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"Trick Sand" (シャドウ・リバース Shadou Ribāsu?, lit. "Shadow Rebirth") is the sixtieth episode of the anime series, Sonic X. It first aired on 18 March 2005 and 29 October 2005 in France and the United States respectively.


Japanese version

English version

  • "Gotta Go Fast" - Opening theme (USA and CAN)
  • "Sonic X" - Opening theme (AUS, NZ and UK)
  • "Gotta Go Fast" (shortened) - Closing theme


The episode opens with a dream from Chris, in which he remembers the events of Space Colony ARK and the loss of Shadow. He is awakened by Tails, who tells him he has just found the signal from a Chaos Emerald. Inside the Crimson Egg, Rouge returns to the secret room she has just discovered and she spots a Chaos Emerald which is powering the strange capsule. She tries taking the Emerald, but she activates an alarm. At the same time, she discovers that Shadow is currently hibernating inside the capsule before being found out by Dr. Eggman.

The Blue Typhoon follows the Chaos Emerald's signal to a dark, abandoned world called Planet Obidon. Sonic, Amy and Knuckles search inside an old castle, while Chris and Cosmo look inside an ancient colony. Sonic's group quickly notices that the castle is a trap; in fact, it is an illusion created by a Metarex. Meanwhile, Chris and Cosmo find a video with a distressing news about the planet attacked by the Metarex. After leaving the colony, Chris tells Cosmo he was dreaming earlier about Shadow and tells her about him. But the conversation is shorted when Tails tells them that he has lost contact with Sonic's group.

Chris and Cosmo see the castle rippling. Chris takes off in the Hyper Tornado and saves Sonic's group from the Metarex. This Metarex suddenly turn the castle into a sandtrap and almost catches Sonic, but Chris comes to the rescue. The Metarex attacks Sonic's group and Chris. Sonic try to counter-attack, but he is not able to beat the Metarex and is electrocuted. Chris tries to save Sonic, but the Hyper Tornado is damaged by the attack, and almost falls to his doom. At the same moment, in the Crimson Egg, Shadow awakens and he teleports himself to the fight place. He easily defeats the Metarex, saves Chris, and shows his presence to everybody. He looks at Chris, who just said Shadow's name, and he disappears. Shadow comes back to the Crimson Egg with the two Chaos Emeralds and passes out in front of the shocked Dr. Eggman and Rouge.


Eyecatch Card


  • The episode marks the return of Shadow the Hedgehog, who was believed to have died in "Showdown in Space".
  • In French, the episode is named "The Return of Shadow" ("Le retour de Shadow").
  • A "white and blue creature" from the ancient colony appears in this episode. According to the eyecatch card of the episode, it is called "The Hobidon", possibly being the name of the planet's original inhabitants.
  • The basic concept of this episode, mainly the mansion, is similar to Mystic Mansion from Sonic Heroes. Both mansions can disappear, morph rooms, have dissolvable walls, and can change into pools of disintegrating matter.

Dubbing changes

  • In the original Japanese version of the episode, the planet the crew of the Blue Typhoon arrives on is named Planet Obidon, but in the English dub it goes unnamed.

Sonic X Episodes
Series 1
Season 1: Chaos Control Freaks | Sonic to the Rescue | Missile Wrist Rampage | Chaos Emerald Chaos | Cracking Knuckles | Techno-Teacher | Party Hardly | Satellite Swindle | The Last Resort | Unfair Ball | Fly Spy | Beating Eggman, Part 1 | Beating Eggman, Part 2 | That's What Friends Are For | Skirmish in the Sky | Depths of Danger | The Adventures of Knuckles and Hawk | The Dam Scam | Sonic's Scream Test | Cruise Blues | Fast Friends | Little Chao Lost | Emerald Anniversary | How to Catch a Hedgehog | A Dastardly Deed | Countdown to Chaos
Season 2: Pure Chaos | A Chaotic Day | A Robot Rebels | Head's Up, Tails! | Revenge of the Robot | Flood Fight | Project: Shadow | Shadow Knows | Sonic's Big Break | Shadow World | Robotnik's Revenge | Showdown in Space | Defective Detectives | Sunblock Solution | Eggman for President | A Date to Forget | Mean Machines | Sewer Search | Prize Fights | A Wild Win | Map of Mayhem | The Volcanic Venture | The Beginning of the End | Running Out of Time | Friends 'Til the End | A New Start
Series 2
Season 3: A Cosmic Call | Cosmic Crisis | H2 Whoa | An Enemy in Need | A Chilling Discovery | Desperately Seeking Sonic | Galactic Gumshoes | Trick Sand | Ship of Doom | An Underground Odyssey | Station Break-In | A Metarex Melée | Mission: Match Up | Clash in the Cloister | Teasing Time | A Revolutionary Tale | The Planet of Misfortune | Terror on the Typhoon | Hedgehog Hunt | Zelkova Strikes Back | The Cosmo Conspiracy | Eye Spy | Agent of Mischief | The Light in the Darkness | A Fearless Friend | So Long Sonic

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