One-2-One & Knuckles with D.J. Lewis!

Since 1991, Sonic the Hedgehog has become one of the most popular iconic franchises alongside a certain red capped plumber from the 80’s. From video games to live-action movies the blue blur has become unstoppable, and while that hasn’t always been the case (due to the franchise taking somewhat of a “Dark Ages” turn), it seems like the World’s Fastest Hedgehog is getting his mojo back! Like Sonic there have been other fan-favorite characters who also got their shine through the 31-year run of this franchise; one character in particular just happens to be Sonic’s first ever rival. He hails from Angel Island and is the guardian of the Master Emerald; and packs one helluva punch. He doesn’t chuckle…cuz’ he’s Knuckles.

The red boi has come a long way!

Since the dawn of animation, main supporting characters (or reoccurring side characters) have always held the same amount of spotlight and screen time as the main MC. With Sonic however, there are some characters who have become just as much as a fan favorite as the blue hedgehog himself. Knuckles is no exception; when he made his debut in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 in 1994, it was going to be the birth of a mainstay that given rise to the many memes that follow suit. He’s different in terms of how he carries himself compared to Sonic; from his responsibilities, to how he sees the world, to how he treats his friends and foes. If he’s been rolling with the punches since 1994, how did red get so rad?

Part 1: Who is Knuckles?

Throughout the years Knuckles has gone through a variety of changes to his character, so for this one, we’re gonna focus mainly on his gaming character; as this is the most authentic version of Knuckles there is. Like the lyrics from “Unknown From M.E.”, Knuckles was born on Angel Island and the blood of his clan flows inside him; the Knuckles Clan. Being the clan’s last living descendant he was placed in charge of protecting the Master Emerald; the ‘father’ of the chaos emeralds that contains the power to neutralize their energies if needed. Because of his secluded upbringing Knuckles is a loner by nature and isn’t dependent on anyone, and is devoted to keeping the Master Emerald safe at all costs. However when times are at their worst Knuckles will leave his post to help Sonic and friends out when confronting powerful foes. Also, he’s quite fond of grapes. 🙂

Sonic X’s Knuckles does share a little of Game Knuckles’ DNA

Part 2: Personality, Skills, & Knuckles!

Right off the bat; Knuckles is a hot-blooded and wild echidna who’s independence grew from his secluded upbringing. He’s not like Sonic at all and does have a personality like the wind, rather Knuckles is more like a mountain; stern, unmoveable, and anchored to his duties. He doesn’t read into other people’s opinions and is rather antisocial and reclusive; which in turn makes him blunt, straight-forward, and seemingly a jerk (as seen one of the episodes in Sonic X). Due to his independent nature, Knuckles likes to do things his way and can be quite stubborn and inflexible, but he’s also goal-oriented and determined which helps to balance out his stubbornness and inflexibility most of the time. Also because of his paranoia of someone trying to steal the Master Emerald from him, Knuckles is prone to acting recklessly without regard to strategy or logic (as seen during traveling to the Space Colony ARK).

On the other hand, Knuckles has also become quite the devoted hero; putting his life on the line to save others just like Sonic. He’s not as quick to forgive the most evil of enemies, but he has been known to give others a second chance if they’re serious about it. When it comes to women, he’s a shy guy, and when it comes to industrialized places and crowded areas, he’s a recluse. When it comes to fighting however, Knuckles is a master at martial arts and if Sonic’s power lies in his speed, then Knuckles’ power lies in his strength. His punches are powerful enough to go through boulders, bend steel, cause small explosions (as seen in Sonic Battle), and can run at breakneck speeds in order to create afterimages of himself (as seen in Sonic X). He can glide through the air thanks to his flowing dreadlock-like quills and can climb walls thanks to the spikes on his fists. Knuckles is also able to sense energy from the Master Emerald, chaos emeralds, and any other aura-giving treasures that happen to be anywhere in his vicinity.

