An unexpected link with “Dragon Ball Z” can be found in the animated series “Star Wars: Visions”, available now on Disney Plus!
Let’s say it up front to avoid any misunderstanding: no, no crossover between the Star Wars and Dragon Ball universes will see the light of day in the near or distant future. Although the George Lucas franchise has been one of the main sources of inspiration for Akira Toriyama’s manga, there is no way the two licenses will ever intersect, at least in an official setting.
Nevertheless, a link between the two sagas may be noted in the new animated series Star Wars: Visions, and more particularly in episode 6 entitled “TO-B1” (pronounce Ti-O Bi-One). This short film directed by Abel Gongora on behalf of the studio Saru follows the story of a cybernetic droid dreaming of becoming an authentic Jedi knight.
Fans of the Japanese version will certainly have noticed that the robot is dubbed by none other than Masako Nozawa. True legend of dubbing in Japan, the latter is obviously known for lent her voice to Goku in the animated series Dragon Ball, and its multiple variations (Dragon Ball Z, GT and Super).
The episode’s plot is inspired by another Japanese hero: Astro Boy. A return to the legitimate sender, since the young robot was inspired by its creator Osamu Tezuka (nicknamed the god of the manga) by Mickey Mouse, the emblematic character created by Walt Disney. We also remember that another of his series The Leo King had greatly inspired the Disney company for the making of the film The Lion King.
The nine episodes of the animated series Star Wars: Visions can be found now exclusively on Disney +!