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We got a Nintendo Direct tomorrow. 5e/2p

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grats?

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Well, just about a month until I move into a new place

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Laura has been off the internet and VA path for some time. Though she has slowly come back and is working on a few things. But reaching her can be hard these days. I'm currently working with her on a few things but everything is just done via email or discord now and then. Our time zones usually screw up the discord bit.

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So Kev, find anybody for the voice acting yet?

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Time of death... 10:25am

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Snow's stopped, turning to rain.

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Thanks I will give that a try.

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Could you go to voicebunny to find someone to voice Bunnie? (I'm sorry...I had to do it.)

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Try the website voicebunny to look for someone.

@  Uncle Ben : (06 January 2019 - 05:09 PM)

There's probably a few out there

@  Kev : (06 January 2019 - 03:26 AM)

Is there anyone else that can do a good Sally voice over?

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She voiced my last cartoon, I did ask her but it's been months now and I've not heard anything back.

@  Sandata : (05 January 2019 - 08:49 AM)

I don't know if she's still active, but look up LauraOlsenBlue on youtube. Think she used to be on here too.

@  Kev : (05 January 2019 - 08:45 AM)

Can anyone here or does anyone know anybody that can replicate Sally's voice from Sonic SatAm. I am trying to make another cartoon but need someone to voice it.

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Happy new year everyone

@  Uncle Ben : (29 December 2018 - 10:02 PM)

So I got back into playing Pokemon GO again. Been completing the field research challenges and I encountered a Shiny Moltres!

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Merry Christmas if you didn't see me say it in the creative corner

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Merry Christmas, you filthy animals

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Happy Christmas folks!


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#1 sonicroc

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Posted 16 December 2018 - 07:35 PM

According to Ian Flynn, Sega of Japan is preventing IDW from using any characters from the TV shows (including, obviously, the Freedom Fighters.)  Apparently Archie was allowed to keep using them because of the old contracts.

Doesn't sound like this is anything specifically against the Western continuities; I take it this also applies to the OVA and Sonic X.



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Posted 16 December 2018 - 09:15 PM

I'm going back to what I have said previously: If the FF weren't going to be in, they would have said something a long time ago. They've repeatedly said the door's still open to them appearing.

 

The question asked in this seemed to be relating to Underground/X/OVA more than anything. The FF are an odd exception

 

Still irritates me that SoJ refuses to acknowledge previous incantations of Sonic.


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“Some say that he is the only man in history to buy a DFS sofa when there wasn’t a sale on, and that his favourite boxing venue is Munich airport. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”

 

“Some say that if you hold him in the wrong way he doesn’t work properly, and that just very recently he developed an irrational hatred of Rubens Barrichello. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”

 

Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. -Colossians 3:13


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Posted 17 December 2018 - 03:30 AM

Welp, no comics for me unless Ian succeeds at pretending they are new OCs or something.



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Posted 17 December 2018 - 12:16 PM

Meh. I don't read the new IDW comics anyway.

 

And I knew the FF won't be coming back because of new rules from Sega.

 

Things change and we must try to get used to it. At least the FF still have the fanbase.



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Posted 17 December 2018 - 03:22 PM

That's the hard truth unfortunately. Who knows though, maybe something will change, maybe not. Honestly doesn't change what we do here, right?

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Posted 17 December 2018 - 08:13 PM

Well, at least we have this: http://archiesoniconline.com/

 

It may be fan comic, but it looks kinda real :)



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Posted 17 December 2018 - 10:14 PM

Well, at least we have this: http://archiesoniconline.com/

 

It may be fan comic, but it looks kinda real :)

It's actually pretty good thus far.  



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Posted 18 December 2018 - 01:58 PM

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Posted 20 December 2018 - 04:00 PM

I was afraid of that. 



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Posted 20 December 2018 - 08:17 PM

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Sooooo…. hypocrisy, then.



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Posted 21 December 2018 - 08:56 PM

Welp, no comics for me unless Ian succeeds at pretending they are new OCs or something.

 

I don't really understand that stigma. I mean, I like the SatAM/Archie cast as well, but are they really that necessary for the franchise?

 

Honestly, I think the official cast itself has the potential to be really engaging; but because of SEGA's reckless way of doing things, they've never quite reached that point. But if done right, they could be just as charming as the Freedom Fighters.



