SEGA/TAKI Corporation, 1996 ADV Films, 1999 Directed by Kazunori Ikegami. Rated 7+ for comic violence. by areaseven - http://areaseven.net/ Everyone's favorite blue hedgehog is back in another animated adventure. When Dr. Eggman (Robotnik in the US version) holds the president and his daughter hostage, Sonic must comply to the evil scientist's demand of going to Eggmanland to stop Black Eggman and deactivate the city's generator before it reaches critical mass. Little does Sonic know that it's a trap to activate Hyper Metal Sonic, a robot counterpart built by Eggman to destroy our hero. Story: C- Formulaic at most, Sonic obviously should not be taken seriously as it's strictly a kiddie anime. The plot borrows a lot from Superman IV (which is apparently the worst of the series); at least it's better. Animation: C+ Studio Pierrot (Saiyuki, Fushigi Yuugi), Tezuka Productions (Astro Boy, Black Jack) and Anime World Osaka (Steel Angel Kurumi, ZOE: Idolo) did the animation, which is nowhere near as good as their other works. For a kids' anime, the colors seem too flat, especially Sonic's blue color. Soundtrack: C The BGM is nowhere as interesting as the videogame soundtrack and gets very repetitive. The ending theme is a Paula Abdul wannabe pop song. Sub vs. Dub Sonic the Hedgehog features Masami Kikuchi (Tenchi Muyo!, Keiichi in Ah! My Goddess) as Sonic, Hekiru Shiina (Hikaru in Magic Knight Rayearth, Elyse in Plastic Little) as Tails, Yasunori Matsumoto (Gourry in The Slayers, Seta in Love Hina) as Knuckles, Mika Kanai (Tifa in Gundam X, Vanilla H in Galaxy Angel) as Sera, and Junpei Taniguchi as Dr. Eggman. ADV's English dub is annoyingly bad. DVD Extras: D+ Just character bios and screenshots. Nothing included to promote any Sonic game. The Bottom Line Sonic the Hedgehog is not bad for an adaptation of a videogame icon. It just needs a lot of improvement. Leave this one for the kids.