As part of my PhD research, I watched every single episode of every cartoon and anime adaptation of Sonic the Hedgehog, from Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog to Sonic X. Included on many of the DVD compliations were interviews with the cast and crew of each series, which provided some insight into the production process, and various online resources provided other enlightening videos that contributed to my research.
Included here are the notes I made on every episode pertaining to their adaptation of Sonic's gameplay elements, their portrayal of Sonic and his supporting characters and the various worlds in which they inhabit, and other interesting observations that all contributed to my understanding of the complex ways Sonic has been changed by the adaptation process.
Part Five, Part One: Sonic X
Director: Hajime Kamegaki
Chaos Control Freaks
Based on the modern-era of Sonic games, specifically using characters, designs, and plot elements from Sonic Adventure onwards, this series presents us with the most faithful depictions of the videogame characters and their various elements since the anime and places them into a world that vaguely resembles our own, somewhat eschewing this otherwise faithful rendition. As a Japanese-produced anime dubbed into English, Sonic X also has its fair share of translation issues, edits, and errors that were not present in its American predecessors. Also, the aesthetics of characters and technology are very anime-inspired.
Sonic and his friends are transported to earth by, and alongside, Doctor Eggman via Chaos Control. Eggman utilises Japanese anime-inspired robots and mechs, not dissimilar to those used by G.U.N. in Sonic Adventure 2, as his main robot army, with no Badniks being featured in the show at all. Eggman is not concerned with rapping animals in robots, or roboticizing anyone, nor is he overly concerned with polluting the environment – he desire world conquest through his robots and the power of the Chaos Emeralds, and to rule over vast cities made in his image. When dumped on an island on earth, Eggman randomly selects a new robot most episodes using a card-based Selection Machine – exactly how they are produced is not explained. Sonic uses Gold Rings ejected by the Tornado to power himself up; it is not explained how they are produced, but he can only use his trademark Sonic Spin Attack by having a Ring. Similar to SatAM, the Rings also allow Sonic to defy gravity and perform superheroic actions, and he generally requires one to beat Eggman’s robot-of-the-week.
Sonic is a brash, cocky adventurer who lives for adventure and to oppose Eggman, mainly out of fun – he is extremely protective of the weak and defenceless (especially Cream and Cheese) and is always ready to leap into action (Knuckles, largely disapproving of Sonic’s reckless attitude, considers him “overkill, [as] always”). When transported to Earth, Sonic is largely unconcerned – though curious as to his new location and how he got there, he quickly assumes it was down to Chaos Control and concerns himself with the welfare and whereabouts of his friends. As in AoStH, Sonic often breaks the fourth wall or narrates to himself.
The humans, though unable to comprehend exactly what Sonic (and his friends) is (they think he is some kind of mutant, or science experiment, or an alien), are largely unaffected by his presence – Station Square’s police initially attempt to hunt him down and capture him for further study but it is mainly because of the nuisance his speed causes. Deposited in Station Square, he begins a rivalry with Sam Speed, who describes Station Square as being very peaceful and quiet (he’s only made one arrest in a year) because his “S-Team” is so fast and efficient at catching criminals. Sonic relishes the race against Sam and the competition that Sam provides, but mocks Sam and the S-Team by outpacing them and out manoeuvring them.
As always, Sonic is flawless in his skill and ability, his confidence peaking into arrogance (though arguably justifiable as he can run faster than the speed of sound). However, as in the anime and Sonic Underground, Sonic cannot swim, and this weakness is often mentioned and exploited throughout the series – he simply drops like a stone and struggles to run when trapped in Chris’s swimming pool. If not for Chris’s assistance, he would have surely drowned. Although Sonic is aware of his inability to swim, he is not afraid of the water as in Sonic Underground, merely he prefers to avoid it and the issue entirely.
Sonic to the Rescue
Chris Thorndyke is a very lonely rich boy, often left in the care of his housemaid Ella, Grandpa Chuck, and family butler/bodyguard Mr. Tanaka. His parents are very rich and successful people (his father, Nelson, is the owner of a computer and housing business, while his mother, Linsey, is a popular actress), and are often away on business – though they communicate with him via telephone, bombard him with presents, visit whenever they can and for important dates (like his birthday in “Techno Teacher”), and are extremely overprotective of him.
