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Key visual for the manga adaptation of Star Wars: Visions.
Key visual for the manga adaptation of Star Wars: Visions. Photo credit: LucasFilm Ltd.

The September 2022 issue of Square Enix’s Big Gangan Magazine featured the final story (The Twins) of the canon manga adaptation of the Star Wars: Visions anthology anime franchise. Keisuke Sato (Little Witch Academia) is in charge of the manga adaptation of The Twins. On May 25, 2022, Star Wars: Visions began serialization in Japan in Big Gangan Vol. 06 magazine and ended on August 25, 2022 in its 9th seasonth Volume.

Now that the manga is complete, Square Enix plans to release Star Wars: Visions as a full volume, perfect for reading all four stories at once. The release date has not yet been announced, but we will definitely keep you informed!

Who are the manga creators?

Star Wars: Visions manga creators include:

  • Kamome Shirahama (Witch Hat Atelier) – The Elder character designs
  • Haruichi (Star Wars Leia, Princess of Alderaan) – “Lop and Ocho” illustrator
  • Yusuke Osawa (Spider-Man: Rake Red) – The Ninth Jedi Illustrator
  • Keisuke Sato – Illustrator of The Twins.
  • Takashi Okazaki – The Duel inspired original story and illustrations titled Ronin and the Blind.

What is the plot of The Duel?

The Duel is the first episode from the anime Star Wars: Visions adapted into a manga story by Takashi Okazaki (Afro Samurai) heavily inspired by this episode titled Ronin and the Blind. The manga story features the popular character Ronin and is infused with elements of feudal Japan and Star Wars mythology.

An exclusive preview of the manga adaptation of the story inspired by The Duel has been released here on the Star War official website. The official cover for the first issue and concept sketches have been released.

Cover of Star Wars: Visions Volume 1.
Cover of Star Wars: Visions Volume 1. Photo credit: @starwars.com

The anime The Duel is set in an alternate history, twenty years after a war between the Feudal Jedi Empire and a renegade Jedi sect called the Sith. The story begins when a wandering samurai known only as “the Ronin” witnesses a legion of ex-Stormtroopers attempt to sack a small village.

Concept sketch for The Duel inspired story featuring the Ronin.
Concept sketch for The Duel inspired story featuring the Ronin. Photo credit: @starwars.com

The Ronin faces off against the leader of the bandits, who is a self-proclaimed Dark Lord of the Sith and is armed with a heavily modified lightsaber (Star Wars fans have concluded that this is the best Sith lightsaber). Ronin is very amused by the bandit leader’s claims as he just happens to be a genuine ex-Sith. Meanwhile, Ronin’s droid saves the villagers. Later, Ronin manages to lure the leader of the bandits into a trap and kill them. Ronin finds a red kyber crystal on the bandit leader’s body and decides to give it to the villagers as a gift, claiming it can ward off evil.

Concept sketch for The Duel inspired story featuring the Ronin.
Concept sketch for The Duel inspired story featuring the Ronin. Photo credit: @starwars.com

The new original upcoming story Ronin and the Blind will be available in Marvel’s September 2022 Star Wars comic book.

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Concept sketches for The Duel inspired story featuring the Ronin.
Concept sketches for The Duel inspired story featuring the Ronin. Photo credit: @starwars.com

What is the Star Wars: Visions anime?

Star Wars: Visions is an anthology anthology series created for Disney+ by Japanese creators and anime studios such as Studio Colorido, Trigger, Kinema Citrus, Kamikaze Douga, Science SARU, Production IG and Geno Studio. In September 2021, the anime Star Wars: Visions debuted. The 9 original stories are set in, and often inspired by, the Star Wars universe.

The Japanese creators at each studio were given free rein to reimagine Star Wars ideas as they saw fit, and were also guided by Lucasfilm’s executive team. The anthology was published on September 22, 2021 and received good reviews.

A second volume for Star Wars: Visions will be released in early 2023 and will feature short films from animation studios in Japan, India, the UK, Ireland, Spain, Chile, France, South Africa and the United States.

You can watch a trailer for Star Wars: Visions here:

Star Wars: Visions trailer
Key visual for Star Wars: Visions manga.
Key visual for Star Wars: Visions manga. Photo credit: Big Gangan Magazine

TIED TOGETHER: Star Wars: Visions Season 2: Volume 2 release date confirmed on Disney+ for Spring 2023

The Mandalorian is getting a manga adaptation

On May 25, 2022, writer and illustrator Yusuke Osawa released the manga adaptation of The Mandalorian. The story revolves around a lonely bounty hunter known as the Mandalorian and his adventures while taking on various jobs. During one such job, he hunts down a Force-sensitive child and hands him over to the Empire. He later regrets his actions and instead decides to save the child. This action sets the stage for a series of events that force the Mandalorian to protect the child from the Empire and eventually turn him over to a Jedi Knight for proper training in the Force. The child is of the same species as Yoda and many Star Wars fans thought it was “Baby Yoda”, but it was later discovered that the child’s real name is Grogu.

Are you looking forward to reading the Star Wars: Visions manga? Are you looking forward to Star Wars: Visions Season 2? Let us know in the comment section below!



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