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The episode of SMG4: The Mario showdown, there was two separate plot into one story arc. The episode I haven't expected I imaging an alter thoughts of this episode if Desti working with peach as member of A.S.S., SMG4, Axol, Saiko, Bookins and Bob alongside with Anime Cartel are merging against A.S.S. and convince the Princess to unbanned anime. but it was an ambush by the Desti and her Octoposses after she shot Axol and his Ink wielder. they were surrounded until Mario, Luigi, Meggy, and Tari arrive in the castle for planning to find Desti to bring their weapons then they easily saw Desti team up peach while they were shocked. well i was imaging of drama/plot twist/"darker" tone of this story. (Thanks for ruined it, Boopkins)

Another imaging of SMG4: Mario saves Anime (non-canon) after they left after Desti’s ink colors transfer to Meggy’s Weapon for their plan. later, SMG4 and others arrival at Anime Cartel HQ when Francis and his crew surprised and admires Axol but Francis never trust Meggy for hurting his Feeling. She apologizes for what she said. Francis accepts if after they finished the job and unbanned anime, he will forces Meggy to watch anime for 24 hours with rest of Weeaboos include Boopkins and Bob. after the same scene from the original episode, they have convinced the Princess to unbanned anime. but again an ambush by the Desti and her Octoposses after she shot Axol and his Ink-wielder. Mario tell how peach saved by Desti cause of saving from bowser and peach tell the A.s.s member arrest him for kidnap her (always). Peach knows their plans and “hire” a spy who a member of anime cartel. Francis thought Meggy was behind as spy, instead, it was Lemmy who force by peach for releasing his dad. Boopkins realize how Lemmy left. (i don’t take a long story, the anime arc doing whatever smg4 wants for their story so Enjoy!)


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Mario and friends pay the ultimate price in a war waged against anime.

—Official Description

The Anime Arc

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The Anime Arc (alternatively known as Anime Crisis Arc, Anime War Arc, A.S.S. Arc, the Anime Cartel Arc, the War on Anime Arc, or even the Francis Arc) is an action-adventure crime comedy-drama 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 second darkest among all other arcs only behind Genesis Arc, it features the deaths of two major characters, 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 tied in length with Genesis Arc, 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.

It was recapped intentionally poorly in SMG4: Mario's Magical TV. The Splatfest subplot was also fully resolved in the feature film Meggy's Destiny.

Warning!This article contains spoilers. Continue reading at your own risk. If you want to see the list of episodes, go here.


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 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 human by The Ink Zuccer 2000.

With the Anime Crisis over, the SMG4 team, among other characters, visited Desti's funeral. As the attendees saluted to her, Meggy promised that she would win the Splatfest for her.



Main Episodes

Part 1: The Anime Ban

Part 2: The Missing Inklings and the Battle of Anime Island

Anime Arc Aftermath (Post-Arc)



