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  1. 12 points
    I know I'm a little late for this, but it's time for my one year forumsversary blog entry! There's so much I want to talk about and about the awesome experience I've had on these awesome forums! My journey began on September 4th, 2018. I just stumbled across these forums because I was looking for topics about Celestia and Luna so I could discuss them with other people who loved MLP! But I saw I needed an account to join in the conversation, so I created an account just so I could talk about Celestia and Luna. I created my welcome post and told everyone who I was as how I had been an MLP fan for 3 years at the time. I didn't know anyone here and I honestly thought I was just gonna be invisible to everyone else on here, but I didn't really care because I initially wanted to just talk about Celestia and Luna. Then, as other people started talking with me and welcoming to the forums with open arms, I started to get that itch of wanting to make some friends on here! I consulted a veteran of the forums, @TheTaZe (who is an awesome person by the way) and I asked him what I can do to make some friends. He told me to just be a nice person, react and reply to other people's status updates and participate in topics. I took this advice to heart and I did start making friends on here, I started gaining followers and reputation and it was then that I realized: People actually like me on here. I then discovered that I could make my own status updates and started posting and telling people how much I love Celestia and Luna, but I wanted a way to express my love for them more clearly. I saw that I could add pictures to my updates and that's what I did and all my posts had awesome pictures of the princesses and people were loving it. Then, a few days later, I had noticed something incredible: I had won an award for gaining the most reputation in a single day! I did this in just eight days of my arrival, and this was something I never expected. But it kept getting even better, because I saw I had won another day after that... and the day after that... and the day after that! I had won the award for FIVE straight days in a row? How was this even possible? Was I seriously this popular after such a short time of being here? It was unprecedented! But then again, this was all because of all the amazing friends that I know on these forums! So many people are just so awesome and friendly and it warmed my heart so much that it felt like I was gonna overflow with happiness! I couldn't have possibly made it this far without their friendship and support and I thank every single one of you for what you've done for me! One year later and what have I learned? The most important thing I've learned is that no matter what, no matter how bad things are, you can always rely on your friends to be there for you... and they certainly have for me. I now have 21000 brohoofs, 73 days won, 108 followers and more friends than I can count! Here's to another successful year and thank you to all of my awesome friends for being such amazing friends! @Tacodidra @Twilight Luna @Rising Dusk @PoisonClaw @Phosphor @Rikifive @Treeglow Flicker @lyrabetes3939 @Partialgeek514 @TheTaZe @Lord Valtasar @Mirage @The Recherche @Emerald<3 @Arc Flash @Alexshy @FFF @R.D.Dash @Flutterstep @Mellow Mane @Totally Lyra @Sparklefan1234 @Dynamo Pad @Cash In @Sondash Studios @Deae Rising Shine~ and @TheRockARooster and so many more... THANK YOU!!!
  2. 12 points
    Basically as the title says. Socks.
  3. 12 points
    In this day and age, it’s becoming rarer and rarer for a form of media, especially television, to have a definitive and conclusive finale. Many will either be left to sprawl endlessly until it becomes little more than a shadow of its former self or unceremoniously canceled in the middle of the story and forced to rush the endings. So, it is with an odd mix of sadness and relief that it’s been finally confirmed that Season 9 of Friendship Is Magic will be the final season. While I will certainly miss the show, I can still take solace in the sheer legacy it has left behind. When the first episode premiered on October 10th, 2010, many were expecting it to be dead on arrival, little more than another brainless show meant to distract small minded kids for a few minutes while acting little more than a 22-minute toy commercial, only to surprise everyone with its cast of colourful characters, thoughtful and funny plotlines, and an art style that was a joy to look at. What followed what a fandom like no one had ever seen before or I think ever since, filled with people far outside the intended demographic one would expect from “My Little Pony.” As of today, February 18th, 2019, the fourth generation of My Little Pony has managed to endure for over eight years, far longer than anyone could have ever imagined. In that time, a deluge of fan creations flooded the internet: art, writing, animations, plushies, you name it, someone has probably made a My Little Pony of it. But that was just the beginning, as dozens of conventions were created across the globe, gathering together fans from all walks of life together under the banner of a simple message: “Friendship is Magic”. Friendships have been formed between people who would have previously never crossed paths and people even managed to get married because of their relationship to the show, an impressive feat for a show that was originally mocked as a simple toy commercial. When the 100th episode, Slice of Life, aired on June 13th, 2015, I remember thinking that this was an unprecedented accomplishment for the show, having lasted longer than any other show made by Hasbro and doing what many shows couldn’t even attempt in reaching the triple digits. So, imagine my shock and utter amazement when I realized the show was about to take that same accomplishment and double it, as Season 9 will feature the 200th episode, a feat never before thought possible from a Hasbro show. Once the show does indeed finish airing the final episode, Friendship is Magic will then consist of 221 twenty-two minute episodes, a combined watch time of over 81 hours or around three and a half days or so, even longer if you added in the feature-length movie, the specials, and the Equestria Girl’s spin-off series, putting the combined total to somewhere around 86 hours or so. To put that into perspective, that’s longer than it would take to watch the entire Lord of the Rings movie Trilogy, plus the Hobbit over ten times. Finally, Season 9 will only mark the ending of Friendship is Magic, not My Little Pony as a whole, especially with another movie already planned for 2021 and potentially a Gen 5 in development. Even if it was the end of the franchise, the fandom that this show created won’t just up and disappear, but will no doubt continue to flourish for years to come. Myself? I’ve made far too many good memories with this show and the people I’ve met through the fandom to give it up the moment the last episode airs. If anything, I will be there with a smile when the show finally does come to end and I will watch proudly as Friendship is Magic takes its final steps into the world. For if nothing else, this show has managed to firmly consolidate one thing during its almost decade long run: Friendship truly is magic.
  4. 11 points
    It's truly amazing. I've been on this forum for over 4 years now and i have seen quite alot here, from the good to the bad times. I remember when i came here at the beginning of 2015 and i was kind of in a bad place in my life, being depressed and having not alot of energy for anything in my life. I know for some it might be a surprise, but i never wanted to bother anyone at that time with my constant struggles. But alot of you still helped me in another way and some of you still remind me that there is good in this world. And i want to use this opportunity to give a big shoutout to a bunch of people. @Creamy Arty You where the first guy i really tried to know here when i came here. My memory of our conversations back then are a bit foggy, but i always respected your presence and i also am glad that you came back after your absence. @Jeric In the last 4 years i can't think of anyone being more suited for this admin job then you did. Your creative ideas to get this Forum active where always welcome to me and where always very fun. You are really one of the nicest people, i ever met on this site. @PathfinderCS Even if we don't see eye to eye on the Snake vs. Deer argument, you are also a very chill guy to talk too, even if we don't had that many opportunities. You will always be best deer. @LZRD WZRD I know, he hasn't been here for 3 years and he probably forgot about me. But he was a guy i really loved and i mean REALLY loved. While our paths have gone apart, i don't really hold a grudge against him and i truly enjoyed that one year we where together. @Dark Horse My little bro. Maybe not in blood, but certainly in spirit. I remember when i met you first. You helped me up after my break up with WZRD. Ever since then, we always had a very special connection these past 3 years, even to the point that we meet in person here in Germany. There is no one, in the history of this forum, that i am more thankful for and i hope i'll be more thankful in the future to come. @Sparklefan1234 You don't need to boop me everyday, You are probably king of the dorks, when it comes to forum activity, because there is simply no time i don't find you here. But i am glad to always find you here, doing your funny shenanigans. @Will Guide You are probably my favorite guy, when it comes to talking about Disney, something that i loved since i was very little. I know you sometimes take my statements a bit too seriously, but i also take that as a compliment. You should always take your friends seriously when they have problems. @JonasDarkmane My favorite viking in the world. You are the only guy i trust with, when it comes to have a civil political debate with. You also teached me to look a bit more deeper into the gray area that this world more and more forgets about. Thank you so much for that. @Dark Qiviut I know what it is about you, but it seems like wherever i go in this fandom, you are always following me. I don't mean that as a bad thing though, since i admire your intelligence and your witiness. And while we where never that close with one another, i think you're a cool guy. (Stop calling me Kaa though. ) @Lord Valtasar I don't know you as long as other guys here, but i always enjoy your company during our discord get togethers. You are a very cool dude for me. I am sorry if i missed some people, but i don't have time for all of you. I just wanted to shed my heart and give out my thanks for the last four years and i hope you also feel the same about me. I will always be your favorite hypnotic doctor snekpone. :3 Big Lamiahuggles for all of you
  5. 10 points
    I finally got to see my best friend for the first time since thanksgiving day. I gave her a gift card, and a t-rex pin because she loves dinosaurs. Kind of lame, but my mind wasn’t really in Christmas mode after international travel. Anyway she got me the coolest friggen Christmas gift ever. Or rather made it for me, and I love them. She made our OCs as miniatures. My OC is a unicorn, and hers is a pegasus, but it was so incredibly thoughtful that she bought the figures, and painted them, and had to ask my husband for a reference of my OC. I love them so much. Plus the eyes on hers are hilarious.
  6. 10 points
    To be honest. I'm gonna spill some shit that has been on my mind for a bit now. It may be seen as complaining but I honestly just get annoyed by it even if it isn't a huge deal. I feel that I have interests that don't align with most people and when I try to share them and share my excitement about them I feel that I'm ignored in a way that kind of hurts. I understand that people have different interests and mine may not interest someone but it's just a bit depressing especially when you try to connect with someone but realize that they like things that you just can't relate to. I really think that might be my biggest limiting factor in life. I just don't care about things like Pokemon, Final Fantasy, Game of Thrones, Marvel Universe, and other things. My music taste is pretty vibrant to be frank, and I really do enjoy things like Rock and Metal but I feel that the people I talk to on a daily basis just don't connect or understand my feelings on the matter. Yes, I am very aware that this is be whining about people ignoring me and that I'm sounding like attention whore, but these are the nagging feels that I have in the back of my head and they just keep on coming up when I put myself in a situation like that. This also ties to Status Updates on the forums. I like posting things that I really have a passion in but I really feel like if the status has nothing to do with ponies then it is just ignored and left to void. I will probably continue to post things that I have a passion in even if I am complaining about people not giving it the attention that I feel it deserves. Thanks for listening to my rambilings and take what I say with a grain of salt because these are basically my emotions just talking for me.
  7. 9 points
    Kid Icarus Uprising is amazing and you all should play it! Viridi is Best Goddess
  8. 9 points
    I've bumped into something - I'll need to place BOSS HP BAR somewhere, but the current HUD gave me a bad time organizing the layout. Sooooo yeah, I've been thonking on the HUD again, because why not. For a reference, this is how it looked like so far: I was trying to put it somewhere to the right, but the screen was getting somewhat clogged up. ...So I've tried to place is somewhere at the bottom - the spells were on my way. Also I was toying with the general design (see the top-left corner). Red for the HP Bar seems to work better, considering that other bars have colors based on the icons attached to them. The green was out of place there. But getting back to the BOSS HP Bar--- I've tried to move the spells to the top, to have everything in one corner... ...and here made some more science as well, to make it all more compact. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND, that IN ALL DESIGNS the breath bar disappears once Twi leaves water. You won't see that bar most of the time, hence why it doesn't have to be nicely attached to the rest of elements. Also I was thinking on the spell icons - maybe instead of these little bars representing energy, they could have that in their backgrounds? That seems to be making it easier to tell how much energy do the spells have. ...But it still appears kind of messy, doesn't it? So I took a suggestion I got ages ago into consideration - that Twi's face isn't needed there. I tried simplifying the design... ...and was checking if fancy boss hp bars would be a good idea... Looks cool! -I think, but it's too distracting, so I believe going with minimalist design will work better. As for the rest--- hmm... not sure, maybe trying something different? Let's flip some things! There, It looks really simple, but it doesn't cover that much of space. It's just practical and considering, that there may be many things happening on screen, I think this is what I'll go with, at least for now, hah; Pretty sure I'll be adjusting things again in the future. So yeah, this is what I got lately. What do you think about these funny designs? That's all for now! Thanks for visiting! Also I'm terribly sorry for my grammar and English in general, it's past 7 AM and I'm really, really tired. Going to sleep now.
  9. 9 points
    It's been a couple weeks since my last entry, but that's because it took almost two weeks to finish my latest drawing. 13 days from start to finish to be exact. I don't know if I'm getting all that much better or if it's just the sheer amount of time I spent on it, but I'm pretty happy with how this piece came out. I'm glad I'm making progress, but I still have a looooong way to go. Anyway, enough of my rambling. You came here for art after all, so here it is. (full version, not the reduced one used for the site banner)
  10. 9 points
    So... it has already been one full year since I logged in to MLPF, has it? It's amazing how quickly time can pass. Entries like this are never easy to illustrate; there is simply so much to say... but no rational order in which to say them. To be perfectly honest, the entire construction of this entry was practically done in reverse order. Be that as it may, I still feel it is only appropriate to write a tribute of sorts, especially today. I have said before that MLPF may have been among the best times I have had on the internet... and in spite of all that has happened in the past year, I stand by that. I have gone through many phases with MLPF, from near enrapturement to outright apathy, but one thing that has remained true in spite of it all is the amazing people whom I have met having a very positive influence on me through the course of the past year. It is enticing to mention specific users who have made my experience here as amazing as it was... but I don't believe now is the time to play favorites. There are simply too many users who have made the Forums (and even places outside of them) such a lovely experience to narrow it down to a select group. I was 15 when I had first logged on to the Forums, and I am now approaching my Bittersweet 17. In that time, I have undergone an unexpected amount of personal growth, in no small part due to these very Forums. Be it coping with envy, regulating my attention-whorish tendencies, learning to accept others' departure and cherish the times you had spent with them... among other things. I suppose I need only tackle my ever-persistent lethargy next. In general, a theme throughout my life is potential without much tapping in to it, thanks to my laziness... but as of 2019, I have decided to finally start turning this on its head. My diet is starting to improve, my negative habits are slowly withering away while positive habits take their place, I am starting to maintain myself in general much better... you understand what I am saying. Due to all of this... as strange as this may seem, I believe I finally understand why Rarity is likely my favorite fictional character of all time. She is the very incarnation of a self-made woman; peerless grace, an ever-charming personality, an overall luxurious and cultured lifestyle, and most importantly, every single trait I have mentioned was borne of her dedication to beauty and culture. In other words... she is practically a mirror of what I could be if I put in genuine effort. In the end, my life has basically become a war of lethargy and short-term gratification VS dedication and long-term satisfaction (with Rarity as the main mascot, of course)... and I don't intend to capitulate to my laziness as I have for the majority of my life. Either way, Friendship is Magic's final season has been unveiled with an absolutely gorgeous trailer yesterday, and I have quite a bit of catching up to do... so I suppose I shall finally get to it. It is unlikely that there will be a time better than this, after all. Thank you very much to anyone who has read through this meandering blog entry, and I hope you have an absolutely splendid day! You have my eternal gratitude for the memories. This was all terribly sappy, I know.
  11. 9 points
    With season 9 being its last, I could give my thoughts on it ending, but I did so already. Instead, I want to reflect on what the show has done. Over the years, FIM has had moments where many, myself including, declare whether the show jumped the shark or not. For those who don't know, "jumping the shark" is the moment that indicates its peak has passed and won't return to form again. Examples are located here and here. Of course, when something jumps the shark is subjective. What might be a "jump the shark" moment for one may not be for another. There's no right way to determine it. That said, there have been many "jump the shark" moments, only for FIM to bounce back. Faust leaving during Season 2's production? Season 2 was really solid and has aged better than the former. Derpygate? Derpy was around during S2, was on hiatus in S3 til MMC, returned again in Rainbow Falls, and has remained a background mainstay since. Twilicorn debuting in MMC, a possible change in character? In S4, she showed remnants of Twi of old, and in S5, many of her quirks return. The castle replacing the tree? No on talks about it now, and I argue that Castle Sweet Castle helped relieve the worries. In fact, her castle's been in the show longer than the Golden Oak Library (104 eps to 91 to date, minus the shorts and Best Gift Ever). Princess Spike's ending implicating permanent status as a buttmonkey? Two weeks later, Amending Fences — one of the best of the show — aired, and Spike's direction has improved tremendously since. S5 remains my favorite of the show. Newbie Dash screwing up Dash's achievement? In consecutive weeks, Tail and TSRR air. Afterwards, the Wonderbolts become much more likeable, and Dash feels like a part of the team. Starlight joins the cast? She gradually improves in S6, and in S7 and 8, she makes her mark as one of the Mane Eight. The School of Friendship is born? Becomes one of the show's best settings and the home of the Young Six, some of the best characters of the show. You get the picture. Every time the show proverbially jumps the shark, the show always bounces back. It never stays down for so long. Whenever the show looks to be in the downturn in quality, DHX publishes good to great episodes, reminding us why FIM has the well-earned reputation of being one of the best Western cartoons of the decade. Consider this. Many cartoon shows don't last so long. After two or three seasons, it starts wrapping up or gets canceled. Gravity Falls only lasted two seasons. If they stick around, it runs the risk of rotting. FOX renewed The Simpsons for both a 31st and 32nd season, but many argue that it began its turn to mediocrity after Season 9. The Powerpuff Girls were good for about four years, but S5 and 6 (both w/o McCracken) sucked. Nickelodeon finally canceled Fairly Odd Parents after already drilling into the sewer. Sometimes they bounce back, such as Spongebob post Out of Water and Thomas & Friends following S16. Is it impressive that FIM lasted so long? Indeed. I still remember wondering if FIM will even have a S3 or 4. But think about it. FIM's been good for not just the first three to four seasons, but so far its entire run. A large chunk of the show's best episodes started in S5. If Friendship Is Magic ended after MMC or Twilight's Kingdom, we wouldn't have all-time greats like Flight to the Finish, The Cutie Map, Slice of Life, Lost Mark, The Times They Are A Changeling, The Perfect Pear, Shadow Play, Mean 6, The Washouts, or Sounds of Silence. DHX maintained consistently good quality from the very beginning to today, which is very hard to do. As I wrote here, Faust planted the seeds early, and her apple tree currently blooms. Prior to FIM, Hasbro's longest TV series was G1 Transformers (99 episodes, 6 seasons). When this show concludes, it'll be more than double the length (221 episodes, 9 seasons); not bad for a show that's been this good for so long, huh? Whether it'll hold up or not remains to be seen. But no one can deny that Friendship Is Magic built a legacy, and with S9 coming up in perhaps five to eight weeks, I can't wait to see what's in store.
