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“Stop! You’re reading the wrong way!” - Every issue of Shonen Jump

Japanese culture has a tremendous influence in the entertainment industry in terms of their artistic style and way of storytelling. If you were to ask anyone who watches animation, many of them will mostly likely be familiar with anime-style “cartoons” with popular titles being Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, and Pokémon

Disney Star Wars is starting to dip their toes into the Japanese-made phenomenon by releasing books called “manga” which feature the signature art style.

These manga titles serve as a wonderful outlet for Star Wars fans who love anime, even those who are mainly familiar with American-made shows like Avatar: The Last Airbender. Although we have yet to see a Star Wars program fully dedicated to the anime style (at least at the time of writing this) we can still indulge in these beautiful manga adaptations of our favorite stories whether you’re in the mood for stunning action sequences or saucy romance.

Even if you are unfamiliar with anime and manga, the Star Wars titles featured below are excellent introductions to the medium. Some of these volumes are even printed as they are out in Japan to really give you the complete experience. 

If you purchase one of these titles you may notice that the cover is featured on the side of the book that you wouldn’t normally consider the “front.” That’s because traditional manga is read from back to front, right to left. Now don’t feel overwhelmed! Reading the panels backward is not as hard as it sounds. It’s actually kind of fun!

The Star Wars franchise is better known for their films, novels, games, and various shows and less so for their ability to produce manga. Even so, the few titles that they have released are made with such exceptional quality that they could even stand up to popular names in the manga realm. The artists do not hold back on the impeccable drawing techniques and soulful character expressions when crafting each panel.

The fact that these books exist show that the Star Wars franchise is not one to avoid taking risks. Those involved in the publishing side of content creation had decided to step out of their comfort zone to formulate something that more niche fans can enjoy and the result of their efforts is absolutely spectacular. Now enthusiasts of both Star Wars and anime can indulge in an even greater out-of-this-world experience.

When it comes to animation, one of the closest examples of Star Wars material to date that closely resembles the anime art style is the Galaxy of Adventures miniseries featured on YouTube. Although it is a fantastic and beautiful project, we have yet to achieve the full experience set in the Star Wars universe. With the success of these manga adaptations, we will hopefully see a full anime series complete with a flashy opening sequence paired with a catchy musical number sometime in the near future. Until then, lose yourself in the manga volumes featured in the collection below.

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Books in this Collection

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Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Lost Stars: Vol. 1 (Manga)

Written by
Claudia Gray
Artwork by
Yusaku Komiyama
The first volume of the Lost Stars manga adaptation starts off halfway through the events of the original novel putting you straight in the action. Whether you’re new to the story or are already a fan of Claudia Gray’s praised novel, there is something new for all readers to enjoy with incredible imagery and an artfully-summarized retelling of one of the best romantic tales of all time.
The Empire can be seductive, particularly if you're an aspiring young pilot... Thane Kyrell and Ciena Ree both know this very well when they enroll Imperial Academy, eager to pursue their dreams. When Thane discovers the darker side of the Empire, though, and defects to the Rebellion, the pair's lifelong friendship will be put to the ultimate test.
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Lost Stars: Vol. 2 (Manga)

Written by
Claudia Gray
Artwork by
Yasaku Komiyama
This second installation of the Lost Stars manga series captures a handful of the most emotionally-compelling scenes from the original novel and expresses the weight of Ciena and Thane’s feelings in a way that’ll grip your heart right at its core. Every facial expression within these pages will test the strength and willpower of your tear ducts as this incredible artwork reaches out to your soul and rips you apart from the inside.
The continuation of the thrilling manga adaptation of Claudia Gray's Star Wars Lost Stars novel! What does destiny have in store for Thane and Ciena?
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Lost Stars: Vol. 3 (Manga)

