Do you love Star Wars, or know someone who does? If you answered yes, and you also love anime, you may be looking for an anime like Star Wars. While there's nothing that can exactly replicate the experience of George Lucas' legendary space opera, there are actually some great anime that have a lot in common with the series.
Some anime for Star Wars fans take place totally or partially in outer space, so if you love the movies for their otherworldly nature, you may also like Cowboy Bebop, an anime that's just as renowned as Star Wars is, which follows a crew of bounty hunters as they chase their next big payday around the universe. If you aren't bothered about the setting but want something else with an expansive and intricately designed world, you can always give One Piece a whirl. Want to see anime lightsabers and force-like powers passed on to someone who never expected to get them? Watch Tenchi Muyo. No matter what you love about Star Wars, there's an anime to meet your needs.
Whether or not you like Star Wars, you should still check out Cowboy Bebop at some point in your life. But if you do appreciate George Lucas's films, you may want to bump it up a few notches on your to-watch list. That's because both series feature a ragtag group of misfits who are traveling through space. While most of the characters in Star Wars are out to defeat some evil organization or another, Han Solo is a drifter who is searching for his next big payday - which means that he'd fit in perfectly with the bounty hunters of the Bebop crew.
If you want to see an anime that's basically a bunch of different versions of Han Solo going on adventures together, you can't lose with Cowboy Bebop.
Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, the man behind Cowboy Bebop, Space Dandy is well worth anybody's time - but especially if you like Star Wars, and especially if you like the parts of Star Wars where the protagonists meet the strange inhabitants of other planets. Space Dandy follows the titular protagonist on his journey to create an encyclopedia of all species throughout the galaxy. This is a genuinely funny show that's full of wild creatures that are every bit as wonderfully bizarre as the ones that appear in Star Wars.
Legend Of The Galactic Heroes is one of the most dramatic, intense shows about space-based warfare in the history of anime - which is exactly why you should watch it if you love Star Wars. After a 150 year stalemate, the Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance decide that it's time to decide the fate of the universe once and for all. On one side, there's Reinhard von Lohengramm, a man who wants to unite the whole Galaxy under a single banner. On the other, there's Yang Wenli, a historian who pushes for democracy at any cost. This epic 110 episode anime will give you political intrigue, showstopping fight scenes, and just about everything else you could want as a Star Wars fan.
Justy Ueki Tylor never wanted to actually accomplish anything noteworthy during his military career - he just wants to coast along and collect a paycheck. When he accidentally performs a daring rescue and ends up being promoted to captain of a space ship, he's suddenly saddled with a lot more responsibility than he ever bargained for.
If you think that Captain Tylor sounds a whole lot like Han Solo, that's because he does. Both characters have their own priorities and want to be left in peace, but get dragged unwittingly into complicated political situations and madcap adventures. Ultimately, both characters do care about the outcome of their exploits, because no matter how much they might protest, their hearts are in the right place.