Four years in the making, Star Wars Tie Fighter is a labor of love for animator Paul Johnson. He has finally finished this 7 minute adventure told from the POV of a TIE Fighter pilot. And it's pretty amazing. If you ever wondered what Star Wars might have looked like had it become an 80s anime, now we have a pretty good idea.

The film features a fantastic space battle and the humanizing of a Stormtrooper, as it takes his side and turns him into a hero. While a shorter version of this short has been around for sometime, this is the first time Paul Johnson has shown off his film is full. You can see it here along with the official poster art, following a statement from the director himself:

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. Apologies in advance for not living up to Venus Wars standards.

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...

Special thanks to the good folk at Lucasfilm for encouraging people to get creative and make these kind of projects. It's thanks to their extremely fan-friendly nature that we can enjoy IMPS: The Relentless, TROOPS, etc.

Don't support me on Patreon, because I don't have one! And don't donate to my Kickstarter, because I don't have one of those either. Instead, if you enjoyed this, give someone at your workplace, uni, school or whatever a random bar of chocolate or can or Coke or something. Seriously, it'll probably make their day.

That would totally make my day.

Star War TIE Fighter Poster