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The SpongeBob SquarePants Anime, simply referred to as SpongeBob SquarePants (Japanese: スポンジ・ボブ Hepburn: Suponji Bobu, pronounced Spongey Bobbu) is an ongoing Japanese anime television series produced by an upcoming animation studio using what EVIL Productions left behind in order to produce a quality fan series built around his and Narmak's ideas. Its overall plot outline is loosely based around the manga and anime created by Narmak and is considered to be a what if scenario of what would happen if SpongeBob was a Japanese anime. The story is currently being rewritten again under yet another animation studio. One of the many changes made in EVIL Prodction's version is this show's setting which was made to be more like modern day Japan. It is broadcast at 9:00 p.m. on TV Tokyo.
Just like in Narmak's version, the anime centers around protagonist SpongeBob SquarePants as he tries to save his best friend Squidward Tentacles from the clutches of Sheldon Plankton and his army of minions, but everything goes haywire and soon SpongeBob must choose to save Squidward along with his other friends. At some point SpongeBob's best friend Patrick dies in combat, but later comes back alive in a later arc. This show considered to be a lot more bloody and violent than most SpongeBob spin-offs, but still family friendly for the most part. Some fans accepted some episodes having a TV-14 rating. Each season contains 50 episodes.
Episodes (Wikia Fan Series)
Season 1 - Serial Experiments Squid
Overarching Storyline (Manga)
The Manga has four different narrative levels. There are different branching series storylines going on at once inside this anime believe it or not. There are four narrative levels in each storylines that can be seen only with those with an IQ of 150+ SNOO PINGAS. Only the highest of high SpongeBob Gods know the true storyline by heart. Some say that they can see images in 5-D to see hte storyline unfold via time travel and "imagination."
FOUR NARRATIVE LEVELS A: The Cosmic Level (Gods) B: The Political Level (Governments) C: The Individual Level (Folks) D: The Spiritual Level (Ghosts) The First set of volumes adapts episodes from Season 1 of Spongebob and focuses on the conflict between Squidward and SpongeBob as he is going to be recruited into the Chum Five. The Second set of volumes build on the early death of Patrick, acting as a motivator to get revenge on Squidward only to find out that Patrick has conducted various crimes of his own through an alter ego. Some theorize that his soul gets taken over by the ugly barnacle who is also the Hash Slinging Slasher at the same time. The Flying Dutchman also becomes a much larger villian in Season 2 due to the dead being a consistant theme in that season. The Second Set of anime and manga chapters are a rushed combination of Season 2 and 3 arcs, which is why certain arcs fell flat in comparison. Not to mention the countless filler episodes that aired in between the Krusty Fallout Arc and Forest Club Arc.
The Final set of volumes and episodes in the fan series adapts select arcs within the 3rd and 4th Seasons along with a series of disliked fan sequel miniseries that diverge from the manga known as the EVIL trilogy (Seeds of EVIL, Regin of EVIL, and Triumph of EVIL). With the first two miniseries being referred to as click-bait filler and the third miniseries giving what fans wanted, a conclusion to the Hash Slinging Slasher arc resulting in the saddest ending in this anime. The final season is a lot longer than the other two due to the fact it adapts both the second half of Spongebob's season 3 and "select" episodes from Season 4 along with bringing new peices of lore that are unseen and do not need to be explained. Many didn't like the inclusion of Tibbett's role in the series however he famously wrote the "Gary Come Home" arc which was regarded as one of the most arcs even to this day. Eventually the final half of the Final Season adopts a weirder take on the movie, akin to Evangelion 3.33 and the End of Evangelion and its Evangelion type writing later inspires the fan miniseries set of sequels to be a mecha based. The role of the Hash-Slinging Slasher is seen throughout as he maintains an important figure within the series.
Sagas and Arcs (Manga Analysis and List by an Otaku)
Tea Dome Arc
As part of the Friendship Arc, this is where Karate is first introduced along with the powers associated with various Karate disciplines. Sandy is the first enemy fought in the manga, her fight introduces the series complex themes of life vs death and what a fish's worst nightmare means to SpongeBob and friends, the same nightmare that will later be seen in the Z arc also known as the final battle against Plankton and his final scheme. Sandy seeks to trap SpongeBob in a death trap hoping to train him as a sensei for karate training. Patrick and SpongeBob grow together as friends attempting to escape the trap known as the Tea Dome using their Pinky Up technique.