  12. 8 points
    Sometimes you just not look forward to an episode. Whether it’s the synopsis, unimpressive preview, or whatever, something didn’t click. Personally, I looked forward to it, although I understand why some didn’t. It had the makings to being the worst episode of the season at this point. Fortunately, it’s not. In fact, it’s a sneaky great one. For one, there’s a whole lot of really good comedy. Like every other episode this season, there’s a huge array of facial expressions, and they sell the jokes really well. My favorites are: Rarity looking very cross after Yona burped munched Brussel sprout on her muzzle. Gallus and Smolder teasing each other, the latter including a wink. Rarity’s smiles, such as asking Yona what she wanted at the Boutique and pronouncing sophisticatedly. Silverstream’s sass as she gobbled potato chips first and a really nervous grin the next. Yona romantically blinking at Sandbar, triggering giggles from her friends. And there’s also all of Yona’s antics as she tried to “fit right in.” When she tried the first time, she caused either a little commotion or chaos, ala damaging Rainbow’s classroom by accident. Then after she succeeded, she pretended to be Rarity in hilarious fashion, all the way down to her accent, dress choice, and mannerisms. Observe the title. It references the 90’s cult hit, She’s All That, which in turn was inspired by Oscar-winning musical My Fair Lady. I'm not familiar with the former (never watched it), but I am with the latter, and you can find similar tropes used for My Fair Lady in at least three other Disney films: Aladdin, Pocahontas 2 (the one best compared to All Yak), and Mulan. As such, there’s no denying how cliché this type of story is, and this episode’s formula (despite a wide variety of emotion carrying it, and I put not much focus on total clichés nowadays) may be a little too on the nose with it and could do more by straying away. But there’s no denying the emotion that drives this episode. Yona, being the least ladylike of the Young 6, is justified to be uncertain of Twilight's Amity Ball. The Amity Ball trophy's taken from Ponyville's annual Fetlock Fête, a dancing competition with an award going to the winner, and the poster features two ponies, no other creature. Additionally, pay attention to the language: To be fair to the teachers, it's not wrong for them to teach non-ponies Ponyville traditions. Twilight also changed the name so non-ponies can feel more invited. But there are problems. Today, Ponyville remains a homogeneous society, and the School's next door to Twilight's castle. She's supposed to teach a more inclusive Magic of Friendship, yet so far hasn't taught traditions from other cultures. Despite their efforts, it shouldn't surprise anyone why the unfortunate implication pressured Yona to assume she'd have to be a pony to qualify for the Pony Pal trophy. The event also showed how those same implications impacted the rest of the Young Six. Observe their faces. Ocellus's is blank. Smolder rolled her eyes. Gallus looked cross, implying he felt tokenized by ponykind. While everypony and Spike danced, they sat out and played cards. Outside of expression, Gallus expressed his concern, too. Prior, when ponies went to a faraway land to teach the Magic of Friendship, they risk very imperialistic implications, suggesting that those creatures are inferior. Two episodes that fell into this trap were Dragon Quest (stereotyping dragondom thanks to misogynistic teens) and Lost Treasure (treating friendship as the go-to method to fix a desolate, corrupt country). Thankfully, they've been more cautious lately, but this type of episode opened itself up to it. So how did they bypass those implications? Instead of coming to her and telling her she had to change, Yona came to them. She understandably assumed that she had to change into a completely different character. Therefore, by seeing all those dresses, she also assumed that she had to dress like a pony in order to "fit right in" with the rest. That little, innocent accident produced further doubt and fear into Best Yak's childlike psyche. But at no point does the episode look down on her or see her as stupid. Throughout, it listened to those fears and let airing her doubts whenever without interruption. When she tried to persuade Rarity to design the right dress for her, Rarity reluctantly agreed. When she struggled, everyone — and by extension, the episode — encouraged her to improve. On the other end, when her friends saw how she was speaking and behaving, their first impressions were worry. They wondered what was going on with her, and all giggling aside, they were concerned the entire time. Sandbar, who asked her out, was also getting increasingly worried after she nearly spilled punch all over her dress. Rarity's reluctance plays another key. Why does Yona's visit take her aback? Because she doesn't expect anyone to dress. Yes, the Fetlock Fête's a more formal tradition, but the Amity Ball isn't, and Twilight didn't announce dresses as a requirement. Thanks to peer pressure, Yona thought she had to. Rather than say no, Rarity agreed to her demand. After all, she's her client, and objecting may only worsen things. One little line subtly adds to this doubt: Rarity suggested she stand out for Sandbar. Yona corrected her. Instead of thrusting her beliefs onto her, she listened and, despite being opposite her morale, obliged. Everyone else actively wanted to help her improve. At first, Yona struggled mightily. The Pony Catillion chart really confused her, 'cause all of the colors and hooves overlapped each other, and Yona (hilariously) smashed up Dash's classroom when trying to learn the Pony Prance. Meanwhile, Pinkie's quick organization of the ingredients comes second nature to her, but Yona was overwhelmed. Seeing how she needed help, they started from scratch, modified their instructions, and slowly worked upward as Yona improved. Another big improvement here in comparison to other episodes is how they remained in character the whole time. Nopony looked down upon her the entire time. Instead of forcing her to agree, Yona came to them for help, and they worked the best they could to her demand. Did they get flustered, insult her, or treat her or her culture as inferior? Nope. They genuinely believed they were helping her accomplish what she wanted. Come the end of the montage, everything was according to plan. Unfortunately, they had no idea that, despite the best of intentions, they unknowingly perpetuated the same imperialistic "out-of-pony" stereotypes. What they intended was to help Yona impress Sandbar, have fun, and win Best Pony Pal. But their coaching accidentally suppressed Yona, who was beginning to treat her own identity as a yak as a weakness and took their lessons as means to become more self-conscious. This line further implicates this: Pay attention to the last two words. "Well spoken" is a microaggression. It may "sound" nice on the surface (and sometimes not intended to be offensive at all), but when a Caucasian calls an African-American "well-spoken," they say he's better not talking like "other" blacks, a.k.a., anyone who speaks Ebonics. Regardless of intent, it's racist and not a compliment whatsoever. In FS's POV, she's complimenting her, and Yona accepts it without a second thought. Albeit very on the nose, Fluttershy's supposedly innocuous line further backs up the episode's anti-assimilation theme and, along with the rest of the coaching, made her really vulnerable to shame and distressed if she messes up. And boy, did she mess up. Surprise surprise, Yona became very ashamed and depressed, hiding in the Palace of Solace. Recall what the Tree told them four episodes ago: Within the Everfree Forest's castle ruins, this treehouse provides a safe space for anyone who needed it. After the biggest humiliation of her life, Yona needed to air her despair, and this was the best place. Her song to begin Act 3 ranks up there with The Pony I Wanna Be, Moondancer's rant, Sunset losing her memories, and Grand Pear's apology as one of the most heartbreaking moments of the entire series. However, what happened during the lowest moment of her entire life resulted in one of Pony's most heartwarming moments. Sandbar's a fine addition to the Young Six, but he's the most mellow, so he doesn't have plenty of oomph. Thankfully, he more than makes up for that by listening to her, treating her as an equal, and showing that he won't trade anything away that made her the way she was. His unconditional support for her and empathy cheered her up and reignited her self-confidence, demonstrating what helped make this show so successful: not only teaching us the Magic of Friendship, but proving it. Just to balance the perspectives more, I would've liked to see Sandbar sit inside the Palace just after the intro. That way, we get to see his insecurities a little more. But this is a nitpick, so carry on! Let's go back to Fluttershy's "well-spoken" line. Again, it's supposed to mean well, but has unintended consequences, staying true to the episode's critique of assimilation. The RM6 had absolutely no intention of leaving any non-pony out, but someday, someone was going to take these unfortunate implications to heart. Being the most emotional and vulnerable of the Y6, Yona was the perfect vessel. Even though they believed they did the right thing by trying to teach her the Fetlock Fête's traditions, they inadvertently cleansed her psychologically and culturally. They wanted nothing more than to make her happy, but not by taking away what made her so special. Apologizing to her and reassuring they love her for who she is is the right call. As for the sporadic critique of Yona and Sandbar winning the Pony Pal trophy, think about this. Once more, as Yona suffered the deepest humiliation of her life, Sandbar offered his ears, patience, and a proverbial shoulder for comfort. His actions embody the School of Friendship's values; they more than deserved that award. In addition, cleaning up meant they had plenty of time to rethink the Amity Ball's purpose. Why did they change the award's name and dress one of the pony statues up as a yak? To symbolize how friendship crosses boundaries and cultures. Thanks to their own mistakes, they can improve the Amity Ball to include everyone much better. Look at how everyone joined in her Yakyakistan Stomp. They show how much she means to them. For the ponies, this will be a lesson in working with non-ponies to make the School of Friendship and its activities feel more welcoming. Given the show's flaw of ponies sometimes acting as the savior to non-ponies, it's a long-time coming for the show to not only address this problem, but flip it to make the ponies learn this lesson. Also, if you believe this episode's moral is "be yourself" and a near-copycat of past episodes, such as Common Ground, you're overlooking the nuances. Common Ground's are to not use bitterness to isolate someone from being part of a family and to not pretend you have to follow a passion to bond with someone. The primary lesson from She's All Yak is not to feel like you have to erase your own identity to belong. They're not the same. Pony's on a hot streak. Since Matter of Principals, they haven't released one mediocre or bad episode, and aside from a rare fine one, they're all good to really good. So far, every season 9 episode is really good at least, and this is the fourth great one in a row. I'm unsure how well it'll age over time, but today, all I need to say is that She's All Yak is sneakily great and could (hopefully) land near the top of S9's best episodes
  13. 8 points
    They say that the right thing to do, is always the hardest. It's difficult to take in, but it's true. As we all know, Season 9 is indeed the final season of MLP: Friendship is Magic. The premiere will be airing on April 6 -- April 7 in my time zone, which is conveniently on my birthday. I've been pretty evasive on conveying my opinion on the matter, but I feel that it's finally time. I'm not a sappy person, but I can't guarantee anything for this entry. I've only been apart of the fandom for one and a half years, yet I feel like I've known the characters for my whole life. My interest in it may not be the same as it used to be, but I'd be lying if I said that it didn't impact my life in some way. If I hadn't watched this show, I would have never joined this forum, nor would I have met the amazing people on here. Ponies turned my life around. Is that an exaggeration? Perhaps, but it's true to an extent. I was once an angry person. I liked picking fights and treated others poorly. It was all likely the result of being picked on when I was younger, but I still hated myself on the inside. Eventually I chose to change myself as a person. It didn't happen overnight, as it was a long task that pushed me to my limits. Around that time was when I first watched Friendship is Magic. I had known about it and the fandom for at least two years prior, but I had no intention in joining it, as certain mediums had a left a sour taste in my mouth. I don't know what it was, but once I watched it, I was hooked. I'm not going to say that watching it suddenly transformed me into a different person and I became a superstar who saves puppies from fires. I'd be lying out of my teeth. What it did do, was that it made the journey a whole lot easier - a form of escapism from a harsh reality, if you will. Of course negatives were a given. I lost friends and was often made fun of for my interest in a program considered too girly for me - I'm a teenager who plays video games and shaves almost every day, which apparently means that I'm not allowed to expand my horizons or interests. At the end of the day they're not worth it, but I still feel like I'm held responsible in some sense. Despite all this, I still stand as a changed man. My life may still not be perfect, but I'm a lot happier than I once was. Alas, it all must come to an end. A lot of us are bummed out, but it is for the greater good. It's always better to end on a high note, rather than when everyone is begging for it to end. I've been saying this for a while, but now that it's all confirmed, it definitley hits like a punch to the stomach. Still, it's something that we have to take and we must learn to let go. Season 9 has yet to begin and even so, who knows what Generation 5 could bring to the table. I'm willing to give it a chance nevertheless and I'm sure that more memories can be made from it. For the record, I don't plan on leaving the forum anytime soon. As far as I'm concerned, I'll be around for some time so you'll have to continue to bear with me. Anyways, I'm getting a bit ahead of myself, so I'll stick to the point. I will never forget the friends and memories I've made on here, nor will I forget the characters in the show. To me, they're also my friends and will forever be. The curtain may be closing, but the memories will never fade. Thank you everyone.
  14. 8 points
    I've decided to try my hand at digital art and figured I'd throw a little something together to keep track of my progress. Don't expect much, as I'm pretty much starting from zero. I'll try to keep this updated every week or two for as long as my desire to continue improving persists. And that's, well, I suppose that's it. Please be kind. This one's really just me getting used to my new drawing tablet, trying to copy an already existing picture. I think you're familiar with the original. (I didn't leave enough room at the top and it got a little squished )
  15. 7 points
    Hey, guys Over recent years, I have been admitted to the adult psychiatric unit a total of four times. My first admission was in 2014, the second was in 2016, the third was in 2018, and fourth time were this year; 2018-2019 (stay was from late December to early January). I am going to share my most recent hospitalization experience with you. This is not an attempt to obtain attention but rather an opportunity to educate others on how psychiatric hospitals function and assist their patients. I know that there are still people out there who automatically assume that all psychiatric patients are immediately put in a straight jacket and locked in a padded cell. I realize that stereotype has died down lately but I wanted to share anyway. On December 27th, 2018, I was feeling very depressed. A certain event triggered this intense flood of emotions. I knew that I needed help so I made my way to the nearest hopsital that accepted my insurance. Before I arrived, however, I got a phone call from my father. He told me to turn around and come home immediately and questioned why I left. I told him why and he said: "You will be much safer at home than at any hospital". He didn't understand. Even so, I listened to him and came home. I didn’t want an argument to ensue. I was hoping that I could sleep off my negative emotions. I was wrong, though because I felt the same the next day if not worse. There was no improvement. I went to see my psychiatrist and she recommended that I go to the hospital. She talked with my parents and they all agreed. I came home, packed my things, and my mom drove me; dropping me off at the ER. I told the receptionist what my reason for arriving was. They took my vitals and then I was escorted to a temporary room where they took blood to run lab work. I was then escorted to another room where they took my clothes and belongings away...except for my phone. The nurse forgot to take it. (For those of you who didn’t know, pretty much all psychiatric hospitals cease your cell phone early on). Because of the forgetfulness, I was able to talk to my friends through Facebook messenger to help keep me calm. (I had to hide my phone everytime I was checked on). A crisis intervention worker talked to me and asked me all sorts of questions. This was my fourth run there so I knew what was going to be asked. I told her that I had intent of suicide and a plan. She relayed all of the information to a psychiatrist to determine if I should be admitted or not. I was in that room for nearly eight hours. That's how long it took for things to be decided (that's typical, though because I once spent ten hours waiting). I was told that the psychiatric unit was full and that I would have to be transported by ambulance to a sister hospital. The paramedics drove me there, which took about one hour (I still had my phone, mind you). I arrived at the new hospital and it was now rocking 6:00am. I was brought to their psychiatric floor and was passed onto a nurse that worked on that same floor. She sat me down and went through the rules with me. Breakfast started at 7:30am Medications at 9:00am Group therapy at 10:00am Lunch at 11:00am Group therapy again at 1:00pm Contraband check at 2:00pm Free time until 5:00pm (dinner) Visiting from 6:00pm-8:00pm Free time until 10:00pm (lights out) Unlike the hospital I was originally brought to and had my first three stays at, this location didn't allow wearing of civilian clothing. Patients were required to wear light green scrubs. Of course, they were huge on me. Side note: contraband checks took place randomly throughout the day. Ya know, looking for shanks and such. The nurses were not that friendly. I tried to avoid contact with them. They were very slow when it came to needs/requests of a patient. I was having withdrawals from stopping my previous medications and I felt very sick. I told a nurse this and they didn't get me an antinausea medications until six hours later. I was careful to observe the other patient's requests and half of them were never fulfilled. Trash staff... My mom called me every day. As the days went on, however, I felt more and more homesick. My third or fourth day in, I broke down in my room, crying. I was very upset. I was given a sedative to settle down. I met with my assigned psychiatrist every day. He took me off all of my original medications with the exception of one and put me on all new ones. He put me on seroquel 300mg, lexapro 10mg, and depakote 1,000mg (yes, 1,000). I noticed an improvement right away. I felt better. The psychiatrist told me that I was the worst case of self injury he had ever seen. My wounds had to be documented with photos to ensure I didn't hurt myself again during my stay. I had to strip down for that and it was super embarrassing. Like I said before, I was put in the only room with cameras and no doors (the light peaked in at night so it was hard to sleep). And in case you didn't know, the beds in the psych ward are not comfortable. The blankets have the texture of a beach towel, the bed sheets are some sort of plastic, and the pillows are tiny (I only need one pillow to sleep so that was okay). Not only did they not allow for regular clothes, but also my face wash because it contains alcohol (they don't want patients getting intoxicated by consuming things with alcohol). My face felt so...not clean. I refused to shower there because the shower was obviously not cleaned regularly. All they did was spray some Lysol in between each shower. I went five days without showering. I know that's gross but I'd rather not shower than use one that was used by strangers with God only knows what bacteria they are spreading. What my room looked like (it’s as uncomfortable & lonely as it looks): My dad actually came to visit me one day. This was surprising because he was not happy that I was admitted. When he came to see me, he was supportive and happy to see me. It was nice even though he only stayed for 45 minutes. A friend offered to see me but I didn't want anyone to see me without makeup (my dad was the exception because he sees me like that all of the time at home). My bathroom was incredibly small (as they usually are) but mine was especially small. I barely had any room to put my tooth brush down on the sink. I had the option to put it on the floor or the toilet seat. Oh, about the sink, you had to keep constant pressure on a button for the water to flow. It made brushing my teeth very difficult. They seriously make these rooms as safe as possible. I wish I could have taken photos but they finally snatched my phone once I initially arrived. I can't believe it took them so long to realize that they forgot to take it. I usually make friends when I'm on that floor but most of the patients were older men. I talked to them a little bit not much. We did watch the movie Cast Away together though. Everyone had to agree on a channel, by the way. You couldn't just watch whatever you wanted. I met some interesting people... There was a woman who had a broken ankle and she was confined to a wheelchair. She had immense anger issues. One day, she blew up on a nurse because she couldn't find her shampoo. She shouted at her, cussed at her, spit on her, and threatened to hurt her. Security had to be called in to cease her. It was funny but it was also crazy. Oh, I forgot to mention, remember when I said that I arrived at 6:00am & that breakfast was at 7:00am? Yeah, I didn't get to sleep. I went straight into the day. When I took my new medication, I crashed like a train. I had never felt so tired; not in my life. I barely made it to my room. I was so sedated the next day. My speech was slurred, my vision was blurry, I walked slow, my reaction time was altered, I forgot where I was, and I had no appetite. I was so out of it that I could not function. Taking new antipsychotics can seriously fuck you up. I wanted to sleep but I was forced to eat and attend group therapy. I was upset. They didn't understand how fatigued I was. Thankfully, the sedation wore off by the next day. My body got used to the medicines pretty quick. Remember when I mentioned depikote? Yeah, that is a serious medication. It's usually only given to people who are in bad, bad shape mentally (it can also be used to treat seizures). It can also cause liver damage so I had to get my liver values checked evert other day. I don't know if any of you remember this about me but I tend to faint when I have my blood taken. A phlebotomist came to take my blood one morning and as soon as he pulled the needle out of my vein, my vision went blank, I felt hot, and my hands had that prickly feeling when a part of your body falls asleep. I could barely speak but I managed to ask for some water. The man said he would get me some but guess what? I didn't get any. I had to wait until I was back to normal to get some. This hospital was so neglectful. A patient had fainted right in front of a staff member and nothing was done about it (I was already in a bed to begin with so that was good 👍) The food was actually pretty decent and you had a lot of options from a menu. Hahaha, I was excited to eat everyday!  I was discharged on January 5th, 2019...I believe. Psychiatric units are only meant to stabilize you; not necessarily treat. So I was still pretty unhinged at this time. As part of my discharge plan, I was forced to attend an outpatient group therapy program Monday-Friday from 8:30am-3:00pm to become mentally healthy again. This was used to actually treat me. I did that for about a month until I was seen as stable enough to be discharged. Today, I am in a much better position. I have a brand new, positive outlook on life. I have more motivation than ever. I plan on continuing to improve my life by attending regular therapy. Not everyone who goes to a psychiatric hospital is insane. Sometimes, people just need to be put in a safe place until intense emotions subside. They will probably never go to another hospital again! My hope is that the negative stigma behind mental health issues will eventually disappear.
  16. 7 points
    It's been a while since my last post in here. Motivation's been hard to come by, that and the fact that I ended up making a pretty complicated drawing made this one take quite a while. But anyway, clothes. Clothes/Dresses are a thing now (and apparently swords). Here's a thing.
  17. 7 points
    In my last piece, I argued that immortality wouldn't be the blessing that it's cracked up to be, but rather a curse. Today, I tackle the opposite side of the same coin: suicide. My thoughts about suicide are quite simple. I have always believed very firmly in complete bodily autonomy. I believe that your body is the only thing you can ever truly own in the purest sense. No one can tell you what you can and can't do with your own body as long as you're not infringing on the rights of others. Laws that prohibit suicide are paradoxical and unethical, as you have an immutable right to bodily autonomy. You do not owe your body nor your life to anyone else, nor to any deity. You do not have a responsibility nor duty to life. Your life is your own. It is yours to do with what you will, including end it if you wish. Now, full disclosure: I suffer from clinical depression, and I have been suicidal in the past. However, I do not believe that this has clouded my views and compromised my judgement. Quite the contrary, in fact--I believe it has given me a clearer perspective. I briefly touched on suicide in The Ethics of Life. If you read that, then you already know that I believe it's unethical to create conscious life, and that life isn't worth beginning, though once begun, is usually worth continuing. My thoughts on that haven't changed. I believe that life is worth continuing so long as you personally feel that the pros outweigh the cons. However, (and I say this with the utmost consideration and discretion) there are some cases for which suicide is the answer. I would never encourage suicide, but I have also never been one to judge or hate anyone for it. There are many very good reasons to fight for your life and continue it, but one of the most often used platitudes isn't one of them. One of the common defenses for life is the claim that "something is better than nothing," that "no matter how bad or painful your life is, it is better than no life at all." This is demonstrably false. (If you've read The Ethics of Life, it will be far easier to follow the plot, here.) As I have previously argued, the state of nothingness, of non-existence, is not unpleasant, as most people imagine it to be. That would be impossible. Nothing is, by definition, nothing. It features no consciousness, no feeling at all. It isn't bad, because there is no one to experience it. Death will feel just as it did before you were conceived. In other words, you won't know that you're dead once you're dead. This means that death is actually preferable to any negative state. A painful life is not better than no life. It is worse. In fact, at any given moment, non-existence would technically be preferable to any negative or painful state, no matter how trivial. This means that death would be preferable to a stubbed toe. If one were to create a linear spectrum of all possible conscious experiences, with positive ones being greater than zero, and negative ones being less than zero, then death would be better than everything less than zero. Death is not the worst thing that can happen to you. Far from it. In fact, death is in the middle. It's dead center (ha, see what did there?). It's at zero. It's the neutral state between pain and pleasure. Any amount of pain, no matter how small, is worse than death, because death is devoid of all feeling. However, HOWEVER... before you start screeching at me, I completely agree that life is far more complex than that. The reason that I would never advocate suicide for a stubbed toe is quite simply because we know that pain and negative states usually pass, and the benefits and positive states that await us are usually worth sticking around for. For the vast majority of people the vast majority of the time, the pros outweigh the cons, and the pleasure on the horizon is worth enduring the pain for. When I say that death is worse than any amount of pain, I'm speaking in a philosophical sense about a single instant in time. I'm not taking into account our complex emotions, and the desire to weather the storm so that we may be around to enjoy the sunny skies. When considering those things, it is clear that for almost all of us, our lives are typically worth continuing. Now, technically, potential happiness doesn't actually matter, because whenever it is that we die, we won't know or care about anything in the future that we missed out on. We won't exist to miss it. All that really matters is the present, but again, our minds and lives are more complicated than that; we almost never live completely in the present, so to speak. Our feelings and desires matter, too, and most of us want to live, to be around to see what joys might await us. When we get through the hard times and find some happiness again, almost all of us generally feel that the pain was worth enduing, and we're glad we did so. We're typically willing to see the hardship through, and that matters as well. As long as you want to live, then life is worth continuing. It's also worth noting, of course, that we're all interconnected, and suicide usually devastates those around you, and that fact must be considered carefully before taking such a drastic step. I always discourage suicide and encourage people to keep trying. We'll all be dead before we know it, and most of the time, people are glad that they stuck it out for as long as possible. There's usually enough small joys to make it worth it. As long as there's a greater-then-zero chance of experiencing some happiness, as long as there's any hope at all, then I'll recommend continuing on and trying. Even in the midst of agony, if there's any shred of doubt, any small part of you that isn't sure you want to die, then you should continue life, because the pain will probably pass, and at some point in the future, you'll find yourself laughing again and feeling glad that you're still here. I always advocate trying for as long as you can--try for yourself, for your family, and for your friends. You'll probably be glad you did. And yet, I would never tell someone that no matter how bad your life is, it is better than no life at all. That's just a lie. It's trivially easy to imagine a life worse than death. There are some people who suffer so greatly, and with no hope of improvement, that suicide may in fact be the best option. I've never known anyone for whom I would recommend suicide, but I could imagine it. If someone's life is unending agony, and there is absolutely no chance of improvement, or if someone's torment is so unbearable that weathering the storm isn't worth it at all, then suicide may be a completely reasonable choice. Ultimately, no matter the reasons, I would never condemn someone for choosing to end their life. It's their life, and their choice. And that brings me to my final and most important point: I don't think we should ever judge, blame, or hate people for committing suicide. Many people assert that suicide is absolutely unacceptable under any circumstances. They say that it is a cowardly way out, and that it must never be considered no matter how bad one's life is. Many people also argue from a religious position, saying that your life is sacred and somehow doesn't belong to you, but rather to some heavenly creator, and therefore you do not have a right to end it. I believe that these are dangerous and harmful mindsets which only make it harder for depressed people to get the help they need. I reject the religious arguments, obviously, and I think that the stigmas surrounding suicide just make it harder to talk about. When suicide is deemed unacceptable and made taboo, is just makes people more scared to come forth and talk about it, which makes them bottle things up, and often attempt suicide without ever talking to anyone. I believe that the stigmas surrounding suicide directly lead to more suicides. If suicide was destigmatized, even to the point of making it officially legal (which I would support), then people considering it would be much more apt to talk about it and get the help they need. I believe that if suicide was destigmatized and talked about more, then it would directly lead to fewer suicides. We should never condemn anyone for such a choice. Instead, we should be understanding, compassionate, and respectful. In order to fight and prevent suicide, we need to be able to talk about it, and I believe that the first step is to stop judging and condemning people for suicide, and start respecting the fact that, tragic though it may often be, it is an immutable, inborn right.
