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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 10 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.
  4. 9 points
    Today is me and @Cyclone's one year anniversary together as a couple, so I decided to do something special and post our story of how we met right here on the frums. This is from my point of view, of course. I hope y'all enjoy! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It was just another ordinary afternoon in January of 2018, I had logged onto the forums to go through notifications and message a couple friends back through DM, when I happened to notice a user by the name of "Cyclone 1066" in my recent profile vistitors block. I had never seen this user on the forums before, much less on my profile, and what really caught my eye was this user's profile picture. It was Rainbow Dash as a NASCAR driver. It's a rare thing to come across, a fellow brony who also loves NASCAR, so my curiosity lead me to check out this user's profile for myself. Upon reading up on this user's profile, I learned he was indeed a motorsports fan and loved cars and such, just like me. What also caught my eye was that he was from Illinois, which is also my birth state, even though I don't live there anymore I thought that was pretty cool, and he was also about my age, which was also a rare finding to me. I wanted to get to know this guy better, it'd be nice to have a friend who has so much in common with me. So I posted to his profile a hello, and awaited his response with much anticipation. He eventually responded and we got into a friendly conversation about NASCAR and motorsports and MLP and such, and in my head I was like "Wow, I already like this guy, we have so much in common." After that we starting following each other and talking more and more, but it was oddly never through DM. We would talk through status updates or random threads around the forums, and always had fun in the forum games. It wasn't until a bit later when he messaged me in DM telling me he liked this particular SoarinDash pmv I put up on my YouTube channel, and from there, we talked back and forth a LOT. Didn't take long at all before I realized, I really like this guy, but as in, REALLY like this guy. I realized I had feelings for him, and I didn't even know what he looked like! I was falling in love with his personality. And I wanted him to know, but I was still a bit too shy to come out directly and say it, sooo, that's when I started dropping the hints. For example, in the forum game "Ship the member above you" if he would post in there I'd reply under him and ship him with myself, I would drop little subtle hints in status updates he would post and what not. But it just seemed like he wasn't noticing or picking up on any of it. That's when I knew, I had to step things up a notch. I'd have to gather my courage and just TELL him how I felt. But it turned out, I didn't have to, because that following Valentine's Day, he completely took me by surprise when he asked me in DM if I would be his valentine. I was super surprised, but also so happy I could barely contain myself. So I of course accepted. And after that is when things changed big time. Our friendship was without a doubt turning into something more, and then, on February 26th, 2018, I got a DM from Cyclone asking me if we could maybe take our relationship further and become boyfriend/girlfriend. I remember reading that message like 5 times over again, completely shocked, but a good type of shocked. The one guy I was chasing and absolutely head over hooves about was asking me out. I of course accepted without hesitation, and so, we've been together from then on. We eventually got each other's phone numbers and all, and that following April I finally broke the news to my parents telling them that I had a boyfriend, which went surprisingly well, considering. That following June is when me and Cyclone met each other in person for the first time. And now, here are, a year later and still together. Sure, we've had our ups and downs, our arguments, even times when we nearly broke up with each other, or at least thought we were. But we got through it and will continue to do so. I love you @Cyclone, thanks for being my best friend, boyfriend, and big brother figure all in one. My life wouldn't be complete without you in it. Here's to another year together and many more to come! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ok, enough with this mushy stuff.
  5. 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.
  6. 4 points
    It has been a while since I last did this. Don't worry, this entry won't be nearly as depressing as the last few. Here's the short version: - Got a haircut - Gave up swearing - Moving houses - Got back into MLP Now here's the long version: So you may have noticed me being quite on and off lately. Truth be told, this is an extremely busy year. Why? One word, education. I'm doing two courses which are two years ahead of me - Graphic Design and Informatics. It's a big step and while I'm up for the challenge, balancing everything else will prove difficult. You see, on the forum, I like to respond or react to as many of my friends' status updates as I can. Unfortunately, there have many days where I have not been able to do as such. I sincerely hope that nobody gets the idea that I'm deliberately avoiding them. I can assure you that is not the case and I try my very best to react or respond. It doesn't help that I'm in the process of moving houses, which also includes the mandatory tasks of packing, carrying and organising - a royal pain, as many would know. Although once it's all said and done, I think I'll be a lot happier, given that the new house is much more spacious and comfortable than the previous one. Meanwhile, I'm sitting here, listening to the sound of my computer fan, waiting to find a purpose in life. Also on the subject of MLP ending, yeah I'm a bit bummed out. Especially since I've really gotten back into the show recently and am re-watching a lot of episodes. Then again, it's good that things will end on a high note and not where everyone and their mother is begging for it to conclude. Oh well.
