Disney+ has officially shown the first look at their new anime anthology series “Star Wars: Visions,” which is slated for release on the streaming platform September 22.
The first-look trailer was revealed during “Anime Expo Lite” on Saturday, July 3, 2021. The trailer was later shared everywhere on social media.
The trailer highlighted the fact that the “Disney Plus” streaming platform announced that seven Japanese anime studios are behind the short films in the series: Kamikaze Douga, Geno Studio (Twin Engine), Studio Colorido (Twin Engine), Trigger, Kinema Citrus, Science Saru and Production IG.
One thing to note was the brilliance of Lucasfilm to let other studios finally channel their creativity and vibrancy on what the Star Wars universe truly means to fans. From the short footage shown it was clear each project not only felt unique but looked vastly different.
To note, each studio will employ its own signature animation and weave various storytelling styles to deliver its own “visions” of the “Star Wars” universe. Below are the names of all nine episodes and their corresponding studios:
The list of studios and their Star Wars: Visions shorts are as follows:
- Kamikaze Douga – The Duel
- Geno Studio (Twin Engine) – Lop and Ochō
- Studio Colorido (Twin Engine) – Tatooine Rhapsody
- Trigger – The Twins
- Trigger – The Elder
- Kinema Citrus – The Village Bride
- Science Saru – Akakiri
- Science Saru – T0-B1
- Production IG – The Ninth Jedi
“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,” Disney Plus stated in a press release on Saturday. “From the beginning, stories told in the Star Wars 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.”
The synopsis reads “Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: Visions is an upcoming anthology of animated shorts celebrating Star Wars through the lens of the world’s best anime creators and storytellers.” Jacqui Lopez, James Waugh, and Josh Rimes serve as executive producers for Visions, while Justin Leach and Kanako Shirasaki are co-executive producer and producer, respectively.
Along with the names of each studio and episode, Disney+ also gave fans a special look into the creation of “Star Wars: Visions” with a three-minute video. Watch the teaser below.
“Star Wars: Visions” premieres Sept 22 2021 on Disney+