An animated Star Wars show isn’t anything new. But an anime Star Wars show is, and it’s completely revolutionary stuff, especially looking at the trailer. Star Wars: Visions is not only a new style of animation in the franchise’s storytelling, it’s an anthology which hasn’t been done before in this franchise.
On top of all of that, each story exists in its own time period and isn’t constrained to the current timeline within the Skywalker Saga. But that doesn’t mean a couple of the Visions vignettes won’t show up within it.
‘Star Wars: Visions’ is an upcoming anime anthology series coming to Disney+
In August, the trailer for Star Wars: Visions came out and it popped and showcased the many different styles of anime featured within the series. The premise of the series was the have “some of the world’s best anime creators” work on these animated shorts, with each short completely disjointed from the other (you know, like a typical anthology).
As StarWars.com reported in July, the many talented creators in the series are below, with their episode titles as well.
- 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”
After all this time and with unlimited possibilities, we still end up on Tattooine, huh? From the sounds of it, all of these stories are still completely removed from known characters, which will not only be a fun way to view the Star Wars universe, but also a way to fully immerse yourself in their new stories.
‘Star Wars: Visions’ creators didn’t have to stick to the established timeline
So by now, it’s obvious that these stories aren’t canon, or at least don’t pertain at all to the canon timeline currently happening with The Mandalorian, the Ahsoka series, the Kenobi series, The Clone Wars, and more.
StarWars.com reported that Lucasfilm told the creators the “tell the stories they wanted to tell” regardless of limitations that could come into play because of timelines or current characters or conflicts. They didn’t need to tie into the larger plot or chronology, the site said.
“We really wanted to give these creators a wide creative berth to explore all the imaginative potential of the Star Wars galaxy through the unique lens of anime,” James Waugh, executive producer, said. “We realized we wanted these to be as authentic as possible to the studios and creators who are making them, made through their unique process, in a medium they’re such experts at.”
He said that the idea was to let the creators “[riff] off all elements of the Star Wars galaxy that inspired them” allowing them to create something worthwhile.
However, there are some stories that take place within the time of the Skywalker Saga
But as stated before, some stories still fell within the timeline fans know well. CBR reported that one story like this is “Lop and Ochō,” the second episode.
They reported that it’s set in the large timeframe between Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode I — A New Hope, and some are even set after the most recent film, Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker. Considering that there is what looks like another Force Dyad in the trailer, that makes sense.
The series premieres on Disney+ on Sept. 22 and episodes range from 15 to 22 minutes according to CBR.