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Sonic X (ソニックX Sonikku Ekkessu) is an anime television series based on the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series published by Sega. It was created by Sonic Team and produced in Japan by TMS Entertainment. The series originally aired in Japan between April 6, 2003 and April 18, 2005, consisting of 78 episodes. The series aired in the United States between August 23, 2003 and May 6, 2006.

Dubbing History

4Kids Entertainment handled the show's American localization. The episodes were heavily edited for content and length; 4Kids has been described by Destructoid as being "infamous" among anime fans for this type of overzealous editing. 4Kids removed alcohol consumption, coarse language, instances of breaking the fourth wall, and numerous sexual innuendos. Unlike some other series that 4Kids translated around the time, Sonic X suffered no full episodes being cut. Producer Michael J. Haigney personally disliked realistic violence in children's programs, but had not intended to make massive changes himself. Instead, he was bound by Fox Broadcasting Company's strict guidelines, which forbid content such as smoking and strong violence.

4Kids found new voice actors rather than using those from the games, with auditions beginning in early 2003. Beginning with Shadow the Hedgehog, the cast of Sonic X would assume their respective voice roles in all Sonic games released between 2005 and 2010, at which point all the roles were recast with the exception of Mike Pollock as Eggman.

Cast

Image Character Seiyū Dub Actor
Main Characters
Sonic Close up.png Sonic Junichi Kanemaru Jason Griffith
Chris Close up.png Chris Thorndyke Sanae Kobayashi
(young)
Suzanne Goldish
Christopher-thorndyke-older-sonic-x-53.9.jpg Masakazu Morita
(adult)
Michael Sinterniklaas
Tails Close up.png Tails Ryō Hirohashi Amy Palant
Knuckles Close up.png Knuckles Nobutoshi Canna Dan Green
Cream Close up.png Cream Sayaka Aoki Rebecca Honig
Cheese Close up.png.png Cheese Ryō Hirohashi
Amy Close up.png Amy Rose Taeko Kawata Lisa Ortiz
Shadow Close up.png Shadow Kōji Yusa Jason Griffith
Rougue Close up.png Rouge Rumi Ochiai Kathleen Delaney
Cosmo Close up.png Cosmo Etsuko Kozakura Amy Birnbaum
Villains
Eggman.png Dr. Eggman Chikao Ōtsuka Mike Pollock
Bocoe Close up.png Bocoe Bin Shimada Darren Dunstan
Decoe Close up.png Decoe Ken Yamaguchi Andrew Rannells
Bokkun Close up.png Bokkun Yumiko Kobayashi
Dark Oak Close up.png Dark Oak Jōji Nakata Matt Hoverman
Black-narcissus-sonic-x-38.8.jpg Black Narcissus Ken Narita Sean Schemmel
Red-pine-sonic-x-25.4.jpg Red Pine Hōchū Ōtsuka Jonathan Todd Ross
Pale-bay-leaf-sonic-x-1.01.jpg Pale Bay Leaf Jūrōta Kosugi Jim Napolitano
Yellow-zelkova-sonic-x-96.9.jpg Yellow Zelkova Takeshi Watabe Ted Lewis
Secondary Characters
Chuck Close up.png Chuck Thorndyke Bin Shimada Jack Quevas
Ella Close up.png Ella Kujira Mike Pollock
Mr-tanaka-sonic-x-78.9.jpg Mr. Tanaka Naoki Imamura Darren Dunstan
Nelson-thorndyke-sonic-x-3.85.jpg Nelson Thorndyke Ken Yamaguchi Ted Lewis
Lindsay-thorndyke-sonic-x-4.42.jpg Lindsay Thorndyke Naomi Shindō Veronica Taylor
Sam-speed-sonic-x-15.5.jpg Sam Speed Soichirō Tanaka Greg Abbey
President Sonic X.png President Tomohisa Asō Ted Lewis
Christine-cooper-sonic-x-94.6.jpg Christine Cooper Kumiko Izumi Lisa Ortiz
Jerome-wise-sonic-x-5.13.jpg Jerome Wise Koji Haramaki David Lapkin
Mr Stewart.png Mr. Stewart Michio Nakao Andrew Rannells
Topaz.png Topaz Yukari Hikida Jennifer C. Johnson
Scarlet-garcia-sonic-x-13.3.jpg Scarlet Garcia Yuka Shioyama Megan Hollingshead
Frances SonicX.png Frances Kerry Williams
Danny Sonic X.png Danny Naomi Shindō Rachael Lillis
Helen-sonic-x-0.31.jpg Helen Noriko Hidaka Amy Birnbaum
Principal.png Principal Yasuhiko Tokuyama Maddie Blaustein
Vector 2 Close up.png Vector Kenta Miyake James Carter Cathcart
Charmy 2 Close up.png Charmy Yōko Teppouzuka Amy Birnbaum
Espio 2 Close up.png Espio Yuuki Masuda David Wills
Big Close up.png Big Takashi Nagasako Oliver Wyman
Vanilla Close up.png Vanilla Sayaka Aoki Rebecca Honig
Other Characters
Maria Close up.png Maria Robotnik Yuri Shiratori Rebecca Honig
Professor-gerald-robotnik-sonic-x-9.jpg Professor Gerald Robotnik Chikao Ōtsuka Mike Pollock
Tikal 2 Close up.png Tikal Kaori Asō Rebecca Honig
Pachacamac 2 Close up.png.png Pachacamac Toshihiko Nakajima Oliver Wyman
E 102 Gama Close up.png Gamma Taiten Kusunoki Andrew Rannells
Hawk-sonic-x-0.83.jpg Hawk Takeharu Ōnishi Oliver Wyman
Galaxina-sonic-x-4.98.jpg Galaxina Michiko Neya Erica Schroeder
Lucas-sonic-x-39.jpg Lucas Katsuyuki Konishi Matt Hoverman
Molly-sonic-x-26.3.jpg Molly Hōko Kuwashima Erica Schroeder
Leon-sonic-x-7.35.jpg Leon Yuki Tai Greg Abbey
Others
Narrator Andrew Rannells

