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Together Again: Oshima and Naka

This picture makes me really happy.  Moments like this are why I like Sonic… and Twitter.

Naoto Oshima (character designer of Sonic the Hedgehog and director of Sonic CD) and Yuji Naka (former programmer and Sonic Team director) hooked-up at Naka’s game studio, Prope, yesterday.  After Oshima sketched out some retro goodness, he then posed for a picture with Naka, drawing in hand.

Later, Iizuka showed up and the three of them shared some beers at a local grilled-chicken restaurant.  Looks like laughs were had.  Hopefully at the expense of Iizuka.  I keed.

[via Yuji Naka’s Twitter]

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    “I keed.”
    Liar.

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      You got me. :F

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    Awesome!! It would be great if Naka and Oshima were requested to work their magic for the remaining episodes of Sonic 4.

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      time travel ahoy!!

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      Oh god yes. Former head of Sonic Team and the director of CD would make an amazing game.

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    That’s quite awesome. Suddenly I don’t care that Iizuka put his foot in his mouth recently. I’d like to see more of this pleasantness from the Sonic-interneto-sphere.

    Wonder what brew that is. Looked nice and cold. And Oshima’s Sonic’s got a biiig nose now. And brow ridges.

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    Cmon, Come on…

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    Ah.. beautiful

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    Since when does Sonic have such a giant nose?

    Somebody had to say it.

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    Oh darn somebody already did say it.  Fail on my part.

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    Since the designer of the hedgehog drew him this way, it must mean this is the one, true and only canonical design of Sonic. This means that they must make a Paper Sonic game with Sonic styled like that doodled Hedgehog on the side of the signature, with the boxart showcasing the mugshot which has more detail.
    All fanartists have been doing it wrong for years.

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    oh wow, that’s really, really cool.

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    He’s got black eyes!

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    Damn, Oshima’s composure and very appearance is so friendly in comparison to Iizuka. Iizuka practically looks like a Japanese Vampire! It makes you wonder what it would be like if he did kabuki theatre.

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    Oshima’s take on Sonic circa 2006?

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    I’m sure the laughs had at that resturant was due to talk. Real talk.

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    My, Sonic, what a big schnoz you have.

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    I like to pretend that they took Iizuka into a dark alley and beat him mercilessly.

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      I like to pretend this is a sign for the future. Can’t say yours isn’t a close second though.:P

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    Now THIS is what I’d like to see. This is stuff to make you giddy.

    If Artoon (Oshima’s team) and Prope (Naka’s team) joined forces to make a Sonic-esque platformer… the results could be S3K-levels of staggering. We just need Yasuhara on board now.

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      Now imagine a Sonic(-esque) platformer done ONLY by Iizuka, Oshima, Naka, John Romero and Uwe Boll.
      ….
      Nah, better don’t do that.

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    So where does Oshima-san work nowadays? Artoon got absorbed by some other company.

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    I hope they talked about Sonic Anniversary.

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      Oh god I completely forgot about this disastrous idea.

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        You’re a disastrous idea.

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