Anime Expo Lite: 20 things we learned from the Star Wars: Visions panel – .

Anime Expo Lite: 20 things we learned from the Star Wars: Visions panel – .

The anime and the Star wars galaxy come together (finally!) Star Wars : Visions, a new anthology of animated short films celebrating Star wars Through the lens of some of the best anime creators in the world, comes to Disney +. In a special panel today at Anime Expo Lite, Lucasfim lifted the curtain on the series – and it appears to be a very unique collection of inventive, visually stunning and personal work. Star wars Hosted by the chasteté vicencio and starring James Waugh (executive producer), Josh Rimes (executive producer), Jacqui Lopez (executive producer), Justin Leach (executive co-producer) and Kanako Shirasaki (producer), the panel showcased concept art, revealed the studios and creators behind several short films, and offered plot details for the diverse and creative ongoing stories. Here are 20 things we learned.

1. Mark your calendars. We won’t have to wait long for the series: Star Wars : Visions will arrive September 22 on Disney +.

2. Star Wars: Visions the narration did not have to be part of the chronology. During the development of the series, Lucasfilm made the decision to let the creators tell the stories they wanted to tell, whether they were established or original characters, without needing to tie into the larger timeline. “We really wanted to give these creators a wide creative space to explore the full imaginative potential of the Star wars galaxy through the anime’s single lens, ”said James Waugh. “We realized we wanted these to be as authentic as possible to the studios and the creators who make them, made through their unique process, in a medium they are so expert at. So the idea was, is their vision riffing all the elements of the Star wars galaxy that inspired them – I hope to make a truly amazing anthology series unlike anything we’ve seen before in the Star wars galaxy. “

3. The studios behind Star Wars : Visions make for an all-star anime lineup. In total, Lucasfilm has confirmed seven studios and nine short films for Star Wars : Visions, comprising:

  • Kamikaze Douga The dual
  • Geno Studio (Twin Engine) – Lop and Ochi
  • Studio Colorido (Twin Engine) Tatooine Rhapsodie
  • Trigger Twins
  • Trigger Oldest boy
  • Kinema Citrus The village bride
  • Sciences Saru – He accepted
  • Sciences Saru – T0-B1
  • IG de production The Ninth Jedi

As can be seen in the concept art presented during the panel, no two short films have the same visual aesthetic or tell the same story. “What’s really exciting is how unique and special each of these shorts is,” Josh Rimes said. “Each studio has different styles and tones.

4. For Lucasfilm, Star Wars : Visions was long in coming. Several panelists expressed their fandom for the anime, while also noting the influence that Japanese culture has had on Star wars from the beginning. “The combination of Star wars and anime is something that I really wanted for a very long time, ”said Justin Leach. Waugh agreed. “The anime has influenced us tremendously,” he said. “We are all fans. “

5. It was not a prerequisite, but the creators behind the Star Wars : Visions shorts are all Star wars Fans. “Each of these studios immediately jumped in,” Jacqui Lopez said. “They were huge Star wars Fans. It was very easy for them to jump in and do what they do in our world.

6. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Star Wars : Visions encountered some production obstacles. The lockdown forced production mostly remotely, making things particularly complicated given differences in time zones and production pipelines. “It was not easy because we managed several short simultaneously during this difficult period,” confirmed Kanako Shirasaki.

7. The dual de Kamikaze Douga infuse Star wars with Japanese iconography. Concept art revealed for this short film features Jedi and Sith samurai, an astromech droid with a straw hat, and more that embraces Japanese culture. “It was just irresistible,” Lopez said. “We were all shocked when we saw this piece of art. “

8. Director Takanobu Mizuno scored a goal with The dual. « The thing he was really clear about was that he just wanted it to be a love letter to Star wars“Said Waugh. “The central theme of this short film ends up being a Star wars history. The story is finally about someone who has to choose altruism, a Star wars theme. Regarding the visuals, The dual will be told in black and white with pops of color for some elements – like lightsabers.

