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ShenSonic

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Fast Facts on ShenSonic

Latest Version: 1.4
Latest Release Date: 2004-03-14
Engine: Multimedia Fusion Express
Credits: SimSonic

ShenSonic is a fan game made by SimSonic, whose real name is Simon Elo, of Magitek Soft which has also created the Sonic in Mobius games. This fan game was previously created using The Games Factory but the final version used Multimedia Fusion Express.

ShenSonic is Shenmue but with Sonic characters and makes changes to the plot to fit the Sonic universe. It features 100+ characters, 4 locations, 8 mini-games, day and night cycle, QTE's, inventory system, and much more.

History

ShenSonic started in 2000[1] and on June 21st, 2001[2], the first-ever demo of ShenSonic was made available. The next demo, Demo 2, was released on March 5th, 2002[3], with a follow-up patch for the demo, Demo 2.1, being released on the 19th which fixed bugs and added more of the story[3]. The final demo, Demo 3, was released on May 4th.[4]

Version 1.0 was released on September 14th, 2002.[5] 1.1 was released on October 3rd, 2002, fixing bugs and adding more content.[5] 1.2 released only 11 days later, on October 14th, 2002, fixing major bugs related to the saving and loading system and game-breaking bugs like disappearing objects. 1.3 was released on February 3rd, 2003 which added 2 new mini-games, 2 new fighting moves, adding more Shenmue music, and fixing some pesky bugs.[6] The final version, 1.4, was released on March 14th, 2004, fixed major bugs like the player's money disappearing on Day 2 and game crashes. It added Shenmue sound effects, better-detailed weather system, and added some more details.[7]

Story

The year is 1986, the place Yokosuka, Japan. The normally tranquil day-to-day life of Sonic Hezuki is suddenly and irrecoverably shattered by unwanted visitors. A man wearing dark green Chinese clothes appears at the Hezuki family home. This man uses a powerful style of martial arts, the likes of which Sonic has never before seen, to engage his father Hewao in a fierce battle. The man threatens to kill Sonic. Having no other recourse, Hewao reluctantly tells him where the mysterious mirror is.

Once this mysterious object is in the man's possession, he again attacks Hewao, who is knocked down in defeat. Sonic pulls his father close and feels him take his last breath.

"Robo Di" The man with the ominous embroidery of a glittering dragon on his back, the man responsible. What of the stolen mirror? Who is this Robo Di? Vowing to seek revenge, Sonic embarks on a journey to unravel the mystery surrounding his father's death and deliver justice to the man responsible.[8]

Locations

Hezuki Residence: The house of the Hezuki family, been standing there for hundreds of years...nothing could change the atmosphere of the peaceful house, until now...

Sakuragaoka: Sakuragaoka is the second location in Yokosuka. It is the place where most of the people live. It is also a peaceful village, but there are plenty of trouble-makers in the town as well.

Dobuita: Dobuita is the busy, gang filled town. There are plenty of people who will start fights and plenty of people who are plain stubborn. This is where most of the action will take place.

Amihama: Amihama is the big harbor in Yokosuka. People there are not nice and it is 'controlled' by the Mad Angels gang. Some people will interact, but most will say, "I'm working, find somebody else will ya"[9]

