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Star Wars: Visions ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review 🇯🇵

I just finished watching all 9 short stories of this wonderful mix of Japanese animation set in the Star Wars universe and am now watching them all again. It reminds me a lot of The Animatrix from 2003, but only better. I must admit that I am completely biased since I am both a Star Wars and anime fan.

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I liked each one so much that I downloaded them all and put them on my phone to watch for whenever I don’t have an internet connection. It’s not my fault Disney wants to be all passive-aggressive with their “Sorry, fuck your region message.” First of all, it’s not MY region. I’m just stuck in Laos because of this Covid lockdown bullshit. I’m a fucking American damn it! I wore the uniform. How many of you social justice warrior bitches at Disney can say the same? I don’t care. I’ll just get it for FREE from the Pirate Bay anyways. What’s Disney going to do about it? Call the police? Call the FBI? That will make for a good laugh when I’m in jail explaining to the other inmates what I’m in for. “I downloaded a bunch of Disney cartoons.”

The Circle is Now Complete

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George Lucas has never denied the fact that he used famous Japanese director Akira Kurosawa’s films as inspiration for his Star Wars films. Now Disney+ has given some of the best Japanese animation studios (Studio Colorido, Studio Trigger, Production I.G, Science SARU, and Geno Studio) and artists a chance to tell 9 great short stories. Many of the artists for Visions saw Star Wars as their inspiration when they were kids.

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I liked every story in Visions even though they all had a different animation style. The only one I thought was a bit much was the one that had twins fighting on top of a Star Destroyer without any suits. They were even talking to each other in the vacuum of space. Now, come on! Not even a Jedi can be heard in the emptiness of space!

I see a lot of negative reviews from Star Wars fans about this online, but today it seems people complain about everything. At least these stories weren’t afraid to take Star Wars in a new direction rather than just reboot stuff. If you like Star Wars and or Japanese anime I’m sure you love Visions as much as I did.

Resources:

Disney+
https://disneyplusoriginals.disney.com/show/star-wars-visions

Gaijin Pot Blog
https://blog.gaijinpot.com/akira-kurosawa-5-essential-movies-from-japans-greatest-filmmaker/

Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars:_Visions

Youtube

My first time sketching Japanese anime on Procreate

My friend asked me to draw him a mid-evil axe or sword and I’ve been enjoying an anime game, so I mixed the two in today’s sketch. I haven’t used pencil and paper for a long time. I prefer doing sketches straight from digital now. I also like making animated GIFs showing the process. Procreate lets you mix 14 images into one animation, so I saved some images along the way and stacked them all on top of each other to create this. The first two and last images are the final step so it’s displayed the longest.

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I didn’t copy or get inspiration from anybody else’s art. I just started doodling and sketching on my iPad with Procreate. I used a light grey for exploratory sketching and used black when I was sure of the lines I wanted. It may not be my best sketch ever, but I’m proud that it’s 100% an original of mine.

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I know that anime has some key characteristics:

  • big eyes
  • big boobs
  • minimal detail
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I don’t remember seeing any with green skin, but since I had made her with elf ears I went with it.

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I spent about ten hours sketching her, but it felt like a couple minutes. Thanks for checking out my first attempt at drawing anime today. Have a nice day and Happy Halloween!

GENSHIN IMPACT: First Impressions Review

This was the first game recommended by the App Store and looked like an interesting RPG, so I gave it a go. I’ve always like Japanese animation and video games, so it was exciting to play this merging of the two. It is very interesting how they’ve finally made a game look like a living animation. The characters and world are 3D characters, but look and feel like they were hand drawn from any angle.

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The characters are voiced with good actors which helped me get into the game more. I hate RPGs that make me read. If I wanted to read, I’d check out the latest HIVE posts or read Google News, but when I play games, I want to feel emerged in the environment and forget about the actual world and reading ruins the experience for me. They still display the texts so you can read what the characters are about to say so you can read faster than the characters speak if you want to jump to the next line or scene too.

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I also like that the characters can interact with the environment properly. If there is a mountain or tree, you can climb up it.

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I’m using an old iPad to play this. Even though it is 5 years old, it’s still an iPad Pro and has never had any problems until today. I think this game was meant for something more powerful like a PS4 because it would stutter during big animation scenes and would have a lot of black fog in the distance. Maybe when I get a new phone I’ll try this again because the stuttering scenes ruined the experience for me. It could be that I’m just running the demo and if the whole thing gets downloaded it works better.

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Unfortunately for me, my iPad only has 32GB of storage which is almost full. Maybe I’ll go on a mad picture deleting spree and install the whole 4GB of game data and see if that helps to improve the experience.

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It kind of feels like playing a Zelda game. You have a sword, some magic ability, and have wings for gliding. I really believe that artists will be able to animate whole worlds like this simply by thinking or talking about it with an advanced AI in the near future. If they can do this now, imagine what it will be like when computers can read our thoughts in five or ten years.

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I was only able to make it to the first town before I started having problems again when a dragon shows up, but the whole screen has gone black so I can’t see ANYTHING. I’ve tried reseting and loading only the game to see if it works, but I got nothing but black again. Such a shame because I was really enjoying this game. Oh well, I’ll try again on the PS4 or PS5 where it will look great. This is a great game and I wish I could play it more. I don’t know if it’s my iPad or bad game design, but I can’t continue from this point. Have you played this game too? What was your experience like?