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Main characters from Sonic X and flipside of bio cards

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Countries which have their own version

Sonic X (ソニックX Sonikku Ekkusu?) is an animated television series, featuring video game hero Sonic the Hedgehog based on the storylines of the Sonic Adventure series. Its rated genres are: action, adventure, sci-fi and comedy. It was animated and produced in Japan by TMS Entertainment with the partnership of Sega and the Sonic Team. In 2003, 4Kids Entertainment licensed Sonic X for American U.S. licensing in a joint effort between 4Kids and VIZ Media (it was formerly with ShoPro Entertainment before ShoPro and VIZ, LLC merged into VIZ Media) & distributed by FUNimation. It is also shown in Europe, Australia, Brazil and Latin America by Jetix (with the UK having only the first 39 episodes Free-To-Air on ITV with Jetix on Sky), and in Canada by YTV. Originally planned as a 52 episode series which would be inspired by the storylines of the Sonic Adventure series, Sonic X has now expanded to 78 episodes which were shown in Thailand, and France in February and March of 2005. In the 4Kids dub, profanity, and sexually suggestive references were removed, since these themes were innappropriate elsewhere.

See also: Sonic X pilot

Plot SynopsisEdit

There has been minor debate as to whether or not the first two seasons of Sonic X take place on Earth. Episode 8 showed a map of the planet, which did not look much like Earth, but episode 38 showed a view of the planet, in which Texas and Africa are noticeable.

The design of the map in episode 8 could be described as laziness to draw Earth properly, as seen in many other cartoons.

Series 1 (Seasons 1 and 2) Edit

During what seems to be a routine attack on Dr. Eggman's headquarters to rescue Cream the Rabbit and Cheese the Chao, Sonic and his friends are caught in a massive and mysterious explosion that transports them to what, at first, appears to be another dimension. Separated from his friends, Sonic eventually finds himself in custody of a twelve year old boy named Christopher Thorndyke, who saves Sonic's life after he nearly drowns in his pool. Chris lives in a lavish mansion, funded by his two celebrity parents, with his inventor grandfather, Chuck. Chris aids Sonic in locating his friends, and it is not long before Dr. Eggman makes his presence known. As Sonic and Eggman race to collect all the Chaos Emeralds (Sonic wants to use them to get home to his own dimension, and Eggman wants to use them to conquer this new universe), Chris must deal with the stress caused by having parents that are too busy to bother taking care of him. The first 26 episodes focus on Sonic and the other's adjustments to Earth and eventually, all of the Chaos Emeralds are retrieved and the chaos power warped parts of their home planet to Earth (like Angel Island). On the second half, the show focuses on the plots of Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2, and a bit of Sonic Battle. In the end, Tails and Chris' grandfather invents a dimensional portal to send Sonic and everything else from his world but before Sonic leaves, Chris takes Sonic away with him because he does not want Sonic to abandon him as he feels his parents did. Eventually, with the help of Sonic, Chris comes to terms with his feelings and Sonic returns to his own dimension. However, Chris vows that one day, he will see Sonic again.

Series 2 (Season 3) Edit

It has been six months since Sonic and friends returned to their own dimension. On Chris's planet it has been six years and Chris is now eighteen and seems to have a relationship with Helen. He has been working on repairing his grandfather's dimensional portal. In Sonic's world, a new girl named Cosmo arrives on Sonic's planet, looking for the legendary one who can wield the powers of the seven Chaos Emeralds. Sonic, having been nearly defeated in outer space by a new enemy called Dark Oak, scatters the Chaos Emeralds across the galaxy, in order to prevent Dark Oak from using their power. When Chris uses the dimensional portal, he suddenly finds himself in Sonic's world. His age has regressed all the way back to the age he was when he first met Sonic; however, Chris still has all his memories of the years he spent repairing the dimensional portal.

Chris learns that to Sonic, only six months had passed. During their reunion, Dark Oak and his Metarex Army attacked Sonic's planet and stole the "Planet Egg" from it. Without the Planet Egg, all the trees and plants on Sonic's planet will wither and die. Sonic and his friends decide that Dark Oak must be stopped, and they venture into space to retrieve the Chaos Emeralds.

