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Encyclopedia > Sonic Anime
Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie VHS cover.
Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie VHS cover.
This page refers to the Sonic the Hedgehog OVA. For information on the other, more recent Sonic anime, see Sonic X.

The Sonic Anime is a two-episode OVA series based on Sega's best-selling video game franchise Sonic the Hedgehog. Image File history File links SonicanimeVHS.jpg Sonic the Movie VHS box. ... Image File history File links SonicanimeVHS.jpg Sonic the Movie VHS box. ... This article or section contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ... Original Video Animation (OVA) is an acronym used in Japan for anime titles that are released directly to retail sale, without prior showings on TV or in theaters. ... Sega Corporation ) is an international video game software and hardware developing company, and a former home computer and console manufacturer. ... This is a list of video game franchises organised alphabetically by name. ... Sonic the Hedgehog for Sega Genesis The Sonic the Hedgehog series is a franchise of video games released by Sega (usually developed by their Sonic Team division) and starring their mascot character Sonic the Hedgehog. ...


This anime features Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Dr. Robotnik (Eggman in the Japanese version) and a few other characters, such as the human Seira. This Sonic anime was made in 1996, where in its native Japan, it was presented in two different box sets. ADV Films dubbed it in English in 1999, and released it in Europe with a single box video. They later released it in North America in 2000 as Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie. // Atom, star of the long-running science fiction series Mighty Atom (also known as Astro Boy to Western audiences). ... Sonics character design has been altered through the years. ... Miles Tails Prower as seen in Shadow the Hedgehog. ... Knuckles, as seen in Shadow the Hedgehog Knuckles the Echidna is a character in the Sonic the Hedgehog series of video games, television shows and comics. ... Doctor Eggman as seen in Shadow the Hedgehog In the Sonic the Hedgehog series, Doctor Eggman Robotnik (formerly Doctor Ivo Robotnik outside of Japan) is the archnemesis of Sonic the Hedgehog. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... ADV Films is the home video publication arm of A.D. Vision based in Houston, Texas. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Europe is conventionally considered one of the seven continents of Earth which, in this case, is more a cultural and political distinction than a physiographic one, leading to some dispute as to Europes actual borders. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... This article is about the year 2000. ...


The story follows a giant mecha (known as Black Eggman in the Japanese dub, Metal Robotnik in English and Dark Eggman to some fans) who appears in Dr. Eggman's utopian city of Eggmanland and banishes the doctor. The mecha takes control of Eggman's robotic army, to lure Sonic, Tails and Knuckles into the evil dimension The Land of Darkness. Once there, the blue blur finds Hyper Metal Sonic, a clone of him who shares his memories and feelings, and in essence lives the same life. The title mecha RX-78-2 Gundam from the popular anime Mobile Suit Gundam In some works of science fiction, mecha (singular or plural, less frequently meka), mechs (singular: mech) or giant robots) are piloted or remote-controlled limbed vehicles. ... Doctor Eggman as seen in Shadow the Hedgehog In the Sonic the Hedgehog series, Doctor Eggman Robotnik (formerly Doctor Ivo Robotnik outside of Japan) is the archnemesis of Sonic the Hedgehog. ... See Utopia (disambiguation) for other meanings of this word Utopia, in its most common and general meaning, refers to a hypothetical perfect society. ... In the fictional world of the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series, Eggmanland (sometimes known as Robotnikland or Eggman Empire) is a land that Sonic the Hedgehogs nemesis, Dr. Eggman, often speaks of. ... Army (from French armée) can, in some countries, refer to any armed force. ... Metal Sonic from Sonic CD Metal Sonic is the robotic counterpart of video game character Sonic the Hedgehog. ...

