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Genre(s)
  • Action-Adventure
  • Comedy-drama
  • Science fantasy
Directed by

Hajime Kamegaki

Produced by
  • Matato Matsumoto
  • Takeshi Sasamura
Production company(s)
Written by

Kouji Miki

Licensed by
Number of seasons

2 (Japanese)
3 (English)

Number of episodes

78

Running time

Approximately 20 minutes

Original run
  • 6 April 2003 - 28 March 2004 (Japan)
  • 6 September 2003 - 6 May 2006 (United States)

Sonic X (ソニックX Sonikku Ekkusu?) is an anime television series, featuring video game hero Sonic the Hedgehog and is loosely based on the storylines of the Sonic Adventure series, with partial elements of Sonic Battle, Sonic Heroes and Shadow the Hedgehog as well. 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 Sonic Team. It was first aired in Japan in 2003. During that same year, 4Kids Entertainment obtained the license in a joint effort between 4Kids and Viz Media (it was formerly with ShoPro Entertainment before ShoPro and Viz LLC merged into VIZ Media) and distributed by FUNimation. It was also broadcasted in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and Latin America by Jetix and in Canada by YTV.

Originally planned as a 52 episode series which would be inspired by the story-lines of the Sonic Adventure series, Sonic X had now expanded to 78 episodes which were shown in Thailand and France in February and March 2005. These additional episodes (53 to 78) were never aired in Japan. A very interesting feature about the anime is that the original Japanese version is probably one of the more controversial anime to come across 4Kids' line of dubbing though all 78 episodes were all dubbed in English.

As of June 2012, the copyright and branding of the anime series was passed onto Saban Brand's Kidsco Media Ventures following 4Kids Entertainment's bankruptcy due to a lawsuit.[1]

Plot Synopsis

There are a total of 78 episodes in Sonic X and are split into eight sagas[2]:

  • New World Saga (episodes 1-13)
  • Chaos Emerald Saga (episodes 14-26)
  • Chaos Saga (episodes 27-32)
  • Shadow Saga (episodes 33-38)
  • Egg Moon Saga (episodes 39-41)
  • Emerl Saga (episodes 42-46)
  • Homebound Saga (episodes 47-52)
  • Metarex Saga (episodes 53-78)

Season 1 (1st half of Series 1)

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First series' main characters from Sonic X.

New World Saga

Sonic and his friends arrived into Earth from their unnamed home planet via Chaos Control. Sonic met Christopher Thorndyke, becoming friends with him. Sonic then rescued his other friends who ended up in Earth as well and they agreed to settle into the Thorndyke Mansion as their new home in Earth. They mainly had to hide from the public because of their unique characteristics. Dr. Eggman vowed to achieve world domination over Earth with his robots but are stopped by Sonic and his friends. The President, however, is greatly concerned with Eggman's threats to the public society and issues the military to attack Eggman's base. Sonic and his friends also aided the military and at the end, Eggman's base was destroyed and Sonic was praised as a hero to the human population.

Chaos Emerald Saga

Now being hailed as heroes, Sonic's friends are able to get out of the house more often and went on vacations. Dr. Eggman and his diabolical attempts to achieve world domination returns, mainly using his flying fortresses the Egg Fort and Egg Fort II as his new operational bases instead of a stationary tower but this didn't stop Sonic and his friends from continuing to defeat Eggman.

Also, the heroes collected Chaos Emeralds, bringing their total to five while Eggman managed to steal one. As Knuckles was desperate to obtain the last Chaos Emerald but knew it was not possible due to Sonic and Eggman's differences, he made the mistake of entrusting Dr. Eggman with the Chaos Emeralds the heroes have collected. The Egg Fort II transforms into E-99 Eggsterminator and harnesses the emeralds' power to defeat Sonic but Chris manages to reclaim the emeralds and give them to Sonic, allowing Sonic to transform into Super Sonic and defeat Eggman. As a result of the seven Chaos Emeralds' proximity within another, Chaos Control occurred but instead of sending Sonic and his friends back to their home planet, parts of Sonic's world (such as Angel Island) has joined with Earth.