This series is similar to Sonic Heroes and Shadow the Hedgehog such as Shadow surviving and being released with memory loss for the former and the common Metarex looking like the common Black Arms for the latter. After many run-ins with Dr. Eggman, and the pursuing Metarex Army, Cosmo's dark secret is eventually unveiled: She has been an unwilling spy for the Metarex all along, and the Metarex themselves are actually part of the same race of autonomous, anthropomorphic plants that Cosmo is of, having twisted and modified their bodies for combat after war overtook their planet. They now must depend on the energy of the Planet Eggs to stay alive. When the Metarex enact a plan that could destroy the entire Universe, Cosmo sacrifices herself in order to save everybody with the help of Super Sonic and Super Shadow; much to the grief of Tails, who had fallen in love with Cosmo during the course of their adventure. It is Tails himself who must kill Cosmo in order to release her power, which would halt the advance of Dark Oak and return him to his benevolent form. Her essence is manifested in the form of a seed, which Tails later cultivates.

With Metarex destroyed, Eggman builds an invention that sends Chris home and Chris accepts, knowing that ultimately his place is on Earth with his family and other friends. Soon thereafter, Dr. Eggman revives his previous rivalry with Sonic, albeit a light-hearted one. The series ends with unresolved cliffhangers, such as the whereabouts of Chris and Shadow.

Series 2 production notes Edit

In late 2004, production sketches, model sheets, storyboards and episode scripts of a supposed Series 2 began surfacing. Many dismissed them as a fan-made hoax as neither Sega nor TMS has officially announced continuing Sonic X beyond the original 52 episodes. It was not until early 2005 that Jetix France began to air the 26-episode "Series 2" shortly followed by a Taiwanese station and on September 10, 2005, 4Kids Entertainment began to air "Series 2" calling it "Season 3". Despite being made in Japan and dubbed into Japanese the show has not yet been aired there.

Thematic differences Edit

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"Dark" Super Sonic in Sonic X.

One major difference between "Series 1" and "Series 2" is the fact that "Series 2" is considerably darker and more mature in tone, but still retained the light-hearted elements. Several of the characters sustain serious (mainly Chris who, while still a kid after reuniting with Sonic & Co. in the beginning of "Series 2", still has an adult inventor mentality), nearly-fatal injuries, and several characters even die; such as Cosmo and Molly's deaths during the final episodes of "Series 2." In addition, in the final episode, Shadow disappeared as well, and no one was sure of what happened to him. In the Japanese version, however, he is seen as a shadow by Molly's grave (a scene cut out in the 4Kids dub because it referred rather heavily to the subject of death, and they cut out Molly's death, which this was a reference to) having placed a pink rose by it. There is no indication that any of the deaths in the series were ever reversed or negated.

Series 3 (Season 4)Edit

Rumors have begun to circulate about a possible fourth season of Sonic X being in development, for instance, according to SonicHQ TMS is listing Sonic X among the anime they are producing, (although this may be because the third season has not yet been broadcast in Japan. The ending of episode 78 has also fueled speculation. There were many cliffhangers such as what happened to Chris. In the very end after Sonic and the gang take off in the X-Tornado, a pot is shown with a small plant in it which could supposedly be Cosmo. In addition, Shadow is shown to be alive, him having put a rose next to Molly's grave. This scene is excluded from the English version, although he is certainly still alive. There are other details to support another season, including how TMS' site says "78+ episodes", but TMS said at SonicAnime.net that there are no episodes being produced.

List of charactersEdit

MajorEdit

MinorEdit

Exclusive charactersEdit

Pilot ExclusiveEdit

Season 1, 2 & 3Edit

Season 1 & 2Edit

Season 3 (Season 2)Edit

Who is Nazo?Edit

Main article: Nazo
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The mysterious Nazo.

A concept art video/trailer released before Sonic X contain many things which were changed before the show was actually aired. These included a single still picture of a blue/gray hedgehog (the picture to the right). This image was then found on the official Sega website with the name Nazo.jpg. Since he has not appeared in the actual show and Sega has given no more information about him, Sonic fans popularly refer to him as Nazo, which means "mystery" in Japanese. Also because of the lack of canon information, much debate has followed about who he was to be. One theory is that he was an early design for the show's "Super" or "Hyper" form of Sonic, or the "Dark Super Sonic" that appeard in Season 3. Another is that he was in some way related to Silver the Hedgehog from Sonic the Hedgehog. Others believe he was to be an entirely separate entity. Many assume that he was to be a villan, but there is nothing to support this but one's interpretation of the image. Nazo has also spawned much fanfic, including the incredibly popular Flash Video trilogy "Nazo Unleashed" by Chakra-x, a remake of his original "The Power of Nazo."

Series 2 (Season 3) notesEdit

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Tails, Amy, Knuckles, Sonic, Cosmo, Cream and Cheese.