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World

Unlike the official games continuity, the OVA takes place on a world named Planet Freedom, which is divided into two regions — the Land of the Sky and the Land of Darkness. However, in a reference to the games, one part of the Land of the Sky is called South Island, which is the setting of many of the Sonic games. Like many anime series, Planet Freedom appears to be a crossbreed of a fairytale land and Earth. // Atom, star of the long-running science fiction series Mighty Atom (also known as Astro Boy to Western audiences). ... A fairy tale is a story, either told to children or as if told to children, concerning the adventures of mythical characters such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, giants, and others. ... Earth is the third planet in the Solar system. ...


Story

Left to right; Seira, Sonic, the president, Dr. Eggman and Tails with robots.
Left to right; Seira, Sonic, the president, Dr. Eggman and Tails with robots.

Sonic is relaxing like he usually does, listening to dance music outside his house while lounging in a beach chair. When Tails comes out to test his new, jet-propelled bodyboard, he asks Sonic to give it a try. Sonic declines, since he has a great fear of water. Tails' bodyboard however, encounters a flying ship driven by Oji-san, an old anthropomorphic owl, and he is almost about to go into a cliff, being picked up by the ship. Sonic runs after hearing "Help!" from Tails several times. Sonic rescues them, but Oji-san gives news of the President being held captive by Dr. Eggman. Sonic and Tails race to the Presidential Palace, where they encounter Eggman holding the President and his daughter, Seira. Eggman tells Sonic a lie that his city in the Land of Darkness (Robotropolis in the English version as a tie-in with SatAM), is being held by a metal version of himself called Metal Robotnik (Black Eggman in the Japanese version), who attacked his good people with a battalion of demonic robots and sabotaged the Robot Generator by overloading it with energy, which would then (supposedly) malfunction and release excess electricity and destroy Planet Freedom within a few hours. (It is debatable whether the story was actually true, or if he attacked his own city, or if the mecha actually did attack the planet on its own free will and was then taken control of by Eggman; this would explain its name being a variation of the doctor's.) After Sonic trusts Eggman, Tails is given a navigational watch from the doctor for his journey, and the two head for The Land of Darkness, Seira goes into Robotnik's ship with him, playing around with the controls. Sonic and Tails enter the Land of Darkness, encountering Badniks, but they soon get to the abandoned city. There, they get into a long battle with Metal Robotnik, eventually making Knuckles save them and destroying the mecha. Sonic, Tails and Knuckles go into the core of the city, where Sonic is held in a glass container which copied his DNA. The protagonists think that the bomb that Robotnik threatened would blow up the Land of the Sky was a dud. Image File history File links Sonicanimecharacters. ... Image File history File links Sonicanimecharacters. ...


The Metal Robotnik appears, eventually crumbling, then revealing Eggman and Seira in it. Knuckles falsely accuses Seira of being behind his scheme, and in reply she cries a river and reveals that "the robot and the machine going haywire were all part of Robotnik's evil scheme," which Eggman does not deny. He shows Sonic a metal version of himself, Hyper Metal Sonic, and the two get into a fight. Metal wins, and Tails and Knuckles go back to the Land of the Sky, where Tails finds out that Metal Sonic is out to destroy the world by hitting the Ice Caps and blowing it up. The blue hedgehog wakes up in Green Lake City (a heavenly shrubbery), and thinks about Metal Sonic knowing everything he does, or has done. Sonic gets to the workshop, and hears all about the Ice Cap dilemma from the President (much to the dismay of the President and Tails). Sonic, Tails and Knuckles go to the Ice Cap, where Seira is being held captive for marriage at the North Pole she is being forced into. (Dr. Eggman's main goal in the movie is to destroy the world, leaving only he and Seira to marry and have children. It is possible that he wanted to destroy everyone else first, because their marriage would be illegal otherwise.) Sonic encounters Hyper Metal Sonic, and the two have a long fight. Tails corrupts Metal's data with the navigation watch Eggman gave him before, and Sonic is able to do serious damage. At the same time, however, the President's ship is destroyed. Metal Sonic saves the President and Sonic realizes that Metal does have emotions, as he was programmed with Sonic's DNA. Metal gets blown into an ice crack in a scene inspired by The Terminator, where Sonic tries to save him, but Metal says, "there is only one Sonic" and is destroyed by falling into the magma. While Sonic is smarting from his injuries, Eggman says that he still has Sonic's DNA, and reveals his plans to create a superior, emotionless replica of the blue blur. A design failure of his (a robotic turtle) blows up the CD that the DNA is inside, thwarting his plans.


