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 Bobowski 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 and followed by the The YouTube Arc.
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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.
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. agency (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. 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.
As a result, the Battle of Anime Island was initiated by A.S.S. agents opening fire on the shores of Anime Island and had caused many agents (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 death. Shaggy saved the SMG4 team and the inklings from Super Saiyan God Goku exploding, destroying Anime Island and killing Francis and the rest of the Anime Cartel as well, before recovering Meggy, who was transformed into an anime-esque human by The Ink Zuccer 2000.
Part 1: The Anime Ban
Part 2: The Missing Inklings and the Battle of Anime Island
Anime Crisis Coda (Post-Arc)