In late 2004, Production Sketches, model sheets, storyboards and episode scripts of a supposed, many dismissed them as a fan-made hoax as neither Sega nor TMS has officially announced continuing Sonic X beyond the original 52 episodes. It wasn't until early 2005 that Jetix France began to air the 26-episode "Series 2" shortly followed by a Taiwanese station and on September 10, 2005, 4Kids Entertainment began to air "Series 2" calling it "Season 3". Despite being made in Japan and dubbed into Japanese the show has not yet been aired there; in fact, currently, the only way to view "Series 2" in its original native language (Japanese) is to purchase the Chinese Video CDs, which feature Japanese dialogue with Chinese subtitles. This Video CD uses the second version of the Japanese opening theme, "Sonic Drive", and the second version of the Japanese ending theme, "The Shining Road", as well as a new ending sequence with the song T.O.P.

Thematic DifferencesEdit

Darksonic

Dark Sonic in Sonic X

One major difference between "Series 1" and "Series 2" is the fact that "Series 2" is considerably darker and more mature in tone. Many characters sustain serious, nearly-fatal injuries, and several characters even die; such as Cosmo's death during the final episodes of "Series 2". In the end, Tails himself, overcome with emotion, is ultimately forced to kill her at her own request. In addition, in the final episode, Shadow disappeared as well, and no one was sure of what happened to him. In the Japanese version, however, he is seen as a shadow by Molly's grave (a scene cut out in the 4Kids dub, seen as Molly's death was not featured in the dub) having placed a pink rose by it. There is no indication that any of the deaths in the series were ever reversed or negated.

The quality of the English version of "Series 2" is highly disputed. Many fans dislike the removal of some of the darkness. An example of this removal can be found with a comparison between the English and foreign versions of episode 77, the second to last episode of the series so far. Near the end of the episode when Tails is forced to kill Cosmo, it is apparent that the foreign episodes retained far more emotional depth, seen when Tails, on the verge of pressing the fire button of the Sonic Driver, instead slams his head on the control panel and begins hicupping. This scene is substantially cut down in the English version for unknown reasons. Not only that, when Tails finally manages to press the button, the foreign version portrays him in a deep state of distress and sadness, epitomized when he screams in horror when the Sonic Driver beam strikes the Metarex planet. Nearly all these scenes are cut from the English version. The English version shows him in a more relaxed and accepting composure, even going so far as to say a calm "goodbye" to Cosmo as he presses the button. In one episode, when Chris and Cosmo are captured by the Metarex and attempting to escape, Black Narcissus stabs Chris (non-fatally, of course) in the Japanese version, but simply knocks him out in the English dub. Lastly, the musical composition during this scene varies in the english and foreign episodes. The foreign episode contains a musical background that is strikingly more emotional and saddening, while the English version replaces it with a more action oriented, upbeat backround. While the subtle plot changes remain controversial, some fans like the retaining of the more visible science fiction elements that were not present in "Series 1".

Tie-insEdit

Comic Book SeriesEdit

In September 2005, Archie Comics, publishers of the North American Sonic the Hedgehog comics started a Sonic X comic book series based on Sonic X. According to writer Joe Edkin, the first nine issues will take place in the TV continuity between episodes 32 and 33, which falls between the Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2 story lines. After this, the stories' chronological positions will vary for some time, although in progressively later points in the series. The series is based off the English version, though fits the continuity established in the original Japanese version. Now Sonic X comic has ended and will continue in Sonic Universe, but an editor's note at the end of issue #40 states that Sonic X, or at least the characters, will return, indicating that it may be developed upon in the Sonic the Hedgehog comics or that they hope for the characters' returns in either Sonic X anime follow-ups or appearances in games.

Toy lineEdit

Sonic the Hedgehog Toys The 4Kids version of the show was backed up by a toyline. The early figures in this line were in fact re-releases of an earlier Sonic Adventure toyline, criticised by many for awkward poses and poor sculpting. The line has currently moved onto more accurate and updated figures. Taking a concept from the popular Marvel Legends toys, one wave presents each of the 5 characters in it with part of a generic E-Series robot. Fans who buy the whole wave can complete the robot as a 'bonus' figure. Further waves include the re-release the first wave with the addition of a special keychain, the Space Fighters collection and the Chaos Emeralds collection.

Video Game seriesEdit

Shadow was seen removing his bracelets and recieving a huge power boost as a result in the ending of his story in Sonic the Hedgehog, a concept originally used in the Sonic X anime.

