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As I sit here typing on the eve of my 24th Birthday and the night of my sister's highschool graduation, I remember that today in 2004, Sonic Advance 3 was released, marking the end of an era.

10)  Super Genesis Wave - Archie.  Thanks to Penderp, Ian had to find a way to work things out for the comic else see it shut down by a mad writer.  His solution:  Wily and Eggman power up the Genesis Wave to rewrite history.  However, it's Sonic who uses it to change the course of history, but not in a good way.  As of Issue 256, gone are all the characters made by Bollers, Penderp, Kanterovich, and Spaz.  Now it's only the initial cast from SatAM, AoStH, and the games cast.  Sonic himself doesn't even know what happened to the Mobius he knew

9)  Cosmo's Death - Sonic X.  I've already been through this twice.

8)  Tails New Home - AoStH.  This episode was later given a retelling in the pilot episode of Sonic Boom.  In the episode, Sonic is searching for a new adoptive family for Tails because he ended up getting hurt during a fight with the SSSSS Squad.  Sonic manages to find Tails' "real family" and then becomes depressed, remembering the day he first met the kit.  No kid should have to see their favorite hero get depressed.

7)  Anything involving Uncle Chuck - SatAM.  Chuck is a tragic character all in all with SatAM and the earlier comics.  He was the one who invented the roboticizer to save his dying brother Jules.  But then he was made into one of the first victims thanks to Robotnik's coup.  Ultra Sonic and Sonic Conversion but have the dilemma of Chuck regaining his freewill, only to be forcibly separated from Sonic for some reason.  What makes it sadder is when his voice actor, Bill Windom passed away in 2012.

6)  Deem Bristow's passing - this was the end of an era for Sega.  Deem was the voice of Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik since the original Sonic Adventure.  Ryan Drummond, the voice of Sonic, once stated that Deem was as good an actor as he was a man.  Deem passed away a few weeks after the recording sessions for Sonic Advance 3 were finished.

5)  The Death of Johnny Lightfoot - StC. :iconnigelkitching: at his best.  Johnny was killed in battle during the fight with Chaos, but a fatal error was the last he would make when trying to save Sonic.  Because of Johnny's death, Sonic breifly quit the Freedom Fighters, blaming himself for what happened.  StC online plays this up with Johnny's death being a plotpoint.  In Amy's first solo story, a nightmare demon attacks her in Johnny's form.  When Oscura and Sonic switched bodies, he began to play with Sonic's fears and emotions, including his hydrophobia, his arachnaphobia, Johnny's death, and Chaos.  I have also brought up the memorial erected in his honor in the story "In Memory"

4)  Tikal - SA1. The subplot in the original Sonic Adventure has Tikal warp the players back to the past of Angel Island to see the origin of Chaos.  As it turned out, Chaos was a monster with a heart of gold who whatched over the Chao living at the Emerald Shrine.  Tikal became good friends with Chaos, but then Pachacamac arrived with his best warriors to raid the Altar.  Tikal watched the carnage from the side as her father killed the Chao and Chaos transform into a beast, killing her father.  Her last option was to seal way Chaos.

3)  Maria - SA2.  I've already went in depth about her in the Females journal.

2)  Dear My Friend - Sonic Unleashed.  One of the best ending themes in the franchise about Chip/Light Gaia and Sonic becoming friends over the course of healing the planet after Eggman unleashed Dark Gaia.  While the visuals in the HD version are funny (compared to the Wii version going the way of Sonic Heroes by playing the cutscenes in a corner), it's still sad as Chip had to seal himself and Dark Gaia back into the earth.  The song is even sung from Chip's POV.

1)  Emerl's episode - Sonic Battle.  The final story in the game.  Emerl has all 7 Chaos Emeralds, but now Eggman is ready to reveal his ace-in-the-hole:  He has mounted the Final Egg Blaster (which may or may not be greater than or equal to the Starkiller in terms of power) onto the Death Egg.  Sonic and Emerl decide that the Gizoid should go and take on Eggman as a "thank you" for all the things going on.  Emerl beats Eggman, but then he forces Emerl to press the button.  The FEB destroys several stars, and causes Emerl to awaken as the machine that caused the Arrgus Incident.  Before he loses his sanity, Emerl calls for help.  "Power... Overflowing... Can't hold it in... Can't hold it in... Sonic... Shadow... Help... In such pain... Mom... It hurts... The pain..."  Sonic arrives onto the Death Egg with the Master Emerald and is horrified that Emerl shatters it easily.  Sonic then proceeds to thrash the Gizoid with 30 seconds on the clock to save the planet.

I would end this here, but no!  I am not the person to leave you sad.

10)  Big the Cat - SA1.  Admit it, you got a few chuckles out of this guy's ridiculous plot.  A game of cat and mouse, with fishing.  The ending makes it seem as though he and Froggy have been doing this for a long time, and may even continue this into the future.

