Watch: Impressive & Ambitious 'Star Wars' Anime Short 'TIE Fighter'

March 24, 2015

TIE Fighter

There's a lot of Star Wars fan films out there, so it takes some pretty impressive work in order for people to turn their heads and actually check one out every now and then. Well, it looks like animator Paul Johnson's anime short TIE Fighter is one of those films. Johnson has spent the last four years making this short film that takes a look at a space battle from the point-of-view of the Galactic Empire, making some of the pilots in the iconic ships actual characters as opposed to just faceless soldiers. As someone who's not really a fan of anime (I don't dislike it, just not my thing), this is still an impressive piece of work.

Here's Paul Johnson's Star Wars anime short TIE Fighter (via SlashFilm):

TIE Fighter

TIE Fighter

There's been a shorter version available before, but this is the full short. Johnson says, "What if there was an Empire-focussed short Star Wars animation, drawn with the crazy detail and shading of classic 80s anime that’s all but vanished from Japan nowadays? Well, I tried my best. Drawn and animated by yours truly over 4 years’ worth of weekends, with music by the living guitar solo Zak Rahman and sound design by up and coming audio technician Joseph Leyva. Fans of Lucasarts’ seminal 1994 TIE Fighter game may notice a few familiar sights and sounds. That 'incoming missile' noise gives me horrible flashbacks to this day." Like it?

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Reader Feedback - 11 Comments



TXSteadyEddie on Mar 24, 2015


Yea! A complete version. Not a fan of kiddie anime art. This along with the Batman vs Terminator one I can dig. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDYyAAdtDfk

Rich Hill on Mar 24, 2015


like it!??! this short was absolutely amazing

thisguyhere on Mar 24, 2015


I've seen pieces of this years ago, still have a problem with a female Tie Pilot. Not right man, not right.

Janet Garrison on Mar 24, 2015


Females in the empire were exceptionally rare. The only 2 female Tie pilots i know of are Cive Rashon and Juno Eclipse.

ShadowLinks on Mar 29, 2015


I would love to see a Star Wars anime film/series of some sort.

Chris Groves on Mar 24, 2015


Came out good, seeing their faces humanises them though. You can't humanise the enemy because then you feel sorry for them. Just like in real life.

Carpola on Mar 24, 2015


Is this actually licensed?

DAVIDPD on Mar 24, 2015


The anime style killed it for me

WambaLover on Mar 24, 2015


The animation was really amazing, even more so considering it was all done by one guy. But that music... oof, it just completely didn't fit. I almost want to strip the audio track and add in some real Star Wars music.

Adreth Stark on Mar 24, 2015


always wanted a SW cartoon to be drawn anime style but that music would never work....pretty sure someone will do a quick edit with the video and overlay original SW music

desispeed on Mar 25, 2015

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