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  1. In Friendship is Magic, we could see a great variety of (mythological) creatures during the 9 seasons, Equestria grew and extended more and more to other creatures (dragons, faucets, changing were the first), in the epilogue, we could see that all creatures live and share in harmony. Considering that G5 will be a completely new world (no leaks are accepted here), what creatures would you like to see in the next generation? Is any already explored in the series, or is it one that we have not seen? How would these creatures develop with ponies? (Hippogriffs, Dragons, Kirins, Griffins, Crystal Ponies, Yaks, Changelings, Zebras, Breezies, Sea Ponies, Alicorns, Centaurs, Minotaurs, Draconequus?) Personally, in addition to Earth Ponies, Unicorns and Pegasus, I would like to see the sea ponies, I think it is a great opportunity to have them as one of main races, I would also love to have changelings, hippogriffs and kirins. Alicorns are a complicated option for me, since in G4 they were explained as ''rare'' and I don't know if it's a good idea to bring them with the same concept, since it would be redundant. Comments here!
  2. In G1, my favorite ponies are Firefly and Applejack, in G3 my favorites are Sunny Daze and Minty, and in G4 I love Rainbow Dash, Applejack, and Sunset Shimmer. I'm not quite familar enough with G2 to pick any favorites. What about y'all?
  3. Post here some pictures of your MLP Stuff! Tips: You can just text the thing, if you don't want to post a picture (But it will be more cool if you post some picture ) If you don't want to take a picture, you can put a image from google! Well, at this moment i don't have any stuff of my little pony, i'm waiting the Easter week to buy a easter egg and get a little doll cheapest (because in my country those dolls are very EXPENSIVE). So i'll leave here Fluttershy and Twilight waiting new threads.
  4. I usually play this game with my family to test their knowledge on MLP. We don't get very far, so I thought I might try it with the ponies on the forums. How this game works: You must name one MLP character you know but not one that has been named before. Simple, right? Rules: This is only G4. This isn't really about the past generations. You can name characters from the MLP IDW comics, Equestria Girls, FIM, and the movie. You can only name a character once. This game is to see how many characters are in the MLP G4 universe. So I guess I'll start with: Twilight Sparkle
  5. We all know the story of the modern my little pony fanbase. An unexpected and once monumental fanbase that dominated the internet during 2012 and 2013 respectively. The fanbase known for a huge amount of 13-30 year old males has seemingly disappeared from the mainstream and is now but a memory of a very strange time. I was one of those people who used to love it. At the age of 13 in 2012 I watched an episode and the rest is history. Up until 2015 I loved MLP. But during season 5 I lost interest and started to look elsewhere. For the longest time I could never figure this out. In my search for answers the first one I came to was that the fanbase had ruined it for me. Then over time I came to the conclusion that it was never good to begin with and that I and everyone else involved were getting in on a trend and deluded ourselves to believe it was good. My actual problem couldn't be further from the truth. MY PROBLEM My actual problem was that the show I liked had simply ended. A youtuber talked about this in depth and explained that seasons 1-4 was pretty much it's own separate show from seasons 5 and onward. Seasons 1 through 4 were dedicated to the development of the main characters established in season 1. By season 4 this process (with the exception of the CMC) was over. Season 5 and onward has been about these new characters that I simply do not care about. Truth of the matter is that MLP seasons 1-4 was actually a pretty good television programme that was loved for good reason. MY EXPERIENCE The reason I adopted the "it was a fad" idea was simply down to the shame I felt due to watching it. Internally my defence for it lasted all throughout my interest in it. I started to feel shame once I had been away from it for some time. And let me tell you, the judgement from other people was awful. I could take a little bit of teasing about it (hell I'd even joke about it myself a little). But that doesn't excuse how other people acted over it. I lost two friends to this hobby. Two people actively rejected me due to liking MLP. To add to that my family weren't exactly nice about it either. I recently came to the realisation that my mother had actually attempted to stop me watching it on one occasion. Since I let go of this interest we haven't talked about it since. Hell there have been occasions where I've mentioned my little pony and they quickly like to change the subject (most likely due to shame of having a son/brother who was into that). I won't claim we needed a rights movement or anything but some very socially conservative people genuinely would hate you for watching it. I wanted to buy merch but now you can see why I never had the guts to do it. On a lighter note having re-watched the earlier episodes I feel completely ok about what I did. I liked my little pony: friendship is magic... and that was ok. THE FUTURE It has come to my attention that a generation 5 of MLP is in development. Without spoiling anything I will say I am digging the ideas brought up and do believe it could make MLP a trend again. Maybe not to quite the extent as in 2012/13 but it could get close. In the run up to it's launch and when more official info comes out I may well become active around here again. If you still remember me I hope you all know that I do not hold anything against you people and your hobby and want to thank you for letting me be involved. And I hope that in the near future I may be involved again.
