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Animated Shorts Visions: The Duel - Discussion Thread (Spoilers Allowed)

Discussion in 'Star Wars TV- Current and Future Shows' started by Todd the Jedi , Sep 15, 2021.

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Grade the episode

Poll closed Sep 29, 2021.
  1. 10

    45.2%
  2. 9

    28.6%
  3. 8

    19.0%
  4. 7

    2.4%
  5. 6

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  6. 5

    2.4%
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  1. Todd the Jedi

    Todd the Jedi Mod and Treasure Lover of SWTV star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    Studio: Kamikaze Douga
    Director: Takanobu Mizuno
     
  2. Jedi Knight Fett

    Jedi Knight Fett PT Interview & Teh Mole Host star 10 VIP - Game Host

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    Was wondering if we were gonna get individual threads. Now we know I guess
     
  3. Darth_Accipiter

    Darth_Accipiter Jedi Grand Master star 4

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  4. Todd the Jedi

    Todd the Jedi Mod and Treasure Lover of SWTV star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    More images-
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  5. Bor Mullet

    Bor Mullet Force Ghost star 6

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    Holy crap. That was fantastic. This is (also) the way.
     
  6. TCF-1138

    TCF-1138 Anthology/Fan Films Manager and Ewok Enthusiast star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    Yeah, this was pretty great. The art direction and animation was gorgeous. Haven't seen any of the other ones yet, but I already know I'll rewatch this one many times.
     
  7. Bor Mullet

    Bor Mullet Force Ghost star 6

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    And move over, Bossk. This is the Trandoshan I was looking for.
     
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  8. Sinrebirth

    Sinrebirth Mod-Emperor of the EUC, Lit, RPF and SWC star 9 Staff Member Manager

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    Sith me that was good.

    So.

    So.

    SO.

    Good.
     
  9. choccy

    choccy Jedi Master star 2

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    This was brilliant
     
  10. Sproj

    Sproj Jedi Knight star 2

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    Hauntingly beautiful, absolutely stunning visuals and story telling, I'd love to see the sequel!
     
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  11. DLCV

    DLCV Jedi Padawan star 1

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    First to watch, great start for the project.
     
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  12. Generational Fan

    Generational Fan Jedi Master star 4

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    Definitely a very strong start and it is certainly alot better than I thought it was going to be. I've never really been into Japanese animation before, but this episode certainly had me hooked.

    Great tension in the story and I love that the illustrator chose to do their thing in black and white; with just a smattering of colour. For me, it really added to the overall effect of the story.

    And I love those weapons!! The Katana lightsaber and laser minigun - just awesome! The umbrella lightsaber was okay too, but just a little over the top. But originality and uniqueness, top marks for that.

    I've only watched 2 and 3 quarters of the episodes so far, but one thing really stands out already for me. And that is that these illustrators are pushing the boundaries in respect of imagination in what could be possible in Star Wars. They're not just sitting back and recycling what has come before. They are introducing really cool new stuff and I applaud them loudly for it.

    I'm liking what I am watching.
     
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  13. Darth_Accipiter

    Darth_Accipiter Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    glad I watched this one first, amazing.
     
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  14. darthcaedus1138

    darthcaedus1138 Force Ghost star 5

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    Beautiful episode. I was worried that the 3D animation wouldn't work well, but the black and white, the shading and shadowing effect overlaid, the film effect like grain etc...it works beautifully. Loved the character design, environment, sound effects and music. Deeply interested in this environment for future stories, the Ronin book should be cool to see how it expands this universe. As a first hit into a wider world of Star Wars storytelling, this Akira Kurosawa tribute works very well.
     
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  15. Fjall

    Fjall Jedi Master star 4

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    this might be a stupid question but how can I make it into the English voiceover?
     
  16. Fredrik Vallestrand

    Fredrik Vallestrand Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    This was the best episode short of them all just done wonderful. I love the samurai feel of it. Aslo the ending with the ronin being a renegade sith who hutns other sith, love it. Love seeing more and more good trandosians. the droids were good. Also i love if got a movie out of this.
     
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  17. Darth Chiznuk

    Darth Chiznuk Superninja of New Films star 7 Staff Member Manager

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    This was wonderful. It felt as if Kurosawa directed a Star Wars film. Loved every minute of it. The atmosphere, the tension, the characters. All top marks for this first episode. 9/10!
     
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  18. clone commander bossk

    clone commander bossk Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Hem Hem

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  19. Todd the Jedi

    Todd the Jedi Mod and Treasure Lover of SWTV star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    I feel like this one had the most seamless blend of Star Wars and Japanese iconography, and a lot of that was down to minimalism, helped by the predominant monochrome. But even then there was so much worldbuilding as well, which helped really connect with all the characters. I was already on board for the novel, but now I'm even more eagerly anticipating it.
     
  20. Vader Bob

    Vader Bob Jedi Padawan star 1

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    Really cool episode for all the reasons already stated. I particularly enjoyed the protagonist being Sith. I think it leaves the viewer with more to speculate about than if he had been Jedi.
     
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  21. TCF-1138

    TCF-1138 Anthology/Fan Films Manager and Ewok Enthusiast star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    If we were to put this into the 'canon' timeline, I'd say that this is in an era before the Rule of Two, where Sith were constantly backstabbing each other, and that the Ronin in question is a Sith slowly killing his way to the top.
    But some of the bandits have First Order stormtrooper helmets, so that doesn't quite work.

    I'd be interested to hear how people look at these (officially non-canon) shorts. Do you add them to your headcanon? And in that case, where would you put this?
     
  22. Fredrik Vallestrand

    Fredrik Vallestrand Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    This could be canon just change the armor and a sith with pirates raids villages, like itcould be at end of a sith war when the sith rule the galaxy, but the jedi are maybe gone for the time, and this lone sith seeks to undo what his brethren has done.
     
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  23. mattman8907

    mattman8907 Jedi Master star 4

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    can't wait to read Ronin and learn more about the Sith Rebellion and his history.
     
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  24. Maud'dib

    Maud'dib Jedi Padawan star 1

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    I would put it at the end of Rise due to the 1st Order gear the bandits had. The Ronin is a former Sith cultist of Palpatine's. Sith cult.
     
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  25. Jedi Knight Fett

    Jedi Knight Fett PT Interview & Teh Mole Host star 10 VIP - Game Host

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    Very much liked it. A lot of mystery in it. I would say 9/10
     
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