Season 2 (2nd half of Series 1)

Chaos Saga

The series focused on an adaption of Sonic Adventure, introducing characters such as Chaos and Tikal. Eggman befriended Chaos so he could utilize its potential powers to achieve world domination and to Sonic and his friends' shock, Chaos grew more powerful every time he is fed a Chaos Emerald. While Sonic and his friends attempt to collect each Chaos Emerald they can find to prevent Chaos from growing stronger, Knuckles began to discover the history of his own tribe of Echidnas that lived on Angel Island as he found the pieces of the Master Emerald since it was shattered when Dr. Eggman awakened Chaos.

Eventually, Chaos betrayed Eggman, wanting the seven Chaos Emeralds for its own purposes and began to destroy and flood Station Square by assuming the form of Perfect Chaos. Tikal appeared, wanting to stop Chaos from destroying the world like it did several millennia ago so Sonic harnessed the Chaos Emeralds that Chaos discarded to transform into Super Sonic, not knowing that the emeralds weren't completely drained of its powers and defeated Chaos who became sentinent once more.

Shadow Saga

The series focused on an adaption of Sonic Adventure 2, introducing Shadow the Hedgehog, a new arch-rival to Sonic. Authorities mistook Shadow as Sonic as a fugitive for various crimes. As an act of revenge for the death of his close friend, Maria, Shadow wanted to destroy the humans and Eggman hones a powerful weapon called the Eclipse Cannon in order to threaten the humans. It needed the power of the Chaos Emeralds so Shadow, Eggman and mysteriously Rouge went to gather the Chaos Emeralds. Although the trio only collected six of the emeralds, Eggman demonstrated the Eclipse Cannon's power by blowing half of the moon. Seeing that the source of the weapon and the emeralds are up in Space Colony ARK, Sonic and his friends traveled there to stop Eggman from achieving his goals.

Eventually, Eggman discovered that the heroes had the seventh Chaos Emerald and stole it to harness the full power of the Eclipse Cannon but this triggered a new program devised by Eggman's grandfather, Gerald Robotnik, who planned to collide the Space Colony ARK with Earth in order to seek vengeance at the humans when all seven Chaos Emeralds are used in the Eclipse Cannon. Sonic, his friends and Eggman joined forces in order to prevent this doomsday from happening by disabling the Chaos Emerald's energy. Shadow was reluctant to help the heroes but was convinced by Chris to remember Maria's true promise, to bring hope to humanity. Now determined to aid the heroes, Shadow distracted the Bio Lizard that attacked Sonic and his friends, allowing Knuckles to nullify the Chaos Emeralds with the Master Emerald but the doomsday was not over yet as the Bio Lizard merged with the ARK, determined to keep on its collision course. Sonic and Shadow used the emeralds to transform into Super Sonic and Super Shadow and together, they defeated the Bio Lizard (then known as the Finalhazard) and teleported the ARK back to its spot, saving the world from doomsday. This, however, cost the life of Shadow and everyone remembered him for being a hero.

Egg Moon Saga

Following from the doomsday, more guests from Sonic's world began to arrive on Earth, most notably the Chaotix and Cream's mother Vanilla the Rabbit (although it is seen in the comics that the former somehow were transported back to Sonic's world under unknown reasons). All the while, Eggman wanted to repair the Moon as an act of remorse for his evil deeds during the Shadow Saga and does it so in a short amount of time, forming the Egg Moon.

Later, it was seen that Earth was seemingly under a permanent solar eclipse due to the fact that the Egg Moon malfunctioned (or Eggman claimed so anyway). To make up for this, Eggman began advertising Sunshine Balls which could replicate sunlight. Soon, the citizens started hailing Eggman as a hero but Sonic didn't trust Eggman and began sabotaging the Sunshine Balls' source, creating a major disruption within the public and demanded Sonic to be arrested.

Everyone wanted to know why Sonic was doing this until the hedgehog himself told authorities of Eggman's true motives. Now being informed of this, the authorities now swayed their decision to arrest Eggman and with Sonic and his friends' help, they were successful in doing so and Sonic was hailed as the true hero once more.

