Star Wars: Visions has spoiled me. My love for Star Wars and anime combining to give me a anthology series?! Come on man. This is the most fun I had with Star Wars in a long time, and I’m telling you before I write the review, I want more. Ok, now let’s jump into the review because my god.
Star Wars: Visions is an anime anthology series, which contains nine episodes. Each episode is done by different studios: Kamikaze Douga, Studio Colorido (Twin Engine), Studio Trigger, Kinema Citrus, Production I.G, Science SARU, and Geno Studio (Twin Engine). All unique stories, animations, and overall different takes on the Star Wars mythos.
Right off the bat just from episode one, The Duel, I was already in love. I already knew what to expect from the studios because I’m a fan of some of their series, but even I was surprised with what some of the studios did because I was in awe. You get some Akira Kurosawa, Astro Boy, parallels from the main canon Star Wars, and more. Each episode was very unique and fantastic. There were times when an episode ends and I get mad because there’s so much story that can be expanded.
Each episode was just written great. Hell, I’ll list my top episodes, no specific order:
- The Duel
- THE TWINS
- The Village Bride
- The Ninth Jedi
- Lop and Ochō
That’s me basically saying, please expand these stories! I’ll even read manga or whatever format.
The animation in each episode were just out of this world! Surprisingly, my favorite animation from the series was from Science Saru. When I saw the T0-B1 episode from the studio, it made me smile with their chalk like animation but once things get serious they went all out. Another favorite was Geno Studio’s Lop and Ochō because that was damn good, just the overall design aesthetic was straight movie material. And how can I not talk about the Production I.G’s The Ninth Jedi?! The episode was just so fluid and amazing. Also, love how unique the character designs are in each episode.
When it came the the fights, yeah they don’t disappoint at all. You get full blown fights and some samurai style fights, and not one disappoints. Going back to The Duel, that had my favorite fight in the whole series, especially as a Kurosawa fan.
Honestly, every episode looked amazing. I got Studio Trigger giving me two Star Wars episodes, which I was losing my mind in my room. Lucasfilm made the right choices choosing who to animate these episodes.
The music choices in the series was genius. Each one was just beautifully complimented and just works. To be honest, this is the best Star Wars has sounded musically since the Prequel series. I would actually want more of this style of music in Star Wars since the Japanese authentic works so well, kind of like how Western style music works for The Mandalorian.
I only watched the series dubbed, but it wasn’t bad. Some episodes worked for me and some didn’t. Nothing too crazy when it comes to performances, but I did enjoyed it in T0-B1, Akakiri, The Duel, etc. I will watch the series again subbed just to see how different the experience is.
Star Wars: Visions just works. Seeing how one of George Lucas’ inspirations for Star Wars was Japanese culture, everything just comes full circle with this series. Each episode amazingly animated, beautiful music, and stories I would love to see more of. I’m just in love with the series and would buy it if it released physically.
If you’re a Star Wars fan and this your first introduction to anime, I highly recommend you search up the studios that did your favorite episodes. Anime fans, if this is your first introduction to Star Wars then you’re in for treat because this is a great franchise to enjoy.
Go watch Star Wars: Visions right away!