  • This is the first arc on SMG4's channel:
    • To not to have a character's name in the title.
    • To follow two different viewpoints until SMG4: The Mario Showdown.
    • To have two parts, with the first about un-banning anime and the second about rescuing Meggy, Axol, Desti, and the Inklings from the Anime Cartel.
    • In which Bowser does not play a role. However, Bowser is present at Desti's funeral in SMG4: Final Hours, albeit without a speaking role.
    • 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.
    • In which an antagonist is not redeemed, with Francis instead being killed in an explosion.
  • Hideo Kojima appeared in almost every single episode, usually briefly, most likely as a reference to him being born in Japan where anime is popular.
  • During the first two episodes of the arc, it was originally entitled the anime prohibition arc but was later renamed.
  • Also in the beginning of the arc, this was going to remove Saiko at first but was changed.
  • This arc did not have an episode on May 18 as this is due to the fact that SMG4 released his Collaboration Special special on May 18 to commemorate his channel having 3 million subscribers.
  • The anime ban in the arc is probably inspired by the Article 13 of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, or the European Union's meme ban, which has tech firms responsible to take down any content posted without permission. Coincidentally, just like the anime ban, Article 13 failed.
  • After the events of SMG4: The Splatfest Incident, the channel banner had a hole where Meggy's face is.
  • The Anime Arc was the second darkest arc on the channel, after the Genesis Arc, especially in the Part 2 episodes, with The YouTube Arc coming third.
  • 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.
  • According to SMG4 and Kevin in the video About the Anime Arc, the arc was originally supposed to be focused on Fishy Boopkins. He was also supposed to be part of the Anime Cartel.
  • The Anime Arc is the most prominent as there are numerous references in videos made post arc, including a movie. Events from the Waluigi Arc and The Rapper Bob are barely mentioned again.
  • 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. The second was Genesis arc as while SMG0 was defeated and the universe was saved, Axol was dead
  • Technically speaking, Bob Bobowski 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 villain 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. It was until the Genesis Arc where Axol played as a villain, albeit possessed by SMGO.
  • 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 appearance. She doesn’t even appear at Desti’s funeral.
  • This is the only official arc to not include a musical number of some kind, as the Waluigi arc, Youtube Arc, and Genesis Arc had a rap battle during WOTFI, and The Rapper Bob Arc had the Ultimate Diss Track and Darkest Hour.
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Story arc

Extended or continuing storyline in episodic storytelling media

A story arc (also narrative arc) is an extended or continuing storyline in episodic storytelling media such as television, comic books, comic strips, boardgames, video games, and films with each episode following a dramatic arc.[1] On a television program, for example, the story would unfold over many episodes. In television, the use of the story arc is common in sitcoms, and even more so in soap operas. In a traditional Hollywood film, the story arc usually follows a three-act format. Webcomics are more likely to use story arcs than newspaper comics, as most web comics have readable archives online that a newcomer to the strip can read in order to understand what is going on. Although story arcs have existed for decades, the term "story arc" was coined in 1988 in relation to the television series Wiseguy, and was quickly adapted for other uses.

Many American comic book series are now written in four or six-issue arcs, within a continuing series. Short story arcs are easier to package as trade paperbacks for resale, and more accessible to the casual reader than the never-ending continuity that once characterised US comics. A corollary to the absence of continuity, however, is that, as exemplified in 1950s DC Superman comics, no permanent change to characters or situations occurs, meaning no growth can take place; thus storylines repeat over time in an endless loop.

Dramatic structure and purpose[edit]

The purpose of a story arc is to move a character or a situation from one state to another; in other words, to effect change. This change or transformation often takes the form of either a tragic fall from grace or a reversal of that pattern. One common form in which this reversal is found is a character going from a situation of weakness to one of strength. For example, a poor woman goes on adventures and in the end makes a fortune for herself, or a lonely man falls in love and marries.

Another form of storytelling that offers a change or transformation of character is that of "hero's journey," as laid out in Joseph Campbell's theory of the monomyth in his work, The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Christopher Vogler's The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers details the same theory specifically for western storytelling.

Story arcs in contemporary drama often follow the pattern of bringing a character to a low point, removing the structures the character depends upon, and then forcing the character to find new strength without those structures. In a story arc, the character undergoes substantial growth or change, which culminates in the denouement in the last third or quarter of a story.

In television and radio[edit]

See also: Serial (radio and television)

Story arcs on television (and also on radio) have existed for decades (one notable (albeit, unusual) example, from the so-called "Golden Age of Radio", being the 1946 NBC Radio Summer-run docudrama serial, The Fifth Horseman,[2] which (in part) featured a four-episode arc regarding a hypothetical chain of events (spanning nearly two full "future" decades) surrounding a fictitious nuclear holocaust), and are common in many countries where multi-episode storylines are the norm (an example being the UK's Doctor Who), as well as most anime series.

