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Yes, it has become very bland indeed. Even Fleetway has started to dry out, with the bizarre and pointless filler tales that have begun to crop up and 10+ plot points crawling at a snail's pace. (What ever became of Tekno/Shorty? Who exactly is "Ichunemon"? Will Rouge ever be redeemed? How far is Robotnik from winning? What became of Zachary? and loads more.) I only feel that Archie is going to get even worse as time goes on. I already saw the warning signs around the 200 mark (the much more SEGA-ized tone, characters being introduced by the payload, abrupt endings to various sub-plots, characters vanishing without explanation), but now it's clearly jumped the shark, and will probably only get even worse, perhaps until it is on the level of the current games in sheer idiocy. What's even sadder is that Sonic and Mega Man seem to be the only things Archie has left, as Archie himself has gone the way of The Fairly OddParents with constant mediocrity, and all their traditional superheroes are in a state of limbo, and Sonic the Comic: Online is now my last bastion for Sonic remaining, with SEGASonic having taken a massive turn for the worse with Lost World, Archie becoming blander and blander as time goes by, all the TV shows having long kicked the bucket, the Jazwares toys being of horrid quality, and the manga and books being long out of print.

I will give Boom a chance, however, both the game and the show, and have also taken an increased interest in both viewing and producing fan-work, especially the creation and sharing of fan-characters (i have at least 5 that can be considered main), but also fan-fiction, hacks, fan-games, custom toys, 3D models, etc. That is how my spirit as a Sonic fan remains alive. Why does it remain alive, you must ask? I've been with him since the early days of my life. My first experience with him? Playing the original on Genesis. When I was 2 or 3. I also procured dolls of Sonic and Knuckles at a young age. Though I no longer have these two particular plushies, it began a trend of me snowballing a collection of Sonic plush, leading up to my latest acquisition of a Great Eastern Rouge the Bat, which I find adorable. One notable item is my handmade Blaze the Cat plush, whom with her cute smile, knitted texture, and googly eyes, is likely far cuter than any official Blaze plush will ever be.

I take some relief in that New Archie is merely run-of-the-mill at best, rather than truly horrendous like the early years of Archie, and much of Fleetway's absolute worst stories, such as the Time Zone arc and most of the very earliest material, were. I also find Dash to be an okay game. I somewhat fear that Sonic will eventually crumble to dust under the hyperjapanocentric Sega-Sammy chimera, with the Lara-Su Chronicles and STC:O being the only things left. That is why I will support the Lara-Su Chronicles, and why I do support, and also produce many fan works. Compared to the rushed mess that is Lost World, Sonic taking the Skylanders route sounds outright appetizing.
Okay, so let's start with a bit of an introduction. After Sonic Unleashed and it's infamous Werehog, people regarded Sonic as a prime laughing stock. He was often made fun of, due to the poor and jarring alternate gameplay, hideously convoluted plots, garish character designs, and poor acting. However, many people still held some degree of hope; hope that Sonic would make a small comeback in retro style, supported by revivals of series such as Mega Man, Contra, and Bionic Commando. SEGA continued with their next game, Sonic and the Black Knight, but then they revealed "Project Needlemouse."

"Project Needlemouse" was gradually hyped over time, with several hints and alleged leaks of the game's content. Things came to a head with the character countdown, which "eliminated" several modern characters from the game. Ultimately, the game was revealed as the fabled Sonic the Hedgehog 4, and upon the first trailer, people were excited. However, with later trailers, the game ceased to lift up to the admittedly simple expectations.

The graphics looked incredibly plastic. The animation felt oddly wooden and lifeless. There were far too many gameplay gimmicks. The levels were poorly done. And worst of all, the physics were horrendous. When the game was finally released, many people were incredibly dissapointed with the final product. Not because of "green eyes" or "long legs", but because the game failed to live up to the admittedly simple standards set by the likes of Mega Man 9 and original games like Cave Story. There didn't seem to be any real story, the levels were horrendous, the music was poorly-orchestrated, and the game was very short.

