There Will Be Brawl is a dystopian exploration of what video game worlds look like after we turn off the consoles and the characters have to continue living their wretched lives. It centres on Super Mario, but brings in characters from Donkey Kong, Legend of Zelda, and Metroid, to name a few. This show takes you on a journey you may never have wanted to go on, but probably needed to – so let’s get into it.
There Will Be Brawl is gritty and revels in the sheer creepiness that is the universe of Super Mario. It also explores the question of what happens when the Princess is safe and all the heroes have to get regular jobs? To be honest, the show was a little depressing in its realism, and I’ve got to commend it for that. I never thought I would get so involved in a show about the Mario brothers but I found myself picking sides and wondering what was lurking behind each dark corner. (Spoiler: more bad things are always lurking behind the next dark corner)
The series won’t answer any of these burning questions:
- Where are King and Queen Peach?
- How lousy is the royal guard, actually?
- Why is Princess Peach ALWAYS in another castle?
- Why are Mario and Luigi’s noses so large?
However, it will drag you into a tale of murder, betrayal, mystery and seedy nightclubs. No – this isn’t a Deus Ex web show. It’s just that everybody has to grow up eventually, right?
There are some twists that people with knowledge of the original series’ may not really understand. But if you can get past that then you’re going to love how raw and human the characters feel. You may also find out why Luigi was always helping Mario save Princess Peach, amongst other things.
Overall, There Will Be Brawl is well worth the emotional scarring it’ll inflict, and the time it’ll take to watch.
Mood Meter: Get yourself a glass of bourbon, and watch as your childhood falls apart.
Watch it here