Would a Star Wars Anime Have Actually Been Awesome?
Recently, there’s been a lot of noise surrounding Star Wars. It’s easy to see that there’s a renewed buzz in the air. That’s no doubt because not only has J.J. Abrams confirmed that the script for Episode VIII is complete, but because a new made-for-TV movie has been announced. With so much interest swirling around Star Wars, it’s good to see that the galaxy far, far away hasn’t lost its sheen.
Towards the end of last year, the funny YouTube channel Nacho Punch put out a 1980’s Anime short of Star Wars. While the short YouTube video was more of a lampooning of our favorite Anime cartoons from when we were growing up, it got a lot of people thinking about a Star Wars anime. Would an Anime set in the Star Wars universe be any good?
Let’s take a look at a few of the reasons why an anime like this could be good, and why it might be bad.
Right Now, Anime is Brilliant
After a few years of unremarkable releases, Anime is finally getting back to how things should be, with quality releases airing in Japan. Titles such as Attack on Titan, Monotogari and more are all popular here in the West, too. Not only that, but they’re showing that Japanese anime can be just as imaginative and entertaining as it once was.
There’s also no better time to be an Anime fan in the West. With Crunchyroll serving up episodes of most hit animes with subtitles, it’s never been easier to get your hands on fresh anime. It’s easy to appreciate some of the great stuff out there right now.
An Anime Could Retell the Tale like Never Before
When you take out all of the blasters, lightsabers and all the Jedi stuff, Star Wars is just another fairy tale. This is part of the main reason Star Wars is so appealing to so many people around the world. For this reason, a Star Wars anime could work.
We’ve established that anime studios are producing great work and there’s a lot of talent out there. A studio could take the tale that is Star Wars and retell it like we’ve never seen it. Not only that, but let’s face it, lightsaber battles would look awesome in typical Japanese animation.
At times, anime can be a little blunt with things, but that would help people read through the subtext that Lucas was oh-so-fond of and make the story much more accessible to new audiences (yes, there are some people out there) that haven’t seen Star Wars yet.
The Fans Would Ruin Its Credibility
For as many checks in the “pro” column, there are as many in the “con” column. One big con would be the fans of Star Wars itself. Let’s be honest here, we’re a sensitive bunch and many of us didn’t react well to the Disney purchase. A Japanese cartoon? Of Star Wars? Fans would hate it.
Star Wars fans are a passionate bunch, and they have numbers on their side. If they wanted to, they could ruin the reputation of an anime adaptation in no time. This could, in turn, put the brakes on any such project before it really got under way. It’s a shame, but that’s the harsh reality of such a franchise.
Disney Would Never Allow Such a Thing
We can discuss the possibility of a Star Wars anime all we like, but it’s never going to happen. If you thought Lucas was too protective of the franchise, you haven’t seen anything yet. Disney will no doubt “diversify” the Star Wars franchise, but they will also fiercely protect it. We doubt Disney will be interested in any animation concerning Star Wars that isn’t their own.
Even if a studio were to go after such a thing, they would be shot down by Disney’s legal team in a matter of no time at all. It would be more likely they would turn Star Wars’ characters into an animal cartoon than an anime. Disney has a reputation for spending lots of money in courtrooms, and considering the colossal sum of money that Disney paid for the franchise, we have no doubt they’ll be willing to spend even more protecting it.
The idea of an anime adaptation of Star Wars sounds strange, but if you think about it, it could be no worse than the likes of the Clone Wars animated series. I, for one, would have loved to see an anime adaptation featuring Darth Vader and Luke going at it like Dragonball Z warriors, but I guess I’ll just have to keep on dreaming.