Also much like Sonic, Knuckles can use the Spin-Dash and Spin Jump, and can tap into the power of the chaos emeralds and Master Emerald to transform into Super Knuckles. (Also Hyper Knuckles if he has all seven super emeralds.) Though not the smartest echidna in the world, Knuckles is well-versed in ancient cultures, languages, and ruins (as seen in Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity). He can also drive a car, pilot a spaceship, lead a resistance, and compete in the Olympics.

That’s why Red is so Rad!

Part 3: The Legacy & Knuckles

Knuckles has become a fan favorite over the years, and has changed a lot since his 1994 debut. His rough and tough attitude and independent nature made him different from Sonic’s free-spirited outlook, and though their ideals have caused them to clash every now and then, Knuckles sees Sonic as a trusted friend and ally. As the years passed Knuckles’ character has gone through various changes; one of which depicts him as a brainless jock who eats napkins and one-ups Amy about feminism (as seen in Sonic Boom). Sure, meme culture may have diluted his character in both hilarious and sad ways, but when Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (the 2022 movie) came out, Knuckles returned to his former character’s glory. He was once again the badass warrior we remember him to be, and even introduced a new element to his origin story.

To put it simply; Knuckles the Echidna is the guardian of the Master Emerald who will do whatever it takes to protect it, and while he may not share the same care-free nature that Sonic has, he has become a reliable friend and an heroic figure. He’s powerful enough to take on the toughest of foes without rest, and can use the power of the chaos emeralds and Master Emerald to power himself up. He’s not very confident around women and hates it when Rouge messes with him, and is capable of many other things besides fighting. There are many people that have seen a little of themselves inside of Knuckles and understand that in the prime of his time, this is who he was. Who knows what the future will hold for this echidna, but one thing’s for sure, he’s Knuckles…and he doesn’t chuckle!

That will do it for this One-2-One & Knuckles, so until next post, stay nerdy my friends! 😉

D&A Studios Entertainment Recap (4.25.22)

Hey guys! We have returned with yet another recap post from our official Youtube channel (and subsidiary umbrella’d under D&A Anime Blog) D&A Studios Entertainment! We’re also working on some new things and advancements on our site that may include some incentives for exclusive content, and will keep you posted on when those advancements take place. In the mean time enjoy these videos we’ve got for you, and stay tuned for our 26th Nerdz of the Decade podcast; dropping Wednesday at 5pm! Until next post, stay nerdy my friends! 😉

Our review of Sonic Movie 2
A behind-the-scenes video after our 23rd podcast episode
Next time on Nerdz of the Decade!

Gotta Go Fast: The Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Movie Review!

Before we kick off this review we just wanna wish a Happy Birthday to one of the founders of D&A Anime Blog; Aaron M. Goldman! Now…its time for the reason we’re all here. Check this out…

We just saw Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in theaters – and LOVED IT!!!

It seems just like yesterday Hollywood was gonna give us that nightmare-fueled car dealership mascot-lookin’ rat with human teeth. However, Sonic fans were NOT having it, and we’re so glad they spoke up loud and clear about what they wanted from the live-action movie. These days live-action movies have been getting a bad rap ever since that abomination known as ‘DB Evolution’ found a way to exist. (I feel for you guys.) However if there is one exception to the ‘live-action curse’, it lies with Sonic. If the first movie tested the waters, then the second movie is goin’ swimmin’!

Sonic vs. Knuckles…like we’ve always wanted! 🙂

Sonic the Hedgehog (Movie) 2 picks up where the first one left off; with Dr. Eggman (Jim Carrey) stuck on the mushroom planet trying to find a way back to Earth after Sonic sent him there. Using one of the hedgehog’s supercharged quills the doctor manages to open a portal, however as he makes a mad dash towards it a shadowy figure steps out that looks quite familiar. It turns out to be…Knuckles T. Echidna (or just Knuckles) as he asks Eggman where he got the blue quill he has in his hand. The doctor tells him that he’ll be happy to tell him – if he helps him get off the mushroom planet (which looks a lot like Mushroom Hill from Sonic 3 & Knuckles).

