Podcast Stardust #333: Ronin: A Visions Novel

by Podcast Stardust

Emma Meiko Candon’s novel follows up Visions: “The Duel.” We explore the world of the Ronin and how this story tells a different version of Star Wars.

Star Wars: Visions ushered in a new form of Star Wars story telling set in the rich world of Japanese anime. The stories deviated from traditional Star Wars storytelling and offered viewers a new look at the galaxy of Star Wars through a Japanese lens. The first of those shorts, “The Duel,” has now spawned a follow-up novel. Emma Mieko Candon’s novel  “Ronin” follows the path of its titular character in a Star Wars galaxy where the Jedi and Sith are not who we are familiar with. On this episode of Podcast Stardust, we delve into this novel and that world.

In this fully armed and operational episode, we discuss:

  • How Ronin is a challenge to read, but a rewarding experience,
  • The ways the Force in Ronin differs from our experience in traditional Star Wars stories,
  • Why the Sith and the Jedi aren’t the same types of characters we are used to,
  • The state of the galaxy in Ronin,
  • Samurai and other Japanese influences that shaped the Star Wars story presented in Ronin, and
  • Whether and how this book enhanced our consumption of “The Duel.”

If you enjoyed this episode, make sure to check out episodes 317 and 318 discussing Visions.

Thanks for joining us for another episode. Please subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts and spread the word to all of your Star Wars friends. May the Force be with you!

Don’t forget to check out latest discussion of Star Wars Rebels in episode 332.

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Podcast Stardust is the fully armed and operational podcast inspired by the code name for the Death Star. Hosted by first-generation Star Wars fans, Dennis Keithly and Jay Krebs, Podcast Stardust endeavors to bring thought provoking discussion on recent Star Wars news on a weekly basis. Between news episodes, Dennis and Jay review the latest episodes from Star Wars television covering everything from ResistanceRebels, and The Clone Wars to The Mandalorian and other live action productions on Disney+. Of course, Podcast Stardust wouldn’t be complete without thematic discussions, top ten lists, and interviews on everything from Star Wars literature, comics, and the films themselves.

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