Written by
Claudia Gray (original story), Yusaku Komiyama (adaptation)
Artwork by
Yusaku Komiyama
Not a single heartstring is spared in this epic finale to the Lost Stars manga series. Watch the exciting conclusion to the complicated but spicy relationship between Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell with your very own eyes in an art style that just works so well for this story. Really, whoever came up with this idea is a genius.
Star Wars Lost Stars, Vol. 3 is the final trade paperback compilation of Lost Stars, a manga which adapts Claudia Gray's novel of the same name. The manga was first released in Japan by Line Corporation on April 20, 2019 and later in the United States by Yen Press on October 29, 2019.ISBN 9784909767509; April 20, 2019; Line Corporation; Japanese paperbackISBN 9781975358679; October 29, 2019; Yen Press; US paperback‍
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Leia, Princess of Alderaan Vol. 1 (Manga)

Written by
Claudia Gray
Artwork by
Haruichi
Just when you thought this Alderaanian princess couldn’t get any cuter, this manga adaptation of Claudia Gray’s Leia: Princess of Alderaan story shows the young prodigy looking her very best as she sets off on her most adventurous mission of her teen life. The art in this manga effortlessly grasps the compassion, sincerity, and fierceness in Leia’s eyes as she sets off to follow her heart.
Volume 1 of the Manga Adaptation of Claudia Gray's Young Adult novel Leia, Princess of Alderaan. The never-before-told story of how young Leia Organa comes to join the rebellion against the evil Empire. A young Princess Leia spends her days learning the ways of politics, aiding those in need and preparing for the traditional ceremony in which she declares her intention to one day rule Alderaan. But as Leia prepares herself to be named the heir of the throne, she becomes aware of the growing distance between her and her parents, who behind closed doors are leaders of the newly formed rebellion. Upon learning her parents' secrets, Leia must now make a choice between her responsibility to the people of Alderaan and her responsibility to save a galaxy crushed by the rule of the Empire.
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

The Legends Of Luke Skywalker (Manga)

Written by
Ken Liu
Artwork by
Akira Himikawa
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Luke Skywalker is truly a legend, both in our own world and throughout the Star Wars galaxy. The Legends of Luke Skywalker is a collection of the young Jedi’s heroic and selfless acts to inspire greatness and hope in those who witness his deeds. Some of his feats sound so outlandish that you wouldn’t believe it until you see it, and now you can through amazingly beautiful artwork with each story drawn in a different and unique style.
The Legends of Luke Skywalker is an upcoming manga adaptation of the junior novel of the same name written by Ken Liu and published by Disney–Lucasfilm Press.
Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Star Wars: A New Hope (Manga)

Written by
Hisao Tamak
Artwork by
Modern anime styles are gorgeous but sometimes we crave the nostalgia of that classic look. This manga adaptation of A New Hope will take you back to the 90s when Japanese animation was cheesy but lovable. No matter how many times you’ve rewatched the film that started it all, this comic series is a fun new way to revisit the story.
Star Wars: A New Hope Manga is a manga version of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. It is written by Hisao Tamaki. The title was previously published as Star Wars Manga: A New Hope. A graphic novel presentation of the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Chewbacca.' When Luke Skywalker meets the mysterious Jedi Obi-wan Kenobi, he is taken on a journey across the galaxy. Join him in this classic sci-fi adventure filled with droids, a princess and the evil Galactic Empire, uniquely illustrated in fantastic manga style.
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Rebels Volume 1 (Manga)

Written by
Akira Aoki
Artwork by
Akira Aoki
The universe never ceases to give us Star Wars Rebels in new and exciting ways. Just when you thought the fun was over, Yen Press gives us the story we know and love in the form of the unique Japanese art style. If you are a big fan of Rebels and anime, you’ll no doubt want to look into this manga series.
A manga adaptation of the hit 3D animated series Star Wars Rebels seen on Disney XD. The animated series launched with the first two episodes titled Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion and was followed by four seasons that aired from 2014 to 2018. The critically-acclaimed show featured fan-favorite Star Wars characters, such as Kanan Jarrus, who was the focus of his own novel and comic book series, and Chopper, a droid who made a brief appearance in the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Set during an era when the Galactic Empire is hunting down the last of the Jedi, a fledgling rebellion against the Empire begins to take form. Star Wars Rebels takes place in the area surrounding the planet Lothal, where the Galactic Empire battles against Ezra, a teenage con artist with latent Force abilities, Kanan, one of the last surviving members of the Jedi Order, and the rest of the ragtag rebels on board the starship Ghost.