- For the game, see Sonic X (Leapster game).
Sonic X (ソニックX) is the newest Sonic the Hedgehog television series, based roughly on the storylines of the Sonic Adventure series. It was animated and produced in Japan by TMS Entertainment with the partnership of Sega and Sonic Team. Season 1 comprised 52 episodes and was aired in Japan, the US, and Europe. Soon after season 1 ended, a second season of 26 additional episodes was produced and originally aired in France. None of these season 2 episodes were ever shown in Japan, but it is interesting to note that a full Japanese language track had been recorded for them, as evidenced by its presence on the VCDs released in China. There is no intention to create any new episodes of the show.
In 2003, 4Kids Entertainment licensed Sonic X for American television broadcasting, and it is currently airing on 4Kids TV (formerly the Fox Box). The U.S. licensing is a joint effort between 4Kids and ShoPro Entertainment. Despite the series doing less than stellar in Japan, the series gained popularity abroad. This prompted Sega to buy shares in TMS Entertainment, which was in danger of bankruptcy at the time.
In June 2012, following 4Kids' bankruptcy, due to a lawsuit on the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, the U.S. rights to Sonic X were sold to Kidsco Ventures, a subsidiary of Saban Media.
Story and Premise
The first 26 episodes of Sonic X dealt primarily with Sonic the Hedgehog and most of the main cast being suddenly transported to Earth during a Chaos Control incident at Dr. Eggman's base. On Earth, Sonic finds hospitality with a human boy named Chris Thorndyke, who provides Sonic and friends with shelter and support against Dr. Eggman's ambitions to conquer the world. Episodes 27 to 38 dealt primarily with the storylines of the Sonic Adventure series and roughly adapted them, most notably introducing Shadow the Hedgehog, although the latter does not appear again until the second season. As the first season approached its conclusion, characters such as Vanilla the Rabbit, the Chaotix crew, and Sonic's animal buddies showed up briefly in cameo appearances; the Chaotix went on to become recurring characters in the second series.
Sonic and friends finally travel back to their homeworld (which may, or may not, be equivalent to planet Mobius) by the end of episode 52. So, during the second series, they travel into space in order to defeat an army known as the Metarex, who are bent on conquering the universe. Along with the main Sonic cast, Chris finally invents a device to take him to Sonic's world – but although he designs it when he is an adult scientist, it has a side-effect of turning him back into a child again. Also, a new plant-like girl by the name of Cosmo assists them in their journey.
Sonic X first entered production as early as 2001, when TMS Entertainment, Sega, and Sonic Team produced their first pilot for the series. This episode was about 4 minutes in length and did not have a name at the time, being called simply "Sonic". The overall presentation of the pilot was also vastly different to how the series ended up. In the pilot, the series seems to take place in a fictional world, similar to that of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and SatAM (both of which, interestingly enough, TMS Entertainment has worked on to provide animation services) and had a futuristic look. Other than the obvious Dr. Eggman, there were no humans present in the pilot.
In the pilot, the power-ups that Sonic utilizes are crystals that have a similar appearance to the Master Emerald's shards, rather than to rings or Chaos Emeralds. Cheese the Chao did not have a finalized name; instead, the pilot simply calls him Chao. Another unusual thing is that the pilot has an English narration, as opposed to a Japanese one. It is possible that, at the time, the production team were looking at foreign markets to produce the animation, before making the decision to produce it for the Japanese market.
However, despite the fact that the pilot was never publicly revealed or announced, rumours began to circulate early in 2002 of a new Sonic animation project in the works. It wasn't until later that Sonic X was officially confirmed by a promotional flyer and a press release from the Japanese companies. The same year, TMS Entertainment produced another pilot for the series, which was much more closer in nature to the final version of the series; this pilot was shorter than the previous one, was recorded in Japanese, and gave an official name to Cheese. It was later broadcast at World Hobby Fair and Tokyo Gaming Show.
On April 6, 2003, TV Tokyo began broadcasting Sonic X on its Sunday morning timeslot, at 8:30 AM. Not long after this, Sonic X was announced to be licensed by 4Kids Entertainment in the United States, who secured rights to the series outside of Asia except for France, in which Jetix of France secured the rights. As a result, France based their dub on the Japanese version, rather than 4Kids version. In July, TF1 began broadcasting the series in France; on August 2003, 4Kids began officially broadcasting the series in the United States on FoxBox (now known as 4Kids.tv).
During its run on TV Tokyo, Sonic X lasted for 52 episodes before being replaced by Bijutsu wa Tanoshi. However, despite receiving a full 52 episode run, the series ratings did not meet expectations. However, there is a chance this may have been due to being put up against TV Asahi's Magical Girl timeslot, which ran Ashita no Nadja, then Futari wa Pretty Cure, during its airing. Despite its subpar ratings in Japan, the series gained more success in territories elsewhere, especially throughout Europe.
On June 2004, it was officially announced that additional episodes would be produced, though it was generally thought at the time that 4Kids Entertainment secured additional episode from TMS Entertainment. It wasn't until several months later when production scripts, storyboards, layout designs, and character designs for these episodes began to show up on Yahoo! Auctions Japan. At first, it was thought to be a hoax, since neither TMS Entertainment nor Sega had officially announced these episodes. It wasn't until France confirmed additional episodes to begin broadcast in March 2005 that people started to believe this information. The first physical evidence of the new episodes was revealed in Thailand, which began to broadcast the new episodes in February 2005, but they weren't noticed until several episodes in that the broadcast station was airing them.
Along with many characters from the video game series (especially those from the Sonic Adventure series), Sonic X introduces additional cast members exclusive to the anime.
- Bokkun – A hyperactive, childish robot who acts as Eggman's messenger. He loves setting off explosives in messages that he sends to Sonic and friends, and occasionally to Eggman as well.
- Chris Thorndyke – A well-off boy who helps out Sonic from the very beginning. Due to past loneliness and emotional distance from his family, Chris becomes strongly attached to Sonic.
- Chuck Thorndyke – Chris' grandfather, a mechanic and inventor of sorts. He and Tails often work together on a number of machines, including the X-Tornado, an upgrade to the Tornado 2.
- Danny, Frances, and Helen – Chris' friends who occasionally lingered with the Sonic cast during the early episodes.
