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An undulating aerial beetle bot


— Description, Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia

The Kanabun[1][note 1] is an enemy that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, beetle-based Badnik model created by Dr. Robotnik.

Appearance

Shaped like beetles, the Kanabuns have round black bodies with a red helmet-like upper shell, a pair of cartoonish black eyes, and a pair of blue antennas. On their rear they have four ovular light blue wings which they use to fly in a similar fashion to a propeller.

Overview

In Sonic the Hedgehog CD, Kanabuns[note 1] appear as enemies in Stardust Speedway.

In gameplay, the Kanabuns fly in and out of the background and foreground in spiral patterns around roads in an attempt to damage the playable character. This affects the player's ability to interact with them. If the Kanabuns are in the background, they becomes unreachable and cannot be destroyed, but they also cannot deal damage. Apart from their ability to hide in the background though, Kanabun possess no means of attacks. Otherwise, the Spin Jump can easily defeat them in mid-air once they are on the same plane as the playable character.

In the Bad Future or sometimes in the present timeframe of the Rounds, the Kanabuns have decayed; their upper shell has turned purple, their sclera have turned green, and their wings have holes in them. These dilapidated variants fly even slower than before, making it even less of a threat, but still maintain their original attack patterns. Also, like every Badnik in the game, the Kanabuns are powered by Little Planet flower seeds which will pop out of them after they are defeated.

Powers and abilities

Thanks to their wings, the Kanabuns are capable of flight.

Trivia

  • Kanabun (カナブン?) is the Japanese word for beetle.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 While not listed in any instruction manuals, in-game source code from the Sonic Gems Collection version of Sonic the Hedgehog CD refers to this Badnik as "kanabun".

References

  1. Flynn, Ian; Sega (8 December 2021). "Sonic CD". Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia. Dark Horse Books. p. 33. ISBN 978-1506719276. "Kanabun - An undulating aerial beetle bot."

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