  18. 7 points
    This is a message to some of my fellow (mostly) staff members who were there when I was originally appointed as staff: @Yellow Diamond @Troblems @Fhaolan @Jeric @Dark Horse @PathfinderCS @Randimaxis First off, let me give a big thanks to you all. I know that, in the beginning, I was a bit of a mess. Okay, a pretty big mess... I was young and definitely not as mature as I thought I was. I made some mistakes and ended up creating a bleak history for myself. However, even after those events, I was still accepted on board as a staff member. I was given the truest benefit of the doubt (I don’t know who it was the originally spoke up for me but I want to thank them even if they are gone). I want to thank you guys for giving me to the opportunity to be a fellow staff member. It has always been my goal to help MLP Forums be the best it can be and I am truly thankful for you guys believing in me. I have grown so much since I was hired. I have learned patience, understanding, and how to be more confident in my own abilities (shout out to all of you for answering my sometimes stupid questions). Please know that I will continue to work hard and learn. I will forever be thankful for this opportunity. First, as a sectional, then a moderator, and now an administrator... I can’t believe it. Thank you guys from the bottom of my heart. Even if you think i’m still that “mess”, I can assure you that I will only continue to improve
  19. 7 points
    It's been a while since my last blog entry, but now is a perfect time to say a few (well actually a lot of words) about my brief but overall enjoyable time here on these forums. I've been a MLP fan for 4 years now I think and my first experience of was seeing Celestia and Luna in a video about the Top 10 Non-Disney Princesses and they were both number 5 on the list. At the time, I didn't think much of the show or the fandom, and just sort of brushed it off like it was nothing and didn't really pay attention to it. Then, when the video actually talked about Celestia and Luna, I was actually surprised by the things they could do and how they both had a rough and difficult past. I never expected a show like this to have such a powerful kind of plot and it started to peak my interest. So, I did a Google search of Celestia and Luna and realized how pretty both of them were. Then, mostly out of curiosity, I looked up an episode of the show that centered around the two of them and "A Royal Problem" was the first MLP episode I watched. I didn't know who Twilight or Starlight was at the time, so I just skimmed the episode for moments of just the two princesses and it actually got a laugh out of me a few times. Then, three years of these two princesses (and later Queen Chrysalis), I wanted to find some topics on these forums about the two of them so I could discuss it with other people and see what they thought. At first, that was the only reason I created my account on here, just so I could partake the conversation about Celestia and Luna. And yeah, I did post a Celestia and Luna in the Welcoming Plaza, but that was only because I didn't really know what it was at the time. And when I created my welcome post, I wanted everyone to know that Celestia and Luna were my favorite ponies ever. When I first joined, I didn't know what to do and didn't think I was going to make that many friends on here. I decided to consult some veterans of the site and get some advice from them: Make some friends, react to other people's posts and generally just be a friendly and nice person, which I always am. And let me tell you, I took that advice to heart and did exactly that. As I started to make a name for myself and gained a few followers, I saw that I could make my own status updates and decided that I wanted all of the forums to know how awesome Celestia, Luna and Chrysalis were. I saw that I could post pictures and since I had an entire folder of Celestia, Luna and Chrysalis pics, I thought: "What better way to express my love for these three than through some pictures?" And after that, it sort of just became my thing and all my posts would always have picture/song/video in place of just words, because to me, just saying the words I want to say wouldn't be enough and that it would be kind of boring. Then, a few days later after I joined, something incredible happened! I went to my profile and saw that I had won an award for most liked content within a single day. I did this after just EIGHT days here on the forums, something I never thought would happen. And then I saw that I had won another day, and the day after that, and the day after that. FIVE whole days in a row I had won that award and I was absolutely flabbergasted. Was I really this popular already? In such a short amount of time? It was unreal! But, then again, I couldn't have gotten this far without the support and friendship of all my followers and friends on here. All of them are just so friendly and nice and I'm glad that I got to meet and talk with all of them. I will never forget all of the amazing friends that I've made on here and I hope that they will remember me. A few honorable mentions for people who are just the best on here: @Tacodidra @Twilight Luna @Rikifive @PoisonClaw @Phosphor @Lord Valtasar @TheTaZe @Mellow Mane @Mirage @Twilight and Starlight @lyrabetes3939 You all and so many other people on here will always be my greatest friends and I hope that all of you are always doing well. And now here I am, only 9 months after I joined, and now how have 76 followers, over 10000 brohoofs, 39 days won and countless awesome and amazing friends. It has been a wild and crazy ride and I never could have made it this far without all of you. Thank you all for everything!
  20. 7 points
    As the title pun suggests, this week I've been working pretty much exclusively on drawing hair detail in manes and tails. I've had. . . well, mostly failures. But I had one success. Sure it doesn't look fantastic, but considering how hard hair is and I've only just started with it, I'm really really happy with it. I think a few of you have seen this one already, but let's see it again anyway.
  21. 7 points
    One Year Retrospect Good evening everypony! So, one year ago on this day, I took my first step into The Herd and oh what a journey it has been! To honor this moment, I decided I'd reflect upon this past year to share some of my experiences and take the time to say a special thank you to some awesome pony friends that I've met along the way. Background I want to start with a little background on how I got here to begin with. A story I shared in my Introduction, but that was a year ago so it's probably long buried. When the first season of FiM premiered, I did actually watch the first five episodes. I found the two part beginning quite intriguing that gave me the vibe of a show that might be along the lines of Sailor Moon, Card Captors or any of the many magic girl anime the west was being introduced to at the time. After finding out through the next three episodes that the show was less about the Elements of Harmony super powers, I lost interest. Too busy with college, my WoW addiction and other fandom interests to add another. As time passed, I knew the Brony Fandom grew as a thing. Seeing them pop up around campus and of course the peak moments that hit 4Chan like a wrecking ball. I remained indifferent about it, not knowing any Bronies personally at the time and being part of another obscure fandom, had learned to accept others for what they like. Fast forward to, well, a year ago and work had taken me overseas. Now I wont say they were dark days or that I slipped into depression, but I will say that I could feel the isolation. Family and friends that my whole life I've been use to talking to everyday, or gaming with everyday after work/school, were all now on the other side of the planet. As I was going to work, they were coming home from work, when I was getting ready for bed, they were just waking up. Only leaving the narrow two days on the weekend anytime to do anything with them. Getting to know the ones I worked with though I actually met my first Brony, well face to face anyways. He was really shy and introverted, but we shared many other interests that helped break the ice pretty quickly. And apparently I'd been the first person he'd talk to in a long time that wasn't bothered by his pony interest, still pretty indifferent. Talking more and more with him though, I decided to do a little research on what the fandom was doing these days. Then I stumbled across a documentary on YouTube called The Brony Chronicles - A Documentary on My Little Pony and Bronies by Saberspark. It was really well made, with the most catchy intro song ever, and managed to get me to take a second look at the show, which was luckily all on Netflix. Giving it a real shot this time, I got hooked easily. Even though I am a late bloomer to the fandom, I wouldn't say I regret not picking it up earlier. I actually prefer to think FiM entered my life when I best needed it. I didn't need anything complex, but what it really came down to, is that the show did something so simple... It just made me smile. Next thing I knew, I was plowing through the episodes. So many funny moments, smiles, emotional strings, stories and characters I just couldn't put it down. The Herd I hadn't quite finished the first season when I reached out to the community and found the MLP Forums. I made my Introduction post, but wasn't expecting much. I'd joined other fandom forums before, all of which that went un-replied to with maybe a couple of views. To my surprise though, I was getting responses within minutes of me posting, and for days after ponies were still welcoming me to The Herd. I was shocked, stunned of not seeing anything like this in my many years. This really kept my interest though, so I stuck around. Lurking the forums and making a post here and there. Whether about the show or other topics, nothing too deep. Still trying to find my hoofs though I finally settled into the Cloudsdale Colosseum Forum Games section and just hopped around playing in as many as I good between breaks at work or whatever game I was playing at home. Still though, I quite hadn't felt I found my place yet. Over the course of a week I was noticing this one topic kept popping up with Hot Topic and always at the top of Recently Posted In, but had no idea what it even meant. That is when I discovered the WPCC. I drink coffee and was a working pony, it just kinda made sense. This is where I met probably the first pony I really engaged with. Our most glorious and best princess of all, Princess @Alexshy! She was so kind to welcome me to the WPCC and really opened up a whole new world in the forums to me. Before I knew it, I was logging in for my morning cup of coffee and I had these three other ponies, @The Recherche @Mirage @Flutterstep, quickly rushing me along to change my avatar into a DJ Pon3 one and jump into somepony's status page for a dance party where we link music and commented on them. I didn't even know these three very well, but there were already including me, it was awesome! So for many months, I spent a lot of time in the WPCC where I met so really awesome ponies. It was a lot of fun where it peaked into extreme chaos while how active it became, luckily when I got on so I could join in, but sadly like most things, came to an end as many moved on. Many of the friends I made through the WPCC have gone inactive, but I continue to wish them the best and enjoyment of purple ponies. I now have most my fun just posting in status updates. I've enjoyed many of the forum events, so great kudos to the staff ponies for putting those together, especially the holiday ones. I'm also quite grateful to have been a part of Team Moon and all the fun we've had this year for the Championship. Overall, I've really loved the show and there isn't a better fandom community I can think of that matches this one. I've loved the fan art and had a hoof of pieces commissioned that I couldn't see myself really doing for my other fandoms. Special Thanks Now I know I won't manage to get everypony that's had an impact on my time in the community, but if you're booped every Friday by me, then know that you have. I might not have had enough time to get to know you enough, but hope I will in the future. I do want to say some special thank yous to those that helped make the last year at least 200% cooler! No.. That's not a typo. First to the regal Princess @Alexshy for accepting me into the WPCC and making me one of her Night Watch. To the most fabulous @The Recherche and his best coffee ever, also super active in the WPCC so I always had a pony to talk to. To the mystical @Mirage and all the fun DJ Pon3 dance parties we had. To the tail nomming @Flutterstep for all the treats and status page to throw said parties. To @CypherHoof for being the best coffee senpai. To the adorkable @Wannabrony and being the best purple pone. To @Fluttershy Friend for making sure I have my correct dose of Fluttershy kindness. To @Longhaul, yeah I see you sneak on every now and then, and being the best Night Watch Bro. To @Blitz Boom for the amazing RP on the forums, (Sorry the reply will be delayed so I could work on this.) To @Lord Valtasar for the chats and newly converted naan bread lover. To @Tacolantern for the daily chat and dose of best earth pone. To @AJ2489 for my dose of Apples. To @Rarity the Supreme, oh by the by ya'll, this is who ya'll can blame for your weekly dose of boops, they got me hooked long ago. To @Rikifive for bringing the power! To @Sparklefan1234 for the daily status updates that give a fun head scratchier and awe moments. To @Vintjack Greasymane and @Nightfall Thunder for being part of the Blue Pony group and all the parties we put together for the WPCC. To @Twilight Luna for all the conversations, muffins, coffee and best pones you make sure I'm never a day without. And to the most sweet muffin, Move-Over-Raindbow Dash-A-More-Best-Weather-Pone-Is-Here @TheTaZe. Also a special shout out to Sgtwaflez, he isn't on the forums, for making me take a second look at the show. Thank you. Phew, out of breath. But really, thank you all so much for being as awesome as ya'll are. And to anypony that is on my boop list. Whether I met you in the WPCC or being one of those nice individuals that welcomed me in the beginning or even some of the new friends I met in status pages. I look forward to getting to know some of ya'll better. Here's to a great first year, and for another great year to follow!
  22. 7 points
    I was debating on making this a blog post or a status update but felt that a thread will just do. We are upon the end days of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic but does that mean that we should give up on the show after it ends after this Season? Absolutely not, I think we should use the time of this last season to celebrate everything about the pony fandom. So, don't be sad that it is over, be glad about our legacy and impact on the internet. Here is some videos to hit you right in the feels.
  23. 7 points
    I'm just gonna be rambiling a bit here. Here are my thoughts on what I think about how the pony fandom will fare in 2019. It isn't a secret the pony fandom has been aging since this is the 9th year that the pony fandom has been in existence. The show itself is ending and with that a lot of the fandom will also probably drop off until G5 becomes a thing. Even after six years, I am still very into ponies. I go onto derpibooru daily to look at pony art, I come here pretty much daily and pretty much all my online profiles around the internet are still ponified. For me, I don't want to change my online persona from ponies because I just feel really comfortable with that. There really isn't anything at the moment has captured my attention as much as ponies have right now, but when that time comes I will never forget the pony fandom. Yes, we all have to move on one day but my time isn't there yet. My interests of right now mostly center around video games, music, and ponies. If there was anything that would change my internest from ponies, it may as well be music. I personally don't care about the stigma that being a brony comes with. I enjoy what I enjoy and people who don't like that can just heck off. Ponies have brought me from the brink of suicide many times now and I am very grateful for that. I am not going to lie though, seeing the pony fandom die off slowly does kill me a bit inside since I am still very interested in ponies and pony related content. Seeing one of my favorite interests slowly die off is disheartening, but I will prevail. When I think about it, I may as well be one of those people who still be very into ponies in the next five years. Unless there is something big that captures my attention by then, I don't think ponies are going to go anywhere for me anytime soon.
  24. 7 points
    It's been a while ~ As you may know, I've been working on the pause menu. When it was ready, I was able to configure/update existing features, as well as add new ones to make it all work properly. So now I have bunch of updates! First of all, let's start with that Pause Menu I've been working on for a while I believe everything there is self-explanatory. If you're wondering how many languages will be supported - by 'default' I aim into supporting these two: English and Polish. However! I'm programming the game in a way, where all the text is stored in external .ini files and visuals are adjusted based on the text's real width where necessary, which should make it less painful to translate, so if anybody would be ever interested in translating the game to another language, there always will be that possibility. ------ but that all will come in the right time... or not... I'll see how it goes. The next thing, related to the Pause Menu is Spell Enhancing. In short, you get some-kind-of-magic stars through leveling up. These stars are used to enhance (upgrade) spells. Enhancing may: - increase damage - amount of projectiles - their duration - their speed - their size - "Area of Effect" - add special effects - or even change spell behavior - etc.. Each spell is different, so are their upgrades. For example, I've prepared a some kind of a tier table for the basic spell, the magic projectile: And now the recent thing I've been working on... Leveling UP now raises stats and stuff. Previously leveling up wasn't doing anything other than increasing your "Level" value. Now it does have an effect, as seen below: I also did some smaller adjustments in meanwhile, like optimizing the code here and there (including collisions ... again -- and I'm sure I'll still have to adjust these once again in the future..) ~ but that's something you won't find interesting. Oh and I also started working on the Everfree Forest. It's too early to show anything though, but sooooomething is happening there. And that's all I think... Well for some testing I also made Tom ...If Tom could throw a party, it would ROCK! An amazing addition, I'll throw it in the title. So now it's all I think. Thank you for visiting!
  25. 6 points
    Some of you might know already I am in mental treatment in general. I started a Group Therapy this Tuesday. The focal point is social competence. We were introduced into the concept of self-verbalization. Basically, TLDR; Situation | v Self-Verbalization | v Feelings | v Acting Whenever we encounter a situation, we usually start to initially thinking stuff and saying it to ourselves. TBH, for myself, it is often stuff that is short-sighted and I got barriers to pronounce loudly, like Oh, that women looks hot!, You stupid careless car driving jerk ARE YOU EVEN SERIOUS or less insulting but no less negative Things won't go well anyways, I can't get out of this, Why am I even trying? Feelings are related to this, and out of these we act on the situation. The point however, is we can also reverse this: Situation | v Self-Verbalization ^ | | v Feelings | v Acting In truth, what we tell ourselves about a given situation influence how we feel and act about it. If we all go with negative feelings, we will stay passive, skeptical or enraged. Recognizing which behavior we want to change, we have to change how we THINK about the situation first. Getting to self-verbal positivity results in more positive feelings! So, if there is something that blocking you from doing something, or you feel you are down: Force yourself to think positively. Believe in it, force yourself to happiness. This way, we can control our feelings are instead of getting pushed back to impulsiveness or negativity.