9)  Fan Art - SatBK.  A couple examples will be linked:
Black Knight Contest Entry by Ade-AndaRio<da:thumb id="116750120"/> Sonic and the Black Knight by zak29 SatBK Contest Entry - SSGF by Gryphon-HB DarkSpine sonic transformation by mmishee SatBK winner: Sonic CD by ThePandamis Live and Learn by MolochTDL Showdown by Rapid-the-Hedgehog S and the BK Fan Art entry by EvanStanley
Sonic in the Scrap Brain Zone by gsilverfish SatBK Contest SONIC HEROES by theEyZmaster We've got a winner here by ShockRabbit
TheGreatestInTheHistoryOf EVER by KACItheCAT SatBK Contest Entry - Doomsday by IronHedgehog
That's right, these are the winning entries that can be found on dA.

8)  You're My Hero - Sonic 3D.  Richard Jacques' ending theme to Sonic's main title on the Saturn.  Beleive it or not, this song is not so much about a random Flicky, but rather, it's about Amy Rose during the events of Sonic CD, about her rescue from being captured by Metal Sonic.

7)  Fans work on the games.  Now it's worth noting that my hacks journal mention the smartphone versions of Sonic 1-2.  Well, Sonic CD got a similar treatment when it was released on XBLA, PSN, and Steam, being reprogrammed from the ground up by Christian Whitehead and Stealth for modern specs.  Now we just need a rerelease of Sonic 3 & Knuckles by the same duo.

6)  Sonic Generations.  The best game in recent memory, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Sonic by acknowledging that it's Sonic's birthday and brings back the Genesis versions of Sonic, Tails, and Robotnik/Eggman.

5)  Shadow's Promise - SA2, OW THE EDGE.  So she's just been shot, but she still has the strength to confide a final wish to Shadow.  "For all the people on that planet... give them a chance to be happy!"  Bear in mind that she was already terminally ill with NIDS before the soldier shot her.  Shadow's promise was corrupted by Gerald in one of his insane fits, but it was restored when Amy's chewing out of Shadow reminded him of Maria.

4)  Eggman's Little Secret - OW THE EDGE.  A hard one to find in the game, but you can only find it by prolonging the final battle with Devil Doom for seven minutes.  Eggman chimes in with a final boost of encouragement, which helps explain why Shadow came back in Sonic Heroes:  Eggman sent a robot to rescue him after the final battle with the Biolizard.

3)  Summer of Sonic.  A Fan convention held nearly every year in England to celebrate Sonic's birthday, starting in 2006 as a tribute site by Svend "Dreadknux" Joscelyne before Kevin "AAUK" Eva took to upgrading it to a fullblown convention in 2008.  In 2011, Crush40 got to perform live for all their fans.  Recently we have gotten a successful kickstarter for the 25th anniversary convention this very month.

2)  Online comic continuations.  These are a labor of love from the fans who want to see the original work continue for a modern fanbase.  Such was the case with StC Online, picking up where Kitching's storyline ended with Sonic Adventure and continuing with all new stories starring Sonic and the gang.  A new comic has taken this idea to the next step by placing itself in an alternate universe of the Archie storyline where the SGW never occurred.  Read all about it in the upcoming Mobius Legends
  • Listening to: Aida
  • Playing: Picross
  • Eating: Applebees
  • Drinking: Rootbeer
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Ade-AndaRio Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016
OMG! Thank you so much for your mention! :iconiloveyouplz: Very kind from your part :hug:
Tailikku1 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Well I just had to include you, Tea
Ade-AndaRio Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016
You're very nice, Tailikku :hug:
Tailikku1 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Student Digital Artist
No problem.

And I am still hoping to do some instant messaging with you
KACItheCAT Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww! Thank you for the Shoutout, sweety! ^^; But my entry didn't actually win~ I was given an honorable mention on the website! But I didnt make it into the game...

OmegaMorph Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016
I to believe it was Omega that saved Shadow that one time, since it would serve to further their bond a bit. Sadly the Genesis Wave deal is mostly a meta tear jerker for the fans as not even the comic can acknowledge the great loss in story. Emerl deserves the top spot, but think Cosmo's moment should have been a bit higher. Also despite being such a "betch" and all I kinda feel some sympathy regarding Fiona's backstory. Not to mention the time where Mina realized Sonic carries a torch for Sally and took a bullet for her.

Back to the games, I do kinda realize I missed Chip a bit since he didn't appear in any games hereon...unless you count Runners. Glad the comic worked him in though. Oh and we can't forget the original game version of Gamma biting the big one, who sad to say seems to have been "killed for real" since Chaos Gamma ain't him and Sega's focusing on Omega. In terms of the passing of voice actors, I admit the recent loss of Chikao Ohtsuka hit me pretty hard.
Tailikku1 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Well Deem's had a bitgger impact since Yuji Naka had also made the announcement of replacing the San Diego cast with 4Kids, to standardize the cast.  Likewise, Chikao's death seems to have been a bit cheapened since he was already in his old age as is.
OmegaMorph Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016
Yeah~, but he had the longest tenure as Eggman, though Mike Pollock may come just behind in that department.
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