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Dowlphin

I realize that now that I mention it, it reduces the chances of it appearing even more, but it would kinda spoil it a bit anyway, and since I'm not a show writer (wink-wink ^^), it very likely wouldn't have occured anyway, sooo...

 

Pinkie Pie: (knocks on Rarity's door)
Rarity: (being busy) "Who is it?"
Pinkie Pie: ("I am) the one who knocks." ^^

 

Also works great as a knock-knock joke. ;-)

 

Would definitely feel less forced-in than that clumsy Game of Thrones reference we saw.

Dowlphin

0:00

Why didn't Fluttershy try to help Discord get a ticket? She just ignored the matter. Nobody knew the mail had delay. This is like Ticket Master again.

Also, I was surprised at first that he supposedly hadn't been invited, since we know Celestia's attitude towards giving the Grand Galloping Gala an interesting touch. I simply couldn't believe she would not invite Discord. (Twilight should know better by now, too. But that's an ongoing issue in general. So hard to get rid of old habits and ways of thinking.)

It generally lowers my enjoyment a bit when problems build up solely due to miscommunication. I know that it is one of the great challenges in the world, but still, it's a lazy technique and effectively made Fluttershy be uncaring. ... Couldn't keep the episode from being quite the enjoyable one though.

 

 

2:15

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Anybody who thinks about shipping now needs to be put down.

 

 

2:57

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At least she's not biting it anymore.

 

 

3:39

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Elegantly implemented Metal Gear reference. (Although the perspective seems a bit off.)

Pinkie knowing it's Discord. Shaking the camera. OMG, so much highlevel pinkieness in one scene!

 

 

12:54

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Shame is all about norms and contrast, isn't it?

 

 

13:11

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And this closet is the jewelry wardrobe. Unguarded of course. Who needs guards in a royal castle? ... Oh wait.

 

 

14:52

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Dear Discord... when the critics say that Maud Pie is funnier than you, then you really need to... ah, forget it, there's nothing you can do.

Pinkie's dress is lovely.

 

 

 

17:58

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Dimensional portal: Now this is a somewhat more appropriate, not-so-much-immersion-breaking use of that technique. Apparently it's intended to be clashing. I'm just surprised it didn't cause lovecraftian mental distress. I guess they simply cannot fully perceive the otherness of that dimension.

 

 

 

P.S.: Tree Hugger has attained mastery in clichée. ^^

Dowlphin

 

 

What bothered me:

- The Game of Thrones reference was the most unskillful and tryhard reference I've ever seen in MLP. I could sense the badum-tshh pause for the expected laughter.

- Yet another Wilhelm scream soon after. This is starting to look like an obsession. The sound design is really getting crude and in-your-face. They need to get out of their head and practice some more sensitivity for subtleties.

- Oh, a song again. A mediocre uplifting song about sabotage. This felt like a quantity-over-quality approach. Less can be more.

- Tank's voice acting was none. While it was just yawning, they could have imagined what a turtle's yawn would sound like. Instead, it sounded exactly like some random adult male non-actor yawning. This doesn't fit with the fact that Tank doesn't talk, because the voice totally suggests that he should be able to.

- No consequences at all for the sabotage? Does she have diplomatic immunity or something? (Probably time constaints, considered of secondary importance to the episode. But even just a brief hint at it would have been better than just acting like nothing bad happened. That together with her weird counter-productive behavior during the winter work not even being noticed by the other ponies felt very odd, like the episode was focusing too much on Rainbow Dash being the star and story and forgetting the impact on everything else.)

 

What I liked:

- Various character interactions. Not all of them, but the episode had some minor highlights. I liked the one with the name confusion. It got me confused at first, too, which is nicely involving and thus skillful.

- The general message of the episode is very valuable.

- Fluttershy

 

Overall I found this a mediocre episode.

It had Fluttershy though.