  26. 6 points
    Hey been a while since you've seen me. Yeah, I know I sometimes come back here to plug things, but I've more or less left this site. However, with MLP:FIM ending today, I thought I'd give one last farewell to the show and retrospective of my time in the fandom in blog form here. Even though I left this forum, I never actually stopped keeping up with the show. I just sort of grew away from this site as I've found more communities and more friends outside the forums. Plus I got into a lot more things making MLP not really my primary special interest anymore. However, I still owe a lot of respect to MLP as it was the gateway to helping me socialize online. It was the first time I made friends online, and the first time I made myself known online. When I was on here back in 2014, I was known as the resident Pinkie Pie fan. I basically fanboyed over Pinkie so much that people associated me with her. This went on for several years until I eventually grew apart from the forums and left around 2016-2017. However, this experience served as a stepping stone. After leaving this forum, I became more active on Discord, which eventually led to me creating my own server, which led to me making a lot of my current friends. The server's been pretty successful currently sporting over 100 users. I also became more active on Twitter and have 738 followers as of typing this. Funny enough, a lot of elements from my old days here are still present on my Twitter. Basically just replace Pinkie with Viridi from Kid Icarus Uprising and get rid of the waifu elements. But back on track, upon getting into the show back in 2012, it was an experience. I followed the show ever week, read EQD every day, listened to the pony music on my phone, and have several pony shirts. Midwestria 2012 was my first con experience and I had a blast. I went to Whinny City Ponycon every year until 2019, when I saved up to go to the final Bronycon. That final Bronycon was a blast, and one of the best experiences I ever had. It really felt like one of the final huzzahs of me in the fandom before the show ends. This show really helped me during depressing times. When I got into it, my sister was leaving for college and I knew I would see her less. This show and fandom helped me through that. Yeah. I may have my problems with it now, but back then it really helped me during my isolating teenage years. Even though it's ending and even though I'm now into way more fandoms and have a completely different community, I'll still remember these days as good times. Thank you MLP, and have a pure Pinkie
  27. 6 points
    Note: Credits go to I_Am_Number_6 on EQD, @Jerica, and @gingerninja666 for this review. Starlight Glimmer had one of the biggest arcs of the whole series. Debuting in The Cutie Map as Season 5’s top villain, Twilight successful convinced her to reform and change her ways. Rather than condemn her to Tartarus or exile, Twi elected to proactively teach her the Magic of Friendship. Even though she learned all the lessons academically in between To Where and Celestial Advice, she realized she wasn’t ready to lead once more. Throughout Season 7, confidence exuded out of her, showing more comfort in her opinions and ideals once again; Shadow Play and its creative genius helped Starlight show her intellectual bravery at its best, leading to her next chapter of her journey that began in Season 8. With A Horse Shoe-In, today’s chapter continues to near its final destination, and SG has (once again) a fantastic appearance. At the very beginning, viewers are reminded that she will become the next head of the School of Friendship once Twilight moves to Canterlot and replaces the Royal Sisters. However, Twilight’s reminder carries more in-verse weight than in Beginning. Spike issued Starlight’s promotion to Headmare via Royal Decree. As Princess of Friendship, she has the authority to announce it, especially to those she’s close to. More importantly, Twilight exercised this decree with a clear head. Back in BotE, Twilight was in the middle of a massive meltdown, so when she told her the news, she wasn’t prepared for what came next. Now she is. By telling her with a clear conscience, she put in a lot more thought into who’ll succeed her and (like before) trusts Starlight into making the right decisions. Ain't this heartwarming and cute?! Her trust for Starlight is reaffirmed in two other moments. In Act 1, Trixie reminded her that Twilight never did anything alone, including running the School of Friendship. As one of six teachers, they all took care of the students together. Because she had close friends helping her, Starlight told Twilight about her new idea: hiring a Vice Headmare to help alleviate the work. What does Twilight say? After blowing up in Trixie’s face, she and Twilight share a heart to heart in her classroom. During the interviewing process, Starlight really wanted someone she knew well to be Vice Headmare, but because Trixie didn’t take it so seriously the first two tries and then took it so seriously the last that she accidentally put her students in danger, she let her frustrations take over, yelled at Trixie over it, and angrily told her that she would never be VH. Twilight reminded her that, yes, she has friends to help her, but not every friend is right for the job you offer, and that she has to tell them immediately before it gets out of control. Now, is Starlight right to be upset with Trixie? Absolutely. Is Trixie a capable VH? Not at all. But Starlight isn’t fully innocent, either, as she ignored the signs from earlier, insulted her, belittled her worth, and put her friendship with Trixie at risk. Apologizing to her was the right move. As for Trixie herself, she showed aplenty to prove she wasn’t qualified beyond a blind flash beehive transfer. In Twilight’s classroom, she skipped a completely important history lecture on friendship, napped with everyone (with helpful tips from Gallus ), and didn't feel ashamed of it. Afterwards, she shouted at Grandpa Gruff and expelled him from the School of Friendship. Both of these showed extreme opposites of what she looked for. On one hand, she didn't care for the subject the students are learning. On the other, when push comes to shove, she cared maybe a little too much, rightfully defending a student’s reputation to a surrogate who gave little about him and losing her own temper rather than constructively using her anger to maintain her rep as substitute. That said, despite her neglect for studies, extreme measures, and lack of thought, Trixie's certainty she'll be hired is merited. What inspired Starlight to create this permanent position? Trixie’s reminder of Twilight’s friends helping her run the school. Rather than go away and wait for lunch, she followed Starlight, overheard the whole conversation, and assumed that Starlight will hire friends to help them like Princess Twilight. As a result, this whole interviewing process felt like a game to test her meddle, and she won't bite. Read this exchange from Act 2: In Starlight's mind, she wanted Trixie to really show she can lead a school and help the students learn, but she was way behind compared to Hooves and Octavia. However, Trixie assumes Starlight just wants to test her with one final step before letting the rest of the "competition," and the language from both of them is loose enough so you see where they come from while being unable to break through that communication barrier. And it was that barrier that caused Trixie to not take Starlight's anger seriously the first time, followed by confusion, and then hurt once she realized what Starlight wanted and after SG made her feel worthless. In addition to helping complete another chapter to the overall arc of Season 9, the episode carries a message of how nepotism can cause a system to become corrupt if left unchecked. Because she did so poorly, SG almost DQ'd her once and then told her very softly in their second interview she wouldn't hire her. But as a result of Trixie setting the expectation of being hired (and thus placing herself above Octavia, Hooves, Big Mac, and Spoiled), Starlight was caught in a major dilemma. How can she tell Trixie she's not qualified for the job? Regardless of her own temperament, how well will Trixie handle the disappointment? What if she finds out through someone else that she will lose the opportunity? Conversing with "Phyllis" (and protecting her from Trixie) and holding off the truth only added to her dilemma and increased her frustration. Fortunately, when the problems became too big to ignore, she put her foot down, and Twilight's "motherly" advice helped her even more. In addition to how your friends may not always be the best fit for a job, a nice, subtle secondary moral floated in the background, which @Jerica caught and told me about in my Discord convo with her. Out of the five interviewees, Octavia Melody was easily the most qualified. During the substitution, she easily had the most fun while taking part in Laughter class. As she instructed her students to play their instruments, Pinkie Pie suddenly played the yovidaphone loudly behind them. Did anyone get upset? Nope. They continued playing and had a blast playing their favorite instruments no matter how good they were. And, yes, they all laughed. Hard. In her one-on-one interview with Ocellus's parents, she understood her knowledge of music, praised her student for quickly improving in her work, and got along incredibly well. While in the same Bridleway Theatre as the special playing of Hinny of the Hills back in Season 4, her students sat in their seats as Octavia prepared. Initially, Gallus was bored as hell. Then the lights went out. Out came Vinyl. And they began to play an exciting remix of classical music to everycreature's delight (great callback to their remix and friendship from Slice of Life ). Octavia understands that not everyone's tastes are the same, but she knew how to loosen her hair and create joy to those who wish for it. Yet at the end, she turned down the job. Why? Fear she'll lose her time for music. Even though she's so good in those interviews, music's her passion, and she doesn't want to give it up. Sadly, you sometimes have to choose, which isn't easy. Bittersweet it may be, watching her tell Starlight she would love to accept the offer but decline would add a major gut-punch to the episode and add some real, down-to-earth weight to this episode. What would also add weight would be to see Gallus tell Trixie how much he appreciated her passionate defense of him to Grandpa Gruff. Most ponies won't have the guts to tell off the temperamental griffon like that, including Starlight. No matter how narcissistic Trixie can be, she knows her limits and cares for at least her students' psychological health. Apathy for his guardian's growth and openly belittling him while he was already down were massive signs of disrespect towards her and her students, and she showed Gruff he hasn't earned her respect in return. If there's a scene showing Gallus thanking Trixie for defending him, it'll show both some chemistry between them and how her presence matters. Containing it off-screen softens the impact, but his off-screen gratitude meant she has some a place in the school after all. With the changing of the guard approaching, the School Counselor spot needed to be filled, and Trixie more than showed she qualifies. As clichéd as this sequence can be this season, adding a montage would really help Sunburst show his credentials. In the climax, she hired him after Trixie contacted him via scroll, a passionate interview, and admission of not having to take much care of Flurry Heart anymore. If we see him have a world of fun teaching his students in one of his classes, conversing pleasantly with the students' parents, and then go on a very fun field trip together (maybe to The Crystal Empire to greet Mistmane, Cadance, and Flurry Heart), then you can really sell his passion for teaching. Having her hire him in a quick, expository flash-forward makes the resolution feel a little rushed. Nothing close to ruining it, but makes his hiring as Vice Headmare tough to sell. To end this review on a high note: This episode does a fantastic job reintroducing the Vice Headmare occupation without contradicting continuity, a point brought up by I_Am_Number_6 on EQD. Back in A Matter of Principals, she hires Discord for the same position after she lost her temper and ruined the buckball field, but he loses his job instantly after the RM6 returned from their "friendship quest." Here, she went through the process with a lot more care and thought, especially since Twilight's soon leaving for Canterlot. In addition to in-episode growth, Starlight shows continual growth, too. Back in No Second Prances (her first self-contained episode post reformation), she forces Big Mac to talk against his will. Here, she understands not everyone's so comfortable to talk and won't force him to do a job he feels he can't. Thank @gingerninja666 and his friend for pointing it out. Also… BAD idea, Whooves! What a big, pleasant surprise to see a brand-new writer take on FIM this late in its running! Ariel Shepherd-Oppenhein did a splendid job in her Pony debut and executed a very solid, very good episode, one that may be Starlight's last once it's all finished.
  28. 6 points
    Today. Is. The. DAY. The Bro. The Ny. THE CON. Today, I depart for Baltimore on a Greyhound bus, a trip that will last from 2:30 PM 'til 7 AM the next day... I couldn't BE more stoked, right now. Since 2016, I've been coming to this site. I've spent time interacting with the folks here, sharing stories or memes or even just goofing around & being chaotic and whatnot... and those things mean a LOT to me. As someone who's always felt alone in crowds, I have to admit that my upcoming muzzle-to-muzzle meeting of so many of the folks here - on staff as well as the rest of you wonderful folks - is something that, for once, I feel like I'm really looking forward to. Despite Aspie worries and awkward moments that will undoubtedly lie ahead, I am confident that the folks I'm going to meet here will be incredible, and that when it's all said & done, we'll all have fond memories of this momentous occasion. Well... i-it's momentous to me. Excelsior, fellow Ponyites... for Randi is bringing his CHAOS to you. Personally.
  29. 6 points
    Well then, considering the fact that we have reached the approximate halfway point of 2019, and that I have just reached 17 years of age... this year has been quite an adventure thus far. It is such a shame as well; January through early April was a steady ascension for me... but it all started to crumble by the end of April. I will withhold details for privacy's sake, but the basic idea is that there is a certain internal struggle that I had finally found the solution for... only for it to be stifled. Ever since then, the progress that I had made in the past few months has started to crumble, and only got worse throughout the course of May, up to this point. Fortunately, I am clumsily picking myself back up, and plan to reach that peak again before climbing higher... but it is such a shame that I had to slip so far in terms of physical and mental progress. Oh well; such is life, I suppose. Fortunately, it is not all grey skies. I have gotten much better at facing my fears this year; I have actually done so 4 times at this point, which has lead to a steady boost in confidence. Even so, I have quite a bit of ground to make up for. Either way, it is often said that 17 is among the more bittersweet years of your life... and while I am certainly not qualified to judge yet, I do think I understand why. At least in the United States, you are not a child... but not quite an adult either. It can be seen as the coup de grace to childhood (though not necessarily youth), and the introduction to adult life. It is a time when you are expected to finally stand on your own, albeit with a bit of fun scattered here or there. Basically, it is seen as the time when teenagers finally transition to young adults, come age 18, after many growing pains and adolescent angst. I imagine we all know life only just begins at that age, but I will cross that bridge once I arrive at it. I would like to conclude this rambling session with a song that resonated with me quite a bit, that I have only recently discovered. It is quite simple, and debatably tacky, but I enjoy it nevertheless. This song speaks of a woman, yes, but I imagine anyone can ultimately relate to it on some level. With all of that said, I would like to thank you all for the Birthday wishes today! I have had many apprehensions with the Forums in the past, but you lovely fellows truly shine through it all. With all of that said, thank you for your continued attention through all of my rambling. Have a lovely evening!
  30. 6 points
    "Does doing something wrong for the right reasons make it wrong?" Those who know me know how much I love Princess Celestia and Luna and how wonderful and amazing they are, but there is one other pony (or in this case changling) who I feel doesn't deserve all the hate she gets. Her name: Queen Chrysalis, Queen of the Changlings! All the time, I hear things, awful things, about Chrysalis and of evil, ugly, emotionless she is and I'm here to tell you all that you all couldn't be farther from the truth! Chrysalis is neither of these things and there's plenty of proof that says so. Evil: What is evil? Simple. Evil is the action of individual taking and using any means necessary to inflict violence and cruel suffering to all those around them without remorse, doing so for either personal gain or simply "because it's fun". Sure, to be fair, Chrysalis has decided to take the love of everypony and that sounds cruel at first glance, but you have to step back and realize that she doesn't do this because it's "fun" or personal gain. She does these things because it is the only way her people can survive and they literally need to feed off of love to survive! Without it, Chrysalis and her changlings die and who would ever want something like that to happen to somepony else? That's why she does all of this: For her people! Maybe in the past she tried to find other ways to help her people to survive, and all of these ways always end in a dead end. And now she had gotten to the point where she was desperate to help her people and feeding off of love was the last resort she could come to! She does what she does because she doesn't have a choice now or else they all die! No one deserves to die in such a fate and Queen Chrysalis was the one to spit in the name of fate itself! Ugly: This word is used to describe an individual as grotesque, without beauty or style. They are simply unpleasant or repulsive, especially in appearance. None of these words could ever describe Queen Chrysalis, and is far from these UGLY words! She has the beauty that no other pony in Equestria will ever have: Inner beauty! A heart as burdened and guilt ridden as hers must go through a lot of stress, but she still manages to show the world how wrong they are about her. Nopony will ever tell her that what she does is wrong and nopony will stop her from helping her subjects, who means more to her than even herself! On the inside she is strong and a warrior who will NOT stop until she sets things right once and for all! On the outside: Even more beauty that outshines everypony in Equestria! Ugly will never be a word I'd use to describe Queen Chrysalis... Emotionless: An individual who does not show or feel any emotion to anything or anyone/pony! They do not care for sadness, happiness, love, hope or hatred nor any other emotion... They simply feel... NOTHING! Queen Chrysalis is the last creature that should be described as such, for she has endured and felt more than one ever should. Sadness for her subjects suffering and feeling as though she has failed them, Happy when she has the chance to fix everything and to make things change for the better, Love for the newborn changlings and the Hope that she can protect them as a mother should protect her young, and Hatred for those who want to stand in her way and tell to give up and stop trying... NEVER!! But the one emotion she has to endure the most: Pain. The pain that she might never save her subjects, the pain that everyone wants to push her to the ground and tell her NO! But most importantly, the pain of getting back up onto her feet and pushing back against the world! All of the pain, suffering and EMOTIONAL scars she's had to endure on her quest is what makes her so strong! The world wants to push Chrysalis down? She'll get right back up and push right back a thousandfold! And there you have it: Three reasons why Chrysalis is no evil, ugly, or emotionless creature of darkness. She is simply a survivor who wants what's best for her people and only somechangling with a heart as strong as hers can take the hardest choices in life and make it a part of her strong will! The will to survive and the will to set things right once and for all! I will always love Queen Chrysalis and nopony will ever convince me otherwise!
  31. 6 points
    This entry isn't really marking any significant progress with any particular technique, but rather marking the first time use of a couple techniques. It's true this is my first attempt at Luna-style hind legs or kirin features(the scales, hooves, etc.), but also this is my first ever (digital or otherwise) attempt at fur fluff which I intend to start practicing with on occasion, and perhaps eventually make it a permanent addition to my drawings. @Lady Kiriness
  32. 5 points
    So much for this whole biweekly update thing. But here I have something that I impressed myself with. Also, the first time I've drawn wings I can really be proud of! Note: most of the art in this picture isn't mine. Everything except the last window on the right wasn't made by me. The last window on the right is the only part that's actually my art. Woops, forgot to mention, the design is heavily inspired by this piece here (my personal favorite Nightmare Moon fanart).
  33. 5 points
    Since the start of Season 2, Rainbow Dash traditionally has the worst episodes of the season and show at large. After a swarm of some great and excellent outings, Season 9 releases its first clunker. Smolder had one of her best outings of the season. Representing the student body who wanted the cheerleading to work, she put up with all of Dash's crap and gave her the calling-out she so rightfully deserved. After Dash gives an apology that didn't sound so contrite, she actually proved she meant it by helping her students practice. And if you look at the montage, you'll see how much effort Dash put into coaching them to be the best they can be and the students placing their trust back into her. Snips continues his capitalist streak, trying to sell as much as possible to buckball fans and goers. And he inadvertently made Dash see the errors of her ways. Celestia going all fanatical remains the episode's funniest moment. And the buckball scene as a whole (minus one moment, which I'll get to) holds up well enough. That's all the positives. The rest of this episode was just a colossal train wreck. There's one piece of dialogue, where after it all ends, that really spoils the mood. And attached with a snarky, conceited face and tone. So why is Twilight going all Trollight the worst moment of the season so far? It calls back memories of what the RM5 did in Mare Do Well and 28PL, the former one of the most infamous of the entire series. Rather than tell Dash upfront, they go behind their backs just to make her get it, and the tone attached to them is cruel and unbecoming of not only anyone who truly cares for a friend, but also the show. For those two, it took until being confronted by them at the very end with them actually telling her to her face. 28 Pranks Later has the worst atmosphere of the two, because rather than fix the problem, they exacerbated MDW's worst problems and made a worse version of that episode. Here, Dash learns her lesson well before the climax, and Twilight doesn't see the transformation taking place, but imagine if she didn’t. What if Twi told her at the end? Can you imagine just how dirtier that would feel to the audience? Just to teach Dash a contrived lesson, Twilight intentionally put the whole tournament at risk. Had Twilight decided not to make Dash the cheerleader coach beforehand, none of what happened would've existed. Dash would be at home teaching buckball and not feel demoted and deflated. She started a conflict that should never have existed in the first place. But what does making that snide, passive-aggressive line admission also mean? Twilight knew well in advance that Dash would not take this “demotion” very well, do less than minimum effort to help the students prepare for the halftime show, try to sneak away and get involved with it, potentially ruin all hope they have for it, and make them quit cheerleading practice. Like the Ponyvillagers in MDW, she used both Dash and her students as guinea pigs just to make Dash learn a lesson. This is one of her most out-of-character moments of the whole series, as it shows no trust with Dash and the student body. That final exchange is an admission of no confidence, yet the episode paints her in the right for pulling such a disgraceful stunt. Trollestia was the worst part of both Ticket Master and Bird in a Hoof, as she treated the Mane 6 (and for the latter, her sick phoenix) as a means to an end. Trollight adopting that same "quality" doesn't make it any better or more humorous. Because this episode's Mare Do Well 2.5, it's easy to see why many don't take it very well. Mare Do Well is factually terrible, and its infamy means it should've been put in the background and not to be reminded of again. This episode and the ending feel a lot like a multi-down and an admission by DHX of having continuous difficulties writing/editing her well. Those reactions also remind me of my own following Princess Spike's ending. After a mess of an episode and conflict, Spike was given a bouquet of Dragon Sneeze trees, restarting his allergies and forcing him to sneeze at the rebuilt statue. What made that moment so atrocious is how it solidifies a very sexist position within the show. Spike had been the show’s buttmonkey from the beginning, and several episodes either neglected him despite being an important part of Twi’s life (like not being at Twi’s birthday) or made him the butt of very unfunny slapstick (Owl’s Well, the Spikeabuse from Fall Weather Friends and Castle Mane-ia). Additionally to being the only non-pony of the Mane cast, he was the only male. Beating down the only male lead in a pro-feminist show is as misandrist and anti-feminist as it comes. Now, is Twilight’s line as bad as that atrocious, sorry excuse for a "joke"? Not even close. PS's "joke" made me wonder whether FIM jumped the shark, a dose of irony after Slice of Life subtly satirized it. Twilight's admission, as awful as it is, isn't nearly that low. To this day, I still don't regret my tirade over it. Thankfully, Spike had more than half a season, several more from that point forward to recover. From that day forward, he hasn’t had an episode close to this level of quality since. Unfortunately for Dash, we’re now in the last season, and if you look at the synopses of what’s to come, Also, Kaita Mpambara is one of the best new writers, so for him to write such a stinker is massively disappointing. However, just because Twilight intentionally placed Dash in an unfavorable position doesn't mean Dash is entitled to take her disappointment out on the students. With RD being the focus, we see how she feels and reacts to her surrounding. What we got here is Rainbow Dash's Honest Apple. In Honest Apple, Applejack wasn't initially sure she would be the right pony to judge on practicality, but after Apple Bloom (inexplicably) had trouble with her hat. So even though Applejack became Applejackass, it didn't start out that way. She went into this process without ill intentions. However, Rainbow Dash never got on the right foot with Ocellus, Smolder, Yona, or the two cheerleading valley mares (Shimmy Shake & Lighthoof). What was her reaction to Twi over its importance? …Nice support for your students, Ms. Cools-a-little. From the get-go, Rainbow Dash not only showed absolutely zero interest in teaching the students how to cheerlead, but made less-than-minimal effort. Let's go over her sins one by one, shall we? Shimmy Shake and Lighthoof were apparently students at the school. But Dash apparently doesn't recognize them very well and passively dissed their cheerleading routine by rolling her eyes at them. However, even if Shimmy and LH may not interest her, she could've been inspired by Ocellus's desire for respect, Smolder's subtle feminine curiosity, and Yona's eagerness to fuel her in helping all five practice. Instead, what does she do? Remain completely apathetic towards cheerleading as a whole, ignore Snips's (bit-centric) reminder that Twilight put her faith in her, and put her focus completely on the constructing buckball field over her own classroom. Their first practice in front of her was loaded with problems, including Yona's inability to not cause a classroom earthquake, Ocellus's timidity, and Smolder's poor smoke direction. But Dash pays no attention, her focus out at the window. She doesn't see one second of it. As far as she's concerned, as long as they just perform in front of her, it's all she and the buckball audience would give a shit about. As long as someone else with more passion than her can teach them, then she can watch ponies practice and build the field. Even though Snips's focus is bit-centric, he showed to be no fool these days. However, his vague wording of needing a coach so he can "make any bits" led her to her scheme, which was a disaster. … … Seriously, Dash? You really think everything will be A-OK? You think that they will rather have Snips, who's completely unqualified to teach or tutor in any form of athletics, over you? Yet, she uses that "come-up-with-something" idea to blindfold her students and try to sneak out, and would've succeeded had Yona not peaked. "Come up with something" isn't an excuse to be damn LAZY and do NOTHING under a cheap guise. After being suggested to "turn to her friends for help," she did just that and spent the rest of the first day of practice asking her friends. But she gets only the equipment. She literally is doing "what she needs" just to get stuff. No tips on how to work with them safely, arrange them properly so the practice and the dance routine improve, etc. In layman's terms: Lo and behold, they practice for the rest of the day and fuck everything up in the worst "comedy" routine of the season! What does Dash do? Completely ignore it and act like it never existed. When she turned around to see them all glum and upset, her only reaction was a disinterested "What?" Hmmmmmmmmmm… …now what does that remind me of? Oh, yeah, this little shit!! AJ's act of shaking all those feathers off Lily Lace's hat after uniquely stitching them one by one overnight is by far the cruelest act between the two episodes, but Dash's words were much worse. In HA, AJ stereotyped fashion at a boiling point (though her following words while much more composed doesn't help her at all) and at least gave it a chance. Here, Dash maintained a negative, narrow, stereotypical viewpoint of cheerleading before Twilight assigned her, maintained it throughout, and then remorselessly showed her disgust for it and those willing to perform and make it good in spite of her laziness! Even worse, despite being visibly upset, she still didn't see the big deal in how hurtful her actions were! *facehoof* Sweet Celestia! Look, I get it. Being assigned to a job you don't like sucks. No one likes it. But this isn't about you. It's them. THEY agreed to take part in the School of Friendship's cheer squad, because THEY were interested and knew Dash was the most athletic and best one to properly rally! Dash, you're a TEACHER. It's your job as a TEACHER to HELP THEM! It's one thing to be so oblivious towards their screwups. It's another to severely flanderize her ignorance, pretend they don't exist, act so disinterested when they badly mess up, directly insult them, and STILL don't care! I read one comment somewhere, and I can't find it, but that brony's right. Dash, why are you a teacher? This is the second time you were a selfish piece of shit. What you did with AJ on that boat is way, way worse than this, but that doesn't make your despicable, out-of-character actions here any better. If you truly needed help like you claimed, you coulda, I don't know, look in the library yourself and work with the students to hone their craft! Neighsay bashed the school in part because the teachers are professionally unqualified. Congratu-pony-lations for proving him right again! *AAAAAAAAAAAARGH!!* Ain't it odd that Dash suddenly bashed the idea of cheering? IIRC, she had no problem teaching someone how to cheer eight seasons ago! Sure, teaching someone how to cheer from in the stands is much more different than cheerleading, which is pre-planned and organized. That doesn't mean she can't use those lessons here, but that would've been a leeeeeeeetle too helpful for her students, wouldn't it? Needless to say, this episode sucks. Today, it's the worst of the season and yet another Dash-centric flop. However, despite bashing Dash's characterization and discontinuity, it's not close to the worst of the show or her worst appearance ever. Several episodes prior handled her way worse than this. May the Best Pet Win, Tanks for the Memories: Abusive to animals. The former by being cruel to those who want to be her pet and dismissive toward Tank. The latter for treating her company with Tank to be more important than keeping her alive. Sorry not sorry, Dash DOESN'T deserve pity over having to wait three months during the winter! Rainbow Falls: Gaining an ego and then actually thinking about abandoning the relay team representing her town in favor of the “cooler” Wonderbolts squad. Mare Do Well: No explanation required. 28 Pranks Later: Jumpstarted the MDW ripoff by scaring the daylights out of FS while knowing she hates being pranked, and then the whole town, including SCOOTALOO, decided to get her back. Newbie Dash: What supposed to be her milestone episode turned out to be the biggest torture porn of the entire show. Three years later, it remains FIM’s biggest black mark. Compete Crap Clause: Lusting to win Teacher of the Month, she and AJ focus more on winning than the Young Six’s safety, causing a Yona to nearly drown! Rather than learn their lesson, they act passive-aggressive toward each other and nearly became bite-a-cuda dinner!  When Rainbow Dash wised up, she was remorseful, apologized, and worked hard to help the students make the cheerleading become the go-to moment of the tournament. Despite her terrible behavior, she put in the effort to make up for it, a commendable act by her. Yeah, it’s the worst episode this season, but compared to almost the rest I listed, it’s not terrible. Lastly, it's understandable that some may feel DHX, particularly the crew from S6 onward, hates Rainbow Dash. But if they do, then we wouldn't have the following: Stranger Than Fan Fiction: OK, this episode isn't as good as what many say, but only due to Quibble suddenly acting like an idiot while in the jungle (thinking it's all a game). OTOH, Dash was fantastic as a fantastic foil. Top Bolt: A better climax could've really helped this episode. But Twi and Dash worked hard to help out Sky Stinger and Vapor Trail and were able to fix their friendships. Their portrayals were among the best of S6. Glideance: Dash’s Putting Your Hoof Down, and done right. Grannies Gone Wild: An episode that has no business being great, but it is. Initially wanting no part in it and trying to skip out, she immediately sees the error of her ways and works tirelessly to keep the Golden Mares safe. Despite all of the comedy at its expense, Berrow's episode reminds us to sympathize with her, not think she had it coming. She rightfully earned her way to the roller coaster. The End In Friend: NCC and Mare Do Well done right. Their argument was very believable and had every right to defend their own interests when the other didn't take theirs seriously. But they used their interests and strengths to realize how much they still mean to each other. The Washouts: An excellent sequel to Wonderbolts Academy, and Dash’s best episode. Like its predecessor, it balances her strengths and flaws very well, transitions between Dash's insecurity and worries for Scoot's safety flawlessly, and doesn't demonize her for any of it. Common Ground: An amazing followup of STFF with a personal touch, and Dash's best outing of the season. Tries her best to help Quibble learn buckball to bond with his stepdaughter, accidentally messes up, and steps back up to continue helping him until she found the right resolution. Most importantly, as disappointing as 246G is, this is Season 9's only folly. Many more episodes remain. If you wish, you can open the spoiler box beneath for brief commentary on the early-aired episodes: So, yeah, it's a bad episode, but not the worst, and whenever the show ends, she still has many good episodes.