- Decoe and Bocoe – Two comical robots that are constantly by Dr. Eggman's side, working at his every command while making side comments about their job. They play minor roles in virtually every episode they appear in except for episode 48.
- E-Series – Other than the ones established in the games, most E-series robots are Sonic X-exclusive and, for the most part of series 1, act as the generic monsters-of-the-week. See below for a list of them.
- Ella and Tanaka – The Thorndykes' maid and butler respectively.
- Jerome Wise – A man who used to work under the President. At first Jerome tries to prevent the President's reputation from being ruined by Sonic. He gets fired when it was found out that he made a deal with Dr. Eggman, and he ends up homeless on the streets.
- Nelson Thorndyke and Lindsay Fay – Chris' parents who are often away working, resulting in a great deal of emotional distance between themselves and their son.
- Sam Speed – Leader of the S-Team and Chris' uncle. Sam attempts to capture Sonic on the highways, but he is effortlessly outraced. Since then, he has always deemed himself as Sonic's rival. He bestows upon himself many nicknames in the Japanese version.
- Topaz – A female GUN agent who often worked alongside Rouge on missions issued by the President.
- Cosmo – A girl from another planet that first shows up in episode 53. She journeys to Sonic's planet in hopes of finding him, since it is believed that his usage of the Chaos Emeralds can help save the galaxy from the Metarex.
- Dark Oak – The leader of the Metarex in episodes 53-78 and the primary villain of series 2. As Sonic was unable to defeat him originally even in his super state, he transports the emeralds to distant corners of the galaxy, preventing Dark Oak from obtaining them.
- Dark Super Sonic – Not so much a new character as a new form of Sonic, his only appearance was in one episode of Sonic X. He is created by fake Chaos Emeralds empowered by his own anger. Eggman calms him down, stopping the new form, which is never seen again.
Note: Some of the E-Series have no codenames stated in the Japanese version of Sonic X. The names given to E-11, E-14, E-23, E-43, E-47, and E-90 in the American dub by 4Kids are the closest one can get for a name until the official source for the Japanese codenames reveals the original names.
- E-11 Beacon (episodes 4 and 12) – Dr. Eggman summons this robot to accompany him to where a Chaos Emerald has been found. Although it held Sonic at bay by bouncing him around in the air, it was quickly defeated when Sonic obtained a ring. It is later again seen during the attack on Eggman's base.
- E-12 (episode 28) – It attacks Sonic and Tails while Tails was having a dream.
- E-13 (episodes 1, 11, 12, and 13) – Minor guard robots which have no plot centered around them. All they apparently do is attack intruders.
- E-14 Sneezer (episodes 1, 11, 12, and 13) – Much like the E-13 above, their only function is to pursue intruders.
- E-18 Guerra-Hard (episode 13) – Sonic confronts this powerful, gigantic robot inside Dr. Eggman's base.
- E-21 Ballios (episode 10) – These baseball-playing robots make up Dr. Eggman's "Eggs Team" when a Chaos Emerald is discovered at the Diamond Stadium.
- E-23 Missile Wrist (episodes 3, 11, and 39 (flashback, dub only) – This is Eggman's first robot used to terrorize Station Square when he announces his intention to take over the human world. It later appears when G.U.N. sneaks into Eggman's base, this time as an empty, nonfunctional shell; later, it is brought back to the base of said shady government agency for analysis.
- E-35 Funfun (episodes 12 and 13) – While Dr. Eggman was away from his base tracking down the most recently discovered Chaos Emerald, he brought along this robot. Funfun has a powerful fan installed in him that is capable of blowing his opponents away and that Tails was barely able to hold off in his X-Cyclone, although Sonic managed to defeat it easily.
- E-38 Octoron (episode 9) – This robot causes havok at Emerald Coast.
- E-39 Quizon (episode 9) – These robots construct a theme park called "Eggman's Sea Park" ("Eggman's Scream Park" in the English version) in place of Hotel de Blanc at Emerald Coast. After Sonic destroys Octoron, they combine themselves into one gigantic robot (referred to as "Serpenter" in the dub). Although Sonic step up to fight it off, Amy Rose was the one to defeat it, using her trademark hammer.
- E-42 Torole (episode 15) – These robots show up to wreck everything in sight once Dr. Eggman's recently launched Egg Fort arrives at the mall.
- E-43 Falcon (episode 15) – These robots appear and attack Sonic when he shows up to stop the Egg Fort for the first time.
- E-45 Sumo-Man (episode 21) – He basically acts as a road block during a race between Sonic and Sam Speed. They both manage to get pass him, but apparently without paying much notice towards him.
- E-47 Pumpty (episode 5) – This robot has a clear-glass container, which it uses to capture Sonic's friends while Sonic is out fighting Knuckles the Echidna. Although Amy severely damages its main generator, Knuckles ultimately is the one to defeat it.
- E-51 Intelligente (pronounced In-tella-hen-tay) (episode 6) – A schoolteacher robot that takes over Chris' class as its new teacher, to which the children respond positively. He refuses to follow Dr. Eggman's orders until Eggman shows up in person, threatening to dismantle him. Sonic defeats him after E-51 selfishly goes back to being a mindless servant.
- E-57 Clurken (episode 16) – Attacks Sonic and friends when a Chaos Emerald has been found under the ocean.
- E-65 Gorru-Gaooh (episode 18) – Attacks Sonic while he is in Africa with Chris and Tails.
- E-66 Da-Dai-Oh (episode 22) – Attacks Sonic's friends at a Chao colony, tracking mud into the river in the process.
- E-70 Noizi (episode 11) – Guards the Chaos Emerald that Dr. Eggman stole at Diamond Stadium. It is capable of making painfully loud noises.
- E-74 Weazo (episode 23) – Attacks Sonic and friends in a movie studio where yet another Chaos Emerald has been found.
- E-77 Lucky (episodes 25, 26, 45, and 46) – Dr. Eggman sends out this petite, bell-shaped robot to look for the final Chaos Emerald. He is made out of lucky charms, but this appears to be merely dumb luck. Lucky has an apparent desire to be praised, as he willingly offers Sonic the Chaos Emerald after Sonic compliments him. Although his immediate fate was unknown at the time, Lucky is later and last seen fighting in a martial arts tournament held by the President.
