Disney has been trying to find ways to bring more people back to Star Wars and find new audiences for the franchise. Their latest attempt is anime.
Anime and Manga are dominating the animation and comic markets in the United States as well as Japan. Disney wants to find a way to crack that market so here comes “Star Wars: Visions” for Disney+.
Here’s the official write-up for Star Wars: Visions:
“Presenting all-new, creative takes on the galaxy far, far away, Star Wars: Visions will be a series of animated short films celebrating Star Wars through the lens of the world’s best anime creators. The anthology collection will bring 10 fantastic visions from several of the leading Japanese anime studios, offering a fresh and diverse cultural perspective to Star Wars”
Basically it’s an anthology of various anime storytellers telling short stories in the Star Wars universe.
(If there was ever a corporate personification of the “Hey there fellow kids” meme, this could be it.)
Now Disney is latching onto an anime con to try and drum up more excitement for their endeavor. So in comes Anime Expo Lite.
Anime Expo is a large anime convention held in Los Angeles. The Anime Expo Lite event is a virtual event that will run from July 3-4. The cost will be $5.
During the Online event, Disney was set to have a Star Wars panel and now it’s going to include this “sneak peek.”
— Anime Expo (@AnimeExpo) June 16, 2021
Here’s the write-up:
“Join host and pop culture maven Chastity Vicencio and Lucasfilm’s Jacqui Lopez (Executive Producer), James Waugh (Executive Producer), Josh Rimes (Executive Producer), and Qubic Pictures’ Justin Leach (Co-Executive Producer) and Kanako Shirasaki (Producer) for an inside look at Star Wars: Visions before the series debuts on Disney+ later this year.”
I applaud them for trying to think outside the box and if it’s anime based it stands a good chance of gaining some popularity.
We will see how it goes!
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