‘Star Wars Visions’: How Many Episodes Drop on Disney+ on Release Day?
Disney and Disney+ have found gold with the Star Wars content they have been releasing on their streaming platform. While the company was immensely successful with the sequel series, they have also put significant effort into expanding the Star Wars universe with more extended universe content, spin-off films, and TV shows on Disney+. The Mandalorian is the show that really exploded, but it’s far from the only series that Disney is fleshing out the Star Wars universe with.
Disney has recently announced an animated anthology series entitled Star Wars: Visions that has fans and critics alike excited, and they’ve announced how many episodes will drop. How many episodes of Visions will we see when it’s released? And will there be more to come after?
‘Star Wars Visions’ is an anime anthology
Star Wars: Visions is unique among other Star Wars series in that it is both an anthology series and an animated series. The series is actually Japanese in origins and has contributions from six different anime studios, including studios like Studio Trigger known for Kill La Kill and Promare, and Science SARU who put out Space Dandy and Devilman Crybaby. Therefore, Star Wars fans will be excited to see a new anthology that uses new storytelling and production techniques to explore the universe, while anime fans will be excited to see these major studios give their interpretations of the Star Wars universe.
The episodes will be released in English and Japanese
Because Star Wars: Visions comes from Japanese studios, fans will have the option to watch the series with an English dub featuring prominent actors like Lucy Liu, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Neil Patrick Harris. However, in a move that is relatively new for Disney as a company, the original Japanese dub will also be available (with English subtitles.)
Disney also gave the studios a large amount of freedom to tell the stories they wanted to tell. At least one episode, The Duel, is heavily inspired by Japanese history, folklore, and culture, while all of the shorts are intended by Lucasfilm to “showcase the full spectrum of bold storytelling found across Japanese animation.” It’s no wonder that the studios, the company, and fans are all extremely excited about this series!
The series will have nine episodes
Star Wars: Visions is set to have nine episodes, though this was not the original number! One episode, The Ninth Jedi, was initially created as a two-parter, but as the episode was developed, the producers decided it would be better as a single episode. However, episodes might not be the best term to describe the series: while they are part of the same series, as an anthology, they aren’t connected in the way most series are. That is why some descriptions of the series opt to describe it as a collection of nine short films.
The episodes, or shorts, will take place across the Star Wars universe with different types of stories. All nine will release at once on September 22, 2021. The episodes consist of The Duel, framed as an alternate history, Lop and Ochō, which takes place between the prequel and original trilogies, Tatooine Rhapsody, The Twins, set after the sequel trilogy, The Elder, which takes place before the prequels, The Village Bride, Akakiri, T0-B1, and The Ninth Jedi, which is another short exploring the universe post-Rise of Skywalker. Therefore, no matter what part of the Star Wars universe you’re interested in, you’ll probably find a short that appeals to you. And with the talent involved, even non-fans will probably enjoy this series!