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ast Saturday saw the full reveal of the new Disney+ anthology series Star Wars: Visions. Each episode is a self-contained story, created by established Japanese anime studios. In addition to the new series starting on September 22nd, fans will also get the novel Ronin by Emma Mieko Candon on October 12th.


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Ronin is based on the episode of Star Wars: Visions entitled The Duel by Kamikaze Douga, and was fully revealed today. This is author Emma Mieko Candon’s first entry into the Star Wars universe and tells a story of a lone Sith warrior in the Outer Rim, ready to take up arms against an Empire of Jedi. This reimagining of the Star Wars universe is somewhat reminiscent of an inversion on the story from A New Hope

Ronin is building up to be a unique story unlike any the Star Wars literature world has ever seen. This is also reflected in the beautiful cover art by Kotaro Chiba seen above. The Star Wars franchise has a history of adapting Japanese culture and influences into its story. However, this is the first time it’s being presented in a much more deliberate way.

See the full synopsis of Ronin below:

“The Jedi are the most loyal servants of the Empire.

Two decades ago, Jedi clans clashed in service to feuding lords. Sickened by this endless cycle, a sect of Jedi rebelled, seeking to control their own destiny and claim power in service of no master. They called themselves Sith.

The Sith rebellion failed, succumbing to infighting and betrayal, and the once rival lords unified to create an Empire…but even an Empire at peace is not free from violence.

Far on the edge of the Outer Rim, one former Sith wanders, accompanied only by a faithful droid and the ghost of a less civilized age. He carries a lightsaber, but claims lineage to no Jedi clan, and pledges allegiance to no lord. Little is known about him, including his name, for he never speaks of his past, nor his regrets. His history is as guarded as the red blade of destruction he carries sheathed at his side.

As the galaxy’s perpetual cycle of violence continues to interrupt his self-imposed exile, and he is forced to duel an enigmatic bandit claiming the title of Sith, it becomes clear that no amount of wandering will ever let him outpace the specters of his former life.”

Don’t miss the release of Ronin in October. Pre-order your copy today.

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Jacob is a law student living in Indiana. He has been a Star Wars fan for as long as he can remember: growing up with hand-me-down Kenner action figures and the 1995 VHS box set. He currently produces The Cosmic Force podcast, and assists with anything regarding Star Wars comics. In his limited free time, Jacob enjoys craft beer and bar trivia, as well as spending time with his dog Ruby.

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