  34. 5 points
    My wife threw me out back in November of 2018. The reasons why were irrelevant - I was no longer welcome in the embrace of the woman I'd known since middle school, and my kids were now living somewhere I was not. Something like that can sandblast the will to live out of someone with the force of a balefire bomb, and at the time, I might not have been suicidal (I've experienced it from the side of losing a dear friend; I won't do that to anyone if I can help it), but I was at the bottom of the proverbial barrel. I felt that there was nothing left for me, and that I was doomed to spend the remainder of my existence in abject misery. So naturally, as I do when I oft get sad, I read. I read all the books I owned at least twice, and even borrowed a few from good friends... but there's always more to read. Lately, I'd finished scouring FimFiction, and had enjoyed finishing last year's great find for me - Fallout: Equestria. LittlePip and co. were wonderful additions to my mental roster of characters and stories, and I had noticed that there had been more stories. With all that had happened to me, I was more or less just skimming the 'recommended' section... and found Project: Horizons. What the hell... with all my pain, what more could it hurt? The next few weeks saw me reading the damn thing at every chance I got. It DEVOURED my attention; I even neglected some of my work here on the forums, my mind eagerly delving into the world of Blackjack and her intrepid allies. I even began, internally, to draw parallels between BJ and some of my own tribulations. But the most important part of this introduction is to tell you that one line, like a freaking mantra, kept repeating over and over through the length and breadth of the entire tale... Do better. And I took that to heart as thoroughly and tightly as I possibly could. It made a difference. It made a WORLD of difference, as I started to push to mentally grab my depressed self up off the floor and make steps toward doing better than I had been. I did better by drying my tears of self-pity. I did better by forcing myself out of bed each and every day, accomplishing even the smallest thing just to prove I wasn't beaten yet. I did better by fighting my mental demons, and seeking the truth instead of the seductive lies my paranoia was trying to feed me. I did better by keeping a regular laundry routine, instead of letting it pile up into a living creature of dirt, sweat and loose threads. I DID BETTER. So, just like that, Project Horizons took an important place in my heart as a story I took HOPE from. Natch, with this sort of affection for the story, I decided this year that, with the final BronyCon coming up, I was not only going to attend... but I endeavored to find myself a Blackjack plushie, so that I could have a tangible reminder of all the better I'd done because of that checkerboard-maned Security mare. I even tried to budget out enough for a leniency of $80, just in case. Two days into the convention, and an unforseen bill slammed its' way into my account, cleaning me out and leaving me with a negative balance. I didn't even have enough cash to buy a can of soda, much less a plushie. So, even though it mentally stung me worse than a bugbear sting to the armpit, I had to let go of the idea that I'd be able to afford one at this convention - hell, I was trying to figure out how I was gonna get home. Still, walking through the dealer's hall, I could admire other works that befit my likes. I saw a number of AWESOME Discords, cool buggos, stupid smexy Nightmare Moon dakimakuras, and adorkable chibi Twilys. But there was one shelf that had a remarkably detailed and hand-painted vinyl Blackjack on a stand. I smiled, as it was even complete with that self-confident smirk I could imagine her with, and as I looked it over, I was joined by someone else who admired it. Natch, I began talking (as I can be a chatty bugger), and he inquired if I liked Fallout: Equestria's Project Horizons. Of course I said yes. He thumbed over his shoulder and said, "Yeah? Well THIS guy wrote it." I turned to where he had motioned, and there was just this average, normal-looking fellow there, maybe his mid-thirties, bespectacled and friendly-like. He lifted his hand in a slight wave and, almost as if narrating while I read it on his badge, "Hi. I'm Somber. Nice to meetcha." I... *sigh* I totally fanboyed. I will not lie. I gasped, might have even given a squee, and instantly shook his hand before hugging him and shaking his hand again. I couldn't believe it - the author of the story that had given me the inspiration and strength to carry on in one of my lowest points in life. I mean, I wasn't fan-sessed, no... I did manage to relate a Cliff Notes version of the above story to let him know how much Blackjack's journey had meant to me. I wanted to let him know how important it was to me.... aaaaaaaand hopefully not drive him off with my fan-gasming. To his credit, he never even looked fazed, and was even pleasantly surprised when I told him what it had meant to me. He thanked me for reading, and when I mentioned I'd been trying to find a BJ plush, he grinned and said, "I know where they've got 'em - follow me, man." So, agog and still internally squeeing, I went along with him and his friend (whose name I forgot, please don't be upset, but I mean COME ON), and we traveled through the swarm of Bronies that were there to find their own treasures. I was so stunned by meeting him that I didn't even realize he was taking me to buy a plushie I had no money for. Arriving at the booth, he gestured to a small pile of Blackjacks that were adorably minky and well-made, complete with removable Security barding and little PipBuck! They were totes dorbs, as my daughter would say, and Somber asked the guy behind the counter how much they were. The gentleman replied, "Sixty bucks." My heart crashed as the realization came home. I kinda... mini-panicked. Eyes wide, I grabbed one of the booth's business cards, swearing I'd order one online and that it wouldn't take more than a single paycheck to do so, and that I'd really not expected things to go as they had for my budget for this trip, and was very earnestly trying to convince the friend that I was going to do my utmost best to get this plushie... Somber? He just reached over, picked one up, pulled out his wallet and bought one. Then he reached into his pocket and pulled out a black sharpie, removed BJ from her plastic bag enough for him to pull off the back bootie (it gave her legs that cyber-look), and that's where he wrote: To Randi From Somber Hang in there. And, with a smile, he handed it to me. "There," he said, "now you have one." I cried. I also thanked him about a dozen times, hugged him twice more,and shook his hand with BOTH of my own at least four more times. Even though I was fangushing at level 11 at this point, he simply smiled and took all my thanks and praise humbly, wishing me a good rest-of-the-con as he and his friend moved off into the crowds again. I'm pretty sure he was still smiling as he faded into the gathering of Bronies and Pegasisters, all here to celebrate this wonderful show that has spawned so much from so may people. There are a lot of folks who'll tell you that meeting a 'hero' is never all it's cracked up to be; they're arrogant, or money-grubbing, or egotistical to the Nth degree. But sometimes, fillies and gentlecolts... sometimes, meeting a hero is exactly everything you hoped it would be, and then some. To Somber himself, I say excelsior - your greatness is the massive shadow you leave behind the humble, decent man you are stretches farther than you ever imagined. Thank you for your hard work, your insight, and your story - it's helped me to do better, and I'm sure Blackjack herself would be proud of that.
  35. 5 points
    So I’ve decided to come back for a sec because I want to plug everything I’m active on as the last blog just had one. But to recap I consider myself retired from this forum. If you want to follow me, there are two outlets: As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been really active on Twitter. Been growing a small following over there actually: https://twitter.com/ChikoritaCheez But other than that, I have a fairly active Discord server. Full of memes, movies, and Smash Bros to name a few: https://discord.gg/AGAX8SD So if you want to follow me or join the server, go ahead.
  36. 5 points
    Hello! So, about two weeks ago I started getting back into the hobby of making Perler Bead crafts, something I haven't done since I was a kid. Since then I've finished a few projects and felt like showing them off. For my first project, I decided to recreate the cutie mark for my Pony OC, Gallantry. A few of the beads didn't fuse properly and ended coming off, but for a first try I thought I did pretty well. Next up, I made yet another cutie mark, this time of one of my absolute favorite ponies, Sunset Shimmer. Once I started to get the hang of ironing the beads correctly, I moved onto making one of my favorite Pokemon from Gen 1, Nidoking. Another cutie mark, this time of Best Pony AND Best Princess, Princess Celestia. Wanting to try something smaller, I figured I'd do the four ghosts from Pacman. Sadly, I used up almost all of my yellow beads making Sunset and Celestia's cutie marks, so I haven't made Pacman to go along with them yet. Finally, I made an Emblem for one of my original Netnavi characters from the Megaman Battle Network games, VolcanicMan.EXE. I actually plan to make all the emblems from that series as well, which is quite a tall order considering there are over 90 characters across all six games. And that's my collection so far. Once my order of white, black and yellow beads arrive in a week or so I plan to make all four of the Legendary Weapons from The Rising of the Shield Hero. I can already tell making the Legendary Spear is going to be a real pain since it's easily twice the size of the other weapons...
  37. 5 points
    A thought I had while enjoying some Rotel dip... It's time old folks stop blaming Millennials for all of the world's problems. I mean, come on! We're in our 30's, have mortgages, and the gray hair is starting to appear. We're not college kids! That is all.
  38. 5 points
    Content Count: 2642 Posts made, that counted.(+22) Day's Won: 7 Days having the most brohoofed content.(--) Last day having most brohoofed content: 30th December 2014 Ammount of Brohoofs: 25.653 Brohoofs received(+408) Followers: 395 Users following me.(+0) Forum Rank: Pony Profile Views: 416.103 times User watched my profile.(+6.105) Last 6 Visitors: @Mirage @DivineLight1000 @Sparklefan1234 @Flutterstep @lyrabetes3939 @BastementSparkle Ammount of Blogs: 5(+0) Ammount of Entries in my Blogs: 202 Entries(+1) Ammount of Comments in my Blogs: 219 Comments(+0) Ammount of Views in my Blogs: 27.908 Views(+217) Ammount of Content: 2.721 Pages(+23) Ammount of Status Updates: 324 Pages(+3) Ammount of Status Replies: 586 Pages(+7) Topics Posted by Me: 36 Topics(+1) Posts in "Count to a million" = 58.426(--)(To be continued!)(But theres no way to check how many posts i have now, so until theres a way, it just keeps like this) Days Won Counter: 3rd on 1st April 2019 with 54 Brohoofs 3rd on 7th 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exist anymore) Ranking most Blog Entries: 9th(--) Ranking most Posts(All): 1st(--) Ranking most Product Reviews: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Awards received: 42(+1) Award Ranking: Not included(--) Fics: 4 completed(+0), 0 uncompleted(-0), 0 Unsubmitted(+0) PlayStation Trophies: 3.030 Trophies(--) 23 Platinum(--) 116 Gold(--) 477 Silver(--) 2.414 Bronze(--) - = Got more rare += Got less rare Rarest Platinum: War Hero(Killzone 2)(--) 2.27%(-0.01%) Unrarest Platinum: Valedictorian(Bully)(--) 24.38%(-0.10%) Top 15 Rarest Trophys(Platinum): 1.War Hero(Killzone 2)(--) 2.27%(-0.01%) 2.The Legendary Hero(Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots)(--) 4.47%(-0.02%) 3.Extremely Solid(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PS3)(--) 5.03%(-0.03%) 4.Legend(Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain PS4)(--) 5.81%(-0.03%) 5.Platinum Trophy(Battlefield Hardline PS4)(--) 6.03%(-0.03%) 6.Vic Boss(Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker HD)(--) 6.73%(-0.03%) 7.Platinum(Call of Duty World at War)(--) 6.84%(-0.02%) 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Solid 3 Snake Eater HD PS3)(--) 13.25%(-0.04%) 9.One Last Time(Uncharted 4 A Thief's End)(--) 11.86%(-0.07%) 10.Platinum(Uncharted 3 Drake's Deception)(--) 11.24%(-0.04%) 11.Just another day at the office(Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare Remastered)(--) 10.12%(+0.74%) 12.World War One Hero(Battlefield 1)(--) 8.52%(-0.04%) 13.Platinum(Killzone 3)(--) 8.05%(-0.04%) 14.Platinum Trophy(Battlefield 4 PS4)(--) 7.67%(-0.04%) 15.Snake Eaten(Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater HD PSVITA)(--) 7.32%(-0.02%) Rarest Gold: Key To The City(Grand Theft Auto IV)(--) 2.62%(-0.01%) Unrarest Gold: Collateral Damage(The Order 1886)(--) 80.67%(-0.04%) Top 15 Rarest Trophys(Gold): 1.Key To The City(Grand Theft Auto IV)(--) 2.62%(-0.01%) 2.Great Dane(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(--) 2.70%(-0.01%) 3.Solid Gold, Baby!(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS4)(--) 2.86%(-0.01%) 4.Career Criminal(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS4)(--) 3.27%(-0.01%) 5.Heroic Survivor(Killzone 2)(--) 3.92%(-0.02%) 6.Amateur Radio Operator(Metal Gear Rising Revengeance)(--) 4.07%(-0.01%) 7.Valor Grand Cross(Killzone 2)(--) 4.12%(-0.02%) 8.Sounds of the Battlefield(Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots)(--) 4.58%(-0.02%) 9.Career Criminal(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS3)(--) 4.63%(-0.02%) 10.Multiplayer Elite(Killzone Shadow Fall)(--) 5.39%(-0.02%) 11.Virtually Impossible(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PS3)(--) 5.44%(-0.03%) 12.Complete Stealth(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(--) 5.58%(-0.01%) 13.The Longest Day(Call of Duty Infinite Warfare)(--) 5.62%(-0.04%) 14.Great Dane(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PS3)(--) 6.20%(-0.04%) 15.Hero(Metal Gear Solid 5 Ground Zeroes PS4)(--) 6.56%(-0.02%) Top 15 Unrarest Trophys(Gold): 1.Collateral Damage(The Order 1886)(--) 80.67%(-0.04%) 2.Modern Marvels(The Order 1886)(--) 77.25%(-0.05%) 3.A Knight No More(The Order 1886)(--) 70.07%(-0.05%) 4.Three for One(PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale PSVITA)(--) 64.84%(-0.05%) 5.The Pacific Campaign(Battlefield 1943)(--) 62.56%(-0.00%) 6.Charted! - Normal(Uncharted 2 Among Thieves)(--) 58.15%(-0.04%) 7.Liberation(Wolfenstein The New Order GER)(--) 57.66%(-0.01%) 8.Let's Go Home - Destroy Stahl's Cruiser(Killzone 3)(--) 56.52%(-0.05%) 9.The Fugitive(Dead Space 2 GER)(--) 53.41%(+0.06%) 10.Like a Boss(Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater HD PS3)(--) 52.12%(-0.06%) 11.Charted! - Normal(Uncharted Drake's Fortune)(--) 50.46%(-0.05%) 12.Medic Enlistment(Battlefield 1)(--) 48.95%(-0.11%) 13.A Cut Above(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PS3)(--) 48.66%(-0.04%) 14.Welcome to the Penthouse(Call of Duty Black Ops 2)(--) 48.50%(-0.05%) 15.Escape(BioShock 2 PS3)(--) 48.35%(-0.03%) Rarest Silver: Curator(Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS4)(--) 2.97%(-0.02%) Unrarest Silver: Bare-knuckle Slugger(Uncharted 2 Among Thieves)(--) 85.22%(-0.02%) Top 15 Rarest Trophys(Silver): 1.Curator(Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS4)(--) 2.97%(-0.02%) 2.Mission Complete(Call of Duty Black Ops 2)(--) 3.01%(-0.00%) 3.No One Will Believe You(Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS4)(--) 3.15%(-0.03%) 4.Shadows Cannot Be Killed(Killzone Shadow Fall)(--) 3.16%(-0.02%) 5.Endangered Species(Grand Theft Auto 4)(--) 3.26%(-0.01%) 6.The Knowledge(Killzone Shadow Fall)(--) 3.81%(-0.01%) 7.Dare Devil(Grand Theft Auto 4)(--) 3.92%(-0.01%) 8.Fully Equipped(Call of Duty Infinite Warfare)(+1) 3.96%(-0.04%) 9.Tell Me a Tale(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(-1) 3.97%(-0.01%) 10.Gun Nut(Call of Duty Infinite Warfare)(--) 4.12%(-0.03%) 11.In It to Win It(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(--) 4.81%(-0.01%) 12.Outgunned(Killzone Shadow Fall)(--) 4.92%(-0.02%) 13.Decorated(Killzone Shadow Fall)(--) 5.86%(-0.02%) 14.Untouchable(Killzone 2)(--) 6.06%(-0.02%) 15.Executed(Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain PS4)(--) 6.07%(-0.04%) Top 15 Unrarest Trophys(Silver): 1.Bare-knuckle Slugger(Uncharted 2 Among Thieves)(--) 85.22%(-0.02%) 2.Grim Reaper(Battlefield 5)(--) 84.78%(-0.14%) 3.Out of the Frying Pan(The Saboteur)(--) 84.57%(-0.03%) 4.Stepping up(Formula 1 2018)(--) 83.70%(-0.38%) 5.Into the Fire(The Saboteur)(--) 83.60%(-0.04%) 6.Killer on the loose(Battlefield Bad Company)(--) 81.85%(-0.03%) 7.Two for One(PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale PSVITA)(--) 81.34%(-0.02%) 8.Top 3(Formula 1 2016)(--) 80.47%(-0.19%) 9.On the podium(Formula 1 2017)(--) 80.05%(-0.44%) 10.Headshot Expert(Uncharted Drake's Fortune Remastered)(--) 78.94%(-0.04%) 11.Baneful Payback(Batman Arkham Asylum PS3)(--) 78.85%(-0.03%) 12.Master of your domain(Battlefield 1943)(--) 76.03%(-0.00%) 13.Arkham City Sirens(Batman Arkham City PS3 DLC)(--) 75.07%(-0.02%) 14.Carlson's Raiders(Call of Duty World at War)(--) 74.48%(-0.03%) 15.Legacy Found!(Uncharted The Lost Legacy)(--) 73.67%(+0.02%) Rarest Bronze: Horses for Courses(Red Dead Redemption 2)(--) 2.55%(+0.29%) Unrarest Bronze: A Rite of Passage(Table Top Racing: World Tour)(--) 98.51%(-0.00%) Top 15 Rarest Trophys(Bronze): 1.Horses for Courses(Red Dead Redemption 2)(--) 2.55%(+0.29%) 2.High IQ(Call of Duty Black Ops 2)(+1) 2.70%(-0.01%) 3.Non-Regulation(Red Dead Redemption 2)(-1) 2.55%(+0.38%) 4.Close Shave(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS4)(--) 3.25%(-0.01%) 5.St. Bernard(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(--) 3.33%(-0.01%) 6.Rolling Heavy(Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS4)(+1) 3.48%(-0.02%) 7.Scout(Killzone Shadow Fall)(+1) 3.59%(-0.01%) 8.Home Comforts(Red Dead Redemption 2)(-2) 3.72%(+0.34%) 9.Close Shave(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS3)(--) 4.16%(-0.03%) 10.Shiba Inu(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(--) 4.27%(-0.01%) 11.Veteran Ribbon(Killzone 2)(--) 4.32%(-0.02%) 12.Expert Ribbon(Killzone 2)(--) 4.35%(-0.02%) 13.Outmaneuvered(Killzone Shadow Fall)(--) 4.60%(-0.03%) 14.Unlocked(Metal Gear Solid 5 Ground Zeroes PS4)(--) 4.73%(-0.02%) 15.Demilitarized Zone(Metal Gear Rising Revengeance)(--) 4.84%(-0.01%) Top 15 Unrarest Trophys(Bronze): 1.A Rite Of Passage(Table Top Racing World Tour)(--) 98.51%(-0.00%) 2.Undercover(Wolfenstein The Old Blood GER)(--) 97.59%(-0.00%) 3.Followed Rost's teachings(Horizon Zero Dawn)(--) 97.17%(-0.03%) 4.Freeflow Combo 5(Batman Arkham Asylum PS3)(--) 97.16%(-0.00%) 5.War Never Changes(Fallout 4)(--) 97.12%(-0.02%) 6.Path of the Stars(Shadow of the Tomb Raider)(+2) 96.91%(+0.07%) 7.2X Multiplier!(LittleBigPlanet)(--) 96.90%(-0.01%) 8.Production(Metal Gear Survive)(-2) 96.90%(-0.03%) 9.Deja-vu(Wolfenstein 2 The New Colossus GER)(--) 96.39%(-0.00%) 10.I'm Batman(Batman Arkham City PS3)(+1) 96.09%(-0.00%) 11.Just a Scratch(Red Dead Redemption 2)(-1) 95.98%(-0.31%) 12.Artist(LittleBigPlanet)(--) 95.95%(-0.01%) 13.Shocking Rescue(Batman Arkham Asylum PS3)(--) 95.85%(-0.01%) 14.Somebody Else?