You can listen to our full review of Star Wars: Visions on the Film Optix Podcast on September 22nd.
Cast: Andrew Kishino, Kyle Chandler, and Alison Brie
Directors: Hiroyuki Imaishi, Eunyoung Choi among others
The Story: Star Wars anthology series that will see some of the world’s best anime creators bring their talent to this beloved universe.
We have all witnessed the growth and expansion of a galaxy far, far away. Ever since Disney acquired the rights to LucasFilm, they have been hard at work at keeping the magic alive by creating numerous Star Wars television series. As a fan of the franchise, I am excited about shows like Ahsoka, The Book Of Boba Fett, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. However, Star Wars: Visions was one series that stood out among the rest, and though I have some issues, I believe this to be the most ambitious star wars series to date.
Star Wars: Visions serves as a short story narrative from seven Japanese anime studios giving fans a new look in different pockets from the galaxy. The episode lengths vary from 12 – 21 minutes, which seems odd, but works as multiple episodes stand out from the pack. This is the perfect combination of anime and Star Wars, and fans of both should enjoy. One thing I loved is that the series offers both English and Japanese audio. I also believe that this show presents a great opportunity for those looking to get into the anime fandom.
The main issue I have with this series is that some of the shorter episodes seem a bit incomplete. It was almost like I blinked and some of the episodes were over. There are various concepts here that I would love to see expand into a limited series, and there are a few characters that I hope make a return in future projects.
The aesthetic that this show delivers is phenomenal. The art styles echo those of Akira Kurosawa, Megaman, and Gurren Lagann. Also, there is a diverse lineup of lightsabers that I think fans will go bonkers for, and the score is out of this world.
Star Wars: Visions is the most ambitious star wars series to date and has some of the best stories the franchise has to offer. Telling stories from numerous pockets from the galaxy spells success for Star Wars and I hope that we see more from these creative studios moving forward.
Grade : B+
Christian is a film critic and founder of the Film Optix Podcast. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association. You can find him on Twitter @Musiccitynerd