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Angel's Cartoon Review - Sonic Underground
(Aug 30, 1999 – May 4, 2000)
Director: Marc Boreal, Francois, Daniel Sarriet, Tom Smith
Steampunk, Dystopian Fiction,
Key Words: Anthro, Superpowers,
Studio: Licensed American Publisher:
My Thoughts: Now, I was hearing a lot of smack down about this show ever since started looking for Sonic anime. This one was something I didn’t get to see when I was little. I do feel the idea was pretty good but the execution was a bit sad. Not that it’s as bad as everyone says it is by no means. It, like all shows, has its pros and cons that make it charming and at the same time, make it feel off.
Let’s take for example the idea that Sonic has siblings. This is a strange idea that was only used in Sonic Underground and I never really saw it in anything else. Sure, he may have grown up on his own, but in the end, he grouped up with his brother and sister in order to save the day. It gave him the same additude as every other show, the stuck up teenage anst that is his charm, so why do people hate the idea he has siblings? It seems more of a fact that it’s out of the norm and not even within the games. If they had taken the characters and put them in a game, would it of changed the problem? I actually don’t think so because it wasn’t done before.
Now let’s get down to the weapon/music instrument. Why is it so hard to see Sonic with a guitar? I can see him jamming like that really nice. It’s just how pretty hard core he is. And the music isn’t really half bad.
The animation was pretty nice considering the time that it had come out, though some of the character seems a bit low. I still don’t understand how Doc Robotnic was the only human character in the whole series though. Just the idea of a world with humanoid characters and one human character makes me wonder about the design but that goes for every Sonic Anime and game like that. Anyway, the artwork is slick and stylish, mimicking the world of rock and roll with the long hair and ‘hipness’ within.
The voices well, they suffer from the times. Lingos and even slight vocals that they use kind of destroy the feel of the show although it did place it in a certain time frame. When things like this happen, there really isn’t anything to relate to in the other time frames. Now if I may take for example ‘Sonic the Hedgehog and Friends’ which came out a bit closer to this one, that one seemed timeless because it wasn’t held down by all the lingo and slang of the years it came out.
Sadly, this show has the unresolved symptom that happens when they cancel a series. The story ends with no clear ending. Instead, we got what seemed to be a battle of the week episode where the gang fights against getting addicted to a video game. I really wish that they actually ended the show in the last episode because it didn’t seem that the characters were going to grow to much more anyway.
Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_Underground
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