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Skull Leader

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  1. We criticize because we care, and should be able to do so freely without fear from being lynched by people whose only "argument" is to call one buzz words. I don't think we do so because we want for the franchises we support to fail nor get any pleasure from it. In the case of Sonic, while it has up and downs, the problems have always been things like the execution of ideas or tonal shifts where one moment we have Sonic in a heartlighted setting and the next trying to be dark and "deep". You don't see controversies related to identity/diversity because the franchise is very neutral in that regard, like a lot of franchises in Japan since they don't have the need nor desire to pander to any group of people (never change Nippon). Plus the characters are just a bunch of technicolor woodland critters to whom things like sexuality, nationality or ethnicity don't really apply to. Star Wars on the other hand is a product of Hollywood, where they embrace progressive ideas but execute them in a way that just feels forced. They fail to understand that while there are different groups of people because humanity itself is very diverse, they need to show these characters in a way that for the audience to see in them a person... Fictional yes, but credible, which at least IMO is the most important aspect by far over other things like race/gender. Instead, them fall for the trap of showing only stereotypes of what they think to understand that rub one off the wrong way, like the case of Rey, since instead of a strong, compelling character who happens to be a female, we got a text-book Mary Sue like Azzy explained and gave examples of why. Things really went crazy when certain groups on both sides of the current controversies decided to make a battlefield out of several entertainment media and franchises, who just like the Sith, deal in absolutes. Even reasonable criticism is meet with a lynch mob mentality and risk being called names by either of them. I guess we were lucky to have enjoyed the original films in a time when people were not so sensitive nor stingy. Same with Sonic during that short era when it really gave Mario a serious competition. No matter what happens next, those memories can never be taken away. Beyond that, the only thing left is hope for the best. At least for Sonic the was Mania, which shows that good things can happen again if a property is handled with care and respect instead of a cash cow. The right people with the right focus can always achieve great things.
  2. I think that for a character to be well received, it needs to first captivate the audience, something that Rey fails to do because writers are more focused on showing how oh so awesome and strong she is by handling everything to her on a silver plate than in making her an interesting character who has to grow up to overcome fears, maybe an inner conflict and most importantly, EARN that victory. This is a very simple principle that applies to any character regardless of gender, and really struggle to understand how anyone could possibly like such a character since she is basically plowing through the story with nothing to pose as an obstacle to overcome, and that is something that offers nothing to engage with the character's story nor care for what happens next because the outcome is so painfully obvious. And while I can understand and agree with people who think that there is nothing wrong with the protagonist being female, I honestly don't think this is the best way to represent females in movies or any other form of entertainment. If anything, it feels patronizing if not insulting, as if females have to be handled only in a very particular way that paints only a positive, but ultimately unrelatable and uninteresting character out of fear to offending someone. Funny how this is not the case with males, who they don't seem to have a problem with experiencing both the ups and especially the downs of their respective journeys. But hey, it's the current year and in a world full of very polarized views, even the reasonable middle ground will be seen as problematic by either extreme. And just to make a Sonic comparisson with Rey, I will mention the buddy character from Sonic Forces, who is also liked by everyone and achieves so much more than any of the other characters that had been with Sonic on his fight against Eggman. Edit: thinking about it, I feel Flynn would had made for a better protagonist. Too bad he now is a character with not much of a purpose beyond the generic "gotta bring down the FO", since the idea of him doing something to free the Stormtroopers, who are basically child soldiers and victims who were robbed their lives and family, would had been a more engaging tale that puts him in a hard position of fighting his former comrades. Sadly Star Wars is only about Good vs Evil, and while Rogue One showed the rebels doing terrible things, god forbid they humanize the bad guys since this is no Gundam.
  3. I don't think Sonic needs to be something radically new to succeed. It just needs to get right all the things that made it great in the first place. There is a good reason why Sonic 4 failed while Mania succeeded. Both projects aimed to achieve the same thing, but one only had a shallow and superficial understanding while the other went the extra mile. A change that is made without concern of how will it affect everything else is something that should not be done. Take for example The Last Jedi: Ryan Johnson went in with the intention of shaking things up by subverting expectations for the sake of subverting expectations. He didn't care about telling a story, much less how it would affect the next movie given how they had to undo his mess by bringing back JJ as director as well as Palpatine (which should had been Darth Jar JR...smh for yet another wasted opportunity) since the story was left without it's main big bad. Same thing happens when you mess with the core formula of something like, say, the 2-D games. For example Sonic Advance 2, which threw platforming out the window to focus solely on speed speed speed... You get something that on the surface looks like the old games, but once you play it for yourself, realize it's a different beast.