Back in Seattle, Sonic tries to be a hero but being a first-time crime fighter didn’t come without problems. Tom tells him during a fishing trip that he still has a lot to learn about being a hero; and that its about being responsible for other people, but Sonic tells him that he hates being treated like a kid and that he can take care of himself. His moment for being a true hero was going to come; little did he know that it was going to come in the form of a certain two-tailed fox, and the return of his old nemesis.

As nightfall hit Sonic was at Tom and Maddie’s house while livin’ his best life with the family dog. Then there’s a sudden knock on the door as the doorknob was cut open with lasers, and on the other side was none other than Dr. Robotnik. (Tom and Maddie were in Hawaii at the time.) Sonic charges up his power to fight him, but gets intercepted by Eggman’s new friend; Knuckles. After a fight breaks out Knuckles gets the upper hand and pins him to a tree; telling him that Long Claw’s clan took the Master Emerald from his tribe, and decided to avenge it by killing Sonic. Suddenly the red echidna gets hit by Tom’s police car driven by Tails, as he asks Sonic to come with him. The two speed off with a pissed-off Knuckles in pursuit as they drove the car off a cliff with Tails carrying Sonic while flying in the air. Talk about great attention to detail in terms of the source material; with Tails carrying Sonic like he did in Sonic 2 and Sonic 3 (the video games), and Knuckles gliding and climbing walls like he did in Sonic 3 & Knuckles.

Now you’re already introduced (or for older Sonic fans, reintroduced) to Team Sonic in the first 30-45 minutes of the film, then Sonic discovers that he has a new mission; to find and protect the Master Emerald from Dr. Eggman and Knuckles. It was then that Sonic and Tails would forge their bond and begin their quest to hunt down the whereabouts of the emerald before Knuckles and Eggman get to it. Like the first movie this one was chalk-full of video game references; such as the Dr. Eggman logo hidden inside the Mean Bean Cafe’ (which is another reference to Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine), the Mushroom Hill and Labyrinth Zone, the opening scene with Sonic on top of a building just like in Sonic Adventure, and FREAKIN’ SUPER SONIC!!

Yes, he’s actually in the movie!

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 takes everything you loved from the first movie, and dials it up to an eleven. Movie Tails and Movie Knuckles are faithful to their video game appearances, and based their personalities to when they were first introduced; with Knuckles NOT being a doofus, but following a warrior’s code yet not very knowledgeable about cultural and social customs. Its quite amazing to see the trio we’ve grown up with since the 90’s now come to life on the big screen, and since it appears that the director and producers are on the path to making the Sonic Movie franchise into a Cinematic Universe, there’s no telling what new surprises they’ll have in store. In fact if you watch the post-credits scene, you’ll see what we mean. (No, we’re not gonna tell you what happens! Just watch and see.)

It’s one of those movies that’s so nice, you gotta see it twice! With a third movie in development as well as a spinoff origin story featuring Knuckles coming to Paramount+, the SCU (Sonic Cinematic Universe) is only gonna get bigger. Marvel got theirs, and now Sonic has his!

We give this movie a score of 9.8 / 10 (A D&A Movie score of 98.3%), so you better go fast and go see it!

Until next time, stay nerdy! 😉


Sonic The Hedgehog: What We Know (So Far) About The Movie…

With Valentine’s Day only a week away, we’re getting closer to the grand debut of the new live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie! Despite the fact that the first promotion of the movie featured True Blue in a form that every fan of the franchise would love to forget (and we won’t let ‘them’ forget either), many now have high hopes for the outcome of the movie. Yeah, it’s kind of weird that they would pick Valentine’s Day to release the movie, but if you think about it no one’s gonna see it but the fanbase themselves – as well as younger Sonic fans. As of right now we don’t know what the overall plot of the story is, so without revealing any potential spoilers, here’s what we know so far…

This Is A Brand New Story

The movie itself is based off of its source material, so the only thing that’s constant is Sonic himself, and Dr. Robotnik (Dr. Eggman). Of course the Dr. Robotnik of this movie is what we can assume he looked like before he got fat, bald, and stressed out over trying to rid himself of the speedy blue hedgehog we all know and love. In the beginning of the new trailer we see Sonic at the most infamous zone, the Green Hill Zone, before speeding off through a giant dimensional ring that transports him to our world; where he now finds himself navigating through life.

