Star Wars: Visions is a new animated anthology from Lucasfilm now streaming exclusively on Disney Plus. Working with notable anime production houses, it offers a number of standalone Star Wars stories with their own spin on the universe – generally speaking, it’s a lot weirder than we expected, on a galaxy entirely Far, far away with a different view than we’re used to.
You can read our very own interview with Lucasfilm’s James Waugh and producer Kanako Shirasaki about the show’s origins. Below, we’ll answer all your questions about Star Wars: The Vision, including its canonical status, whether Season 2 is planned, and which episodes we enjoyed the most.
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Is Star Wars: Visions canon?
There are no current plans to integrate Star Wars: The Vision into the core canon, as Lucasfilm’s James Waugh has confirmed — if you watch the episode, you’ll know why. They are visually different from movies, which is part of their appeal.
That said, some stories may continue in another form – establishing their own theory or timeline as a result. For example, the character Ronin from “The Duel” will appear in a new book to be released in October called Star Wars Visions: Ronin by Emma Mieko Candon.
Where can you watch Star Wars: Visions?
Star Wars: The Vision is streaming exclusively on the Disney Plus service. There are nine episodes in total, and they’re all 21 minutes or less in duration—so be prepared to fire through them quickly.
Where can you watch Star Wars: Visions?
Star Wars: The Vision is streaming exclusively on the Disney Plus service. There are nine episodes in total, and they’re about 20 minutes long, with a few short entries — so be prepared to fire through them quickly.
Is Star Wars: Visions an anime?
Yes. Lucasfilm describes it as “the ultimate anime and Star Wars mash-up” on its official website, and all of the studios that made the episodes are considered anime production companies – so, yes, ‘anime’ seems appropriate here.
Which is the best Star Wars: Visions episode?
Your mileage may vary on this one, but we were particularly fond of ‘The Duel’ and ‘The Ninth Jedi’.
We liked the former because of Star Wars’ obvious link to the original inspiration of Japanese historical films — plus we liked its clean visual spin on the universe, mixing history with the movies’ iconography.
The animation for “The Ninth Jedi,” coming from Kenji Kamiyana, director Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, dazzled us. We also like the notion of lightsabers that change in length depending on the user’s connection to the force that comes in this episode.
The interesting thing about this show is how much the genres differ between episodes. Tonal variations are massive, and styles are changed frequently as each studio gets to make its mark on the Star Wars universe.
As far as our least favorites are concerned… I’m sorry for “The Twins,” a particularly gorgeous take on Star Wars that didn’t quite land for us. Expect your experience of Vision to be completely different depending on the type of anime you prefer.
Which studio made Star Wars: Vision?
Here’s a breakdown of who made up each episode in the Star Wars: Visions anthology:
- Kamikaze Douga – “The Duel”
- Studio Colorado (Twin Engine) – “Tatooine Rhapsody”
- Trigger – “The Twins”
- Kinema Citrus – ‘The Village Bride’
- Production IG – “The Ninth Jedi”
- Science Cypress – ‘T0-B1’
- Trigger – ‘The Elder’
- Zeno Studios (Twin Engine) – “Loop & Ocho”
- Science Cypress – ‘Akakiri’
How many seasons will Star Wars: Visions have? Will there be a season 2?
Star Wars: The Vision Season 2 isn’t confirmed yet — but Lucasfilm’s James Waugh is open to more. “I think we’d love to do more Star Wars: Visions, we have to assess the response and what the fantasy wants,” he told CNET.
So, if you’re burned through the first nine episodes and you’re craving more, make some noise. For us, it’s the most innovative combination of Star Wars and Disney Plus service ever—the type of thing there’s no reason to make it to broadcast TV in 2021, but it’s primarily an on-demand game used by fans. The service is perfect. We definitely want to see more.
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