Sonic X (ソニックX, Sonikku Ekkusu ) is an anime television series from the year 2003. The series is mainly inspired by the video games Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2 for the Dreamcast console the company Sega.
One day, Sonic accidentally looses from a mysterious machine. This is powered by the seven Chaos Emeralds with energy and puts Sonic, his friends, Dr. Eggman and his companions in a strange world. In this world inhabited by men, Sonic finds in the city Station Square accommodation in a boy named Christopher Thorndyke and his family.
Gradually, Sonic finds his friends and they embark on the search for the Chaos Emeralds, by means of which they wish to return to their home world. Meanwhile, Dr. Eggman also search and his companions after the Chaos Emeralds. However, the goal is to gain dominion over the new world by means of its enormous energy. Sonic learns of this plan and attempted henceforth, to thwart this.
Later come during a battle between Sonic and Eggman together the seven Chaos Emeralds and create Chaos Control, a magical spell which brought the protagonists in the human world. But instead of the hoped-for home planet discovered Sonic, they are not on their planet, but a part of their home planet were teleported to Earth. The now missing part of the home Planetes is called Angel Iceland, where the Master Emerald is found, the Knuckles, one of Sonic's friends swore to protect with his life. In the following episodes of Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2 were used as a basis for action, Episode 39 was a reference to Sonic Heroes. In episodes 40 and 41, Dr. Eggman, has the moon under control and produces an artificial eclipse of the sun in order to deceive the inhabitants of the earth, only Sonic does not fall in on Eggman's trick. Gradually, his friends get behind the trick of Doctor. Ultimately, Eggman ends up in prison. The plot of the episodes 42-46 as a base story to Sonic Battle. The second Sonic X Season ends with Tails and Chuck build a machine to return to his home planet with Sonic and all things out of his world. In the course of Episode 50-52 all go back again.
The third Sonic X Season takes place in the home universe of Sonic, where Sonic and his friends have taken up the fight against an alien race, the Metarex, whose leader, Dark Oak intends to bring the Chaos Emeralds in his possession and all animal life in the Universe extinguish. Until episode 64 found Sonic and Dr. Eggman the Chaos Emeralds again, each for his own purposes. However, when they enter as temporary allies in a Metarex base, to obtain the last two Emeralds, events roll over. It also comes to a duel between Super Sonic and Super Shadow, who has secretly survived the battle in episode 38, and now works with Eggman. During this struggle, the Emeralds are lost in a gravitational field. While Sonic and his friends prepare for the fight back to Shadow and Dr. Eggman away. The latter allied himself briefly with the Metarex, but is secretly working as a double agent and attempts to steal information from the Metarex database. Eggman but is later captured. Meanwhile, Shadow finds out that Cosmo, who then told all his friends about Sonic and the Metarex and since then accompanied Sonic is in reality a spy of the Metarex.
Production and publication
The series was produced by the company TMS Entertainment and directed by Hajime Kamigaki, with the character designers Satoshi Hirayama Yuji Uekawa and and the artistic director Yukiko Iijima 2003. The first broadcast took place on 6 April 2003 to 28 March 2004 by the Japanese broadcaster TV Tokyo and Kids Station.
The anime was broadcast in English by FOX and YTV, in French by TF1 and in Spanish by Jetix and TV Azteca. It also made translations into Italian, Polish and Portuguese. The U.S. TV station 4kids TV has reworked the series due to its own publication policy.
In Germany the pay channel Fox Kids series radiated from the first time from 1 August 2004, two months later she ran on cable 1 The German version is based on the licensed by 4kids Entertainment for the U.S. version and also in the other countries was the post-processed version aired in the USA. Only in France is the original version from Japan, instead of the revised from the U.S. broadcast as Jetix France had secured the rights to the series before 4kids Entertainment.
The music of the series was produced by Yorihiko Ike. The header title is in Japanese Sonic Drive ( SONIC DRIVE) by Hironobu Kageyama Hideaki Takatori and, in the western version of Gotta Go Fast.
The first two songs are credits Mi -ra- i (ミ·ラ·イ) from RUN & GUN and Hikaru Michi (光る 道) by Aya Hiroshige. The Japanese version also uses T.O.P. ( T.O.P ) by KP and URU. In the revised version of 4kids an instrumental short version of Gotta Go Fast was used only as credits.
Moreover it is noted that the U.S. version generally a completely different soundtrack features than the original version. The original version contained some places, individual soundtracks from video games "Sonic Adventure" and "Sonic Adventure 2 ", for example, the song " Live and Learn " by Crush 40 ( Theme Song from Sonic Adventure 2 ) in Episode 38, which at the same time the final result of the action from "Sonic Adventure 2 " was. For licensing reasons, the soundtracks were not taken from the games in the 4kids version.
Success and criticism
The series could not say what (about One Piece and Naruto ) is related to a rather lesser popularity with the Sonics in Japan and on the other with the greater success of other animes in Japan. Initially, the series had a lot of spectators, but the ratings dropped with each subsequent episode. In Japan, Sonic X had not been successful, but found the series a lot of fans in the U.S. and in France. Especially in France, the series was very successful.
Mostly gave Sonic fans positive feedback on its own, but the international implementation was often strongly criticized the U.S. company 4kids Entertainment had secured shortly after the Japanese release all international market rights to the series and this changed due to its own publication policy. So many scenes were cut or removed, dialogs partially changed or completely rewritten. The soundtracks and theme songs of the original version were not adopted, but completely new pieces recorded (see section " Music "). Except for the French version based on all movements of the U.S. version.
In the U.S., a comic book adaptation was released in September 2005, Archie Comics under the title Sonic the Hedgehog.
McDonald's brought a number of toys out to the series. The company Leapster released action figures and a Sonic - learning game for kids.
Score Entertainment in August 2005, brought out a collectible card game to Sonic X.