Emerl Saga

With Dr. Eggman behind bars, he sends Bokkun to wake up Emerl in his abandoned base. Afterwords bokkun goes to fight sonic in a giant tank with Emerl inside, Sonic beats him, and the tank self-destructs launching Emerl far away. Bokkun explains to Sonic that he was a distraction while another robot is sent to break Eggman out of prison. But the robot is stopped by Sam speed and Amy rose.

Emerl is later found by cream the rabbit and cheese Outside the Thorndyke residence hidden in the bushes beat up.

Eggman, desperate to break out of prison, decides to work his way out via community service as a mechanic repairing old machines but as he repairs the machines he implants a device the makes them become alive and activate other machines to do his will. while Sonic is busy neutralizing the machines Bokkun breaks Eggman out of jail.

To counteract Eggman's escape the President makes a tournament and offers a grand prize of the red Chaos Emerald. Sonic, Knuckles and Rouge are persuaded to enter once they hear about the prize and The because tournament it open for anyone to join Mr. Thorndyke enters Tails, Amy, Ella, Mr. Tanaka, Chris and Chuck. Along with them, Lucky, Decoe, Bocoe, The President, Hawk, Danny, Sam speed, Big the cat, Mr.Steward, Topaz , "The Black Knight" and Emerl enter.

Emerl goes on to win the tournament, and is given the Chaos Emerald. But he becomes violent from the power of the emerald reawakening his old coding and his loyalty to Dr. Eggman. Sonic and his friends try to stop him but Emerl, using his ability to copy moves stops them and begins to wreck havoc on the arena and then the city.

Cream and Cheese then decide to persuade Emerl to stop attacking, Emerl thinks for a second, but the Chaos Emerald's energy was too powerful to change his mind and Cream and cheese attack him together. As Emerl tries to copy one of their abilities the other gets in the way and strikes him.

Emerl falls into the ocean and as he sinks down he begins to cry. In the American version he cries water, but in the Japanese version he cries oil.

Homebound Saga

Season 3 (Series 2)

Metarex Saga

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 attack Sonic's planet and steals 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 and his schemes must be stopped, and they venture into space to retrieve the Chaos Emeralds.

This series uses elements from Sonic Heroes and Shadow the Hedgehog such as Shadow surviving and being released with amnesia for the former and the common Metarex resembling 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 the Metarex destroyed, Eggman builds an invention that sends Chris home and Chris accepts, willing to leave all his friends to return home. Soon thereafter, Dr. Eggman revives his previous rivalry with Sonic, albeit a lighthearted one. The series ends with unresolved cliffhangers, such as the whereabouts of Chris, Cosmo's true fate (in the Japanese version) and Shadow (although the Japanese version reveals Shadow is alive, depicting him looking at Molly's memorial).

Production notes

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 had 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 10 September 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.

Unproduced Series 3 (Season 4)

Rumors have also circulated 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 had not yet been broadcast in Japan). The ending of episode 78 has also fueled speculation; 4Kids TV has also marketed that episode as the season finale. 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 one of Cosmo's seeds (or even Cosmo herself according to the Japanese version). 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 new episodes being produced.

Episode list

List of characters

Recurring Sonic characters

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From left to right: Tails, Amy, Knuckles, Sonic, Cosmo, Cream and Cheese.

Minor Sonic characters

Original characters

Season 1, 2 & 3 (Series 1 & 2)

Season 1 & 2 (Series 1)

Season 3 (Series 2)

Nazo

Main article: Nazo
Nazo x

The mysterious Nazo.

A concept art video/trailer released before Sonic X contains many features 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.

Merchandise

Novel adaptions

Six Sonic X novels based on the first few episodes of the Metarex Saga were published between 2005 and 2007. These are: Aqua Planet, Dr. Eggman Goes to War, Battle at Ice Palace and Desperately Seeking Sonic by Charlotte Fullerton, Meteor Shower Messenger by Paul Ruditis and Spaceship Blue Typhoon by Diana Gallagher.

Comic series

Sonic X issue 1

Front cover of the first Sonic X issue released by Archie Comics.