Sonic cannot remember how or where he learned to talk and rejects Chris’s attempts to feed him conventional hedgehog food – he also bolts as soon as he grows bored, uncomfortable with being still and stuck in one place for long. Station Square experts are baffled by Sonic but Grandpa Chuck is far more open-minded and accepting of their strange house guest. Upon seeing Cream and Cheese in trouble, Sonic dashes off to save them with no idea where they are and with no plan, and is forced to rely on Chris and Chuck’s help to find and save them. Sonic is unhappy with this to begin with but, by the end of the episode, grows to accept and appreciate their help, and their home.
Cream, constantly accompanied by Cheese, is very young, naïve, and scares easily. She’s extremely polite and soft-spoken and has unwavering faith in Sonic. Sonic seems to care for her as though she were his younger sister; she dislikes conflict and bad people and is the archetypal hostage, a true innocent, with little other appeal beyond her cuteness. As with all of the other videogame characters featured in the series, this is strikingly similar to her videogame counterpart. Sonic, understanding that, in the absence of her mother, Vanilla, he is responsible for her safety, recognises that he cannot afford to be too reckless in rescuing Cream and Cheese from Area 99. Sonic constantly gives Cream encouragement – he never puts her down, blames her for anything, or makes her feel bad.
Tails, as in most videogames, arrives just in the nick of time to carry them all to safety in the Tornado, and helped Sonic with the rescue by covertly hacking Area 99’s security system. Tails is older than all previous animated incarnations, in line with his counterpart’s age, and is extremely modest about his abilities and contributions, though Sonic also constantly supports and encourages him. Tails quickly bonds with Chuck over their mutual interest in science and machinery.
Like Sonic, Eggman quickly adapts to his new environment, rebuilding his base into a heavily-armed fortress and beginning anew his plot to recover the Chaos Emerald and dominate both this new world and the entire universe.
Missile Wrist Rampage
Like his videogame counterpart, Eggman is a clown-like megalomaniac rather than a tyrannical dictator or a bumbling buffoon – he establishes a base, unlashes his robots, and makes a play for domination but does not rule the world. Unlike Eggman’s regular robot army and his larger robots-of-the-week, Decoe and Bocoe are far more vocal and express a wide range of emotions. Their unfaltering loyalty, cringe-worthy one-liners, and general bumbling nature make them the Scratch and Grounder of Sonic X.
Knuckles bares a grudge against Sonic and his reckless ways, disapproving of his lack of patience, focus, and responsibility. A natural loner, Knuckles can be quiet rude at times, and prefers to operate by himself and not get involved in Sonic and Eggman’s battles. However, his rough exterior hides a softer side, as he does, out of begrudging respect, friendship, or perhaps even from his innate sense of duty, care about the welfare of his allies and will assist them when he can, even while maintaining his gruff demeanour. Despite this, he elects to go his own way by the episode’s end, and not join the group at Chris’s house.
While Sonic is content to explore his new world, Knuckles is extremely angry and unhappy at being stranded, blaming his predicament on Sonic’s reckless ways. Due to his duty to guard the Master Emerald, he vows to return home to Angel Island no matter what and is the most vocal of the group about returning home.
Amy, in her animated debut, is, like her videogame counterpart, fiercely protective and loyal to Sonic; obsessed with him, she will always be the first to stand up for him and his actions no matter what. Tails states that it is Sonic’s nature to find trouble because he “likes danger”.
Both Sonic and Eggman crave their mutual rivalry as the challenges they provide stave off boredom. Eggman is imposing and formidable through his unmatched genius and the power of his mechs and robots, which are capable and destructive and rarely comical – his closest underlings are the primary exception, and later episodes prove even them to be quite sturdy and dangerous. Eggman easily dominates Station Square’s defences and the human population, and his robots-of-the-week are generally powerful enough to resist attack, only being defeated by Sonic when he is powered by a Gold Ring or similar power source. Eggman’s dominating persona cracks when faced with Sonic and his friends and his sheer desperation to eliminate them takes hold, causing him to act more maniacal and outlandish as his failure to eliminate them is a constant source of frustration to him.