- E-88 Lightning Bird (episode 24) – A huge robot that acts very much like a chicken and attacks Sonic at a farm. A piece of loose machinery from the robot falls into Sonic's ear, eventually causing him to run uncontrollably for nearly the entire episode.
- E-90 Super Sweeper (episode 8) – This robot is deployed to suck up all the satellites in space so that Dr. Eggman can launch his own television channel.
- E-91 Ku-no-i-chi (episode 17) – The only female E-Series robot, modeled after a ninja (its codename roughly translates to "Lady Ninja"). Quoted from Dr. Eggman in the Japanese version: "Sometimes she's a driver, sometimes she's a female guard, and sometimes she's a sexy dancer... but her true identity is E-91, Ku-no-i-chi!"
- E-99 Egg Emperor (episode 26) – A massive E-Series robot that is a reformation of the Egg Fort 2. Using the power of the Chaos Emeralds, he is able to move faster than Sonic himself, appearing to him as a mere blur. Although Eggman enjoyed playing around with Sonic at first, E-99 eventually went out of his control and started pummeling Sonic with full force. Because of this, Sonic was completely unable to fight him and was rendered severely injured. After E-99 seemingly kills Sonic by throwing him into the ocean, Chris (who was being held ransom by Eggman) breaks out of his restraints and accidentally drops the Chaos Emeralds into the ocean. Ultimately, E-99 is destroyed by Super Sonic, although it has proved to be one of the most fierce of Eggman's creations in the series. (Note: In the English version, E-99's codename is "Eggsterminator". Its Japanese name is shared with that of the normal final boss in Sonic Heroes, although it is unknown if this was the reason for 4Kids altering it.)
4Kids English Version
As with all of their licenses, 4Kids edited the show to satisfy broadcasting guidelines. This version of Sonic X has been criticized by some for editing out whole portions, changing the soundtrack, and re-wording certain phrases to make it more kid friendly. Reasons such as these are why many Sonic X fans prefer the original Japanese version. However, in comparison with some other 4Kids titles, the English version of Sonic X was relatively faithful to the original in terms of its overall script and episode count.
This article is currently undergoing a cleanup.
|Episode #||Episode Title||Original Airdate|
|1||"Enter the Supersonic Hedgehog!" EN: Chaos Control Freaks FR: Chaos L'arrivée de Sonic (Sonic's Arrival)||
JP: 06/04/2003 | US: 23/08/2003 | FR: 19/11/2003
|While trying to retrieve the 7th Chaos Emerald from Dr. Eggman, Sonic and Friends are transported to the human world where Sonic is rescued by a boy named Chris.|
|2||"Infiltrate! Area 99" EN: Sonic to the Rescue FR: Zone 99 (Area 99)||
JP: 13/04/2003 | US: 13/09/2003 | FR: 26/11/2003
|When Sonic discovers that Cream and Cheese are being held captive by the military, Sonic, with the help of Chris' grandfather Chuck, finds and frees them only to be caught in a trap until Tails comes to the rescue.|
|3||"Dr. Eggman's Ambition" EN: Missile Wrist Rampage FR: Robotnik contre-attaque (Robotnik Counter-Attack)||
JP: 20/04/2003 | US: 20/09/2003 | FR: 03/12/2003
|When Eggman tries to use E-23 to take over the world Amy, Knuckles and Tails launch an unsuccessful counterattack, until Sonic arrives, and with a ring from Tails, destroys E-23 and saves Amy with the help of Knuckles.|
|4||"Get the Chaos Emerald!" EN: Chaos Emerald Chaos FR: A la recherche de l'Emeraude du Chaos (In Search of the Chaos Emerald)||
JP: 27/04/2003 | US: 27/09/2003 | FR: 10/12/2003
|Chris' teacher is replaced with Mr. Stewart, the President's spy, and the first Chaos Emerald appears at a construction site, it's then a race to the emerald between Eggman and Sonic and friends, with Chris stealing it from Eggman's mobile, and Sonic rescuing him from a nasty drop.|
|5||"Clash!! Sonic vs Knuckles" EN: Cracking Knuckles FR: Duel au sommet (Clash at the Summit)||
JP: 04/05/2003 | US: 04/10/2003 | FR: 17/12/2003
|After Eggman tricks Knuckles into blaming Sonic for being stuck in the human world, Knuckles challenges Sonic to a duel allowing Eggman to capture Chris, Amy and Tails using E-47, but Knuckles realizes he's being duped and teams up with Sonic to destroy the robot and save the others.|
|6||"Fierce Battle! School Wars" EN: Techno Teacher FR: Le maître d'école (The Professor)||
JP: 11/05/2003 | US: 11/10/2003
|Eggman tries to use his robot, Intellihente, to brainwash Chris' class but when Intellihente winds up teaching more than brainwashing, Eggman steps in to put the children in permanent detention until a worried Sonic arrives, destroys the robot and saves the class.|
|7||"Giant Free For All! Chris' House Party" EN: Party Hardly FR: La fête à la maison (The House Party)||
JP: 18/05/2003 | US: 18/10/2003
|When Mr. Stewart drops by for a surprise visit, Chris and Chuck are able to keep Sonic and Friends' stay a secret but after the S-Team Leader, Chris' uncle, arrives things get messier and everyone including Ella and Mr. Tanaka find out Chris' secret.|
|8||"Emergency Launch! X Tornado" EN: Satellite Swindle FR: La guerre des satellites (War of the Satellites)||
JP: 25/05/2003 | US: 25/10/2003
|After Eggman discovers that he is being watched by the military he sends E-90 to swallow the satellite, but this disrupts all television so Chuck and Tails turn Tornado into Tornado X allowing Sonic to enter space and destroy E-90.|
|9||"Amy on the Beach" EN: The Last Resort FR: Coquillages et crustacés (Shellfish and Crustaceans)||
JP: 01/06/2003 | US: 01/11/2003
|After Chris, Amy, Cream and Cheese arrive at a resort, Eggman appears and tries to take over but Sonic arrives and tries to stop him only to be saved by Amy from E-39.|
|10||"Fierce Fight! Sonic Baseball Team" EN: Unfair Ball FR: La belle équipe (The Good Team)||
JP: 08/06/2003 | US: 08/11/2003
