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Star Wars: A New Hope is an old-school anime we want to see

Fan-made trailer supplies a tantalizing glimpse

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Star Wars’ next official animated series, Star Wars Resistance, premieres Oct. 7. Nothing against it but, um, I’d rather see all of this first.

Unfortunately, Dmitry Grozov’s take on A New Hope (h/t to io9 spying this) is a trailer only. But it manages to be a virtuoso depiction not only of Star Wars’ most memorable shots, but also the rugged framerate and sleek style of late 1970s/early 1980s anime.

Better yet, Grozov (aka Ahriman) includes Japanese voice acting to complete the alternate-universe hallucination that Star Wars either was adapted as an anime or began life as one. (Why not? George Lucas borrowed heavily from Akira Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress in building his original story.)

Theres no post-credits sequence, but stick around anyway to give some recognition to those who put this together: Maria Shestakova (assistant animator) Georgy Khabarov and Unusual Suspect (editors).

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