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  1. It's not that simple for me. I have episodes I really like, and ones I'm less fond of (I can't say there are any I outright hate). I can say the same about individual comics. They also seem to work similarly in the sense that a given comic or arc will be written by a particular writer, then the next one will often be written by another writer (with there also being different artists on rotation). The show has the strength of not only being a show, but being A canon. B canon material such as the comics has to respect the continuity of the show as best as possible, while the show really only has to respect its own continuity (and even then, some show writers only knew their own continuity). On the other hand, there are things the show would never do that the comics can and have gotten away with. They can get a little darker than the show, or explore ideas that just wouldn't work as an episode. So, I'm glad we have them as supplementary material, especially now that the show has ended. The same is true of the chapter books and other such things, although it seems that those have mostly fallen by the wayside now too, with the "manga" being the only other MLP material besides the comics that's still being released.
  2. I prefer Rarijack, so I wasn't super fond of that aspect of season 9. I don't mind the AppleDash ship unless it clashes with Rarijack. I hope the Season 10 comics will at least have a couple good moments with Rarity and Applejack.
  3. No, unless the statement is that the writing staff didn't feel they had enough material to sustain a series with just the Mane Six or even the Mane Six, Starlight and Trixie anymore.
  4. I don't know, but I don't like the current Nintendo as much, as they've been cutting a lot of corners, whether it be axing their excellent VC service, or releasing games that are like their 3DS counterpart but with less content. With the Switch and its software doing so well in sales, we've clearly been sending Nintendo the message that they really don't need to try anymore. I think the golden age of Nintendo in terms of actual quality has long since come and gone. It's great that they can coast on the merits of what they were, but I prefer to support a company I can appreciate for what they are now. I will say, one thing I'll give Nintendo is their Switch is great. I mean, not in terms of power, but as a hybrid system. It's kind of the Vita experience but with much more first and third party support, and non-proprietary memory cards, and I love that. Plus, I can dock it if I want to play it on my TV. I loved my Vita for indie games and the occasional Japanese game, and that's what I've been using my Switch for, while I stick with my PS4 for everything else.
  5. Princess Celestia. I think she gets a bad rap for apparently not doing much, but it actually seems she does a ton, most of which would be too boring to make an episode, comic or chapter book about. Without her, Equestria would crumble...well, until she passed the torch on to Twilight.
  6. So, you subscribe to arbitrary cultural norms that tell you how your life should look, and feel bad about living the life you want to live. Screw that. It's your life and no one can tell you how to live it. Well, within reason. If your hobbies include riding in the passenger seat of a vehicle and firing an SMG at people, law enforcement is more than justified in putting a stop to that. But, if your hobbies don't harm people, there's no reason you need to feel bad about enjoying them. You're better off being single than trying to appease any woman who is not ok with that. If you're really keen on satisfying a primal instinct to ensure the continued survival of the human race through reproduction, I'm not going to tell you otherwise, and maybe you just need to keep looking to find the right woman. From a self-fulfillment standpoint though, it's your life, so you should do with it as you please. If that doesn't include being in a relationship, then you don't need to feel bad about that. Heck, I'm in my early 30s now, and I finally met my Kate. I can tell you, I'm glad I didn't settle for someone else earlier on just to conform to a societal expectation. Maybe it will take years, but I'm telling you, I'm glad I held out for the right person. I do hold a very cynical view of love and relationships, so you will probably get a different opinion from someone else, but I'm not the type who feels the need to be in a relationship just for the sake of not being single. I'm more of the type who seeks the right compatibility. Above all else, I'm the type who prefers to be with someone who is ok with me being me. I was not willing to settle for anything less, so I didn't.
  7. It depends on whether you're talking about knowledge or wisdom, both of which are components of what is colloquially referred to as intelligence. While I don't believe one is born with either, per se, I think a genetic predisposition towards certain traits can in turn influence the likelihood of becoming wise later in life. Knowledge, on the other hand, is unequivocally something obtained. One's prism of experience is a fount of knowledge, to be sure, as is knowledge gained through other means such as education or a bit of light reading. But, certain people are more predisposed than others to taking all of that knowledge and using it to form informed opinions, as well as learning how to react to certain situations and circumstances to avoid adverse consequences and maximize positive ones. I don't believe that is something that can simply be taught.
  8. Dude, if I wasn't presented with my cutie mark (pin) at a convention around the time when I was having doubts about my current career path, it is likely I would have ended up down a different path.