|It's Team Sonic vs Team Eggman in a baseball game for a Chaos Emerald, Team Sonic falls behind at first but then wins with a Sonic super-play, only to have Eggman steal the Emerald in the end.|
|11||"The Beautiful, Mysterious Thief Rouge Arrives" EN: Fly Spy FR: Le vol de la chauve-souris (The Flight of the Bat)||
JP: 15/06/2003 | US: 15/11/2003
|The President plants a fake emerald to try and attract Sonic but Rouge takes the bait instead and winds up searching Eggman's base, with Topaz, for a Chaos Emerald, until she encounters E-70 and has to make an escape.|
|12||"Before the Attack on Eggman's Base" EN: Beating Eggman, Part 1 FR: Echec à Robotnik, partie 1 (Robotnik's Fall, Part 1)||
JP: 22/06/2003 | US: 22/11/2003
|Tails and Chris discover the third Chaos Emerald in a field and fly for it in the X-Tornado but Eggman and E-51 catch up and trap them, meanwhile Rouge and Topaz launch an attack on Eggman's base.|
|13||"After the Attack on Eggman's Base" EN: Beating Eggman, Part 2 FR: Echec à Robotnik, partie 2 (Robotnik's Fall, Part 2)||
JP: 29/06/2003 | US: 29/11/2003
|Sonic saves Tails and Chris from E-51 while Eggman makes off with the Chaos Emerald, at Eggman's base Knuckles appears and helps Rouge plant explosives but they end up trapped. Sonic arrives and is attacked by Eggman and E-18 but Eggman drops the emerald and Sonic grabs it and destroys the robots and Eggman's base.|
|14||"Chase After the Hero Sonic!" EN: That's What Friends Are For FR: La chasse au héros (Hunting Heroes)||
JP: 06/07/2003 | US: 06/12/2003
|When Sonic ignores the President's party to take Helen, a wheelchair-bound girl, to pick a flower, the President's aide responds by sending a unit to capture Sonic but Sonic outruns them all giving Helen the thrill of her life and ending up at the party.|
|15||"The Mobile Fortress Attacks" EN: Skirmish in the Sky FR: Le retour de Robotnik (The Return of Robotnik)||
JP: 13/07/2003 | US: 13/12/2003
|Eggman reveals his new secret base, the Egg Fort, and attacks Station Square but Sonic hops in the X-Tornado and forces the Egg Fort out into the ocean where he sinks it into the water.|
|16||"On Sight! The Sunken Ship in Southern Sea" EN: Depths of Danger FR: Plongée dans les mers du sud (Diving in the South Sea)||
JP: 20/07/2003 | US: 17/01/2004
|Sonic and Friends retrieve the fourth Emerald from a sunken ship, Eggman returns with his Egg Fort and attacks but Sonic uses a ring from Tails to destroy the robot with a Spin Attack.|
|17||"Knuckles! Clenched Fists of Anger" EN: The Adventures of Knuckles and Hawk FR: Les Griffes du Diables (The Devil's Claw)||
JP: 27/07/2003 | US: 24/01/2004
|After Hawk shows Knuckles the fifth Chaos Emerald Eggman's E-91 kidnaps Hawk for ransom, but during the trade Rouge enters and Chaos Emerald-keep away ensues until Knuckles defeats the robot, gets the Emerald, and receives a mysterious message from Tikal.|
|18||"Huge Shoot-out on the Savannah" EN: The Dam Scam FR: La bataille dans la savane (Battle on the Savannah)||
JP: 03/08/2003 | US: 31/01/2004
|When Sonic, Tails, Chris and the Egg Fort crash land on the Nature Continent after a fight, Tails and Chris protest against a dam while Sonic is caught in a battle against Decoe, Bocoe, E-65 and Eggman, until Tails arrives with a ring and Sonic Spin Attacks his way to victory.|
|19||"The Ghost of King Boom Boo in the Old Castle" EN: Sonic's Scream Test FR: Le château hanté (The Haunted Castle)||
JP: 10/08/2003 | US: 07/02/2004
|During Chris' mom's movie shoot in a haunted castle, Sonic and friends are sucked into a mirror and King Boom-Boo possesses Amy until Chris figures out the ghosts' weakness and frees Sonic, who saves everyone else.|
|20||"Departure! Egg Fort II" EN: Cruise Blues FR: Une belle croisière (A Beautiful Cruise)||
JP: 17/08/2003 | US: 14/02/2004
|Sonic and Co. are on a cruise when Eggman's Egg Fort appears inside a huge glacier. Sonic is unable to defeat three E-28 robots, until Knuckles arrives in a giant whale and together they smash the bots and the glacier, but the new Egg Fort 2 emerges from the ice and flies away.|
|21||"Speed Match! Sonic vs Sam" EN: Fast Friends FR: A toute vitesse! (Full Speed!)||
JP: 24/08/2003 | US: 21/02/2004
|When the President's Aide uses Sam Speed to challenge Sonic to a race for publicity, Sonic refuses so the Aide hires Eggman to force Sonic to race, and despite Eggman's tricks Sonic wins the race and the Aide is fired for consorting with Eggman.|
|22||"Summer Vacation Chao Observation Diary" EN: Little Chao Lost FR: Une belle découverte (A Nice Discovery)||
JP: 31/08/2003 | US: 28/02/2004
|While Chris and Co. are looking for Cheese who is lost amongst multiple Chao, Eggman spots them, thinking they found another Emerald, unleashes E-66 but E-66 almost kills the Chao until Sonic defeats E-66 and rescues the Chao from environmental destruction.|
|23||"Mayhem! 6 Chaos Emeralds" EN: Emerald Anniversary FR: La sixième Emeraude (The Sixth Emerald)||
JP: 07/09/2003 | US: 06/03/2004
|When Chris' dad buys a Chaos Emerald for a gift, Sonic and Friends, and Eggman duke it out for the emerald but Eggman unleashes Weazo and escapes with the sixth emerald while Knuckles helps Sonic defeat the robot.|
|24||"Wild Sonic! Strategic Capture Operation" EN: How to Catch a Hedgehog FR: Le coureur fou (The Crazy Rider)||
JP: 14/09/2003 | US: 13/03/2004
|When Sonic goes berserk and can't stop running, Chris and Chuck discover that it's Eggman's E-88 behind Sonic's problem, but when Amy tries to stop it herself, she winds up in danger and it's Sonic to the rescue again.|
|25||"The Last Chaos Emerald" EN: A Dastardly Deed FR: La dernière Emeraude (The Last Emerald)||
JP: 21/09/2003 | US: 20/03/2004
|To return home, Knuckles calls a truce with Eggman and convinces Chris to give up all their Chaos Emeralds, but Eggman betrays them and keeps all six emeralds for himself, with the seventh emerald in the hands of his robot, Lucky.|
