Let’s look at why Disney should totally make a Star Wars Anime.
Over the years Star Wars has been translated into a ton of formats. What started as live action movies has seen life as cartoon movies, animated and live action series, books, audio dramas, video games, live events, comics, and much more. One format that many people feel Star Wars would work well in is as an Anime. Indeed Star Wars has come close to this before when they released a manga version of first the OT, and then other stories, starting in 1998 and last being added to in 2009. However they’ve never produced a proper anime (for our purposes I’m lumping together both an American made anime styled show, such as Avatar: The Last Airbender, and an honest to god made in Japan anime show- you can debate which is better). Yet many fans have dreamed of just such a release. Some of them have even made movies showing how easy and great it would be. Lets take a look at some of them.
“STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE” Animotion Trailer
This video, by animator Ahriman gives us a super classic look at what an anime version of A New Hope might be. For the classic 90s-ish anime style to the Japanese VO with American dubs its a very pure look at what could be. Of course we might expect a modern to have updated art, but this serves as a great proof of concept. Star Wars, and A New Hope especially, owe a lot to Japanese films, so its cook to see it come full color. It also raises the question of what language a Star Wars anime should be in.
TIE Fighter – short film
TIE Fighter, by OtaKing77077, is maybe the best example of a fully fan made anime style Star Wars video. This breathtaking piece was inspired by the detailed hand drawn anime of the 80s and you really get Gundam and other space/war anime feelings here. This is a just amazing video on its own, with great art and action and lot of nods to the lore. It’s worth just watching or re-watching. But it’s also got me thinking just how good a Star Wars anime that told it’s own story could be. Think about a series just following a TIE squadron, or wing, around- maybe as a TIE-in to the new Squadrons game.
Clone Wars 2003
No talk about a Star Wars anime would be complete with looking at the Clone Wars 2003. Now you could argue that all Star Wars animated shows have drawn a little bit on anime, but its most apparent in in Genndy Tartakovsky’s take on the franchise. His art is distinct but, like Samurai Jack before it, owe a lot to anime. For me this is no where more clear then in Mace Windu’s epic show down with an army of battle droids. We are close, but also so far.