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Re: The My Little Pony - Friendship is Magic Thread
« Reply #6180 on: March 19, 2019, 12:55:16 am »
I can't believe its ending this year. It seems like it just started yesterday.

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Re: The My Little Pony - Friendship is Magic Thread
« Reply #6181 on: March 19, 2019, 01:43:34 am »
Isn't it crazy?

While obviously I'd prefer it keep going on forever, there is something elegant about the fact that the show started in 2010, the beginning of the decade, and is now ending in 2019. Humanity defines its pop culture by decades, and few shows have made such a huge impact on a single era of pop culture as the My Little Pony craze did on the 2010s. Nothing lasts forever, so it's kinda cool to think MLP and the 2010s will always be inextricably linked.

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Re: The My Little Pony - Friendship is Magic Thread
« Reply #6182 on: March 23, 2019, 10:00:46 pm »
Here's this week's Equestria Girls short (as released on YouTube), featuring Twilight:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEwVUgR3tPg

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Pinkie Pie has helped Twilight arrange a social gathering at the planetarium. Among the people attending is famous astrophysicist Rosette Nebula, who Twilight really wants to meet, but is also quite nervous about it. However, every time Twilight tries to walk up to Rosette, Pinkie's efforts to encourage Twilight instead end up embarrassing her into immediately backing off. Eventually, Pinkie decides to share a chocolate cake with space-themed frosting, which leads Twilight to unknowingly sharing a scientific fact with Rosette, which finally breaks the ice between them and allows the two to start sharing a conversation on scientific therories.

As someone who loves watching science documentaries (particularly on physics and astronomy), I absolutely loved the subject of this particular short, and it's nice to find out that the Equestria Girls world has a renowned astrophysicist (and since I'm familiar with some of the big names in that field of science in our world, I can totally sympathize with Twilight). Also, we saw in the background some of the other people in attendance were Sunset Shimmer and Timber Spruce, with the latter apparently trying to cheer up Twilight after Pinkie's antics had caused problems.


Next week, in addition to another Equestria Girls short, there's the one-hour Equestria Girls special "Spring Breakdown", and the week after that will be the premiere of Season 9 of MLP:FiM, so things are going to start getting busy here.

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Re: The My Little Pony - Friendship is Magic Thread
« Reply #6183 on: March 30, 2019, 10:45:39 pm »
First off, here's this week's Equestria Girls short, featuring Pinkie Pie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9QAjUaiY2g

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Pinkie's job at the diner is going great, offering excellent service to everyone and encouraging them to post their ratings on "Screech", where they all leave 5-star ratings for the restaurant - all except for an older lady who posts a 4-star rating. Pinkie's coworkers try to assure her that it's still a good review, but Pinkie (having enjoyed a perfect streak of perfect ratings) takes it very personally and goes all out to do everything she can to please the old lady. However, every single effort she makes just further aggravates the old lady, and it is only when Pinkie finally gives up walks away that the old lady is pleased enough to post that 5-star rating.

I guess this one just goes to show that, even after all this time, Pinkie still can't seem to grasp that not everyone is comfortable being with other people, and that pestering them in an effort to please them only makes things even worse. Personally, I think I would've liked it better if the old lady had kept posting progressively worse reviews the longer Pinkie kept pestering her in an effort to get her point across.


And of course, today was the premiere of the 44-minute Equestria Girls special, Spring Breakdown:
https://www.equestriadaily.com/2019/03/equestria-girls-44-minute-special.html

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Twilight has arranged for most of her fellow students a spring break party on a cruise ship, and everyone is excited. However, because of all their past experiences with Equestrian magic, Rainbow Dash is especially excited for what kind of magical threat they'll be facing this time, despite everyone else wishing to just enjoy a normal good time hanging out for once. Rainbow becomes so determined to find the next magical threat that she ends up ruining things for her friends (Pinkie gets banned from the buffet before she could sample a certain dessert she was eagerly anticipating, all the petting zoo animals become too scared to come out despite Fluttershy's efforts, and Applejack's seasickness isn't made any better, though at least Rarity manages to avoid such problems as she meets and falls in love with some Irish boy). Twilight and Sunset inform her of the trouble her efforts have caused, but at least they all remain positive enough to go on with a performance of their band later that night. However, just as they "pony-up" on stage, the power on the entire ship suddenly goes out, and the incoming stormy weather isn't making things any better.

