Sonic Mania Adventures

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Sonic Mania Adventures
Studio: Neko Productions
Number of seasons: 1
Number of episodes: 6
Original airdate: 2018-03-30 — 2018-12-20

Sonic Mania Adventures is a cartoon series released for free on YouTube over the course of 2018.

It was first revealed at the "Gotta Go Fast" Sonic panel at SXSW in March 2018 with some concept art and a teaser trailer. It had been confirmed to not feature dialogue; every plot element is conveyed using visual clues. One episode was released online every month up until the release of Sonic Mania Plus on June 17, 2018.

The plot picks up right after Sonic Forces and shows what happens when Classic Sonic goes back to the Sonic Mania universe.

Main/recurring characters

SMA Sonic.png Sonic the Hedgehog
SMA Tails.png Miles "Tails" Prower
SMA Knuckles.png Knuckles the Echidna
SMA Eggman.png Dr. Eggman
SMA Flicky.png Flickies
SMA MetalSonic.png Metal Sonic
SMA Mighty.png Mighty the Armadillo
SMA Ray.png Ray the Flying Squirrel
SMA AmyRose.png Amy Rose


Sonic Mania Adventures was originally released in serialised format, with one episode per month released starting in March 2018. A total of five episodes were released, with an extra sixth episode being released in December 2018 as a holiday special.

Episode # Episode Title Original Airdate Description
1 "Sonic Returns" INT: 2018-03-30 Welcome back to Angel Island with Sonic Mania Adventures!

Sonic has just arrived back after the events of Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces, but something is already amiss. What are the huge holes being dug in the ground? And why is Eggman already capturing more animals? The story begins here, with the first of five parts in: "Sonic Returns"!
2 "Sonic and Tails" INT: 2018-04-30 Miles “Tails” Prower, at your service! When Sonic shows up to let Tails know about Dr. Eggman’s newest plot, a tremor rocks the beach. As some mysteries are solved and new ones begin, Sonic will learn that to succeed, sometimes all you need is a helping hand.
3 "& Knuckles" INT: 2018-05-31 Knuckles the Echidna is the Guardian of the Master Emerald, but ever since Dr. Eggman and Sonic first appeared on Angel Island, trouble has followed. Knuckles still doesn’t fully trust Sonic, so he’s been watching over the Emerald constantly to ensure nobody – robot or hedgehog – gets their hands on it.

Now, just as Knuckles finds a safe location, a mysterious figure appears in the shadows…
4 "Mighty and Ray" INT: 2018-06-22 Ray the Flying Squirrel has been looking for his best friend, Mighty the Armadillo, but he can’t find him anywhere! As he continues his search, he hears something nearby. Could this finally be Mighty, or is it something far more dangerous?
5 "Metal Mayhem" INT: 2018-07-17 The decisive battle looms. With the fate of the Chaos Emeralds at stake, it’s up to Sonic, Tails, Mighty, and Ray to unite against a superpowered Metal Sonic. It's time for Part 5 of Sonic Mania Adventures: Metal Mayhem!
6 "From: A. Rose" INT: 2018-12-20 Metal Sonic and Eggman crash into the jungle after being defeated. Broken, abandoned, and alone as seasons pass and the skies turn cold, a surprise appearance may change Metal Sonic's fate forever.

In addition to the serialised release, on the same day Metal Mayhem released a separate video titled The Complete Mini-Series was also uploaded. Although promoted as just the five individual episodes strung together in a single video, it actually featured animation touch-ups and additional effects on several sequences from the first four episodes, as well as some minor music differences to accomodate the edits joining some of the episodes together.

Episode # Episode Title Original Airdate Description
1-5 "The Complete Mini-Series" INT: 2018-07-17 The full series, back-to-back! Join Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Mighty and Ray as they take on the villainous Dr. Eggman, and one of his most powerful creations!

Papercraft Mania Adventures

Sonic Mania Adventures: Papercraft Edition, also known as Papercraft Mania Adventures, is a short lived spin-off of Sonic Mania Adventures that is only two episodes long.

Episode # Episode Title Original Airdate Description
1 "Snow Sculpting Contest" : 2019-01-17 A little stop-motion papercraft video we made, inspired by "Sonic Mania Adventures"! Sonic and his friends gather for a snow sculpting contest, and pair off into teams to see which team can create the coolest design.
2 "Valentine's Day" : 2019-02-14 A suspicious new salesman is selling Chaos Emerald rings on Angel Island for Valentine's Day.

Behind the Scenes

Just over a week after "Metal Mayhem", a five-minute behind-the-scenes special was also released, giving fans a look at the development of the series.

Episode # Episode Title Original Airdate Description
(N/A) "Behind the Scenes" INT: 2018-07-26 Go behind-the-scenes of Sonic Mania Adventures with Tyson Hesse, Neko Productions, and see what it was like for the teams who created the amazing animated shorts!



The art director for the series is Tyson Hesse. These are his character design references:


The following wallpapers are based on the ending art for the holiday special:

Production credits

  • Director: Tyson Hesse
  • Pre-Production: Tyson Hesse
  • Original Character Design: Tyson Hesse
  • Character Design / Animation Director: Tyson Hesse
  • Art Director: Tyson Hesse
  • Unit Production Manager: Jasmin Hernandez
  • Executive Producer - Neko Productions: Lirit Rosenweig Topaz
  • Animation Director: Liron Topaz
  • Storyboard: Tyson Hesse
  • Enviroment Design and Paint: Alexandra "Lexxy" Douglas, Vivian Ng
  • Model Sheet Cleanup: Cory Holmes
  • Special Thanks: Mariel Cartwright, J.N. Wiedle, Brady Hartel
  • Production Manager: Celina La Flaca
  • Animation Services Provided by: Neko Productions
  • Artists: Sylwia Bomba, Victor Camargo, Michelle Giraldo M, Boyan Mishev, Lukas Romero, Warren Romero, Isaac Rubio, Ilaria Sposetti, Shoshy Topaz, Tammy Zeitler
  • Technical Director: Or Ofri
  • Office Manager: Ariyah Cohen
  • Production Executive: Toni Pace Carstenen
  • Music Score Composed by: Tee Lopes
  • Sound Effects: Jameson Sutton
  • Executive Producers: Takashi Iizuka, Kazuyuki Hoshino
  • Co-Executive Producers: Yusuke Suai, Ivo Gerscovich, Hitoshi Okuno
  • Creative Consultant: Aaron Webber
  • End Credits Music: "Friends" by Hyper Potions
  • Special Thanks: Sega of America, "Sonic Pillar" Team
  • In Association with: Neko Productions

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