Chaos Emerald Chaos
Like the Dragon Balls, the Chaos Emeralds scatter when gathered – locating them before Eggman becomes the groups primary goal as they hope to use their powers to return them all home. The Chaos Emeralds have the power to drive whatever touches them wild with Chaos energy.
The President recognises Eggman as a threat but is also suspicious of Sonic and his friends. Thus, he places his covert agent, Mr. Stewart, into Chris’s school to try and gauge their intentions.
Sonic is often depicted either exploring the world or napping, while Eggman is constantly unable to choose which robot-of-the-week he wants to uses and repeats the same slot-machine-selection process every time. Despite having school friends, Chris’s “empty” life is filled by Sonic’s presence and he worships him, his friends, and their mission to the extent that he constantly throws himself into danger to help, often meaning that he needs to be rescued or causes more trouble through his interference. Sonic, however, does not resent this; again, he only ever encourages Chris and his other friends and never blames them for things going wrong as he knows they mean well.
Tails has unwavering faith in Sonic’s ability to find the Chaos Emeralds, stemming, presumably, from past experiences and adventures, and from Tails’ unmatched hero worship of Sonic. As always, Sonic is extremely impatient and critical of the slowness of others, but elects to “chill out” and wait for them to catch up, taking the opportunity to have a nap and relax, rather than stand around tapping his foot and berate his slower friends.
Knuckles’ frustrations and his yearning desire to return to the Master Emerald and Angel Island (here depicted as being exactly as it appears in Sonic Adventure) are easily manipulated by Eggman, who tricks Knuckles into believe he has amended his evil ways and that Sonic is keeping him from returning them all home. Knuckles is very hot-headed and gets extremely angry at the suggestion that he and Sonic are friends, and is only too eager to beat some sense into Sonic.
Tails claims that the origins of the Chaos Emeralds are as convenient a mystery as everything else regarding Sonic and his world, as in the videogames. Sonic and his friends are able to fool people by staying completely still and posing as stuffed animals.
Sonic elects not to pursue the next Chaos Emerald because he has already visited Silver Valley, where it is located, during one of his daily runs, earning Amy’s jealous wrath that he neglected to take her along. During the fight with Knuckles, Sonic embarrasses himself by panic wildly when he lands in a shallow pool of water.
Eggman employs a Coconuts-like underling, the Messenger Robo Bokkun, to irritate his enemies and deliver explosive messages – Knuckles’s challenge shakes Sonic from his frustrating apathy and he races to meet him. Sonic believes that Knuckles should relax and not take things so seriously, but is games as Knuckles is for a fight because he enjoys making fun of, and sparring with, his rival. While Knuckles is quick on his feet, his strength lies in his lightning-fast punches and his sheer physical power. Amy indicates that Sonic and Knuckles often clash because of their contrasting characters, personalities, and pride. This same pride causes Knuckls to turn on Eggman when E-47 Pumpty interferes in the fight, forcing Knuckles to realise that Eggman has deceived him and team up with Sonic once again.
Although aware of Sonic’s weakness to water, Eggman is frustrated to see him innovate ways of avoiding it. Although they bury the hatchet, Knuckles still opts to go his own way.
Eggman’s weekly schemes fluctuate wildly, similar to his AoStH counterpart, between destructive and cartoonish – one week he wants to destroy station square, the next he opts to manipulate school kids into worshipping him! The degree of personality his robots have reflects how likely they are to rebel against him – initially, Intelligente revels in the adoration that Chris and his friends give him and defies Eggman’s orders, but Eggman is able to regain control with a minimum of fuss. Despite being rudely aloof for the entire episode, Sonic “comes to life” to find and rescue Chris when he is taken hostage by Intelligente.
When Cream disobeys Chris to pick flowers, Tails and Amy correctly guess that she is homesick and misses her mother; eager to lift her spirits, Sonic races off to find her some pretty flowers (beginning Sonic’s strange obsession with flowers in this series).
Sam Speed’s personality is very similar to Sonic’s – he is a braggart who believes himself to be the fastest, and best, at everything he does and craves speed and excitement. After numerous humorous attempts to keep Sonic and his friends a secret, they are at last discovered, allowing Ella to befriend Cream and fill her need for a mother figure.
