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LucasFilm revealed the trailer for Star Wars: Visions, at an Anime Expo Lite panel. ‘Visions’ is the title of an upcoming anthology of anime shorts. Each story is set in a galaxy far, far away that we have come to know and love. The shortened animated style will allow the franchise to explore a whole host of storylines. The preview demonstrated some beautiful visual styles and showed that we will really be getting treated to a variety. Among some of the featured content, we saw a chibi Boba Fett and droids in straw hats hinting at the mashups that could potentially come and humor to expect. We also saw a twin Star Destroyer and may be in for a rock opera.

“We really wanted to give these creators a wide creative birth to explore the Star Wars galaxy,” LucasFilm executive producer James Waugh said during the panel. “We wanted this to be as authentic as possible to the studios and the creators. The idea was, this is their vision, riffing off all of the elements of the Star Wars galaxy that inspired them.”

A handful of shorts, as well as the studios involved in their production, were named at the event:

  • The Duel by Kamikaze Douga (Batman Ninja)
  • Lop & Ocho by Geno Studio (Golden Kamuy)
  • Tatooine Rhapsody by Studio Colorido (A Whisker Away)
  • The Twins and The Elder by Trigger (Kill La Kill)
  • The Village Bride by Kinema Citrus (Tokyo Magnitude 8.0)
  • Akakiri and T0-B1 by Science Saru (Japan Sinks)
  • The Ninth Jedi by Production IG (Ghost in the Shell)

Talk of Visions came just before the end of last year. When LucasFilms announced December, they described it as “an original series of animated short films” that “celebrate the Star Wars galaxy through the lens of the world’s best Japanese anime creators.” 

It is an unsurprising direction given the popularity of Anime in recent years. And as Andrew Webster made note of in his write-up for The Verge Star Wars and anime are a good fit if fan projects are anything to go by.

Both Netflix and Amazon Prime have been focusing on securing themselves some of the biggest Anime titles. The Visions anthology will be available on Disney Plus and will be the platform’s first major anime series debut when it premieres on September 22nd.

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