I have a good feel for this anime

It’s time to return to a galaxy far, far away. In the middle of the ongoing Marvel animated anthology series, What if…?, it’s time for Star wars to enter the genre with Star Wars: Visions, an animated anthology set in a world of lightsaber fights, cyber crystals and a consistently bad feeling about it.

The modern era of Star wars has polarized, with fans generally sharing about the quality of the sequel trilogy. Some have criticized the franchise for going a very safe route (minus The last Jedi), sticks to a nostalgic formula designed to appeal to the masses without having much depth. In contrast, others have loved the entertainment value of the Disney era Star wars movie.

Star wars have found much greater success with their Disney + TV series, with The Mandalorian, The Bad Batch, and the last season of The Clone Wars all receive recognition from both critics and audiences. Fortunately, this series is one of their best, most ambitious projects yet.

Visions gets a different animation style than before Star wars TV, such as The Clone Wars and Rebels. Disney and Lucasfilm collaborated with seven Japanese animation studios to make a series of anime short films that provide a new, exciting perspective on the franchise, and it can pay off in quantities. This was a fascinating direction to take a much loved franchise. It effectively combines a beautifully distinct world with an animated style that has a massive following of its own, giving fans of anime and sci-fi alike something to enjoy.

When I saw the series premiere, I knew this would be a unique experience for the audience. The first episode entitled “The Duel” is in black and white, and it not only draws inspiration from George Lucas Star wars but also from Lucas’ own inspiration for the franchise.

The premiere feels influenced by the cinematic stylings of Akira Kurosawa, and it feels a lot like a product from 50s Japanese film, with the film camera’s imperfections added to the animation. The color pieces in this premiere come from the lightsabers and blaster bolts.

Pairing old-fashioned clothes and placements in the 1950s in black and white with colorful futuristic technology is an incredible stylistic choice that works so well for the section. From there, the show continues its experimental outreach Star wars. We have a striking 2D animation full of style. Some scenes look straight out of a Hayao Miyazaki movie, and the beautifully crafted images perfectly match the emotionally rich stories these Japanese filmmakers would tell.

Each episode of the show has a distinct voice. Perhaps the series is helped by the fact that the show is not canon, and as a result, the authors did not have to write under the framework of the existing Star wars movie. Of course, we see some familiar faces here and there, but it’s refreshing that the show does not have to create an endless series of sequels and spin-offs.

There is so much passion behind each episode that the only real complaint one can have is that the episodes are too short and they each create new different characters that we do not have time to be fully invested in. Some episodes may even have you longing for a version of the story with functional length.

On a story-telling front, this series is far superior to the sequel trilogy. Many of the episodes deal with family relationships that lead to fascinating ideas, and a few of the action sequences are truly some of the best we’ve seen out of the franchise.

As short as the sections are, most of them feel epic in scope. But the show is not worried about having an episode like “Tatooine Rhapsody,” a low-voltage episode about a rock band that needs the perfect concert. Not all episodes may be as powerful as some others, but they are all different and entertaining.

It’s refreshing to have stories that feel like stories of old rather than modern Disney blockbusters designed for mass appeal. With unique film-making voices and wonderful animation, Star Wars: Visions is a remarkable experiment that can make fans of the show want more.

SCORE: 8/10

As ComingSoon’s review policy explains, a score of 8 equals “Fantastic”. Although there are a few minor issues, this score means that the art succeeds with its goal and leaves a memorable impact.


Disclosure: The reviewer received screens for ours Star Wars: Visions review.

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