  9. It's good to know there are some new faces even now. I guess it really is just one series out of many, hence why I've more or less moved on, albeit with the occasional desire for a quick visit to Equestria. MLP material is certainly a much easier read than that Lovecraft collection I'm currently roughly 1/7 of the way into. Also, pony material is relaxing and nostalgic for me, so I'll definitely keep up with it.
  10. Yeah, she's a good friend. It's all good though, as she returned the flower. I let her know that there are some flowers I'm willing to part with, but I politely said she should ask first next time. So, she's forgiven and we're good now. I was kind of upset about it though, especially given how difficult it is to grow a purple hyacinth. Well, that and it was one of the first hybrids to appear on my island. Curiously it wasn't two blue hyacinths that created it. It came from the blue, pink and orange hyacinths I took from an island excursion and planted next to one another. I highly suspect it was the blue and pink one that produced it, but there's no way to be sure. Maybe I've gotten too attached to code though...
  11. This game got me through the pandemic. I'm at the stage now where I'm slowing down, but I am doing the wedding side-quest so I can fill up my storage with useless stuff I'll never use for the sake of completing an objective. Hey, it gives me something to do. Now that I'm starting to transition back to work I have less free time again, so I guess I'll see how things go. I'm kind of upset with a friend of mine who came to visit and stole my only purple hyacinth without asking, so I'll have to pour over my friendship tomes to decide how to proceed with her.
  12. Hi, long time no see everyone. How is life treating you? I figured we were overdue for a thread about our experiences being a Brony in this day and age. I will openly admit that not only have I been busy with other things such as work, school, etc (in spite of COVID), but I have found that while I'm still a fan of this series, it's certainly not the obsession it once was for me. That said, I still occasionally enjoy Pony-related media, and I did enjoy my pre-COVID time at Vanhoover. It seems that as far as spinoff media goes, it's pretty much down to the mainline comics and the occasional mini-series, with the OEL manga tie-in providing additional material. I suppose that's just as well, as I'm mostly focused on other things, even in my spare time, and there's just enough coming out to keep me coming back just often enough. I mean, I would love to see more EQG (I'm not so sure about this Pony Life series that I haven't checked out yet), and it would be nice if those two half-completed book mini-series could be finished, but I doubt that's going to happen. I don't know if there's any word on there being a DVD release of seasons 8 and 9. Otherwise though, I think I'm satisfied with the release of new pony media slowing down, but staying steady. So, perhaps the franchise is simply where I'm at right now anyways, and that suits me just fine. I'm kind of curious where everyone else is at though, hence why I started this discussion.
  13. I don't know much about what goes on in the oil industry, but it has something to do with the Saudis flooding the market so the price of oil is really low. Whether one is able to work or not right now seems to hinge on the capacity for social distance. Some people are really affected and others are not. I hope for everyone's sake this madness doesn't drag on for too long, but I hear it's projected to continue for at least another month, if not longer.
  14. On one hand, gas prices are fantastic right now, and my college may end up making that course I'm planning to take in the summer an online class instead of making me go all the way to the main campus. On the other, my buzz is being killed left and right. I can't sit in restaurants or cafes, and I can't even go to a movie with friends. My friends and I have decided to cancel our usual soirees, so even that's out. On the plus side, I guess there will be a lot of time to catch up on binge gaming and pony comics now. I guess I won't be so busy with life that I don't have time for much else. I am still able to work, but I have less of it currently. Otherwise, I guess I'll revert back to my old indoorsy habits.
  15. Well, since that $70CAD Celestial Solstice CCG set I got for free from a Cardapalooza panel four or five years ago doesn't count as merch I actually bought, I'm going to have to go with that $65 MLP-themed tarot card set I bought at the Vanhoover Pony Expo (the successor to BronyCAN that I only just heard about on Thursday and doesn't seem to have a thread here for some reason). Anyways, I have a set of 74 tarot cards now that is four cards shy of being a full set, due to it lacking an equivalent to the lowest value face cards of each suit of the minor arcana. But, the artwork is nice and it's pretty neat. I tend to spend a lot on merch at cons, but more as a culmination of all the items I buy than as a result of over-spending on one item. I just had to have that tarot card set though. Apparently it's ok for a Christian to engage in a pagan ritual such as reading tarot cards so long as I don't believe in any of it.