CAPTION: Chris-chan Sonichu
CHRISTIAN WESTON CHANDLER: “Everybody dance now!”
CAPTION: *Ref. to C&C Music Factory*
Transformation sequences are a staple of superheroic children’s television, particularly in low-budget programming where there is an obvious benefit to recycling the same footage in every episode. Chandler has demonstrated an affinity for many series that utilize this trope, whether the sequence summons superhuman powers (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Sailor Moon), giant transforming mecha (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), or even a simple wardrobe change (Filmation’s Ghostbusters). It is unsurprising that his author character in Sonichu would have a similar routine for preparing for battle. If this sequence is based on any specific TV series, I haven’t been able to identify it, although it is strikingly similar to that of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon.
Chris-chan Sonichu’s battlecry is…unorthodox to say the least. He is of course quoting the titles of three hit singles released by C+C Music Factory in 1990-1991. I can only assume that this is an example of his “random-access humor,” or perhaps an attempt to sound totally radical and irreverent like his hero Sonic the Hedgehog.
His citation of his quotes is misguided; either his audience will understand the reference without the aid of author’s notes, or they won’t get the joke without an explanation and therefore the joke should not be made at all. This is a concept Chandler will fail to grasp on multiple occasions throughout Sonichu's publication history.