While the rest of her friends try their best to restore order and salvage their vacation, Rainbow Dash remains convinced that some magical threat is behind everything, and becomes all but certain of it when a lighting strike causes a glowing symbol to appear in the water (which we would recognize as that of the Storm King). But by the time Rainbow drags her friends together, the symbol is gone, and they all refuse to hear her out any further. Later, Twilight begins to feel bad about how especially hurtful her words to Rainbow Dash had been, so she and Sunset decide to go apologize to her, only to discover one of the lifeboats is missing. After talking about the situation with the others, Twilight and Sunset set out in another lifeboat to find Rainbow Dash, while the rest stay behind to help resolve the other issues on the ship. Twilight and Sunset soon reach a small tropical island and find Rainbow stuck in a pit of quicksand. Their efforts to pull her out become much more difficult when a plant monster suddenly appears, but Sunset discovers something peculiar about the quicksand, so in an effort to escape, she shoves Rainbow down and pulls Twilight in with her. The quicksand pit turns out to be another portal to Equestria, so the three girls are now in that world... as ponies.

After Twilight and Rainbow get over the initial shock, Sunset helps them sneak through Ponyville and into Princess Twilight's castle. Pony Twilight is excited to learn the existence of another portal to Equestria, and since the three girls believe there's no serious trouble in their world, they agree to stay and talk about various things for a while. Unfortunately in the other world, the storm has gotten much worse, sending the ship towards the small island, then striking a rock and begins to sink, and then all of the lifeboats are destroyed at the same time by (as Pinkie Pie remarks) an oddly specific lightning strike. Back in Equestria, as pony Twilight begins talking about the Storm King, Rainbow Dash suddenly recognizes his symbol. Pony Twilight realizes that some of the Storm King's magic must've leaked into the other world, and the only way to remove it is to use the Staff of Sacanas (which happens to be in her possession). The three girls quickly bring the staff with them back to their world, and just as the Storm King's symbol appears in the sky for all to see, they successfully use the staff to seal away the final remnant of the Storm King's magic. With the magical storm now cleared, the three girls return to the sinking ship and help their friends evacuate everyone on board. Although everyone is safe but seemingly stranded on an island, Sunset reveals the way back home, and takes them all with her through the quicksand portal to Equestria and to the other portal in Twilight's castle.

I liked how after all of the previous magical incidents the girls have been through, Rainbow Dash was practically anticipating they were going to face another one (and even seemed thrilled about it), while the rest of her friends just wanted to have a good time without any magical trouble for once. Rainbow even goes so far as to say that they're superheroes, though the others prefer the see themselves as just normal girls trying to live normal lives. I liked how this remark is used again when the three girls are in Equestria listening to Princess Twilight's adventures with her friends, and human Twilight realizes just how similar the two groups of friends actually are. In the end, not only do the girls ultimately embrace their role as superheroes, Rainbow also learns to not go out looking for problems to solve if there aren't any (much like what Starlight Glimmer taught Sunset Shimmer back in the Mirror Magic special). Overall, I felt that it went a little too slow in the beginning and a little too fast in the ending (that final scene felt especially abrupt), but it was a good special that I enjoyed watching.

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Re: The My Little Pony - Friendship is Magic Thread
« Reply #6184 on: April 02, 2019, 06:46:27 pm »
Quote from: aabicus (LettuceBacon&Tomato) on March 19, 2019, 01:43:34 am
Quote from: aabicus (LettuceBacon&Tomato) on March 19, 2019, 01:43:34 am
Isn't it crazy?

While obviously I'd prefer it keep going on forever, there is something elegant about the fact that the show started in 2010, the beginning of the decade, and is now ending in 2019. Humanity defines its pop culture by decades, and few shows have made such a huge impact on a single era of pop culture as the My Little Pony craze did on the 2010s. Nothing lasts forever, so it's kinda cool to think MLP and the 2010s will always be inextricably linked.
That's true. Though it's the bittersweet end of an era. I'm going to be sorry to see it go.

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Re: The My Little Pony - Friendship is Magic Thread
« Reply #6185 on: April 02, 2019, 06:53:00 pm »
You should all check this out. It's "Equestria Daily's" coverage of some images and animatics of the final season.




