It's been almost a year since The Mandalorian Season 2 premiered on Disney+, and since then the ball hasn't stopped rolling on Star Wars TV shows, with non-stop talking about upcoming projects such as The Book of Boba Fett, Ahsoka, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Andor and The Mandalorian Season 3. But where television is concerned, live-action isn't the only dominant force in the faraway galaxy, with the likes of this year's animated show The Bad Batch having recently been greenlit for a second season, and with brand-new anime series Star Wars: Visions, which will start streaming on Disney+ on September 22.
Star Wars: Visions won't just be the first time Star Wars has been presented in anime - it will also be the first anthology series. In other words, each story is entirely independent, and there will be no characters or storylines that will tether any of the nine episodes to another. The anime studios behind the episodes have also been given free rein by Disney and Lucasfilm to tell the stories they want, without being restricted by established Star Wars canon. But regardless of the fact that Star Wars: Visions is a non-canon anthology series, will we get a season 2?
The nine episodes are: "The Duel", "Lop and Ocho", "Tatooine Rhapsody", "The Twins", "The Elder", "The Village Bride", "Akakiri", "T0-B1" and "The Ninth Jedi", and together will span multiple genres, which have been described as, but not limited to, "big and bold", "romantic and sweeping" and "funny and comedic"."Tatooine Rhapsody" is said to be a "rock opera style film", while "The Village Bride" will draw upon the traditional Japanese culture of mountains, and "The Elder" is touted as a "period drama with a taste of Star Wars", and is the "story of a Master and Padawan who meet an unknown enemy".
As for when each episode will be set, we know that "Lop and Ocho" take place during the rule of the Empire between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, "The Elder" is set "sometime before" The Phantom Menace, while both "The Twins" and "The Ninth Jedi" will refreshingly take place after the sequel trilogy'sThe Rise of Skywalker. So, it's already pretty clear that each of these episodes, or 'short films', will have no connection to one another. But this doesn't mean we won't ever get a season 2. After all, there are many anthology-style shows out there, such as Black Mirror and Love, Death & Robots.
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This is something that simply remains to be seen, but we know that Star Wars: Visions already has an upcoming original novel, titled Ronin: A Visions Novel, which will build upon the story of "The Duel". Even if we don't get another anthology series, it's possible the show will be expanded in other forms of media - or perhaps both. And who knows - the anime anthology series might even go on to inspire a new live-action series or a film. As the latest trailer tells us, "witness the possibilities". We never could have predicted an anime anthology series set in the faraway galaxy, so it's fair to say that all things are possible.
Either way, whether a second season is a possibility or not, as you can see, there's a lot of variety on offer with Star Wars: Visions, including the style of anime itself, with six different Japanese studios behind the nine episodes. And while it's unlikely any of the nine episodes will be followed up from a narrative perspective, that doesn't rule out the fact that we may very well get a season 2, though it all really hinges on the success of Star Wars: Visions. Check out the brand-new trailer below:
We're sure you agree that there's no doubt whatsoever that Star Wars: Visions will be immensely popular when it streams in its entirety on September 22.
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