Thank the creator – we finally get the Star Wars anime. The new anthology series, Star Wars: Visions, presents nine original animated shorts on September 22 on Disney +.
Visions, according to Star Wars, is a showcase of some of the world’s best anime creators with short films that celebrate legends of the Star Wars universe while introducing “unique takes” of galactic storytelling. While neither Lucasfilm nor Disney have officially confirmed whether Visions whether or not part of the Star Wars canon, an article on StarWars.com suggests that the series is not part of the canon continuity. The article notes that “the story did not have to be part of the timeline.”
Free stories from the constraints of the “let creators tell the stories they wanted to tell… without needing to tie into the larger timeline” canon.
Cannon or not, the excitement for Visions is real, and the series is made even more exciting by the novel Visions Ronin, which releases October 12.
Ahead of the series premiere, StarWars.com finally gave fans more details on what to expect from the stories, characters, and animation style through interviews with executive producer Josh Rimes and producer Kanako. Shirasaki. Meet the heroes of Star Wars: Visions.
The Ninth Jedi short is from Production IG and features the story of a mysterious Jedi Master trying to revive the Jedi Order. The other main character is Kara, who has a deep connection to the Force and whose father is a “legendary lightsaber blacksmith”. And, like Luke Skywalker and Rey, Shirasaki says Kara is “unaware of her hidden power.”
Rimes explained more about Kara:
Thematically, Kara has familiar hopes and dreams as heroes like Luke or Rey. She yearns for more, wishes to become a heroine and leave her tundra planet where large harpoon guns cultivate kyber crystals from the asteroids above. What is new, however, is that Kara has a stable and loving relationship with her father. He is everything for her and she is everything for him. He has an important job and when problems arise she must take on her father’s mission and become the hero she is meant to be – but despite her natural skills, she realizes that this adventure is just the beginning and will need all the training she can get as she becomes a member of a group with a bigger mission than herself.
Much like Luke and Rey, Kara is “caught in an unexpected fate” and faces “the ultimate choice of her life,” according to Shirasaki.
Karre and Am
The stars of Twins In short, the Dark Side siblings are described as a reimagining of the famous siblings from the Skywalker saga. These twins, however, were said to have been “created by the forces of the dark side” in order to make them rule the galaxy from thrones on a Twin Star Destroyer. Despite their upbringing, Karre’s love for her sister shines through the darkness and causes her to question her fate and place in the galaxy.
Karre brings a whole new perspective to Star Wars, but it also looks so familiar. He fights for Am, the only family member he has ever loved or known – and she opposes him with every fiber of her being. Karre’s drive to protect and keep those he loves dates back to Anakin with his love for his mother or for Padmé, and Luke with regards to his love for his friends and his ultimate forgiveness for his father. He makes a choice that will forever shape his destiny. What’s truly unique is that he does it from an all-powerful stance that opposes an explosion of wild, over-the-top sound, fury, and color. But that’s because he wants his sister to live.
The design of Karre’s Sith outfit is also inspired by Darth Vader’s black armor, including a mask, chest plate, and cloak. His journey is reminiscent of the conflicted journeys of Anakin, Luke Skywalker, and Rey, who fought against forces that wanted to define and use them.
“He firmly believes that you can choose your own destiny and forge your own path,” Shirasaki said.
Dan and Master Tajin
Wool Short is another story exploring the relationship between the Jedi Master and the Learner Padawan. Much like Anakin, Rimes described Padawan Dan as “a little impatient and sarcastic – he just wants to see some Jedi action”.
Dan’s master, however, is “wise and cautious, but confident” – sounding a bit like a cross between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn.
Despite his impatience and flashes of sarcasm, Dan brings a sweet, youthful energy to the galaxy. It’s hard not to fall in love with him or to see himself in his place. This short film really dissects a particular teacher-student relationship in a really deep and incisive way.
Shirasaki also notes a love for Dan’s twist on the traditional Padawan braid hairstyle by adding shaved lines to the sides of her head. Shirasaki said this and Dan’s curiosity and impatience adds to the character’s individuality.
The village bride The episode features a mysterious character known only as F, a fallen Jedi observing the wedding rituals of a village on the planet Keelia.
Describing F, Rimes said:
From her cloak to her mask to her name to a letter, F is mysterious, hidden, cautious due to a great tragedy in her past. Despite her Jedi exploits in an earlier era, she really is much more of an observer here as she discovers an unknown world and village and must decide: will she return to her old Jedi life and reveal herself?
While The village bride isn’t as action-packed as the other shorts, the episode features different ideas about the Force and how different galactic peoples understand and interpret it. In Keelia’s case, the inhabitants of the planet call the force “Magina” and “use it to connect them with the nature around them,” Shirasaki said.
The tale of The village bride is one of F’s observations of the planet and its people alongside memories of her tragic past. Rimes and Shirasaki describe the short film as transcendent and bittersweet redemption.
The character Ronin and the short The dual are directly inspired by samurai history and Japanese culture and movies that have influenced much of Star Wars. Also the main character of the Ronin novel, Ronin is a mysterious wanderer and anti-hero with a droid sidekick wearing a large straw hat. The Ronin, which draws on the lore of the wandering and masterless samurai of feudal Japan, also appears to wield a slender red lightsaber that it tucks away in a scabbard.
“Ronin is a wanderer, an anti-hero, a mysterious warrior directly influenced by Toshiro Mifune and Kurosawa films like YojimboRimes said.
Rimes also said more about Ronin being explored in the novel, but his short film in Visions is “this story about a man with a strong sense of justice and right and wrong”.
The way he’s animated and performed in both the original Japanese and English dub shows that he truly carries the weight of his own past with him on his journey to self-discovery – and he will dispense stunning and glowing justice from lightsaber. the way if necessary.
Star Wars: Visions will premiere nine animated shorts on September 22 on Disney +.