Eggman creates his robots by stealing machine parts (in this episode it is shown to be satellites). Like the President, Eggman clearly knows where Sonic and his friends are hiding out as Bokkun regularly visits them to issue Eggman’s latest challenge, but he never attacks Chris’s home directly.
Although defeated by E-90 Super Sweeper, Sonic refuses to let himself, or Tails, give in to despair and encourages tails to rebuild the Tornado into the faster, larger, more powerful X-Tornado, an anime-inspired mech craft, with Chuck’s help. The X-Tornado takes off from a runway similar to the anime, Sonic Adventure, and Thunderbirds (which the entire episode, and E-90 especially, appears to be a homage to). Tails claims that Sonic “can take” the -50 conditions of the stratosphere, again presumably from previous adventures and his awareness that a Gold Ring will enable Sonic to survive.
The Last Resort
Amy encourages the group to go to the Emerald Coast Resort but Sonic chooses to stay behind because “[he] hates water [and] can’t swim”. Sonic prefers to be around nature rather than water. Amy longs for Sonic to join her on romantic dates, walks on the beach, and to teach Sonic how to swim to bring them closer together, and is quick to anger when this daydream is interrupted. Inspired by a couple, she makes him a lucky charm (a seashell bracelet to protect him whilst he is in the water.
Eggman plans to demolish the resort and replace it with “Eggman’s Scream Park” in a similar vein to his videogame counterpart. Despite his reservations, Sonic confronts Eggman, though Tails and Amy play a part in the ensuring battle – Amy is instrumental in saving Sonic from drowning and Tails provides him with a Gold Ring to defeat E-38 Octoron.
Amy goes ballistic when E-38 Octoron destroys her lucky charm, causing Eggman to flee in fear and earning Sonic’s respect at her fighting spirit. Sonic is forced to swim out to rescue her from drowning, making himself ill but replacing her charm with a new one, showing that, while uncomfortable with her advances and her obsessive behaviour, he does truly care for her.
Sonic has no patience for eating etiquette or manners, as in previous incarnations, but is not shown to be a gannet. Taking a cue from the Mario & Sonic videogames, Eggman challenges Sonic and his friends to a (rigged) baseball game for a Chaos Emerald. Knuckles pulls a Piccolo and arrives out of nowhere to help, but only joins the team after they goad him into it by accusing him of being scared, once again easily manipulating his pride (this time for a positive cause).
Rouge debuts, again depicted as a dubious jewel thief as in the videogames. By this point, the government is convinced that Sonic can help deal with Eggman and enlist G.U.N. to capture him and enlist his help, but capture Rouge instead. Self-centred and desiring the Chaos Emeralds, she is recruited by the President and paired with Topaz, beginning a love/hate friendly rivalry, to steal Eggman’s Chaos Emerald.
Beating Eggman (Part 1)
Sonic claims to have now seen everywhere on Earth that does not require him to swim to. Knuckles is conducting his own search for the Chaos Emeralds as part of his characterisation as a treasure hunter and to contribute to their ongoing search.
As in the anime, the President sends an aide to request Sonic’s help in return for citizenship and even payment, but the government is just as happy to capture him and force him to co-operate. Obviously, that is easier said than done, so the President is forced to rely on Rouge’s help in their assault on Eggman’s island base.
The Tornado-X undergoes its first transformation into the X-Cyclone mech. Although Sonic X features many ongoing plot threads and storylines, this is the first two-parter of the series.
Beating Eggman (Part 2)
Although they try to fight off E-35 Funfun, Tails and Amy need Sonic and his Gold Ring to destroy it and recover the third Chaos Emerald, which Eggman immediately steals.
As with the old Tornado, Sonic is perfectly capable of standing and balancing on the X-Tornado despite its jet-like speed and manoeuvrability. Unlike Snively, Decoe and Bocoe are so incompetent that, when left in charge, they accidentally fire upon Eggman!
Upon being seen battling Eggman, Sonic is publicly revealed and recognised as a hero. Knuckles again denies being Sonic’s friend and is simply seeking to stop Eggman before Sonic in order to trump him; there is an implied familiarity between Knuckles and Rouge that is later contradicted in “Project Shadow”.