In September 2005, Archie Comics, publishers of the North American Sonic the Hedgehog comics started a comic book series based on Sonic X. According to writer Joe Edkin, the first nine issues take place in the TV continuity between episodes 32 and 33, which falls between the Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2 storylines. After this, the stories' chronological positions vary for some time, although in progressively later points in the series, but it never reaches into the events of the third season. The series is based off the English version, though still fits with most of the aspects of the continuity established in the original Japanese version. The Sonic X comic has been discontinued in favor of Sonic Universe, but an editor's note at the end of issue #40 states that the Sonic X universe, or at least its 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 line

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, criticized 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 five 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 key-chain, the Space Fighters collection and the Chaos Emeralds collection.

McDonald's released a set of Sonic X disk shooters featuring Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Shadow as toys for Happy Meals.

Leapster game

An educational game based on the series, also titled Sonic X, was released for the LeapFrog Leapster system.

Browser game

Main article: Sonic X Ring Thing

In the Vortex Sonic X website, there is a browser game entitled Sonic X Ring Thing.

Cast

Japanese

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

Koji Yusa Shadow the Hedgehog
Rumi Ochiai Rouge the Bat
Chikao Otsuka Dr. Eggman
Bin Shimada Chuck ThorndykeBocoe
Ken Yamaguchi Decoe, Nelson Thorndyke
Noriko Hidaka Helen
Takashi Nagasako Big the Cat
Kenta Miyake Vector the Crocodile
Yuuki Masuda Espio the Chameleon
Yoko Teppozuka Charmy Bee
Kaori Aso Tikal
Kujira Ella
Naomi Shindoh Lindsay ThorndykeDanny
Soichiro Tanaka Sam Speed
Yumiko Kobayashi Messenger ROBO
Yuri Shiratori Maria Robotnik
Yūki Tai Leon

English

Jason Griffith Sonic the Hedgehog, Shadow the Hedgehog, Helen's Father
Lisa Ortiz Amy Rose, Christina Cooper
Amy Palant Miles "Tails" Prower
Dan Green Knuckles the Echidna, Elmer Johnson
Rebecca Honig Cream the Rabbit, Vanilla the Rabbit, Maria Robotnik
Jack Quevas Cheese, additional Chao
Andrew Rannells Decoe, Bokkun, Mister Stewart, E-102 Gamma, E-101 Beta, E-104 Epsilon, Narrator
Darren Dunstan Bocoe, Mr. Tanaka, E-103 Delta, E-51 Intelligente
Suzanne Goldish Christopher Thorndyke
Mike Pollock Dr. Eggman, Ella, Professor Gerald Robotnik (eps. 33-38)
Kathleen Delaney Rouge the Bat
Kayzie Rogers Topaz, Policewoman
Amy Birnbaum Cosmo, Helen, Charmy Bee
Frank Frankson Sam Speed, Leon, Danny (age 17)
Jerry Lobozzo Chuck Thorndyke, Policeman
Matt Hoverman Dark Oak/Luke
Jonathan Todd Ross Red Pine, Firefighter (Male)
Jim Napalitano Pale Bay Leaf
Sean Schemmel Black Narcissus
Ted Lewis Nelson ThorndykeYellow Zelkova, President
Jennifer Johnson Lindsay Thorndyke, Firefighter (Female)
Rachael Lillis Danny
Kerry Williams Frances
Bella Hudson Molly, Maid (ep. 68)
Oliver Wyman Big the Cat (eps. 27-33), Albert Butler, Hawk
Megan Hollingshead Scarlet Garcia
Karen Neill Tikal, Helen's Mother
Carter Cathcart Vector the Crocodile, Pachacamac
David Wills Espio the Chameleon, Jerome Wise, G.U.N. General (ep. 38)
Michael Sinterniklaas Chris Thorndyke (adult)
Veronica Taylor Galaxina, Earthia

Dutch

Sander van der Poel Sonic the Hedgehog
Bart Fennis Christopher Thorndyke
Laura Vlasblom Miles "Tails" Prower
Floris van Rooijen Knuckles the Echidna
Thera van Homeijer Amy Rose
Melise de Winter Cream the Rabbit
Laura Vlasblom Cheese
Just Meijer Dr. Eggman
Victor van Swaay Shadow the Hedgehog
Lies Visschedijk Rouge the Bat
Juus Piek Chuck Thorndyke
Floris van Rooijen Nelson Thorndyke
Lies Visschedijk Lindsey Thorndyke
Beatrijs Sluijter Ella
Frank Righter Mr. Tanaka, Sam Speed, Mr. Stewart
Juus Piek Decoe
Fred Butter Bocoe
Lies Visschedijk Bokkun
David Hakkert Daniel
Eline Blom Helen

