Star Wars as a franchise is branching out now more than ever before. From The Mandalorian to Star Wars: Visions, the creativity in these projects is mind-blowing. Visions especially is taking striding steps into previously uncharted territories by hiring Japanese animation studios for their unique anthology project.
Know that this animated anthology series will feature standalone stories that take place in the galaxy far far away. Lucasfilms has described Visions as a collection of “original series of animated short films,” that allows the creatives to come up with and explore new storylines that weren’t restricted within a cohesive narrative.
James Waugh, the executive producer of Visions has said that Lucasfilm wanted to give “a wide creative berth” to the creators. This was done so that they could make movies that explore “all the imaginative potential” of the Star Wars galaxy.
Recently fans got to enjoy a special look at Visions, and saw what they can expect in terms of animation and storylines. Also, along with the reveal, Lucasfilm shared that each short film will “bear a unique Japanese sensibility” that “aligns with the tone and spirit of Star Wars storytelling.”
So anticipation is certainly high for this new Star Wars project, and long-time fans will surely enjoy the new concept. But that’s not all. Lucasfilm has released a preview of one of the episodes that will be featured in the show. So let us talk about how it will connect to The Rise Of Skywalker.
Production I.G.’s director Kenji Kamiyama who is involved in the production of an episode of the show has said that his anthology episode, titled “The Ninth Jedi” will be set after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker events.
Kamiyama even teased that his episode will answer the question everyone wants to know after watching Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Did the “galaxy settle into peace” after Rey defeated Emperor Palpatine and the Siths? Here’s his full quote:
“I wondered, after Episode IX, has the galaxy settled into peace? We all love stories of the Jedi and lightsabers, but what became of the Jedi Knights after the movie series? My story is about that.”
Kamiyama also said that his episode will feature hand-drawn animation that depicts “a galactic-level adventure with a different character.”
Now, it was already confirmed that the stories that make up Star Wars Visions would not be canon to the Skywalker Saga. But even then, this little tidbit will surely excite fans since they will get to see for the first time how the ending of Rise of Skywalker affected the galaxy.
So Kenji Kamiyama has an interesting premise, but it’s still unknown if Rey Skywalker will show up in the standalone episode. However, the directors’ comment about Jedi Knights does lead us to believe that another Jedi might be front and center in his episode.
Who this new Jedi might be, that we will get to know when the series premiers. But since Visions isn’t considered canon so the creators have a lot of leeways regarding which characters they can introduce. And it doesn’t need to be limited to the Skywalker storyline as well. Now, that means that there are endless possibilities to explore.
Star Wars: Visions premieres on Disney+ on September 22, 2021.