  6. Hi! I've recently rejoined the mlp world as a veteran G1 collector and enthusiast! G4 finally started growing on me and I eventually succumbed. Now my G1 styled ponysona, Sabina, needs a G4 rendition. Anyone interested? My art style is definitely not G4 sorry! I've been influenced by G1 animation styles like the traditional cartoons as well as the G1 Tales series. I'll post my examples, who also happen to be my ponysona. Any takers?
  7. ...not one single character appears in each and every episode. Seriously, have a good think. How many other television shows have done this? When I first became a brony I thought Twilight would be in every one because she was clearly represented as being the main character but that all changed when I saw Hearts and Hooves Day and now she's appearing less and less... :/
  8. I know we're probably going to have a lot of, "No Alicorn Twilight!" and "No Equestria Girls!". So with those two aside, what would you change about Generation 4? Would you change the character goals? Personalities? Villain styles? Story-lines? What do you think you could contribute to the show? I think one of my longest running ideas for the show take the side of the SFM short, "Remembrance", but that's just me. What about you?
  9. Like I said before: I don't want G4 to end. I rather have G4 to live forever as the current generation like The Simpsons, Family Guy and South Park. I mean why not split G4 into different categories like G4.1 or G4.2 for example and use the same art style like they did it in the show and the Equestria Girls movies too. Plus I'm hoping they would announce the future of MLP:FiM...I'm hoping that they could announce a CMC spinoff series, BUT this could be awesome! If they do that, I might be a showrunner and end up working with Jim Miller and Jayson Thiessen at DHX Media Vancouver, that would be 200% super cool. BUT the only way for Hasbro and DHX to create more G4 content is to expand its staff by forming a new studio focusing on more MLP G4/EG content. The new studio (a would-be joint venture between Hasbro and DHX Vancouver) would have Toronto, Vancouver and Los Angeles locations like Trey Parker and Matt Stone did with South Park. It would be SUPER cool if they hire JanAnimations...that would work REAL GOOD! The new studio would be called "My Little Studio" The point is: SunsetMaster really liked that idea on establishing a studio focusing on future G4 content. Come on Hasbro and DHX, do it!!! G4.0 = Main series and 2017 movie G4.1 = Equestria Girls series G4.2 = CMC spinoff series (MAYBE, shares no relation to the main show, with Season 5, the castle too and Button Mash!) G4.3 = Comic Book Series (from IDW Comics) G4.4 = Book Series by G.M Berrow
  10. Rewrite any scene, song, or episode entirely in the style of G3 , I look forward to seeing what you guys will come up with.
  11. Lauren Faust said during an interview that she would like to include ponies from previous generations in season 5. I personally would love to see some older generation ponies included like Wysteria, Minty and Sunny Daze for example. What older generation ponies would you like to see in future series if you would like to see them included? (Online Fan Art below)
  12. I have been thinking and I did some digging. I looked everywhere for an answer but could not find one. So, I decided to make my own. I think I might have a theory of how all the generations of MLP are ACTUALLY a timeline. Yeah, that's right, a timeline. I'm pretty sure many of you are giving this thread a weird and doubtful look, but hear me out. Generation one has a fantasy feel to it and features humans. Yes, humans were once apart of the same world as the ponies, but something must have happened to them. You might all think that this is impossible and that humans were never in their world, but it actually isn't. Think about it. The humans could have been apart of the pony world for as long as they have been there, but many of the creatures their need food to survive. Seeing as this is a fantasy world with mythological creatures, the humans could have been killed off. Or some incurable disease wiped them out. The humans disappearing is a huge mystery. Maybe they are still around. Maybe they are not. Generation two has a more modern feel to it. The ponies in this act and behave much like humans do in our world. Complete with houses that look like ours, cars, and electricity. Their cities and towns are built much like our own. It is possible for the humans to have been around to help urbanize the ponies and themselves. Then after that, they might have died out, or just simply moved on to a different location. Generation three picks up right after generation two. The layout is much the same as the previous generation, with a few add-on's here and there. And some stuff taken away. So this one doesn't need much explanation. The only thing I have for this one is the lack of pegisi and unicorns. Yes, they are in this one, but not as much as the previous and the next. What happened between generation three and four takes a turn for the worse. Seeing as how the unicorn and pegisi population was on a decline, the earth ponies rose in influence and power. The latter two could not handle being under the rule of earth ponies and left. Leaving the once proud and beautiful cities and towns to crumble. Without the magic of the unicorns, the earth ponies were unable to repair the building or manufacture other materials. This caused the ponies to revert back to much simpler times. One where there was no electricity, no cars or big buildings. This is where generation four comes into play. The next and final generation (so far), Generation four. This one takes time between the two before it takes place. We already know that the three tribes on ponies came together after much hate and founded Equestria. Its the time before all this. The time where all pony population was declining. Coming to the verge of extinction. With only a few hundred from each tribe remained. After centuries of not contacting each other, the world shifts off balance. Harmony is at a loss and the pony tribes come together for an agreement. This is where the Hearths Warming Story picks up and is spoken from generation to generation. But hey! Its just a theory! Thanks for taking your time to read this post. Let me know if you agree or disagree with this and tell me why. Post them in the comments below!! By the way, Merry Christmas!
