Title: Sonic X
Length: 52 Episodes (30 min each, I watched the first 26 Episodes)
Format watched: .AVI
I first found this Anime on the DivX site I downloaded from. It was only the first Episode, but wanted to download it anyways. This was awhile ago, but I saw it and wanted to see the rest, because it was so nicely done. Later, I could have watched FoxBox on the Fox Channel every Saturday morning to see Sonic X in English, but I enjoy the Subbed more then the Dubbed. Anyways, this is probably one of my favorite animes.
It starts off with Sonic fighting Dr. Eggman in the world of Mobius. Dr. Eggman has control of all 7 Chaos Emeralds and captures Cream and Cheese. Sonic continues to pummel Dr. Eggman's robots into the ground, slowly making his way inside. Off in the distance, Tails, Amy and Knuckles are watching from afar, encouraging Sonic (Well, maybe not Knuckles). Anyways, Sonic gets inside and smashes against the Chaos Emerald containment machine, and damages it. Suddenly, all the Chaos Emeralds react and cause a huge Chaos Control. (Chaos Control is an ability first used by Shadow the Hedgehog in Sonic Adventure 2, but by using only one Chaos Emerald) The Chaos Control slowly swallows everything in light, Dr. Eggman, Sonic, Cream and Cheese, Rouge (Who Randomly Shows up), Shadow (Although we never see him in Season One), Tails, Amy, Knuckles and Big the Cat (Who never shows in Season One).
Suddenly, Sonic was dropped into another part of Mobius (Or so he thinks). He sees a city and decided to go there to figure out where he is. He zips over there only to find this isn't Mobius, where he landed on was Earth. Humans live in the city and spot Sonic, blinking in Disbelief at the Giant Blue Hedgehog. The Police arrive quickly and try to capture Sonic, but he has that name for a reason. He evades the police, even the Army, then they call in the Highway Police Specialists.
By this time, Sonic is racing down the highway, finally realising he's not in Mobius anymore. Then the Highway Police Specialists arrive. What makes the Highway Police so special? Well, they're a team made up of 5 Formula Racing Cars, Sam Speed is the Captain of the Highway Police. As the name implies, he's addicted to speed, so when the Police said that they're dealing with an incredibly fast animal, Sam Speed leapt to the chance to race it. So they chase Sonic, in hopes to capture him and bring him in for questioning. Sonic merely sees this as a challenge and speeds up even more. Finally, Sam has the bring out the big guns to his car, and brings out the Nitros. Yes, if Formula Racing cars weren't enough, they had to slap Nitros into them, anyways. Sam kicks in the Nitros and eventually keeps up with Sonic for awhile. Sonic glances over at Sam and gives him a big smirk, impressed that he can actually keep up, but then Sonic goes even faster, preforming a Sonic Boom*. Sam slides to a stop because the Nitros can't keep up and watches Sonic fly down the uncompleted highway. At the end, Sonic flies off into the air, getting an amazing view of the City. But suddenly, Gravity isn't his friend anymore, and Sonic plummets towards a Mansion's Pool.
The shot goes to a young boy sleeping in bed, who suddenly wakes up to the sound of a loud splash in his pool. He quickly gets up and runs outside to see what it was. While this happens, Sonic sinks to the bottom of the pool and bounces on the bottom. He leaps up and tries to run his way out of the water, but gets no where fast and gives up that idea. Suddenly, a splash comes from above as he looks up, a hand reaches down and grabs Sonic's, lifting him up to the surface and dragging him out of the pool. On the edge of the pool, the Boy rubs Sonic's back as Sonic coughs. Sonic closes his eyes, grins and thanks the young boy for helping him. The young boy blinks and doesn't believe that an animal is actually talking to him.
"You-You can actually talk!?" "Huh? Of course I can talk" "M-My name is Chris, Chris Thorndyke. What's your name?" "Sonic, Sonic the Hedgehog."
* What a Sonic Boom is, is what Jet's do just before Lift off. While firing up the Jet's Engines, it releases a blast of energy from it, which breaks the Sound Barrier. So basicly, Sonic Broke the Sound Barrier with a boost of energy from his run.
I love this anime so much, the characters are just so likable. And there are a lot of characters, pretty much all the ones from the Games: Sonic the Hedgehog, Miles 'Tails' Prower, Knuckles the Echidna, Amy Rose, Cream the Rabbit and Cheese the Chao. The Human characters are: Chris Thorndyke, Chuck Thorndyke, Mr. Tanaka, and Ella. The villians are: Dr. Eggman, Bocoe, Decoe, Rouge and a wide assortment of Dr. Eggman's robots. I was slightly disappointed that Shadow never appeared in Season One, but he will appear in Season Two, as well many more Characters from the game.
The Storyline is pretty straight forward. They're searching for the 7 Chaos Emeralds to get back home to Mobius, but Sonic or Dr. Eggman don't want to do that any time soon. But since the Anime isn't Storybased--It's Characterbased--it makes the anime so much better. It focuses mainly on Chris and Sonic, but other characters have had their own episodes. Most of the time, they're together. Dr. Eggman is so funny, he's quite an amuzing guy, he's more like the Dr. Eggman in the Animated Movie with Metal Sonic then the Comic Sonic.
Animation is amazing. Most of it is Drawn, but they're are 3D parts in it, such as the water, some of the effects, they even made a 3D Model of the X Tornado (A Ship Tails later builds). The Coloring is so well done on the characters, I think they just did a great job. Although in some of the episodes, you can tell they get a little sloppy and lazy. But it was near the end, so I guess they can do it sometimes if they want.
Music was also very well done. Most of the time you're paying attention to what the Character says, but you can tell the music really suits the mood. Although it kinda made me mad in the last episode they had a singing song in the middle of the anime. I was trying to focus on what was being said, but you could hear singing and it totaly threw you off, so it made me mad. I mean, it's good sometimes, as long as it doesn't interfear with the episode point.
The Sounds were nicely timed and done in this. Dr. Eggman cracks me up when he's bored and preparing to launch an attack against Sonic from his base. He sits in his chair and immitates the wave sounds crashing against the beach where his base is located. Then he snaps out of it and gets the job done. I love the sound Sonic makes when he turns into his ball form and crashes through robots. It sounds so neat.
Sometimes they had little things that annoyed me. Like later on in the episodes, they gave Knuckles Fingers to his gloves. His gloves don't have finger places, it's just a Solid Glove with spides on it, keep it right! Other then that, it's great.
Music: 9 (You lost a point for the last song during the anime, it should have been the credit song, not the boss song, it totaly ruined it for soft playing music on a boss theme)
It's up there for one of my favorite animes. And be sure to keep watching for my Reivew on Sonic X: Season Two!