Many arc-based series in past decades, such as V, were often short-lived and found it difficult to attract new viewers; they also rarely appear in traditional syndication (one notable example being the science fiction "novel for television" Babylon 5). However, the rise of DVD retail and DVR of television series has worked in arc-based productions' favor as the standard season collection format allows the viewer to have easy access to the relevant episodes. One area of television where story arcs have always thrived, however, is in the realm of the soap opera, and often episodic series have been derisively referred to as "soap operas" when they have adopted story arcs.

Arc-based series draw and reward dedicated viewers, and fans of a particular show follow and discuss different story arcs independently from particular episodes. Story arcs are sometimes split into subarcs, if deemed significant by fans, making it easy to refer to certain episodes if their production order titles are unknown. Episodes not relevant to story arcs (such as "monsters of the week") are sometimes dismissed as filler by fans, but might be referred to as self-contained or stand-alone episodes by producers.

Usage in manga and anime[edit]

Manga and anime are usually good examples of arc-based stories, to the point that most series shorter than twenty-six chapters are a single arc spanning all the chapters. This makes syndication difficult, as episodes watched in isolation often confuse viewers unless watched in conjunction with the series as a whole. Series of thirty chapters or longer usually have multiple arcs.

Neon Genesis Evangelion, for example, is a single story arc spanning twenty-six episodes. Other longer anime have multiple story arcs, such as Bleach, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, One Piece, Naruto, Yu-Gi-Oh! and Fairy Tail. The anime Dragon Ball Z adapts four different story arcs from the Dragon Ball manga, each with its own ultimate antagonist, along with original story arcs created for the TV series.

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Main Episodes

"Mario and friends pay the ultimate price in a war waged against anime."

—Official description

And you thought the Waluigi Arc was a one-way trip to hell...

The one where anime is banned, and the gang have to save the genre...andeachother.

The Anime Arc is the third major SMG4Story Arc. Its story encompasses two major events: Princess Peach banning all anime after Bob destroys her castle, and the disappearance and wide-scale kidnapping of Inklings in Inkopolis just before Splatfest.

The arc is told through several subplots and from multiple viewpoints. Spanning 12 episodes across 3 months, it is the series' longest story arc so far. The series' first movie, Meggy's Destiny: An SMG4 Movie, also serves as an epilogue to the arc's events.

The Anime arc was the only major story arc in Season 9 and 2019, preceded by The Rapper Bob Arc, and followed by The YouTube Arc.

Part 1: The Anime Ban

"I would never have joined the A.S.S.if I knew they were banning actual people..."

Part 2: The Missing Inklings and the Battle of Anime Island

"You better win Splatfest for me, okay?"

The Arc provides examples of:

  • Aborted Arc:
    • Meggy's desire to finally win Splatfest would have to wait until "Meggy's Destiny: An SMG4 Movie", thanks to Francis.
    • Luke and Kevin contemplated making Axol evil like half of the SMG4 crew suspected, but gave that role to Francis instead. The reason they give for this?

    "Who the hell would like this guy? Look how punchable his face is!"