|26||"The Birth of Super Sonic" EN: Countdown to Chaos FR: Super Sonic est né (Super Sonic is Born)||
JP: 28/09/2003 | US: 27/03/2004
|27||"The Beginning of the Disaster" EN: Pure Chaos FR: Le commencement du désastre (The Beginning of the Disaster)||
JP: 05/10/2003 | US: 18/09/2004 | FR: 28/04/2004
|While helping Big the Cat look for his friend Froggy, Chris, Cream and Cheese meet Eggman's newest fiend, the Chaos Emerald-absorbing Chaos, but as Chaos grows stronger it's up to Sonic and Knuckles to stop this menace.|
|28||"The Puzzle of the Liquid Life Form, Chaos" EN: A Chaotic Day FR: L'apparition du Chaos (The Emergence of Chaos)||
JP: 12/10/2003 | US: 25/09/2004 | FR: 05/05/2004
|While Knuckles has a mysterious vision about a girl named Tikal, Sonic and Tails have their two Chaos Emeralds stolen by Eggman and fed to Chaos making it more powerful, but after Sonic defeats Chaos, Amy is kidnapped right before his eyes.|
|29||"Amy the Captive" EN: A Robot Rebels FR: La capture d'Amy (Amy's Capture)||
JP: 19/10/2003 | US: 02/10/2004 | FR: 12/05/2004
|After Chris and Big find Froggy, Dr. Eggman's E100 robot, Gamma, steals the Chaos Emerald-carrying amphibian for its master, but after being ordered to harm, Lily, an old friend, Gamma turns against Dr. Eggman and sets Amy and Lily free instead.|
|30||"Egg Carrier Battle" EN: Head's Up, Tails! FR: Robotnik se surpasse (Robotnik Surpasses Himself)||
JP: 26/10/2003 | US: 09/10/2004 | FR: 19/05/2004
|Sonic and Tails try to rescue Amy and Lily from Eggman. Knuckles' quest for the Master Emerald is interrupted by another vision of Tikal. Chris and Big are caught in the Chaos monster while rescuing Froggy until Sonic extricates them. Eggman launches a missile bomb into a bridge in Station Square, which Tails defuses and saves the day.|
|31||"Gamma the Wanderer" EN: Revenge of the Robot FR: Un bon robot (A Good Robot)||
JP: 02/11/2003 | US: 16/10/2004 | FR: 26/05/2004
|Due to Tails' newfound popularity, Ella and Tanaka sneak him out of the Thorndyke mansion using a baby carriage. Gamma deprograms himself and the other E-series robots on the Egg Carrier, thereby freeing Lily's brother and sister.|
|32||"The Scream of Perfect Chaos" EN: Flood Fight FR: Le Chaos total (Total Chaos)||
JP: 09/11/2003 | US: 23/10/2004 | FR: 02/06/2004
|Another destructive vision is revealed to Sonic and Knuckles where Tikal explains the servers and emeralds. Chaos instigates a devastating flood in Station Square. Oddly, Sonic and Eggman are on the same side against it. With help from his friends, Sonic collects Emeralds, transforms into Super Sonic, and causes the monster to retreat, happy, with Tikal and some chao friends.|
|33||"The Puzzle of Project Shadow" EN: Project: Shadow FR: Le projet Shadow (Project Shadow||
JP: 16/11/2003 | US: 30/10/2004 | FR: 09/06/2004
|Flood damage forces Chris and friends to separate and leave the mansion. Eggman hacks into the gov't's computer to see what they have planned against him. He stumbles on the diary of his grandfather, Prof. Gerald Robotnik, and learns about Shadow. The President asks Rouge to go undercover w/ Eggman. He assigns Stewart and Scarlet to investigate Project: Shadow. Eggman locates his grandfather's secret lab on Prison Island and frees the sleeping Shadow creature.|
|34||"Sonic the Fugitive" EN: Shadow Knows FR: On recherche Sonic (Wanted Sonic)||
JP: 23/11/2003 | US: 06/11/2004 | FR: 16/06/2004
|Shadow commits a crime but instead a warrant goes out for Sonic's arrest. They finally meet one dark night in brightly lit Station Square. Sonic surrenders to the police and is taken to Prison Island. Rouge lures Eggman with an Emerald, which he will use to power his Eclipse Cannon.|
|35||"Escape From Prison Island" EN: Sonic's Big Break FR: L'évasion de Sonic (Sonic's Escape)||
JP: 30/11/2003 | US: 13/11/2004
|Tanaka and Chris use a paddleboat to reach Prison Island. Amy frees Sonic from an underwater jail. Eggman tries to steal Emeralds for the Eclipse Cannon. Rouge gets locked in a vault with a timed bomb, which concludes in a fiery blast. Shadow leaves the island by beaming to Space Colony Ark with Chris, whom he thinks looks like Maria.|
|36||"Threat From Outer Space" EN: Shadow World FR: La menace de l'espace (The Threat from Space)||
JP: 07/12/2003 | US: 20/11/2004
|Shadow transports Chris to a secret orbiting colony built by Eggman's grandfather, Robotnik. Scarlet and Stewart search for Mr. Schmitz. Eggman unveils the Eclipse Cannon and threatens the President that he'll use it unless the population surrenders. Knuckles battles Egg Golem while Tails adapts the X-Tornado to fly into space to rescue Chris.|
|37||"Space Colony ARK Battle" EN: Robotnik's Revenge FR: Combat sur l'Arche (Fight on the Ark)||
JP: 14/12/2003 | US: 27/11/2004
|Scarlet interviews Schmitz about what happened 50 years ago on Space Colony Ark. Sonic rockets to Chris's his rescue, but Eggman ambushes him with an ultimatum. When Eggman fires up the Eclipse Cannon, he receives a recording from his grandfather revealing that he had his own plan to wipe out the world...|
|38||"Maria's Request, Everyone's Request" EN: Showdown in Space FR: Le voeu de Maria (Maria's Wish)||
JP: 21/12/2003 | US: 04/12/2004
|Gerald Robotnik reveals that his desire to destroy the world stems from a need to avenge the loss of his precious Maria. Sonic and company also realize that the only way to stop the Eclipse Canon is to deactivate the Chaos Emeralds with the Master Emerald. Together with Shadow, Sonic saves the world by stopping it from crashing into the colony.|
|39||"The Chaotix Detective Agency" EN: Defective Detectives FR: Les nouveaux arrivants (The Newcomers)||
JP: 28/12/2003 | US: 11/12/2004