(Beyond Two Souls PS3)(--) 95.78%(-0.00%) 15.Fix Me Up(Need for Speed Most Wanted PS3)(--) 95.74%(-0.01%) Top 15 Rarest Trophys(ALL): 1.War Hero(Killzone 2)(Platinum)(+1) 2.27%%(-0.01%) 2.Horses for Courses(Red Dead Redemption 2)(Bronze)(-1) 2.55%(+0.29%) 3.Key To The City(Grand Theft Auto 4)(Gold)(+1) 2.62%(-0.01%) 4.Great Dane(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(Gold)(+2) 2.70%(-0.01%) 5.High IQ(Call of Duty Black Ops 2)(Bronze)(--) 2.70%(-0.01%) 6.Solid Gold, Baby!(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS4)(Gold)(+1) 2.86%(-0.01%) 7.Non-Regulation(Red Dead Redemption 2)(Bronze)(-4) 2.55%(+0.38%) 8.Curator(Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS4)(Silver)(--) 2.97%(-0.02%) 9.Mission Complete(Call of Duty Black Ops 2)(Silver)(--) 3.01%(-0.00%) 10.No One Will Believe You(Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS4)(Silver)(+1) 3.15%(-0.03%) 11.Shadows Cannot Be Killed(Killzone Shadow Fall)(Silver)(-1) 3.16%(-0.02%) 12.Close Shave(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS4)(Bronze)(--) 3.25%(-0.01%) 13.Endangered Species(Grand Theft Auto 4)(Silver)(--) 3.26%(-0.01%) 14.Career Criminal(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS4)(Gold)(--) 3.27%(-0.01%) 15.St. Bernard(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(Bronze)(--) 3.33%(-0.01%) Top 15 Unrarest Trophys(ALL): 1.A Rite Of Passage(Table Top Racing World Tour)(Bronze)(--) 98.51%(-0.00%) 2.Undercover(Wolfenstein The Old Blood GER)(Bronze)(--) 97.59%(-0.00%) 3.Followed Rost's teachings(Horizon Zero Dawn)(Bronze)(--) 97.17%(-0.03%) 4.Freeflow Combo 5(Batman Arkham Asylum PS3)(Bronze)(--) 97.16%(-0.00%) 5.War Never Changes(Fallout 4)(Bronze)(--) 97.12%(-0.02%) 6.Path of the Stars(Shadow of the Tomb Raider)(Bronze)(+2) 96.91%(+0.07%) 7.2X Multiplier!(LittleBigPlanet)(Bronze)(--) 96.90%(-0.01%) 8.Production(Metal Gear Survive)(Bronze)(-2) 96.90%(-0.03%) 9.Deja-vu(Wolfenstein 2 The New Colossus GER)(Bronze)(--) 96.39%(-0.00%) 10.I'm Batman(Batman Arkham City PS3)(Bronze)(+1) 96.09%(-0.00%) 11.Just a Scratch(Red Dead Redemption 2)(Bronze)(-1) 95.98%(-0.31%) 12.Artist(LittleBigPlanet)(Bronze)(--) 95.95%(-0.01%) 13.Shocking Rescue(Batman Arkham Asylum PS3)(Bronze)(--) 95.85%(-0.01%) 14.Somebody Else?(Beyond Two Souls PS3)(Bronze)(--) 95.78%(-0.00%) 15.Fix Me Up(Need for Speed Most Wanted PS3)(Bronze)(--) 95.74%(-0.01%) Games Played: 92 Games(+0) Completed Games(100% Trophies): 16 Games(--) Completion: 52.24%(-0.16%) Unearned Trophies: 2.286 Trophies(+15) Trophies per Day: 0.91(-0.01%) -=Losed positions +=Earned positions World Rank: 173.364(-1.969) Country Rank(Germany): 13.988(-125) MLP App Game Stats Friendship Code: 24c4d30 Name: RisingShine94(Now Standard Sapphire Pants again because no google+ anymore) Characters: 294(+22) from 738(+13) Collections: 16(+3) from 123(+0) Costumes: 68(+12) from 95(+0) Shops: 90(+4) from 181(+2) Current Laughter Pieces: 999(+3) Current Generosity Pieces: 995(+2) Current Honesty Pieces: 999(+8) Current Kindness Pieces: 997(-1) Current Loyalty Pieces: 998(+1) Current Magic Pieces: 996(-3) Current Stars: 1470(+115) Current Friendships: 28(+0) Current Achievements: 10(--) from 25(--) -=Losed positions +=Earned positions Minelore Rank and record: 7.426(-35) with 77.673 Points(--) Title Melody Rank and record: 3.470(-606) with 3.723 Points(--) This Strange New World Rank and record: 14.193(-1.665) with 6.020 Points(+77) Time To Come Together Rank and record: 4.029(-540) with 18.195 Points(--) EG-Groove Rank and record: 1.327(+5.412) with 19.092 Points(+4.187) Cafeteria-Song Rank and record: 22.166(-4.365) with 10.779 Points(+29) Rank: 113(+3) VIP Rank: 0(--) Current Bits: 4.375.024(+1.499.289) Current Gems: 86 103(+17) Areas Unlocked: 7 of 7(--) Hope you enjoyed those useless stats, see ya next month n.n
  39. 5 points
    It's been a week and I'm still sticking with it. Knowing me, that's a feat in and of itself. That said, I don't have a finished piece to post to mark my progress. I do however have a portion of a far larger project I'm working on that can serve as my progress marker, also perhaps as a sneak peak of said project. Anyway, you didn't come here for words, so have some art. I have another sketch here. First off, it's just that: a light sketch. It's something I threw together to show someone the basic pony anatomy I'm using. It's not much to look at, but the fact that I threw it together in roughly 2 minutes is what makes it noteworthy as a progress marker.
  40. 5 points
    Hey, everyone! As you might know, I've recently been returning to websites like this and EqD to get back in touch with my old friends from the Brony fandom, and experience some nostalgia before the inevitable happens with My Little Pony. Since the start of the end is happening soon, now that I have collected my thoughts on the topic, I just wanted to say that, although I might no longer be a Brony, there's no denying that this show and the fandom around it meant a lot to me... Personally, I never expected that the day I decided to watch MLP out of being bored and finding something to do on my mother's old, slow and pink laptop could have lead to such a big part of my life. Since 2014, being in the fandom gave me a place to be in my free time, it helped me discover parts of myself I never previously knew about, I learned a lot of lessons and I became the person I am today, all thanks to the ponies. And so far, nothing, not even my obsession with Splatoon have managed to come close to what MLP was to me. It sounds silly to say but, MLP left a big impression on me, and it influenced me in a lot of ways that I never saw coming (e.g. my art style is quite clearly derived from MLP for the most part). I'm not sure where I would have been without this show, as it has helped me grow, it has helped me mature, and the fandom felt like a second home to me... Because of the kind of mark MLP has left on me in my life, I just wanted to say thank you to Lauren Faust, DHX Media, Hasbro, and of course the Brony fandom for making MLP the thing I remember it as today. To anyone here (or elsewhere) from the fandom that I may have fell out of touch with, I just wanted to say that I'm sorry things couldn't work out and I do wish things were different... I'm sure that in some way, shape or form, if you were my friend during my Brony years, you have definitely left some kind of influence on me. I have really enjoyed my time in the fandom and I wouldn't have my teen to young adult years spent any other way! Personally, for me, MLP wasn't just another popular show to me, but it was also an experience, which lead to many other things in my life and basically branched out into something more than just something to watch when I'm bored. I'll be sure to watch the episodes as they air, and it has been fun being part of the fandom for as long as I have! -Nightfall Samuel. And now, one of the first Brony songs I ever listened to, and also the song I knew would become nostalgic when the time finally came, also no doubt my favourite fandom song:
  41. 5 points
    Another video. Gonna try to stick with it. This time it is for something fun and light hearted.
  42. 4 points
    As a request from a member of this forum, that shall go unnamed, I have been assign to teach how to compose music. So why not create a blog entry for that? I am a music composer, whatever that means? It means I am an artist, but with music instead of art, because those are kinda similar, but not. If you are a music composer yourself, or someone who can play music from reading sheet music, you won't be impressed. If you have never before heard music, you might be a little impressed, but most likely, you won't be. So where do I start? Where does the music come from? Usually, nothing comes from the void, but is rather pieces of other things I have heard under a very long time, that somehow got merged together and became something new (like when you dream). Usually it is a melody stuck in my head, that I try (emphasis on try) to remember so that I can do something with it in the future. If you can whistle, then you pretty much know what a melody is, because it is that part you usually sing to (when it is a song), or whistle. Let's start with a simple melody (an annoying one): So where do we go from here? Well, usually we want the roots of the chords, so we will know where the melody is heading (or staying at, or whatever). That will lead to creating the bass line. However, for the fun of it, I am waiting with the roots, and giving you the harmony instead. That is because the harmony has its own roots, kinda, to be confusing. When composing music, try to be as confusing as possible to the ear. But also, when we add the bass, we want it to have its own melody (eh, confusing, that's what we are aiming for!). So here are the harmonies: If you can count to 4 within the first Major 7th chord, then, be prepared when the bass has been added, as 2 of those beats will be its own chord, and the other 2 will be a sus chord. That stands for suspended. There are many kinds of suspended chords, and some of them are nameless. While many of you know of the sus2 and sus4 chords (which are blah), most pop songs uses the bass + 1 for the suspended effect, and we will too! By playing a Major chord and move the bass from the root by + 1 (not semitones, but on the major scale), the chord's harmony changes into a Dominant sus. You have the Dominant 7th and 9th as part of the previous chord, but the bass which must be the root forces the 9th and the broken 11th into a sus chord, which melts most people's ears (including mine). Any 11th chord are broken, and shouldn't be used. So here are the chords you here in the harmony, in the order you hear them (I only care about the harmony, not the base chord because this music is transposed by a few seminotes): Maj7 Maj7 Maj7 Major Min7#5 Min7 Major Dominant9sus sus4 sus4 Major6 Min7#5 Min7 Major9 Major Dominant13add2 I could go on about these chords forever. Though, even if they have a meaning by themselves, they will not mean the same when we add the bass to the mix. Time for the bass. Well, just have a listen: So with the highest part of the music being defined to be the melody, and the lowest part of the music being the bass, let's listen to them together (the rhythm between them might be the thing you have to be born with to be a truly good composer. Sadly, I am not): Now, to combine the bass and the harmony, to create those sus chords and complex ear bleeding stuff. There is one thing I haven't talked about, and it is the horrible Major 6th chords in there. The melody might force this to be music in mostly Major 6th, but any Major 6th chords should be banned because they are manipulative. Thankfully I only have a split second of the music actually playing the Major 6th. I could make a whole blog post just about why Major 6th is evil, but for now, let's concentrate on this d*mn thing: And to complete the different variations, here is the melody and harmony together (the music is pretty much completed when the drums kicks in): And to finalize this thing, the final music (all combined, good riddance!): Now if I managed to be a good teacher, all of you will compose great music in the future. But from experience, I am not a good teacher. Also, I will take questions if there are any?
  43. 4 points
    In regards to what I consider particularly exceptional music, blink-182 likely won't appear very much. They have their place, of course, but when all is said and done, one would be hard-pressed to call them virtuosos. That said, they have written one song which I am particularly fond of, titled "Adam's Song." This song was written in memory of a fan who had sent a suicide letter to blink-182. They were so moved by it that they decided to write this song not only in memory of them, but also as one of blink-182's first truly "profound" songs, especially considering what other songs sat alongside it in its album. Needless to say, this song covers the subject of suicide and loneliness among teenagers and young adults, and considering how, say... zany blink-182 tends to be, I actually think this song is excellent. That said, let us begin. The song begins with a somber bass melody, which sets a very low, though not necessarily dreary tone well. This is one of the key strengths of the song, in my opinion; songs about suicide or impending death tend to be very harsh or melancholy in regards to their music, such as Hurt by Nine Inch Nails. While such songs are good in their own right, I think this approach fits the subject quite nicely as well, considering the fact that much of it reminisces on their earlier teenage years, rather than moping over how much pain they endure on a daily basis. It gives the song a sense of bitter nostalgia, rather than explicit pain. Shortly afterward, the first set of lyrics are sung: "I Never Thought I'd Die Alone" "I Laugh the Loudest, Whod've Known" "I Trace the Cord Back to the Wall" "No Wonder it Was Never Plugged in at All." If I am not mistaken, there is actually a story behind these lyrics. During the days when blink-182 was merely a band in a garage, there was a leak in their garage, which managed to get to their amp. Had it been plugged it, it very well might have electrocuted them, but alas, there was no electricity flowing into it. Not only does this crate a nice parallel with the singer directly recalling their own experiences, I find the lyrics quite good as well; they show a sort of... passiveness towards life. Would he truly care if it had been plugged in, thus, electrocuted him? No matter who you may be, when you are depressed, thoughts like these can be incredibly conflicting. "I Took My Time, I Hurried Up" "The Choice Was Mine, I Didn't think Enough." "I'm too Depressed to Go On" "You'll be Sorry When I'm Gone." In a way, I find that these lyrics explain perfectly why this song oddly works so well; they know how teenagers think and speak. The entire song has an overall vibe of adolescence and youth with its lyrics, instruments, and even the music video. At this stage of your life, there is so much going on in your mind; what career path should I chose? What classes should I chose? Should I bother dating yet? You have seemingly endless questions, with the answers only being drip-fed to you.This will inevitably lead to regrets and mistakes, so the fact that they do not clarify whether he took his time or hurried up works perfectly. The latter two verses also compliment the comment I made how they know just how teenagers think; humanity as a whole desires attention, but especially teenagers, so the lyrics "You'll be sorry when I'm gone" work with the theme very well. Perhaps in death, they will finally get the love and respect they deserve? Either way we then transition to the first chorus: "I Never Conquered, Rarely Came" "Sixteen Just Held Such Better Days" "Days When I Still Felt Alive" "We Couldn't Wait to Get Outside the World Was Wide, Too Late to Try" "The Tour was Over, We'd Survived" "I Couldn't Wait 'Til I got Home, to Pass the Time in My Room Alone" This first portion of the chorus plays off of the previously mentioned inevitable regret very well; the first verse shows an adolescent apprehension towards new or uncomfortable situations, but even with that said, he still had so much hope back then, thus, 16 just felt like such a better time to be alive. Ultimately, this leaves the singer feeling rather bitter towards his apparent missteps in life, thus, it is too late to try any longer. Why bother when so much time has been wasted? Nevertheless, he partially accepts it all, and looks forward to simply drowning the thoughts out at home, hoping not to think of it all too much. That said, we then return to a similar set of lyrics to the first: "I Never Though I'd Die Alone" "Another Six Months I'll be Unknown" "Give All My Things to All My Friends" "You'll Never step Foot in My Room Again" I have expressed many times thus far that this song puts teenage/adolescent thought processes and behaviors into lyrics very well, and this set is no exception. In a way, this set of lyrics shows a very... juvenile perspective on death, as if you can just get over it within a short period of time, or that you can simply get rid of belongings so nonchalantly. In a sort of way, it is as if the singer is trying not to think about this decision too hard; he ultimately knows it may not be for the best. This is further complimented by the following lyrics: "You'll Close it Off, Board it Up" "Remember the Time that I Spilled the Cup" "Of Apple Juice in the Hall" "Please Tell Mom this is not Her Fault." These lyrics reminisce to a very simple, but nevertheless pertinent memory he had of spilling apple juice, likely to be berated by his mother later. It is often said that the simplest moments make the sweetest memories, and I think this is a good example of that. Nevertheless, little things like that can utterly ruin a parent when they think back to it after their child commits suicide; every tiny thing you may have done wrong becomes your fault, and further screams to you how much you have failed at your job of being a parent, even if it truly wasn't your fault. That said, we then move onto the chorus once again, which is the same as the previous time. That said, there is a short period of build-up to the final chorus, with the bass getting slightly more lively, a few piano notes entering the song, and the drums getting more energetic towards the end. It paints the picture of redemption in a way... and for very good reason. In the end, the singer decides not to go through with their suicide, as expressed by the final chorus: "I Never Conquered, Rarely Came" "Tomorrow Holds Such Better Days" "Days when I can Still Feel Alive" "When I can't wait to Get Outside the World is Wide, the Time Goes By" "The Tour is Over, I'd Survive" "I Can't Wait 'Til I get Home, to Pass the Time in My Room Alone." Though simplistic, I think these lyrics express a suicide rejection very well. Sure, he may have made many missteps during his youth... but ultimately, there is no point is lamenting lost time. He still has a whole lifetime ahead of him, thus, many opportunities to finally live a worthwhile life That said, that is tomorrow's issue to confront; for the time being, it is time to get some rest at home. As I have stated previously; blink-182 are a far cry from profound virtuosos, and that is perfectly acceptable; they have always embraced a more comical, juvenile style of music to major success in their careers. That said, I think this song shines as one of their most sincere outings; it beautifully expresses a youthful, perhaps even naive soul's suicide contemplation and their thoughts throughout. In an odd sort of way, this was a perfect song for blink-182 to write, not only in spite of their juvenile antics, but because of them. My apologies if this essay isn't quite as thorough as the previous two; admittedly, I find that this song has much better lyrics than music, which is why I didn't have much to say about it this time around. That said, I hope you are enjoying this series thus far; it has been a lovely creative outlet for me in the past couple of weeks. Should you be interested, you will see more soon!
  44. 4 points
    At first he was like... But then he was like... It’s official. Love you, Bakugou. Our song: Relax. It’s a joke.
