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Review: STAR WARS: VISIONS

The STAR WARS: VISIONS on Disney+ Hotstar Malaysia (Disney+ for international audience) features a line-up of shorts from seven Japanese anime studios which bring their unique talent and perspective on the series. The anime studios are Kamikaze Douga, Geno Studio (Twin Engine), Studio Colorido (Twin Engine), TRIGGER, Kinema Citrus, Science Saru, and Production I.G.

In this review article, we are going to find out together whether this series worth to put in your watchlist or not. Also, we will try to be spoiler-free as much as possible. So let’s get going:

The animation – Immersive shorts-style anime that provides a moral value and left you wanting more

STAR WARS: VISIONS has 9 episodes and each episodes are just slightly more than 10 minutes. From family-related to being a music band, each episode will display its own interesting take related to the Star Wars universe, in Japanese style. Each animation studio has carefully crafted a compelling story that suits all range of audience.

My favourite episode is definitely The Duel as it has the black and white motif with the mysterious wanderer story which is paying homage to traditional samurai movie. TO-B1 episode is also another my favourite as it tells the story of an aspiring robot trying to become Jedi and the animation style is really fantastic. I won’t spoil the remaining stories for the show but each episode is entertaining thanks to its amazing storyline.

The battle scenes on STAR WARS: VISIONS is very fluid as well. Every shots in the battle scenes will leave you hoping for more lightsaber and Force action.

Each episodes also has a moral value instill inside which makes it friendly for the kids and teenager to watch along as well.

However, after completing the series, it does left me wanting to know more what happened later for certain episodes. I do wish some of the episodes to be longer as well despite this series is a line up of shorts. Hopefully we can see a second season in the works.

The design – Various anime design offers a unique identity for each episode

If you’re a Japanese anime fan or someone who love creative arts expressed on shows, you will definitely fall in love with the seven Japanese anime studios design. Each episode carries it own design, colour and motif which helps to provide an individual identity for the audience to marvel at their masterpiece.

The drawing style range from comic/manga style to chibi style and to modern animation style will leave many ideas for aspiring artist to replicate drawing for the series. The characters drawn for the series are great with each studios offered an alternate vision how is their Star Wars universe are being represented.

Voice acting – Watch with the Japanese language

Tsubaki (voiced by Yū Miyazaki in Japanese and Henry Golding in the English Dub) in a scene from “STAR WARS: VISIONS” short, “AKAKIRI”, exclusively on Disney+. © 2021 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All Rights Reserved.

STAR WARS: VISIONS offers audience to watch in English or Japanese language. While the English dubs sounds good, the Japanese voice actors also did great job as well. If you compared a certain scene with the English and Japanese language, you will noticed extra emotion was delivered by the Japanese voice actors which provides significantly better viewing experience.

Also, don’t worried if you don’t understanding Japanese language as Disney+ Hotstar Malaysia (Disney+ for international audience) as there are subtitles available.

Final verdict – An alternative look at Star Wars universe with animation style

Kara (voiced by Chinatsu Akasaki in Japanese and Kimiko Glenn in the English Dub) in a scene from “STAR WARS: VISIONS” short, “THE NINTH JEDI”, exclusively on Disney+. © 2021 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All Rights Reserved.

STAR WARS: VISIONS premieres on Disney+ Hotstar Malaysia (Disney+ for international audience) on 22nd September 2021. It really offers an alternative look at Star Wars universe with animation style for avid fans of Star Wars or someone who is new to Star Wars. You are really getting compelling stories in animation shorts and amazing drawn characters as well. You won’t go wrong binge watching this today or during the weekend.

Credits to Disney, Lucasflim for providing official stills and early access preview for STAR WARS: VISIONS

*This review is made possible thanks to Disney+ Hotstar Malaysia providing an early screening preview for the media, however, this is not a paid review content. TrendGrnd does not do paid review content. Therefore, there is no creative input nor final approval is needed by Disney and Disney+ Hotstar Malaysia. All the above mentioned is solely based on the writer’s opinion after watching the early screening preview.

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