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‘Star Wars: Visions’ brings the world of anime to a galaxy far, far away

The show hits Disney+ in September.

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Star Wars is charting all-new territory with an anime anthology, Star Wars: Visions, in the tradition of The Animatrix and Halo Legends. The collection of nine animated shorts is exclusive to Disney+ and employs the talents of seven acclaimed studios: Kamikaze Douga (Batman Ninja), Geno Studio (Golden Kamuy), Studio Colorido (Pokémon: Twilight Wings), Trigger (Promare), Kinema Citrus (Made in Abyss), Science Saru (Devilman Crybaby), and Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell).



“Lucasfilm is partnering with seven of the most talented anime studios in Japan to bring their signature style and unique vision of the Star Wars galaxy to this inspired new series,” Lucasfilm VP James Waugh said in a blog post. “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.” One installment takes place after The Rise of Skywalker; another stars Temuera Morrison in a fresh take on the legendary Boba Fett.

The full anthology hits Disney+ on September 22, and will be available to watch with both the original Japanese voice cast and a star-studded English dub.

Where to stream the ‘Star Wars: Visions’ anime

A still from an animation showing two people standing on the top of a pair of mountains. They are firing lighting at each other.
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Am (Alison Brie) and Karre (Neil Patrick Harris) do battle in “The Twins.”

You can stream Visions, the Star Wars films, and everything else Disney+ has to offer wherever you’re connected to the internet. Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming service is available in Australia, Austria, Canada, the Channel Islands, France, Germany, India, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Italy, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.

Disney+ is supported on desktop browsers, a wide range of mobile devices, smart TVs, and game consoles. The platform will serve as the new home for Walt Disney Studios films as well as original, exclusive Disney+ content like Lucasfilm’s new Star Wars series—including The Mandalorian and the final season of The Clone Wars—and a full slate of live-action Marvel shows.

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What’s ‘Star Wars: Visions’ about?

A person riding a sci-fi vehicle across the surface of a body of water.
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Kimiko Glenn voices Kara in the English dub of “The Ninth Jedi.”

This anthology features nine tales unconstrained by the “canon” Star Wars continuity. Anything goes in terms of lightsaber tech, Force powers, costume designs, and so on—the galaxy could look a lot different after Visions. But the trailer features some familiar sights: Tatooine, the Mos Espa podrace circuit, AT-ST walkers, twin Force users, Imperial star destroyers. The shorts are entitled “The Duel,” “Tatooine Rhapsody,” “The Twins,” “The Village Bride,” “The Ninth Jedi,” “T0-B1,” “The Elder,” “Lop & Ochō,” and “Akakiri.”

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The English voice cast includes Lucy Liu, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bobby Moynihan, Shelby Young, Neil Patrick Harris, Alison Brie, Christopher Sean, Simu Liu, Neil Kaplan, Kyle Chandler, David Harbour, Henry Golding, and George Takei, among others.

How to sign up for Disney+

An old man standing in the rain holding a red lightsaber. There is purple energy emanating from his hand.
Credit: Lucasfilm

James Hong portrays the titular warrior in “The Elder.”

To start exploring the Star Wars universe, you can subscribe to Disney+ today for $11.99 a month or $119.99 per year.

Disney+ is available to watch through the following devices:

  • Roku streaming devices
  • TVs with built-in Roku
  • Apple TV iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch models
  • Android phones
  • Android TV devices
  • Google Chromecast
  • Xbox One
  • PlayStation 4
  • Sony TVs with built-in Android
  • LG TV
  • Samsung
  • Chrome OS, MacOS, or any Windows PC

In addition to its all-new programming, Disney+ offers on-demand access to classic movies and tv shows like A Goofy Movie, Fantasia, High School Musical, Lilo & Stitch, The Sword in the Stone, Toy Story, Tron, Up, Wall-E, Boy Meets World, The Clone Wars, DuckTales, Kim Possible, Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and The Simpsons.

Signing up to Disney+ also grants access to the Star streaming hub which features tons of 20th Century Fox movies and TV shows including Summer of Soul, Nomadland, The Shape of Water, The Alien film series, American Horror Stories, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Black-ish, and others.

Get Disney Plus for $11.99 a month

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