Mar 242015

This week’s topic is a pretty simple one: I found a cool thing on the Internet. No deep insights or industry analysis, just several minutes of Star Wars ships blasting one another to pieces in a lavishly detailed, old school anime style. Kind of a tenuous link to this column’s subject matter, but who cares? Things blow up real good. Here’s the video:

I remember playing X-Wing vs TIE Fighter on my dad’s PC as a kid, so this dredges up quite a lot of nostalgia for me. It also calls to mind the Star Wars Battlefront Xbox games, the X-Wing novels and comic books, and an armada of Action Fleet and Micro Machines toys, many of which still lay dormant in a box somewhere.

Reviewing anime professionally can sometimes put a little extra distance between me and the things I watch. Every once in a while, it’s nice to just sit down for a few minutes and marvel at something that a few people spent an absurd amount of time putting together.

That’s all I’ve got this week. I’ll be back to picking things apart at the molecular level next time. Until then, use the targeting computer, Luke. That’s what it’s there for.


This Week in Anime is hastily cobbled together by Paul Jensen. You can follow his ramblings about anime and manga on Twitter.