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- For the video game, see Sonic X (Leapster game).
|Studio(s): TMS Entertainment|
|Country of origin: Japan|
|Number of seasons: 2|
|Number of episodes: 78|
|First aired: 2003-04-06|
|Last aired: 2004-03-28|
Sonic X (ソニックX) is a animated television series based on the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. It was animated and produced in Japan by TMS Entertainment and TV Tokyo with the partnership of Sega and Sonic Team.
Season 1 comprised 52 episodes and has 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 from March to April 2005. None of season 2's episodes ended up being aired 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 Taiwan. The second season eventually made it to Japan through online distribution services starting with the TMS ONLINE rental service in 2009.
In 2003, 4Kids Entertainment licensed Sonic X for American television broadcasting, and it aired on FoxBox (later renamed to 4KidsTV) from August 2003 to May 2006. ShoPro Entertainment was also made a license holder in November 2003. Despite the series doing less than stellar in Japan, it gained popularity overseas. 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 Media Ventures, a subsidiary of Saban Brands. In 2015, Discotek Media took over the series' rights and released the entire English dubbed series on DVD in late 2016 and standard definition Blu-ray in 2019.
This category has the following 5 subcategories, out of 5 total.