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STAR WARS: What If It Were an Anime?

There's just a video for everything you could ever imagine.

What’s amusing thing about this video is that we’ve all already seen what STAR WARS would look like as anime… in pretty much every space opera anime produced after 1977.

Look at GUNDAM, SPACE ADVENTURE COBRA and CAPTAIN HARLOCK, and the way series like GATCHAMAN and SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO were… *AHEM *… regionalized. Those series aren’t knockoffs, to be sure - - and I’m not going to put the ol’ SW on a pedestal and act like it wasn’t wearing a whole host influences on its sleeve - - but all the same, we’d be rather hysterically denying the obvious if we acted like everybody wasn’t chasing this particular golden goose in the 80’s.

Anyway, if you really dug the STAR WARS manga volumes that TokyoPop put out in the late 90’s, and you’ve idly wondered how they’d look in motion, the fine folks at Nacho Punch granted your wish over the holiday break.

Out of all the little touches, the Snow Troopers literally whipping the rebels is what tickles me the most. Anime space operas never quite got over BARBARELLA, and that’s exactly the sort of flourish you would’ve seen in a show like this with a… cheekier view of the galaxy.

Might as well ask… how do you Vicers picture a STAR WARS anime? It’d be far different from this, right?

sickVisionz moderator on Jan. 7, 2014 at 1:57 p.m.
Star Wars would be Luke recently awakens his Force powers and is sent to the Jedi Academy where he learns that only teenagers can use the force (flip a coin; heads is it's an all girls school, talks equal coed). There he reasons with rambunctious youngsters Hanna Solo and Leia, yuri Shethreepio, her burly friend Chewessa, the timid yet reliable Ru^2, and Vadette, the most popular and talented girl at the school. One day a rift in the Force opens up and Sith Empress Sidious comes and captures Vadette with the help of her apprentice Dorothy Maul. The rag tag nakama set out on a harem filled adventure to rescue Vadette and discover that the real Force is the power of friendship.
Kino88on Jan. 7, 2014 at 4:01 p.m.
If you think about it, a lot of stuff in Star Wars already feels a bit like anime, Luke is The young Shonen hero who learns from powerful Gurus to get stronger, Leia is your tsundere girl, Han Solo is the hot head rouge badass (who shoots first) Vader is the invincible enigmatic baddy mc daddy, with a sympathetic and tragic backstory, Actually.... Throw in Leia's slave outfit and you've even got some mild fan service, Lol
Kuro_Sanon Jan. 7, 2014 at 8:09 p.m.

This is more like a bad 80's Cartoon Star Wars.

@Kino88: That's narrative 101, you need a protagonist the target audience could identify with, a strong woman, a rougish man for the ladies and some comic relief.

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