Trivia

The "Knuckles is a mole" error from the DVD.
The "Knuckles is a mole" error from the DVD.
Sonic seemingly giving Black Eggman the bird.
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Sonic seemingly giving Black Eggman the bird.
  • In the original translations, Knuckles was presented as a mole and not as an echidna. This mistake even re-occurs in the character bios featured in the DVD release.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie was also edited for age-appropriate issues as the anime was originally aimed at teenagers. Most of the censorship issues mainly concern not translating certain Japanese profanities, but in the scene where Sonic is supposed to show his middle-finger at Black Eggman, ADV changed the scene so that it seemed that Sonic was holding up his index-finger to Metal Robotnik. This edit is not present in the Region 1 DVD. However, because this is an OVA they did not censor all suggestive themes from the movie, such as the scene in which Seira shouted at Metal, calling him a "pervert" for accidentally looking up her skirt. It also had a scene where it looked like Tails was slapping his buttocks at Dark Robotnik and another scene where Sonic had hurt his groin.
  • Sonic is the same style as he was on the Sonic CD intro and ending movies, though neither Tails nor Knuckles were seen in that game. (Tails made a cameo if you hacked into the game)

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Continuity

The Sonic OVA is generally believed by Sega and the Sonic fanbase to be an alternate continuity to the games series. Newer, often American or European, Sonic fans sometimes mistakingly consider this to be part of the official Sonic the Hedgehog canon, the Japanese continuity. There are some instances of the mini-series being true to the games which seem support this theory, including scenes that resemble and likely inspired the team actions in Sonic Heroes. However, there are some elements that make any connection seem impossible. Sonic the Hedgehog for Sega Genesis The Sonic the Hedgehog series is a franchise of video games released by Sega (usually developed by their Sonic Team division) and starring their mascot character Sonic the Hedgehog. ... In the context of fiction, the canon of a fictional universe comprises those novels, stories, films, etc. ... Sonic Heroes is a video game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. ...


The first and most noticeable thing is that in the games, Sonic meets Metal Sonic in a different way. However, the Metal Sonic seen in the games is more similar to what Dr. Eggman was planning on creating near the ending of this series, in terms of not sharing characteristics of his flesh and blood brother in arms. Also remember that the robot seen here is never credited as Metal Sonic, but as Hyper Metal Sonic. It is possible that the anime's Metal is a prototype of Metal Sonic, and that the games' Metal is what Eggman is planning on creating later on during this story, before his design failure thrawts his plans. While that is most likely what the anime story would tell you, most of the official Sonic game sources would probably tell you otherwise, in one way or another. Metal Sonic from Sonic CD Metal Sonic is the robotic counterpart of video game character Sonic the Hedgehog. ... Doctor Eggman as seen in Shadow the Hedgehog In the Sonic the Hedgehog series, Doctor Eggman Robotnik (formerly Doctor Ivo Robotnik outside of Japan) is the archnemesis of Sonic the Hedgehog. ...


Another problem is that Knuckles is apparently a mole with no intention of guarding the Master Emerald here. While this hero spends no time with his Emerald here, he, according to the official game canon, does indeed enjoy treasure hunting, despite his duties. And while ADV Films considers him to be a mole, there is no evidence that he was ever intended to be a mole, other than the fact that the president's daughter sometimes referred to him as "Mr. Mole," although that was undoubtedly intended to be a cute characteristic of her, and other than the scene in which Knuckles is avoiding being hit by Sonic, that unmistakably recalls the game whack-a-mole. It's also worth noting that the movie's official description claims that he is actually a mole, but the writer of the article was presumably not a player of the games, or chose to only include what was apparent from the movie in and of itself. Knuckles, as seen in Shadow the Hedgehog Knuckles the Echidna is a character in the Sonic the Hedgehog series of video games, television shows and comics. ... The Master Emerald is a large, green emerald depicted in the Sonic the Hedgehog video game and comic series. ... ADV Films is the home video publication arm of A.D. Vision based in Houston, Texas. ... Whac-A-Mole is a popular arcade redemption game invented in 1971 by Bobs Space Racers Inc. ...


