The Super Mario Amada Series are a series of short Japanese fairy tales anime that is found and released only in Japan. The series are released in August 3, 1989 once again only in Japan; making it extremely rare to people not living in Japan.
The series is based on one of the three Japanese fairy tales that are told to children. Additionally, the series contained Mario series that are played in the three short Japanese fairy tales. The characters introduced Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Bowser, and his Koopalings during the fairy tales. Each fairy tale shown in anime consists of about 15 minutes. The three Japanese fairy tales contain; Momotaro, Issunboshi, and Snow White.
Okay, imagine for a minute that Nintendo licensed Mario out to someone who just horribly, horribly abused it, created the schlockiest, most garbage product with it, and what do you call it?
No, it's not the Philips CD-I
It's the long forgotten, defective cousin AniMario!
I don't think Shigeru Miyamoto knew about this one. If he did, I think he would have died of shame before Mario ever made it to the 90s.
We've got three OVAs here, which are Japanese rips of fairy tales. The second one is Thumbelina, the last one is Snow White, and I have no freaking clue what the first one was supposed to be. We'll call it Schlocklestiltskin.
In Schlocklestiltskin, Princess Peach is born to... Koopa Troopa grandparents, and is abducted by Bowser, who is king of the intergalactic space jewelry pirates. Standard fare right? Let's take a turn for the stupid: Mario then comes crashing down to the planet inside of a comet made out of a giant peach as a baby, mustache intact, and raised by the same Koopas... On the same day that they decide to tell him about Princess Peach, guess who shows up? Well, Mario is given a machine gun that looks like an M2 Flamethrower, befriends a flying red shell, a hammer bro, and some weird character that has never been in Mario, and they head to gang up on Bowser... Bowser apparently also lives in Scrooge McDuck's gold pool dungeon.
Stupid factor: 6/10
Next up, Dumbelina RPG Lite. Mario is inexplicably, and variably, a microscopic to waist size plumber who flies around in a rocket powered coconut boat, fighting with a hilted needle. I can't make this stuff up. He manages to slice off Bowser's 4-6" horns with his 1" needle in one fell swoop, the former of whom then runs away, because big scary! Because no good RPG is any fun without a loot system, Bowser drops a +1 Magic Mallet, which grants any wish! Instead of using it to, you know, solve world hunger, or stop the intergalactic tyranny of the space pirates, he chooses to use it on himself so that he can have a child sized body and be with Princess Peach. What an ASS!
Supid factor: 8/10
As if the stupid couldn't get any worse, the last is probably the most egregious of the three. Bowser shows up again, but this time in DRAG! He's decided to quit being oppressed by the patriarchy and become QUEEN KOOPA!
He gets pissed off that the mirror upholds society's male dominated view of beauty and is told that Princess Peach is more beautiful than he is, so he sets out to do what any rational cross dressing lizard king would do- send his goons to kill her, because jealousy is a pretty trait.
Naturally, they fail, but not before Toad is able to clone himself into 7 child versions of himself, (fulfilling that Snow White, yall), and Princess Peach is left to cook and clean for them. Queen Dipshit shows up again, but this time he means business! Wielding a kitchen knife, he threatens to cut off Peach's nose, because then she'll never be beautiful!
Cue the deus ex machina, and Luigi shows up, bludgeons the poor oppressed Queen Jealousy to death, and Mario and he throw Bowser through the Patriarchy Mirror, the end.
Stupid factor: ∞/10
Upon writing out this carnival of failure, I've re-rated this a 2.
The art looks like what would happen if you emptied out a sewage filter on some paper, crumpled it, and then lit it on fire.
The sound isn't really that bad, the voice acting is appropriately flat and terrible, and they make use of some licensed, groovy high 80s synth, including The Art of Noise's "Snapshot", who ripped off The Who's "Baba O'Riley". This is indicative of the anime as a whole: an 80s ripoff of a classic.
I enjoyed the few brief seconds of relief when I wasn't trying to destroy my frontal bone with a hammer.
What, there is actually a Super Mario Anime?? Yeah that was pretty much my thoughts when I found out, in fact there a few versions of it.......plus a movie! This review however, will be regarding the title: "Amada Anime Series: Super Mario." (which come as three 13 minute OVAs)
Well it certainly doesn't stay linear that's for sure, basically all three OVAs tell a different style of story, two of which show different origins of Mario himself. (one as a Tom thumb character, the other has him born from a peach in space) These stories play out more like a wacky fairytale than anything else. While Princess Peach and Mario do face off against Bowser in ever episode, its done untrue to the video game before it, which may bum out some fans of the game. We only get backstory and depth on Mario himself really, and never on anyone else (which is okay, since this is quite a short series). Most of the time it seems like they just happen to be walking along when they discover Mario. The plots can be childish, cheesy and predictable overall, yet it never really ceases to keep you entertained the whole way through, since the gang is always in a different situation with the story. I can't say whether you will like the exaggeration to it or not, but it certainly isn't the worst I have personally seen.
Truly the best part of the series, while the animation can be quite stiff at times, the characters themselves are drawn exactly like they should be (perhaps even more so than the American cartoon), all complimented with bright colorful artwork that really will make you feel like your in the videogame itself. It should be said though that this title was made in 1988, so it definitely shows its age when compared to today's stuff.
Most will probably feel its the worst feature, as it is overall nothing more than generic sounding 80's elevator style music, none of which is from the video game itself, which was kind of a bummer to say the least, and will most likely come off as boring. Not to mention there is no opening theme, only a closing one; which again comes off only as an instrumental piece. The character voices are decent though, I really liked Peach's soft lighthearted voice, and Mario sounded appropriate as well with his teenager style voice. Though Bowser had this higher pitched voice which came off as down right silly!
