はるか昔、はるか遠くの銀河で... (a long time ago in a galaxy far far away...)
These ARE droids you're looking for my dear Padawans! This week we're veering BACK veering off course - this time to a galaxy far far away for STAR WARS VISIONS - the new Disney+ series of nine anime shorts where the Japanese have their way with some sweet sweet Lucasfilm IP.
Featuring fanime tropes like extreme destruction, long fight scenes, ridiculously reimagined lightsabers, super cute anthroporphized robots, and/or romanticized takes on the Samurai legends...the show takes us to the hyperspace limit of all that all that Kuroswan stuff that originally "inspired" George Lucas.
The much hyped anime series featured reimaginings by acclaimed anime creators like Kamikaze Douga, Geno Studio, Studio Colorido, Trigger, Kinema Citrus, Production I.G., and Masaaki Yuasa's Science SARU...AND the an all-star cast of voice talent like Lucy Liu, Henry Goldig, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Alison Brie, Simu Liu, Neil Patrick Harris, Kyle Chandler, Bobby Moynihan, David Harbour, Jamie Chung, George Takei, Lorraine Toussaint, and many more (sadly no Ben Kingsley and/or Tony Leung...that we know of)