  • Absentee Actor: This is the first arc where Bowser, Toad, and Wario do not play any role whatsoever. Bowser does appear, however, in the background at the end of "Final Hours".
  • Adaptational Villainy: You thought Francis was bad in Super Paper Mario? Wait 'til you see him here!
  • Arc Villain: Three. Peach and Desti for part 1, the former issuing the anime ban and the latter wanting to win Splatfest. Francis serves as this for part 2, kidnapping Axol and using his Inkweaver to kidnap all of Inkopolis for the sake of his island filled with anime waifus.
  • Bait-and-Switch Boss: After the ban is lifted, it seemed that all the heroes had to do was beat Desti at Splatfest before their lives could go back to normal. Oh, how wrong they were...
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Both Princess Peach and Desti serve as the villains of Part 1.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The Inkweaver is returned to Axol, all the Inklings are rescued, Francis meets his demise in his island's explosion, and the main cast make it out safely with Meggy thanks to Ultra Instinct Shaggy. However, Destiis killed for her troubles (a funeral is even held for her) and Meggy is transformed into a human permanently,due to her sacrificing her ink and taking a blast from Francis's Goku Blue Replica to save her friends, and the Splatfest being ruined because of Francis.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • Axol to Francis. Since Francis lives for anime, it's only natural he would fawn over Axol, who creates anime. But when it becomes clear that Axol wasn't going to make Francis any waifus, he decides to take matters into his own hands...
    • Francis to Saiko. He originally did what his "anime queen" asked without question, and she trusted him well enough in return. But when he is revealed to be behind the Inkling kidnappings, all bets are off.
  • Darker and Edgier: Than even the Waluigi Arc, believe it or not.Peachbecomes even more hostile for the first part of the arc, Meggyreveals her inferiority complexand why she's obsessed with training for Splatfest,Saikospends the entire first half of the arc trying to cope with her status as aPersona Non Grata, Axolwas bullied by Inklings as a kid for his love of anime,and the gang is forced to work with the Anime Cartel to deal with the crisis. This is all before Part 2, by the way, which is a Rescue Arc and War Arc mixed into one and ends with two people Killed Off for Real.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Resident Token Evil Teammate Saiko and Action Girl Meggy both take center stage in this arc.
  • Decoy Protagonist: You think Mario,Bob,Tari, and Fishy Boopkins,being the idiots who caused the mess to begin with, would be the heroes of this arc. Well, they're not USELESS, but the arc primarily focuses on Meggy and Saiko.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Peach being convinced into unbanning anime just in time for Meggy to make it to Splatfest is what ends Part 1, and kickstarts Part 2—where things truly get intense.
  • Disaster Dominoes: An anime challenge gone wrong leads to Peach's castle once again being destroyed and an Anime craze to sweep across the kingdom, leading to the creation of A.S.S. and the Anime ban, which causes Francis to become leader of the Anime Cartel, who would later on cause the widespread kidnapping of most of Inkopolis, the cancelation of Splatfest, the death of Desti the Octoling, and the permanent change of Meggy from Inkling to human.
  • Enemy Mine: In Part 1, the group joins forces with the Anime Cartel led by Francis to counter Peach's ban and eventually save anime. Unfortunately, this team-up later costs them and directly leads to Part 2.
  • Everyone Has Standards: You know the Anime Cartel is bad news when not even Tari, a sweetheart who sees the good in everyone, wants anything to do with them.