Bubble Bass is fought in two epic battles that end his schemes in the manga but is confronted several times by our characters. He is among one of the first characters to be fought in the manga, but Sandy is fought first in the Friendship arc. Before joining the Chum Five, Bubble Bass is merely seeking to torment SpongeBob to make a krabby patty with Pickles. Plankton starts to gain interest after Bubble Bass shows what he jerk he is to SpongeBob and recuits him as part of the Chum Five. Slowly SpongeBob begins to see who is attempting to tarnish his employee of the month as well as the Krusty Krab as a whole.
Fry Cook Games Saga
Battle For Bikini Bottom Saga
Chum Five Saga
Z / Shell City Arc (Final Manga Arc)
Gary Come Home Arc (Anime Filler Arc)
Barnacle Man who has been hinted as the next main antagonist has been laughing seeing that the Reign of EVIL is about to be set in motion shortly after the final defeat of Plankton. In a surprise twist, Gary turns out to be the leader of a set of bad guys known as EVIL who gave Plankton plan Z in order to rule the ocean along with another group who seeks to drive Mr. Krabs to bankrupcy but unlike EVIL and the Chum Five, this other villainous group wants to maintain peace in the ocean by getting rid of corporatocracy within underwater in order to set up a utopia of peace. Various puppet restaurants have been set up to make sure that Mr. Krabs loses his business or goes bankrupt. These two groups are the new antagonists that have yet to be desired. Gary is among one of the highest ranking members of this Akatsuki style group. SpongeBob must track down Gary in order to defeat him in a final battle. He has many other members in the group to deal with which are dealt in subsequent manga chapters. Gary is a 1,000 year old sorcerer with untold powers as seen in the Dream Arc where he appeared to be a helpful ally. This arc which was supposed to be part of a sequel anime confused many viewers and made people question the actions of Gary in the anime.
Seeds of EVIL (Filler/Fanfiction) Saga
Reign of EVIL (Filler/Fanfiction) Saga
Triumph of EVIL (Filler/Fanfiction) Saga
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Critical Reception (Wikia Fan Series)
This is just sloppy writing!!!!! It was already proven that Gary's body is unique and the snail virus built up a immunity to Squirdward's attack. If anything Patrick is the one who should have died. Not only is he closer to spongebob, but the best friends 4 ever and Valentine's arc cement him as one of the best support characters in years. Quitting this anime. It was good in the beginning, but the author is such a sell out. Ever since the pioneers arc the series has been on a decline. I mean the hash slinging slasher mystery murder episode was good, but it only did so much. - SIRTreehugger
They probably should have stopped after the Squid Society Arc, Patrick was best girl and my favorite easily. But of course the anime always have to shit all over childhood friends and make the generic "first girl you see" win because they don't know how to write compelling romances. And then you have the terrible fucking power asspulls, Spongebob only had basic karate training and it was shown Sandy Uchiha was clearly stronger; how the FUCK did Spongebob beat metal Mr. Krabs, who beat Sandy, by pulling out a stupid Magic Circle that protects him from anything that was NEVER previously revealed? Such a shitty asspull and recently the anime as been filled with them. I might as well finish it though, I've been following it since the Chum Exams, which is easily one of the best shounen arcs of all time. Plus I'm too attached to these characters to stop now, might as well see who ends up as a couple. - Jazzidoo
it's slightly triggering when there are these memes that are copying manga style but then they fail the most basic thing. - Mommid
God, the writing in this has become Jimmy Neutron level bad. How dare they not explain how Spongebob's new power works in the very same chapter it's introduced in? That can only mean they never will explain how it works, and this series is doomed to end the same way Jimmy Neutron did. You all remember, Jimmy gets a new power up, defeats evil jimmy, timeskip where he gets together with Cindy, all rushed to shit. I can only expect the same to happen with Spongebob. This series has hit rock bottom. - DrewBreakman
The "Gary Come Home" arc in Season 3, is easily one of the best written arcs in all of shounen. - S-ClassRen
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