 

 

Dowlphin

Remember Pinkie Pride with the real-world footage thrown in? It immediately changes the character. By creating such a harsh, sudden connection to a different 'realm', the integrity of the intended realm is compromised. This is what's called "breaking immersion".

Said artistic tools CAN be for a specific reason sometimes, when the context fits, but to me it didn't fit in that episode.

 

It doesn't have to be that extreme though.

 

One example of it not being a problem is scenes where they use lighting effects or camera zoom and pan techniques - the latter even has been talked about in praise in Youtube videos. (I don't remember the episode with the scene I'm thinking of, but it was done in an elegant, subtle way, and served a specific technical purpose. It was not a style break, but a style enhancement.)

 

But lately there was another thing that immediately got me 'off-track in my mind', in season 5 episode 3 (Castle Sweet Castle) right after the intro, there was a zoom-in of what very much looked like painted, with tons of details, some kind of heavy blur filter, gradients and stuff. Well, I'll just post it here, then you can see for yourself - in case you haven't seen the episode. (Don't worry, no spoilers here.)

 

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When I saw that, I lost attention for the plot of the episode, had to check again, was wondering why they would decide to suddenly put that attention-catching style break in there, was wondering whether I didn't pay attention and this was supposed to be a painting on a wall somewhere. (thus: immersion break)

 

Is there discussion about this specific scene somewhere? Or about the topic in general?

Dowlphin

Did you notice how deep the imagery goes? Those ponies are like avatars of their elements.

 

Pinkie's hair is round and swirly, any deviation from the norm won't even make a difference. Any child could draw those endless bends beautifully. Totally Pinkie.

 

Rarity's hair is exquisite - a real challenge, and artists can get frustrated trying to draw it properly. Totally a Rarity, requiring high skill.

 

Rainbow Dash wouldn't be satisfied with just some color. She wants the whole color spectrum in there, to stand out, to make people gaze in awe like watching a rainbow.

 

Applejack's hair is practical and simple, like a bundle of hay, and even colored in that style. Condensed so that it doesn't get in the way during work, yet allowing people to see its fullness.

 

Twilight Sparkle's hair signals a special snowflake with those streaks, haha. They're a pony's rallye stripes.

 

Fluttershy's hair flows like water, not resisting things, finding its way passively, just like her personality. The color is rose, basically pastel pink, and pink is often associated with the heart, which is what she'll melt when she looks at you. :squee: Her mane even forms a heart!

Dowlphin

This means a lot to me.

Recently someone liked my style of drawing, and so I was invited by BountyHunter to participate in a contest to design a background wallpaper for the OUYA gaming console. How could I not honor a personal invitation? :squee:

I kinda had to push myself to get it finished in time though. Motivation is still an issue, and any encouragement makes a difference. It would be like medicine for my soul to win this thing.

The last time I won (and participated in) an art competition was in my childhood.

 

So would you kindly help a fellow brony out? :) If you have a Facebook account, please vote daily for my art:

 

https://contest.bhuntr.com/en/OUYA/vote/15362

 

and spread the message among your friends and fellow bronies.

 

There's also a chance to win some merchandise for early voters. It's not much, but in case you are struggling with motivation, too, maybe that helps a little.

 

Thank you! Yay! :yay:

Dowlphin

This is a brief followup thought to my earlier musings - http://mlpforums.com/blog/819/entry-11579-what-are-your-mane-3/

for clarifying why the focus on the six main characters for the show was such a smart idea regarding writing skill.

The point should be pretty much self-explanatory, so I won't comment on it.

 

Rarity = intellect - right brain hemisphere (synthetic, emotional, creative, imaginative, radiant)

Twilight Sparkle = intellect - left brain hemisphere (analytical, logical, scientific, rational, inquisitive)

 

Fluttershy = kind heart

Rainbow Dash = brave heart

 

Pinkie Pie = driving purpose - spiritual

Applejack = driving purpose - material

Dowlphin

Greetings my loyal minio... I mean subj... NO I mean peasa... GAAAAAH - DEAD READER!