  7. 3 points
    (DISCLAIMER: IF YOU DO NOT FIT ANY OF THE PEOPLE DESCRIBED IN THIS POST, THEN PLEASE DO NOT GET UPSET. THIS POST ISN'T ABOUT YOU. OKAY, GOOD? LET'S BEGIN!!) Hey guys. This is the first post I'm gonna do in a series of posts ranting about popular political rhetoric I've seen on the internet. This is an opinion I see espoused by almost EVERYONE on the web, and is also very prominent in regions such as the American south, New York, New Jersey, and in areas of Europe. And the opinion is THIS: Man, dem-dem Muslims is just a buncha dayum savages! I say... we just NUKE the whole mi'le ea'! Put an en' t' THAT problem right dere, mayun! Dey all up in dere with... ISIS! An'-an' uh.. the TALIBAN! An' a-al-al... uh... Al QAEDA! An' dey all up in dere plottin 'gainst Amurica! An' every single ONE of dem Muslims HATES Amurica an' wants to see it BURN, so I say WE go over DERE and DESTROY THEM FIRST!! Okay... where do I begin? I guess I'll attack the first point directly. You do realize that if we nuked an area of the world that large, that the rest of the world is gonna get harmed by the radiation that emerges from those warheads, right? Not to mention, the Middle East isn't the only place with Muslims in it. There are also significant Muslim populations in Asia and the Pacific. Do you wanna bomb those places too? Not to mention, I've heard that there are a lot of Muslims living in Dearborn, Michigan. Do you wanna nuke Dearborn, Michigan? But I honestly think the big problem is here is the blatant disregard for human life, the idea that just because there are some radicals and extremists in this part of the world, we should just destroy it. America honestly doesn't have the nicest people in it, at least in my opinion. If we started bombing places just because there are some scumbags there, the middle east wouldn't be #1 on my list of places to bomb. (Though for the record, I would never bomb anyplace just because there are some scumbags there.) But no, they just think that we should just destroy that region of the world, including all the good people. Okay to be fair, the people who espouse this position probably believe that there are NO good Muslims! There are no Muslims that DON'T want to hurt the west. They're just ALL terrorists, from the youngest newborn to the oldest man with no teeth and rolling around in a wheelchair, they all just DESPISE the west and wanna DESTROY it. ALL OF THEM. EVERY SINGLE ONE! Because that's not... y'know... close-minded at all. Not to mention, America used to be pretty bad, too. Imagine if there was a technologically superior country many years ago that looked at America and said to themselves: "Look at these Americans! They've got slavery, they don't let their women vote, they don't allow gays to get married, look at them! They're horrible, evil, scum! We should just GET RID OF 'EM!!" Then we never would have gotten the chance to grow and improve. I'm not saying that we're the best country on Earth. (Because trust me, we're far from it.) But we've made a lot of progress. Like I've said, this opinion is very prevalent in the American south, and I think that's obvious to everyone, because they're just a bunch of crazy, regressive morons. (But if you're from the south and don't think this, then this doesn't apply to you. ) I also said that this opinion is popular on the internet. Once again, I think that's pretty obvious because THEY are just a bunch of barbaric, ruthless, homicidal, psychopathic wastes of life. (Though I feel like that's putting it very very very VERY mildly. ) But why is this position so prevalent in areas like New York, New Jersey, and regions of Europe? Well, for New York, I'd say it's probably because they directly witnessed the September 11th attacks, so it's probably a more emotional experience for them. As for New Jersey, they always just like to copy what New York is doing and act like they're better. (Even though they aren't.) And finally, why is this position also so popular in Europe? That I think is pretty easy to explain. Europe is pretty atheistic, and even though I am an atheist, one thing I don't like about the atheist community is that they are VERY Islamophobic. Even the most progressive ones say some pretty Islamophobic stuff. They're so Islamophobic, that they're just as, if not sometimes MORE, Islamophobic as the American south! Like, seriously... Another problem I have with this is the blatant hypocrisy in this statement. When you ask people why they wanna do this, they say: "Muslims are VIOLENT! Muslims just wanna KILL US ALL!!" And I think to myself: "Okay, then how the heck are YOU any different? You think we should just kill an entire group of people because they want to quote-on-quote 'kill us all?' Then by your OWN logic, YOU should die!" (Though I think it's preposterous to kill people who say this, no matter how crazy it is. ) Also, you wanna know how many Muslims there are in the world? According to a study from 2015 I found, 1.8 billion. (Or just over 24% of the world's population) So... you wanna kill 24% of the world's population? That is about ONE HUNDRED AND SIX TIMES the amount of people that died in the Holocaust! So you're basically advocating that your country becomes a hundred and SIX TIMES WORSE, MORE BARBARIC, MORE GENOCIDAL, MORE CORRUPT, AND MORE PSYCHOPATHIC THAN ADOLF HITLER!! This isn't just a BAD idea! This is a PHENOMENALLY BAD IDEA!! And y'know what's worse? There are more places than just the US who have interest in the middle east. China and Russia ALSO have interests in the middle east. If you start bombing those regions, then you're gonna aggravate Russia and China, POSSIBLY leading to another world war, and maybe even the EXTINCTION of the HUMAN RACE! NO! BAD IDEA!! INCREDIBLY BAD IDEA!! And that's all I have to say for this blog post. Just wait until tomorrow, where I'll debunk the inconsistent rhetoric of the alt-right!
  8. 3 points
    towards Milk Lactose products do not deserve to be tolerated.
  9. 3 points
    Yeah, been awhile since I've done this, eh? Last one was done last year but I guess it's time to dust off this old thing. As some of you may have noticed. My sanity and overall emotional wellbeing as nosedived over the past week. The result of this is something of a highly personal nature that I will not share. I just wanted to make a blogpost to let people know what is going on and for those who care about me to know. I am looking into therapy to see if that will help at all (doubt it). If anyone has any suggestion on anything than it will be more than appreciated, but I'm just kind of done with life right now.
  10. 3 points
    Well... for past few weeks I was struggling with memories of some troubling events in my life. No matter what I did I was unable to stop thinking about them and this almost drove me insane. I was unable to forget about them and more I try to resist more frequently they come. Until I finally realized the root of my problem. Somehow instead of forgetting about that events my mind was trying to convince myself to find something positive about those memories, maybe to make them less daunting or whatever. I realized that was the main problem, there wasn't anything at all to feel positive about in those memories so there was no way to make them less daunting at all. So, what I did to get rid of them? Nothing at all. I just accepted my dislike/hatred for those events and then I started to feel better. All of the sudden those memories become less painful and I began to feel my sanity recovering once again. So, I figured that instead of trying to find out something positive about a daunting situation, accepting your true feelings about that helps a lot. Please pardon my grammar mistakes if you've seen any.
