Super Sonico (Japanese: すーぱーそに子
Hepburn: Sūpā Soniko?) is a fictional female character created by Tsuji Santa for the Japanese computer and video game software company Nitroplus, first appearing as a mascot for a Nitroplus-sponsored music festival in 2006. Nitroplus has since developed the character into a media franchise that includes music products, manga series, computer and video games, toy figurines and other merchandise. An anime television series by White Fox based on the character aired in Japan between January and March 2014.
Voiced by: Ayano Yamamoto (Japanese), Jessica Nigri (English)
Super Sonico is a fictional character created by Tsuji Santa of Nitroplus. Her debut appearance was on October 14, 2006 as the mascot for Nitroplus' annual live music festival event "Nitro Super Sonico", which took place at Shiba Park in Minato-KU. Nitroplus was initially focused on computer games based on visual novels, but every year since 2000 they have also held a music festival.
Sonico appears in the various media as an eighteen-year-old college student.
She is depicted as an attractive, busty and voluptuous young adult woman with light peach skin, large pink eyes, and straight light pink hair. She keeps her hair long in back and in the front it covers her forehead, around her eyes, down to the bridge of her nose. She is always shown wearing her signature headphones on her head. Her depictions show much variation in her facial features and body proportions between the different artists, while always keeping her trademark traits; headphones, pink hair color and large bust. She also appears as a gravure idol as well as the vocalist and guitarist of the fictional band First Astronomical Velocity (第一宇宙速度
Daiichi Uchū Sokudo, literally first escape velocity?). She is prone to sleep in a lot, often requiring help to wake up, and her favorite foods are macarons. "Super" is her family name, and her bandmates refer to her as "Nico".
Sonico plays a heritage cherry red Gibson SG electric guitar with a batwing pickguard and black pickup covers named "Daydream." An older piece of official art incorrectly shows the guitar with a Gretsch logo on the headstock.
The main opening song of the anime is "SuperSoni♥" (すぱそにっ♥ SupaSoni♥
?) by Super Sonico (Ayano Yamamoto). The opening theme for episode one is "Beat Goes On" by Ayano Yamamoto, whilst a different ending theme, each performed by First Astronomical Velocity (Yamamoto, Mai Goto, and Mami Ozaki), is featured in each episode.Music CDs
To date, there have been six singles and three albums released featuring Sonico.
SUPERORBITAL (released November 24, 2010; GRN-021) : First studio single and first theme song for the PC game SoniComi.
Passion Rocket (情熱ロケット
Jōnetsu rocket?, released 19 January 2011; GRN-023): Second single introduced at the 2010 Summer Comiket, also as an insert song from the Adult PC game Axanael by Nitroplus.
?, released April 30, 2011): Solo single sold on the iTunes Store and Amazon MP3 to raise revenue for earthquake relief following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
Advance, BLUE STAR! (進め
、BLUE STAR！ Susume, BLUE STAR!?, released May 24, 2011; GRN-026): Third single released in collaboration with Earth Star Entertainment's Comic Earth Star, as the theme song of the magazine. The single was used to collect aid funds for earthquake relief.
VISION (released July 29, 2011; GRN-027): Fourth single as the second theme song to SoniComi.
Phantom Vibration! (ファントム・ヴァイブレーション
！?, released December 29, 2011; GRN-029): Debut solo single. The single included an additional costume patch for the PC game SoniComi on the CD-ROM.
GALAXY ONE (released November 11, 2011; GRN-028 ) : First studio album.
Love & II+ (released June 27, 2012; GRN-030 ): First Cosmic Velocity's 2nd album that contains three discs with Love＆II+ LIVE gokko!, Love&II+, and SoniComi: Communication with Sonico Original Soundtrack.
SONICONICOROCK Tribute to VOCALOID: Third studio album containing vocal covers of assorted Vocaloid songsManga
A 4koma manga series by Chika Nonohara titled Super Sonico SoniKoma began serialisation on March 12, 2011 in Comic Earth Star. Another manga series titled Sonicomi with art by Imusanjo serialised in the Monthly Comic Blade. A 4koma manga series titled Super Sonicomic (すーぱーそにこみっく
?) has also been featured in Enterbrain's MAGI-CU Comics.Games
SoniComi (2011/2016, PC)
?, full title Communication with Sonico) is a computer game for Microsoft Windows released on November 25, 2011, developed by Nitroplus and published by Nitroplus and Enterbrain. As a visual novel game, the player takes the role of Sonico's cameraman. The game features events where the player is able to take gravure photographs of her. A PlayStation 3 adaptation with improved visuals, titled Motto! SoniComi (モット！ ソニコミ
?, full title More Communication with Sonico), was released on March 20, 2014.The PS3 version received a Famitsu score of 30/40. The game was released worldwide with english translation by JAST USA through Steam featuring dubbed voice by Jessica Nigri.SoniPro (2014, 3DS)
?, full title Super Sonico in Production) is a game developed by Nitroplus and Imageepoch for the Nintendo 3DS announced during the 2013 Wonder Festival. As an idol-producing game, the player takes the role of Sonico's producer, who aims to train her to become an idol. The game was released on July 31, 2014.
Famitsu gave SoniPro a review score of 30/40.Appearances in other games
Sonico has made cameo appearances in various games, including Le Ciel Bleu, the visual novel Lovesick Puppies, the Japanese online games Web Knight Carnival, Mechanical Girl War Z, Dragon League,Dungeons Lord, Momoiro Daisen Pylon and Blue Sky Dragon Guild, and will be a playable character in Super Heroine Chronicle.Sonico appears as a character within the eroge Axanael developed by Nitroplus. She also appears in Square Enix's Kaku-San-Sei Million Arthur between March 11 and March 23, 2014. Super Sonico appears in the Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel fighting game, appearing as a support character in the arcade version and as a playable character in the console version.She will also appeared in Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash as one of the DLC characters along with the three characters from Tecmo Koei/Team Ninja's Dead or Alive series.Anime
A television anime series titled SoniAni: Super Sonico The Animation (そにアニ?) was announced at the Nitro Super Sonic 2013 event held at the Tokyo International Forum. Produced by White Fox, the 12-episode series aired in Japan between January 6, 2014 and March 24, 2014 and was simulcast by Crunchyroll. A DVD and Blu-ray release of the TV series in Japan was announced for March 19, 2014. Sentai Filmworks have licensed the series in North America and will release it on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on May 26, 2015. The Anime Network began streaming the series February 6, 2014. MVM Films have licensed the series in the United Kingdom.In Australia and New Zealand, Hanabee licensed the series within the region.
Gravure books featuring Sonico were released by Enterbrain on July 7, 2011. An internet radio show, SoniRadio (そにっくらじお♪
?), began broadcasting on March 24, 2011. A Sonico-themed non-game networking software application for iOS has also been released.Endorsements
Sonico was used to promote the International Exhibition Center station of the Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit Rinkai Line. She is also being used to promote the Soni Plateau (曽爾高原
Soni Kougen?) brand of beer from Nara Prefecture, as a collaboration based on the similar-sounding name. Sonico was also the mascot for the 2013 Anitamasai Convention in Saitama.
The Super Sonico Tab is a special edition ASUS MeMo Pad ME172v tablet computer featuring an artwork of Sonico on the rear of the device.