Characters

Complete list of characters

Sonic Hezuki Age: 18. Height: 5'9". Weight: 143 lbs. Birthday: 11/29. Sonic is our hero and the main character in ShenSonic. He is the son of the late Hewao Hezuki, who was murdered for unknown reasons at the beginning of the game. Sonic became both physically and mentally strong after his long training that started at age seven. He has trained the Hezuki style of jujitsu until Hewao's death. Hewao wanted Sonic to one day to become the master of the Dojo. He is a smart High School student that knows how to behave in and out of fights but acts impulsively.
Hewao Hezuki Age: 46. Height: 5'9". Weight: 177 lbs. Birthday: 5/3. A very strict Dojo master, he was the master of the Hezuki style of Martial Arts. He was always diligent man when it came to looking after the dojo and his students. He taught Tazuhara and his only son, Sonic, everything they needed to know. His only hobby was Shodo (calligraphy) which he used on letters and moves scrolls. When he was younger he went across seas to learn more styles of martial arts but got into some kind of trouble that we will learn about in the next chapters.
Ine Hayata Age: 64. Height: 5'1". Weight: 103 lbs. Birthday: 8/9. Since Sonic had no motherly care as a child, Ine-san was hired to be the Hezuki's household maid. She has worked with them for more than 15 years and is considered family by Sonic. Hewao probably hired her because she is very particular about manners and discipline, but most of all she is an excellent cook. She has many antique Japanese dishes that are similar to a chef. She is quiet, but a hardworking woman that is emotionally strong, that is until Hewao's death.
Taiyuki Tazuhara Age: 26. Height: 5'8". Weight: 150 lbs. Birthday: 8/6. Tazu-san has lived with the Hezuki's for almost ten years. He is a hardworking and honest student of Hewao Hezuki, even though he is a slow learner. He usually fails because he jumps to conclusions and acts impulsively. Sonic thinks of Tazu-san as a brother because he always supports Sonic's decisions, with his warm and gentle personality.
Robo Di Age: 31. Height: 6'1". Weight: 188 lbs. Birthday: Unknown. Robo Di is one of the high-ranked members of a Chinese cartel named the Chi You Men, which is currently trying to gain control of Yokosuka. Robo Di is a sinister man whose cold stare is said to intimidate people even in his organization! Robo Di is master of a legendary martial art, which was supposed to be a myth. It is unknown why exactly he murdered Hewao Hezuki, but it has something to do with the Hedgehog Mirror.
Megumi Mishima Age: 5. Height: 3'7". Weight: 62 lbs. Birthday: 3/25. This sweet little kindergarten student is always fascinated with animals and nature. She has always dreamed of having a pet of her own, but her mother would not allow it. She found an abandoned cat and now takes care of it at the local Shrine. She is known for being so charming even some of the neighbors will help out, including Sonic Hezuki.
Naoyuki Ito He is the elder brother of Yasuo and Kayoko Ito. There's a big difference between the sibling's ages. He is a kind, gentle boy who takes good care of his brother and sister while his parents are busy with their work. However, he often has to leave his sister with his younger brother because he is studying for college entrance exams. He is close to Sonic and Ichiro who is in the same class. Sonic and Ichiro were already friends when Naoyuki's family moved to the Sakuragaoka when he was in the 2nd grade. At first, other classmates bullied Naoyuki because he was the new guy, so when Sonic helped him out they became good friends. He earned money doing a part-time job that he worked at since he started high school, and he recently bought a motorcycle, something he'd been dreaming of for years. He is so excited that he can't stop talking about the motorcycle to Sonic and Ichiro. He is good at science and mathematics, and his grades are among the highest in his class. Above all his physics grade is the top in the entire school.
Shigeo Yamagishi Shigeo was born in Itabashi, Tokyo, and is well versed in the traditional martial arts. With a strong affection for the martial arts from childhood, he trained until he was drafted into the military shortly after 30. He was sent with the Kanto army to the front lines. Due to his knowledge of communication techniques, developed while working at a manufacturer of Morse code generators, he was used on various missions (including decoding Chinese and Russian codes) as a technical officer. When the war was over, he married and moved to Sakuragaoka at his wife's urging because she loved the cherry trees there. They even planted a cherry tree in their home garden. When his wife died, he cut it down, trying to break the link with his past, but now seems to regret doing so. Ine-san has been a close acquaintance with Shigeo. This friendship has deepened since his wife died. He now harbors feelings of affection for Ine-san, but he avoids showing her these feelings, instead often treating Ine-san and Sonic with indifference. Years ago, when Shigeo became acquainted with Hewao, the master of Hezuki Dojo, he restarted his training again. Hewao and Shigeo developed a close friendship and always drank sake together after their practices. Shigeo stopped training again after he hurt his back. He is very strict about manners and behavior, even with the children gathering around the Abe Store. He has often scolded Sonic in the past for various reasons.