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Posted 21 December 2018 - 09:03 PM

 

Welp, no comics for me unless Ian succeeds at pretending they are new OCs or something.

 

I don't really understand that stigma. I mean, I like the SatAM/Archie cast as well, but are they really that necessary for the franchise?

 

Honestly, I think the official cast itself has the potential to be really engaging; but because of SEGA's reckless way of doing things, they've never quite reached that point. But if done right, they could be just as charming as the Freedom Fighters.

 

 

I mean I think part of it is that they're an established set of characters that could just about seamlessly be added into this world and give it a boost in terms of worldbuilding an recognition.

 

Unfortunately for the main cast, it would be hard for them to become charming because of Sega's meddling. Yeah Amy is kinda the exception but a lot of it seems to be accross the board and not what Ian had odne


The Scribes, if anyone wants to join a growing community. Ask me if you want to know more.

 

“Some say that he is the only man in history to buy a DFS sofa when there wasn’t a sale on, and that his favourite boxing venue is Munich airport. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”

 

“Some say that if you hold him in the wrong way he doesn’t work properly, and that just very recently he developed an irrational hatred of Rubens Barrichello. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”

 

Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. -Colossians 3:13


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Posted 22 December 2018 - 03:47 AM

I don't really understand that stigma. I mean, I like the SatAM/Archie cast as well, but are they really that necessary for the franchise?

 

Honestly, I think the official cast itself has the potential to be really engaging; but because of SEGA's reckless way of doing things, they've never quite reached that point. But if done right, they could be just as charming as the Freedom Fighters.

 

To me, yes. But there might be a misunderstanding so I just want to clarify one thing. Freedom Fighters or not, if there was an official Sonic manga, I'd buy it.

I liked SatAM because it was so different from the average cartoon back when I was a child. But Ian's writing and these new characters feel like one of those boring average cartoons you were forced to watch while waiting for Pokémon, Yu-gi-Oh or Dragon Ball. I don't feel risk, character evolution or anything. I liked the Ian take on Penders mess because Penders added that chaos that made the story feel fresh. But even then, except only for Scourge and Fiona, I felt no tension nor evolution. Resolutions come too quick for the buildup to be taken seriously. Everyone talks a lot about that moment where Robotnik destroyed Knothole, only to be trashed Looney-Tunes style. Same for the Egg Tarentula, no pressure, no struggle for the main character, just a mix of trolling and pity. The comics likes to pretend it has that epic vibe but its feet are not leaving the floor, and the endless flood of marketing superlatives ("fan-favorite new characters", blahblah when everything is awesome nothing really is) makes it even worse. Yeah I know, children love it that way because it's a children's cartoon, except they don't. Back when I was 9, and still today, I'll take gritty shonen over childrens-cartoon any time of the day.

As for the Freedom Fighters, I like them because the main cast has no synergy. With the FFs, you have an active duo, Sonic and Sally, with complementary strengths and weaknesses, and characters supporting them in various ways. In comparison, nobody knows why Knuckles is not guarding the Master Emerald, he went from Piccolo to goofy meme. Amy is annoying and her hammer is a joke, Eggman changes personnality every iteration even though he's supposed to represent the force directly opposing the hero and what he stands for. And god the Chaotix are awful shoehorned fanfiction characters. The Sonic Boom cast wasn't the best but it had synergy, and that was from people who obviously only knew Sonic through the memes.

 

The more I think about it, the more I think that Toei landed the perfect tone and plot. An Eggman which IS dangerous and menacing but at the same time ankward and charming (not a slapstick joke like the Mania cultists pretend nor a dark and edgy caricature of SatAM), a direct plot with concise worldbuilding that actually matter, an emphasis on the determination of the hero and his friends instead of how heroic they are, a struggle which is not 95% buildup 5% OHKO. Sadly it will never happen again, and certainly not with IDW



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Posted 22 December 2018 - 12:13 PM

 

Well, at least we have this: http://archiesoniconline.com/

 

It may be fan comic, but it looks kinda real :)

It's actually pretty good thus far.  

 

 

 

I'm glad you like it. And guys, even if the FF aren't coming back in the comics again.. then keep reading this Archie Sonic Online. It may not be cannon, but it felt kinda real. :)

 

 

 

 

Welp, no comics for me unless Ian succeeds at pretending they are new OCs or something.