  11. 2 points
    I know that this isn’t MLP related but it’s important to note about how long I’ve been a Sonic fan and why Sonic himself is my favorite character of all time and is personally my idol. It all started in 2008, I was 10-11 years old I think and I went into a game store with my mom because she told me I could pick out a game because of a lot of very good things that I did beforehand. I saw Sonic Unleashed for PS2, which at the time was the latest Sonic game, and I told my mom that I wanted that game and I remember her asking me why I wanted that one. ”The guy on the cover looks cool” is what I said. So she bought it and when we got home, I immediately went to my room and played the game on my PS2. I loved this game and every thing was so awesome, because of how fast I could go and how awesome Sonic was. Over time, I managed to finish the game and after I did I told myself: ”That game was so fun! Is there any other games like this?” And I was so correct. I looked up Sonic online and saw a good 20 other Sonic games and I wanted to play all of them. So, sometime later I got Sonic Mega Collection Plus for my PS2 and played through all of the Classic games and I loved all of them. ”Sonic is so awesome! He’s so fast and cool” At that moment, my love for Sonic and his games soared. Every time a Sonic game came out, I’d always get it and play the hell out it. Sometimes at school, I’d even tell my friends how awesome Sonic is and how I wish I could be just like him. (Sometimes during gym class, whenever we had to do running, I would hold my arms out like Sonic does and run... Silly, I know, but all I could think of at the time was Sonic) And now, 11 years later and still a proud Sonic fan and always will be, because even if Sonic is a fictional character, he’s still my hero and someone I wanted to be! I hope Sonic the Hedgehog keeps running until the end of time, so that I can continue running alongside him!
  12. 1 point
    They are right in the spoiler below as to not take up so much space Hope I don't cause too much of a storm with my views! ... ... ...
  13. 1 point
    Here is I've Got To Find A Way from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (Season 3 Finale) 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
  14. 1 point
    Here is What My Cutie Mark Is Telling Me from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (Season 3 Finale) 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
  15. 1 point
    What's up, everypony? Woohoo here with another edition of Musical Manslaughter, because you can't spell 'slaughter' without 'laughter' and these songs are jokes. Since I started MMS over a year and a half ago, I ripped apart quite a few types of songs. I've shredded multiple pop songs, a beloved folk song, a reviled metal song, two Christmas songs, a ballad, and even ranted on the things I hate about music in general. I try not to be some other music reviewers where they constantly rant on the same genres and artists. Now for the 10th I'm doing something different in MMS. I'm going to rip apart... a cover song. How do you all feel about cover songs? My opinion? Well, it depends on the song and the artist covering it. It's a very tricky balancing act. You have to balance between making it your own and not straying too far from the original. Those who succeeded in this balancing act have created cover songs that are beloved and enjoyed just as much, if not more than the original. In fact, some covers are so well done, we don't even know it's a cover. However, when done incorrectly, the results can be quite unpleasant. Those who failed in the balancing act, either trying too hard to replicate the original or straying too far from the original, have created covers that make people beg the question... Why did you cover this song?! What's wrong with the original version?! All you did was tarnish your own reputation and butchered the song that should've been left alone! Alright, I've rambled enough on how I feel about cover songs. Now you're probably wondering what cover song am I going to shred? Well, in the last entry, I said it would be a beloved song from the 1970s... and the song is "September" by Earth, Wind, and Fire. What can I say about this song that hasn't really been said? It's definitely on the best "feel good" songs ever. I've been listening to this song as long I could remember. Usually, I listen to it whenever I'm in a bad mood or whenever I need something upbeat and cheerly to listen to. Now what kind of cold, cruel, careless, heartless, evil person would butcher one of life's most wonderful creations? *inhales sharply* It's... her again... Unfortunately, yes. This cover song actually exists no matter how hard anyone can deny it. I just cannot believe that Taylor Swift, of all artists, would cover "September." I also can't believe I'm talking about Taylor Swift again! I thought I was done with her after I abso-fuckin-lutely eviscerated "Shake It Off" on my very first entry of MMS. Oh no-no-no-no, she had to this! Ugh, I haven't even started the review and I can already feel my sanity being drained. Without further ado, let's break it down! Instead of breaking down the song lyric by lyric like I typically do, I'm going to compare the major aspects of both Earth, Wind, and Fire's version and Taylor Swift's version and give my impression of both. Let's start with the intros because... that's where the songs start. Earth Wind and Fire's version begins with its iconic and catchy bassline accompanied by fluttering synths until it crescendos with its bombastic horns. It's a simply yet effect song intro and it gets me pumped up for the rest of the song. As for Taylor Swift's version... there is no intro! She just jumps right to the damn lyrics! How am I supposed to get pumped up now?! Oh boy, and we haven't even gotten to the lyrics yet. Speaking of which, let's talk about the lyrics, starting with Earth, Wind, and Fire... Do you remember the twenty-first night of September? Love was changing the minds of pretenders, while chasin' the clouds awaaaaaay Our hearts were ringin' in the key that our souls were singin' As we danced in the night, remember how the stars stole the night awaaaaaay Hey, hey, hey, bah-dee-yah, say do you remember? Bah-dee-yah, dancin' in September? Bah-dee-yah, never was a cloudy daaaaaay Don't these lyrics make ya feel good? Do they make you wanna dance? If you