|A handful of creatures from Sonic's world crash into the Earth. Three of them, Vector, Espio, and Charmy, run a detective company, and were coincidentally hired to investigate Cream's mysterious disappearance long ago. They become suspicious that Sonic is responsible for her disappearance, but later discover the misunderstanding, and Cream is reuinted with her mother. Meanwhile, Eggman strikes a deal with the President and rebuilds the moon...|
|40||"Eggman Corporation" EN: Sunblock Solution FR: Une affaire juteuse (A Good Deal)||
JP: 04/01/2004 | US: 18/12/2004
|Sonic and co.'s New Year's celebration is interrupted by a sudden eclipse of the sun, which is supposedly caused by a malfunctioning Egg Moon. To make up for it, Eggman lights the town with giant Mirror Towers that power his specially designed Sunshine Balls. Although Eggman is praised as a hero, Sonic is not convinced, and starts toppling his Mirror Towers, much to the shock everyone else.|
|41||"We Can See the Light!" EN: Eggman for President FR: Que la lumière soit (Let There Be Light)||
JP: 11/01/2004 | US: 22/01/2005
|The town grows restless and increasingly angry at Sonic for wrecking the Mirror Towers. Just as things almost get out of control, however, Sonic reveals to the others that Eggman was purposely causing the Egg Moon to obstruct the sunlight so that he could brainwash the people with his Sunshine Balls. Knuckles later restores sunlight to the town by kicking the Egg Moon out of the way.|
|42||"Amy, Love's Escape Journey?!" EN: A Date to Forget FR: Un beau lapin (A Beautiful Rabbit)||
JP: 18/01/2004 | US: 29/01/2005
|Amy grows furious when Sonic forgets about their date together, as well as the race he planned with the S-Team Leader. While Amy and the S-Team leader are on a date together looking for Sonic, they first stop a jail-break attempt by Eggman, and later, Amy finally understands Sonic's need for speed.|
|43||"Huge Home Electronics Panic!" EN: Mean Machines FR: La revanche des appareils ménagers (Revenge of the Appliances)||
JP: 25/01/2004 | US: 06/02/2005
|Eggman creates appliance-controlling chips that cause the city to be overrun by maniacal household appliances. Just as it seems as though all hope is lost, Sonic and co. discover that the appliances' weakness is water, and thus, the salvation of the city...|
|44||"The Ridiculous Epic Spy Battle" EN: Sewer Search FR: Mission presque impossible (Mission Almost Impossible)||
JP: 01/02/2004 | US: 12/02/2005
|As the search for an escaped Eggman commences, Chris and co. chase Eggman through the sewers only to be captured by the moustached fiend in the end. Sonic finally comes to the rescue, and with Emerl's help, he battles his way out of Eggman's underground lair.|
|45||"Sonic Battle – Face Off!!" EN: Prize Fight FR: Un concours passionnant (An Exciting Competition)||
JP: 08/02/2004 | US: 19/02/2005
|A presidential plot to capture the elusive Eggman leads to a no-holds-barred tournament... and the grand prize is a Chaos Emerald! But when his archenemy pops in, Sonic is forced to drop out! Will Eggman get to take a victory lap?|
|46||"Sonic Battle – Finale!!" EN: A Wild Win FR: Le combat final (The Final Battle)||
JP: 15/02/2004 | US: 26/02/2005
|The robotic Emerl wins a Chaos Emerald... and loses control! His path of destruction leads directly to Sonic and company. Can our hedgehog hero put the brakes on Emerl's destructive rampage?|
|47||"Decisive Battle on the Equator!!" EN: Map of Mayhem FR: Le nombril du monde (The Navel of the World)||
JP: 22/02/2004 | US: 05/03/2005
|When a battleship suddenly vanishes, Sonic and company must set sail on a rescue mission. Little do they know it's all part of Eggman's plan to establish his empire by setting off a chain of volcanoes! Can Sonic unravel this mystery before catastrophe erupts?|
|48||"Sonic VS Monster from the Underground" EN: The Volcanic Venture FR: Le continent disparu (The Lost Continent)||
JP: 29/02/2004 | US: 12/03/2005
|Time is ticking down as Eggman's scheme to set off a volcano chain nears its explosive climax. Sonic and friends are forced to go underground... where they discover a cavernous kingdom. The group will be in a lava trouble unless they can enlist some unlikely allies!|
|49||"The Day the Earth Stood Still" EN: The Beginning of the End FR: Un coup de froid (A Cold Snap)||
JP: 07/03/2004 | US: 12/03/2005
|Sonic's carefree ways start a national craze... but everybody's in for a shock when it's discovered that two worlds are warping into one! Now Sonic and his plans must head homeward before a cosmic collision stops time in its tracks!|
|50||"Morning of Farewells" EN: Running Out of Time FR: Un triste matin (A Sad Morning)||
JP: 14/03/2004 | US: 19/03/2005
|Sonic and friends must race back to their home planet before time freezes up. But their departure is delayed when a crazed commander launches an all-out assault against Dr. Eggman. Will Sonic set their rivalry aside to aid his archenemy?|
|51||"Chris' Long Journey" EN: Friends 'Til the End FR: Le voyage de Chris (Chris' Journey)||
JP: 21/03/2004 | US: 19/03/2005
|Tails and the others return to their planet. But when Sonic tries to follow, Chris creates a new crisis by turning off the transport machine! If Sonic stays, time will stop and the world will be locked in limbo. Can Chris learn to say goodbye before it's too late?|
|52||"Memories of the Wind" EN: A New Start FR: Souvenirs, souvenirs (Memories, Memories)||
JP: 28/03/2004 | US: 26/03/2005
|It's homecoming time for Sonic and even Eggman is celebrating. The dastardly doc is soon up to his old tricks, however, as he sends Tails into a tailspin! Sonic will have to set a new speed record to save his foxy friend!|
|№||Title||US Airdate||FR Airdate||Character Cards|
|53|| A Messenger from Meteoric Shower
EN: A Cosmic Call
FR: La messagère de l'espace (The Messenger of Space)
|54|| The Space Ship Blue Typhoon
EN: Cosmic Crisis
FR: L'envol du Typhon (The Flight of Typhoon)
|55|| The Water Planet, Hydoo
FR: La planète aride (The Dry Planet)
|56|| Dr. Eggman Appearance!