And with that, the gaming public had enough of Sonic. If he couldn't do a retro revival, he definitely couldn't keep up with today's big games, and he faded away as even a laughingstock, only referenced in a retro context as if he was dead. Everything since has followed that statement, by being nothing more than simple, formulaic children's games not much different from the later Crash Bandicoot games or Bubsy. The stories especially feel like standard kids game plots, with inept villains, lots of dumb jokes, and no real characterization. Even the gameplay became overall shorter and often more gimmicky and generic.

Luckily, there is hope. There is hope in the form of not only spiritual successors to the olden days such as Freedom Planet and Spark the Electric Jester, but also many excellent fan-games such as Sonic World, LakeFeperd's trilogy of work (Before the Sequel, After the Sequel, and Chrono Adventure), SEGA Brawlers Megamix, Sonic: Edge of Darkness, and many more, along with several decent fanfiction works, such as Jarredspekter's "Sonic: Freedom Fighters" scripts. And also, Boom's storyline seems to be looking better than those of games such as Colors, with more and better character interaction, but the gameplay leaves much to be desired.
My Sonic 4 Essay
This here is an essay I wrote about Sonic 4 on my free time.
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Silver Sonic
Robotnik's first attempt to copy Sonic resulted in this mighty machine based on brute strength. He is slow-moving, and relies on wheels to get around. His loud buzzing alerts and terrifies victims before they even see him. Once he finishes his victims, he usually drags them off to be Roboticized.
Personality: Silver Sonic has little personality to speak of, and his sole drive is one for death and destruction. He will stop at nothing to kill his targets as fast as possible. He prefers to stalk his victims in order to herd them down.
Relationships: Metal Sonic honors Silver Sonic, and even has a battle suit made in his honor.
Tools: Silver Sonic is armed to the teeth with a variety of weapons for killing his targets. His fists can extend from their sockets to deliver brutal punches to his victims, which is helped by his limited waist mobility. Along his back lay a pair of buzz saws and between them, a row of spiky missiles that can be fired in all directions. His feet have wheels on them, allowing him to roll along surfaces, helped by a pair of limited-power jet boosters. Using a special system of gears, he can curl up and smash foes from above. Within his forehead lies a powerful flame cannon, a weapon used for finishing off foes. However, being so built for battle, he does suffer from limited sensors. He is practically blind, and relies on a pair of head-mounted floodlights to seek prey.
Quote: “Silver Sonic smash, Silver Sonic smash… SILVER SONIC SMASH!”

Relic the Pika
Personality: Relic was born to the aristocrat Lady Windmere.  As an upper-class child, she was sent to the finest of all Acorn Dynasty schools; Hornhoof Academy. While there, she was ridiculed for her odd real name; Sharon Botzovac’l. Her favorite class was history, where she learned of the Echidna people alongside Grimer Wormtongue. She also had an interest in the robotics program, where she made her servant Pygmalion. The night before the conquest of Robotropolis, she had an incident that changed her life forever; she saw a real, living echidna lost in the woods. When she returned, she was ridiculed so heavily that she ran out of town, avoiding Robotnik’s evil entirely. From then on, Relic only had herself and Pygmalion. She subsisted on what little she could find until she encountered Knuckles after his fight with Sonic. Relic was excited, and followed him to Knothole, where she set up shop. Initially considering Knuckles an endling, when she heard Knuckles was to seek his homeland, she was instantly overjoyed and left with the Chaotix and Pygmalion to join him on his quest. Relic is a bit of a chatterbox, loves to write on her journeys, and enjoys social contact.
Relationships: Relic loves echidnas, especially Julie-Su, whom she wants to use as proof the Echidnas are still around.  She does communicate more with Pygmalion than with real people.
Tools: She has a helper robot named Pygmalion, whom can have some degree of conversation with her, butter toast, and serves as an alarm clock. She also keeps around a journal of her finds, and a pickaxe to break through rock.
Quote: “This will be a grand find.”