don't, then there's probably something wrong with you. What really makes these lyrics enjoyable for me is the vocal delivery. I just love hearing the enthusiasm in Maurice White's voice as well as the backup vocalists during the chorus. I can feel their energy radiating all over the song. In my opinion, energy is really vital in great pop songs. It's what makes 'em... pop! *sigh* Now for Taylor Swift's version... Do you remember the twenty-eighth night of September? Did she... did she just... She changed the first line of the song! Why, Taylor?! I know there's no rules for covering songs but this should be one: Never change the opening line! What was the point of changing 21st to 28th? At least 21st of September has some significance being the first day of Autumn. When you say 28th, September is practically over. Again, what's the point?! But that's not the part of T-Swizzle's version. Let's talk about her vocal delivery. While EW&F's version sounds really energetic, Taylor Swift's version sounds absolutely lethargic, especially during the chorus! Holy shit, she sounds like she's reading a goddamn shopping list!. Hell, Maud Pie has more excitement in her voice than Taylor Swift. I cannot believe I'm gonna say this... she sounded eons more energetic singing "Shake It Off" than on this lobotomy. I think that's the best word I can describe her performance: lobotomized. It really sounds like she lobotomized this song. Taking away everything that made the original so great and replaced with the sound of mayonnaise! Aaaaarrrrggghhhhhhh!! As for the music of Taylor's version, it's nothing but a damn banjo! Why?! Why turn a funky disco song into a mopey country song?! Why is this cover song making me ask so many 'why' questions?! *sigh* I just want to say that I enjoy cross-genre covers, but if they're done right. A well known example of this is the late great Johnny Cash's cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt." All I can say about this cover is that it's absolutely magnificent. The Man in Black knew what he was doing and he truly made this song his own. Hell, even NIИ's frontman Trent Reznor admits that Cash's cover was superior to the original. Now I wonder how the members of EW&F reacted to Taylor Swift's cover. As it turns out, Allee Willis, who co-wrote the song with the late Maurice White, did comment on Swift's cover. While Willis stated that she didn't hate the cover, she described it as "lethargic as a drunk turtle dozing under a sunflower after ingesting a bottle of Valium." I guess great minds think alike. Alright, I think it's time to wrap it up. And that was Taylor Swift's cover of Earth, Wind, and Fire's "September." Do I hate this-- Why do I keep asking this question you all know I hate the song I just ripped apart?! *sigh* Let me break it down for ya. If there was ever a list of songs that should never be covered, "September" should definitely be on that list. Remember that Powerpuff Girls episode with the evil clown that drains color with everything he touches? That's what Taylor Swift did to "September." She drained away everything vibrant and colorful about the original and left it something as vapid and soulless as mayonnaise. Maurice White must be rolling in his grave. I still cannot fathom why... why would she cover this song? Was trying to troll people? Maybe she likes the song and wanted to do her own rendition? I think it's probably the latter, even though I think her rendition sucks. When this song came out last year, the Internet (especially Twitter) went nuts, calling it one of the worst cover songs ever made. This cover is definitely one of the most unpleasant covers I have ever heard. BTW Taylor, didn't Squidward ever tell you mayonnaise is not an instrument? Now for the final score. It didn't score as high because it wasn't overplayed. But I already heard this song twice and that's overplayed enough for me. And that concludes this entry of Musical Manslaughter. How do you feel about this cover? Was I too harsh or soft? What song will I do next? Tune in next month. Same Woohoo time, same Woohoo blog!
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    Hey everyone! Sorry it’s been awhile since my last post! I was wondering how many of you on here where deaf, hard of hearing, or know ASL. A couple of years ago i decided to go further into learning ASL because a girl at my new school was deaf and I wanted to be able to communicate with her. Turns out I never got the courage to and all the popular kids wanted to “be the one who did a good deed” first. I kind of gave up for a while on signing. Now, most of the girl at my schools so called “friends” have abondonded her and there is also a girl in my dance class who is deaf that I really want to be friends with. So I started back up signing a few weeks ago. From my past learnings, I remember a little bit. So i think I can hold a conversation of some sorts- but I just don’t have the courage to go up to one of them and say hello. Does anyone have anything that would help me with this? I’m afraid to get something wrong but if I don’t try then I’ll never know. Maybe somebody on here knows ASL really well and could teach me some? I’ve mostly been learning from websites, apps, and videos- a lot of the correctness of signs vary and most sources give wrong signs. It would be better to learn more from somebody who knows, rather than doing the same wrong thing over and over.
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    Here is OST Collection: In-Game Themes for Mario Party 2 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
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    Here is OST Collection: Lands (Boards) for Mario Party 2 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
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    All good things come to an end. At least we had a good time on the ride. Friendship is Magic and this site in particular have enriched my life in so many ways, I cannot list them all. Yeah, my interest dropped off in the last few years or so, but FiM will always be something I can look back on with positivity. Rarity in particular is a character I will always cherish, as I have many other characters from various cartoon franchises. Better to end on 9 seasons of good, rather than dragging on and snuffing out like a dwindling candle. I'll see you all in MLP G5! Stay sunny side up, everybody!
