I feel that it was a show with potential that in no way truly lived up to it.
I feel that a lot of it’s aspects were misguided ones, the biggest offender being the character of Chris Thorndike. It has been argued that this character was brought to fruition to facilitate an attempt to connect with X’s target audience. I personally question the point of this considering that the Sonic series has been connecting with it’s audience since 1991, a full 12 years before X started airing. Chris was pointless as far as I’m concerned and was very poorly utilized, detracted from the show rather than adding positively to it and utterly undermining what the show was aiming for simply because he’s an annoying creator’s pet who tries so hard to be a sympathetic character and fails at it.
Sonic as a character is….very, very odd. I’d go so far as to say that for me, he’s the most polarizing incarnation of the character in the franchise. On one hand, he feels more loyal to the general mannerisms of the Sonic of the games far, FAR better than say the Americanized Flanderizations you see in Archie and the other cartoons, he’s clearly been directed firmly by Sonic Team’s supervision and it shows because his direction was akin to the Sonic games of that era. Not identical, just akin. Yet on the other hand he could be a lovable AND infuriating character; Clearly has his own brand of insightfulness giving me the impression that more goes on in his head than meets the eye, quite sedentary and ‘lazy’ and aloof? I mean he admits in episode 51 that he doesn’t care where he is, running and freedom is his love above all else and if it means staying in Chris’ world to continue doing that then so be it. This makes this Sonic come off as a character who is incredibly selfish.
Yet there’s many other instances in the show where Sonic is shown to be quite the selfless and kind character as well. Taking Helen to the island of flowers because her father is too busy working for her sake to do so. Being a frequent source of encouragement to others. Stopping Eggman from doing what he wants on Earth and putting an end to his destructive attempts to dominate. Having that classic attitude.
Regarding this Sonic’s emotional distance and aloofness, it just came off to me as cold how he makes no attempt to console Tails after Cosmo’s demise though I have heard of interesting arguments justifying this behavior and don’t entirely know what to fully make of it. X Sonic is mostly on the ‘love’ side but a few of his aspects do peeve me.
The animation was frequently awful and often drove it home to me that there was little concern for quality control. The english dub is in my opinion one of the worst that 4kids has produced and detracts largely from a show that already has issues. The episode plots uncommonly deviated from “
Monster Robot of the week” which made them feel rather samey, not to mention how Sonic is utilized as the last minute wonder. Some of it’s episode plots were rather interesting and cool though such as episode 24 with Sonic running wild and the honestly funny attempts to stop him.
My synopsis seems to be rather negative up to this point but the truth is, I still hold a soft spot for Sonic X. It had some genuinely magical moments and I liked it’s musical score in the original JP version. There’s something very cool about it’s synthesized tracks and it’s awesome how game music was sometimes integrated. And as you noted, it’s depiction of Sonic-Amy romance was incredibly endearing to me despite it’s ‘patchiness’. I do base my liking for the SonAmy pairing off of it’s depiction in this show. When it was good, it was really good. I just have an enormous soft spot for SonAmy in X.
Overall, Sonic X is a good Sonic show that is let down by dubious concepts, frequently bad animation and formulaic writing and of course it’s horrid english dub. One of the likable aspects to me was how it made an effort to correlate with game elements and character portrayals to an extent and has a feel that’s hard to put my finger on that gives it off as an aspect of Sonic media that had SoJ’s influence.