French

Alexandre Gillet Sonic the Hedgehog
Hervé Grull Christopher Thorndyke
Marie-Eugénie Maréchal Miles "Tails" Prower
Sébastien Desjours Knuckles the Echidna, Bokkun
Naïke Fauveau Amy Rose, Vanilla, Tikal, Lindsay, Danny, Cheese
Marie Millet Cream the Rabbit, Helen, Topaz, Charmy, Frances, Maria Robotnik
Marc Bretonnière Dr. Eggman, President
Benoît DuPac Shadow the Hedgehog
Marie Lenoir Rouge the Bat, Ella, Cosmo, Scarlett Garcia
Antoine Nouel Chuck Thorndyke, Nelson Thorndyke, Sam Speed, Bocoe, Dark Hawk, Espio, Big, Froggy, Mr Thorndyke
Yann Le Madic VectorMr. Tanaka, Decoe

Crew

English

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
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

Program History

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Countries that aired Sonic X

United States

  • Fox (2003-2008)
  • The CW (2009-2014[3])

Japan

  • TV Tokyo (2003-2004)

Canada

  • CBC/Radio-Canada (2004)
  • YTV (2005-2008)
  • The CW

Germany

  • Jetix (2004-2009)
  • Kabel Eins (2009–present)

Argentina

  • Jetix (2004-2009)
  • Canal 13 (2011)

Chile

  • Rock&Pop (2007-2012)
  • Fox (2012–present)
  • Telecanal (2005–Present)

United Kingdom

  • CITV (2004-2006)
  • Jetix (2004-2008)

Australia

  • Network Ten (2004)
  • Seven Network (2005-2006)

New Zealand

  • TV 2 (2007-2008)

Ireland

  • RTE Two (2004-2008)
  • RTE One (2008–present)

Italy

  • Fox Kids (2004)
  • Jetix (2004-2007)
  • Italia 1 (2005-2007)
  • K2 (2009-2012)

South Korea

  • JEI (2009-2010)

Russia

  • Jetix (2004-2007)
  • CTC (or STS) (2005–present)
  • 2x2 (2012)

Hong Kong

  • TVB Jade (2003-2005)

Vietnam

  • VTV1 (2003–present)

Peru

  • Jetix (2005)

France

  • Jetix (2004-2005)
  • TF1 (2006-2007)

Mexico

  • Jetix (2004)
  • TV Azteca (2005-2006)

Spain

  • Antena 3 (2003)
  • Boing (2004)
  • Neox (2005)
  • Jetix (2006)

Netherlands

  • Jetix (2003-2009)

Brazil

  • Rede Globo (2007-2008)
  • Jetix (2003-2004)

Portugal

  • SIC (2005-2006, 2008-2009)
  • RTP2 (2007, 2010-2011)

Philippines

  • GMA Network (2003-2004)
  • Hero TV (2005)

Scandinavia

  • Jetix (2003-2005)
  • NRK Super (Norway)
  • SVTB (Sweden)
  • DR 2 (Denmark)
  • YLE TV1 (Finland)
  • Sjónvarpið (Iceland)

Hungary

  • Fox Kids' Jetix block (2004)
  • Jetix (2005-2009)

Romania

  • Prima TV (2008)
  • Jetix (2007)

Turkey

  • Jetix (2006)

Kazakhstan

  • Canal One Kazakhstan (2008)

India

  • Hungama TV (2003)

Bulgaria

  • Fox Kids (2004)
  • Jetix (2005–2009)
  • Nova Television (2010-Present)

Greece

  • Jetix (2006)
  • ET1 (2007)

Taiwan

  • Yoyo TV (2013)

Thailand

  • BBTV Channel 7 (2008)

Indonesia

  • Indosiar (2011)

Fiji

  • FBC TV (2011–present)