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    if you're going to do something,you might as well make it epic. thats what i told my friends when they asked me to make a board for their Lord of the rings miniature gaming for me that meant a huge castle and we quickly decided on Helm's deep,it needed to be cheap since our budget wasn't exactly great,so i decided to go with foam(and tons of toothpicks to make it stay put)even though i never worked with it before(a sheet of isolating foam costs about 5$ and its pretty big so i just needed one)to keep this short,here is how it looked like 2 days later then i proceeded to add plaster to make the seems dissapear,and it was time to add the mountains,it would take lots of time and material to make it from foam,so i decided to use old newspapers mixed with glue,which also helped keep the weight down,here how that turned out after some finishing toutches on the mountains and some layers of glue to make it more sturdy,it was time to paint it,first i covered it all in black,making sure i got even the deepest nukes and cranies,i also mixed some glue with the paint on this layer just to make sure it will stick on the foam parts,i didn't get a photo of this stage unfortunately,but it looked quite neat all in black, i then dry brushed some grays on top of the black 4 layers in total i think,since it needed to be playable,i kept the ground mostly flat.but added some crumbled,then restraightened newspaper just for the texture,lastly i scattered a few spare bushes they had from previous landscaping and it was done,here are some samples,the lighting situation was terrible,sorry here's one more for scale i really like how it turned out,maybe i'll make more projects like this in the future,though i'd like to try it in different settings(not from Lord of the rings)if you have any cool ideas drop them bellow it took about 15 days of work and the total cost was about 20$(mostly spent on glue)which i consider a total bargain,so don't let anyone tell you you can't follow a hobby if you don't have tons of money to throw on it
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    What's up, everypony? Woohoo here with my atrocious intro writing abilities. Anyways, welcome to the first entry of Musical Manslaughter, because you can't spell 'slaughter' without 'laughter' and these songs are jokes. While I was planning MMS, I was thinking, "how should I kick off the series?" or "what song should I do first?" It didn't take me long to choose one. There is a song... a certain song... A certain song that infuriates me to unspeakable levels. It makes my blood pressure skyrocket to Pluto whenever I hear even the slightest note on the radio. It rustles my jimmies to Oblivion and back. This song causes me nothing but agony and misery... and pain... and ridicule and anger and pain... and suffering... and pain... Alright, I'm done with my long winded overly-exaggerated rambling. If you didn't catch the little reference in the logo (which I combined with the popular meme "extra thicc"), that song is... "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift Taylor, you perv! VEVO couldn't have picked a worse thumbnail Oh boy, this is going to be a doozy... Before I rip apart this song, I want to talk a little bit about the artist behind the song: Taylor Swift. She really needs no introduction. In less than a decade, she transformed herself from a sweet curly-haired country princess into arguably the biggest female pop star in the world. Everyone has their opinion on Tay-Tay, whether you love, hate, or probably not care at all about her. With all of the success she’s had, it’s not really surprising that she'd be polarizing. As for my opinion? Up until 2014, I was never a fan of Taylor. I simply saw her as just another popular singer who made one-dimensional yet sometimes catchy music. I never really cared about her relationships, breakups, or feuds, though I did find a bit annoying but that's just me. But then, everything changed in the summer of 2014 when the Fire Nation attacked she made "Shake it Off," a song addressing how she's shaking off all the haters. Since then, I absolutely can't fucking stand her anymore! Just the mention of her name makes my face go full on Yellow Diamond. Damn, I'm rambling again... So how did this one song forever tarnish my perception on Taylor Swift... let's break it down. So the song begins with a very basic beat. Nothing good, nothing bad, it's just somewhat tolerable (for now...) But then the lyrics come in... I stay out too late, got nothing in my brain, That's what people say, mmhmm, that's what people say, mmhmm Wow, only 15 seconds in and we already have a red flag. First off, who the hell is complaining about you staying out too late? I mean, you have concerts to perform and those go on pretty late. The only person who should be concerned about staying out too late is yourself. To say people complain about you staying out too late is a crock of shit. As for "got nothing in my brain," maybe it's because people think you have the mentality of a 15 year old, which goes into the next lines... I go on too many dates (chuckles), but I can't make 'em stay, At least that's what people say, mmhmm, that's what people say, mmhmm Ugh, that chuckle was so unnecessary... Honestly, I don't really care about who you date. You can date whoever you want. Hell, you can date a rock and I still wouldn't care. Although I think Maud Pie would have a problem with that. As for the people who do complain about you "going on too many dates but can't make them stay," it's probably because of two things. They're sick and tired of you writing songs about your breakups. They think know you make them want to break up with you so you can write yet another song about bad they were, which usually becomes a hit on the charts and makes you more money. Maybe one day, you will realize that maybe, just maybe, you are the problem... Moving on! But I keep cruising, can’t stop, won’t stop moving It's like I got this music in my mind, saying "It's gonna be alright" It's not gonna be alright... because I have to hear the goddamn chorus right now! ‘Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake I shake it off, I shake it off Heart-breakers gonna break, break, break, break, break And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake I shake it off, I shake it off Ho... ly... shit, this is horrible! One of the worst choruses I ever heard! Where do I even begin with this?!... "Players gonna