IMHO, it allows a freedom of expression and story-telling not so easily attained in live-action and it’s far less expensive than the high-end computer animation in big-budget films. This allows more niche interests, unique tales and bold presentations to survive in the marketplace, almost like the indie game scene if I can make a poor analogy. There’s plenty of absolute trash anime, but I keep an eye on titles for the chance of either finding something totally different or finding something that hits all the right buttons for my interests as it’s more likely to happen in anime than elsewhere.
Here, these are stories which probably would never have seen the light of day if not for the medium. They may also suck, but there’s a good chance of finding some gems among them.
I saw a positive review yesterday on Polygon (I think), which said that they put out the whole season at once. But I went home last night and looked on the main page, looked under Star Wars, and it wasn’t there either.
Polygon (I think) lied to me. This wasn’t out yet!
Just watched the first one (The Duel). I thought that was pretty great, actually. We all know Star Wars was partially drawn from old samurai movies (like Hidden Fortress), and this really took it back to those roots. Really well done.
Saw the first episode. I quite liked it as an Anime version of Star Wars – it seemed to capture the “feel” of both the genre and the setting.
“Darth Poppins” was a little silly, but it was thematic and mercifully short since they switched the umbrella out for a sword in short order.
I was a little confused (at first) as to the relationship between The Man With No Name and the people who first helped the village. It seemed like they must have been with him and he was their backup, but when they started to get slaughtered (and he did nothing) I realized that they were unrelated.
And as such, those mercenaries were the REAL heroes of the story, right? They must have known that they were going up against a full-powered Sith and yet they agreed to help the villagers anyway on what they must have known would be a suicide mission. Badass.