 

 

The need for expansion of my various activities is a big theme in my life, and in an attempt to find more driving purpose for my creative output, I have decided to extend my web presence to some more platforms,

namely Twitter, Tumblr and Wordpress (and Reddit, but since it's a mere content aggregator, this might only be useful to you if you can't follow me on the other sites).

 

I cannot guarantee when or how much content will appear, but once I have that avenue available, it might help me get some more momentum. I'm pretty sure I'll be quite active especially on Twitter once I have a certain subscriber base.

 

So if you like what I do on deviantART and YouTube and the web in general, please consider subscribing to my new Tumblr, Twitter and Wordpress (and maybe Reddit), too and sharing it with others when content appears.

 

The worst that can happen is that nothing happens and you forgot you even subscribed, so nothing lost. ^^ But I think it's gonna be much better than that. ;-)

 

The general purpose of this move is the realization that I have entertainment (as well as sharing ideas and insights) at heart, living it in most of what I do, and since I almost always try to make even things like mere comments interesting, subscribing to the 'whole package' makes sense. :-)

 

Audience makes a huge difference!

 

I'll probably share many things that I find noteworthy. I'll have to figure out how much over time, getting used to those new avenues. Especially I'm not sure yet whether I will post things wherever they fit, or only on the one platform where they fit best. Probably the latter, to avoid administration overhead, since there will be increasing overlap with each new service I join.

 

My idea at this time is to use it this way:

Wordpress: Proper, tendentially lenghty text-based blogging, like essays or thoughts of the day

Tumblr: Visual commentary, sharing, drawn art that doesn't fit well on deviantART

Twitter: Brief thoughts, very likely to be rich in puns ^^. Maybe also upload notifications and such, not sure at this point.

Reddit: Notifications about noteworthy new works for people who don't follow me on my other sites

 

So basically I invite you to subscribe in part because I won't use these to document my daily life's every move or boring stuff like that, but to entertain, inspire and enlighten; Being my usual self, communicating and sharing.

My Wordpress blog could contain all kinds of themes, and also the occasional rant. No holding back if I deem it important/relevant/interesting.

(Google+ by the way has very little priority for me at this time. I still haven't forgiven what Google did to Youtube there.)

 

 

So... here are all the subscribable links I can currently offer:

 

http://dowlphin.deviantart.com

http://www.youtube.com/user/Dowlphin

http://dowlphin.tumblr.com

http://twitter.com/Dowlphin

http://dowlphinblog.wordpress.com

http://mlpforums.com/blog/819-dowlphins-blog ⇐You are here

http://www.reddit.com/r/Dowlphin

(Technically there's also Cheezburger, but I'm not active there anymore. I'll publish my caption pictures on deviantART and/or Tumblr.)

 

Thank you! :-)

Dowlphin

Wanted to say this. To maybe make you pause and meditate.

 

It's based on my own experiences.

 

There is a staunch brony hater who calls me his friend and says he respects me.

He never hurt me. ... Maybe because I don't expect much from him.

 

But is it wrong to expect at least a minimum amount of decency from a fan of a show like MLP that conveys certain values and is so full of inspiring beauty?

 

There are self-proclaimed bronies who I, without trying to exaggerate, can only describe as vile scum, fervently perverting everything the show stands for. Sometimes their amount of denial and lack of self-awareness is borderline comical.

 

Dan Vs. might be another show on The Hub, but when you think "brony", an image of Dan would be among the last things popping into your head, no?

 

I know, I should expect these things. But it's still saddening.

 

 

Feel free to comment. For more extensive discussion, you can also talk here: http://mlpforums.com/topic/101832-some-brony-haters-are-more-decent-people-than-some-bronies

Dowlphin

It was an odd dream though, and I wish I had the energy and skill to draw comics from my dreams sometimes.