  • Evil Is Petty: Why is Francis trying out his newest version of Ink Zuccer on Meggy?... She gave him a Reason Why You Suck Speech back in "Mario's Lemonade Stand". And entire second part of Anime Arc began just because Axol refuse to draw to him some anime waifus.
  • Fantastic Racism: In Part 1, Peach bans anime from the Mushroom Kingdom... including anime characters and anime-inspired Visual Novel characters like Saiko, due to Bob's Kamehame Hadoken destroying her castle, which causes more anime-induced acts of destruction called "The Anime Crisis". Saiko then has to flee for her life for much of Part 1 because of this.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: This arc, in case you had doubts about Mario's friend group actually liking each other, establishes that this Ragtag Band of Misfits can actually be a Badass Crew, even joined by former enemies for it.
  • For Want of a Nail: The death of Desti and all of Part 2 can be attributed to this trope. With Fishy Boopkins revealing how Inkweaver works to the Anime Cartel while unbanning Anime in the Mushroom Kingdom, its leader Francis decides to kidnap all the Inklings, including Meggy. This leads to Desti finding that Meggy's team was too easy to defeat in the Splatfest competition, convincing her to help find Meggy. During the trip to Anime Island, she herself gets kidnapped and abducted there. In it, she and Meggy tried to break out but was seized by False Goku. Just as she assisted the gang in breaking free, she was killed by False Sephiroth.
  • Fugitive Arc: Essentially sums up the cast's position for Part 1, especially Saiko, since the Anime Ban has her forced to flee the Mushroom Kingdom.
  • The Heavy: The A.S.S. for Peach during Part 1 of the arc, since Peach herself is a Non-Action Big Bad and an Orcus On Her Throne.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Peach, having ordered the ban and formed the Anime Secret Service to begin with to enforce the ban, is shown that anime isn't all bad, and peacefully removes the ban.
    • SMG4 himself starts the arc as a Hero Antagonist, having promised Peach to curb the group's shenanigans and joining the Anime Secret Service as part of this. However, when Chris and Swagmaster betray him,he's taken hostage by Mario and Boopkins,and discovers Saiko's position as aPersona Non Grata, he almost immediately renounces the A.S.S. and joins the heroes.
    • Chris and Swagmaster, first introduced properly to Mario and company as antagonists and having spent the first half of the arc as enforcers of the Anime Secret Service partially out of revenge for the heroes costing them their original jobs,ultimately join forces with the heroes when anime characters go kidnapping Inklings and Octolings left and right, and later become friendlier to Mario and company because of it.
    • Desti, Meggy's rival, also joins forces with the gang to rescue her rival. Unfortunately, we don't see her becoming a full-time hero since she dies in the second-to-last episode.
  • Humanity Ensues: A combination of Meggy sacrificing all of her ink and getting hit by Replica Goku Blue's ki blast turns her into an anime girl.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Francis was shown to at least have some semi-decent moments in part 1, and mostly wanted anime unbanned like everyone else. Come part 2, he's far off the deep end.
  • Killed Off for Real: Both Desti and Francis meet their ends permanently during "Final Hours". Desti dies from being backstabbed from Replica Sephiroth during "World War Mario", which is then confired at the end of the episode, while Francis is left for dead in one of his own Ink-Zucker machines as his Replica Goku Blue self-destructs and takes all of Anime Island with it.
  • Lack of Empathy: Francis was the first Arc Villain to have no remorse for anything he did.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Once anime is banned, Luigi wonders if the ban will have any major consequences and spark a series of huge events. Come the second part, he ends up being right.

