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Sonic Animated Continuity

After finishing watching all the Sonic cartoons, mainly all the American Sonic shows made by DIC and even the Japanese Sonic Animes since this won’t cover Sonic Underground, I realized that these shows could be in continuity with each other. Just like I found out about the Nintendo Animated Universe that consists of the Super Mario Cartoons, The Legend of Zelda and Captain N, I will now do the same for Sonic.

As a kid I always thought of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog SATAM sharing the same universe. And why not? Both had the same voice actor, basically the same premise only executed a bit differently and both had the same personality, likes and dislikes for Sonic. There is no reason not to think they aren’t in the same universe besides the fact that one is a much lighter take on it. Counting much of the stuff the two shows shared wasn’t from the videogames so you can’t say it’s because of the source material, so it’s not crazy to think this.
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Sonic X Anime and OVAs.. A look back on

Sonic has had a variety of cartoons but not only in the west but it has also gotten a few japanese animated shows, well one anime Sonic X and two OAVs which were edited and sold as a movie around the world. The Western cartoons diverged from the source material and incorporated plenty of original stuff but how did the Japanese handle the blue blur?

Sonic X

When you start watching Sonic X and get done with the first episode, you realize how amazing it was and that it’s the Sonic cartoon you always wanted to watch. You tune in to the next episode only to encounter a radical change. The characters go to Earth after the awesome confrontation with Dr. Eggman. The concept of the show after this pretty much feels like it was made by an American company..You have a kid main character who is meant to relate with the padawans and you have a very episodic premise for the anime.

The show is very slapstick, not unlike adventures of sonic the hedgehog, in fact there are a lot of similarities between them and it wouldn’t surprise me if they used Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog as an inspiration of sorts. They have two robots that are just like Grounder and Scratch which aren’t too bad but also not as likable as the other two. Chris and his family are just annoying and uninteresting characters with the exception of maybe Chris’s grandfather. I also just hate the setting on earth for the show and only makes you wish they had never left their original planet. Its a very kid oriented show thanks to Chris and it makes you loathe the character since all the interesting parts are when he has nothing to do with the plot or he isn’t around but yet he is there for most of the show. It just goes to show a Sonic cartoon can be very interesting if you cut down the human side.

After the first 13 episodes you get a small season finale with them beating Dr. Robotnik…err Dr. Eggman which isn\t bad. After this they start adapting different sonic videogames from that era like Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventuer 2 and Sonic Advanced 2. You’d think the show would get better since it is no longer episodic but you are wrong since it feels like you are watching video game cut scenes and as much as you can enjoy FMV it isn’t the same if there is no gameplay in between them so it’s just boring. But not only that, they are indeed more boring since they tweak details from the games to incorporate Chris into them which slightly changes the storyline to make it fit into this universe and it’s not usually good.

So yeah it isn’t as great as you think and the pacing continues to be really bad in this part of the show. There was a lot of controversy with the voice actors after Sega of America replaced the videogames voice actors with the Sonic X ones but as much as I liked the original actors however I don’t really have many complains with the voices 4Kids gave them and I think they fit the roles rather nicely for the show. Now my absolutely favorite character from the show is an original character named Bokkun who doesnt even have a japanese name but who is absolutely awesome. I love his voice and how he acts he is so adorable and it is a shame he hasn’t been incorporated into other Sonic universes. I watched the dubbed version because as much as I hate things being edited, I really like the voices and I didn’t feel like reading subtitles for a show like Sonic, so having 2 minutes cut from an episode wasn’t that bad for me. I don’t mind changing a bullet sound to a laser sound at all, it bothers me more knowing they changed the music.

Now Series 2 as it is called in Japan or season 3 everywhere else is a bit different, after the first series you get a finale for the characters with each having closure but the new series is a nice way to get back into the action. Since they had adapted pretty much all the games by that point they go a different route which normally can create some great story arcs in anime when they have no restrictions, this is why I always loved filler arcs. They have some new villains named Metarax and the show takes place in the Sonic Universe they came from instead of Earth but…..you still have Chris and sadly he is still as annoying as he was int he first series, the darker plot has its pros and cons since it is indeed more interesting in some aspects but also falls back to the boring Sonic X we know. This is the show that introduced one of the most annoying characters in the Sonic Universe ever created which is Cream and Cheese, I can be pretty tolerant to some things but overall I really couldn’t stand her at all or even understand the point of her existence.

Some of the deaths are censored but it doesn’t hurt the storylines a lot. It really makes you wonder what the hell Sonic sees in Chris to want to be his friend and put up with his whims. Counting the show doesn’t take place on the Sonic side of the universe and it’s never mentioned it could easily be Planet Mobius from the previous cartoons counting how similar it is to AOSTH and also a more serious side like SATAM it isn’t that far off. The show has a nice ending and overall as much as I ragged on the show it has enough memorable moments and enough moments with Sonic characters acting cool that it makes it worth putting up with Chris’ crap.