play?" "Haters gonna hate?" Why are you stating the obvious?! Are you also gonna tell me the sky is blue or night is black?This has got to be some of her laziest songwriting ever. No effort whatsoever. It's even lazier than Rebecca Black's "Friday" and that's saying something. Do you really need to repeat last word of each line five times? Why so much repetition?! Do you really think that's catchy?! Do you realize repeating the same things over and over is annoying to many people? There is a very fine line between catchy and annoying. This song not only crosses the line, it fucking obliterates it. Nothing says "I don't care about what the haters say" than putting weeks/months worth of effort into writing a song to tell them that. Frankly, the more you keep hammering that into their brains, the more likely they'll think that you actually do care about what they say. Wow, that was a mouthful. Seriously, if you can't handle criticism, constructive or otherwise, then you are probably in the wrong profession. Then again, I should've expected this from the same artist who wrote the song "Mean," verbally attacking a critic for, of all horrible things, doing his job. America's Sweetheart, everybody... Ugh, not even a halfway there and I'm already losing my sanity, but I can't stop now... Onto the next verse. I never miss a beat, I'm lightning on my feet That's what they don't see, mmhmm, that's what they don't see, mmhmm I'm dancing on my own, I make the moves up as I go That's what they don't know, mmhmm, that's what they don't know, mmhmm What the hell does dancing have to do with shaking off the haters?! I'm not gonna waste too much time on this verse, probably because it's so confusing, so I'm just gonna comment on just this one line. Lightning on your feet, you say? Sorry Taylor, but you ain't got shit on Sanic the HegeHoge. He's the fastest meme aliiiiiiive! Like any other song, we get another repeat of the chorus, except more "Shake it Offs" are added in! WHYYYY?! Do you realize repeating the same things over and over is annoying to many people?! Great, now I'm repeating myself! So now we get to... the bridge... Hey, hey, hey, just think while you’ve been getting down and out about the liars and the dirty, dirty cheats of the world... Yes I am down and out, because you're one of them. You could've been getting down to this... sick.. beat... Remember earlier when I said the beat of this song was tolerable? Well, after this one line, it becomes intolerable! Sick beat... seriously, Taylor?! You call that beat sick?! It sounds like it was made in Pro-Tools using the "Make a Random Beat" button! Then again, I guess that beat is sick... sickeningly obnoxious! You want to hear a real sick beat? Hit it, professor! My ex-man brought his new girlfriend, she’s like “Oh, my god!” but I’m just gonna shake And to the fella over there with the hella good hair, won’t you come on over, baby? We can shake, shake, shake Because it wouldn't be a Taylor Swift hit song without mentioning one of her exes. Also, stop trying to rap. You're making yourself look like a bigger fool than you already are. Alright, time to wrap this up. We get one more repeat of the damn chorus... except with even more "Shake it offs" added in! Once again, WHYYYYYY?! Enough is ENOUGH! Why do you keep repeating yourself?! Did you not have any ideas how to end your song or did you just not feel like it? That's so lazy! Every time I hear you say "shake it off," I feel like I lose 10 IQ points each time! Just when I'm about to completely lose my sanity, the song finally ends. And that was "Shake it Off" by Taylor Swift. Do I still hate this song? Hell yeah! Is it any better than when I first heard it in 2014? Hell no! You know why? Let me break it down for ya. The lyrics are so lazy, poorly structured, and most of all, overly repetitious. Her vocals sound so processed and grating, far from her sweet sounding voice from her early days, and the beat is sickeningly obnoxious (thanks to a certain line.) The overall repetition in this song... oh boy, of the 585 words (yeah I counted) used in this song, the titular line was used 36 times and the word "shake" by itself was used a whopping 78 TIMES! That's more times than Justin Bieber says "Baby" in his signature song. In fact, at least 60% of this song is spent repeating itself, and I find that unacceptable! I know that music is built on repetition, but this song went way too far. Alright, enough about the repetition let's talk about overplayed-ness. When this song first came out, it hit number one on the charts and I could not get away. I think I heard this song like at least 5 times a day almost everywhere I went during late 2014-early 2015, constantly getting stuck in my head and giving me migraines! There was one day where I heard this song being played on five different radio station at the exact same time! While I'll admit the song has a decent message of being yourself and not taking shit from anyone, that gets completely lost within the surrounding nonsense. I find it very nonsensical that she wasted so much effort to write a song to tell the haters that she's going to shake 'em off. If she really wanted to shake 'em off, she shouldn't have made this song. If anything, this song probably reinforced their hatred of her as well as spawning more haters, including myself. As for negative effects on me, there were a lot, but let me list a few... Lost what little resect I had for Taylor Swift... also Max Martin, who went from producing my favorite jams like "I Want It That Way" and "It's My Life" to this train-wreck! This song got stuck in my head constantly to the point of agony. Lost faith in humanity at one point. I would have Taylor related nightmares almost every night for over a year, not even Luna could save me. Friends and co-workers teased me and claimed I secretly loved Taylor. Aren't they a little old to be teasing?! My dad and I got stuck in her traffic when she came to Seattle in August 2015 and we missed my ferry to Bainbridge Island. Now for the final score. Pretty abysmal, isn't it? Yeah I consider this the worst song I ever heard, but this is just my opinion. If you like this song, that's alright, I won't hate you. And that concludes the first entry of Musical Manslaughter. Join me next time when I rip apart a song that claims to be a tribute to one of the greatest singers of the last century when the song is actually a ridiculously corny sex song... Now I wait for the Swifties to come and eviscerate me...
