What would an anime version of SpongeBob SquarePants look like? A new video answers that question in a violent, emotion-filled way.
In a video uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday, animator Narmak presents their take on a SpongeBob SquarePants anime opening, which imagines SpongeBob as he truly ought to be: an anime hero forced to fight against his friend.
In the intro, which tells a pretty coherent story, Squidward has quit the Krusty Krab to work at Plankton’s Chum Bucket, leaving a note saying, “Are you feeling it now, Mr. Krabs?” (a reference to a SpongeBob episode where the titular character repeatedly asks Mr. Krabs, who’s having a mid-life crisis, if he’s feeling it now). Plankton juices Squidward with a shot of Chum, and he turns against his former friends, punching Sandy Cheeks into a wall and cutting Patrick Star into pieces. A horrified SpongeBob, a former lover of Squidward’s in this version, then decides to take him on.
(UPDATE: A new video has been linked. The original video was flagged for review by YouTube and is not currently available, and with people stealing Narmak’s work, the animator has added it to their Twitter, which is linked above. You can also watch it on Newgrounds.)
The whole thing is appropriately shonen. SpongeBob and Squidward are presented as the Naruto and Sasuke of the SpongeBob universe, friends who inevitably have to fight. We get a running shot, a character brooding in the rain, and epic action. And the song used in the video, Uverworld’s “Colors of the Heart,” was also used as the third opening for the shonen anime Blood+.
Previously, Narmak made anime-inspired videos pairing Shrek with Attack on Titan, in a series titled Attack on Ogre.
Needless to say, the SpongeBob SquarePants Anime needs to happen.