    Mario: Nah, it's probably nothing!

  • Non-Action Big Bad: Peach was responsible for banning anime, but she lets the A.S.S. do all the work.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Perhaps the biggest by far; Desti is Killed Off for Real and Meggy the Inkling has been turned into an anime girl.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Peach leaves all the heavy lifting to the A.S.S. after banning anime. The next time we see her in person is—you guessed it—in her throne room.
  • Properly Paranoid: Tari's bad premonitions about the Anime Cartel in "Mario's Lemonade Stand" later prove to be 100% correct in the second part of the Arc.
  • Prequel: "Mario's Prison Escape," while not apart of the arc itself, is the reason why Chris and Swagmaster are so hostile to Mario and co. during the first part of the arc, due to the titular prison escape costing the Guards their jobs.
  • Rescue Arc: The second half of the Anime Arc is this played as straight as possible for the SMG4-Marioverse, with Meggybeing the victim.
  • Trauma Conga Line: This arc was far from kind for any of our heroes, but Saiko and Meggy got hit the hardest.
    • Saiko had to flee the country for reasons beyond her control,discovered one of her friends was kidnapped, briefly consider someone who helped her get her citizenship back was using her for his own plans, had to deal with being the Only Sane Woman for most of the second half of the arc, watched as someone else she trusted turn out to be a perverted, power-hungry monster, lost a potential friend who was not so different from her, and the first aforementioned friend nearly die and worried at the end that her efforts had been All for Nothing.
    • Meanwhile, Meggy was blown off for nearly three episodes by Mario and Tari, fought a gang war just to save her Too Dumb to Live companions, became a Drill Sergeant Nasty with Training from Hell in response to her insecurities of being unable to win, loses her weapons for an entire episode, is forced to donate some of her ink and time to save her Absurd Phobia in order to help her friend Saiko end the anime ban, gets kidnapped and tortured for her ink to help fulfill the Big Bad's fetish, watches her rival be murdered right in front of her, and endures one more round in the Ink Zuccer to defeat Francis and nearly died for her efforts. Hell, she has full-blown Survivor's Guilt in later episodes, and even changed species,forced to live the rest of her life as an anime girl!
  • Token Evil Teammate: Deconstructed like you wouldn't BELIEVE with Francis. Whenever the group was forced to work with Francis and the Anime Cartel,the Otaku chameleon only escalated the problem of the week and did more harm than good. Furthermore, the arc would have ended with "Mario Saves Anime"had Fishy Boopkins kept his mouth shut about Inkweaver around Francis. Later, Francis becomes the Big Bad and nearly kills an entire speciesjust for his anime fetish.
    • Downplayed with Desti. She's more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, wanting to beat Meggy properly, which is why she teams up with the heroes to rescue her rival.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: This arc brings out the heroic side of Saiko. The same goes for Desti in the second half, even if she does end up getting killed.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Bob for the first part, thanks to his Kamehameha destroying Peach's castle and kick-starting a full-scale Anime Crisis and starting the Anime ban, and Boopkins for the second, telling how the Inkweaver works to the Anime Cartel while unbanning Anime in the Mushroom Kingdom causes their leader Francis to steal the Inkweaver, Axol and the Inklings to create an island of anime waifus.
  • Villain Has a Point: Surprisingly, almost every villain of this arc, at some point or another, actually DOES have a justified grievance.
    • Peach: Peach instilled the ban, not just because Bobblew up her castle and blamed Goku for it, but other folks inspired by Bob and Boopkins' Anime Challenge also caused chaos between episodes. As the ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom, she had to respond to the crisis caused by the idiots she lets hang out at her castle. She even is willing to let Boopkins, Mario, and Axol make a case when they approach her.
    • SMG4: Peach lets him use her Secret Slide Room in her castle as his editing room, so he needs to do better by her to keep his channel afloat and thus joins up with the Anime Secret Service to do so. Furthermore, stupid law or not, Mario and Boopkins were actually breaking the law he was trying to enforce by trying to smuggle anime.
    • Chris and Swagmaster:Mario, Luigi, Boopkins, and Bob's escape from prison before the arc actually cost the two their previous jobs. They're even reluctant to help the cast at all at first for the second half of the arc because the disbandment of the A.S.S. once again left them unemployed.
    • Jeeves: Mario and Tari set up a small, rival business venture right in front of his Milk Emporium. Considering the start of the 2019 season, Jeeves was being lenient with Mario's shenanigans and polite for ruining his previous milk venture by simply asking Mario to move his lemonade stand elsewhere. He only got violent when Mario refused, and Franciswas the one who escalated the conflict to a gang war.
    • Francis: Due to Mario and Boopkins losing his shipment of products,SMG4 getting in the way,and Bob fleeing with his merchandise, all four of them are lucky that he just forces them to work for him to make up for the amount of money they cost him.
    • Desti:As horrible as it is to sabotage Meggy's team in any way she can, Desti IS a fellow competitor against Meggy in the Splatfests, and she wants to keep a leg up on her as best as she could. Not to mention that due to her statusas an Octoling, Desti was probably not going to be favored to win.
  • War Arc: The last two episodes of the arc are this mixed into the Rescue Arc. And no war is without its casualties....
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: Ironically, it's the very princess this trope is named after who prompts this trope! Peach unbans anime just in time for Splatfest, where our heroes have unfinished business before they finally move on with their lives...or so they think.

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I didnt say Im not against it. - You could see that you might not have lost so to speak, so I decided to take everything into my own hands, let's talk like adults. - Come on. - did you like how Vlad fucked me. - well yes.

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