Web Animation: Nazo Unleashed
Nazo Unleashed is a fan-made Web Animation
trilogy of Sonic the Hedgehog
animator Chakra-X (Newgrounds
). It is based around an unused screenshot from Sonic X
that had a mysterious hedgehog with spiked-up quills and a silver coat. The mysterious character was Fan Nicknamed
"Nazo", a Japanese word for "mystery".
The premise of the trilogy is that Nazo is a sentient form taken by the negative energy of the Chaos Emeralds. Nazo is a hedgehog because the Chaos Emeralds have gotten accustomed to the forms of Sonic and Shadow. Of course, something made of negative energy like that is going to turn out evil. Nazo then goes around the world collecting the Chaos Emeralds in his plan to become more powerful, leaving much destruction in his wake. Sonic and his friends hear of this and go to take him down, but they are easily defeated. Shadow
then comes in try to defeat Nazo, but is defeated too. Only when the two hedgehogs use their Super Modes
together can they take him down, but it turns out Nazo has other plans...
The biggest claim to fame of this series are the masterfully animated fight scenes. Of course, it's quite obvious where they got their inspiration
, but it pulls it off very well, as they carry the tension, action, and fluidity as expected of those scenes.
The series has undergone two rereleases by Chakra-X, both of which improve the animation with techniques that he learned after high school; one is the HD Director's Cut
, which adds annotation commentary and cuts the three parts together as one movie. This version was further remastered as Nazo Unleashed DX
, which more cleanly upscales the movie to the video format and adds further additions.
Originally planned as a Trilogy, it received a semi-official sequel (not made by Chakra-X himself but made with his approval) in 2011, entitled The Return of Nazo
. The story is about....well, The Return of Nazo
after his defeat. Returning in a new Cyborg form
constructed by Dr. Eggman (whom he disposed of once he was done), he begins his quest once again, now stronger than before, the first part can be found here
Tropes exhibited by the trilogy: