quick shoutout for the fact that your sonic the hedgehog posts make me feel ok to unironically like it for the first time in years, i appreciate it
I think if anything one of the more harmful things that’s happened to the Sonic series is the inability to unironically like it?
Like… this aggressively trying to be too cool for yourself. It’s one of the biggest things I don’t like about Boom, is how… sarcastic the whole thing feels. “oh, god, we’re a Sonic cartoon. But it’s okay, we’re just going to be like… completely unaffected”
I grew up with, and what are still my all time favorite games, Adventure and Adventure 2. And the Adventure games did some absolutely ridiculous things. Knuckles fought an indeterminate amount of ghosts to the single most unreasonably catchy song ever encountered. Sonic kicked open a helicopter door and escaped the police by surfing down an inhabited city street. Eggman’s interest in conquering the world was traced back to childhood-seated distrust of the government after some of his family members were massacred and then the whole incident was covered up.
Pretty much every widely beloved work of fiction has, at its core, a ridiculous premise. Think about Transformers. The Ninja Turtles. Harry Potter. The Powerpuff Girls. Batman.
Voltron? Voltron is an elaborate space epic about mechanical stacking cats, and as someone who’s watched the first five episodes of DotU, the thing reads like nothing so much as an elaborate-yet-dated shitpost.
And yet, we have Legendary Defender- this really, really cool thing- purely because someone held that weird shitpost deep in their heart in the purest possible manner, because people loved it, because people refused to apologize for loving it, because when given the opportunity, they wanted to give the people an imagining of that which reflected that purest affection.
There is so much grief and despair and terrifying things in the world that frankly people don’t have the time and energy to sink into apologizing or feeling guilty for things that make you happy. There’s no metric that things have to be a certain level of conceptually highbrow before you can get quality things out of them.
Unironically liking stuff is underrated. Find the stuff that makes you happy. There are way worse things in the world that people could be into than a franchise about a hedgehog in sneakers.
This, spoken as someone who has a squishy plastic Sanic on my desk. He is my beautiful wonky-eyed son who gazes peaceably over all of my works.
TL;DR: hell yeah.