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Mean Machines

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"Mean Machines" is the forty-third episode of the anime series, Sonic X, as well as the second episode of the Emerl Saga. It first aired on 25 January 2004 and 5 February 2005 in Japan and the United States respectively.





Japanese version

English version

  • "Gotta Go Fast" - Opening theme (USA and CAN)
  • "Sonic X" - Opening theme (AUS, NZ and UK)
  • "Gotta Go Fast" (shortened) - Closing theme


As the Freedom Movement spreads, Thorndyke Industries appliances become less than perfect as workers quit to copy their hero. Nelson is furious because he will lose his job because of Sonic until he has a phone call from Ella that Chris has caught a cold. Nelson departs his business and takes Lindsey and both go see Chris. At the same time in prison, Eggman, Decoe, and Bocoe are repairing the appliances where Eggman puts a chip on them which makes them crazy and evil to seek revenge on Sonic. When he activates them, the appliances turn evil and begin to attack the city.

Meanwhile, Chris' parents arrive for their visit. Ella decides to make a cheery pie to cheer Chris up, but the cooking is cut short when the kitchen appliances begin attack. While Sonic and his friends are attacked by the machines, Emerl begins to copy his Spin Attack. Both he and Emerl go save Chris from danger made by the other appliances. The sprinkler system activates and water sprays, causing the machines to get damaged. Everyone realizes only the water will stop the disaster. The others arrive and Sonic finds out Eggman is to blame. However, the appliances destroy the water supply system.

Sonic runs to the city to rescue people from the machines, while Tails, Amy and Nelson go to get water supplies. Chris wants to help, but Lindsey refuses because of his illness. Meanwhile, Bokkun rescues Eggman, Decoe and Bocoe. At the city, Sonic finds Knuckles attacked by the machines and comes to the rescue. Sonic and Knuckles then do battle with the machines, while the escaped Eggman gloats. Tails, Amy, and Nelson fix the water supply system, but the dam is blocked. They go with Chuck and Mr. Tanaka to the dam. Lindsey finds out that Chris is feeling very well and lets him go, with herself too. Sonic and Knuckles get very tired, but their friends come to the rescue.

Eyecatch cards

Regional differences

  • Several dialogues between the characters have been changed.
  • A three second shot of various scantily clad women who had copied Sonic’s blue, spiky hairstyle was cut from the dub.
  • A three second shot of an old woman yelling at the news crew was cut from the dub.
  • The English dub shortens the scene of Eggman fixing appliances in jail so that he's only seen fixing a fridge.
  • The newspaper that Eggman holds up is blanked and blocked.
  • Fifteen seconds were cut from the English dub when Tails is explaining to Amy what Chuck has meant by "AI".
  • The names on food cans and shop signs were blanked in the English dub.
  • In the dub, Lindsey kissing Chris has been cut down from three times to one.
  • A two second shot of the vacuum cleaning a toaster was cut from the dub.
  • A six second shot of the vacuum going down a hall was cut from the dub.
  • Emerl's "SKILL GET" is changed to "SKILL COPY" in the English dub.


Knuckles's glove error.

  • There is a scene where Knuckles' gloves have fingers instead of mittens.

Title in other languages

Language Title Translation
Japanese 家電大パニック!! Huge Home Electronics Panic!!
Chinese 家電大恐慌!! Huge Home Electronics Panic!!
French La révolte des appareils ménagers The revolt appliances
German Verrückte Maschinen Crazy machines
Italian Macchine impazzite / Aggressione elettrodomestica Crazy machines / Household appliance aggression
Spanish ¡Gran pánico de consumidores eléctricos! Great panic electric consumers!
Russian Паника от бытовых приборов!!! Panic of the applience machines!!!