Hello everyone! Due to time constraints and work stuff, I was unable to give you all a complete, proper Sonic Fridays edition today. I am very sorry, it's very unprofessional of me to miss something like this, so I went ahead and fixed a little something up just to make it up to you all.
I covered Green Hill Zone on Famitracker.
Yes, Green Hill Zone, the ever-illusive song and stage that appeared once back in 1991 for Sonic's official debut game and never again, never to be referenced at all by any other subsequent release of literally anything related to Sonic. It is a tad odd that they would never ever reference it when it was the opening stage and song to the first ever Sonic video game, but hey - imagine if they just kept referencing it over and over and over until it was entirely overdone? Yeah, wow, if that were the case, it'd be really unoriginal of me to come up with a cover for it, wouldn't it?
Valentine's Day is coming up, and it's left me wondering just one thing. No, not where to look for chocolates and candies and flowers and stuff. No, not what the heck else I'm going to do for my girlfriend for the day. I am, of course, thinking about somebody else's love-life. Sonic's.
What is Sonic doing these days? He's turning twenty-five. He should be looking into who'll be his groom, collecting enough rings to afford the ceremony, and, most importantly, thinking about getting Mr. Naka some grand-kids for goodness' sakes! Luckily for him, I'm here, and I've spent entirely-too-much-time obsessing over his romantic life and love interests and will now go over his three best possible love interests in order to determine the decision for the darn hedgehog.
No need to thank me, Sonic - I know.
Sonic Boom is the latest cartoon created for the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. Produced by "OuiDo!" Productions and Sega of America, it's a comedy/action-adventure TV series a part of the latest "branch" of the Sonic franchise (alongside the Classic and Modern branches) that's set to get a new generation of children hyped and excited to get into Sonic the Hedgehog.
Quite a lot of fuss has been made over what Sonic Boom is supposed to be, where it fits in with the rest of the franchise. Some have even gone as far as to theorize that this Boom-iverse takes place in the altered timeline that was created after Sonic Generations!... Anyway, I think they're asking a very valid question, though I do feel that they're going about answering it the wrong way.
Sonic the Hedgehog, the franchise, is twenty-five years-old this year. And in those twenty-five years a lot happened - Sequels, side-quels on CD/32-bit add-ons, 3D iterations solidifying a new identity for the characters, and, through all of that, cartoons. Sonic is a very special franchise in that the media surrounding it, created for it... oftentimes ends up doing more to change it than vice-versa - so when you're looking at a cartoon show you gotta take it seriously 'cause this stuff is a big deal for Sonic the Hedgehog, and that's what I'm aiming to do here by taking a look at the writing, the characters, and its relationship with the Sonic franchise as a whole.
Welcome once again to Sonic Fridays! The series where (in honor of Sonic the Hedgehog's 25th anniversary this year) I take any and all excuses to talk about Sonic the Hedgehog the character, plus the franchise itself and its characters, on a biweekly basis.
In today's article, we're covering... toys! Yes, merchandise, plushies, action figures, physical representations of the things we love. Tomy the Toy company--not an actual character in the Sonic canon, in fact--released a new catalog for 2016, featuring some of their new Sonic Boom (I promise, we'll get to that) merchandise, plus a look at how Tomy plans to celebrate Sonic's 25th anniversary! This all excited me very much, because A.) I'm a huge Sonic fan, literally, you have no idea, and B.) I love toys and plushies and stuff and I wanna hug all of these things so gosh darn much, so since Sega's set on making us wait until what looks to be late March before they show us anything substantial for their big 25th anniversary game for Sonic (no, Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice doesn't count), I figured it'd be fun to take a look at the little huggables, so, without further ado, let's check out some toys! Woo!
Welcome to Sonic Fridays! This series, in honor of Sonic the Hedgehog's 25th anniversary this year, is basically just going to be me taking every excuse I can to talk about Sonic the Hedgehog, the character, the franchise, and the franchise's characters, on a biweekly basis with the regularly scheduled articles on Tuesdays every week before or after and so on, because I have a lot to talk about with regards to this franchise (having spent a great chunk of my childhood fixated on it).
To start things off right, I've decided to focus this first article on a very unique character in the Sonic franchise - Cream the Rabbit. Why? Because she is a wonderful character that doesn't get her due very often, and I also wanted to mention her in my previous article about the Sonic franchise as a whole but didn't get to because I didn't want the article to drag and figured she was so awesome she deserved her own article anyway. So here we are! Who is Cream the Rabbit? Where did she come from? Why is she so awesome? Let's find out!
When I say "progressive videogame icon," Sonic the Hedgehog isn't quite the first character that'd pop in your head, is he? I wouldn't blame you - between the loop-de-loops, springs, dark and broody characters that get spin-off titles with guns in them, rings, magical emeralds, buggy videogames, and badniks, it's easy to forget how this impossible-in-every-way-imaginable hedgehog got his start covertly spreading an environmentalist message.
With the Paris climate agreement a mere four days behind us, setting off our first global effort to tackle the issue of climate change, I figure it's time we took a little look back on Sonic (and the franchise as a whole)'s history in both promoting and spreading (secretly, or, as of recently, openly, which we'll get to later in the article) progressive ideas. From the triumphs to the failures, the missteps and their many wonderful and proud moments of success.