Ever since Star Wars exploded onto screens in 1977, the franchise has been entwined with Japanese influences, most notably the Jedi and their samurai-esque code of honour.
It may have taken more than 40 years but Star Wars is finally embracing those Japanese influences with its newest series, Star Wars: Visions, an anime anthology.
But just how many episodes are there in Star Wars: Visions and which anime studios are responsible for creating each episode?
Release date and plot
Star Wars: Visions arrived on Disney+ on September 22nd, 2021.
The anime anthology series is one of the most unique additions to the Star Wars franchise as each episode tells a completely different story and isn’t beholden to the usual strict rules on what is or isn’t canon.
Visions begins with an episode inspired by the samurai films of Akira Kurosawa before exploring the galaxy like we’ve never seen it before, telling tales of a Star Wars rock band to a pair of twins created by the dark side.
How many episodes are in Star Wars: Visions?
Star Wars: Visions is made up of nine episodes in total.
Each episode tells a completely different story to the last, meaning fans can pick and choose which order they want to watch in.
The runtimes of each episode range between 14 and 23 minutes, meaning it shouldn’t take too long to binge through all nine chapters.
In total, seven Japanese anime studios were involved in making the series including the legendary Production I.G, the same company responsible for Ghost in the Shell and the animated sequence in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill.
The titles of all nine episodes and the studios behind them are:
- The Duel | Kamikaze Douga
- Tatooine Rhapsody | Studio Colorido
- The Twins | Studio Trigger
- The Village Bride | Kinema Citrus
- The Ninth Jedi | Production I.G
- T0-B1 | Science SARU
- The Elder | Studio Trigger
- Lop and Ochō | Geno Studio
- Akakiri | Science SARU
Will Star Wars: Visions return for season 2?
Lucasfilm and Disney have yet to officially announce their plans regarding season 2 of Star Wars: Visions.
However, executive producer of the anthology, James Waugh, recently told Inverse that “there’s nothing planned right now.”
Adding to that, James Waugh said: “We are definitely excited and love these shorts. And I think the approach has been ‘let’s see what the audience thinks and let’s react from there.'”
In other words, the future of Star Wars: Visions, or any other Star Wars anime projects, appears to lie with the fans and whether there is enough of an appetite for this type of content.
Star Wars: Visions is available to stream now on Disney+ after releasing on September 22nd, 2021.