Like the Force and the midi-chlorians communing with it, Star Wars and anime have enjoyed a symbiotic relationship for decades, now. (We’ll leave which is which in this analogy up to you). Many a Japanese space opera has attempted to capture the magic of that galaxy far, far away, but now the talented animator, Paul “OtaKing” Johnson, has turned this cross-cultural exchange over once again.
His “TIE Fighter” short concerns a Rebel/Empire dogfight, with stylistic cues drawn from 80s’ anime like Macross, Robotech and Venus War. Watch it, and marvel how this could be the work of a solo animator.
Nacho Punch, on the other hand, answers the question posed in our headline much more facetiously. With the meta premise of a “lost VHS tape from the 80s,” it imagines how Luke Skywalker’s adventures would look as executed by the creators of G-Force, basically.
See the lightsaber become an wrist cannon like the one in Space Adventure Cobra! Gasp at an X-Wing that turns into a Voltron-esque mech! Snicker at a running monologue from Luke that’s so melodramatic and on-the-nose, it’d make Speed Racer blush!
While Genndy Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars series were certainly anime-esque, at times, LucasFilm has yet to commission an Animatrix-style project putting the Rebel Alliance, Galactic Empire or Jedi Order into any actual anime director’s hands. Tokyopop did release manga adaptations of all the movies up through Phantom Menace in the late 90s, though. The style fit the subject surprisingly well, leaving the prospect of a full-motion adaptation with big hair and big eyes all the more tantalizing.
How wizard would a feature-length TIE Fighter anime be? Would you like to see Star Wars interpreted by Shinichiro Watanabe or Gen Urobuchi? Search your feelings, and let them flow in the talkback below.
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