EN: An Enemy In Need
FR: Le Dr. Robotnik part en guerre (Dr. Robotnik Goes to War)
|57|| The Battle of Icepalace!
EN: A Chilling Discovery
FR: Combat au palais de Glace (Fight in the Ice Palace)
|58|| Young Girl's Jungle Trap
EN: Desperately Seeking Sonic
FR: Piégé dans la jungle (Trapped in the Jungle)
|59|| Chaotix Goes Into Space
EN: Galactic Gumshoes
FR: Un détéctive dans l'espace (A Detective in Space)
|60|| Shadow's Rebirth
EN: Trick Sand
FR: Le retour de Shadow (The Return of Shadow)
|61|| The Metarex Battle Ship Attack!
EN: Ship of Doom
FR: Le vaisseau du mal (The Ship of Evil)
|62|| The Secret of the Underground Valley
EN: An Underground Odyssey
FR: Le souterrain secret (The Secret Underground)
|63|| The Space Stronghold, Metal Plant
EN: Station Break-In
FR: La base des Métarex (Metarex's Base)
|64|| Clash! Sonic vs Shadow
EN: A Metarex Melee
FR: Sonic contre Shadow (Sonic vs Shadow)
|65|| The Chaotix Shocking Love Love Operation!
EN: Mission: Match-Up
FR: Fête à bord du Typhon (Party Aboard the Typhoon)
|66|| Cross the Galaxy Pathway!
EN: Clash in the Cloister
FR: Situation critique (Situation Critical)
|67|| The Black Trap
EN: Teasing Time
FR: Le piège noir (The Black Trap)
|68|| Downfall of the Crumbling Planet
EN: A Revolutionary Tale
FR: Le rêve de Molly (Molly's Dream)
|69|| Please Marmolim!
EN: The Planet of Misfortune
FR: La planète Marmolin (The Planet Marmolin)
|70|| Eggman Fleet's Reveal
EN: Terror on the Typhoon
FR: Le tourbillon fatal (The Fatal Whirlwind)
|71|| Cafe Chaotix
EN: Hedgehog Hunt
FR: Un coup de main incroyable (An Incredible Helping Hand)
|72|| The Truth of the Metarex
EN: Zelkova Strikes Back
FR: Qui sont les Métarex? (Who are the Metarex?)
|73|| The Assassin, Shadow
EN: The Cosmo Conspiracy
FR: Qu'arrive-t-il à Shadow? (What's Happening to Shadow?)
|74|| The Lost Planet
EN: Eye Spy
FR: La planète perdue (The Lost Planet)
|75|| The Day of Evolution
EN: Agent of Mischief
FR: Le jour des plantations (The Day of Planting)
|76|| Decisive Battle! Dark Oak
EN: The Light in the Darkness
FR: Inquiétudes pour Sonic (Conerns for Sonic)
|77|| For Your Sake, I Can Do It
EN: A Fearless Friend
FR: Cosmo à l'oeuvre (Cosmo's Work)
|78|| The Place Where the Planets Were Born
EN: So Long Sonic
FR: La renaissance des planètes (The Rebirth of Planets)
- OP (Episodes 1-78): "SONIC DRIVE" by Hironobu Kageyama and Hideaki Takatori
- ED1 (Episodes 1-13): "Mi-Ra-I" ("Future") by RUN&GUN
- ED2 (Episodes 14-39, 53-78): "Hikaru Michi" ("The Shining Road") by Aya Hiroshige
- ED3 (Episodes 40-52): "T.O.P" by K.P.
- INS1 (Episode 26): "Kotoba ni Dekinai" ("Words Cannot Describe") by OFF COURSE
- INS2 (Episode 38): "Live & Learn" by Crush 40
- INS3 (Episode 52): "Natsu no Hi" ("Summer Days") by OFF COURSE
- INS4 (Episode 52): "Midori no Hibi" ("Green Days") by OFF COURSE
- 4Kids produced their own opening vocal theme to replace the Japanese theme songs, simply known as "Sonic X Theme" (and popularly yet unofficially referred to as "Gotta Go Fast" by fans). It was written by Russel Velazquez, Joseph Garrity, and Norman Grossfield, and it appeared on the compilation soundtrack True Blue (strangely in place of "SONIC DRIVE"). Most of the Japanese soundtrack had been removed from the 4Kids version of Sonic X.
- Jetix used their own opening theme of Sonic X for PAL broadcasts. The song is sung by a female singer repeating the show's title numerous times.
- In 2004, an original soundtrack to the series was released by Wave Master, featuring select BGM, four versions of "SONIC DRIVE" (including the full version), and "Mi-Ra-I."
- Several music tracks from Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2 appear as BGM in certain episodes.
- In September 2005, Archie Comics started an ongoing series based upon, and named after, Sonic X. It ended at Issue #40, after which it was replaced by Sonic Universe.
- The Leapster, from LeapFrog Enterprises, has released a Sonic X-themed math game intended for kindergarten and first grade students.
- Sonic X toys and action figures were released by Toy Island. The first line was a re-release of their earlier Sonic Adventure line, only with a redesigned box and less accessories. The line includes Sonic, Tails, Big, Knuckles, and Eggman.
- The Blue Bunny ice cream company released a Sonic X themed ice cream bar.