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Re: The My Little Pony - Friendship is Magic Thread
« Reply #6186 on: April 06, 2019, 10:00:15 pm »
First off, this week's Equestria Girls short, featuring Rarity:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNGK9gNzgnc

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When Rainbow Dash turns down Rarity's request to hang out due to "other plans", Rarity decides to investigate. By use of a taxi, she follows Rainbow and Twilight (both riding Rainbow's motorcycle), who meet up with Sunset and Fluttershy, all who appear to be having a good time just hanging out. Rarity interprets this as her friends not wanting to do things with her anymore, so she sadly returns home, only to suddenly discover her friends throwing her a surprise birthday party, which quickly cheers her back up.

What can I say? This one is just like the pony show's Season 1 episode Party of One, except with Rarity instead of Pinkie Pie. In both cases, I can't help but get the impression that trying to plan a surprise birthday party for a close friend could end up being more trouble than it's worth (even worse if they're even aware that it's their birthday), regardless of the final success. Also, missed opportunity here to see the exterior of Rarity's house (all we saw was the front door).


And since this is the last of the early-released shorts, we're now back to not knowing what's next (though I'm guessing the six parts of Spring Breakdown will probably be the next group of "shorts" to be released).

Well, now it's time to begin the final season of My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic. (Since I prefer to not link to unofficial videos, the links I'll be posting will be for the discussion page on Equestria Daily, which should provide reliable links to watch the episodes of interest.)
https://www.equestriadaily.com/2019/04/my-little-pony-season-9-episode-1-2.html

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In Part 1, Twilight and her friends receive letters asking them to meet with Princesses Celestia and Luna, who tell them that things in Equestria have been running so smoothly in recent years that the two of them have decided to retire, and pass rulership of Equestria over to Twilight with the assistance of her friends. Twilight is understandably very nervous, especially since the planned transfer of power is due to occur in just a few days, and despite Celestia assuring her that everything she and her friends had been through over the years had been preparing her for this all along.

Meanwhile, Queen Chrysalis, Lord Tirek, Cozy Glow, and King Sombra (apparently revived just for this purpose) are all suddenly summoned together by Grogar, a very ancient evil creature who was supposedly the very first emperor of the lands that would later become Equestria. Grogar had been slowly regaining his strength and believes the only way to regain power is to gather all the evil masters together and work as a group to defeat Twilight and her friends. The others are skeptical, particularly Sombra, who claims he could take over the Crystal Empire by himself. Grogar gives him a deal; successfully take the Crystal Empire himself and he can keep it, but failure will force him to submit to Grogar.

Sombra wastes no time invading the Crystal Empire, taking control over the minds of the crystal ponies, and capturing Princess Cadance, Shining Armor, and Flurry Heart. Thanks to Cadance sending a message quickly enough, Twilight is alerted, who immediately gathers her friends together. Believing this would be a perfect chance to prove they're worthy of ruling Equestria, and because Twilight is especially worried for her relatives there, they decide to take no chances and bring the Elements of Harmony with them. When they face off against Sombra, the Elements allow them to resist his fear powers long enough for Spike to free Cadance, who then recovers the Crystal Heart, weakening Sombra enough for the Elements to seemingly finish him off. The Main 6 later return the Elements to the Tree of Harmony, and as they talk about how easy that had been, Sombra suddenly reappears and shatters both the Tree and the Elements.

In Part 2, Sombra reveals that he used his apparent defeat to track down the source of their friendship power, and after trapping them in a crystal cage, he leaves to conquer Ponyville. The Main 6 are able to dig their way out of the cage, but by the time they reach Ponyville, Sombra has already taken control of the minds of everyone in town and is gathering them into an army to conquer Canterlot and thus all of Equestria. The Main 6 are powerless to save anyone, and worse due to the loss of the Tree of Harmony, the Everfree Forest has begun to grow out of control into Ponyville.

Sombra marches into Canterlot almost effortlessly, and with Celestia and Luna mysteriously already gone, he easily takes control of the city. Meanwhile, Twilight decides to focus on stopping the Everfree Forest first, but she and her friends end up fighting to a stalemate. Eventually, Celestia and Luna arrive, summoned by Starswirl the Bearded, who had sensed the Tree of Harmony's destruction. Because Starswirl and his fellow Pillars used to keep the Everfree Forest in check before they had planted that Tree, he, Celestia, and Luna stay to deal with it so that the Main 6 can go to Canterlot to deal with Sombra. When they get there, they are joined by Discord, who agrees to help only after they all beg for his assistance. Discord easily holds off Sombra's attacks, but upon discovering Discord's particular fondness for Fluttershy, Sombra focuses an attack directly at her, and Discord takes the hit.