  45. 4 points
    Between Dark and Dawn marks the next chapter for the goal from the premiere: Celestia and Luna will retire, so the RM7 will take their place when they're ready. Capping the first half with this episode fits with the arc to a T, especially with the sprinkling of continuity throughout the season thus far. The fact that Gail Simone, one of the best comic writers, was invited to write the first Royal Sister episode of the show fits the grand nature of what S9 has felt for the past several episodes. If you're going to wrap it up, do it while on top. Season 9A is the most consistently good half of the series: Over half of the first eleven were great, and what wasn't great was still good. Between Dark and Dawn increases the percentage of great episodes, and it's the third-best episode of Season 9, only behind both Sparkle's Seven and The Last Crusade. So why is it so great? Time to break it down! LO-FUCKING-L! I know little of Simone's comic writing, but according to Voice of Reason in his latest At the Screening, she has really excellent comedic timing. Well, easy to see why: BD&D's littered with hysterical moments throughout. Some of the best are the following: You know what's coming! Y'said what everybrony was thinking. Celestia could've been involved everywhere, and they went with a simple trespass of Tank's hungry great-great-great-great-great grandfather. While Luna and Celestia went on vacation for the first time in forever, several ponies reacted really hilariously. Three favorites include one stallion (Fond Feather) fainting as they walked by, one mare taking a selfie while Celly naps on her head, and a stallion backing away from them in the post office (a scene that I'll get to later). And it's easy to see why. They're the most famous ponies in all of Equestria, yet spend almost their whole lives cooped up in Canterlot Castle. So once you pass them when you least expect it…well, can y'blame 'em?! Dash incredulously asking why the swanifying ceremony was so important. In addition, this episode has a plethora of really goofy faces, taking full advantage of the cartoony medium. The fact that a very famous writer agreed to write for an episode and the overall absurd tone accompanying it gave the crew ample opportunity to go for it wherever. If I go through a lot of them, I'd be overloading slower browsers with all the pictures… Oh, what the hell! Y'know y'screwed up when Pinkie's cross. Feelin' a wee giddy there, I presume? Not feelin' the Aloha spirit, I guess. This episode is loaded with detail, and this tiny one is no exception. Celestia glaring at the goofed-up face of herself. Luna fighting off fits of laughter. The sculptor not having any clue about his screw-up. Luna doesn't like the thrills. That said, wait for that Luna face again. Goth Celestia? How amusing. Ruling a kingdom ain't easy, whether it's for celebrating the agency of swans or manipulating position of the sun and moon. That FACE is Twilight at her most exasperated. Of course, the funniest of them all. Recall Luna's face while riding Flim and Flam's roller coaster? That face comes back again, only this time with Celestia's excitement. With all these faces, it's easy to see how much fun the storyboarders and animators had with these scenes. But even with all of them, they don't ruin the moment when it gets serious or turn gross. They push and toe the point of being uncanny without crossing that imaginary border. Each time they make that face, it's laugh-out-load hilarious. The little scores and voices help time them, too. More to come later. Swanversion of expectations. One big strength of FIM that doesn't get much credit anymore is its ability to subvert expectations to the audience. Back in Season 1, the show built a reputation of flipping clichés on their head, such as making the prince a vain jackass, a female unicorn who works beyond the call of duty to deliver the best quality possible, or a realistic approach to sisterhood conflict. How does this episode do this? Via swans. Stereotyped as elegant and gracious, the swans here are not presented this way at all. They're impatient, and temperamental, and aggressive, all with enough agency to make the RM7 know their place. When they found out who was leading the gala, they honked crossly at them. These moat-wandering, spoiled, Pony version of castle gators commanded respect; when things didn't go their way, they let Twi and friends have it. Celestia knew it, and while they were on vacation, they have every reason to count on them to solve it without their help. Fancy seeing you here! As Twilight helps run Equestria while Celestia and Luna vacation, the first main thing they must accomplish is hosting the Swanifying Gala. But little did Twilight know that Fancy Pants (welcome back!), Jet Set, and Upper Crust would be there to help out. Granted, it was very dumb of her to reject their help without observing Celestia's scroll of instructions, yet this isn't purely her fault here. No one warned her that someone would come to assist her. For all she knew, they entered unannounced and had no idea how to help set it up. This was Twilight's first taste of how to run and eventually understanding how no one pony can run an important royal event, much less a kingdom, alone. Leaders need help. Some rudeness aside, Fancy Pants was quite reasonable, and his sternness was completely justified. Neither he nor his aristocratic clients entered Canterlot Castle because they felt like it. They're familiar with the Swanifying Gala and lead the Royal Swanifying Committee. He knows how it works, and with Upper and Jet helping him, they can delegate for the gala so it can all be finished on time. Twilight turning them away surprised them and implicated that they know more that they do. However, their disorganization setting up the gala meant ignoring other critical points of government. By falling back, they can't help negotiate a deal with the street sweepers and help the carpenters complete their own jobs. So why does this matter to Fancy? Canterlot trusts him; Celestia wouldn't hire him to lead the committee for no reason. Everyone there — even down to the swans, who are promised watercress — are his constituents. By getting involved and lending his voice to those more unfortunate than him, their complaints amplify. Fancy makes sure they are heard and the RM7 listen. Plus, as head of the committee, the gala adheres to specific formal standards. With his experience, he can accurately judge if it holds up to it or not and mandate changes if they don't. The tablecloth decorations clearly don't, so Rarity had to delegate someone else to help her. When they realized what to do, he lets his monocle down and trusts them to finish the job. While this may not be as entertaining as the A-plot, it's important, nevertheless. This is the first time they run a kingdom together, so this was good practice. Hiccups aside, they prove their worth for now. The AliTeam! But the meat of the story is Celestia and Luna. Now, this ain't the first time they shared a humongous portion of an episode. A Royal Problem dealt with long-standing friction between them, but for almost the entire 22-minute run, they acted like they hated each other, making up only after Starlight nearly scarred herself with a massive nightmare. Secondly, Starlight was the main character, not them. Most of it was in her point of view or sympathetic toward hers. Eight and a half seasons in, but FIM finally wrote them co-leading an episode. In addition, this was A Royal Problem written much, much better. How? Instead of making them forget how much they loved each other, they loved each other both in the beginning and at the end. Their fight slowly progressed, crescendoing at their private picnic, without degrading them. The many moments throughout the episode not only showed their relationship, but added touches to their characters. Going over milestones one by one. For long-time watchers like myself, the criticism of Celestia and Luna being inactive, whether via capture or not appearing at all, makes some level of sense, especially during the Chaos Theory and Cosmo arcs and movie. This episode, self-aware, pokes a little clever fun at itself, setting the tone of both the episode as well as their relationship. Even though they're major beings in Equestria, they're still sisters. Each time they "helped" was always as a team. This shot — as they exchange eye contact and hold hooves — reminds us in a very funny, over-the-top manner. Unless you read the comics, the show rarely explored them as a sibling bond and individual characters. Often they appear as royal heads only. That all changed with this one scene: How is this important? This is the first time the audience ever watched them act like actual sisters throughout a scene. They may be wearing regalia, but they're not behaving like royalty here. A tight connection between them is revealed, and nowhere nearly as muted as their hoof-holding during Slice of Life's moral recitation. Reading to bow their hair, they share immense excitement for the upcoming trip and offer grand ideas to share their moments together. That said, the episode subtly lays the groundwork for their eventual fight. They disagree with how to spend that time on vacation, and it's easy to see their perspectives. Just like the Fifty Shades series, Princess Celestia's day shift is SOOOOOOOO boring! On the other hand, Luna spends all night settling nightmares and other forms of dreams so they can sleep. So adventuring and relaxation, respectively, would be welcoming changes to their routines. But most importantly, Luna says this: Here, doubt clouds above them, potentially leading to an argument. However, just like the Angry Swans, Between Dark and Dawn subverts expectations once again, cutting off the idea to make way for a compromise. When it's possible to introduce disagreement (i.e., Celestia's uncertainty toward the Hawaiian shirts and forgetting to warn Luna of the snack's awful flavor), they go back to being caring sisters once more. "Lotta Little Things" is one of the best songs of the series. Similar in tone to The Smile Song, its happy jingle bounces off the sisters' hooves and into the viewer's mind, and the catchy lyrics accentuate its giddy tone. Also, the animation in two of the sequences is creative. Aside from the clever Easter Eggs (yes, I know about Capper, and Wicked's an awesome musical! ), by making the ground round like a globe, it reinforces the jolly mood of the song and shows how far they traveled to do those activities. Beyond just the great lyrics, it also subtly advances their conflict. At the start, they cooperate and have a world of fun together, and several of the shots are adorable! Celestia at Not-Toys-R-Us cuddling with all the humongous plushies as Luna giggles, Luna fails to create the illusion of holding onto the Great Horseshoe, Luna giggling at the Celestia & Luna sculpture shown earlier, Luna playing the banjo (with some of the most imaginative rhyming since Stop the Bats), and especially Celly and Luna huddling as Jack Pot and Big Bucks perform. <3 However, after the second chorus, they start subtly disagreeing more. Still seeking thrills, Celestia looks for more adventure. But Lethargic Luna is exhausted and wants to take a break. From that point forward, they begin to disagree on what "fun" is, like Celestia getting bored watching Wicked, Luna nearly dying from fright swimming with sharks and barreling down Neighagra Falls. The last lyrics succinctly point out this change in tone. The post office scene is one of the best of the entire episode. Beyond the zipline, this really showcases the vast difference of opinion of fun. Celestia's so used to it, but as stated in episode, Luna's traditionally asleep at night, so she never experiences it, so what's mundane to Celly excites her like a little filly. And this scene is loaded with comedy spots and the most adorable Luna has ever been. Luna prancing like a little filly while waiting. (Awwwwwww! ) A stallion slowly backing away from the line in surprise. DERPY as cute as ever! Luna wiggling her eyebrows at Celestia and singing "Wait for it…!". Bored, Celestia takes out her pocketwatch as the secondhand ticks. The whimsical "du-d-du" as she mails her postcard (which has their cutie marks on the written side!). "It's about the PROCESS!" Now who trusts the process more, her or 76ers fans? In addition to Luna at her most adorkable, it created a clever transition to make both of them stop seeing eye to eye and getting more and more angry at each other. They wanted to have fun, but with their sister there, the whole vacation was less joyful and more chore-ful. Their tug of war and ripping the bucket list in half symbolically marked the point where they stopped compromising with each other and quit enjoying being in each others' company. Their picnic scene was the major boiling point. The moment Simone built up over the first two-thirds. Luna's accusation was childish, but the episode shows us several moments to understand where she's coming from, such as taking part in more extreme events late in the song, getting extremely upset at her makeup being ruined, and then being forced to leave an opera in the middle of a performance. What did Celestia do? Shout and use the Canterlot voice in her face. So it's completely believable of her to feel unwanted. However, what she also did was accuse of her of believing Celestia wants nothing to do with her at all, and despite the huge disagreement with each other, she clearly doesn't want her to stay sealed in the moon. Celestia wants to enjoy life and not feel cooped up in the castle. But because their anger feels so raw, emotion dominates logic. Also, because that anger feels so down to earth, it's hard to watch. Compared to their fight from A Royal Problem, it wasn't petty. However, unlike Twilight and the gang from The Mean 6, they don't immediately make up. Spending several long hours alone, they're deservedly reminded of how much they need each other. Canterlot isn't complete with one Royal Sister. But as the fight shows the hardships of sisterhood, the late-night scene at the mountain proves they still love each other. Luna reminiscing the times Celestia taught her to watch the stars to search for the lucky ones allowed the story and characters themselves to close the conflict without rushing. They talked to each other, expressed why they felt the way they felt, and became a closer unit. Does this warm you? …I'll take that as a yes. Between Dark and Dawn is a phenomenal addition to FIM's growing lineup of great episodes. Great humor, great characterization, and great heart. Whether it's the B-Plot of The RM7 struggling to run a gala at the most inopportune time to Celestia and Luna distancing themselves and later reuniting, there's a lot to unpack and love. The little details add extra shape to the atmosphere and story, like ponies fainting or taking a selfie upon seeing them or Luna teasing Celestia in the post office, and help improve a good episode into a great one.
  46. 4 points
    As fun as reviewing FIM episode’s is, sometimes you just don’t have the interest every now and then and wanna take a little break. I already commented what I wanted to comment regarding The Last Crusade (which ain’t much), and others have already filled in thoughts similar to mine. If others did so already, then I’m parroting. It’s fun to be featured in Loganberry’s Text Review Roundups every week, but getting them done early enough means sometimes wanting to write large chunks deep into the night, and that’s not good. I already commented and apologized for screwing up to reach a “deadline,” and I’m now more careful in crafting them and editing them far better. But yeah, it still feels good and exciting to see your hard work on other platforms. Unfortunately, now I’m starting to feel like my review quality’s beginning to slip (I rewrote most of my Student Counsel review for my blog, because my original was mostly a recap instead of an analytical breakdown), and I’ve been getting Writer’s Block when starting my reviews. Also, I don’t have the time for most of this week and wanna use a chunk of it for exercise, resting my bum ankle, attending a play, and catching up on the new DuckTales. So, I won’t review Last Crusade this week. I’m the last regular FIM review blogger for this forum. I neither wanna drop that to zero nor publish content without assuring I’m doing my best. Hopefully, a week off to recover and put no pressure on myself will help once Between Dark and Dawn airs on DF this Saturday.
  47. 4 points
    Note: Various users are credited here, and there are some uncovered Season 9 spoilers (so read at your own risk!) Well, Season 9 arrived, so it's time to post my tops and bottoms of FIM's second-best season so far. My previous overviews are linked below. Season 5 Season 6, 1st Half Season 6 Season 7, 1st Half Season 7 I don't apologize for gushing over S8 this early. One important note: Despite being counted as an episode, The Best Gift Ever is self-contained, so it's not included. Episodes Bottom-3: Fake It 'Til You Make It Or, as I'll say for here, Putting Your Hoof Down 2.0. This entire episode is a major retread of one of the worst of the series. Background/tertiary ponies act rude for the sake of the plot? Check. Fluttershy conveniently forgets being assertive without being a jerk? Check. Fluttershy becomes an even bigger jerk than the folks she talks (down) to? Check. Consequences for her actions go unresolved for a painfully badly executed lesson? Double check! But that only scratches the surface for how bad this ripoff truly is. To go over some of them… a. Manehattan's setting's one-dimensional. Every single shopper to visit Rarity for You acts like a stereotypical depiction of New York's commercialized neighborhoods from an outsider's perspective. Sans the Edward Scissorhands parody, all act snooty, high of themselves, and with a one-track mind. Can you find anything worthwhile of these caricatures? Not at all. Even worse, since every shopper's like this, it makes Saddle Row a one-dimensional, unpleasant atmosphere. b. That said, despite their rudeness, the worst anyone really became was a background pony — Mare E. Lynn her name — agreeing with Fluttershy's eviction threat. At no point did anyone belittle her or act physical. All they want was to buy Rarity's clothes to match them. Fluttershy behaves worse than anyone else and, unlike its predecessor, has no motive justifying this sudden change in characterization. Bossing the raccoons around, threatening to kick them out, dissing them as rodents, and insulting her friends all cross a very firm line that this show established from the very beginning of the show. Why does she bear Kindness? For her inherent empathy and patience for others. She violates her moral code for a shitty, out-of-character reason. On top of that, by claiming to be pretending, FITYMI removes all accountability, rushes its conclusion, and makes her apology unearned. c. Rarity doesn't get absolved, either. Just like Honest Apple, she continues to show horrible leadership by rushing to find a backup storekeeper for the shop. Had she pre-planned everything, she wouldn't be this disorganized. But to make it worse, she becomes very OOC herself by bashing Manehattanites, Saddlettes, and her customers behind their backs, implicating she only extended her clothing line to Saddle Row to make a quick bit rather than connecting people's inner beauty. You do know your employees and many of your friends live there, right? What would they think about you if they caught you shit-talking about them? Won't be fun, ain't it? Now, does it get as bad as the former on the whole? Not quite. At least some of the characters here remain pleasant (contrived excuses aside), particularly Smoky, Softpad, and Smoky Jr. But that doesn't give this laziness a pass. Skip it! @Captain Clark, @Nyactis Mewcis Catlum, and @Jeric are credited for this. Compete Crap Clause Stole it from @Captain Clark. It fits too much. Whereas the former ripped off PYHD, this crap ripped off an actual good episode. So, how can AJ and RD get away with their immaturity in Fall Weather Friends and not here? In the former, neither of them were really good friends at the time. Prior, they disagreed and showed some friction. Additionally, FWF's stakes were lower and more grounded, and the goal was set: Dash has to compete in the Running of the Lave without flying to cheat. The highest moment of tension (their brawl) only affected them. Afterwards, they felt embarrassed, learned their lesson, and immediately worked together to complete their mission. OTOH, FWF 2.0 takes place several seasons later. They're teaching students the lessons of friendship they themselves learned over the years. Are they the most mature? No. That's okay. What isn't okay is degrading them into out-of-character children by putting the safety and education before their lust to win Teacher of the Month! To win it, they (or shall I say the story?) raise the stakes twice. Firstly, Dash's selfish desire to win Teacher of the Month and a stupid timing competition caused friction with AJ, resulting in a careless accident in bite-acuda-infested rapids…despite both knowing that Yona is so aquaphobic and can't swim (more about this later). Yet, after Twilight threatened to take over the trip, they agreed to get along, yet still competed with on another by being passive aggressive and testy with each other, forcing the Young 6 to find the way out of the nature walk for them and nearly getting themselves devoured. On top of that, just before it ends, they go back to arguing again, implicating they learned nothin'! As a result, NCC becomes the third episode — Cutie Pox & Fame the first two — to become pointless filler! The dialogue, usually a strength of S8, was clunky, contrived, and painfully unfunny. Protip: Writing long-standing characters out of character to make new ones better is pure laziness and risks making the new characters unlikable. The Y6 were poorly written. Two moments save it from failing: Twilight actively calling Dash and AJ out for their incompetence and threatening to punish them, and Dash and AJ getting sincerely nominated for TotM — risking that reward will make them think about how stupid they behaved on the trip. A Matter of Principals Discord's at his best when he's a jerk with a heart of gold. An ability to show he cares in his way. Unfortunately, AMoP flanderizes him into only a brat, first by tricking the RM6 to go on a friendship quest (which meant getting Fluttershy into the same pickle), and then using his jealousy of Starlight to make her and the student body miserable. His behavior contributed to friction between Starlight and disorder in the school with substitutes (including Cwanky as an out-of-character lazybones and jerk, and a dragon-sneeze tree to get under Spike's scales ). For the first time since The Crystalling, Starlight and Spike share the spotlight, and both of them were written fine here. While Discord and Starlight didn't get along, Spike acted as the middle man, keeping a cooler head while being as objective as possible. After Discord unleashed a bugbear on the grounds and put Yona in harm's way, Starlight was 100% justified to blast him and banish him from the school grounds. On the other hand, this is exactly what Discord wanted, as he insulted her for her past villainy, and the fact that she got her temper get the best of her proved him right and left her in a big dilemma. The ending is unfulfilled, yet not as black and white as some think. On one hand, Discord doesn't deserve Starlight's job offer for reasons explained. Clearly he doesn't deserve it, and even though the RM6's return — all filthy — nullified her hire, the fact that she hired nullified any consequences for his actions. On the other, despite being the interim headmare, she's also the SoF's counselor, so she also has to look in others' shoes. Rather than balance her job, she focused on leading the school and didn't consider the source of his actions to constructively solve sooner. Is it the worst episode of S8B? Without a doubt. But to echo from my quickieview here, it's watchable mediocrity, nothing more. Dishonorable mentions: Father Knows Beast & Yakity-Sax. ——— Top-6: A Rockhoof and a Hard Place During the second half, FIM went on a five great-episode streak, two of which are included here. This is one of them and the best of them all last year. Kaita Mpambara cleverly foreshadows Rockhoof's eventual wish to become a stone statue, ala Discord by both the princesses initially and the M6 later. In addition to being absolutely funny, Hard Place briefly featured one of the most beautiful set pieces of the show: Mistmane's Crystal Empire garden is full of beautiful colors, composed perfectly, and feels exactly like something she'd do. Long ago, she surrendered her outer beauty to preserve an old friend's, and the hard work she put here is an extension of that same selflessness. There are two stars here: Yona and Rockhoof. a. Yona acted as Rockhoof's foil. When she first met him, she admired him for his strength, perseverance, pride, bravery, and occasion to smash, yakdom's cultural foundations. Immediately, she grew a student crush on him, and her excitement when thinking of him perfectly blends with her innocence and youth. This is why "Day just got betterrrrr!" is so damn funny: It's so easy to understand where she comes from, and her reaction's very in character. So who can blame her for reacting to Spike's news the hardest? So how did she respond? With the season's best scene. b. Rockhoof is the center of this fish-out-of-water tale, and he's incredibly sympathetic. No matter the job, he always tries to impress not just himself, but also others. When they thank him, he knows he succeeded. When he screws up, he feels guilty. War conquered the realm long ago, so his warrior-first instincts don't leave, but today, harmony triumphs, and now he's a veteran looking to live and not give up what he grew up remembering. Everyone can go home, but he can't, and Stygian adapted to modern life, but not him! Once his most innate skill — using the constellations to dictate direction — is moot by time, he believed the only way out was to become stone, an allegory of suicide that was masterfully executed. Not a bad outcome for a Pillars with a bland backstory, huh? This is just a summary of its magnificence, so read my review for fuller detail. Like my main review, credit goes to @TheAnimationFanatic, @Ganondox, and @gingerninja666 here. The Break Up Break Down Unimpressive synopsis, impressive episode. In a season full of improved dialogue, this in particular really showed not just the highly-crafted lines, but also how the editing team responsible for Shadow Play's quick wit influenced this. Not one line feels wasted; they all mean something and carry a purpose to fulfill circumstances later. Some of the best lines not only delivered hilarious comedy, but also genuine heart while fluently transitioning the tone by Act 2's end. Several seasons ago, Discord was the M6's biggest foe, and it took more