Paramount Pictures confirmed that Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie will come to Japan as well. However, it also revealed that the movie will have a different title in Japan: Sonic the Movie / Sonic VS Knuckles. The rival echidna will get more attention in the movie’s Japanese release.
The English Sonic the Hedgehog 2 logo only featured the eponymous hero and Miles “Tails” Prower. However, the Japanese logo will also feature Knuckles the Echidna. The clenched fist of Sonic’s rival will add an accent to the ‘Ku’ katakana letter in Knuckles’ red name. While Miles’ tails decorate the “2” in the English logo, they will also appear in the Japanese version to stylize the “S” in VS.
Paramount Pictures also published a trailer for the movie on its Japanese YouTube channel. This trailer is basically the same as the original English trailer premiered at The Game Awards 2021. People in Japan still hear Idris Elba voicing Knuckles and Colleen O’Shaughnessey voicing Tails in English. The differences in this trailer are the Japanese subtitles, the logo, and the Japanese release window in Summer 2022.
When the movie launches in Japan, it will also come with Japanese dubbing. The actor Taishi Nakagawa will reprise his role as Sonic from the first movie, while Koichi Yamadera will continue to dub Jim Carrey’s Dr. Ivo Robotnik.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will be available in theaters in the West on April 8, 2022. The movie will appear in Japan as Sonic the Movie / Sonic VS Knuckles later in Summer 2022.