Additional Voices

Music

  • Opening/Closing: "Gotta Go Fast"
Produced by: Joe Garrity, Norman J. Grossfeld, Russell Velázquez
Written by: Russell Velázquez
Vocals: Russell Velázquez

Notes

  • The voice actor for Sonic at the time, Ryan Drummond, offered to voice Sonic for the dub, but was rejected by 4Kids for not living in New York. Eventually, Drummond was removed as the voice actor for the Sonic games, after Sega of America decided to replace the entire voice cast for the games with the 4Kids cast shortly before the death of Deem Bristow, the previous voice actor for Dr. Eggman. Allegedly, he was only told when he asked if he would be needed for voice recordings in Shadow the Hedgehog from the beginning. Even though Drummond wanted to continue voicing Sonic, he was declined to voicing him for Shadow the Hedgehog, which resulted in many complaints from fans of the previous voice cast.
  • Months after the series began dubbing, Sonic Battle, Sonic Heroes, and Sonic Advance 3 would be sent to dub in San Diego, so by that time four Sega projects were being carried out in two different dubbing studios.
  • The popularity of the series in the United States and France resulted in a third season being produced. In Japan, the series suffered from poor ratings, and thus this season was never aired on TV or released on DVD, though was available through rental streaming services.
  • The English and Japanese versions of the episodes were made available for viewing on YouTube by 4Kids, before their channel was taken down.
  • Sonic X was added to Netflix on December 1, 2019. However, only season 1 and 2 are available without adding the Metarex saga, it is unknown if the third season will be added to Netflix soon, although it is available on Hulu, YouTube and Amazon Prime Video.

Transmission

Date(s) Channel Country
2003-2008 FOX
(FoxBox/4Kids TV)
United States United States
2003-2006 Cartoon Network
2003-2008 YTV Canada Canada
2003 CBC
2003-2004 TVNZ New Zealand New Zealand
2004-2006 CITV United Kingdom United Kingdom
2004-2008 Jetix
2004-2005 Network Ten Australia Australia
2005-2008 Central Singapore Singapore
2006-2007 Seven Network Australia Australia
2009-2014 The CW
(CW4Kids/Toonzai/Vortex)
United States United States

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Contents Region Country
FUNimation Entertainment 2004-2006 DVD.jpg Episodes 1-52 1
NTSC
United States United States
10 Volumes
2006-2009 The Complete Series
6 Volumes
Discotek Media 2016 The Complete Series
2 Volumes
2019 BD The Complete Series*
2 Discs

*Standard Definition Blu-Ray

External Links

  • Sonic X at the Internet Movie Database
  • Sonic X (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
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