Trivia Edit

  • Agent Topaz resembles Janet Marshall from Virtua Cop 2 and Virtua Cop 3.
  • Sonic X's scene where Shadow removes his rings for greater power is the only influence on the original Sonic series, indicated in Sonic 06
  • Due to some adaptations of the games in Sonic X, there has been much confusion whether the sonic X canon is set in the games or not. However, considering some relatively drastic changes between certain adaptions and the games they stem from, it can be relatively safely assumed that Sonic X is a continuity seperate from the one in the games.
  • The voice actor from the Sonic games, Ryan Drummond, offered to voice Sonic for the dub - but was refused by 4Kids for not living in New York (it has also been said that Drummond even offered to re-locate to New York, and was still refused). This eventually lead to Drummond being removed (without notification) as the voice actor for the Sonic games, after Sega of America decided to replace the entire voice cast for the games with the 4Kids cast following the death of Deem Bristow, the original voice actor for Dr. Eggman. The biggest complaint with this decision was that Ryan was not notified, and allegedly only told when he was asked if he would be needed for voice recordings in Shadow the Hedgehog from the beginning. Even though Drummond wanted to continue voicing Sonic, he was declined to voicing Sonic in the Shadow the Hedgehog game, which resulted in many complaints from fans of the sonic adventure voicecast, and those who dislike the 4kids voicecast.
  • When the first thirteen episodes of Series 2/Season 3 were released on DVD in the US, they were packaged as the The Complete 5th Season (with thirteen episodes being a "season", and those episodes being the fifth division of thirteen episodes); also, the cover art to the DVD resembles the poster for the movie Firefox, with the Blue Typhoon in the same space as the MiG-31, the movie's titular jet fighter.
  • In addition to direct adaptations of Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2, there is a reference to the games in episode 58, in which Sonic uses his Soap shoes from Sonic Adventure 2 to grind a mutant plant.
  • In episode 20, Cream mentions that she was raised in Green Hill Zone, a reference to the old 16-bit games.
  • Notably, several other voices for the Japanese version are famous guest seiyuu from Japan's (and America's) most popular anime and video games.
  • Sonic X is the first (and probably only) Sonic cartoon to have included Super forms.
  • Rings in Sonic X appear to have a similar purpose as the rings in the cartoon Sonic the Hedgehog (also known as SatAM) seem to.

CastEdit

JapaneseEdit

Junichi Kanemaru Sonic the Hedgehog
Sanae Kobayashi Christopher Thorndyke
Masakazu Morita Christopher Thorndyke (Adult)
Taeko Kawata Amy Rose
Ryo Hirohashi Miles "Tails" Prower
Nobutoshi Kanna Knuckles the Echidna
Sayaka Aoki Cream the Rabbit, Vanilla the Rabbit
Kouji Yusa Shadow the Hedgehog
Rumi Ochiai Rouge the Bat
Chikao Otsuka Dr. Eggman
Bin Shimada Bocoe, Chuck Thorndyke
Ken Yamaguchi Decoe
Noriko Hidaka Helen
Takashi Nagasako Big the Cat
Kenta Miyake Vector the Crocodile
Yuuki Masuda Espio the Chameleon
Yoko Teppouzuka Charmy Bee
Kaori Asou Tikal the Echidna
Kujira Ella
Naomi Shindoh Danny, Lindsay Thorndyke, Maria Robotnik
Souichirou Tanaka Sam Speed
Yumiko Kobayashi Messenger ROBO
Yuri Shiratori Maria Robotnik
Yuuki Tai Leon (eps. 68, 72)


English Edit

Staff Edit

Assistant Editor Abel Bautista
David Etzold
Assistant Music Producer Jonathan Lattif
Associate Producer Julie Rath
AVID Editor Chris Guido
David Etzold
Executive Producer Alfred R. Kahn
Norman J. Grossfield
Graphics Hisami Aoki
Lurialle Dumaguing
Paul J. Baccash
Rob Bruce
Ryan Kelly
Mix Engineer Ron London
Music Composition Craig Marks
Joel Douek
John Angier
John Angler
Louis Cortelezzi
Manny Corallo
Matt McGuire
Ralph Schuckett
Music Producer John Sands
Producer Michael Haigney
Production Assistant Joan Vollero
Production Supervision Brenda Dillon
Recording Engineer Alon Namdar
Michele Darling
Ohad Tzachar
Ron London
Suzanne Goldish
Script Adaptation John Touhey
Michael Haigney
Ted Lewis
Translation Advisor Kaz Sano
Voice Direction Andrew Rannells
Pete Kaplan


