Since I don’t have the consoles for the newer games, I usually check on YouTube for a playthrough. Most of the time though, I checked Nico Nico Douga (a Japanese equivalent site for YouTube) because I want to hear the Japanese dub
and Junichi Kanemaru’s voice heheheh.
Nico Nico Douga is known for its unique… viewer’s comment system. While I watched the videos, I noticed that the Japanese fans has their own nicknames toward the Sonic characters. Most of them are funny, while the other are adorable and the rest is weird. Nonetheless, they are quite interesting.
Also, the viewer could add additional tag to the videos. If the video tag is not locked by the uploader, chaos will definitely ensues lol. The tags is not that much different with the nicknames. Here is some nicknames and video tags I stumbled upon so far:
- 世界一かっこよかったハリネズミ / Sekai ichi kakkoyokatta harinezumi (The world’s coolest/most attractive hedgehog) : Refers to Sonic, obviously :)
- 音速紳士 / Onsoku shinshi (Speed-of-sound gentleman) : Again, refers to Sonic. And it’s kind of heartwarming how they acknowledged Sonic’s gentlemanly qualities.
- 世界一かっこよかった自宅警備員 / Sekai ichi kakkoyokatta jitaku keibiin (The world’s coolest/most attractive home guardian/security) : Refers to Knuckles lol. Sometimes he even called NEET from not being in touch with the outside world.
- セコム / Secom : Refers to Knuckles. Secom is a famous Japanese security service company. Now put one and one together.
- ナッコ / Nakko : Refers to Knuckles. Short from ナックルズ/Nakkuruzu, Japanese pronunciation of Knuckles; used solely by Sonic on Sonic X episodes especially when Knuckles was being naive or being fooled by Eggman/other people—equivalent to Knuckie.
- ニラ饅頭 / Niramanjuu (Leek Bun) : Refers to Knuckles. It became popular because of a certain episode of Sonic X where Knuckles shouted it on top of his lungs. Knuckles really has the funniest nicknames lol.
- 棒読み / Bouyomi (The Monotone) : Refers to Tails’ Japanese VA, exclusively on Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2 (which the fans has come to an agreement that he sounded quite monotone… still cute for me, though).
- 髭卵 / Hige-Tamago (Mustachegg) : Refers to Eggman. Sometimes he called as 卵 (Tamago/Egg) only.
- 片道切符（さん） / Katamichi kippu(-san) ((Mr.)One-way ticket) : Refers to Mephiles, taken from his dialogue on Sonic the Hedgehog 2006, and has become a quite popular gag among the fans with various MADs.
- 汁婆 / Shirubaa (Soup old-woman) : Refers to Sliver, a play on his name’s Japanese pronunciation, シルバー / Shirubaa.
- もふもふ / Mofu-mofu (Fluffy) : Refers to Werehog because… just look at his furs! :3
- マッスルズ / Muscles : Refers to Boom!Knuckles because… yeah ¬_¬
- 人類には速すぎる動画 / Jinrui ni wa hayasugiru douga (Video that’s too fast for the mankind) : Sometimes used to tag Sonic Unleashed playthrough video, because the day stages could be really fast. I personally find this one charming because Sonic’s speed is indeed too fast for the mankind :)
- 神曲 / Kami kyoku (Godly song) : Not a Sonic-only exclusive tag, but used quite frequently when some BGM played in the video. Should I really explain this one?
I demand the immediate adoption of these tags or some translation of these tags in the English fandom.
One day. One day I will reblog correctly.
Now think of how many of those female characters and protagonists are oversexed, created for the male gaze, or put in an inactive damsel role for the plot of the game. Representation matters. A Study last year proved that exposure to tv shows increased the self esteem of young white boys and markedly decreased the confidence and self esteem of girls across the board (and we haven’t even started on the representation of characters of color and the effect it has on children’s self perception).
Video games are a different media, and even more concerning if representation metrics are changing how our kids think of themselves. Especially knowing that 67% of American Households have video game consoles and 91% of Children play video games regularly,how do you think the portrayal (and lack of portrayals) of women and girls in these games is affecting little girls – or influencing how little boys view their importance and/or influence over them?
— Comics. Movies. Lit. Pop Culture. The Smash Survey is an upcoming podcast project that will critically explore the representation of race, gender, and queer identity in media and pop culture in a fun and engaging format.
Why have I only just noticed that the Sky Patrol, apart from being named after a Tails game, is also in the shape of the classic Sonic ring logo?
It gives new meaning to the colour scheme of the Tornado.
Some random humour from this issue.
I’m fine. Honest.
So people are worried about Sonic wearing bandages in Sonic Boom?
My humanised SEGASonic has a lot of costumes. They gain bandages somewhere about the ShtH mark. For some reason…