When Star Wars: Visions premieres, fans will finally see the anime unfold in a galaxy far, far away. Visions presents nine animated shorts from some of the biggest names in anime production. The first season will be released on September 22 on Disney +.
With these shorts, unique versions of Star Wars lore and legend and a new generation of characters – heroes, villains and many taking inspiration from the stories and characters of the Skywalker saga.
StarWars.com recently featured several heroes we’ll meet in Visions, including Karre from Twins short and Ronin from The dual short. Now, it’s time to meet the bad guys. Here’s what co-executive producer Justin Leach has to say about five of the antagonists we’ll see in Star Wars: Visions.
According to Leach, although the main character of Wool appears and acts like a Sith, the Elder “is clearly more focused on mastering his skills than on their ideology.” Like Ronin in The dual, the Elder is mysterious and leaves the audience guessing its true origins and motivations.
Leach described the Elder as a “master swordsman in search of worthy opponents”:
Since his motivations seem to be more about mastering his skills in combat and less about gaining power, this adds a new dimension to the Sith archetype.
Character designer Kamome Shirahama was influenced by classic anime style, Star Wars mythos, and samurai lore, Leach said. The Elder also has a katana-shaped lightsaber with two blades, which Leach says is a tribute to the Japanese source material that originally inspired many parts of the Star Wars universe.
Karre’s twin sister, Am is the antagonist of Twins short. Although these twins are both siblings on the Dark Side, Karre’s love for his sister prompts him to question his fate and their destiny, including the forces that created them to rule the galaxy. Am, however, is “consumed with her lust for power and blind to the danger she faces,” according to Leach.
Both in character and appearance, Leach has stated that Am is much more than a portrayal of a traditional Sith lord. Extremely powerful in the dark side of the Force with terrifying ambition, Am can also wield her power through “armed armor” in a “truly unique dark side expression”.
With both Karre’s outfit and Am’s armor, Leach said character creator Shigeto Koyama has reinvented the look of a Sith Lord by combining elements of the Darth Vader costume with classic anime flair. One of the most frightening and captivating aspects of Am’s armor is its extra appendages and special Kyber crystal that allow the sister of the dark side to “wield a range of lightsabers that can take the form of a blade.” or a whip ”.
“Am takes the Dark Lord to the next level with his drive, ambition and skill on a scale that can only be expressed through anime,” Leach said. “It turns the classic Star Wars twins on its head in a way that’s now and exciting.”
Another mysterious Dark Side user, Masago is the “glorious purpose” antagonist of the Akakiri short. Masago’s bold design is meant to echo the character’s impending strength and desire to fulfill his supposedly enduring destiny.
Designer Naoyuki Asano explains:
With a lot of strength and weight in the design, her broad shoulders and physical presence are palpable. His red eyes, imbued with the dark side of the Force, create the impression of a soul full of darkness, ambition and lust for power.
Leader of the Sith Bandits
With hand drawn black and white detail with brief appearances of color (mostly red), the animation style of The dual in fact one of the most striking of Star Wars: Visions. While the main protagonist of the short is Ronin, a mysterious wandering warrior wielding a lightsaber in a scabbard, the main antagonist is the leader of the Sith bandits, who is directly inspired by the history of female samurai and Japanese film. from the 1970s.
Even before seeing the Sith Bandit Leader in action, Star Wars said it was clear that “this woman is a force to be reckoned with, a powerful presence achieved through painstaking linework.”
“(Designer) Okazaki-san’s passion and love for Star Wars is evident in his designs and The Bandit Leader is no exception,” notes Leach, a skillful combination of traditional Japanese culture and Star Wars mythology. .
In The dual, Ronin meets the leader of the Sith bandits and must intervene to help a village of innocent warriors and her henchmen. That’s when we see one of Star Wars’ most unique lightsabers – a spinning lightsaber umbrella, which was teased in the trailer for the series.
The court T0-B1 features a droid posing as a post-Order 66 Jedi, prompting the arrival of an Inquisitor from the Dark Side. The Inquisitors were among the main antagonists of the Star Wars Rebels animated series – Force-sensitive beings wielding red lightsabers that have been tasked by the Empire to hunt down all remaining Jedi and Force-sensitive children.
In the Visions In short, this Inquisitor also seeks to eliminate any vestige of the Light Side of the Force. But its design “is reminiscent of a medieval dark night with modern details,” Leach said.
Star Wars adds:
There is a primary element in the Inquisitor, an instinctive threat that is expressed in the short film through the animation style. “As he fights he becomes more animal, exposing a mouth full of teeth as he screams in anger,” Leach said.
Star Wars: Visions premieres all nine anime shorts on September 22 on Disney +.