Tom Johnson Age: 27. Height: 5'10" Weight: 177lbs. Birthday: 11/23. From the streets of New York, here comes Tom. Tom is always grooving to his favorite rap and reggae music! He hitchhiked across the world until he decided to stay in Yokosuka. While traveling through Latin America he learned various martial arts. He owns a hot dog stand in Dobuita and at the Harbor. Many people avoid Tom because of his broken Japanese and looks, but he is still a close friend to Sonic.
Nozomi Harakiri Age: 1 Height: 5'5". Weight: 104 lbs. Birthday: 8/23. Nozomi was born in Japan but moved to Vancouver, Canada at a young age. In Junior High, she moved back to Yokosuka Japan to live with her grandmother. When she returned to school many kids teased her because of her different culture. At that time, Sonic would stand up to them. From that day on Nozomi has been secretly in love with Sonic. She now helps out at the Aida Florist and wants to become a translator in the future.
Goro Ono Age: 56. Height: 5'5". Weight: 139 lbs. Birthday: 11/8. Goro owns the Knocking Motorcycle Shop in Dobuita. He used to work at a large automobile factory, but has recently retired to work at his shop. Goro has earned an excellent reputation with his motorcycle repair skills.
Akemi Sato Age: 28. Height: 5'4". Weight: 106 lbs. Birthday: 6/30. Akemi is a hostess at the Bar Yokosuka. She was introduced to the bartender, Saijo San and has worked there ever since. She attracts many followers including Tazu San. Before Hezuki Sensei's death, Tazu San used to drink there frequently.
Haru Hirata Age: 73. Height: 5'0". Weight: 93 lbs. Birthday: 8/1. Haru San is an elderly woman who works at the Hirata Tobacco Shop in Dobuita. She is well known and liked among the town because she used to babysit some of the current shop owners in Dobuita. When she was younger she was known as the "Dobuita Queen" and attracted many customers and admirers.
Shiro Kurita Age: 25. Height: 5'6". Weight: 130 lbs. Birthday: 1/25. Kurita-san comes from a rich family that has been in Yokosuka for generations. He has been a military maniac his whole life and hoped to enter the Japan Self-Defense Force after High School. He tried very hard but was rejected twice. Instead of living of his parent's money, he decided to open up Kurita Military Surplus in Dobuita.
Motoyuki Aoki Age: 34. Height: 5'6". Weight: 137 lbs. Birthday: 2/15. After an unsuccessful job as a banker, Motoyuki Aoki started up the Funny Bear Burger stand in Dobuita. He started as an amateur but now is so successful he won the All-Japan Hamburger Championship.
Akio Enoki Age: 18. Height: 5'8". Weight: 137 lbs. Birthday: 6/24. Although Enoki has never defeated Ryo in a fight, he is always trying to provoke him into one. He is the leader of his gang, who do little more than loiter around shop corners. Enoki tries to look and act real tough, he loves animals and nature. He has been seen feeding and petting Megumi's kitten at the Yamanose Shrine.
Xie Gao Wen Age: 5. Height: 3'8". Weight: 49 lbs. Birthday: 7/10. Gao Wen is a third generation Chinese living in Japan. He is the first grandson of Xia Xiu. His mother was also born in Japan so Gao Wen doesn't even think of himself as Chinese, but Xia Xiu encourages him to use it daily. Although he cries easily he is a nice, friendly child who gets along with others.
Tao Dou Ji Age: 50. Height: 5'5". Weight: 152 lbs. Birthday: 3/22. Tao San is the owner of the Ajiichi Chinese Resturant. He is originally from Taiwan but at the age of 22, he came to Japan to work at Ma Ming Lou Resturant in Yokohama's Chinatown. He met his future wife, Lin Xia, at Ma Ming Lou and got married soon after. The day he turned 26 he quit his job in Yokohama and came to Yokosuka to start up his own restaurant where he still works today.
Wang Guang Ji Age: 19. Height: 5'6". Weight: 159 lbs. Birthday: 7/8. Wang is an apprentice currently working at the Ajiichi Chinese Resturant. He is from a rich family in Hai Feng, Guandong, China. He wanted to train in Japan to sightsee. Wang is very dependant on others and goofs off at work. He takes too many breaks when he is supposed to make a delivery.
Xia Xiu Yu Age: 60. Height: 5'1". Weight: 106 lbs. Birthday: 10/9. The owner of the Russiya China Shop was originally from Quan Zhou, Guangdong, China. She was schooled in England under her father's recommendation. Her brother dies in an accident and her father then wanted her to take over the family business. She soon married at age 22 and had a son and daughter. When she was 42 she came to Japan with her son's family. She was so well educated she started up a successful antique import and export store that she still runs today.
Natsumi Sakuragi Age: 27. Height: 5'4". Weight: 102 lbs. Birthday: 2/24. Natsumi is a popular fortune-teller that is regularly written about in a popular woman's magazine. Her family previously ran a grocery store, but they both die in a tragic traffic accident. She closed down the grocery store and started a fortune-teller, Lapis, in its place. Her uncanny accuracy in predictions has helped bring many customers to Dobuita.
