The premiere of STAR WARS: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi is fast approaching, and the entire world is itching with anticipation. To hype things up even more, Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed a special promotional poster for the movie’s Japanese release. The poster features the franchise’s major characters colored in a classic Sith-like palette of reds and blacks. Rey is front and center with BB-8, while her allies and enemies appear in the background.

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Japan’s latest STAR WARS promo pic… but this one has a twist.  | Image: Crunchyroll

Normally, all that wouldn’t be too different from any other movie poster trying to get everyone excited for its premiere. So what’s so special about this one? The fact that it’s entirely hand-drawn and colored by none other than MY HERO ACADEMIA creator, Kouhei Horikoshi.

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Horikoshi is a self-proclaimed fan of the STAR WARS franchise. According to Anime News Network, he’s greatly looking forward to the movie’s release. He’s also excited to see what Captain Phasma’s been up to, as well as his favorite character Kylo Ren. And most importantly, he can’t wait to get some answers about the relationship between Rey and Luke Skywalker. You and me both, man.

This isn’t the first time Horikoshi has made art for other franchises, whether for fun or officially. On top of some Shonen Jump crossovers, he’s also drawn for hits such as POKÉMON and PRINCESS MONONOKE.

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Hard shadows make POKÉMON look cooler than ever! | Image: Crunchyroll

His distinctive lines and coloring create powerful images from even the most childish designs, like those from PRECURE and SPLATOON.

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Have you ever seen PRECURE look so epic? | Image: Crunchyroll

Plus, STAR WARS isn’t even the only western franchise he’s drawn for. Famous comics such as BATMAN and DEADPOOL serve as subjects for some of his extensive fanart.

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MHA-style Deadpool? Nice. | Image: Crunchyroll

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Horikoshi sure has diverse taste! It’s always great to see professionals celebrating other works, especially when it’s out of genuine interest. It’s also plain exciting to witness this kind of blend between western hits and the animanga industry.

Best of all, Horikoshi’s poster is only the latest in this trend. Recently, there seem to be more and more instances of manga artists getting involved with western media. Remember how Attack on Avengers is a real thing that exists? Not to mention the entirety of THE REFLECTION. These days it seems comics have found a comfortable niche in anime and manga.

So yeah, Horikoshi isn’t alone in his participation in western entertainment. And he certainly isn’t alone in his anticipation for The Last Jedi. He comments on his own curiosity on the meaning of the title and what the final showdown will look like. Fortunately, we only have a few more days to go before we find out!

STAR WARS: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi will release in the U.S. on December 15th.

Featured image from Viz Official Website.

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