 

I don't really understand that stigma. I mean, I like the SatAM/Archie cast as well, but are they really that necessary for the franchise?

 

Honestly, I think the official cast itself has the potential to be really engaging; but because of SEGA's reckless way of doing things, they've never quite reached that point. But if done right, they could be just as charming as the Freedom Fighters.

 

 

 

Welp, no comics for me unless Ian succeeds at pretending they are new OCs or something.

 

I don't really understand that stigma. I mean, I like the SatAM/Archie cast as well, but are they really that necessary for the franchise?

 

Honestly, I think the official cast itself has the potential to be really engaging; but because of SEGA's reckless way of doing things, they've never quite reached that point. But if done right, they could be just as charming as the Freedom Fighters.

 

 

 

Well, Sega of Japan they always want to do their own way by their own rules. But get this: Naoto Ohshima (Who made Sonic's original design) and some people from SoJ are actually the fans of the Freedom Fighters:  https://twitter.com/...785251062976512

 

But the main problem is.. that the main guys of SoJ (Including the president of SoJ) dislike the FF and they want to continue with the modern Sonic in mainstream games. At least there are some supporters from SoJ, too bad they're not the main guys. :(



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Posted 22 December 2018 - 09:04 PM

I liked SatAM because it was so different from the average cartoon back when I was a child. But Ian's writing and these new characters feel like one of those boring average cartoons you were forced to watch while waiting for Pokémon, Yu-gi-Oh or Dragon Ball. I don't feel risk, character evolution or anything. I liked the Ian take on Penders mess because Penders added that chaos that made the story feel fresh. But even then, except only for Scourge and Fiona, I felt no tension nor evolution. Resolutions come too quick for the buildup to be taken seriously. Everyone talks a lot about that moment where Robotnik destroyed Knothole, only to be trashed Looney-Tunes style. Same for the Egg Tarentula, no pressure, no struggle for the main character, just a mix of trolling and pity. The comics likes to pretend it has that epic vibe but its feet are not leaving the floor, and the endless flood of marketing superlatives ("fan-favorite new characters", blahblah when everything is awesome nothing really is) makes it even worse. Yeah I know, children love it that way because it's a children's cartoon, except they don't. Back when I was 9, and still today, I'll take gritty shonen over childrens-cartoon any time of the day.

 

Well, that's honestly more of an issue with how Sonic himself is generally portrayed - the longer he continues to put up the fight, the more powerful he ultimately becomes before eventually, the usual threat is no longer a concern and a newer, more powerful threat assumes its position. And the cycle repeats.

 

Heck, that's actually a frequent problem with most shonen anime. If anything, I think the Sonic series ought to step away from the shonen narrative just to make the series interesting again.

 

 

As for the Freedom Fighters, I like them because the main cast has no synergy. With the FFs, you have an active duo, Sonic and Sally, with complementary strengths and weaknesses, and characters supporting them in various ways. In comparison, nobody knows why Knuckles is not guarding the Master Emerald, he went from Piccolo to goofy meme. Amy is annoying and her hammer is a joke, Eggman changes personnality every iteration even though he's supposed to represent the force directly opposing the hero and what he stands for. And god the Chaotix are awful shoehorned fanfiction characters. The Sonic Boom cast wasn't the best but it had synergy, and that was from people who obviously only knew Sonic through the memes.

 

Actually, many of the writers of "Boom" were casual fans of the franchise, but the direction they took the series in was more heavily inspired by "The Simpsons".

 

Anyhow, to be honest, I think the energy displayed by the characters really depends on the characters they're paired up with. For dynamics to have energy, I think there needs to be some friction. For instance, when Sonic is paired with Sally, their contrasting ideologies makes for an interesting dynamic - especially in situations where one proves useful over the other. But when Sally is paired with Antoine, it tends to be pretty dull and dry because they're often on the same fence in terms of philosophy. Likewise, Sonic being best buddies with Knuckles is also kinda dull - their usual banter is much more interesting when Knuckles is the rock to Sonic's wind; the opposite to Sonic's carefree, boundless lifestyle.