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    Now how in thunderations is one of them twins a unicorn and the other a pegasus? – Applejack The Mane Six are all at the hospital, waiting to see the new foal born to the Cakes. However, Sugarcube Corner appears to have been having a two for one sale, since the foal turns out to be twins… and one is a unicorn and the other a Pegasus. Applejack wonders how that’s possible, but Pinkie is distracted by the prospect of having two new playmates. She also tries to celebrate their 0th birthday, to Nurse Pinkheart’s chagrin. Rarity and RD both mention that the babies may show bursts of unusually strong magic and wing power respectively. Cut to a month later, and Pinkie is having great fun with her new little friends, and also learning a bit about babies, including the need to change, feed and burp them. She has little interest in those things, though, just wanting to play some more. Suddenly, the Cakes remember a huge order from out of town that they had forgotten about. Strapped for time, they decide to find a baby-sitter, pronto. Pinkie volunteers, but they are reluctant to use her, not being sure she understands the difference between being a playmate and a caretaker. They ask each of the other Mane Six, but they all have good reasons why they can’t help… well, except Rarity, who just refuses, but is flattered that they considered her. With no other choice, they entrust the twins to Pinkie, and rush out. Abandonment anxiety ensues. The twins immediately start crying, heedless of Pinkie’s attempts to quiet them. They only stop when Pinkie accidentally knocks a bag of flour onto herself, something they find hilarious. Pinkie’s savvy enough to see where this is heading. She tries bathing, feeding and changing, making a mess of each one due to the mischievous antics of her youthful charges. Pound Cake used Water Gun! It’s Super-effective! Twilight at one point comes to offer her help, but a tactless remark puts Pinkie’s back up, and she icily declines the offer of assistance, shutting the door in Twilight’s face. Realizing that Twilight’s comment about some ponies not being up to the responsibility is a pretty accurate description of her, she decides to get tough. And it seems to work, as the twins capitulate to Growly Pie… until her back is turned and they vanish from their crib. Suddenly the tone shifts, the house becoming dark and eerie with a sinister shadow sliding about the ceiling, and Pumpkin Cake’s chewing on a squeak toy echoing oddly. The shadow reveals itself as Pound Cake, whose can now fly. He proceeds to drag Pinkie all over the house when she tries to get him down. Pumpkin also gets in on the act, phasing through obstacles, using telekinesis to get her toys, and even levitating, ignoring all Pinkie’s efforts to stop the two from running riot. Finally overwhelmed, Pinkie gives up and sits bawling in the middle of the room. This checks the twins, who realize they may have gone too far, and they cut the antics, even pouring flour on themselves to cheer her up. An understanding with her charges achieved, Pinkie puts them to bed and then cleans up the entire place. When the Cakes get home, she shows them the twin peacefully sleeping. They are astounded at how responsible Pinkie has proven herself in their absence and offer her the position of “go-to babysitter”. Remembering how tough a challenge the twins actually were, Pinkie balks, but hearing them say her name in their sleep convinces her to agree. And all’s well that ends well. Thoughts on the Episode A pretty heartwarming little tale of Pinkie learning to be responsible for baby ponies. I don’t have kids myself, but I imagine the scene of Pinkie just crying tears of frustration at disobedient infant antics would hit home for many parents. But I think anyone can feel bad for her and understand what she’s going through. The episode is loaded with Pinkie Pie sight gags, such as teleporting through viewing windows in the hospital, jumping out of cakes way too small to actually hold her, and even being both the stand-up comedian and rim-shot artist at the same time. However, it doesn’t help her against the twins’ onslaught. The flour running gag was used well, even coming back around in the end when the twins use it themselves to serve as an apology / cheer up move. Oh, that line from Mr. Cake… Some fans have speculated that his delivery of that line and the sheer illogic of the given explanation means that he’s trying to cover up the real reason for the “anomaly” implied in the episode quote: namely, Mrs. Cake’s infidelity. However, I disagree; and for more reason than just “this is a family show”… Since there are no male alicorns, the only way for the twins to get pegasus and unicorn genes would be if Mrs. Cake was unfaithful with a pegasus and unicorn simultaneously. That stretches the bounds of plausibility, if *ahem* nothing else. I think the handwave was telegraphed by Mr. Cake’s explanation – it doesn’t make sense in terms of real world genetics, but they’re going with it anyway, and the line is simply lampshade hanging. I know some people are instantly turned off by baby episodes, and to be fair, this episode doesn’t really do that much to subvert the usual plot points, so I can understand why it might be off-putting to some. I don’t really figure it’s enough to make the episode unbearable for me, but I can see the criticism as valid. The other criticism I’ve heard is that Pound and Pumpkin are simply too strong in magic and flying respectively to be credible, especially since young unicorns such as Sweetie Belle and filly Twilight are shown to have to try really hard to get their magic to work. It was pretty clearly spelled out that unicorn babies have odd magic surges, which is enough to explain it as far as I’m concerned. And since pegasus flight ability can be considered magic in its own right, I have no problem with the Pound Cake side of the equation either. Again, it’s not something I’d personally mark the episode down on, but I get why it’s a problem for some. Highlights/Quotes Pinkie (to Pound): This is a crib. It is only to be used for napping. sleeping, and on occasion, with permission, as an pretend old-timey western fort. Pros: Some good visual gags. D’aaawww levels are off the charts. Cons: Episode is about babies, with the usual tropes that apply. Final Rating 5 – Rarity Rank: An episode that truly brings me joy. I cannot recommend it strongly enough. 4 – Luna Rank: An episode I enjoy, despite some flaws. It might not be perfect, but that’s fine too. 3 – Derpy Rank: An average episode for me. It engenders no strong feelings one way or the other. 2 – Discord Rank: An episode that is not to my taste, but others might find it worth watching. Once. 1 – Trixie Rank: Ursa Minor bait. I would avoid this episode at all costs, and suggest you do the same. Hi again! It’s been a while since my last review, hasn’t it? How y’all doing? Next up is an AJ episode, and one I like. However, it did create somewhat of a scandal at the time. I’m sure you FiM veterans will know what I’m talking about, but I’ll go into more depth about it in the review, for those who might have only joined the fandom recently. Until then, stay sunny side up!