Malaysia

  • NTV7 (2005)

Singapore

  • MediaCorp Kids Central (2005-2008)
  • MediaCorp Channel 5 (2008-2013)

Macau

  • TDM Ou Mun (2011–Present)

Uruguay

  • Fox Kids (2004)
  • Jetix LA (2006-2011)

China

  • CCTV-1 (2009-Present)

Ukraine

  • Novy Kanal (2005, except episodes 33-78)
  • Pershyi Natsionalnyi (episodes 33-78)

Poland

  • Jetix (2003-2006)
  • Polsat (2006-2007)

Belarus

  • Jetix (Episodes 1-26)
  • Obshchenatsional'noe Televidenie (Episodes 26-52)
  • Belarus 1 (Episodes 53-78)

Music

Theme songs

Japan

Opening
  1. "SONIC DRIVE" by Hironobu Kageyama & Hideaki Takatori (JAM Project)
  • Intro Version 1 (eps. 1-26)
  • Intro Version 2 (eps. 27-78)
Endings
  1. "Mi-Ra-I" by RUN&GUN (English translation: "F-U-T-U-R-E") (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) (English translation: "I Can't Put It Into Words")
  2. "Live and 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) (English translation: "Summer Sun")
  4. "Midori no Hibi" by OFF COURSE (episode 52) (TV-Tokyo Broadcast Only) (English translation: "Green Days")
  5. "Event: The Last Scene" by Fumie Kumatani (episode 52) (From Sonic Adventure 2) (Japanese DVD and International Broadcasts Only)

France

  • Opening
  1. "Sonic Drive" by Claude Vallois

And eventually others.

U.S./Canada

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

Russia

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

Australia/New Zealand/UK

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

Latin America/Spain

  • Opening
  1. "Gotta Go Fast" (Latin American Spanish version in Latin America and English version in Spain)
  2. "Sonic X" by Jetix
  • Ending
  1. "Gotta Go Fast" (shortened version) by Norman J. Grossfeld and Russell Velazquez in Spain. Shortened Latin American Spanish version in Latin America.

Italy

  • Opening
  1. "Sonic" by Giacinto Livia (Italia 1 version)
  2. "Sonic X" by Jetix (Fox Kids,Jetix and K2 version) (For episodes that aired on K2 from 1 to 52 and from 75 to 78)
  3. "Gotta Go Fast" by Norman J. Grossfeld and Russel Velazquez  (K-2 version) (episodes from 53 to 74) 
  • Ending
  1. "Sonic" (shortended version) by Giacinto Livia.

South Korea

  • Opening
  1. "SONIC DRIVE", but translated lyrics into Korean
  • Ending
  1. "To be shine, To be free". Eventually the same song as Japan/France's "Mi-Ra-I" but translated into Korean lyrics.

Poland

  • Opening
  1. "Gotta Go Fast"   
  2. "Sonic X" by Jetix
  • Ending
  1. "Gotta Go Fast" (shortened version) 

Soundtrack

There is an album comprising of the music tracks that are each played during certain moments in the Japanese version of the anime entitled "Sonic X ~Original Sound Tracks~". There are also short albums that mainly feature the Japanese opening and ending themes.

Differences between American and Japanese versions

Sonic X has numerous edits when the English version was to be dubbed and many items, places, dialogue etc. have been edited from its Japanese version to better suit children and comply with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) laws (in the U.S. and in rare cases even though at some points not followed, Canada), the TV Networks' regulations, and in other cases, social-factors of Americans, including violence, and a few others. Some of them has been done directly (such as violence, cursing and others) or in-directly (such as music). Because of this, there has numerous differences that has been seen as shown below.

  • In the Japanese version, all firearm sound effects had a bullet sound effect from a gun. In the American version, it was completely replaced with laser sound effects in any use of handguns was removed as well.
  • There are some scenes of blood, violence, death, text and gunfire in the Japanese version that were removed by 4Kids. Although when Shadow is chasing Cosmo and 
    Sonic X - 4Kids Dubbing changes03:12

    Sonic X - 4Kids Dubbing changes

    A video comparing some of 4Kids dubbing with the original Sonic X. (Please excuse the annotations on the video, they can be closed. Also, keep in mind that the real name of this video contains a swear word.)

