Amada Anime Series: Super Mario Bros.

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Amada Anime Series: Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Momotarō cover.png
The boxart of the first episode
アマダアニメシリーズ スーパーマリオブラザーズ
(Amada Anime Shirīzu Sūpā Mario Burazāzu)
Genre Adventure, Comedy
Original video animation
Produced by Shinichirou Ueda
Written by Juri Yagi
Studio Studio Junio
Released August 3, 1989
Runtime 15 minutes per episode
Episodes 3
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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 Amada Anime Shirīzu Sūpā Mario Burazāzu?) is a series of three direct-to-video OVAs licensed by Nintendo, produced by Studio Junio, and released on VHS tapes on August 3, 1989 exclusively in Japan.[1] The plot of the episodes involve characters from the Mario franchise in the stories of three Japanese fairy tales: Momotarō, Issun-bōshi and Snow White.


Super Mario Momotarō[edit]

Two elderly Hammer Bros. living on a star were Princess Peach's grandparents. However, Bowser was plotting to kidnap and marry her in jealousy of her beauty. Ojīsan wanted to tell Bowser why he kidnapped Peach while offering something the Koopa wanted, but he simply chuckled and kidnapped peach, leaving him and Obāsan sad and lonely. Princess Peach then neglects to marry Bowser, so he held her captive in a cave until she marries him. The grandparents were left hopeless and wished to have her granddaughter back. All of the sudden, a giant peach fell from the sky and split in half, revealing a baby Mario and decided to raise him upon seeing it as God's gift. Years passed and Mario became brave and strong over time. He wanted to know how Princess Peach was kidnapped and then set off on a journey to rescue her. Before he left, Ojīsan and Obāsan gave him a container of mushrooms. On the way, he befriended a hungry Para-Beetle, a Spike, whose home planet was destroyed, and a Boomerang Bro., who was flipped up on his shell like an ordinary Koopa. Mario and his allies then board a space ship and then took on and defeated the Koopalings (with the exception of Lemmy Koopa) and Bowser, thus rescuing Peach and reclaiming the treasure he stole.

Super Mario Issun-bōshi[edit]

After a wish from a shooting star, Mario was born, but he was only a single inch tall. As he grew older, he became more adventurous and set his sights on a faraway city. He was given a sword made from a sewing needle and a raft made from a pot with some switches and a motor. One day, a storm whipped up by a Lakitu, laughing as downpours and lightning were targeting him until a large wave finally capsizes and sinks Mario's raft. Eventually, Mario wakes up from a tiny bed on a bench in the city and sees Princess Peach and walked around the city, only to encounter Bowser, who immediately started to torment her. Mario then brandishes his sword, but Bowser stomped and ate him, so Mario then poked his stomach using his sword, in which Bowser then collapsed and coughed him up. Mario then slashed Bowser's horns and eyebrows, off, causing him to fee in humiliation. Mario then sees a magic hammer, in which he finally grew to his normal height when he picked it up.

Super Mario Shirayuki-hime[edit]

The final short is largely based on the original fairy tale of Snow White, but Mario breaks the curse with a magic potion instead of a kiss. He then takes on the Koopalings and Luigi finishes Bowser off with a kicking him in the belly, causing the Mushroom Retainers (who play as the Seven Dwarves) to rejoice over Bowser's defeat.


A review by Kotaku was very critical of the overall quality of the episodes.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Super Mario Bros. (Amada series)". TheMushroomKingdom. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Luke Plunkett (30 August 2011). "There Were Worse Mario Cartoons Than the American One". Kotaku. 

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