Sonic The Hedgehog The Movie OAV Welcome to Eggmanland – Sonic VS Metal Sonic

Now let’s talk about the original Sonic Anime which the US version is called a hackjob of the two OVAs, I am not really that familiar but from what I know nothing is cut that drastically so I wouldn’t go that far. The voices are quite terrible but the biggest problem the movie has is the plot is just stupid and nonsensical. That has nothing to do with the dub or with splicing them together as a movie, I mean one does lead to another so it doesn’t make sense that by placing them together they are messing it up.

It is a nice piece of animated Sonic but it really isn’t that much closer to the games than Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. Knuckles acts fairly off character than what you’d expect, like Knuckles calling Sonic his best friend and wearing a cowboy hat. Metal Sonic isn’t much better either but seeing him race Sonic is indeed cool. Its just all the new characters for this movie are absolutely terrible. Nonetheless the movie will always be remembered for having Sonic flip of Dr. Eggman.

You have Princess Sara who lives in this universe and is constantly harrased by Dr. Eggman like your normal cliche you can expect form anime. She has a tail too and for the most part isn’t too bad of a character and the most memorable one from the other ones they created.

It’s worth watching only to see some nicely animated version of Sonic but there isn’t much more to it than this. This also works out as a prequel of sorts to the Sonic X anime, not really meant to but why the heck not? Its an adventure that takes place before they go to Earth and for the most part all the characters act in character with the exception of Knuckles.

Sonic Cartoon Trilogy.. A look back on

As a kid I once caught what is now known as SaTAM, and I fell in love with that version of the character, sadly growing up the only cartoon I could ever catch consistently was AOSTH and I hated it while Underground I never really knew existed We’ve looked at the Super Mario cartoon Trilogy so it’s not time to take a look back at Sonic’s very own Cartoon Trilogy which consisted of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog and Sonic Underground.

Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog

I still watched this show even if I disliked it just to get my Sonic fix but I always wondered why I even bothered as a kid. Many years later when Sega went third party and I was ecstatic since I had always been a Nintendo fanboy and always wanted to play Sonic. I needed more Sonic fix and I noticed that AOSTH was airing on Toon Disney; I did not care if it sucked it was still Sonic and it was needed in my dangerously furry crossroads past. I would tape it every day and watch it after school and I noticed that I didn’t hate the show as much anymore, I watched most of the episodes during that time and I actually quite enjoyed it even more so than SATAM. Time has passed and I decided to look back at AOSTH again and see how well it holds up.

The show is cheesy but fun, it is slapstick comedy not too dissimilar from Looney Tunes. They do make Dr. Robotnik into an absolute idiot and all of his plots are foolish. It also ins’s very clear if he is a real threat or not or if he’s conquered the planet Mobius or not since a few episodes leave it a bit ambiguious. The show overall is actually of fun to watch if you know what you are expecting from it but beware as there are a lot of episodes and it can be hard to marathon through it but watching two or more episodes per day. It is also hard to believe Sonic had “attitude” over Mario, this is as tame as a character can get. This show gets hated on a lot but it does what it is trying to do well, it might not be a serious take on the character but it works.

Another thing this show has going for it is that the game borrows a lot from the game, it has music cues, the overall look of some locations and references to the games like a Sonic Spinball inspired episode, we have a version of Metal Sonic, some of the robots he faces. The show which is normally really episodic actually counts with a Chaos Emerald mini-series and it has plenty of recurring characters. Scratch and Grounder are silly but they aren’t bad and you grow fond of them as I ended up liking them a lot. Coconuts is pretty awesome as well with his depressive yet maniac mind that he has. Tails was my favorite character as a kid but here he is indeed pretty useless and annoying, though he does get some development and you see that he likes inventing things which would prove to be true later in the games.

So yeah oddly enough this take on Sonic and their characters is not that far from the source material, you have to realize that this was made when the Sonic games had virtually no story and even then it manages to stay true to them as much as it can. The show gets far too much hate and if you like slapstick comedy and Sonic you cant do wrong checking it out, it is far from being amazing but its a decent show.

Sonic SATAM

Sonic the Hedgehog is the cartoon that is remembered fondly by most; It used to air very early on Saturday mornings and I almost never got to catch it, much to my demise, I used to instead always catch AOSTH airing at most other times while I wanted to watch the grittier version. I absolutely loved the theme song and I do think that it had a lot to do with me thinking Sonic was awesome and wanting a Genesis. I never felt I really got to watch it enough. I eventually got the DVD and I was a bit disappointed by it thinking it’d be so much better when it really wasn’t but here’s to another chance.

Compared to AOSTH, the cartoon that aired at the same time as this did it definitely has a much darker mood, however this is still a SATAM show like it is nicknamed by fans and I’d hardly call it a dark show..just darker compared to the other cartoons. The first season is especially like this, it’s a standard cartoon where you have a group of freedom fighters fighting against this tyrant so they can overthrow him. The show has a colorful cast of characters, which makes them all unique even if they don’t really get all that much development. The plots in season 1 are very standard SATAM plots and a bit boring for the most part since there is no slapstick like AOSTH to break up the genricness, this makes some episodes drag.

