The Amada Anime Series: Super Mario Bros.
The Amada Anime Series: Super Mario Bros. (アマダアニメシリーズ スーパーマリオブラザーズ) is a series of anime. It is a collection of three original video animations based on fairy tales and was released only in Japan on August 3, 1989. The series used characters and other elements from the Mario franchise in place of characters and concepts from the original fairy tales.
The series contains Super Mario Momotarō, Super Mario Issun-bōshi, and Super Mario Shirayuki-hime. The two former episodes in the series are retellings of fairy tales of the same name, while Super Mario Shirayuki-hime is a retelling of the Western fairy tale Snow White. When the titles are read aloud by the narrator, the possessive particle の no is spoken between "Super Mario" and the name of the specific story; translated, this would render the titles as "Super Mario's Momotarō", etc.
- Swapping the fairy tale characters with Mario characters does not work out at all due to the poor connection and chemistry with each other, leading to nonsensical, weird, and cringy plots, even if this series is non-canon:
- In the first episode, Princess Peach was adopted by two old Hammer Bros, and Mario was born in a peach, which never happened in the video games.
- In the second episode, Mario is only one-inch tall and only grows to normal size via a hammer.
- In the final episode, Bowser is dressed in drag as the Evil Queen.
- False Advertising: Lemmy Koopa is in the cover, but he doesn’t appear in the series at all.
- Choppy animation that is filled with errors in some scenes. For example, in the last episode, when Bowser was disappointed with Wendy O. Koopa, Iggy Koopa, Roy Koopa, and Morton Koopa Jr. and they leave his site, Ludwig Von Koopa was in a scene with them, when Bowser did not even summon him.
- Luigi didn’t appear in the series until the last episode, where he came to help Mario and defeat Bowser and his minions.
- In the final episode, which is an adaptation of Snow White, Mario wakes Princess Peach with medicine instead of a kiss. Even an old Mario fansite thought it was a cop-out.
- There’s a bunch of scenes that are too inappropriate for children despite the Mario games being made for kids, in the first episode, Mario uses a gun, and the third episode has swearing like when Mario says “damn”.
- Most of the characters are still likable.
- It has some Mario related connections, like saving Princess Peach and defeating Bowser and his minions.
- The music isn't too bad.
- The ending of the last episode isn’t too bad.
- This was the first attempt on an animated Mario series before The Super Mario Bros. Super Show.
- The character designs are faithful to the official artwork of the games, unlike the DIC cartoons.