Mario, Princess Peach, Bowser, the Koopa kids, most of the main side villains and even Luigi himself make an appearance in this. Their good for the most part, each one keeps their personality to a point from the show, yet add their own style of wackiness to the mix (this is especially true with Mario and Bowser). Mario's personalty was a bit lackluster though, he didn't really give off any kind of distinctness to him. Most of the time he would just keep a strait face, or a more angry one when Peach was being threatened. Overall though, they did a decent job of trying to recreate the game in a Japanese style way, even if it does come off as exaggerated!
Bottom Line: 5/10
Amada Anime Series: Super Mario does suffer from being cheesy, silly and childish, which might turn away most viewers. Had they stuck more true to the story of the video game and not the fairytale stuff, I think it would have been a lot better! At the same time its still one of those titles you can't help but find interesting. Certainly won't be everyone's cup of tea, but it does do an okay job of keeping you entertained for one viewing. I recommend it to the big Mario/Nintendo fans out there, or to those who are young at heart! Not a bad series pre-say, it just doesn't do anything in a particularly memorable way, yet since it was never released outside of Japan, it can at least be considered an interesting find.read more
The Mario Brothers are two of the most iconic, if not the most iconic, video game characters ever created. The game franchise has had a whole slew of installments, most of which are remembered fondly. Some of which are reviled. Specifically, Hotel Mario on the CD-I and the “edutainment” titles like Mario is Missing and Mario's Time Machine. Naturally, it has had some other media. Including one of the worst Hollywood movies ever made and some horrendous American cartoons from DIC. Was the character treated with any more respect by Japanese animated studios? Let's look at Studio Junio's Mario Brothers OVA from 1989 to find out.
Each episode tells a different story very loosely based on a fairy tale. Which I will be going over individually because this insanity merits close inspection. The first of these stories is Peach Boy Taro. In this variant Princess Peach is living with her grandparents, who are hammer brothers types of koopas and who never refer to her in familial terms at all. Instead, calling her Princess Peach or simply Princess. This brings up two major questions. 1. Why is she called Princess when there's no indication that her grandparents are royalty of any kind? 2. How do koopas end up with a human granddaughter? True to Mario fashion, Peach is kidnapped by Bowser and his Minions, also called the Koopalings in some areas. After that happens, we get the Peach Boy parallels, with Mario springing from a giant peach as a mustachioed baby... that looks like a full grown adult. He's raised by Peach's grandparents and, eventually, decides to go rescue her after hearing her story from them. No, I have no idea how long this takes. His adoptive father gives him the family treasure, a gun, to help him. So, Mario sets off on his quest. Yes, Mario uses a gun in this OVA. There is something very wrong with that.
The next one covers Tom Thumb. Our story once again finds Mario as a mustachioed baby, but this time the size of a thumb. Eventually, he gets bored of hanging around at home and asks his parents if he can go out into the world. His father reluctantly agrees, sending him with a needle sword and a bowl boat. He's caught in a storm and washes ashore outside of a futuristic city where Princess Peach takes him in and decides to keep him around, presumably as a pet since he rides around on her shoulder like a parakeet. While walking through town they encounter Bowser who wants Peach to marry him. She refuses and the tiny Mario is forced to step in and try to protect her. In spite of being smaller than Bowser's foot and armed only with a needle. This is actually the least drug-addled of the episodes.
The final episode covers Snow White. In this adaptation, Bowser in drag is the evil queen. He asks his mirror who the fairest in the world is and it tells him he is... Go home, Mirror, you're drunk. Later, Bowser repeats the question and the mirror diplomatically tells him that he's the fairest in this land but that Princess Peach from the neighboring kingdom is the fairest in the world. This makes Bowser furious and he sends his minions to murder her. Being royalty, she is naturally unguarded and they almost succeed only to be stopped by the arrival of the wandering Mario. He takes Peach to the home of the seven Toads for safety. Her own castle was inadequate... why? Being Toads they naturally fail with Bowser in drag giving her the fateful apple. One more note, this is the only story where Luigi appears and he comes out of nowhere.
There isn't much to say about the characters. They're largely blank and the characterisation across the OVAs can be inconsistent. Although, to be fair, the characterisation in the games usually isn't much better. The difference being that the games are about clearing boards and having fun and haven't been focused on story, save for a few RPG installments. We aren't playing through the animation so we need more from the characters to stay invested.
The art in this series is downright awful. No effort went into the art or animation. Animation gets repeated far more often than it should when you've got fifteen minute episodes. Mouths frequently don't move when characters talk. The character animations don't even look like they're moving half the time. Rather, they look like a cardboard cutout is being dragged across a background.
The sound is another aspect that fails. None of the actors seem to be trying. Furuya Toru plays Mario and you know he can act. He was Chiba Mamoru and Yamcha. Although, given the scripts, I don't think you'd try either. Sato Masaharu isn't a bad actor but he's really miscast as Bowser. The music is pretty bad too.
This has no ho-yay. So, this factor is 1/10.
This series raises a lot of questions. Questions like: who thought this was a good idea? How did this get made? Why did Nintendo green-light this? What were they thinking? And, of course, just how many drugs were they on? The scripts are horribly written whether you look at them as fairy tale or Mario adaptations. The basic factors like animation and acting are horrendous. It is kind of fascinating in its terribleness and there are moments that are so ridiculously stupid and over the top that they're unintentionally funny. Still, I can only recommend it to the morbidly curious. My final rating is going to be a 2/10. Next week, I'll move away from video game adaptations and look at Angel Sanctuary. read more