BOTTOM LINE: A Brilliant Collaboration Of Art & Concept
Rating: 7.25 /10
Skin N Swear: None
|Platform: Disney Plus Hotstar||Genre: Animation, Sci-Fi, Fantasy|
What Is the Story About?
Nine short stories, all set in the George Lucas’s Star Wars Universe.
Because the whole series is animated, we only hear the performances of the voice actors. Still, there are some notable actors voicing major characters in the 9 short stories including Lucy Liu, Brian Tee, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Neil Patrick Harris, Alison Brie, Karen Fukuhara, Simu Liu, David Harbour, James Hong, Henry Golding, Jamie Chung, George Takei and many, many more. They perform exceptionally well, almost unrecognizable at times, but this series depends on the animators and story, just as much as on its voice actors. The Japanese voice casters, who provide a more authentic anime feel to these short stories, do as good a job as the aforementioned Hollywood actors.
While this series is mainly targeted at the Star Wars fans, the show manages to provide a new dynamism to George Lucas’ world building, making the stories fresh and exciting for new viewers as well. The clever world building, differing story concepts and beautiful animation within each episode makes the show unique and quite interesting.
This new anthology series manages to do what the TV show ‘The Mandalorian’ managed to do – revive a “slow-dying” Star Wars franchise and keep it fresh. While Star Wars is not a “dying franchise” anymore, this new web series will help Lucas films expand its boundaries successfully, beyond the main storyline from the 1980s. A series of fresh stories with new narratives, with a few Easter Eggs for Star Wars fans is just perfect enough for viewers to immerse into this Sci-Fi universe.
This new web series is aimed for all age groups, making it a promising place to start for Star War “newcomers”. Still, each short story manages to weave complex stories around simple premises in place, while talking about important moral conundrums such as tradition vs. change, doing what is right vs. doing what is easy, love vs. loneliness, and much more. The film creators give us small “excerpts” which manages to be both satisfying as well as create a want for more.
However, the best part about this web series is its brilliant animation and various art styles. Seven Japanese studios provided 9 short stories and each story is depicted in a different style of animation. There is a mix of both old-school and new-technically skilled animations styles at play and each depiction becomes all the more better when we are shown an action sequence – which each and every episode has.
Overall, Star Wars: VISIONS is a must-watch animated anthology series that manages to capture the original wonder of the Star Wars films of old while creating fresh perspective with the new. It also helps on appreciate how far anime has progressed throughout the decades.
While there is no real supporting cast on this show, the Japanese voice actors deserve another mention for their exceptional work. Their performance also gives the series a different perspective and depth as well.
Music and Other Departments?
The seven Japanese animation studios that created these short stories all deserve a mention. They are Kamikaze Douga, Studio Colorido, Geno Studio, Trigger, Kinema Citrus, Production I.G, and Science SARU. The music departments as well as the direction of each short story deserves a mention as well.
Animation/ Various Art Styles Stories New Concepts
English Subtitle Errors With Japanese Audio
Did I Enjoy It?
Will You Recommend It?
Yes. It is a must-watch for anime and Star Wars lovers and good way to get into both.
Star Wars: VISIONS Review by Binged Bureau