The second season has a slight change, not only in character designs but the plots become a bit darker and more entertaining. The second season also brings somewhat of an ongoing plot, it isn’t much just references of something to come but at least it’s something and this was not very common back in those times. The show has a finale, it leaves a cliffhanger and the defeat of Eggman..rrr Dr. Robotnik. It is a bit anti-climatic but this was because it was supposed to continue.

This show was Sonic to a lot of people and it’s interesting to see how different the actual Sonic universe became, remember this show came out when there was hardly any story to Sonic or even characters as mentioned above. The show created quite a few interesting characters and that’s why it has the legacy it has. Overall the show is worth a watch if you like or ever liked Sonic back in the day and see how different and interesting this take is but it is hardly the classic some fans may make it out to be. Robotnik does indeed feel evil in this show, sadly he doesn’t have much of a personality which makes him one dimensional in contrast to AOSTH Robotnik.

Sonic Underground

This is the Sonic show that is almost never get’s talked about and it’s mostly forgotten. And when it’s not, it is seena s this horrible show, but is it really? It seemed cool at the time but I never had the chance to watch it, I’m guessing it was sort of a transitional period for Sonic fans since they were getting older and the younger generation never got to watch it so it never got a fair chance from either fans of Sonic.

This show came out in 1999 when the Dreamcast was coming out and it almost seems that it isn’t from that era at all. The actual show seems to take most of it’s characteristics from two previous DIC shows since Sonic and the universe share many of the story elements only present in those cartoons. Of course they decided to go a slightly different route with this one not really being a continuation of either but a brand new story. In this universe Sonic is the son of the Queen of Mobius and he has two siblings.

This universe involves a lot more magic and fate into the universe than either of the two previous DIC shows. His brother Manic and sister Maria actually have some pretty cool character designs that can now see life in Sonic Forces, their actual story isn’t that great though. They are freedom fighters called the Sonic Underground and they fight with Music..yes that’s right and I never quite understood what powers it gave them. Basically they were able to use musical instruments to fight and make songs which seemed irrelevant to the actual episode. Not to mention said songs featured different voice actors and were for the most part terrible. I have no idea who thought those things would be considered hip with the kids, this was the late 90s after all.

Dr. Robotnik in this universe is not as evil as the SATAM version but he isn’t the fool he is in AOSTH, he seems just a generic bad guy and that’s too bad since that makes him easily the worst animated interpretation of Eggman. He has two henchmen Sleet and Dingo who work for him and while they aren’t Scratch and Grounder level of stupid, they never get the job done. The plots mostly involve the Sonic Underground trying to find their mother and stopping random Dr. Robotnik plots. This also includes a few appearances by Knuckles who isn’t treated too terribly with all things considered.

We also have a short chaos emerald saga here which helps you get a bit more interested. Overall the music gimmick is terrible and this feels like a show that should’ve came out around the time of the other Sonic cartoons. However much of the hate it gets is unwarranted, many episode plots aren’t that much different from a standard SATAM episode, so it feels a bit unfair to call out this show and praising SATAM. While it may be the better of the two shows, they aren’t as different as some would make it out to be. Nevertheless if you feel like reliving some classic 90’s sonic this definitely feels like it before the make over he got later on.

Sonia is an aristocrat and Manic is a former thief however their personalities aren’t really dealt with that much during the show, they could¿ve easily have created more fun conflicts between them. Sadly the show ends without a finale or anything up wrapped up, but at least the final episode does have a nice line “game over” which counting Sonic is based on a game, it fits even if nothing is ever resolved. Yes, this was the end of classic Sonic.

Sonic’s Christmas Blast

Originally meant to be called Sonics Xtreme Christmas to promote the Saturn game that never came out was a X-Mas special. There really is no other reason since this was made after SatAM and AOST had already finished their runs. It has different animation and character designs but it looks better even if more cartoony. The actual plot is something typical of AOSTH but we do see some influences from SATAM like Princess Sally even if she is pink and Swatbots that look like generic AOSTH robots instead of the ones from SATAM, and yes you even see Robotropolis, but besides that it is definitely more along the lines of AOSTG and not SATAM. The episode is not a great one nor is it a decent Christmas episode with just a generic kidnap and I become Santa Claus plot. However it was indeed nice to see the characters again years after their shows got cancelled. Not to mention it brings speculation at least to a person like me to bridge the gap between both shows into one continuity.

Most Wanted Custom Characters for Sonic Forces

Sonic Forces has a custom character feature which caused all the furries and Sonic fandom yiffed and “hardcore” gamers all called for the Sonic Cycle to start all over. I actually though it’s a neat idea and you just have to ignore the collateral damage for this feature being implemented. Now, I think for most of us we’ll just have fun with it and move on with our lives, but with the thousands of ORIGINAL CHARACTER DO NOT STEAL out there, what are some of the most wanted Custom characters for Sonic Forces?

I must admit that even though I”m a fairly big Sonic fan who has watched all the Sonic cartoons just because but I’m not as up to date with more modern characters and I never read the Archie Sonic comics besides an issue or two which has most of the fandom ended up attaching too and gave the rise to the NAME + The Hedgehog meme that exists and likely inspired this game but I’m pretty sure this list should satisfy most.
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