How can a butchered series of video game plots and filler squeezed into a short span of time with characters barely anyone can tolerate outside those most cherished by us who only serve to steal the spotlight be made any worse?
Let 4Kids edit it.
Sonic X was a series many fans were excited about. An anime version of a beloved video game mascot seemed like a match made in heaven, especially with the way Japanese animators and story tellers excel at keeping our attention and taking risks. What we got instead, while not complete crap, was so disappointing that it still makes fans rage like bastards.
Sonic X tries to tell the story of Sonic and friends accidentally teleporting themselves to Earth during a clash with Eggman. I couldn't have been alone in celebrating that plot point; for me it felt like the acknowledgement of an old childhood fantasy with my favourite video game and cartoon characters. Anyway, you'll notice I said "tries". That's because once the episode ends, we're introduced to the show's attempt to intoduce an original character who the audience can relate to, Chris Thorndyke
. From then on, the series becomes more focused on him and his interactions with Sonic and co. Not only is said character completely intolerable and incompetant, he also breaks the same rule Michael Bay is notorious for and completely steals the spot light, making this more of an anime about this one brat who wants Sonic's man love.
While the original japanese dub takes a few more risks, some better soundtracks and works to get better after the Season 1 and 2 flop, 4Kids just completely over-kidifies it with a mass of edits, some more pointless than others, and continues to treat Sonic fans like complete morons. I think the notorious "I don't like the way you attacked Chris and Cosmo" scene sums up my beef with 4Kids the best. This isn't the worst thing they do but it is indeed close.
To its credit, Sonic X is nice to look at and its designs of Eggman's machines as well as the Metarex are imaginative and sometimes very sleak and awesome. Unfortunately for what plots it tries to retell from the games, it completely fails at.
I wouldn't recommend Sonic X to anyone unless you watch the Japanese dub. With its focus mainly on the human cast and tons of filler, it'll likely piss you off.