This video is about The Anime Arc and the 503rd video on SMG4.
Spoiler warning: This article shows the whole plot of the Anime Arc.
The Anime Arc is a story arc on SMG4's channel. It is the third major story arc on SMG4's channel after The Rapper Bob Arc and The Waluigi Arc. It is a series of videos by SMG4 that are part of a story involving the War on Anime, which serves as the main storyline of the arc.
The Arc is divided into two chapters. Some episodes of the arc also shares some of its plots with the Splatfest Arc, which serves as the Arc's subplot.
It is the first major story arc in Season 9 and 2019. It is the longest story arc that the series has ever had, and the first to have two plots and their own viewpoints. It is also the first arc to have two major antagonists. The Anime Arc is preceded by The Rapper Bob Arc.
The first chapter has Peach declare a ban on anime after one of Mario and friends' shenanigans destroyed her castle with the Anime Secret Service (A.S.S.) cracking down on weeb-related activities, therefore initiating the aforementioned War on Anime. SMG4 and his friends go to Japan and team up with manga artist, Axol, to lift the anime ban.
The second chapter is Meggy, along with thousands of other Inklings, getting kidnapped by Francis, the Anime Cartel and Axol's anime creations, who also held Axol hostage. A battle was then started, and as a result, Desti was killed.
In the first part of the story, Princess Peach gets anime banned after the events of SMG4: Mario and the Anime Challenge. Mario, Saiko, Bob Bobowski, SMG4, Fishy Boopkins, Axol, and Francis have to work together and team up to get it back, but there is Chris, Swagmaster, and the entire A.S.S. division (Anime Secret Service) against them. Meggy wasn't really helping at first, due to her hatred of anime and the fact that she’s too busy training for the Splatfest, but after learning that Saiko couldn't stay during the ban, she decides to help them.
After the anime ban is lifted and the A.S.S. are disbanded, the second part of the story begins, where SMG4 and the gang can now focus on their training for the Splatfest, but things go south when they discover that Meggy was kidnapped. To make matters worse, every other Inkling as well as Axol has been kidnapped as well. All the while, the kidnapper is revealed to be Francis and his Anime Cartel in which their main goal is for Francis to use the Inklings' ink to supercharge the Inkweaver to create a waifu paradise for himself.
As a result, the Battle of Anime Island was initiated by A.S.S. and had caused many people (and anime characters) to lose their lives in the fighting. Meanwhile, Meggy and Axol were saved by the allied forces, but Desti was fatally killed due to being impaled by False Sephiroth's Masamune. Despite the SMG4 team's best efforts, they couldn't stop Francis from unleashing Super Saiyan God Goku. Seeing that her friends were overpowered and helpless, Meggy ordered Axol to re-activate The Ink Zuccer 2000 to drain all her ink to power the Inkweaver, despite Saiko's protests. With this, Axol summoned Ultra-Instinct Shaggy to destroy Super Saiyan God Goku while Saiko threw Francis in a mini ink zuccer and zucced him to his presumed death. Shaggy saved the SMG4 team and the inklings from Super Saiyan God Goku exploding, destroying Anime Island and killing the rest of the Anime Cartel, before recovering Meggy, who was transformed into an anime-esque human by The Ink Zuccer 2000.
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Kevin and Luke started off the conversation by announcing the new SMG4 Merch shirt called Girlz, featuring Tari, Human Meggy, Saiko, and Desti. The shirt was inspired by a Gorillaz Demon Days picture, as well as to celebrate the end of the Anime Arc. They also said that the Anime Arc was always planned to split in two parts at first and then collide, but it wasn't planned that Meggy Spletzer was going to be the main character in the arc. Fishy Boopkins was originally planned to be the main character of the arc and was supposed to become a member of the Anime Cartel, but actually wasn't.
Kevin and Luke also said that Desti's death and Meggy's human transformation were planned a long time ago and that it was a hard decision for them as well. Luke also revealed he had a little hard time working in Desti's death scene in the first place, since he was sad while doing it. Kevin stated that because of Meggy's transformation, they had to spend a few months designing and perfecting Meggy's human appearance so that it could be similar to her Inkling appearance and likeable to the community. Kevin also said that they're planning to explore with human Meggy in future episodes. Meggy will be dealing with her human form, as well as with Desti's death. He too announced that they are not planning on doing an arc anytime soon and will go back to the regular comedy episodes for a while. Finally, he teases a future episode about McDonalds (later revealed to be SMG4: Mario Works at Mcdonalds), but Luke says that it was a secret and tells him not to say any more information about it. It is explained that some regular comedy episodes in the future will connect to the aftermath of the Anime Arc.
Luke also released the new models for Axol and Human Meggy for Garry's Mod. Links for the models are in the Links section below. Kevin and Luke also thank the fans for the fan made videos and the fan arts, as well as encouraging them to continue making them.
- Gorillaz - The new SMG4 shirt is parodied as the Gorillaz' album Demon Days.