Using two Chaos Emeralds, Sonic is able to gain a semi-Super power boost to destroy E-18 Guerra-Hard. The bombs placed by Rouge and Topaz also obliterate Eggman’s fortress.
That’s What Friends Are For
Feeling overshadowed by Sonic’s recent popularity, the President and his aide, Jerome Wise, plan to depict him as their close friend and ally, though Sonic is more concerned with spending time with the wheelchair-bound Helen and improving her self esteem than pleasing the government.
Neither the President or the press are impressed or much interested in the res of Sonic’s friends – Sonic is the national hero and all the stops are pulled to bring him in, much to his anger. The government’s continued attempts to recruit him and their interference in his life frustrate him greatly; he does not like to be given orders or to be hounded
Sonic is said to travel at both 400 and 700 MPH, and is now capable of rowing a boat across a lake without any issue. Sonic does not discriminate Helen just because she is disabled; he is a staunch defender of nature and beauty, as well as freedom, justice, and innocence. Sonic is also a capable and adaptable pilot.
Skirmish in the Sky
Chris attempts to give Sonic a cell phone so he can be reached easier and whenever they need him, but Sonic rejects it as part of his free-spirit characterisation. Sonic uses two Gold Rings to gain an even greater power boost.
Depths of Danger
Sonic, Tails, Amy are baffled by the documentation they need to live, fly, and travel on the planet, as they never needed such legal paraphernalia before. Though he rejected the idea of a cell phone, Sonic is more enthusiastic about being able to travel wherever he likes with his passport (despite the fact that he already has, and can, without much difficulty). Also, the government covers all of their expenses now, having set up a “Sonic Budget”.
Sonic is so popular and recognised that he is chased by fans like a celebrity; Amy, Tails, and Cream do not like the deluge of attention this brings them, and prefer a quieter life. SSTV now provides daily reports about Sonic’s activities and everyday life, inadvertently allowing Eggman to learn of Sonic’s location.
Sonic is forced to use Chris’s air supply options to explore the bottom of the ocean for a Chaos Emerald; his trouble with water seems to have abated to a dislike, rather than a fear, though he needs Tails and Amy to help him dive and swim underwater and appears to get slightly claustrophobic, and achluophobic, when trapped in Chris’s “diving bell” (whilst underwater, they encounter a crab that resembles a Crabmeat).
The Adventures of Knuckles and Hawk
Knuckles continues his solo quest for the Chaos Emeralds in suitably dramatic “film noir” style; ever eager for a fight and quick to anger, he is nevertheless just as easily deceived by others seeking to manipulate him. Interestingly, Knuckles regards his duties guarding the Master Emerald to be less of a burden and more a source of peace and happiness – the Master Emerald is his whole life, and he cares for it diligently.
Knuckles conveniently acquires the Shovel Claws, a power up that mysteriously found their way from his world to Earth, which greatly amplify his strength. Although Knuckles defeats E-91 Lady Ninja, he does not appear to destroy it, indicating that even his vastly superior physical strength pales in comparison to Sonic’s Gold Ring spin. In a depiction of the show’s recurring plots, the episode ends with a foreshadowing of the later Sonic Adventure adaptation arc.
The Dam Scam
Having crash-landed in a region that greatly resembles Africa, Tails is greatly reminded of their home world due to the wide, open, natural environment. Environmental themes are finally explored in this episode, though Eggman is not the one seeking to destroy the nature preserve; Tails grows greatly concerned about the humans’ destruction of the natural environment, and tries to urge the wildlife to fight back against the construction crews.
Tails flashes back to his childhood, where bullies would break his inventions and make fun of him for his mechanical ability. He comes across Sonic in a jungle, presumably on West Side Island, similar to the Sonic Adventure flashback, and chases after him, discovering the Tornado and upgrading it, painting it blue, to impress his newfound hero. Sonic, at the time, claimed that he “could use a mechanic…and a friend”, implying that he has been lonely by himself, and the two began their friendship. Due to those experiences, he feels the urge to stand up to oppressive bullies.
