#RogueOne is just around the corner, and the anticipation is about to reach breaking point. There have been a crazy number of #StarWars fan films made recently, but the latest stunning creation from Stephen Vitale may just take the cake.
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Boasting some incredible special effects and ridiculous production quality, Hoshino tells the story of blind Jedi Master Ko Hoshino as she reflects on her younger years as an apprentice. The short but moving narrative explores the guiding principles behind Jedi philosophy and The Force, and takes a closer look at what it means to be not only a Jedi, but human.
If Ko looks familiar to you, then you've probably seen some of her hilarious YouTube videos. Anna Akana, better known for being a verified crazy cat lady, has over 1.6 million subscribers on YouTube. She's also the proud owner of six cats.
Hoshino follows Ko as she reflects on her younger years, before she lost her sight. At one point she trains blindfolded with a droid— both an ode to Luke's early years as an apprentice, and not-so-subtle foreshadowing for her future condition. She's also just as stubborn as a Skywalker, challenging her master at every chance she gets.
Ko's Master Jaan-Xu, charged with mentoring the defiant young padawan, is as crafty as Obi Wan himself. Their relationship draws clear parallels with Obi Wan and Anakin— except in this case, the apprentice doesn't turn into a genocidal maniac.
The editing is spectacular, with tie fighters zooming overhead and all manner of Force-levitated objects. We even get an look at the inner-workings of a lightsaber, complete with kyber crystal.
While the exact setting is unknown, the three moons could suggest the planet Naboo. Regardless, the location and cinematography are sensational, and perfectly complemented by a beautifully composed score.
The detail in Hoshino is impressive, to say the least. Everything looks so real, and it could easily pass as a genuine Lucasfilm production. Oh, and it's definitely going to make you want your own lightsaber.