 

That's not to say none of them can't be friends, but there does need to be some contrast between them. Like, Tails is a mechanic prodigy while Sonic seems almost clueless to his technical know-how, but they form a close bond because Tails tends to lack faith in himself and Sonic is sort of a role model for him while Sonic seems to show genuine sympathy towards him (possibly because they're both misfits). With Sally, she's a tactician and a diplomat, but it's her need to show off her capabilities that attract Sonic to her - being the braggart he is, he can't ignore the competition. And with Amy (at least in the "Boom" series), she's bossy and highly professionalist while Sonic is lazy and tactless, but it's their inclination for helping others and moments of genuine honesty that brings them closer.

 

 

The more I think about it, the more I think that Toei landed the perfect tone and plot. An Eggman which IS dangerous and menacing but at the same time ankward and charming (not a slapstick joke like the Mania cultists pretend nor a dark and edgy caricature of SatAM), a direct plot with concise worldbuilding that actually matter, an emphasis on the determination of the hero and his friends instead of how heroic they are, a struggle which is not 95% buildup 5% OHKO. Sadly it will never happen again, and certainly not with IDW

 

Uh... What exactly is this Toei you speak of?

 

The only Toei production of Sonic that I'm aware of is the opening cutscene of "Sonic CD", yet I doubt that's what you're referring to.



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Posted 22 December 2018 - 11:09 PM

 

 

 

 

 

Actually, many of the writers of "Boom" were casual fans of the franchise, but the direction they took the series in was more heavily inspired by "The Simpsons".

 

 

That's funny. Sonic Boom didn't feel like the Simpsons. In fact, it was way too family-friendly to be anything like the Simpsons.



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Posted 23 December 2018 - 12:48 AM

That's funny. Sonic Boom didn't feel like the Simpsons. In fact, it was way too family-friendly to be anything like the Simpsons.

 

Really? Granted, I doubt we would've gotten more adult-oriented jokes in a Sonic show. But aside from the writers themselves confirming the influence (having worked on both shows), I myself picked up numerous vibes of that show's humor in "Boom" - from the mean-spirited depiction of the townsfolk and their satirical jabs at society to even Comedy Chimp essentially serving as the show's equivalent of Krusty the Clown.



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Posted 24 December 2018 - 01:18 PM

The more I think about it, the more I think that Toei landed the perfect tone and plot. An Eggman which IS dangerous and menacing but at the same time ankward and charming (not a slapstick joke like the Mania cultists pretend nor a dark and edgy caricature of SatAM), a direct plot with concise worldbuilding that actually matter, an emphasis on the determination of the hero and his friends instead of how heroic they are, a struggle which is not 95% buildup 5% OHKO. Sadly it will never happen again, and certainly not with IDW

 

Uh... What exactly is this Toei you speak of?

 

The only Toei production of Sonic that I'm aware of is the opening cutscene of "Sonic CD", yet I doubt that's what you're referring to.

 

 

I was talking about the OVA:

 

Agree with the pairing stuff

 

As for power escalation, it's not so much a problem of shonen than one of writing skill. Despite what people say, Dragon Ball never had a problem with power escalation because the main theme shifted in every arc, something many shonen manga (and whoever is in charge of the Sonic franchise) failed to do. In fact, power creep or not, the storyline of Sonic was always about a coming of age, so anyway the cast of characters and list of Sonic's exploits is doomed to inflate more and more until reboot. Iizuka's reaction is to just stop Sonic's evolution and make the series as dull as possible, while in the same time try to turn it into Mario with no extended universe, spinoff licenses nor memorable gameplay. (And even if he did, why would people care about some pale imitation). I would have said, keep it as shonen as possible, but go make separate franchises (Knuckles games, Tails games, Chaotix games, Eggman games just like back in the 90s or even the early 00s) for each character to grow and get more recognition while in the same time make the franchise its own independent thing instead of trying to stick it on the Nintendoverse's butt. But then there's the incredibly stupid idea to make Classic/Modern universes with exclusive characters to each, as if parallel franchises' goal was not to enrich the universe to begin with.



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Posted 24 December 2018 - 03:37 PM

I was talking about the OVA:

 

Oh, I see.

 

Well, to be fair, the OVA wasn't produced by Toei Animation. Rather, it was Studio Pierrot - the guys behind the animation of "Yu Yu Hakusho", "Bleach", and "Naruto".



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Posted 24 December 2018 - 05:38 PM

Except Naruto's animation is....

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