  23. 1 point
    1. She's fabulous 2. She's such an individual 3. Her voice 4. Her singing 5. Her mane 6. Her mane is purple 7. Her eyes are best eye model 8. She's creative 9. Generous 10. She's got diamonds on her butt 11. Glasses Rarity is kawaii 12. Her sister is best filly 13. Art of the Dress is an amazing song 14. So is Becoming Popular 15. Heck, any song she's in is enhanced by her voice being in it 16. She knows Karate 17. She's clever 18. Personality is complex as hell 19. Best quotes ever 20. 'But I thought you wanted whining!' 21. 'I'll destroy her!' 22. Crystal pony design is the best thing ever 23. Made a hat out of 3 pieces of hay and a drinking straw work 24. Totally shined every moment she was in season 3 despite not having any dedicated episodes 25. Best EqG design 26. Can always tell when her friends need help 27. Has a cat 28. Was awesome as Princess Platinum 29. She's just gorgeous, okay? 30. She's a unicorn 31. The only remaining unicorn in the Mane 6, in fact 32. Her butt looks good with Rainbow Dash's cutie mark on it 33. Best wet mane 34. Still looks good with her tail cut off 35. Element of Generosity is best Element of Harmony 36. Dat white coat 37. BFF with Fluttershy 38. Totally owns a douchey prince 39. She's girly but not overly so 40. Has the best VA on the show 41. Best facial expressions 42. She is the answer to the universe 43. Her relationship with her sister is amazing and realistic 44. Doesn't want to be anything like her parents 45. Owns and lives in a boutique 46. So beautiful she has a dragon fawning over her 47. Says fabulous a lot 48. Is friends with 5 other awesome ponies 49. Is just awesome whenever she's on screen for the most part 50. Her name is Rarity
  24. 1 point
    Before reading my rants, please understand that you don't have to waste your time reading something that is very likely to be forgotten in a few hours. Say, have you ever have that feeling you don't belong in your country? Have you ever told that your families are not accepted in your hometown? Have you ever chased away from your own neighbourhood? Racism is a beautiful thing, isn't it? Yesterday, on Sunday afternoon, I was walking to a minimarket near my house. I was hungry and I was too lazy to cook anything, so there I was, minding my own business, then someone shouted at me. He said, "You, Chinese pig! Go back to your communist land! This is Indonesia!" I was speechless. Being a meek person in real life, I kept walking. My feet kept moving. I didn't even look back. When I finished my purchase, I could see the culprit. An old man easily twice my age. Even from that far distance I could see him, staring at me like I killed his son or something. I was afraid, I picked the long-ass route around the neighbourhood. When I'm back to my home I found myself staring at my room's door. I had no idea what happened. ... Technically, you have to be a part of the prosecuted race to be a victim of racism, right? I'm not a Chinese person. My mother is a native. My father is also a native, but he came from another province, with him he brought a different gene. His skin is brighter and his eyes narrow, but he don't have any Chinese ancestry. Huh, that reminds me of something. 14 years ago my family was almost lynched by an angry mob, just because my father had a Chinese-sounding word on his company's name. Luckily my mother was quick, she stood against the mob and claimed that the company belonged to her and her family, and my father was a small-time employee. As soon as my mother finished speaking, the mob scattered. They walked away like nothing happened. They walked like they never planned to burn the entire building just because the billboard have a Chinese-sounding word. We are not even white for buck's sake! Or yellow for that matter, whatever. At least I was not in the capital, where a city-wide ethnic cleansing riot took place at the time. Thousands killed, just because they thought that because someone is Chinese ethnicity, the person is automatically rich as hell. Racism is a beautiful thing isn't it? Oh well. And I'm not even a Chinese person. At least I still have my pillows.
  25. 0 points
    *Sigh* It just never ends for me, does it? As you all probably know, Hasbro announced that MLP: FiM is ending after it's 9th season. I'm honestly very bummed out by this, as I'm sure a lot of you are. At first, I actually wasn't too sad about it, but then, everyone started making tearjerking posts about the show ending and started making me feel worse. Anyway, I wouldn't be so sad about the show ending if it wasn't for 2 things. 1. It's ending too early IMO and 2. I didn't experience the show to the fullest. Honestly, I feel like 9 seasons is a bit too soon. I'd say 11 or 12 at least would be enough. I know a bunch of people are gonna say: "But, Avery! I don't want it to go on until it gets stale and repetitive!" Yeah, I agree, but isn't it getting cut off too soon just as bad if not WORSE? It's like with Courage the Cowardly Dog or Invader Zim. Those were shows that didn't go into seasonal rot at all and they still had more stories to tell! And it's the same with MLP: FiM! What about the Breezies? What about King Sombra? What about the Power Ponies? What about Chief Thunderhoof? I could go on and on and list more examples, but we'd be here all day. They still have a little bit more to work with, why do they have to cut it short? I just don't understand... As for me not experiencing the show to the fullest, I'll explain. For one, I feel like I got into MLP too late. I saw MLP all over the place in 2012, and I just brushed it off and thought it was one of the dumbest things in history. But then I actually watched it and I LOVED it! God damn it, past me! What's wrong with you? I thought you knew not to judge a book by its cover! Anyway, another problem with this is that I didn't get to see every episode live when it aired on TV. My mom got rid of cable nearly 8 years ago and it wasn't until a year and a half ago that I got it back via DirecTV Now. As if all this wasn't bad enough, I never got to attend a single large Brony convention. NOT. A. ONE. This is one of the many disadvantages of living where I live... any cool event happens REALLY far away, and it's too expensive to get there! But guess what? IT. GETS. WORSE. I didn't draw much fan art for the show, and I seriously slacked off on my fanfics for it, and it's kinda too late to salvage that now. Not to mention, I didn't make a Derpibooru account until a little more than a year ago, and I just wish I did it earlier. (Though I didn't because I was kinda embarrassed to join because of a lot of the content on that site.) Man... I just seriously wish I had another chance to relive part of my past to the fullest, because now I'm gonna have to live with that regret. (Though I'm not sure if I will considering how crushed I am.) I don't mean to sound like a broken record, but seriously... #takeusback