Sorry, but I had to dock some points for the overall introduction of the storyline and the overall plot I saw so far. The animation style wasn't too bad, but it has some work to be done if you really want this flash to stand out from the other Sonic vs. Shadow battle videos. You might consider going where none of the other artists have gone and take a look at the Archie Comics for Sonic and see what the final version of Sonic and Shadow looks like and then somehow cross the time in mid battle to where they are battling in their future forms due to some kind of flux in the chaos energy*cough*. The first episode may have started off a bit weak, but you really need to do something that will throw off the views and get their attention, even if it's just a lasercat battle in mid with chris turning into a giant chicken and getting fried. >.> You need to throw some kind of comedy in there or something, it really lost the atmosphere of a serious battle. I can see you have the skills to animate the sprites and add effects, but your storyline isn't going to pay the bills, sorry. :( I'm just trying to give you a few examples as to what kind of randomness you can throw in there. I really do see potential in a lot of the submissions that come to newgrounds on a daily basis, but sometimes artists just need that "push" to become that much better at what they are doing.