Rejoice! The new golden age of animation may yet live! The runaway hit series Star Wars: Visions has been reportedly renewed for a second season due to air later this year on Disney+.
While there has been no official confirmation from Lucasfilm, the wide circulation of the reports as well as the huge popularity of the series should make it no surprise that the Japan-produced animated anthology has a future.
Visions was praised for its originality that stemmed from the episodes taking place entirely outside of the established canon of the main Star Wars continuity. This gave writers an absolute maximum of creative freedom, and boy did they deliver.
With this in mind, let’s take a look back at some of the shorts that are more than deserving of having their little breakaway corner of the galaxy continue in one form or another. Here are four Visions shorts that absolutely need sequels.
1. The Duel
Produced by the Kamikaze Douga animation studio, Visions kicked off with a bang by showing off a darker world inspired by the same classic Japanese motifs that inspired George Lucas himself.
The Duel already received some expansion in Ronin: A Visions Novel by Emma Mieko Candon but the richness of the world makes it absolutely deserving of further visual treatment.
2. The Twins
Surely this is a no brainer. Perhaps the short whose plot was left wide open the most. Embracing the best traditions of Japanese animation. THE TWINS was full of color and over the top fight sequences that showed off the stuff of studio Trigger who are also responsible for anime essentials such as Kill la Kill and Little Witch Academia.
3. The Ninth Jedi
This one should also come as no surprise. Probably the best short that Visions had to offer. The Ninth Jedi from the folks over at Production IG studio who, unlike the other studios, are not total strangers to Star Wars having contributed in making the design of Jedi apprentice Nahdar Vebb in an episode of The Clone Wars.
This short was just straight up cool. Beautiful to look at, masterful cinematography and elevated themes that felt right at home in the Star Wars universe despite not taking place in the main continuity.
4. Lop & Ochō
Ok, stick with me on this one. The story of the wayward sisters may feel complete but in terms of unique visual style? Lop & Ochō cannot be beaten. This is thanks to the people at Geno Studio whose hard work has produced perhaps the most unique vision among a series of strange and wonderful takes on the galaxy far, far away.
Which Visions shorts do you think deserve sequels? Let us know in the comments below! For all things Star Wars, check out Dork Side of the Force.