Awesome short film turns Star Wars into the greatest 1980s anime never made

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Mar 24, 2015, 6:30 PM EDT (Updated)

Lucasfilm dabbled a bit with cashing in on the Star Wars brand back in the day, but sadly it never went so far as to turn the franchise into an anime series. Luckily, that’s where this fan film comes in.

It seems like a strange fit at first, but honestly, Star Wars is perfectly built to be translated into anime style. Animator Paul Johnson spent four years turning the idea into a reality, and the result is the absolutely stunning Star Wars: TIE Fighter. The 7+ minute short film is absolutely gorgeous and evokes that awesome 1980s anime style the world has been missing since, well, the '80s. Disney, if you’re listening, look this guy up.

Here’s the official synopsis for some background:

What if there was an Empire-focussed short Star Wars animation, drawn with the crazy detail and shading of classic 80s anime that's all but vanished from Japan nowadays? Well, I tried my best. Apologies in advance for not living up to Venus Wars standards. Drawn and animated by yours truly over 4 years' worth of weekends, with music by the living guitar solo Zak Rahman and sound design by up and coming audio technician Joseph Leyva. Fans of Lucasarts' seminal 1994 TIE Fighter game may notice a few familiar sights and sounds. That “incoming missile” noise gives me horrible flashbacks to this day...

Check out the short film below and let us know what you think:

(Via /Film)