Goro Mihashi Age: 18. Height: 5'11". Weight: 177 lbs. Birthday: 7/9. Goro knows the harbor like the back of his hand. He calls himself "Harbor Goro". He did run a gang on the harbor, but Sonic beat some sense into him. He would headbutt any easy prey with money. He is afraid of Sonic, so he usually helps him out. Now, he plans on settling down, with his girlfriend Mai. He is a bit wacko, and one of his dreams is to own his own baseball team with his children.
Shozo Mizuki Age: 67. Height: 5'1". Weight: 93 lbs. Birthday: 4/28. Nobody knows Shozo's past, but he claims to be living homeless at the harbor for over two years. He is a charming elderly man who gets treated poorly by the Mad Angels. Sonic will stick up for him, and realize that there is more to him than meets the eye. Shozo studied the Hezuki Style.
Jimmy Yan Age: 30. Height: 5'7". Weight: 115 lbs. Birthday: 9/9. Jimmy Yan is a Mad Angel thug and the supposed owner of the Asia Travel Company. He has set up a travel scam with some friends and his mistress Etsuko. The only real pleasure in his pathetic life is gambling. So to release his stress he goes to the casino every night.
Yuji Nito Age: 41. Height: 5'5". Weight: 148 lbs. Birthday: 4/26. Yuji Nito is the owner of the Me Arcade, even though he doesn't really like to play arcade games. He doesn't get the latest in technology until his customers complain. He has tried everything to stay out of debt, including three other businesses before the Me Arcade. He has no children but hopes to pay off his many loans and travel the world with his wife in leisure.
Mario Grianni Age: 48. Height: 6'0". Weight: 256 lbs. Birthday: September 5th. Mario is the owner of Bob’s Pizzeria and loves Japan very much. Alongside his brother, he used to work as a chef at a famous pizzeria in Japan. Five years ago, he came to Japan, the home country of his wife Momoko, and opened his restaurant in Dobuita. Some people still tend to think, that he looks familiar...
Susumu Aketagawa Age: 57. Height: 5'2". Weight: 150 lbs. Birthday: February 10th. Susumu Aketagawa has been producing his special soba (buckwheat noodles) for more than 30 years. He has the utmost confidence in his skill. However, he is concerned about his declining health and wonders if he should retire after giving his student Kiyoshi training on how to knead soba. Akutagawa was 27 when he first learned the art of making soba---10 years after becoming a live-in student. Later he came to realize that it takes 10 years to learn how to make soba correctly, taking into account color, cooking and delivery time. Following the custom of Yamaji Soba Noodles, he had had Kiyoshi deliver his soba for almost 10 years. He secretly hopes that his daughter will marry Kiyoshi and that they will take care of him when he gets older. This is what Aketagawa usually daydreams about while preparing the soba.
Takashi Takashiro Age: 29. Height: 5'11". Weight: 152 lbs. Birthday: April 17th. Born in Hiroshima, in junior high school Takashi was heavily influenced by movies. Once when he approached a punk to ask him about his tattoos, the punk got angry and beat Takashi up for no apparent reason. Luckily, Soroku Kikuchi, a tattoo artist, who happened to be passing by at the time, saved Takashi from serious injury. After this experience, Takashi became interested in tattoos., so he decided to become Kikuchi-san’s student. Although Kikuchi-san believed that tattoos are really just scribbling, for some reason, his tattoos were in high demand. Believing that tattoos are an art form, Takashi soon became disenchanted with Kikuchi-san’s teachings and when he was 17, Takashi set out on his own. By that time, he could tattoo quite well and earned a fair amount of money tattooing truck drivers. He hitchhiked all the way to Yokohama and began his own student---Shunkichi. Takashi began living with Asami, a girl with extraordinary fair skin. He tattooed Asami and himself with the same design, but one day Asami ran away with Shunkichi. After this incident, Takashi began to distrust everyone and moved to Yokosuka to restart his business there. For the past five years, he has been quietly tattooing only those customers who appreciate his designs.

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References

  1. http://shensonic.5u.com:80/index2.html (archived: 2005-11-02 12:16)
  2. http://shensonic.5u.com/progress.html (archived: 2004-06-10 02:17)
  3. 3.0 3.1 http://shensonic.5u.com/index2.html (archived: 2002-04-05 19:51)
  4. http://shensonic.5u.com:80/index2.html (archived: 2002-08-05 19:38)
  5. 5.0 5.1 http://shensonic.5u.com:80/index2.html (archived: 2002-10-13 20:31)
  6. http://shensonic.5u.com:80/index2.html (archived: 2003-04-02 15:10)
  7. http://shensonic.5u.com:80/index2.html (archived: 2004-04-19 01:57)
  8. http://shensonic.5u.com/story.html (archived: 2012-01-11 01:34)
  9. http://shensonic.5u.com/loc.html (archived: 2005-02-06 14:15)
  10. http://shensonic.5u.com/char.html (archived: 2012-01-11 01:33)