Lien-Da
Leader of the Dark Legion street gang, Lien-Da is Julie-Su’s sister. She rules her troop with an iron fist, smacking her followers for as little as nosepicking. Lien-Da's sociopathy developed when her father ignored her for the sake of politics, and other rich children teased her. Once Julie-Su was born, Lien-Da plotted to murder her family. She killed Mari-Su before Julie-Su's very eyes, and claimed it was an accident to the authorities. Julie-Su soon became an object of hatred for her.
Tools: Lien-Da wields a whip to command her forces. She is also equipped with a small pistol to shoot at her enemies in gang wars. Her main method to take out innocents is cement shoes, though sometimes she will instead order them to be immolated in a dumpster.
Quotes: “Mischief nothing. Prepare for pain. So much PAIN!!”

Leeta and Lyco
Leeta and Lycos were born twins to Mazahla, the Wolf Pack's shaman. Unlike their mother, the two of them chose to become gymnasts. Their mother thought I the two of them well, however, for choosing to be different, as she already had a protege in Diablo. When Mazahala was betrayed to the Roboticizer by Drago, they chose to hone their skills for the greater good to try and save her. The two of them enjoy cooperating on nearly everything they do. They sleep together, eat together, and of course, flex together. However, they're not interchangeable. Lyco is a skilled first-aid expert and juggler, but is lactose-intolerant, while Leeta is a bit clumsy, but is a good poet and chef.
Relationships: Leeta and Lyco are the most likely non-leading Wolf Pack members to come to Knothole, mainly to show off their acrobatics. Leeta had also befriended Amy upon their first meeting, and Lyco befriended her by proxy. Lyco has also been befriended by Bunnie for her first-aid skill. Johnny has a crush on these two, but don't tell anyone!
Tools: Lyco usually carries a first-aid kit, as well as a tomahawk just in case. Leeta might have a typewriter on her person, or sometimes a knife.  However, their greatest weapon is their flexibility. The two of them usually wear leotards or nothing to enhance their flexibility.
Quote: "Move along, sister." (Either). "My legs may be long, but my stamina is longer." (Leeta). "Just a hop, skip, and a jump, chap." (Lyco)

Breezie
Breezie was a girl from an island resort Sonic discovered on his day off, whom was being chased by an orca. Sonic saved her, and took her to Knothole upon finding she had no home. Breezie quickly befriended Rouge, forming Team FIREPUPPY. Sonic offered for her to stay at his house for a while. Little did he know that Breezie was constructed by Dr. Robotnik to attempt to seduce Sonic.  Breezie managed to collect a sample of Sonic’s DNA, and tried to get it back to Robotropolis, but Sonic told her the place was too dangerous for her to go. Breezie continued into the city, but then she witnessed the fate of a robot whom had outlived its usefulness, and decided not to deliver the sample. Breezie returned to Knothole, accidentally exposing her robotic nature. She was then branded a heretic and entered self-exile in the Swamp of Defense. Rouge still likes to visit her, however.
Personality: Breezie is rather sultry and curious.  She loves to make advances on Sonic, as she was programmed to do so. Breezie is plagued by extreme self-guilt due to her nature as a machine, and regularly sulks. Rouge does like to comfort Breezie often, however.
Relationships: Breezie has formed a close bond with Rouge, and they often explore together. Rotor is also interested in exploring her systems. When she met Gamma, the two immediately became partners.
Tools: Breezie’s head hides a propeller which she can use to fly short distances. Her body is also filled with small spy cameras. She was clearly designed for form over function, meaning she is much weaker than many other robotnik machines, with only one built-in weapon; a wrist-mounted switchblade.
Quotes: “Okay, Mr. Sonic, don’t worry. I’ll be alone with you now…”
Fiona Fox
Personality: Once a middle class girl from Morcia, and neighbor of Mighty, her parents were killed in the Great War by Acorn Dynasty troops, and she began a life of crime to thrive in the streets after a short-lived stand-up comedy career. Eventually, she was captured by Robotnik's forces and taken to the concentration camp to be Roboticzed, watching her sister Foxxy being taken away before her eyes. She was placed under the sadistic and psychopathic capo Cybersting, an ex-gangster. Cybersting's extreme cruelty to her scarred her for life mentally, and nearly killed her. Even though Sonic managed to free her, she decided she liked the darker side of life and joined Rouge, who led her to Mammoth Mogul. Mogul decided to team her up with Bean and Bark, who had similar sob stories.  She is now the leader of Team Hooligan, Mammoth Mogul’s right hand trio.
Fiona has an extremely dark and troubled character thanks to her horrific past. She enjoys crime, especially because of it having become a way to live.
Relationships: Fiona has two underlings in Bean and Bark. She tends to boss them around with her bullwhip; but she does sympathize with them for their hideous pasts. She is also greatly inspired by Rouge and her outfit, explaining her bared midriff. Rouge is also her biggest rival, and she is constantly trying to outdo her in crimes. She does likely have empathy for Mighty, however...
Tools: Fiona is armed with a whip, which she mainly uses to command Bean and Bark around. However, she considers her flexibility her main weapon. Capable of doing cartwheels as she pleases, she confounds the foe with her flexible movements and her bared midriff.
Quote: "I will survive. But that doesn't mean I can't wreak a bit of havoc first."