 

From what I can tell, a villain was on the loose. There was a scene in a dark castle hallway or something, but I don't remember anything from there. Then there was an icy lake, I was running along the outer rim where there were sheets of ice, and I grabbed Applejack out of the water. A moment later I see Twilight Sparkle ahead, with her back to the lake, acting like she was being threatened by something, defensive and somewhat scared. But when I came closer, I noticed her colors were lighter, and somehow I immediately knew it's not the real Twilight. Without having to think, I swung my katana and somehow mananged to - in a frontal attack - cut off her tail. LOL WTF, why did I do that?! Well, in any case, when I did that, she assumed a slight white-glow and had a wicked-evil grin on her face and that's when I thrust my katana straight through her from top to bottom, leaving a white-glowing line through her still grinning (holographic?) body.

That's when the dream ended.

 

 

 

 

Or did it?!

 

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Dowlphin

There are many quizzes out there about which pony you are most like, but those might not present the full picture, with personalities being more or less multi-faceted. If someone asked me, I'd say I am Pinkie Pie first, then Fluttershy, then Twilight Sparkle.

Since I am somewhat versed in the theory of Eastern spiritual energy practices, I tend to view things from that perspective. The mane 6 are interesting anyway, since there are various polarities between them (TS vs. PP, R vs. AJ, RD vs FS).

The body has a lower energy center (the 'roots' if you will, where it's all about a source of very physical energy), a middle energy center (the 'heart', where it is all about emotion) and an upper energy center (the 'head', where it is all about thought).

 

Today I realized that there is a complementary setup based on that (which can of course be more or less extreme towards either side, but it seems to be a duality):

 

Some people draw their basic energy, their drive, from Pinkie's playfulness. Fun, unconventional, new, crazy, chaotic things provide a lot of motivation. For other people, this energy source is hard, honest labor, like Applejack, and being productive gives them meaning and driving purpose.

 

Then, some people's heart is filled with sensitivity and gentle kindness, like Fluttershy, and practicing this, seeing the effect of it in others, provides deep emotional satisfaction. For other people, that comes from boldness and very active interaction with people and the world in general, practicing courage and observing its effects, setting examples, pushing boundaries, like Rainbow Dash. The heart of a lion, so to speak.

 

Then, some people's mind is designed in a way to primarily appreciate facts and logic like Twilight Sparkle. Ratio-based behavior is what they consider 'valid'. Other people's minds are dominated more by the meaning we can give things - that for example beauty - something that can be quite subjective - is nevertheless very valid and that something of which you cannot evaluate its beauty or that is void of 'subjective charm' has little validity/relevance ... like Rarity sees the world.

 

This system also fits the three pony races quite well.

 

 

So... what would you say is your triforce? :) And what are your thoughts about this view?

Dowlphin

A few thoughts that I had while watching the awesome finale:

 

 

1) Tabitha St. Germain does a pretty good job giving Rarity and Luna different voices, but during the singing part, I realized that maybe they should have looked for a different singing VA for Luna (= not Kazumi Evans), because I think no one did not notice how Luna's singing sounded identical to Rarity's singing.

Hell, if nothing else worked, maybe they could just have done some careful pitch-lowering in post-processing. It just felt way too weird to hear Rarity sing from Luna's mouth.

 

 

2) Did you notice that Luna was uncredited for a long time? I'm not sure right now, but the first time her VA appeared in the credits in connection to Luna might have been in the beginning of season 3.

 

 

3) It took Twilight a while to think about Discord's bookmarks (it was obvious to me right away), and it makes sense considering she didn't really accept him as a friend, and then she said that she hates to admit that Discord might have been trying to be a good friend after all. ... What the hay? Now how is that meant?! Why do you hate being wrong about your belief that Discord hasn't changed? Shouldn't you be happy that you might have been wrong, hm?