Sonic’s Friends (and Rivals) Are Not In The Movie

No sign of Tails, Knuckles, Shadow, or anyone else in any of the trailers, so it’s safe to assume that they’re probably not going to be in the movie. That’s not to say that should this movie do well (and with the amount of money Paramount sunk into this), we might see them in a future sequel. (There’s always a chance that I could be wrong, you know.)

No Chaos Emeralds

Yep. There’s no sign of the seven chaos emeralds anywhere in the trailer(s). As this is a new story, Sonic is said to have a special kind of power deep within his blue quills. Could it be chaos power? We don’t know, but if Eggman (Jim Carrey) is after him for the source of his power, this might justify why Sonic wants to use it to protect his friends as well as the world.

The move comes out next Friday, and as far as we’re concerned, we’re going to go see it! And on that note, that will do it for another awesome filler post.

Until next time, stay nerdy! 😉

Sonic The Hedgehog Movie: They FINALLY Fixed It!!!

Awhile back we made a post about the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie and how TERRIBLE they made Sonic look, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned about the fanbase of this franchise, it’s NOT dead! In fact (and we’ll admit that we’re on the side of the fanbase on this), we hope Hollywood and Paramount learned their lesson on this, and now that they’ve actually listened (yeah, we couldn’t believe it either), we should do our part and go see the movie – if you’re a Sonic fan, that is! Although it’s kinda weird that the movie is coming out on Valentine’s Day, we can tell by the NEW and GREATLY IMPROVED trailer, that it’ll be a fun and wild ride.

Sonic The Hedgehog: #GottaFixFast!

Hey guys n’ girls, sorry we’ve been away for so long. A lot has been happening life-wise while we’ve been away, but we’re super happy and grateful that you guys have stuck around and supported us through everything. With all of that being said, we’re pretty sure that half of you have seen the new trailer for the Sonic The Hedgehog movie. Before you read this post we want you to do us a BIG favor and bear with us on how we feel about it (the trailer), as the World’s Fastest Hedgehog has meant so much to our lives as well as yours – if you’re a diehard fan.

As of right now, the best way to describe the trailer that we’ve seen would be an old saying that you might have heard of; “if it ain’t broke, DON’T FIX IT!” If Sonic Boom has taught us anything in terms of character design, stick with what works! It’s not all bad however, as a Hollywood national treasure is playing one of our favorite villains of the franchise; Jim Carrey. You remember him from Dumb & Dumber, the live-action Grinch, and of course Bruce Almighty. If Hollywood wants to work in the anime and gaming world, they need to learn their history and do their homework. Besides, we all know what happened when DB Evolution out; you know you screwed up when the entire fanbase wants to grill your a** down to the white meat!

In the mist of all of this Nintendo is somewhere taking notes on what NOT to do, when they get ready to release the trailer for the new Super Mario movie. (Which from what we heard is being produced by Illumination, the same guys behind Despicable Me.) Anyway, all I can say about the Sonic trailer is this; return Sonic back to his Sonic Forces design (but you can make his fur live-action), have Roger Craig Smith be the voice instead of whoever is doing it now, put Jim Carrey in a fat suit, make him put on a bald-cap piece, digitally make his nose and mustache longer and bigger, give him those coke-bottle shades and BAM! In fact, check this picture out to get the idea.

This is what Dr. Eggman SHOULD look like!

As we’ve said before, we’re doing everything we can to not turn this into a rant, but when it comes to anime and video games you can’t give it the MARVEL treatment! The live-action Ghost in the Shell did it right (despite a few critics), as they got the Japanese director involved in the creative process. Alright, that’s my two cents on the issue as well as this post. In the meantime what do you guys think? Let us know in the comments below. Until next post, stay nerdy! 😉