  4. Word of God is that Sonic isn't into any of that because he literally is a boy at heart, and will forever be one: Ignoring the Sonamy stuf, the key part here is the sentence "Sonniku was eien ni shonen no haato desu". The way the original Sonic Team designed Sonic's character is for him to be a kid. He's not interested in romance because he is a boy who wants to do boy stuff like looking for adventures, fun and excitement and hanging with his best buddy. This is why I can't stand it when writers like Penders try to shoe in real-life stuff like him becoming sexually active, or altering his character into flirting with every chick he sees (I hated this in Archie since I don't think Sonic is the kind of people that would play with other's feelings nor is he someone dishonest) as I feel it's very disrespectful to the creator's original vision of the character. Same goes with "woke" people (often kids) who want to force their bloody LGBBQ identities or whatever they're called onto a character that was meant to be enjoyed by everyone.
  5. Not that he alterers them that much. I mean, his masterpiece graphic novel (that will be released a few million years later) for which he fought in court features what is essentially Knuckles with the OVA hat: A beloved character from the Sonic franchise. Pen Kenders like totally over 9000% original, doughnut steel character: The Praetorian. That guy has some nerve to be talking about copyright when he himself is such a scumbag who weasels his way out. Only reason he does not get sued is because he is not making any money out of it (yet) and because it's not worth it (Sega's lawyer would have to take his car out of the garage to make room for whatever is seized from Penders as compensation... tha poor car). Unlike him, Sega knows that whatever Kenny boi decides to do is so small and irrelevant that there is no way his work can have any impact on how people perceive the franchise nor cause any brand confusion.
  6. Something I wonder is if when Sonic Team redesigned classic era characters (Eggman, Amy, Chaotix), were there concept sketches with alternate design before settling with the final ones used for the modern era?
  7. This reminds me for some reason of that South Park episode where the town in invaded by homeless.
  8. Personally I'd rather have a movie that delivers what their target audience (fans) want than something that tries to appeal to people so full of themselves (critics) who think that their opinions matter... plus they're going to complain anyway.
  9. I always liked how much care and though Sonic Team puts in all of their characters (even the ones I'm normally indifferent to) since nothing about them feels random nor improvised. Another aspect I have always enjoyed is fanart, especially seeing the works of other people regardless of skill since all of them carry their passion and dedication, showing a very positive side of the fandom and just how many talented artists there are out there who create this pieces to show their support for this franchise. The cartoons. In my personal case, some more than others... Basically, love the OVA, Boom and the animated shorts by Tyson Hesse, which are samples of Sonic's potential in this media form when done well.
  10. Recently found some episodes in Japanese on YT. Man, I missed listening to the whole gang in the language from the land of the rising Gundam. Maybe it's personal preference, but their voices are just so enjoyable, especially with how Tails, Amy and Sticks all sound much more cute (in the case of Amy, her softer voice never comes off as mean, even when she's angry) Really want to see how Taeko Kawata performs in that scene were Amy fiercely defends Knuckles. XD
  11. At least with Sonic, there is always a chance to see the main characters like Sonic, Tails, Amy & Knuckles together. The new trilogy on the other hand, killed Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. Worse, both Carrie Fisher and Peter Mayhew passed away, which means I'll never get to see the original cast I grew with being together one last time. : (
  12. Baron, mah good old chap, don't you mean FOUR robotic Sonics? Remember that there is more than one Sonic 2. Anyway, I laugh at how Kenny boy resents Ian Flynn, which is funny since the way each of them handled Knuckles tells a lot about their respective abilities: Penders cloned Knuckles god knows how many times and tried to add "depth" to the character in a very pretentious way by brute-forcing the echidna civilization and the countless Knuckles clones into becoming the "be-all-end-all" of the comic. Ian on the other hand, just needed a couple pages to humanize Knuckles in that little chat he had with Amy in one of the last issues of Sonic Universe in such a way that not even the games ever achieved. (Only other person I'd trust Knuckles with is Tyson Hesse)
  13. At the very least, I'd like to think that Black Knight came right after Sonic Unleashed because of the whole date thing. The other two games really don't have any particular connection to the main games, so it doesn't matter when did they take place.
  14. I share the feeling and honestly, you're making yourself a favor since basically, Penders treated the game cast as if it wasn't good enough compared to his own "superior" creations. Speaking of which, I imagine that as soon as any of the Archie staff came up with new characters of their own, Kenny boy would waste no time to undermine them too. I mean, just reading how proud he was of Geoffrey (aka Pepe le Pedo) acting like some kind of Chad that had relations with an underage Sally before Sonic essentially paints the whole picture of how he handled things.
