I had a very interesting conversation with manaita https://manaita.deviantart.com/ whom I'm sure you already know as a Japanese Sonic fan, she kept me updated with some news in Japan before but I haven't heard from her for a while, until very recently, so here's the conversation:
sonictopfan: Anyway I wanted to ask you something since you're from Japan, is it okay if I ask?
manaita: Sure. Ask away!;)
sonictopfan: Is it true that Sonic is not popular in Japan like Sonic Retro say? :?
manaita: Yes. Sonic is not so popular even many people think he is an American cartoon character. :sad:
sonictopfan: Why? :? He's more Japanese than American, at least imo, do you at least like games with dark plots like Adventure 2 and Next Gen or do you prefer the ones with silly plots like Colors and Generations? :?
manaita: The image SEGA gives him is "American cartoon". Animal character with vivid colors and high speed acrobatic actions, that attitude is rare in Japan. Actually, SA2 and Next Gen have awesome plots, because Shirou Maekawa wrote those. He already has left SEGA a few years ago, and they lightened the weight of the game's stories nowadays. His last work at Sonic is Sonic and the black knight. That has good story, I think.
sonictopfan: I see, I kinda agree with that, being eastern I don't like the way modern Sonic games are, but it's not SEGA to blame actually, it's them American old fans who keep complaining why Sonic isn't the way they like and is more eastern than western, neglecting how we easterns also have Sonic fans among us, they literary said once to me "good riddance" when I brought that up, yes I'm talking about none other than Sonic Retro, the cause of everything that is bad in Sonic!
Whoa so Shirou Maekawa is the guy who wrote those games? I can assume he didn't leave by himself but SEGA fired him to please the American fans, this is the guy I want in my Sonic games, he wrote the games that actually had good plots, I assume he also wrote Shadow The Hedgehog?
It appears my theory in why's Sonic not so popular in Japan anymore is true, it's because new Sonic is more "western" than the one we grew and loved, he's more "cartoony" rather than "anime-like" and the plots are silly and childish to the point it's embarrassing to play these games if you're older than 7 years old, we have Sonic Retro to thank for this not SEGA :(
It bothers me to know Maekawa is the one who wrote my favorite games and he no longer works for SEGA, this means there's noway in hell a Sonic Adventure 3 will ever happen and it's only a matter of time until I completely lose interest in Sonic because with the direction the games are going now I'm day by day losing interest more :(
I guess this confirms it, now you know the truth, it really bothers me because it seems the reason why I been feeling bad about the new games is because of the culture thing and the taste of gaming, you know people here in the east have different tastes, games like Halo and CoD don't really interest us, silly plots we don't like either, I'm sick of Eggman being all Gargamel from The Smurfs "oh thank you my dear, keep calling me evil, mean, and disgusting" it may seem cool for some people but I for once can't stand it, there's always a reason why bad guys act bad, and it's not because they WANNA be bad :(
Looks like there's no hope for a Sonic Adventure 3 now, all these years I had hope because I thought Iizuka is the one who likes serious plots for Sonic games but I was wrong!