than a full season after he reformed until they began to have any faith in him. tarting in Season 6, Confalone's Dungeons & Discord added him with the tandem of Spike and Big Mac to create the O&O trio. On the surface, it shouldn't work, yet somehow he succeeded. Now they all act like they knew each other since Spike hatched, and it makes sense. Their organic tandem sells the humor, snarky exchanges, Big Mac's anguish, and Discord's act to mend his friend's relationship with Sugar Belle. Yet, that was only the A-plot. The CMCs were also spectacular here. Thinking Sweetie has a secret admirer, they search for him, experiencing equally funny shenanigans. Yes, thre wasn't nearly as much time spent here, but Confalone economically took advantage of what he gave them, including rendezvousing at the barn and getting mixed up with Big Mac, who accidentally flustered on them (and apologized). Did thy find "him"? No. And they realized it was all a mix up. But being best friends, the journey more than made up the destination, punctuated by one of the most heartwarming lines all year: Awwwww…! P.S.: Here's my full review. The Hearth's Warming Club If only Acts 1 & 2, it would've been good. The final six minutes turned it into the best Christmas episode of the franchise and one of the top-15 overall. To go over it one by one: a. Gallus asks Silverstream what cousins are. Thanks to his sarcasm and pride from earlier, for him to ask a sincere question comes off as rather surprising to the audience, evident by how off-guard Ocellus was as she explained to him. Earlier shots foreshadowed his act to vandalize the Fire of Friendship, but this was the first outward clue. b. Once Smolder and Yona complete their interrogations, everycreature becomes desperate and worried. They want to go home, but someone holds them back. No one confessing equals guilt from everyone. Therefore, they apply their anger on others, such as Sandbar accusing Smolder of feigning anger and Silverstream's conspiracy theory. Ignoring Gallus's words of calm, they argue loudly. While they fought early that semester, this is their first true fight as friends. Their anger is weighty, and watching his friends devolve hurt him to the point of nearly crying. c. Gallus's backstory is devastating. His friends are incredibly lucky to have family to celebrate with, but like many in real life, not everyone is. Griffonstone's family dynamics are either unstable or nonexistent, evidence pointing the latter; he's an orphan in a desolate, corrupt world. His friends are his first real family, and the School his first real home. As bad as damaging the main hall is, can't you blame him for not looking forward to returning to Griffonstone? No! Going back there meant returning to an aimless, depressing life, even for a few weeks. d. So with the ample opportunity to hide his secret, why confess? As what he said to his friends, he didn't went them to stay stuck in her School and feel just as miserable here as himself while in Griffonstone. Yes, his friends will be there, but won't enjoy each other's company. If they ever find out later, who knows how close they'll be. For all he knows, they may relapse and separate, leaving him all alone again. By confessing and accepting the consequences, he saves everyone's friendship. e. Right here, the remaining five demonstrate true friendship. Despite every good reason to be mad, disappointed, and force him to relearn friendship lessons as punishment alone, they chose to not only forgive him, but also support him at his lowest point. Maturity quickly developing beyond their years, they elect to stay behind, proving he's one of them no matter what (and nullifying his punishment). Similar to the RM7 two episodes ago, they become closer. This episode is phenomenal, and I cannot recommend it enough! Road to Friendship Like Big Mac, Spike, and Discord's friendship, Starlight and Trixie's began in S6's No Second Prances, a very rocky episode. Since then, DHX greatly improved their chemistry, solidified their friendship, and make it important for them to have conflicts without making each other look horrible. Road to Friendship continues to build it and is unquestionably their best outing together. Like Break Down or Horse Play, its tight dialogue convinces the audiences to buy into their friendship. Listen to how Starlight and Trixie communicate with each other and their environments. Their chemistry's organic in its humor, drama, and overall emotion. Haber took full advantage of not only take full advantage to comedic opportunities, but how to test their friendships too. We're Friendship-Bound, its lyrics, and tone are ear porn, and Pinkie's friends must be a teeeeeensy bit jealous over its fourth-wall-breaking madness. However, don't ignore Hoo'Far nor him inadvertently contributing to the conflict. He met Trixie and would like to trade his larger wagon for something smaller and more homey. Is Trixie's rusty, uncooperative, crowded and falling apart? Yes. But to her, it's her home, so there's sentimental value attached to it… But Hoo'Far sees it from a material P.O.V. only and believes she needs change. Starlight agrees with him. Since stopping at Somnambula, their whole trip worsened, and to her, Trixie's caravan is its source. By agreeing to trade, they have more room to sleep and store. Trixie told him why her wagon matters so much, but not her. For all she knows, Trixie wants to trade it, yet nopony offered to. Nevertheless, Starlight has NO right trading her property without asking! Thanks to their bad argument the night before, Trix's anger rightfully worsens. Fortunately, the ep understood this, hence its harsh treatment against SG once they split and that she apologized, a reversal of NSP done right. Heh! As a result of this upbeat, scaled-back classic, you'd think they knew each other since before the pilot. P.S.: My quickieview. P.P.S.: SG, Trix, please work on your chant and dance. Thank you! The Washouts A scrapped ending for Wonderbolts Academy was to redeem Lightning Dust, but after being reckless, selfish, and careless to the point of nonchalantly eschewing the RM5's near-fatal peril, it doesn't make sense. Disqualifying her works best. So what becomes of LD now? Does she retry for the WB, start a new career, or change for the better? The Washouts answers every question: leads a successful group of "washed-out" ex-'Bolts and becomes one of FIM's most manipulative antagonists. Her foil's Rainbow Dash, who continues a mostly grand streak of great outings (minus one, sadly). When DHX writes her well, they balance her ego with sympathetic depth, and like Berrow in GGW, Confalone does the same here. The episode phenomenally exploits her ego and self-confidence with equal dedication caring for Scootaloo and never relenting the consequences of when she exposes her flaws. Since most of TW is in Dash's perspective, we follow her every move and witness when she's either strong or vulnerable. However, Scootaloo isn't around her all the time; when she opens the Washouts Fan Club, Dash interrogates her. Later on, she brags about how much better the WBs are next to her and doesn't warm up to them at all till later in the stunt show, transitioning her emotions from envy to concern without being forced, especially once LD uses Scoot's rebellious naivete to claim anyone is capable of being a Washout. As per usual, it's really funny, especially this classic scene! Unfortunately, Dash's "tough love" not only made her feel more left out of the Wonderbolts, but also helped solidify Scoot's decision to become a Washout. Add to the fact that Dash immediately shuttered the Washout club over Scoot's inward objections, solidifying the thought that her mentor didn't act in good faith at any point. I haven't even touched upon the subtle development of Scoot's quest for inclusion (explained further down) and the harsh lesson Dash needed to hear to close Act 2, which you can find here. In all, a fantastic episode! The Mean 6 What better way to close out Season 8A with the second-best 13th episode! After a small sabbatical, Chryssie returns, aimless in the forest and desperate for revenge on the Mane 8, especially Twilight and Starlight. In doing so, she concocted a crazy scheme of replicating the RM6, leading to some of the best exchanges and jokes, mainly the hilarious tension between her and Snarkle. But the real stars of TM6 is the RM7. Immediately conflict brew between them, beginning with TS's impatience with the photographer and slowly growing while trekking deeper into the Forest (i.e., Pinkie accidentally startling FS and Rarity leaving man equipment behind). After FS wanders off to help a bird find his nest, the conflict improves, especially when they encounter QC's doppelgangers unbeknownst (and vice-versa). These exchanges brought forth both needed comedy to keep it entertaining, but also accelerated the frustrations within each of the ReMane 7; Lazy Dash's dismissals of 'Shy and Sparkle at their lowest points and Liarjack bullying Starlight for carrying all the camping gear are perhaps the best examples. Consequently, the RM7 had probably their worst argument since Return of Harmony. Thanks to confusion, everyone was anguishing realistically, the tears from Twilight subtly accentuating the pain. By accident, Chrysalis almost successfully broke them up…if not for their strong bond. Oh, and this… Indeed… *shudder* P.S.: My full review. Like before, Jeric, Clark, and @PathfinderCS credited here. Honorable mentions: Surf and/or Turf, Grannies Gone Wild, & Sounds of Silence. Note: All episodes are listed in my order. As for S8's alone, they're below with their grades and placement (as of the day before S9 debuts). S8 episode ranking: A Rockhoof and a Hard Place: A+ (#8) The Break Up Break Down: A+ (#10) The Hearth's Warming Club: A (#14) Road to Friendship: A (#17) The Washouts: A (#18) The Mean 6: A (#23) Surf and/or Turf: A (#26) Grannies Gone Wild: A (#28) Sounds of Silence: A- (#35) Horse Play: A- (#41) Molt Down: A- (#45) What Lies Beneath: A- (#46) Friendship University: B+ (#54) Marks for Effort: B+ (#56) The Parent Map: B+ (#60) The End in Friend: B (#71) School Raze: B (#75) The Maud Couple: B (#78) School Daze: B- (#84) Yakity-Sax: B- (#92) Father Knows Beast: B- (#98) A Matter of Principals: C- (#133) Non-Compete Clause: D- (#152) Fake It 'Til You Make It: F (#163) Morals: Bottom: N/A. In order to qualify, it must be a bad moral on its own merits. While some were poorly executed, they weren't actually bad. ——— Top-3: Breakdown: Don't be afraid to openly admit your feelings. Those who care for you will listen and understand. This lesson rings true in both this episode and beyond. Communication is crucial to any relationship, both romantically and familiarly. What's one of the most important elements of communication? Listening. Thanks to misinformation and miscommunication, Big Mac & Sugar nearly fell out on the most romantic day of the year. Thankfully, BM didn't give up and openly admitted his love for her as he mended her trailer, and Sugar — in her sweet, bubbly, caring voice — not only cleared it all up, but became more in love with him. Hard Place: No matter how hurt, lonely, or hopeless you feel, you matter. Over a year ago, Rick & Morty co-creator Dan Harmon tweeted very valuable advice for battling depression. The sentence that struck me, who was never clinically depressed, was how your feelings may be real, but aren't reality. That rings so true to Rockhoof, whose self-shame for his inability to adapt to modern times no matter how hard he tried made him believe no one sees him for the hero he was anymore. Yona, who admires him, convinced him he belonged not just by how much she likes him, but by rounding the whole school up to greet him. Surf: Even if you don't know it, you wording can perpetuate doubt and confusion to someone else. Another key component to a healthy relationship is how you communicate. Words matter. Even if what you say's innocent, another person might not take it that way. Observe the awareness of microaggressions to create a more inclusive society, for example. Now, what happens in Surf and/or Turf's completely unrelated to bigotry in any way, but pay attention to what Terramar's parents say to him: When he explained his conflict, he believes that if he chooses one home over the other, he lets others down and pins blame on himself for their separation, a very common feeling among kids of divorced parents. Statements like these perfectly exemplify why Terramar was so confused, unsure, and overwhelmed. Extra pressure's added onto his shoulders without them realizing it. Honorable mention: The best friendships overcome the toughest hardships (Mean 6). New characters: Characters that appeared on screen prior to S8 (even when in the background) don't count. So some of the tertiary characters from Fake It and Stellar Flare won't make the cut. Bottom-4: Every tertiary character debuting in Fake It. Every Manehattanite who walked into RFY's a walking stereotype, and the new ones share the problem. They're uninteresting, irritating, and obnoxious. I don't come to watch FIM to see caricatures of millennials, Gen-Xers, rich people, goths, and so forth. Save those elsewhere. Dishonorable mention: Rolling Thunder (flat co-foil for Scootaloo). Top-6: Yona. Cute yak best yak! NEXT! Gallus. This griffin is a hysterical featherball of jerkery. Embedded with a Griffonstone edge, he keeps his vulnerability within, yet will reveal it when he feels he has to. Cozy Glow. Triumphs over Stygian as the show's best villain. Deceptive, witty, manipulative, confident. Innocent on the outside, scheming from the inside. More than willing to make friends, then dump them after fulfilling her usefulness while making them the guilty party. Smolder. Growing up with her own culture in the Dragon Lands and understanding it from inside and out, she's macho without being demeaned for it, yet actually cares for others in her own way. Since S6, FIM showcased dragons in a more positive light; she's the most thorough example, especially in Molt Down and Father Knows Beast. Autumn Blaze. From my SoS review: Oh, and this: ^ If you can make a really serious situation witty and hysterical, y'got talent. Sludge. From my FKB review: Honorable mentions: Silverstream, Ocellus, Sandbar, Snarkle. Mane 8: Bottom: Fluttershy. Blame it on Fake It PYHD 2.0, her worst portrayal of the entire series. Backtracking her growth all these years, having to relearn her lessons in a contrived fashion (no pun intended), knowingly threatening to evict a rescue raccoon family, and apologizing half-assedly. In PYHD, she became a bigger plothole because everyone was atrocious to her first. But this ripoff gives her no believable motive and regresses her by storytelling demand. Dishonorable mention: AJ. ——— Top: Starlight Glimmer. Were ya expecting anyone else? S7 improved her performance and was its best man character, but two episodes held her back: Fame (being the false vessel for DHX to reject the Death of the Author theory) and To Chang a Changeling (became OOC by calling Pharynx a "lost cause" behind his back). S8 improves her consistency tenfold. No OOC moments, no contrived mouthpiece of DHX. As a character, she takes control and is in character in every appearance she's in. Honorable mention: Twilight. --- Full M8 rank (in order): Starlight Glimmer Twilight Sparkle Spike Pinkie Pie Rainbow Dash Rarity Applejack Fluttershy Moments: Bottom-3: Yona nearly drowns. An in-character, likeable Dash and AJ would stop squabbling over some lame record. That same Dash, who rejected going after a difficult-to-attain windpower record from Hurricane Fluttershy after several pegasi were too sick to fly, would consider her inability to swim and utilize her lessons to help teach her students friendship. That same AJ, who forgave Grand Pear and welcomed him to the family decades after disowning his late daughter, would stop arguing with Dash and focus on helping the students row safely. But nope! We got new characters in disguise whose out-of-character stupidity caused their boat to crash in dangerous water and needed the help of Ocellus and Silverstream to rescue her after nearly drowning! Do they have ANY idea how lucky they are?! If she died, relations between Yakyakistan and Equestria break beyond repair. Even worse, Twilight will have to close down the school! Prince Rutherford agreed to lend his trust to Equestrian royalty and let her join the school. Again, this ain't Fall Weather Friends or Castle Mane-ia! They're supposed to be past this stupid phase! Congratu-feathering-lations for proving Neighsay right, ponuts! Discord unleashes a bugbear on Starlight's students. Reasons why are similar to prior. Had Discord's prank harm Yona or the others, Twilight's school has an irreparable PR nightmare. Not to mention it makes Discord a spoiled brat! The reason it's lower is because a non-student's responsible for this, and the interim headmare both successfully intervened and justifiably called him out for his actions. Fluttershy threatens to evict Smokey and family. Verbally abusing animals, who she values so much and the core of her talent, violates her moral compass that this show sided for so long. To make it worse, Rarity reminded her early on how she rescued them, hired them, and they became very valuable employees. After threatening them, she proudly bashed them behind their backs to a fellow mare who agrees. *scoff* Some "pretending"! Dishonorable mentions: FS claims she "pretended." Discord screws up the treasure hunt. Maud stands Pinkie up. Dash & AJ argue to conclude NCC. Twilight suddenly announces the School of Friendship. Top-5: Yona rallies the School in support of Rockhoof. From my HP review (with edits for here): Discord breaks Sugar Belle's wagon wheel. Reiterating from above, reformed!Discord is written the best by balancing his abrasion with caring for his friends. (Observe this balancing act from The Beginning of the End for an excellent post-S8 example.) In Break Down, he acts like rude and selfish at times (even shooing Hearts & Hooves Day as a commercialized fad), but when he screws up, he'll go make it right. Here, he uses his chaotic magic to stealthily break Sugar Belle's wheel, allowing Big Mac to catch up to her, where they settle their differences and reunite. Yes, he complains about Hearts & Hooves Day being a commercialized fad, yet after his bad advice nearly breaks 'em up, he actively salvages it, proving his belief of romance and friendship with Spike & Big Mac. Smolder and Gallus won't leave the cave. Seven sentences. No more. A simple pause in the action fulfills several points. a. The School of Friendship helped them learn to become better people. b. No matter where they live, how they celebrate, speak, or what they look like, everyone's equal. c. Their friends matter. If they pass their tests alone, they'll help them and support them. They'd rather be trapped underneath than abandon them. d. Individually, they developed. Each task up to What Lies Beneath affects who they are and how they respond to the Tree's test. Without School Daze, Clause, and Club, they never become the people we know now. P.S.: I'm still in a self-plugging mood right now. If anyone wants to read my What Lies Beneath review, click here. After Twilight dismisses class for the winter, Gallus flies away. mlp.fandom.com's caption perfectly points it out: "Note the subtle foreshadowing here - only Gallus appears unhappy in this shot." The Young 6's whole dynamic fleshes out, starting here. Without it, we know nothing of their lifestyles or Gallus's home hardship. Lightning Dust's false inclusive motive. Originally, Scootaloo's love for The Washouts appeared to be a fad. At the start, she represented the rebelous teenager growing fascinated with the extra danger because it was "cooler" than the Wonderbolts. Until the final act, she never relinquishes this role. But this exchange creatively swerved an extra motive to admiring the Washouts: inclusivity. Unlike every other pegasi to date, she can't fly, yet idolizes Dash, who's now a Wonderbolt. She envies her mentor and her rise to stardom and feels guilty. This shot punctuates her guilt: But when Dust retorts, her facial expressions improve instantaneously: Every thing Scootaloo says and does through the rest of Act 2 calls back to these shots. a. Scheming with Dust to have the WBs expel her, qualifying her to join. b. Rejecting Dash's and Spitfire's tough love, believing they had selfish ulterior motives. "Following your wingflaps" subtly points to her disability (thank you, Ganondox, for this point) and envy of Dash for achieving an unattainable goal. c. Dash's snappy decision to close her fan club finalizing her decision to join the Washouts. After all of this, it culminates with the most painful lesson in Dash's life, and the one she most deserved to hear. The Washouts calls back so many episodes so subtly, including Flight to the Finish, and takes advantage of its continuity to build an internal conflict developing within Scootaloo for quite some time. Not only did Confalone and his editors write an avenue for Scootaloo to search for a club that'd include disabled pegasi like her, but also show major differences between them. Does Dash love Scootaloo? Of course she does! She's her surrogate sister. But her ego made her believe she became protective in bad faith. Scootaloo's direct rant was a long time coming, and made Dash painfully realize she'll never become one of the best fliers, the key physical qualifier for becoming a 'Bolt. The Washouts gave her a chance to prove herself, and she wasn't giving it up. Like it or not, Scoot's growing up; she must trust her to use her conscience and judge if a stunt's too dangerous. Dash and Twi did the right thing letting her go and decide for herself. Honorable mentions: Cozy talks to Starlight after watching Twilight expel the CMCs. Silverstream stands up to The Storm King. Twilight sticks up for Spike after helping defeat the Roc. Ocean Flow and Skybeak (Terramar's parents) greet each other warmly. Celestia leads the play's rescue. Gallus's friends stay behind to support him. What I want for Season 9: The usual: maintain consistency, watch out for unfortunate implications, etc. Haber and Dubuc continue working as a team. Shadow Play really showed what they were capable of; despite a slow start, they helped edit the most consistently great season of the show. Haaber's return helped improve S7, Dubuc's arrival added extra touches to improve its formula. So far, they remain that team with the touch. Further develop the Young Six. What Lies Beneath and School Raze show us what to potentially expect of them: The Tree of Harmony likes them, has faith in them, and believes they can spread the Magic of Friendship far and wide. Friendship's in their nature. Don't be surprised if they succeed the RM6 and either become the new Bearers or become successors to the Elements before them. The Y6 are some of the best group of characters FIM ever had; more of them, please! Deliver finality. Hasbro announced Season 9 as its last. As disappointing as it is to many, S9 and FIM's end's also a time to celebrate the show itself, what it became, its consistency from the beginning, and how it can inspire other shows years from now. Story-wise, there's still some closure left. Cozy Glow's S8's villain, yet she, Tirek, or Chrysalis aren't done. Their arcs remain. The Beginning of the End and an upcoming episode may foreshadow their conclusions, but the ride interests me just as much. Verdict: No secret. I love Season 8! Had S5 not top it just a little bit, it'd be my favorite. Great episodes, excellent consistency, great new characters. Best villain. I don't need to say anymore. Bring on Season 9!!! P.S.: My season order: 5 > 8 > 7 > 2 > 1 > 4 > 3 > 6.
  48. 4 points
    Dumbo went through so much trauma throughout. Bullied by a brat for his wings (and getting his mom locked up in the process), ostracized as a freak by the Matriarch and the other elephants, demoted into a clown sideshow after accidentally destroying the circus tent, and bullied by the crows before Timothy stood up for him and made them have changes of heart. And I didn’t even get to Baby Mine! Suffice it to say that this film is really sad…which makes this happy ending so triumphant in hindsight. If there was one character who deserved it, it’s him!
  49. 4 points
    Here is We Got This Together from My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) on the Organ. Enjoy. 😊 Special Thanks to my patron, (Ultimate Fan) Juke Denton, for supporting me on Patreon. Join him here: http://www.patreon.com/jonnymusic
  50. 4 points
    Hey. This is a preemptive Grind My Gears. (For all the good it will do.) Y'know what's really gonna grind my gears? With S9 being the confirmed end of FIM, I just know that the whole year will be absolutely filled with people saying things like, "I can't believe it's all going to end! The ride is over! The fandom's over! It's all gone! The past nine years, gone! No more Pony! That's it, everyone! Say your goodbyes! It's been fun; so long!" and such and such. When I hear that stuff, it just makes me Yeah, I know it's ending, but that doesn't mean that the fandom is going to evaporate into thin air. It's not all going to be erased from existence. This isn't a rollercoaster: you don't have to disembark when the ride ends. Are there not franchises that you enjoy even though they've long since seen their end? Good things stay relevant for generations even though there isn't new stuff. I mean, did people just stop enjoying Star Wars after Return of Jedi came out? And before you start screeching at me, think about it--sixteen years passed between the release of Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace. Nobody was expecting the prequels during that time. Nobody was waiting for more movies. It was a surprise when it happened. Everyone just thought the trilogy was over, and that was that. But did the Star Wars fandom end? F*ck no! There were still books and merch and conventions and all that sh*t, and there still would have been/would be even if there had never been another movie! I can't speak for anyone else, but I'm not going anywhere. I'm still going to haunt the forums regularly for as long as they exist, and I hope it's for a long, long time. I still want to talk ponies, and I want to talk other stuff with my fellow Pony fans. Where else would I go to make my blogs? I'd be lost without this place. I'm sure fan content will continue for many years. We can rewatch the series periodically, we can read the books, watch youtube Pony videos, collect fan art, read fanfics, listen to the music, both the official and the fan stuff, and of course, you can make content if you're into that. And we can chat on here! Yeah, it's bittersweet that the show is ending, but please don't act like the second the finale airs, we all have to turn off the lights, leave the room, lock the door, throw away the key, and never see each other or speak of Pony ever again, cuz that's just bogus, man. And lest we forget, if G5 is good, we can all board that train.