| Super Smash Bros.|
|Distributor(s)|| Sora Ltd.|
Namco Bandai Games
|First Air Date(s)|
|June 23, 2018|
|Last Air Date(s)|
|January 15, 2024|
|Country of Origin||Japan|
Super Smash Bros: The Animation known in Japan as Dairantō Smash Brothers: The Animation (大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ : The Animation) is a 2014 television series based on Nintendo's fighting game, Super Smash Bros.
The fighting game was adapted into an anime series after its fourth game and huge popularity from people all around the globe. During development it was set that the anime got more than 25 episodes, but wouldn't be one that would be too many episodes. It eventually became 51 episodes in total.
The series follow the playable characters of the game who all got merged into one dimension by an unknown entity. Each character is seperated from their friends and family and landed somewhere in this new dimension. They are told by a mysterious person that no one could be trusted, and causes the characters to always be alert. They fight, and team up to find their friends and bring back the dimensions to how they once were.
The series include many characters who have appeared in the Super Smash Bros. games. All the playable characters throughout the game appear, even those from previous versions that were cut along the way. Besides the playable characters there are also certain Assist Trophies, Bosses and Stage Hazards that make appearances in the series. Although in most cases they are related to a game series already represented in the show. Characters like; Sheik, Zero Suit Samus and Dr. Mario aren't seperate characters in the game and are merged with Zelda, Samus Aran and Mario respectively.
Ideas for an anime based on the Super Smash Bros. series had been on the mind for some time now. But Sakurai didn't approve of one, as he wasn't finished with the series yet. He did say that he at least would make one more Smash game, which is Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/ 3DS. After that he said he would consider making an anime of it, as other anime of his work worked pretty well. Kirby, Right Back At Ya! and the small anime clips of Kid Icarus: Uprising were all well received.
After the release of Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U, the development for the anime went in process. Sakurai stated that he wanted the anime to have an open ending, at least that it could have another season if he would make another Super Smash Bros. game. All the voice actors of the characters in the series were asked to voice their characters, now with full lines, and they all agreed. Although characters like Mario and Luigi would still have fewer lines than others. Link on the other hand has full speech like other characters such as Samus, Pit and Marth, although Link is a silent protagonist.
Characters that were previously cut from the rosters were brought back to the series. The main reason for that was because they still were popular and could be worked into the plot very well, especially Mewtwo. However Young Link would only be used for Link's flashbacks. Dr. Mario, Sheik and Zero Suit Samus also were merged with their original persona. Toon Link however remained a seperate character.
The anime is scheduled to be aired in the beginning of the Spring of 2015.
There is a total of 51 episodes. Each episode is about 23 minutes long including the opening and the ending of the episode.
|001||The Default Eight|
|Eight heroes regain conscious in the new dimension they have arrived in. Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Kirby, Samus, Yoshi, Fox McCloud and Pikachu. They each head out to look for their lost ones, but a certain object leads to a fight between Mario and Link. Meanwhile Fox is in search for a spaceship when he suddenly encounters Samus' Spaceship.|
|002||Angel of the Skies|
|Kirby is still alone and finds the ruins of a castle where he finds a mechanical hourglass that looks very suspicious. Meanwhile Mario and Link try to find their loved ones but encounter some trouble on their way. Pit wakes up in the skies and sees that Palutena is nowhere to be seen and head out on a quest and quickly encounters Yoshi and Donkey Kong.|