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Sonic Mania Adventures Part 6 now available - Christmas Special!

#1 User is offline LukyHRE 

Posted 30 March 2018 - 12:40 AM

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Realized all the Sonic Mania Adventures discussion was at the SXSW 2018 topic, so I thought of making its own topic given that Aaron just confirmed that the first episode is airing tomorrow on the Sonic YouTube's channel.

No exact time given, yet, gonna be hitting F5 all day long!

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 01:17 AM

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Thanks a million for the heads up dude! Awesome news to see this morning! It's 7am here in the UK so guess that means the episode is due today then? Later tonight I'm guessing.

Really looking forward to the first episode. The sneak peek they showed at SXSW was excellent. Hope this helps promote Mania Plus and boosts pre-orders/sales of the game come Summer.

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View Post360, on 30 March 2018 - 01:17 AM, said:

Thanks a million for the heads up dude! Awesome news to see this morning! It's 7am here in the UK so guess that means the episode is due today then? Later tonight I'm guessing.

They usually post stuff around 9-10ish a.m. Pacific time so I'm assuming that's when the episode is going to hit.

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 05:51 AM

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What page/link/channel/whatever do I go to to watch this?

I assume it's this one?
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View PostThe Growler, on 30 March 2018 - 05:51 AM, said:

What page/link/channel/whatever do I go to to watch this?

I assume it's this one?

99.99% sure! 00.01% chance SEGA might create a 'Sonic Mania Adventures' dedicated Youtube channel for it if not.

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Yeah, this so cool.

I really appreciate them creating a story which brings closure to the whole "Classic Sonic ends-up in Forces" saga. I'm not expecting them to set up a story for a possible Sonic Mania 2. It means a lot just knowing classic Sonic is back in his Mania time-line so that we can forget Mania was ever linked to Sonic Forces!

When I think of Sonic 4 and how the end of episode 2's story left a lot of things unfinished/unanswered/unclear (partly due to the cancellation of episode 3), it's nice that SEGA would want to take the time to acknowledge what happens to classic Sonic after the events of Forces.

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...I've been waiting for something like this for 25 years, and the team behind it seems to be the perfect fit. Can't wait to watch these.

Gotta say that it's kind of a bummer that it has to acknowledge Sonic Forces, but I guess that this "minor intoxication" was inevitable. I wish that the Mania team will be eventually allowed to make an alternate story that link's Mania's ending with Mania Adventures' starting point, without anything Forces in the middle ("Sonic Mania 1.5"?). =P
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if Sonic Mania Adventures doesnt tell the audience where Sonic was when he disappeared after Mania then he could've gone anywhere. unless they directly acknowledge Forces within the story itself, then no big deal.

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Episode 1 has just been uploaded!

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Oh that was so delightfully charming, I loved it. Can't wait to see more. God I love Tyson's drawings, I'm definitely getting some memories of Sonic's Big Fat Adventure with this (obviously not as silly but still).

EDIT: Oooh that post credits cliff hanger.


The idiot in me has to wonder why Sonic has that Chaos Emerald though. Where'd he get that from? Was he just holding on to it since Mania?

EDIT 2: That trap looks familiar

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It was short but sweet! Made me laugh my ass off, Eggman's expressions were hilarious! xD

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Hmmmm... I wonder who could possibly be in possession of those two chaos emeralds

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Well animated, cute premise, and successfully calmed my 3yo nephew down on a long car ride. Quality stuff.

So I guess Sonic held onto that Emerald throughout Forces, eh? :v:

#14 User is offline Yeow 

Posted 30 March 2018 - 02:11 PM

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Great start. Really love the overall art direction. Really praise the abstract mix of soft shading with hard colors, and the embedded shapes within the environments. The animation is really good too, very expressive and bouncy; also like the established weight everything has (best example is Sonic's initial sprint chasing the animal capsule). The thin-line 2D animation and solid colors for characters also makes for really good contrast against the more painted-in visuals for backgrounds (and I like how those are subtly animated at parts, such as the foliage and the clouds).

Also commend the whole Golden Age of Animation vibe/direction of the short; which I think contributed to the writers absolutely nailing Sonic and Eggman's personalities. Their interactions are absolute gold. Questions about Sonic held on to a Chaos Emerald aside (which I understand, but I'm not quite as bothered); the story was pretty clear and to the point. I think that's also really well-reflected in the music as well; due to how it mixes together various cues/leitmotifs of stuff like Angel Island, the main theme, and Eggman's theme as well.

The only thing I'd say that could had worked better was some of the sound effects, namely Eggman's laugh; but otherwise that was supremely well done. Can't wait for the other episodes.

The end credits reveal Sega/Tyson Heese and company collaborated with Neko Production on the animation/artwork. They did an excellent job. I hope Sega approaches them again in the future to provide artwork/animations for a proper Sonic game...a Mania sequel with HD sprites and backgrounds, perhaps? ;)
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Excellent. Can't wait for more.

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