In the Japanese game continuity (and possibly the American as well, though this is somewhat disputed), Sonic lives on Earth. Here he lives on a planet called "Planet Freedom," but this planet is very likely Earth in the future; the ruins underground are probably the remains of New York City, and when Knuckles speaks about what will happen if Metal reaches the North Pole, the Americas can be clearly seen after The Land of the Sky spins into space. If this is the case, and if the anime is part of the official continuity, this would mean that the games take place in the future as well. And even if Planet Freedom is not Earth, the anime could still be incorporated into the games continuity with the explanation that the reason for Sonic, Tails and Knuckles to be residing on Planet freedom is to keep an eye on Eggman, since he has built a huge base on it (his so called "Robotropolis"). Earth is the third planet in the Solar system. ...


Some fans conclude that the series must be canon, since it was in part overseen by Sega and Sonic Team. However, the same applies to Sonic X, which differs from canon also. (Due to a number of reasons, but perhaps most evident in the fact that in that show, Sonic and the other sentient animals came to Earth from another world.) This article or section contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ...


Note that the "official Sonic canon" is debatable, as hardly any official licensed Sonic stories coincide with each other completely. At the time this anime was created it did not differ as far from official cannon as it does today. This is mostly a result of the Sonic Team games based on Sonic (which have first priority in Sonic fandom most of the time) steering the story in a different direction. It is possible that this anime was originally intended to be part of the Sonic canon, though it could be considered alternate universe nowadays. // Atom, star of the long-running science fiction series Mighty Atom (also known as Astro Boy to Western audiences). ... In the context of fiction, the canon of a fictional universe comprises those novels, stories, films, etc. ... Parallel universe (fiction) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... An alternative universe (also known as alternate universe) is a type or form of fan fiction in which known, canonical facts about the universe being explored or written about, are deliberately changed. ...


Voice artists

English

The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Sonics character design has been altered through the years. ... Miles Tails Prower as seen in Shadow the Hedgehog. ... Knuckles, as seen in Shadow the Hedgehog Knuckles the Echidna is a character in the Sonic the Hedgehog series of video games, television shows and comics. ... Edwin Neal (b. ... Doctor Eggman as seen in Shadow the Hedgehog In the Sonic the Hedgehog series, Doctor Eggman Robotnik (formerly Doctor Ivo Robotnik outside of Japan) is the archnemesis of Sonic the Hedgehog. ...

Japanese

Masami Kikuchi Masami Kikuchi (菊池 正美 Kikuchi Masami, born April 24, 1960) is a veteran seiyu who was born in Nagano. ... Sonics character design has been altered through the years. ... Hekiru Shiina (2004) Hekiru Shiina (椎名 へきる Shiina Hekiru, born March 12, 1974) is a talented seiyuu and J-pop singer who was born in Higashi-kurume, Tokyo. ... Miles Tails Prower as seen in Shadow the Hedgehog. ... Yasunori Matsumoto (松本 保典 Matsumoto Yasunori, born February 7, 1960) is a veteran seiyū who was born in Chiba. ... Knuckles, as seen in Shadow the Hedgehog Knuckles the Echidna is a character in the Sonic the Hedgehog series of video games, television shows and comics. ... Doctor Eggman as seen in Shadow the Hedgehog In the Sonic the Hedgehog series, Doctor Eggman Robotnik (formerly Doctor Ivo Robotnik outside of Japan) is the archnemesis of Sonic the Hedgehog. ...

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