“I thought Finally! I had been waiting for this, “he says. Takashi ozazaki, character designer from the Kamikaze Douga studio, which is producing one of the nine short films that make up Star Wars: Visions, the first entry in the beloved anime franchise.
A “first look” reel for the new anthology, which was announced in December 2020, debuted Saturday during Anime Expo Lite, a virtual replacement for the annual Anime Expo in Los Angeles.
The new clip shows characters dressed and designed in the style we expect from Japanese animation, but in settings familiar to him. Star Wars universe. Keystone accessories appear, including lightsabers and a Mandalorian helmet.
“There are so many genres at stake,” executive producer Lucasfilm. Joshua Rimes he says in the three minute video, a reminder that it is so difficult to answer “what is anime?” how is it to define, “what is jazz?”
The series will debut on Disney + on September 22.
It is clear since 1977 that Star Wars creator George Lucas found inspiration in Japanese cinema. Take, for example, the general similarities between samurai and Jedi, and the resemblance of Darth Vader’s helmet to one worn by Masamune Date, a regional ruler in Japan until the early 17th century. Lucas has been in the front on how his first film borrowed elements from Akira Kurosawa’s 1958 film The Hidden Fortress, the story of a princess with a destroyed homeland, a handsome ranger and two characters, one short and the other tall, accompanying them. (In other words, the OG C-3PO and R2-D2 are called Tahei and Mataschichi.)
Later, Lucas served with Francis Ford Coppola as executive producers and “hosts” of the 1980 Kurosawa epic Kagemusha. He also helped finance one of Kurosawa’s last films, 1990. Dreams.
The burgeoning anime market in the United States reached unprecedented levels earlier this year with the success of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the movie: Mugen Train. Even with many theaters maintaining social distancing measures and seeing reduced ticket sales in early May, the movie grossed nearly $ 48 million nationally. Its opening weekend gross of $ 19.5 million at the domestic box office was not only a record for Japanese animation, but also for any foreign language film. Also, the film is the continuation of a series (available on Netflix), which means that anyone who bought a ticket (unless a friend dragged it) was probably already steeped in its complex tradition.