encroaching industrialization. With the Empire as a representation of industrialization.
Studio Colorido (Twin Engine) — “Tatooine Rhapsody”
“Tatooine Rhapsody” features the iconic chibi art style. At its core, it is a story about a rock opera band and an unexpected friendship. This story features Boba Fett and Jabba the Hutt. During the panel creative team said fans who had aspirations of having their own garage bands will enjoy this short.
Trigger — “The Twins” and “The Elder”
“The Twins” is the story of twins of the Dark Side, which is driven by the brother-sister relationship. The classic Master and Padawan relationship is given a fresh approach in “Elder” as the pair meet an unknown enemy.
Kinema Citrus — “The Village Bride”
During the panel, the producers referred to “The Village Bride” as a change of pace for Star Wars<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>. It’s a romantic and bittersweet story about a fallen Jedi and a bride on the eve of her wedding and the sacrifices she is making.
On Twitter, Kevin Penkin announced that he composed the music for “The Village Bride.”
Science Saru — “Akakiri” and “T0-B1”
“Akakiri” is said to be a beautiful and painful story about a Jedi and a princess. “T0-B1” is a story about a droid dreaming to become a Jedi with clear Astro Boy references in the character design.
Production IG — “The Ninth Jedi”
“The Ninth Jedi” tells the story of a time when Jedi were only legends and follows the daughter of a Jedi Lightsaber-smith as she journeys to take the lightsabers to a group of potential Force users. During the panel, they said that the story initially started as two separate pitches but they found a way to merge the two together.
Star Wars: Visions is executive produced by Jacqui Lopez, James Waugh, and Josh Rimes (Executive Producer), co-executive produced by Qubic Pictures’ Justin Leach, and produced by Kanako Shirasaki.
Updated 07/03/2021 at 7:56 PM EST.