Sonic X (Japanese: ソニックX Hepburn: Sonikku Ekkusu) is a Japanese anime television series created by TMS Entertainment and based on the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series published by Sega. Sonic X initially ran for fifty-two episodes, broadcast on TV Tokyo from April 6, 2003 to March 28, 2004. A further 26 aired in regions such as the United States, Europe, and the Middle East from 2005 to 2006. The show's American localization and broadcasting were handled by 4Kids Entertainment—which edited it and created new music—until 2012, when Saban Brands obtained the rights to the series, and in 2015 by Discotek Media.
Series 1 (Seasons 1 & 2)
Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends accidentally get teleported to a world that's parallel to their's via Chaos Control, the only difference about it is that it's populated by humans. Sonic's arch-enemy Dr. Eggman has been teleported there too, and plans to establish his Eggman Empire to dominate the planet. Now Sonic and his friends along with their new human 12-year-old friend named Chris Thorndyke who is letting them stay with him and his wealthy family as a form of shelter, must stop Dr. Eggman plans to dominate the planet, and keep him from gathering all of the Seven Chaos Emeralds to give his machines unlimited power.
Series 2 (Season 3)
Six months after Sonic and his friends return home, a race of villainous robots known as The Metarex plan to steal the Seven Chaos Emeralds for unlimited power, and steal the objects that allows planet life to flourish known as the Planet Eggs to depopulate all known life. So Sonic and his friends along with a new friend named Cosmo must stop The Metarex from eradicating all known life by going on a journey into outer space and gathering all the Chaos Emeralds and Planet Eggs before The Metarex does. And around the same time, six years have passed back in Chris's world, and he is now 18-years-old and has become a scientist and an inventor like his grandfather, and has built a teleporter that will allow him to travel to Sonic's world. Although Chris succeeded and was able to travel to Sonic's world, his body loses six years of growth, and is now stuck in the same 12-year-old body of which he last saw Sonic. And after having a little reunion with Sonic and his friends, Chris decides to tag along on the journey to help them defeat The Metarex.
Why It Rocks
- It is extremely well faithful to the video game series it's based on. In fact, the show actually adapted the plots of Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2, and some parts of the plots of Sonic Advance, Sonic Advance 2, and Sonic Battle in the second season with some changes that were an improvement (like the scene of Shadow's redemption), and they got rid of most of the plot holes fans complained about with the Adventure series.
- The plot is interesting and easy to follow. As it follows the same plots from the modern games, and has some new plots to make the show not look like rehash.
- There is some excellent writing for all the episodes.
- It often has some good and inspiring morality. Like this scene for example.
- The dialogue often had some cleverness and intelligence. There was even some in the 4Kids Dub.
- Great animation.
- Amazing music that uses tons of songs from the video game series.
- Amazing character design that looks almost identical to the 2D designs of the Sonic characters on the cover art of the modern games.
- All of the characters from the video game series appear in this show, (even the Chaotix) and they all kept their original personalities. However, there were some slight changes with Knuckles and Amy's personalities.
- The show tends to give all of the characters some good roles so they won't look like a useless background character. Even Cream & Cheese are given some of that.
- All of the characters have some some good connections and relationships with one and other. Especially Tails and Cosmo.
- Interesting and well developed new characters. Especially Chris Thorndyke and Cosmo.
- Some hilarious moments.
- Sonic Team worked on the show. They helped with things such as creating the characters, and has exclusively promoted new characters.
- Awesome villains. Especially Dr. Eggman and Dark Oak.
- Excellent voice acting. The voice cast from the games reprise their roles in the original Japanese, and voice actors from 4Kids voice them in the English Dub. It went as far as to Sega let the 4Kids voice actors voice the characters in Sonic games from 2005-2010.
- Both the American and Japanese theme songs are awesome.
- All of the seasons have a great climax that is both spectacular and very heartwarming.
- It's the first (and only) Sonic show that actually has Sonic go into his super form. It's also the first that accurately implements the Chaos Emeralds, which were poorly represented in Adventures of Sonic The Hedgehog and Sonic Underground, and it's the first to feature the recurring ability in the video game franchise known as Chaos Control.
- The action is amazing.
- Tons of amazing and memorable fight scenes.
- It has the first and only appearance of Dark Sonic.
- The voice cast (especially Jason Griffith as Sonic and Shadow, Dan Green as Knuckles, Amy Palant as Tails, and Mike Pollock as Dr. Eggman) for the dub is very spot on.
- Mike Pollock's career as voicing Dr. Eggman in the video games started because of his role as Dr. Eggman in this show, and he along with the other 4Kids voice actors that were voicing the characters at the time were casted to voice the characters in the video games starting with Shadow the Hedgehog, and he was the only voice actor that wasn't replaced when all of the characters were recasted in 2010.
- There is a lot more emotion and meaning than any other Sonic show.
- There are tons of heartwarming moments.
- Tons of tearjerking moments that are very memorable.
- It uses material that not only makes it enjoyable, but incredibly memorable.
- Despite the obvious censorship to make it more kid-friendly during the transition from east to west, it ended up being one of the best and most successful 4kids dubs, managing to stay on air for all 78 episodes without any of them skipped.
- All of the seasons had excellent finales at the end of each one of them.
- Despite the show revolving around Sonic and his friends, there have been a few episodes where the focus is on the human characters instead. And there have been some episodes where Chris Thorndyke gets more screen time than the other characters due to him being a surrogate.
- There are a few plot holes. For example, we never got to know how Dr. Eggman ended up in Sonic's world if he was born in Chris' world.
- Knuckles and Amy have been flanderized a bit. Knuckles became short tempered and gullible at times, and Amy became a little hotheaded, lovesick, and overbearing.
- The animation at times can be a little off-model.
- The English dub by 4Kids removed a lot of the violent scenes, such as Knuckles punching Rouge in the face, Maria Robotnik getting shot, and Molly getting blown up by Pale Bay Leaf, as well as replaced all of the Japanese music, including songs from the Sonic Adventure games, with their own generic music.
- In Brazil, it was distributed by Spot Films, which is actually none other than an alternate name for Vídeo Brinquedo.
- Out of all the Sonic cartoons, this one for odd reasons has the lowest rating on the Internet Movie Database, despite it being so popular in the US and France, and it's often considered the best Sonic cartoon out of all of them.
- Despite this Sonic cartoon being a lot more closer to the source material, the Sonic wiki says it's "loosely" based on the video game series.
- The voice actor for Sonic at the time, Ryan Drummond, offered to voice Sonic for the dub but was rejected by 4Kids for not living in New York. Eventually, Drummond was removed 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 shortly before the death of Deem Bristow, the previous voice actor for Dr. Eggman. Allegedly, he was only told when he 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 rejected from voicing him for Shadow the Hedgehog, which resulted in many complaints from fans of the previous voice cast.
- 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.
- Sonic X once had the most number of episodes among the Sonic television series at a total of seventy-eight until it was surpassed by Sonic Boom with their episode "Robots From The Sky Part 2".
Sonic X has a 6.1/10 rating on the IMDB, a 6.5/10 on MyAnimeList, a 8.3/10 on TV.Com, a 3.7/5 on Common Sense Media, 3.1/10 on Hulu, and a Metacritic User rating of 8.2/10 based on 53 reviews. It is considered by many to be the greatest Sonic cartoon of all time.