Star Wars Visions is an anthology television series of unrelated, short, animated films with ties to the concepts in Star Wars. The original idea of the series was to capitalize on the popularity of anime by hiring anime studios to create short films set in the Star Wars universe. Unfortunately, the first season was not as much fun as I expected from a union of two things I love: Star Wars and anime. The stories don’t feature any main Star Wars characters, any major events, or any main storylines. Anime is appealing because of the story and the characters, not just because of the actual animation style. In most anime series, we get connected to the characters and their journeys. In the anthology format of Visions, we don’t have time to get the usual anime story arc where we get to know the characters in depth. We also don’t have pre-existing main characters in whom we are already invested. This creates the anime “filler” effect. In many long running anime series, there are episodes which are not part of the main story arc. These episodes (“fillers”) are unrelated side stories use to fill the broadcast gaps while waiting for content from the written manga on which the anime is based. I am pretty tolerant of fillers, but many anime fans find filler episodes to be an annoying waste of time. Despite the high quality of each Star Wars Visions short film, it does feel a bit like watching a season of filler episodes.
POSTED BY: Ann Michelle Harris – Multitasking, fiction writing Trekkie and OG Star Wars fan, who still has the original Star Wars trading cards she bought in grade school.