Sonic’s Scream Test
The Boo ghosts, and King Boom Boo, from Sonic Adventure 2 appear in this episode as Poltergeist-like mischievous spirits haunting an old castle; their appearance is controlled by the placement of n Hourglass Statue, similar to Sonic Adventure 2’s Hourglasses. When King Boom Boo possesses Amy, she takes on a horrific, puppet-like appearance that is reminiscent of Puppet Tails.
The group decides to take a cruise vacation; trapped on a cruise ship, moving at incredibly slow speeds, and surrounded by water drives Sonic crazy – he literally begs Chris on his knees, with tears in his eyes, to be let off the ship and ends up going stir-crazy, prompting Amy to berate him for “being a crybaby” and yelling at him to be a hero and overcome the challenge rather than give in to it, but Sonic instead tries to come up with clever ways of leaving the ship. Sonic is so desperate to escape that he plays up to his friends’ weaknesses and even tries leaping from the ship 15 times (how he returns to the ship when he cannot swim is not explained). After tangling with Eggman, and learning from Mr. Tanaka’s senior citizens, Sonic calms down and resolves to relax and enjoy the trip.
Interestingly, unlike “Sonic Racer” and “Winner Fakes All”, when challenged to a speed race by Sam, Sonic initially refuses, though it is not clear exactly why (presumably because of the government’s involvement. In fact, the Jerome is so determined to have the race happen that he strikes a deal with Eggman; though Tails believes Sonic finally accepts because he “couldn’t resist the challenge”.
Their race through the city somewhat evokes Stardust Speedway though, once again, Eggman unleashes an original robot (E-45 Sumo-Man) instead of Metal Sonic. Sonic is offered ham sandwiches and milk – no chilli dogs here! Sonic beats Sam by unleashing his trademark “rubber-band legs”.
Little Chao Lost
While camping in Tanaka’s homeland (which greatly resembles Japan), the group stumble upon a Chao Garden, indicating that Chao apparently exist, in secret, on both worlds. Eggman’s E-66 Da-Dai-Oh inadvertently threatens to pollute the Chao Garden, brining pollution back into Sonic; notably, Sonic mages to destroy it without a Gold Ring.
Tails expresses caution regarding haphazardly bringing the Chaos Emeralds together; Sonic contradictorily mentions that he has never been to Filmdom City.
The three new Chaos Emeralds cause a dangerous electromagnetic pulse. Sonic and Knuckles are far more amicable to each other and work together, they even talk in tandem and Knuckles saves Sonic from E-74 Weazo.
How to Catch a Hedgehog
Sonic eats a hot dog, the closest he gets to a chilli dog in Sonic X. Forced into an unstoppable run by a loose chip from E-88 Lightning Bird, Sonic manages a continuous super-speed run for most of the day before growing tired and literally falling asleep while running.
A Dastardly Deed
Chris is distraught and extremely upset at the thought of his new friends leaving as the race for the final Chaos Emerald heats up, even when he knows that their departure is inevitable. Knuckles, desperate to return home, is convinced that a truce with Eggman is the only solution, which Eggman takes advantage of by manipulating Knuckles and Chris into bringing him the majority of the Chaos Emeralds. This marks the first part of Sonic X’s second direct two-parter.
Countdown to Chaos
Knuckles seems to finally have learnt that Eggman cannot be trusted and is eager to make amends for his actions. Eggman is extremely angry at the government’s theft of his technology to produce their own offensive robots and mechs.
Eggman transforms the Egg Fort II into E-99 Eggsterminator, the ultimate mech powered by six Chaos Emeralds, which easily overpowers Sonic. Determined to save Chris, Sonic endures incredible punishment before Chris brings all seven Chaos Emeralds to Sonic, resulting in Super Sonic’s animated debut.
Empowered, Super Sonic is almost God-like, able to heal wounds (his own and others), move lightning fast, and disintegrate on contact. Super Sonic also initiates Chaos Control but, instead of transporting everyone home, integrates various elements of Sonic’s world into Chris’s, allowing the Sonic Adventure adaptation to take place.
Beginning of the Sonic Adventure adaptation story arc. Big returns, now on Earth, with Froggy, with them both re-enacting and embodying their portrayals from Sonic Adventure.