With Discord seemingly weakened to powerlessness, Sombra claims there's now nothing the Main 6 can do to stop him. But Discord reminds the girls that even without the Elements of Harmony, they are still who they are and they still have their friendship, which is what brought them to hold the Elements in the first place. The six girls stand together and proving that friendship really is magic, they awaken the power within themselves that destroys Sombra and returns all of Equestria back to normal. Later, when Twilight confesses that she's not ready to rule Equestria due to not seeking outside help in the first place, Celestia and Luna point out that great leaders acknowledge when they make mistakes and try to correct them, and the two sisters admit they too made the mistake of trying to force Twilight onto their throne so quickly. Although they still plan to retire, they have now agreed to wait a little longer until Twilight is absolutely ready. Meanwhile, with Sombra's defeat, Grogar declares it as an example to the other villains for why they must work together if they wish to succeed.

Definitely a lot to take in for this one. It's interesting to think that Celestia arranging for Twilight to eventually take her place as ruler of Equestria (which I've heard was Lauren Faust's original plan for the show's finale back before it all started) could've been planned for a long time since the very beginning, based on her claim that all the adventures Twilight and her friends had been on could be considered training them to one day take on such a role. The fact that Celestia and Luna were rather excited about helping Starswirl fight back the Everfree Forest as it reminded them of old times when they didn't have to worry about ruling Equestria could be seen as an example of why they even have the desire to retire. And with the introduction of Grogar (another reimagined G1 villain like Tirek), we now have essentially the ultimate evil scheme; combining the forces of all the past villains together (which with another interesting point happens to be exactly the kind of thing the Main 6 have done every time but never done by any of the villains, so this could be seen as now using their greatest weapon against them). Sure, there's still the issue of the destroyed Tree of Harmony, but according to the synopsis I've read, it looks like that'll be addressed in next week's new episode. All in all, an interesting set-up for the final season, which now leaves me especially looking forward to what the finale will be like.

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Re: The My Little Pony - Friendship is Magic Thread
« Reply #6187 on: April 13, 2019, 09:30:23 pm »
As I had expected, this week's Equestria Girls release on YouTube is Part 1 of the Spring Breakdown special:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFuDAor3mLc

Though I've already posted a review on the whole special, I'll say a few thoughts on each part (and keep them in spoiler tags, just in case if some of you have not yet seen it.
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Like I said, the first half of the whole special went too slow and the second half went too fast. As a result, this first part is arguably my least favorite, mostly because Rainbow Dash spends the majority of it being a terrible nuisance to many of her friends, all because she's expecting a magical threat like every other big occasion, which the rest of the girls would rather not have to deal with for once. Also, a rather poor cliffhanger, as that's obviously just Trixie on the stage.


And of course, we have today's new episode as well.
https://www.equestriadaily.com/2019/04/my-little-pony-season-9-episode-3.html

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All six of the Young 6 students have a shared dream where they see the spirit of the Tree of Harmony asking them to come to it immediately. They all return to the School of Friendship well before the start of the new school year, and when they tell Twilight why they're there, she sadly explains to them about the Tree's destruction. She takes them to the site of the Tree, which is now just a pile of crystal fragments. They agree that why the Tree had called them to its remains is so they could honor its memory in some way. But before they can do anything, all but Sandbar have to return home and get permission slips signed so they can be allowed to stay.

However, once they all get back together, they each have different ideas on what exactly they should do. Sandbar (having already gotten started due to not having to leave) has cleared away all the remnants of the Tree and planted a new sapling in its place, Gallus wants to turn the cave into a museum about the Tree and its Elements, Smolder wants to build a stone monument of the Tree to stand where it was, Silverstream wants to paint art of the Tree and Elements on the walls and floor of the cave, and Ocellus wants to wants to turn the cave into a meditative place, while Yona is the only one with no particular idea and just wants her friends to work together. Inevitably, everyone's different efforts conflict to the point where everything just ends up as a big mess.

