Visions // OCTOBER 7, 2021
Producer Kanako Shirasaki shares her take on the captivating art of the nine short films.
Star Wars: Visions is a unique blend of galactic lore and visual storytelling, an anthology series that invited seven Japanese anime studios to explore their own idea of Star wars.
To celebrate the debut of the series, now airing on Disney +, the artists behind the animation have created posters for each short custom creation that captures the identity of each story and studio. Listen as Star Wars: Visions producer Kanako Shirasaki breaks each down from the literal connotation of “Akakiri”, done in a wash of red, to the tour poster feel of “Tatooine Rhapsody”.
Kamikaze Douga’s “The Duel”
â’The Duel’ imagine the Star wars the universe like a classic samurai movie. This nostalgic framing contrasts with a modern take on the colorful Sith bandit leader shown here rather as a pop idol, as if giving a concert in the village.
“Tatooine Rhapsody” by Studio Colorido
âStar Waver band performs at Mos Espa Grand Arena seen in ‘Tatooine Rhapsody.’ I imagine this could be a concert poster for their tour leading up to this performance! â
“THE TWINS” by Trigger
âContrasting with the colorful style of the episode, this silhouette of the Twin Star Destroyer on a star field powerfully tells us the theme of the story. It is one of the most emblematic Star wars clichÃ©s, and designer Shigeto Koyama pays it an elegant tribute.
“The village bride” by Kinema Citrus
âThis beautiful poster captures two strong characters, F the Jedi and Haru the bride. They are like yin and yang but share a similar force: standing up to protect those in dire straits. The illustration is by Shiori Tani, the character designer and animation director of “The Village Bride”.
Production IG’s “The Ninth Jedi”
“Kara’s life course takes an unexpected turn in” The Ninth Jedi, “but she remains hopeful. The artwork embodies her will, strength and potential. The light that emerges symbolizes her connection to the Force , which grows stronger during the episode.
“T0-B1” from Science SARU
âThe past, present and future of our beloved droid T0-B1 are all here: his peaceful days with Professor Mitaka and his droid friends. The Inquisitor who completely changes his life. His new mission to travel the galaxy to save those in need.
“The Elder” by Trigger
“Created by character designer Kamome Shirahama, this poster perfectly captures the memorable fight between the horrific Elder, Master Tajin and Padawan Dan.”
“Lop & OchÂ®” by Geno Studio
âThe arrival of the Empire on planet Tao forces Lop, OchÐ¾Ì and Yasaburo to make painful decisions that challenge their families. The colors of traditional hand-drawn animated posters permeate the design of a classic Star wars displayed in these beautiful visuals.
SARU Science “Akakiri”
âAkakiri means red mist in Japanese. Which hand is rising? Are they trying to save Tsubaki? Or is this person trying to drag him into the mist? This striking piece of art hauntingly implies that Tsubaki’s fate was written on the wall.
Associate Editor Kristin Baver is the author of the book Skywalker: A Family at War, host of This week! In Star Wars, and a complete sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an endless list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurted out “It’s a trap!” Even when it is not. Follow her on Twitter @KristinBaver.
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