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‘Star Wars’ Scheduled for Compilation of Anime Briefs


‘Star Wars’ Scheduled for Compilation of Anime Briefs

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George Lucas famously drew a variety of influences from Japanese narratives in the conception of Star Wars. The initial trilogy took heavy cues from Japanese historical tales like Seven Samurai by directors such as Akira Kurosawa, and many symbols and terms show resemblances to feudal Japanese military settings. This exchange of influence was reciprocal; upon the release of the original trilogy in Japan, it spurred a wave of sci-fi productions, particularly animated ones like Akira. It seems fitting that these dual sources of inspiration now converge.

During the recent Anime Expo event, Disney and LucasFilm revealed plans for a compilation of anime short stories within the Star Wars world named Star Wars: Visions. Each short in the collection is being developed by a distinct anime studio, with confirmed contributors including Kamikaze Douga, Geno Studio, Studio Colorido, Kinema Citrus, Science Saru, Production IG, and one of my personal favorite studios, Studio Trigger.

“Japanese animation has been a significant influence on many at Lucasfilm over the years,” remarked executive producer James Waugh. “The prospect of seeing Star Wars interpreted in that style was extremely appealing to us.”

“This marks our initial foray into anime, with each short in ‘Star Wars: Visions’ showcasing a distinctive Japanese touch that harmonizes with the ethos and narrative style of Star Wars,” states the official description. “Since its inception, Star Wars stories have drawn from Japanese folklore and the works of Akira Kurosawa, and these new visions will delve deeper into that cultural legacy through the distinctive animation styles and viewpoints of each anime studio.”

Star Wars: Visions is slated for exclusive streaming on Disney+ starting September 22, 2021.

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