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2 minutes ago, DabigRG said:

Yee, really?

Yep. Stranger yet, if what I heard was accurate, until recently girls could choose to get married as young as 15 though boys had to wait until at least 18 so using non-Japanese values to try and understand the characters ages would of course have made things confusing for most people. Though to really mess with your head, everyone complaining about how all of the characters feel too mature for their ages should consider that again in Japan, where Sonic was created by Japanese born nationals, that if your 5yo can't get themselves to school using public transport including buses and trains without an adult accompanying them then you can be considered a failure as a parent. In light of that seeing a bunch of kids and teenagers go on wild adventures and having ship teasing with characters with large age gaps just seems par for the course considering the culture and laws of Japan when Sonic was created.

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Created with an American market particularly to my knowledge, but still by a bunch of Japanese guys in their twenties, maybe thirties, primarily. Even working with SoA who SoJ wasn't particularly fond of how well do you really think they understood American and western culture back then, no less now? I can say even as an American I don't have a firm grasp of our culture due just to how much it can change based on what part of the country you are in and even sometimes what part of a city.

To think that foreigners who grew up in a different culture would be able to grasp American and western culture wholly enough to not fall back on what they were familiar with themselves is perhaps giving them too much credit, and considering how many shonen manga tropes Sonic started using come the Adventure era there is little doubt that the longer the series lasted the more they fell back n what was familiar. Even Amy's redesign and Cream in general appeal more to a Japanese audience then the target western demographic.

Of course, if they had succeeded so thoroughly anyway SoA and SoE wouldn't have continued to alter the character in their marketing after the concept was finalized and the name Robotnik would have never existed in the first place. Still, had people who grew up and started their careers in Japan had been able to fully grasp what appealed to the American and western markets at the time Sonic probably would have ended up more like SatAM on a whole and if successful enough probably would have evolved to resemble what Archie Sonic was in the 90s.

Me personally; I'm glad they fell back on what they just naturally were familiar with to fill out their ideas though as it gave a Sonic a unique flavor quite unlike anything else and to this day it still is my favorite entertainment property as a result. I can't help but appreciate how the strong cultural differences result in such a distinct property even if as of late I've found myself preferring Flynn's work to the Japanese writers' even though he misses out on some of the nuances that make the cultural differences pop in an enjoyable manner. Of course though that is only to be expected; Ian Flynn didn't grow up split between the west and Japan in a way that would give him that type of insight so he naturally writes in a way that plays to his strengths and familiarities which as of now is perfectly fine even as it grows a bit redundant of late. 

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Textless Version of Issue 18 Created by Nerfuffle

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Welp! Sonic the Hedgehog #18's cover been making the rounds!

Painting the blood wolf moon was a hair too topical for it to line up with solicits but I can't deny the allure of pink. I thought the warm hues would give the scene more intensity than dread.

 

 

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40 minutes ago, DabigRG said:

Blood Wolf Moon?

That thing that happened a couple months back with the moon where two different phenomenons (a lunar eclipse and supermoon) happened at the same time. It looked exactly the way it does on that cover.

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So to move on to the next ranked

On 3/23/2019 at 11:58 AM, DabigRG said:

So, what do ya'll think of each of the original characters and how they've been used & developed thus far? What do you hope to see happen and/or progress with them in the future?

 

On 3/23/2019 at 10:03 PM, DabigRG said:

2. Dr. Starline

Dr. Starline is definitely the most productive and maybe substantial of IDW's new characters, if not Whisper. The weird tailed platypus is the primary coordinator of the events that led to the current arc, having freed Rough n Tumble, sent them to retrieve Mr. Tinker, and used psychoshock therapy to eventually restore his memories as Dr. Eggman. Thus, he is now a promoted fanboy who acts as an assistant/enabler to his recent operations.

Also similar to Whisper, Starline is a character that has something of a clear position in the series and has a certain amount of mystery around him. In his case, he claims to have made his career following the many attempts of conquest the Doctor has made, even considering his animosity with Sonic to be extraordinary. There's also the matters of how he acquired the Warp Topaz, what are his personal intentions regarding his fascination, how might actually working with Eggman affect his work in the future, and where exactly does he hail from.

Thus far, he's been a character who's shown promise and actually had things happen, which is probably why many seem to gravitate around him. With that said, I think he's a little above okay as a character in himself. His final design, which is something of a sendup to Dr. Finitevus, is kinda middling. Like, it seems decent enough overall, but I kinda feel the moosed to the side hair, the weird tail, and the color scheme can be a little odd.

When it comes to expectations for him in the future, I think it's safe to say he is probably still due to some major developments(once again, much like Whisper). Those questions I brought up before and/or offshoots of them could likely provide material for stories down the road and there's still this just starting arc to no doubt provide more movements and interactions with him.

And my theory on the last question?

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He may be a scientist from Silver's future who traveled back in time to observe Eggman's actions up close once the Phantom Ruby warped with the timeline. Kind of a contrast to fellow future [attempted] scientist Dr. Nega, he is obsessed with Eggman's action in the present out of appreciation for how hectic things used to be due to his actions.

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While at work today, I had the thought that Ian Flynn might post a "Knowing smile" soon. 

I come home from work and there's a "Knowing Smile" on his twitter.

Guys, I think I'm psychic! 

But, you know, that lame kind of psychic thats easily confused with pure coincidence over something fairly trivial at a random point in time.

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