In the Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon, the roboticizer was originally created by Sir Charles “Uncle Chuck” Hedgehog with the intention of allowing the elderly to live longer. However, he was forced to abandon the project when test subjects began losing their free will. The machine was stolen and its purpose corrupted by Dr. Robotnik, then known as Julian, Minister of War for the Acorn Kingdom of Mobius. Robotnik considered the loss of free will to be a boon, and used the device to mount a coup of the Kingdom, transforming most of the population into his mechanical slaves. In a moment of irony, Sir Charles was roboticized by his own creation. Bunnie Rabbot was rescued from the roboticizer in the midst of the procedure, and is mechanical from the waist down.
Anyone else ever think about how Robotnik was the Minister of War responsible for “winning the Great War”? And how our nice little ideal kingdom of Mobotropolis won a Great War? And how in order to win a war, you have to do some really scuzzy shit? It puts a spin on King Acorn that the show never really touched, and makes me wonder what life was like in the years before the coup.
I never read the comic much further than #50 (I don’t think I ever even made it to #75) but I do remember (and have read up on) how the King was not painted in such a saintly light as he was in the cartoon. I know Ben Hurst had a lot of plans for Season 3 and beyond, and I wonder how the King’s character would have developed.
“If, after this ends, someone were to tell me ‘It’s okay to live’, I’d buy just one small mirror and practice smiling. I’d practice over and over, to meet you again. Maybe, if someone were to tell me ‘It’s okay to live without hurting anyone’, I’d pull back my hair as it tossed in the wind, and I’d take a giant step. I’d push out my chest and go see him. I want to live… I want to tell him ‘Thank you’. I want to live to show him my feelings. I want to live… It would’ve been better if I hadn’t discovered this feeling.”—Anemone, Eureka Seven