WARNING: This arc contains scenes of strong language, crude sexual humor, disgusting content, war violence, cruel torture, murder, bloodshed, and character death. Viewer discretion is advised! (Don’t let your kids watch it!)
Mario and friends pay the ultimate price in a war waged against anime.
The Anime Arc is a story arc on SMG4's channel. It is the third major story arc on SMG4's channel after The Waluigi Arc and The Rapper Bob Arc. It is a series of videos by SMG4 that are part of a story involving the Anime Crisis, which serves as the main storyline of the arc. The crisis involved two major events: Firstly, Peach's banning of all anime after Bob destroys her castle and, secondly, a wide-scale kidnapping of inklings orchestrated by Francis and the Anime Cartel.
The Arc is divided into two chapters. Some episodes of the arc also share some of its plots with a subplot involving Meggy Spletzer training for the Splatfest. This arc is the darkest among all other arcs, as it features the deaths of two major character, those being Desti and Francis.
It is the only major story arc in Season 9 and 2019, though it is referenced by bloopers in the rest of Season 9 and in Season 10. Spanning 12 episodes across 3 months, it is the longest story arc that the series has ever made, and the first arc to have two plots with two viewpoints, as well as the first arc to have two major antagonists. It 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 and form the Anime Secret Service (A.S.S.) to crack down on weeb-related activities, therefore initiating the aforementioned Anime Crisis. 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.
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. The SMG4 crew, knowing they were going to need help if they wanted to rescue Meggy from Anime Island, convinces Chris Gordman and Swagmaster69696969696 to order the last members of the A.S.S. to form a coalitionary force to storm Anime Island.
This is the first arc in the series to have a character or multiple characters officially killed, those being Desti, who was impaled to death by False Sephiroth's Masamune and Francis who was, at the end of the arc, in that same episode, absorbed by the Ink Zuccer 2000 and exploded from Super Saiyan God Goku's self-destruct which destroyed Anime Island along with everyone who was still on the island.
This arc did not have an episode on May 18 as this is due to the fact that SMG4 released his SMG4: 3 MILLION SUB FAN COLLABORATION! special on May 18 to commemorate his channel having 3 million subscribers.
This is by far the darkest arc on the channel yet, especially in the Part 2 episodes, with The Waluigi Arc being a close second.
Unless the Anime Arc Post-Arc is counted, this is currently the longest arc on the channel, with the foundations of it being set up in much earlier videos.
Much like The Waluigi Arc, it deals with a character being permanently altered from what they were before as a lasting consequence, with Waluigi retaining his new powers even after his reformation, and Meggy being drained completely of her ink, becoming an anime-esque human girl as a result, much to her horror.
This is the first arc on SMG4's channel to end on a bittersweet note, considering the fact that, while Francis and the Anime Cartel were defeated and all the inklings were saved, everyone attended Desti's funeral.
Technically speaking, Bob was the one who started the arc in the first place, as his anime-inspired recklessness is what destroyed Peach's Castle and caused Peach to ban anime in the first place.
In a way, Boopkins was at fault for the second half of the Anime Arc, due to him mentioning the workings of Inkweaver to the Anime Cartel, who proceeded to kidnap all the Inklings and eventually led to the death of Desti.
According to 2019 Was The Biggest Year Of My Life, Luke said that originally, Axol was supposed to be the villian of the arc that involved the kidnapping of the Inklings but could not find a good reason for his motives. So he and Kevin eventually made Axol a hero and gave that idea to Francis instead.
Despite banning anime in the first place, Peach had very minimal screen time, appearing in only three episodes with SMG4: Mario Saves Anime being her only speaking role.