- Other merchandise includes bedsheets, plush toys, posters, backpacks, and children's clothing.
Video releases (Japanese version)
DVD & VHS
Japanese DVD releases come in both normal and "Hi-Spec" editions, which have additional bonus features.
- Sonic X Vol. 1 (episodes 1-5; released 23/07/2003)
- Sonic X Vol. 2 (episodes 6-9; released 21/08/2003)
- Sonic X Vol. 3 (episodes 10-13; released 26/09/2003)
- Sonic X Vol. 4 (episodes 14-17; released 22/10/2003)
- Sonic X Vol. 5 (episodes 18-21; released 21/11/2003)
- Sonic X Vol. 6 (episodes 22-25; released 17/12/2003)
- Sonic X Vol. 7 (episodes 26-29; released 21/01/2004)
- Sonic X Vol. 8 (episodes 30-33; released 21/02/2004)
- Sonic X Vol. 9 (episodes 34-36; released 24/03/2004)
- Sonic X Vol. 10 (episodes 37-39; released 21/04/2004)
- Sonic X Vol. 11 (episodes 40-43; released 21/05/2004)
- Sonic X Vol. 12 (episodes 44-47; released 23/06/2004)
- Sonic X Vol. 13 (episodes 48-52; released 21/07/2004)
Video releases (English version)
- A Super Sonic Hero (Volume 1, Episodes 1-3 & 27): Contains 4 episodes: Chaos Control Freaks, Sonic to the Rescue, Missile Wrist Rampage, and Pure Chaos.
- The Chaos Factor (Volume 2, Episodes 4-7): Contains 4 episodes: Chaos Emerald Chaos, Cracking Knuckles, Techno-Teacher, and Party Hardly.
- Satellite Swindle (Volume 3, Episodes 8-11): Contains 4 episodes: Satellite Swindle, The Last Resort, Unfair Ball, and Fly Spy.
- Beating Eggman (Volume 4, Episodes 12-16): Contains 5 episodes: Beating Eggman (Part 1), Beating Eggman (Part 2), That's What Friends Are For, Skirmish In The Sky, and Depths of Danger.
- Sonic's Scream Test (Volume 5, Episodes 17-21): Contains 5 episodes: The Adventures of Knuckles and Hawk, The Dam Scam, Sonic's Scream Test, Cruise Blues, and Fast Friends.
- Countdown to Chaos (Volume 6, Episodes 22-26): Contains 5 episodes: Little Chao Lost, Emerald Anniversary, How to Catch a Hedgehog, A Bastardly Deed, and Countdown to Chaos.
- Revenge of the Robot (Volume 7, Episodes 28-32): Contains 5 episodes: A Chaotic Day, A Robot Rebels, Heads Up Tails!, Revenge of the Robot, and Flood Fight.
- Project: Shadow (Volume 8, Episodes 33-38): Contains 6 episodes: Project: Shadow, Shadow Knows, Sonic's Big Break, Shadow World, Robotnik's Revenge, Showdown in Space.
- Into the Darkness (Volume 9, Episodes 39-44): Contains 6 episodes: Defective Detectives, Sunblock Solution, Eggman for President, A Date to Forget, Mean Machines, and Sewer Search.
- Beginning of the End (Volume 10, Episodes 45-52): Contains 8 episodes: Prize Fight, A Wild Win, Map of Mayhem, The Volcanic Venture, The Beginning of the End, Running Out of Time, Friends 'Till the End, and A New Start.
- Complete 5th Season (Episodes 53-65): Contains 13 episodes: A Cosmic Call, Cosmic Crisis, H2 Whoa, An Enemy in Need, A Chilling Discovery, Desperately Seeking Sonic, Galactic Gumshoes, Trick Sand, Ship of Doom, An Underground Odyssey, Station Break-Up, A Metarex Melee, Mission: Match-Up
- So Long Sonic (Episodes 66-78): Contains 13 episodes: Clash in the Cloister, Testing Time, A Revolutionary Tale, The Planet of Misfortune, Terror on the Typhoon, Hedgehog Hunt, Zelkova Strikes Back, The Cosmo Conspiracy, Eye Spy, Agent of Mischief, The Light in the Darkness, A Fearless Friend, and So Long Sonic.
- New World Saga (Episodes 1-13): Contains 13 episodes: Chaos Control Freaks, Sonic to the Rescue, Missile Wrist Rampage, Chaos Emerald Chaos, Cracking Knuckles, Techno-Teacher, Party Hardly, Satellite Swindle, The Last Resort, Unfair Ball, Fly Spy, Beating Eggman (Part 1), and Beating Eggman (Part 2).
- Chaos Emerald Saga (Episodes 14-26): Contains 13 episodes: That's What Friends Are For, Skirmish in the Sky, Depths of Danger, The Adventures of Knuckles and Hawk, The Dam Scam, Sonic's Scream Test, Cruise Blues, Fast Friends, Little Chao Lost, Emerald Anniversary, How to Catch a Hedgehog, A Dastardly Deed, and Countdown to Chaos.
- Chaos & Shadow Sagas (Episodes 27-38): Contains 13 episodes: Pure Chaos, A Chaotic Day, A Robot Rebels, Head's Up Tails!, Revenge of the Robot, Flood Fight, Project: Shadow, Shadow Knows, Sonic's Big Break, Shadow World, Robotnik's Revenge, and Showdown in Space.
- The Egg Moon, Emerl & Homebound Sagas (Episodes 39-52)
- Chaos Control Freaks
- Chaos Emerald Chaos: Contains 13 episodes: That's What Friends Are For, Skirmish in the Sky, Depths of Danger, The Adventures of Knuckles and Hawk, The Dam Scam, Sonic's Scream Test, Cruise Blues, Fast Friends, Little Chao Lost, Emerald Anniversary, How to Catch a Hedgehog, A Dastardly Deed, and Countdown to Chaos.
- Cracking Knuckles
- Heads Up Tails
- Pure Chaos
UK DVD Releases
- Volume 1 (1-2)
- Volume 2 (3-4)
- Volume 3 (5-6)
- Volume 4 (7-8)
These DVDs were released in 2005 by Warner Home Video.
- A Super Sonic Hero
- Beating Eggman
- Countdown to Chaos
- Sonic's Scream Test
- The Chaos Factor