Just as you should be happy when you were wrong a moment later when you told Pinkie regarding the key and the box "I don't think that's gonna work." and it did work.

Twilight Sparkle didn't believe in Discord's change because she had trouble with changing herself.

 

But she is/was also delusional, because while sometimes she is open about her resentment for Discord, at one point in the finale she said:

 

"How can he do this? I thought our friendship meant something to him."

 

This sounds quite arrogant. She merely tolerated Discord, like an inconvenient necessity to keep in check, and then she says something like that.

All I can say is that I have witnessed this degree of trouble comprehending basics of friendship and sincerity in people, so I'm not saying this is unrealistic. It's just that I'd have expected better from Twilight Sparkle. ... Hm, then again... I sometimes say the same about real life people.

 

So Twilight said: "I thought he had changed". But her attitude towards him didn't change that much.

Someone once told me something I'd call remarkable spiritual wisdom that's worth exploring:

 

People change once you change your perception of them.

 

This ties into the next point...

 

 

4) Some people say they expected Discord to be playing Tirek for a fool, but not me. I think he did the betrayal because he didn't experience much friendship from the mane 6 except from Fluttershy, so his old life was still enough of a temptation. He felt like Fluttershy was merely providing him an anchor of friendship in an otherwise unaccepting social environment.

If anyone deserves the title "Princess of Friendship", it should be Fluttershy. I empathize a lot with her regarding this matter, and had I been around in Equestria, I'd be the best of friends with Discord, especially in tandem with Fluttershy. (But maybe this is also because of my Pinkie nature.)

 

 

5) Then there was that huge plot issue that was like the absolute low point of the finale writing:

Virtually everypony in Equestria knows about Alicorn Princess Twilight, yet Celestia thinks she can 'hide' the fact that there is a fourth princess and have their magic safely tucked away in Twilight.

The huge blunder with the stained glass window was just the icing on the cake that further underlined how she totally didn't think this through.

 

 

6) There was a remarkable scene where Discord was robbed of his magic. He mixed his old ambition with his new virtues and thus put trust in a villain, as Fluttershy would have done.

 

It is then very nothworthy and surely fully intended by the writers how just like Fluttershy a moment before regarding Discord's betrayal, Discord, once betrayed by Tirek, weepily said the same thing, that he didn't see it coming. Identical dialogue. This underlines how much influence Fluttershy as a true friend had on him, while he was lacking the strength and virtue of the friendship from the other five ponies, thus he probably sought it from Tirek.

 

 

7) The end credits state Tabitha St. Germain as the VA for Photo Finish. Where did Photo Finish speak? I didn't notice that.

 

 

8) It would have been cool if the alicorn-depowerment left them looking somewhat different, Luna for example in her season 1 look, and Celestia maybe without her mane multicoloring. Also, while it was probably impossible due to lack of the necessary writer foresight, it would have been neat if Luna's flank speckles turned out to be something she got due to her Nightmare Moon phase. (But we already saw a kind of 1000 year flashback where she had them, so this would have been a contradiction.)

Oh well, speckles aren't anything uncommon for horses, so I guess it's fine.

 

 

9) And now... I invite you to check out the 12 caption pictures I made to express various other brief thoughts that came up during watching the finale as well as hunting for good frame captures. I didn't link the pictures here directly because the descriptions are part of that style of my commentary.

http://dowlphin.deviantart.com/gallery/46824988

Dowlphin

I practically am Pinkie Pie.

But Pinkie Pie claims she is Pinkie Pie.

So now we're fighting over the identity rights.

That's why I'm goofing off whenever I can.

We might eventually settle for a merger though.

Hostile takeovers aren't FUN. (unless it involves pirates)

(Who said that?!)

Dowlphin

I hope this is gonna happen in season 5. Surprise lives and cannot be ignored.

 

Would surely make for an interesting little story - a challenge for the writers.

 

And as you know... there can never bee too many Pinkie Pies. :lol:

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