It always amazes me how much random shit got spackled onto Sonic. There was never a clear vision, and it just snowballed down a hill picking up random crap as it went along. Even on the Japanese side, they basically just cribbed from Dragonball at a certain point. There were attempts to flesh out the natural lore with the whole "Explorer explores Ancient Civilizations and finds Ancient Mystical Rings" stuff, but a lot of that was lost in translation and/or superseded by the myriad of adaptations. It's no wonder there's such a divide over lore. I mean, it's understandable if they didn't want to focus on a game gimmick, after all it's not like the Mario adaptations featured coins. I feel like having a focus on the Rings was actually one of the best parts of the movie. It reintroduced them as a mainstay of the canon IMO. But I'm starting to go off-topic. How's about them Lara Su Chronicles? Kek.