Everything We Know About ‘Star Wars: Visions’

Published on January 21, 2021

Star Wars: Visions will shake up the galaxy. The franchise has had great success in the animated world, especially with the beloved Clone Wars. With Disney+ now producing a variety of Star Wars television shows after the great success of The Mandalorian, Star Wars: Visions is coming to animate the galaxy again. 

Lucasfilm and Disney are milking Star Wars for all it’s got. Star Wars: Visions, however, is a potentially exciting new addition to the universe. The animated series will involve the best of the best Japanese anime studios. Star Wars: Visions, hopefully, will be unlike any other Star Wars story we’ve seen before. 

Here’s the official synopsis: “Presenting all-new, creative takes on the galaxy far, far away, Star Wars: Visions will be a series of animated short films celebrating Star Wars through the lens of the world’s best anime creators. The anthology collection will bring 10 fantastic visions from several of the leading Japanese anime studios, offering a fresh and diverse cultural perspective to Star Wars.”

Every episode is a standalone story, perhaps allowing artists and writers to let their imaginations run wild and tell entirely new stories in the Lucasfilm sandbox. Star Wars: Visions joins the Lando series and the Ahsoka (Rosario Dawson) series as one of the many upcoming Lucasfilm shows. Those three projects aren’t the only new Star Wars shows on their way, either. There’s the long-awaited Obi-Wan show, the Boba Fett show, and Star Wars: Andor, following Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. As for Star Wars: Visions, the series will premiere later this year.

2021 is shaping up to be another major year for Disney+. With The Mandalorian, the streaming service has perhaps the most-watched show available today. Not only is it a show everybody talks about, it’s a show that keeps getting better and better. Season one was entertaining, while season two was not only entertaining but substantial. Mando is returning later this year alongside Star Wars: Visions and more.

Star Wars: Visions will provide a fresh and new perspective into the galaxy. Best of all, maybe introduce kids to anime and the undisclosed companies and artists working on the series. The galaxy is such an epic setting that, in anime, could be visually dazzling. To keep Star Wars fresh and exciting despite the massive output, we need to see new stories from new artists. Meaning, through new lenses and from new perspectives, including the Japanese artists working on Star Wars: Visions.

Per usual, Disney is keeping any real details about the series under lock and key. Disney is notoriously secretive about their Star Wars properties. Star Wars: Visions is no different. None of the animators, producers, or voice cast have been announced yet. Given the 2021 release date, though, we should know more about Star Wars: Visions in the coming months. Stay tuned for more updates in the future.

Jack Giroux is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in Los Angeles, he is an entertainment journalist who's previously written for Thrillist, Slash Film, Film School Rejects, and The Film Stage.

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