CastEdit

Jason "J. Griff" Griffith Sonic the Hedgehog, Shadow the Hedgehog
Lisa Ortiz Amy Rose, The President's Secretary,
Amy Palant Miles "Tails" Prower
Dan Green Knuckles the Echidna
Rebecca Honig Cream the Rabbit
Andrew Rannells Decoe, Bokkun, Mr. Stewart,
Darren Dunstan Bocoe, Mr. Tanaka
Suzanne Goldish Christopher Thorndyke
Mike Pollock Dr. Eggman, Ella
Kathleen Delaney Rouge the Bat
Kayzie Rogers Topaz, Policewoman
Amy Birnbaum Cosmo, Helen
Frank Frankson Sam Speed
Jerry Lobozzo Chuck Thorndyke, Policeman
Jonathan Todd Ross Dark Oak, Red Pine, Firefighter (Male)
Jim Napalitano Pale Bay Leaf
Sean Schemmel Black Narcissus
Ted Lewis Yellow Zelkova, Nelson Thorndyke, President
Jennifer Blood Lindsay Thorndyke, Firefighter (Female)
Rachael Lillis Danny
Kerry Williams Frances


TagalogEdit

Rustom Padilla Sonic the Hedgehog, Shadow the Hedgehog, Policeman
Kris Aquino Miles "Tails" Prower, Maid
Piolo Pascual Knuckles the Echidna, Firefighter (Male)
Victoria London Amy Rose, Policewoman
Jasmine Fitzgerald Cream the Rabbit, Firefighter (Female)
Zara Aldana Christopher Thorndyke, Rouge the Bat


Others CreditedEdit

  • Jimmy Zoppi
  • Madeleine Blaustein
  • Jeff Woodlock
  • Veronica Taylor
  • Karen Neil
  • Nappy

Guest StarsEdit

Mike Pollock Professer Gerald Robotnik (eps. 33-38)
Frank Frankson Leon (eps. 68, 72)
Bella Hudson Tikal the Echidna, Maria Robotnik, Molly, Maid (ep. 68)
Oliver Wyman Big the Cat (eps. 27-33)
Megan Hollingshead Scarlet Garcia (seasons 1 & 2)
Carter Cathcart Vector the Crocodile
David Willis Espio the Chameleon (eps. 39, 59, 65, 71, 75-78)

Jerome Wise, G.U.N General (ep. 38)

Amy Birnbaum Charmy Bee (eps. 39, 59, 65, 71, 75-78)


Program HistoryEdit

  • Fox (2003-2008)
  • The CW(2008-present)

Episode guideEdit

List of Sonic X episodes

Theme songsEdit

For the United Kingdom, much of Europe and Brazil the Opening Intro was changed to a female singer repeating the show's title over numerous times, the US ending theme was kept however.

RussiaEdit

  • Opening
  1. "Sonic X" by Jetix
  • Ending
  1. "Gotta Go Fast" (shortened version) by Norman J. Grossfeld and Russell Velazquez

U.S./CanadaEdit

  • Opening
  1. "Gotta Go Fast" by Norman J. Grossfeld and Russell Velazquez
  • Ending
  1. "Gotta Go Fast" (shortened version) by Norman J. Grossfeld and Russell Velazquez

Japan/FranceEdit

  • Opening
  1. "SONIC DRIVE" by Hironobu Kageyama & Hideaki Takatori
  • Intro Version 1 (eps. 1-26)
  • Intro Version 2 (eps. 27-78)
  • Endings
  1. "Mi-Ra-I" by:RUN&GUN(English translation: "Future") (eps. 1–13)
  2. "Hikaru Michi" by Aya Hiroshige (English translation: "The Shining Road") (eps. 14–39 and 53–78)
  3. "T.O.P" by KP & URU (eps. 40–52)
  • Inserts
  1. "Kotoba ni Dekinai" by OFF COURSE (Episode 26) (TV-Tokyo Broadcast Only)
  2. "Live & Learn" by Crush 40 (Episode 38) (From Sonic Adventure 2)
  3. "Natsu no Hi" by OFF COURSE (Episode 52) (International and TV-Tokyo Broadcast Only)
  4. "Midori no Hibi" by OFF COURSE (Episode 52) (TV-Tokyo Broadcast Only)
  5. "Event: The Last Scene" by Fumie Kumatani (Episode 52) (From Sonic Adventure 2) (Japanese DVD and International Broadcasts Only)

Australia/New Zealand/UKEdit

  • Opening
  1. "Sonic X" by Jetix
  • Ending
  1. "Gotta Go Fast" (shortened version) by Norman J. Grossfeld and Russell Velazquez

Latin America/SpainEdit

  • Opening
  1. "Gotta go fast" (spanish version)
  2. "Sonic X" by Jetix
  • Ending
  1. "Gotta Go Fast" (shortened version) by Norman J. Grossfeld and Russell Velazquez

ArtworkEdit

External linksEdit

Official English sitesEdit

Official Japanese sitesEdit

Other linksEdit


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