Six months after Chaos Control, Station Square is accepting the new status quo, though Sonic has disappeared to explore the changes to the world. Eggman, now upgraded to the Egg Carrier, uses Flickies to power his E-100 Series robots, an idea that is heralded by himself, Decoe, and Bocoe as an ingenious breakthrough, thus indicating that Eggman has never used organic batteries prior to this).
While searching for Froggy, Big, Chris, and Cream are attacked by Chaos 0, whose rampage occurs just as Sonic returns to Station Square. Sonic defeats Chaos 0 with his Gold Ring Spin Attack despite not holding a Gold Ring (he runs down a skyscraper to gain the necessary momentum, though later episodes feature him using the Spin Attack without a Gold Ring, indicating either that turning Super Sonic allowed him to more freely access the attack, or he can use it without a Gold Ring but prefers to use the two in conjunction to show off his speed, skill, and power).
Eggman feeds Chaos Chaos Emeralds to turn it into Chaos 1 and Chaos 2, which, even with Knuckles’s help, they’re barely able to defeat.
A Chaotic Day
For a change, Sonic says he would rather be out finding Eggman than “taking a coffee break”. Knuckles recounts that the Master Emerald mysteriously shattered after a lightning storm, releasing Chaos 0, believing Eggman to be behind it. Tails’ Mystic Ruins workshop somewhat resembles the huts from Knothole on the outside and the interior of his anime counterpart’s workshop rather than his comparatively small Sonic Adventure workshop.
Knuckles is able to seek out and control the Master Emerald pieces through unexplained, semi-mystical abilities (presumably stemming from his Guardian status). Sonic is barely able to defeat Chaos 4 as Amy’s Sonic Adventure story begins, as exactly as it does in the videogame, except that the Flicky she protects is named “Lily”, rather than “Birdie”, she is captured a lot easier than in the videogame, and ZERO now has a voice.
Tails’ flashback is different than in Sonic Adventure, as he already flashbacked to his first meeting with Sonic in “The Dam Scam”; here, he recalls how Sonic learned to trust Tails to be his pilot, though both flashbacks emphasise that Sonic gives Tails confidence in his abilities.
A Robot Rebels
Guilt-ridden by his failure to protect the Master Emerald, Knuckles almost allows himself to give in to despair before vowing to restore the Master Emerald. Chris berates Big’s inexplicable desire to fish despite Big’s assurances that it will help find Froggy in an interesting commentary on Big’s controversial Sonic Adventure gameplay. Amy’s flashback differs from Sonic Adventure by omitting Metal Sonic.
The characters visit many of Sonic Adventure’s locations (Windy Valley, Casinopolis, Lost World, Sky Deck, Final Egg, Hot Shelter, and Speed Highway) but do not have to contend with their respective gameplay mechanics (see “Revenge of the Robot” for one exception_ – they either simply arrive there and reach their goal or battle either Chaos or Eggman, rather than having to traverse trap-and-robot-laden environments. Knuckles also acquires the majority of the Master Emerald pieces off-screen/between episodes.
The X-Tornado transforms into a new Battle Armour mode to battle the Egg Carrier more directly, though it still lacks a landing gear.
Heads Up, Tails!
Tails uses his tails to fly for the first time; his role in the series is reduced to a mech-pilot and mechanic, requiring him to use his physical abilities a lot less than his predecessors. E-102 Gamma’s blasts are significantly more powerful than his videogame counterpart’s, causing massive damage to the Egg Carrier.
While Knuckles’s search occurs off-screen, Chris’s efforts to reunite Big with Froggy eat into the screentime – he is further ingratiated into the plot when he is absorbed into Chaos 6 alongside Big and Froggy. Knuckles, now sporting his Shovel Claw, teams up with Sonic to defeat Chaos 6, solidifying their newfound friend/partnership.
Revenge of the Robot
In recognising Eggman’s negative influence compared to Amy’s positive one, Gamma is able to override his programming. Until this episode, only Knuckles received visions from Tikal; here, she teaches Sonic about Sonic Perfect Chaos.