Kit
Personality: A hyper-curious bobcat cub from the Knothole orphanage, she was curious about mankind and snuck into Sally’s backpack. She was discovered by Patrick Jones, who decided to keep her around. She was soon taken back home, and is honored as the one to bridge Mobians and humans in Knothole. Her parents were not killed by the human forces, but rather, by tribal echidnas who scalped them, explaining her distrust of Knuckles. These tribes were soon killed by human soldiers, explaining her like of humans. She was under the care of Rosie as a toddler, and became very attached to her.
Relationships: A close friend to Patrick, she is trusting towards humans. She dislikes Knuckles, however, as he reminds her of those who killed her parents. She doesn't get along well with the other children in the orphanage because of her trust of humans and her curiosity. The matron believes that she is so curious it will be the death of her. She is also attached to Rosie the woodchuck.
Tools: She tends to carry around a small photo album of all the humans she has met. She is also learning to play the lyre as an instrument. Her favorite toy in the orphanage is the simple stacking ring tower.She also keeps a necklace made from her teething ring around her neck for nostalgia.
Quote: “What could possibly go wrong?”

Julie-Su
Originally a member of the thugs known as the Dark Legion, Julie-Su was convinced to the side of the right by Knuckles. She then decided to introduce him to Echidnapolis.  Having a complex and bizarre family history, she's forgotten most of it, but likes telling of what little she does know. She was born to Mari-Su, wife of Luger, whom was a major senator of Echindapolis. Lien-Da murdered Mari-Su with a knife and made it look like an accident, sending Luger into depression, allowing the “Dark Legion” street gang, led by their brother Kragok, to gain a great presence in the city. After Luger hung himself, Julie-Su enlisted in the Dark Legion for fear she might be next in line. Nowadays, Julie-Su prefers to hang out on the edge of the Floating Island with her allies in a small wooden shack.
Personality: Having once been a thug, Julie-Su is streetwise, crass, and likes to play rough. She enjoys company, and likes to make people feel at home. She has an odd tick to eat small insects, because Lien-Da often tried to starve her, and she adopted this habit as a means of survival.
Relationships: "Sibling rivalry" doesn't begin to describe her relationship with Lien-Da. When she was very young, Lien-Da murdered her mother Mari-Su. Once Julie-Su learned of that incident, she never forgave her. She is very afraid of the political bodies of Echidnapolis. Recently, she’s found a good friend in archaeologist Relic the Pika, whom seeks evidence that the Echidnas still exist.
Tools: Her main weapon is a sawed-off shotgun. She also uses a grappling hook and a small communicator as well.
Quote: "Two wrongs don't make a right, but four wrongs may make a left."