    Tails, he gets a cut above his left eye and is bleeding in the American version. It is possible that the staff did not notice it or mistaken it as a part of his red hues.
  • In the Japanese version, Eggman's messenger robot is called Messenger Robo. In the American version, he is simply called Bokkun.
  • In the Japanese version, the characters (mostly Sonic) will say lines in Engrish, like "Thank you" or "No way", in which they mention other languages. In the American version, the only mention to other languages is Mr. Inteligente, which is Spanish for smart and Sonic says "sayonara" which is Japanese for goodbye.
  • In Cruise Blues, Cream mentions she was born in Green Hill Zone in the Japanese version. In the American version, she doesn't mention where she was born or where she lived.
  • During the third season, Rouge bribes Bokkun with a pendant. In the Japanese version, it was revealed that a picture of Cream is inside the pendant, thus revealing that Bokkun has a crush on Cream. In the English version, the contents were never seen for unknown reasons.
  • The Japanese version features Character Cards at various intervals, explaining things about a character, such as weight, height, date of birth, and gender. It even extends to Eggman's various robots. This was removed in the English version for unknown reasons.
    • Because these cards were removed in the English version, it also removes a scene where Eggman breaks the Fourth Wall; where he appears in front of the Eggsterminator card (the image of the robot itself is blacked out), saying "I'm sorry", and activating the Eggsterminator.
  • In the American version, Rouge's cleavage is sometimes edited to make her breasts seem shorter.
  • All instances involving or depicting alcohol were portrayed as soft drinks. i.e: Champagne=Cola Beer=Orange Juice

Eyecatch cards

Main article: Eyecatch card

Eyecatch cards are cards with various information about some of the characters and objects appearing during the episodes of the first series (seasons 1 and 2) in the Japanese version of Sonic X.

Gallery

Sonic tshirt head (1) An image gallery is available for
Sonic X.




Trivia

  • 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 declined to 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 has the most number of episodes among the Sonic television series. (Sonic X has 78 episodes while Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog had 66 episodes counting Christmas Blast, Sonic SatAM had 26 and Sonic Underground had 40.)
  • In episode 20 of the Japanese version, Cream mentions that she was raised in Green Hill Zone, a reference to the classic 16-bit games.
  • In the Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2 adaption episodes, the Emerald colors do not match up with their game counterparts.[citation needed]
  • The Australian Sonic X DVDs came with a trailer of Sonic Mega Collection Plus.
  • Shadow was seen removing his Inhibitor Rings and receiving a huge power boost as a result in the ending of his story in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), a concept originally used in Sonic X.
  • In an interview, the English writer of Sonic X states that he does not know a thing about Sonic, stating that he never played a single game, watched a single episode from any Sonic show, or even read any of the comics.[4]
  • France was the only European country to transmit the complete version of Sonic X uncensored.[citation needed]
  • In an interview, Jason Griffith revealed that he originally auditioned for the part of Chris, but was instead cast as Sonic. He did say that he thought it was exciting to be Sonic's companion but the producers thought his voice was better for Sonic.[5]
  • In a commercial for season 3 of Sonic X, there are four videos of the game Shadow the Hedgehog, most likely an error. In this same commercial, a small clip from the Japanese opening plays. Both can be seen using frame-by-frame views.
  • This is the only Sonic cartoon in America to not have Dr. Eggman called "Dr. Robotnik".
  • Sonic X is notable for being one of the continuities of which Sonic and Amy's relationship borders more on romance than most other franchises. While Amy remains roughly the same in her approach to Sonic, he shows more affection that borders on romance, something that doesn't happen in most media aside from optional dialog and optional scenes in various games such as Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood and Sonic Unleashed. Another continuity is the Sonic the Hedgheog manga series, where Eimi is the love interest of Nikki whose alter ego is Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • 4Kids had Jason Griffith and Dan Green as Sonic and Knuckles sing along with other 4Kids voice actors singing the American National Anthem. [6]
  • In Sonic Adventure DX, during missions 3 and 12, a Sonic X poster with Sonic and Chris is visible in Station Square.

References

External links

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Official Japanese sites

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