Nine episodes, nine directors and one key visual all to be discovered are the pillars of Star Wars: Visions, a series of incredible short films in stylesouls set in the universe Star Wars. A great collaboration between American and Japanese production houses and a fusion of the most famous and loved styles of the Western and Eastern world – anime and science fiction cinema – which led to the creation of a completely new product, something that Lucasfilm had never seen before. A perfect match for lovers of these two genres, who literally went crazy as soon as they heard the news. To date, the trailer has reached 3.9 million views and fans are eagerly awaiting the release of this great novelty, whose release is expected for the September 22, 2021. Well, we had the opportunity to view Star Wars: Vision in preview and now we are ready to tell you ours in this review
Get lost in the stars
Epic battles and unique stories in which the characters are represented by ronin, ninja and samurai, where the notes lightsaber they turn into laser katane, created by special “blacksmiths” never seen before. This would already be enough to make the hype of the fans skyrocket, yet we are only at the beginning, since there are countless news and peculiarities that will characterize every single episode of Star Wars: Visions. In one of these shorts, for example, we will find a droid who will dream of becoming a Jedi, a bit like in Pinocchio, there where the puppet dreams of becoming a real child. Will the little droid be able to make his wish come true?
Sara The Duel to open the series of shorts, led by the director Takanobu Mizuno – famous for the debut of the animated film Sound & Fury – flanked by the character design by Takashi Okazaki, anime designer Afro Samurai. During the press conference, Mizuno stated that his episode:“It will show a new side of Star Wars, we have already seen Jedi against Sith And rebels against the state, but if a ronin learned to use force and took possession of a lightsaber or that power by himself, what would happen? ”. It will be precisely this Ronin the protagonist of the episode who will collide with a Sith Ninja, in an unprecedented fight.
To take care of the second chapter, Tatooine Rhapsody, we find the director Taku Kimura of the Studio Colorido. The chapter in question stands out from the others in particular world, being the only musical episode of this Star Wars: Visions. There are also various characters already known in Star Wars, including the Mandalorian Boba Fett intent on capturing a wanted band member to deliver him to Jabba The Hutt.
The Twins will be the third short, directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and set after the events of Episode IX. The protagonists are two twins, who have already passed to the dark side of the force since they were very young and intent on experimenting with a new technology very similar to Black Death.
Hitoshi Haga, instead, he wanted to explore the uses and customs of the various populations of this vast narrative universe, focusing above all on wedding traditions, and this is exactly what Haga will show us in the fourth episode, The Village Bride. Set on a planet X, specifically within a small village that nurtures a lot of respect for the nature that surrounds them.
Set after the Episode IX, The Ninth Jedi sees as the protagonist Kara, a young girl daughter of a “lightsaber blacksmith”, the last one left to be able to revive the long-dead Jedi Order. To captain this episode we find the genius Kenji Kamiyama, best known for directing Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. “We all love the stories of the Jedi and lightsabers, but what happened to the Jedi Knights after the Skywalker saga? My story is about this “, so says Kamiyama during the press conference dedicated to his episode.
Let’s continue with T0-B1, sixth episode of the series, directed by the Spaniard Abel Góngora by Science SARU, now resident in Japan and a great lover of their culture. The protagonist of this short will be T0-B1, a little droid and iconic figure much loved by fans of this world, who will have to discover the secret to become a true Jedi.
The Elder is the seventh short in this intriguing series, directed by Masahiko Otsuka, also belonging to Studio Trigger as Hiroyuki Imaishi. The episode is set sometime before theEpisode I. The story is a real tribute to Jedi master and his Padawan, wanting to explore a relationship that is older than one can imagine.
Inspired by Jaxxon from classic Star Wars comics, Yuuki Igarashi will show us Lop & Ocho, eighth episode that talks about a friendship story, where the protagonist is an orphan Lop, which is a rabbit-like humanoid alien creature, will form a strong bond with Ocho daughter of a local mob boss.
The Ninth and last short film, Akakiri, is the brainchild of the director Eunyoung Choi by Studio Saru. The plot is a love story between a Jedi and a princess, who fight side by side to face a terrible tyrant inspired by the typical Japanese demons.
A masterpiece of style and charisma
As we have seen, most of these directors have drawn inspiration from the various forms of art typical of their country, transposing them in a Western key, in an arena familiar to us: Star Wars. Elegant the hand of the designers of the first episode, who with the art of Sumi-e they allow to focus attention in the right moments and above all in making the viewer enjoy those tapes where a simple touch of color fills with emotions. We are talking about an experiment full of breathtaking fights, where brevity collides with intensity, where the art of the Japanese katana tells a story in itself.
Not only in the first but also in the second episode we will have an interesting fight between the two brothers Am And Kerra, the soft style of the drawings and the use of colors transport you to a completely different place from the first in black and white, almost as if they wanted to show tradition and progress, not as antagonists but as the two tracks on which the same train travels. And how not to mention the title of the sixth episode, T0-B1, where it is enough to remove the hyphen to immediately grasp the essence of the chapter: TOBI, which, as already mentioned above, seems to resume a bit the phantom story of Collodi’s puppet, the protagonist of our childhood. In the last episode, however, we find a clear reference to the typical masks of Japanese culture, seeing them in the face of the protagonist, represented as a real demon of Japanese folklore.
As you have probably understood by reading our review, each episode of Star Wars: VIsions flows beautifully in an endless vortex of emotions, where every moment is lived with the heart in the throat and the bated breath. The work coming to Disney + flaunts an enviable style and each of the directors who took part in the production worked with extreme care to introduce their own charismatic “touch” in the short film they worked on, without betraying the spirit of the film. creature by Lucasfilm. From these premises a majestic production has come to materialize so that it does not have to escape, a set of nine shorts that – despite their different themes – never lose pace, also thanks to a palpable stylistic diversity among the various courts that has contributed to keep the viewer’s curiosity high.