Mighty the Armadillo
Personality: Mighty's father, Blockhead Bill, resided in Morcia with him. Once Blockhead Bill chose a life of adventure, Mighty was sent to “play with” Matilda, who lived nearby. Matilda soon decided to go off to Umbra and become a mercenary, leaving him truly alone.  Mighty was sent out of Morcia for a crime he did not commit, and wound up in a Roboticization camp along with Fiona Fox. He was rescued by Sonic's daring raid on the Roboticizer, and discovered by Vector, who added him to the crew.  His wall-climbing skill proved useful to the team, especially when they saved Ray the Flying Squirrel. Mighty has generally served as the accountant of the Chaotix to avoid crimes. However, he does often go on adventures to try and find his father again.
Mighty is a pacifist, and hates crime, especially violent crimes. He has a reference list of criminals in his notebook, which is what the book is largely devoted to. Mighty sympathizes with victims of violent crime, as shown by his bond to Ray the Flying Squirrel. He is often seen within in nature, laying down for comfort.
Relationships: His father, Blockhead Bill, was the only family member he had ever known for several years, until he too abandoned him. Matilda was a good friend of his as well. He continues to seek them both, but for now he has found solace in the form of Ray. Mighty and Ray enjoy hanging out together.
Tools: Mighty's main tool are his shoes, which contain powerful suction grips that allow him to launch from walls.
Quote: "Just let peace ride in".
Yes, it has become very bland indeed. Even Fleetway has started to dry out, with the bizarre and pointless filler tales that have begun to crop up and 10+ plot points crawling at a snail's pace. (What ever became of Tekno/Shorty? Who exactly is "Ichunemon"? Will Rouge ever be redeemed? How far is Robotnik from winning? What became of Zachary? and loads more.) I only feel that Archie is going to get even worse as time goes on. I already saw the warning signs around the 200 mark (the much more SEGA-ized tone, characters being introduced by the payload, abrupt endings to various sub-plots, characters vanishing without explanation), but now it's clearly jumped the shark, and will probably only get even worse, perhaps until it is on the level of the current games in sheer idiocy. What's even sadder is that Sonic and Mega Man seem to be the only things Archie has left, as Archie himself has gone the way of The Fairly OddParents with constant mediocrity, and all their traditional superheroes are in a state of limbo, and Sonic the Comic: Online is now my last bastion for Sonic remaining, with SEGASonic having taken a massive turn for the worse with Lost World, Archie becoming blander and blander as time goes by, all the TV shows having long kicked the bucket, the Jazwares toys being of horrid quality, and the manga and books being long out of print.

I will give Boom a chance, however, both the game and the show, and have also taken an increased interest in both viewing and producing fan-work, especially the creation and sharing of fan-characters (i have at least 5 that can be considered main), but also fan-fiction, hacks, fan-games, custom toys, 3D models, etc. That is how my spirit as a Sonic fan remains alive. Why does it remain alive, you must ask? I've been with him since the early days of my life. My first experience with him? Playing the original on Genesis. When I was 2 or 3. I also procured dolls of Sonic and Knuckles at a young age. Though I no longer have these two particular plushies, it began a trend of me snowballing a collection of Sonic plush, leading up to my latest acquisition of a Great Eastern Rouge the Bat, which I find adorable. One notable item is my handmade Blaze the Cat plush, whom with her cute smile, knitted texture, and googly eyes, is likely far cuter than any official Blaze plush will ever be.

I take some relief in that New Archie is merely run-of-the-mill at best, rather than truly horrendous like the early years of Archie, and much of Fleetway's absolute worst stories, such as the Time Zone arc and most of the very earliest material, were. I also find Dash to be an okay game. I somewhat fear that Sonic will eventually crumble to dust under the hyperjapanocentric Sega-Sammy chimera, with the Lara-Su Chronicles and STC:O being the only things left. That is why I will support the Lara-Su Chronicles, and why I do support, and also produce many fan works. Compared to the rushed mess that is Lost World, Sonic taking the Skylanders route sounds outright appetizing.

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JIMX86000 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Okay so I recently watched Kung Fu Magoo and... I'm going to be honest... I didn't really hate it that much...

I have a journal entry explaining why:
jimx86000.deviantart.com/journ…

(I'm still going to consider Animals United, Bionicle: The Legend Reborn, and Moshi Monsters for review though...)
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Thank you for the fave! :D
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JIMX86000 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Um... I have a question... about Kung Fu Magoo...

I found the movie on Youtube, but I can't understand a single thing that the characters are saying... Is it because it was uploaded in a non-English dub? Or are the characters' voices really that incomprehensible?
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The upload was in Portrugese/Spanish. There is an English trailer online, however.
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JIMX86000 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Huh... Well it looks like I'll either have to rent it from the library, or buy it from amazon...
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