9. For Geno Studio Lop and Ochi, the visuals reflect its message. ” The design style of this short film really focuses on the collision of natural beauty and increasing industrialization, ”said Lopez, the Empire representing the march of technology.

dix. Lop and Ochi has a rabbit-person space. Her name is Lop and we already love her. “She’s cute and expressive and completely unwavering in her dedication to good, family and loyalty,” Lopez said. ” She is awesome. “

11. Put down your blasters and take a guitar for Studio Colorido Tatooine Rhapsodie. Told through a more Chibi art style, Tatooine Rhapsodie heads for the unexplored Star wars waters. ” It’s a Star wars rock opera, ”Rimes said of the story, of a band that dreams of becoming big. “We took our chance and they blew us away with the style, the characters and the tone, and really the heart of the best of it. Star wars on the family found and the dream. It’s also one of the few short films to feature classic characters, as our heroic group will meet Boba Fett and Jabba the Hutt.

12. Trigger Twins and Oldest boy will offer new tricks on the brand Star wars patterns. Twins “Subverts the idea of ​​Luke and Leia and imagines a whole new pair of twins born to the dark side, and how far the brother will go to save his sister,” Leach said. This is even represented visually with a co-attached Star Destroyer. Oldest boy, however, takes a closer look at another type of Star wars lier. « Oldest boy is a tribute to a classic Star wars master and Padawan relationship, ”said Shirasaki. “You will also find the double meaning of the title after watching the short film. “

13. The village bride through Kinema Citrus follows a Fallen Jedi, but not in a way you would expect. The guardian of peace and justice observes a local tradition in a distant village through the eyes of a bride on the eve of her wedding, and an unexpected choice she must make to save her people. “It’s poetic, meditative, and romantically bittersweet,” Shirasaki said. “This short film also approaches the Force in a truly unique and surprising way. “

14. The two Science Saru short films, He accepted and T0-B1, share a similar cartoonish style but differ in tone. “It’s a beautiful but painful story about a princess,” Shirasaki said of He accepted. TB-01, however, is a more heartwarming fare. “This is the cute and funny story of an adorable droid who dreams of being a Jedi. “

15. Founder of Science Saru Eunyoung Choi draws his influence from many of the same sources as Star wars. “I think it’s really interesting to see how East and West influence each other, and there’s a cycle of creativity coming and going,” Leach said. “It’s interesting to see her adopt the classic [Akira] Kurosawa merged with the Star wars mythology and then taking its own Science Saru expression and putting it all in that mix. It looks really awesome.

16. Astro Boy fans, keep your ears open. The sound designer of the classic animated series lends his talents to He accepted.

17. Lucasfilm was particularly excited to work with Production IG, the creators of The Ninth Jedi. “They are true pioneers of anime, Ghost in the shell to the anime sequence in Kill Bill“Said Lopez. “They have an incredible pedigree as innovators. “

18. The Ninth Jedi “Is an absolutely epic story,” according to Rimes. But it actually started out as two separate shorts. One was to take place at a time when the Jedi have fallen into legend and need to return as darkness threatens the galaxy, with the daughter of a laser blacksmith searching for the Jedi and delivering their weapons to them. The other story was to be told from the perspective of eight warriors coming together, learning if they are indeed Force-sensitive and can be trusted. Ultimately, the decision was made to combine the stories in order to achieve something on a larger scale. “We’ve brought these two stories together to create something that’s really epic and special,” Rimes said. “They got us at ‘lightsabersmith’,” Lopez added.

19. While all shorts have original scores, there is something special about the music for The Ninth Jedi. The score was recorded at Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall, a modern and acclaimed venue.

20. Star wars fans who are new to the anime, fear not. Lucasfilm is confident that you will find something to enjoy in Star Wars : Visions. “These things go together like peanut butter and chocolate,” Waugh said. “So I hope they like this combination as much as everyone else on this panel. “

Watch the Star Wars : Visions Special look below!

Full Star Wars : Visions panel will be available July 5-16 on the official Anime Expo website. Please note: there is a registration fee.

Dan Brooks is a writer and editor for He likes Star wars, ELO and the New York Rangers, Jets, Yankees and Knicks. Follow him on twitter @dan_brooks.

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