Final Egg features substantially more obstacles and gameplay elements from its Sonic Adventure counterpart, being a hazardous, trap-laden base, though it is still comparatively easier for Sonic to reach the Egg Viper (which is also much easier for him to defeat in Sonic X) here than in the videogame.
Even Gamma’s confrontations with his E-100 “brothers” are simpler and faster than in Sonic Adventure; only the battle against E-101 Beta mk.II poses a challenge to him.
In the Japanese version of this episode, SSTV reporter Scarlet Garcia refers to Angel Island as the “Floating Island”, and is corrected by Cream.
The final episode of the Sonic Adventure adaptation story arc, which establishes that Eggman’s usual plans for conquest have escalated into his desire to destroy Station Square. While Perfect Chaos succeeds in this, it is beyond Eggman’s control and has turned against him, hence his personal interest in stopping its rampage.
Perfect Chaos, here realised as a far larger, Kaiju-like creature, obliterates Station Square exactly as it does in Sonic Adventure, though noticeably attempts are made to downplay the severity of its attack and the casualties caused. Cheese, like the other Chao, is noticeably distraught by Perfect Chaos’s rampage. Perfect Chaos exhibits more powers and attacks than in Sonic Adventure but is comparatively much easier for Super Sonic to defeat, though the same desperation surrounds Sonic’s transformation – even Knuckles and Eggman support Sonic with both the means and encouragement to transform.
Beginning of the Sonic Adventure 2 adaptation story arc. All of Station Square is busy rebuilding, repairing, and recuing Station Square following Perfect Chaos’s attack. The government plans to bolster their Eggman-inspired robotic army by utilising Sonic Adventure 2’s GUN robots, officially forming GUN in Sonic X (though they are never vocally named as such).
This episode almost acts as a prequel to Sonic Adventure 2 as it fleshes out much of the videogame’s backstory and elaborates on certain events otherwise only hinted at, or briefly mentioned, in the videogame: Eggman hacks into GUN’s database and discovers that they are outclassing his technology using his grandfather’s research (learning that he is a native of this world), he also discovers his grandfather’s diary and the notes regarding “Project Shadow”. The episode also shows how Rouge stole the Master Emerald and the circumstances leading to her being assigned to infiltrate Eggman’s operation.
Shadow’s chamber resembles something from Final Fantasy VII or Mega Man rather than this chamber he was held in in Sonic Adventure 2.
Perfect Chaos’s attack is stated to have yielded no casualties, which seems extremely unlikely.
Mistaken for Shadow, despite numerous CCTV footage clearly indicating that the two are different creatures, the government once again turns on Sonic despite all his previous heroic deeds. As in Sonic Adventure 2, the stupidity that everyone, even Sonic’s friends, exhibits in mistaking Shadow for Sonic is laughable, at best.
Overwhelmed by Shadow’s surprising speed, strength, and Chaos powers, Sonic is soundly defeated and humbled. Tanaka and Chris go undercover dressed almost identically to the Green Hornet and Kato
Sonic’s Big Break
Similar to Magneto’s cell in X2, Sonic’s cell is made more secure by being surrounded by water. The much-implied alliance between Eggman, Rouge, and Shadow finally happens, though this is only natural in a Sonic Adventure 2 adaptation. Unlike the videogame, Tails and Eggman do not ride their Mech Walkers, though the X-Tornado does assume its X-Cyclone Walker form during this arc. Chris, rather than Amy, evokes Shadow’s memories of Maria, implicitly stating that Shadow regards him as a female.
Conveniently, every inhabitant makes it off of Prison Island safely. In a welcome change from Sonic Adventure 2-Knuckles’ stupidity, Rouge steals the Master Emerald intact. Shadow’s traumatic memories are cut in the dub to avoid showing Maria’s death. Tanaka dons Bruce Lee’s iconic yellow jumpsuit.
Again, the characters have the endure little of Sonic Adventure 2’s gameplay mechanics as they visit the videogame’s locations, although Knuckles still has to find the pyramid base key – Sonic and the others acknowledge his reputation as a master treasure hunter and goad him into this task by questioning his ability.
Current Mood: Bit ill, honestly
Current Music: Five Finger Death Punch: Weight Beneath My Sin