Streaming platform Disney+ has dropped the trailer for Star Wars: Visions, a new highly-anticipated animated anthology series set to be released on September 22.
Drifting away from the style of animation in previous Star Wars series' such as “The Clone Wars” and highly-raved “The Bad Batch”, Visions takes an eastern approach with an anime-centric style, enlisting the help of 7 anime studios in Japan – Kamikaze Douga, Geno Studio (Twin Engine), Studio Colorido (Twin Engine), Studio Trigger, Kinema Citrus, Science SARU, and Production I.G - to produce and stylise the episodes.
Keeping to the essence of anime, Star Wars: Visions enlists a strong star-studded cast. Notably, the series has employed two rosters for its English and Japanese dub respectively.
For the Japanese, voice actors include the likes of the legendary Masako Nozawa, who most notably voiced Son Goku in renowned anime series Dragon Ball, Masaki Teramosa, prominently known for his role as Kintaros in Kamen Rider Den-0, Junya Enoki who is the accredited Japanese voice dub actor for Tom Holland/Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as Ryoko Shiraishi, who has lent her voice on acclaimed animes Digimon, Bleach and Naruto Shippuden but is most notable for Asuka Kazama in the popular fighting-game series Tekken.
Magumi Han from Devilman crybaby, Kazuya Nakai who voiced Roronoa Zoro from the celebrated shonen anime One Piece, and Yuichi Nakamura, who is well known for his roles as Tetsurō Kuroo in sports anime Haikyu!!, on top of roles in Fairy Tail and One Punch Man, are also included.
Am (voiced by Ryoko Shiraishi and Alison Brie in the English dub) and Karre (voiced by Junya Enoki in Japanese and Neil Patrick Harris in the English dub) duel atop Star Destroyers in “The Twins.” Photo credits: Star Wars
Its English-speaking cast is equally spectacular with a cast that’s magnificently diverse. Its list includes blockbuster veteran Lucy Liu, who voiced Master Viper in Kung Fu Panda, Joseph Gorden Levitt, who reprises voice acting after playing Jiro Horikoshi in anime fictionalised biography film The Wind Rises, and Neil Patrick Harris, who has featured as The Flash and Nightwing in the DC Animated Universe movies.
Henry Golding marks his voice acting debut, while David Harbour, who has voice acting credits for Mulan and acclaimed television series' Futurama, The Simpsons, and Stranger Things, Star Trek legend George Takei, and Tamuera Morisson, who reprises his role as Boba Fett from Mandalorian, make up just some of the numbers.
Earlier, Gorden-Levitt and Harris expressed their excitement when announcing their roles as the trailer dropped:
I got to play the protagonist in the English-language-version of one of these beautiful short films. Definitely one of the cooler things I've gotten to do. So much fun. #StarWarsVisions @disneyplus https://t.co/4XDJqgfDjX— Joseph Gordon-Levitt (@hitRECordJoe) August 18, 2021
AWESOME TRAILER ALERT: So honored to have a small part in reimagining the galaxy with #StarWarsVisions, an original series featuring stories from seven visionary Japanese anime studios, streaming September 22 on @disneyplus pic.twitter.com/p9rx5BgHzK— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) August 17, 2021
Ronin (voiced by Masaki Terasoma in Japanese and Brian Tee in the English Dub) in “The Duel.” Photo credits: Star Wars
Set in a reimagined universe, fans can expect new original anecdotes of the Star Wars franchise with a Japanese influence. The trailer teases the iconic Mos Espa Grand Arena, a fan favourite, and how traveling through hyperspace is visualised alongside flashy fight scenes.
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On the official Star Wars website, James Waugh – executive producer and Lucasfilm Vice President shares: “Their stories showcase the full spectrum of bold storytelling found across Japanese animation; each told with a freshness and voice that expands our understanding of what a Star Wars story can be, and celebrates a galaxy that has been such an inspiration to so many visionary storytellers.”
For the full Japanese and English cast, visit the official website here.
Catch the release of Star Wars: Visions on streaming platform Disney+ on September 22nd.