Fed up with all of her friends arguing, Yona finally speaks up and reminds them all about the importance of their friendship. The six students reconcile, and with Yona discovering the fragments of the Tree of Harmony in a wagon hidden to the side, they all agree to reassemble the fragments into a makeshift clubhouse. Though they acknowledge its shoddy construction, they accept it because they built it together as friends. As soon as all six of them set foot inside, the structure suddenly starts to glow with magic, and just as they all escape, the structure changes shape and grows into a much larger building, up on the ruins of the Castle of the Two Sisters above that cave. Twilight, having felt the burst of magic, rushes over to find out what happened, but the Young 6 are just as confused. Twilight realizes that the Tree of Harmony has somehow partially survived and, thanks to the efforts of the Young 6, has now grown into a new form, and she allows them to make use of the new crystal clubhouse.

I always love seeing episodes featuring the Young 6, and with this one essentially being a follow-up of the season premiere, it was great to see the question of the Tree of Harmony's fate get answered in a rather interesting way. The Elements might be gone, but the Tree will now live on in a new form with a new group of friends to care for it. Also, the six students actually sang a song together while they were building the clubhouse, which I believe was their first song either as a group or for any of them (I don't count the song from the Season 8 premiere, as they sounded more like a chorus that was difficult to pick out individual voices). Overall, even though it's still very early in the season, I can easily see this episode as being one of my favorites.

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Re: The My Little Pony - Friendship is Magic Thread
« Reply #6188 on: April 15, 2019, 09:49:42 pm »
I just realized that I have ten dollars on collect on. I bet a friend of mine WAY Back when the series first began that Twilight would be taking over Equestria by the end of the series. He is going to be so surprised when I call him up about that bet.

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« Reply #6189 on: April 20, 2019, 10:05:22 pm »
This week, we have Part 2 of Spring Breakdown:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9GvqzCuv94

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Rainbow Dash's selfish desire to fight evil magic continues to make her look bad. Also in this part, Rarity falls in love with crewman Ragamuffin, a guy with a very thick Cockney accent (can't even properly pronounce Rarity's name) and has a striking resemblance to Applejack. None of these things really interested me much, so it's definitely another part of the slow first half. At least this part had a good song played by the Rainbooms.


And for this week's new episode, it also happens to be the 200th episode of the entire series. What makes this one unique is that (according to what I've heard) the voice actresses of the seven main characters (Main 6 and Spike) shared ideas of what they had always wanted to see in the show, and the writers combined as many of those ideas they could into a reasonable story. Anyway, here's the usual links:
https://www.equestriadaily.com/2019/04/my-little-pony-season-9-episode-4.html

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Twilight receives a letter from Shining Armor reminding her about the friendly competitions they used to do when they were young with the prize being a certain paper crown, and now they were going to have one last challenge to earn the final bragging rights. As a result of Princess Celestia asking Shining Armor to improve security at Canterlot Castle, he has decided to test it all by asking Twilight and her friends to try to infiltrate the place with the goal of grabbing that old paper crown in the throne room. Twilight comes up with an elaborate plan utilizing everyone's strengths: Pinkie distracts the guards, Rarity sneaks in with a disguise, Applejack smashes through a sealed back entrance, Rainbow Dash overwhelms the air resistance, and Fluttershy calms the geese that serve as a final alarm.

However, everyone believes Shining Armor knows Twilight so well that he'll totally expect that kind of plan, so her friends instead come up with their own ideas for a completely unexpected plan: Rarity and Rainbow Dash will ask around for secret information, Applejack will distract the guards with a comeback performance as country singer "Apple Core", Pinkie Pie will make observations from space, Spike and Fluttershy will infiltrate the throne room like secret spies, and Twilight will do absolutely nothing. However, many things go wrong for all of them, and they fail to reach the paper crown.

Fortunately, they were not caught, so for a second attempt, they all agree to finally utilize Twilight's strengths and just go with her original "expectable" plan, and it quickly proves much more successful, but as feared, Shining Armor totally saw it coming. But just when it seems Shining has won, Spike reveals that he has taken possession of the paper crown, thanks to his secret idea from the very beginning to cooperate with Princess Luna, who was very obviously disgruntled by Celestia refusing to consult her on improving security. As a result, Spike, the little brother who was never part of the sibling competition, wins that paper crown for the first time ever.

This was a rather fun episode, I'll give it that. I'm sure there's a lot of things that fans loved finally seeing in the show, such as Spike receiving some long overdue family appreciation. Not to mention, Zephyr Breeze is so obviously not fit for guard duty that his presence among the guards should've been a major clue that an inside job was going on. Speaking of which, I have to say it was very ingenious of Spike to secretly work with Luna to outwit everyone else on both sides. Overall, with lots of funny moments and without too much cringe, I'd consider this a very good episode.