  15. Something I was thinking is how there is something about this movie trying to be an origin story for Sonic that feels like how back in the 90's SoA was trying to one-up their Japanese counterpart. Likewise, there is the different approach of how the side that laughs in yen did something that pretty much nailed what Sonic is about in the late 90's. Meanwhile, many, many years later and a much bigger budge, the murican side did something so painfully generic that it feels like it's Sonic in name only as it mostly a bunch of misplaced and questionable decisions, all of which are embodied by Sonic's very design in the film. Guess the only good apearances in the silver screen for Sonic and Eggman will be the Wreck-it Ralph movies. I can only guess what made the producers from Paramount, as well as Sega, think that this whole thing was a good idea? Why couldn't they do an intelligent choice for once and make it animated instead of live/action (they have Marza for the CGI route, or Tyson Hesse for something give the OVA an honest run for it's money) Honestly, it just perplexes me how they pretend to bring new fans with such a mediocre film that feels like those cheesy direct to video films.
  16. Dunno. I have a Russian friend all the way back from 2010 that I meet at the Sega forums and he dislikes the Sonic movie design just as much as I do.
  17. I'm not happy, nor will be, with how roles were handled in Forces but come on... I still like Knuckles and think that like Amy, he's the kind of character that knows when to be silly and when to do the sensible thing instead of making him a flanderized one-note gag. I personally think Amy was the character who would had step in after Sonic and Tails go missing (no other character has motive as personal as Amy... despite whay ST decided to go with), but can't do everything alone since she's just a kid, but with a charisma and way to bring others together for the greater good. What if Knuckles was among the very first to see this and decides to join Amy, becoming her most trusted ally and friend? The old comic showed that they can have a very endearing dynamic as Ian Flynn already showed how Amy can bond with Knuckles as a friend in a manner that neither Sonic or Tails can. Knuckles deciding to be the public face of the resistance to protect John Conn... I mean Amy, would be a much more respectful way of giving him an important role without minimizing Amy's part. Plus there's the part of Amy being concerned for Knuckles, who basically painted himself a target the moment they defied Eggman. I think there is a lot that could be developed from this and make both characters shinsince the abscense of Sonic and Tails offered an opportunity for showing that there is more about this two than just being the girl with a crush and the "rival".
  18. Here's my take: Amy was the leader all along, but Knuckles took the mantle in public so that in case things went really bad, Eggman would go after him, allowing for Amy to escape and keep the fight going. That is the only compromise I can see where Amy is acknowledged and Knuckles makes a smart decision for the greater good. I would also love to see something like that exchange Amy and Knuckles had when they were collecting the ME shards in the last Sonic Universe arc, but this time with the roles inverted and Knuckles seeing the positives of Amy to cheer her up.
  19. Perhaps movie makers should focus more on telling a story rather than pushing for diversity, which as a non-white Mexican, is an aspect that I could not care any less about... Unless this is something Hollywood does touse as human shields knowing very well who will be the first in line to defend their mediocre films. And no, TLJ was terrible because it's director was more focused on subverting expectations than on telling a story and building up on what JJ had established to the point that Episode IX is going to be damage control. And just like there are people who gives flak to movies for being diverse, there are also equally dumb people who think that honest criticism equals bigotry against said diversity, which is why I detest both sides equally since the rest of the majority of sane, functionalpeople get trapped in the cross-fire of two very loud minorities.
  20. Saying that quantity is the reason for the franchise's blunders is a very crude oversimplification when these can be tracked down to other factors like ST wanting to implement new ideas just because with little consideration for gameplay, the execution of said ideas as well as other elements like level design (*cough*Forces*cough*), short-sighted decision making (comissioning projects to developers that have no experience with the development of Sonic games like BRB, the Nintendo deal, the movie deal with Paramount, management of their own development teams like it happened with 06, etc) and overall not having clue of what direction to take the franchise in order to truly exploit it's potential, since I fear that Sonic Team as developers are exhausted, particularly with being creative.
  21. Having watched the trailer and Sonic in motion, I have to say that his design is somewhere between ugly and dull. Also can't unsee those teeth. Though that last bit of Robotnik in what looks like Mushroom Hill was neat and really hope that eating the mushrooms to survive causes him to trip so hard that he sees Sonic and his world just like in the games for the sequel. XD
  22. Too bad it can only be harnessed by "S" named male hedgehogs, as if somehow they were more virtuous/pure of heart than other less assuming characters. :/
  23. Also, Omega is a mobile piece of lethal artillery, not a mechanic. XD
  24. Let's talk about the Egg Emperor (the mecha, not the good old doc): This is essentially an upscaled Eggpawn sporting some glorious Zeon (the "bad" guys from Gundam) aesthetics. It has the spiked shoulder of a Zaku, the head fin of a Zaku commander type, the lance and shield (at least the round portion) of a Gyan and the back pack of the Sazabi.
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