Star Wars and anime go together exceptionally well. George Lucas was famous for stating that the films of Akira Kurosawa influenced his filmmaking. Likewise, Star Wars has also influenced a lot of anime and Japanese filmmaking. Here is all you need to know about the 4 Anime inspired by Star Wars.
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One particular anime that owes its existence to the much-maligned Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace is Cowboy Bebop. Apparently, Cowboy Bebop creator Shinichirō Watanabe has stated that it was an inspiration for Namco Bandai.
The anime shares space dogfights and captures the space western feel that the original trilogy and spin-offs like The Mandalorian or The Book of Boba Fett have, with the attitude of Han Solo mixed in for smuggler fans.
Legend of the Galactic Heroes
An anime that matches the franchise the most is Legend of the Galactic Heroes. It aired from 1988 to 1997. The original Star Wars trilogy ran from 1977 to 1983, and the two shared plenty of similar plot elements. Legend of the Galactic Heroes features more politics than the former, meaning Andor fans will probably like this anime.
Legend of the Galactic Heroe is home to plenty of amazing space battles in warships and fighters too, with large-scale battles and drama between pilots, soldiers, and commanders, much like Mobile Suit Gundam.
Code Geass is an anime that embodies the soul and heart of both the originals and prequels of Star Wars. To summarize, Code Geass has an evil emperor in Charles vi Britannia, a battle between brothers, reminiscent of Anakin vs. Obi-Wan with Lelouch vs. Suzaku. Although Code Geass never quite goes into the “destroying a planet” territory, the FLEJA packs as much terror in it as a Death Star.
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For something that parodies a lot of space and sci-fi shows, Space Dandy is incredibly earnest about its influence. The show is also hugely inspired by Buck Rogers’s serial movies and radio shows, having a gunslinger protagonist who hunts alien bounties and seeks new civilizations.
It is focused on Dandy’s epic adventures and while it may not be much of a space opera or space western, Space Dandy still has plenty to offer fans with its bounty-hunting schemes and over-the-top antics. It is also very much underrated, as far as space-faring anime goes.