  13. Who else would like to see some sort of G4 Minty? Minty was pretty much the only good thing about G3. Though I suppose Derpy is like a G4 Minty, except cross-eyed and likes with muffins instead of socks.
  14. See * for disclaimer, and explanation I'll be honest, this one was a bit of a slog. There's lots of 'stuff' going on in this comic arc, but the parts that seem relevant to worldbuilding are so fractured and the order of events seem confused. There are a couple of references dropped into the arc by the creative team that seems to indicate they did this deliberately to mess with analysis. Which makes anything derived from this arc suspect. That's annoying to me. If you don't care about continuity, that's fine. There are lots of shows/fictions/whatever that ignore continuity or constantly change continuity to suit whatever the story is at that time. Great, that's more fodder for the mill and it's fun to try to make sense of it all. However, deliberately sabotaging continuity just to annoy people is mean spirited and diminishes your own efforts. Reflections (Comic Issues 17-20, March 189h, April 30th, May 28th, June 25th 2014) Behold the Secrets of Star Swirl the Bearded If anyone knows the difference between a waxing crescent or a waning gibbous... she said waning gibbon. Huh? The term is gibbous, as in 'hunchback', not gibbon as in a type of lesser ape. That's a very strange mistake for Luna to make, and not know which phase of the moon it is. What's being shown there is a crescent moon, and if their moon has the same direction of phases as our, it is indeed a waxing crescent. Gibbous is the exact opposite where most of the moon is lit an there is a crescent of darkness on it. Waxing meaning the lit part of the moon is getting bigger. Waning meaning it's getting smaller. Rod Sterling pony? Maybe? Someone has told me this is supposed to be a character from Fringe, called 'Observer', but I've not watched Fringe so I can't tell. A very similar mirror to the Equestira Girls one, but slightly different in coloring. There's a batpony in the background, more evidence that the comics are hewing closer to fancannon continuity than the show. Ha, pink Celestia. Hasbro will never live that toy line mistake down. Also, Luna is being shown manipulating the sun, but with considerable effort. Which wasn't mentioned in the previous comic where Luna took over Celestia's day duties, I think. Establishing the mechanics of this mirror is different from... wait. 'Once during each cycle of the moon', that's not the same rule as specified in Equestria Girls? Or is it? If it is, then 30 moons (as said in the movie) is a *cycle* of the moon? Then 30 moons is a month, not 30 months... Huh? They're using 'moon' to represent an approximate day? Weird. And here they mention that Star Swirl (two separate words by the way, not Starswirl), has been gone for hundreds of years. Not a thousand, but hundreds. And Star Swirl's library is hidden in the caverns below Canterlot, not the Castle of the Two Sisters, and Luna was not privy to where it is. Fascinating. Does that mean that this was all built after Luna was exiled, or that Canterlot existed but wasn't the capital while the Castle of the Two Sisters was up and running. The large door into the caverns has a vague resemblance to the secret door into the Mines of Moria from the Lord of the Rings. Given the similar theme 'Speak Friend and Enter' to 'Friendship is Magic' I'm kinda surprised they don't make more of that here. Luna seems to think Star Swirl was borderline insane like Pinkie. Interesting. Star Trek reference in the sign, stellar cartography and jeffries tubes. Lucre cellar? A cellar for profit? Lucre is Middle English, from the Latin lucrum meaning profit. It's where we get the term 'lucrative'. And Pinkie is making fun of Rainbow, but in a rather nasty way because the sign says 'Besom Repository', which only a limited number of people (and ponies) will know means Broom Closet. Flashback to hundreds of years ago... but is before Luna was exiled. So ponies do have a weird sense of time, as that's over a thousand years ago now. Technically, yes a thousand is several hundred, but in my experience people tend to stop thinking about hundreds when a thousand ticks over. These caverns are huge. There's an entire city down here. Technically Athenaeum isn't a library so much as a temple devoted to the goddess Athena. Which has been applied to libraries, museums, laboratories, universities, etc. So I can see the confusion. Ha, it's a ponified Bat Cave from the 80's comics. And three oddly historical banners. A Caravaca Cross from Spain, something black and red that looks familiar but I can't place it, and a naval Japanese Flag from WWII. I'm a bit confused as to the choices there. Plus Applejack seems to have found the disassembled parts of Scaramanga's gun from 'The Man with the Golden Gun'. Ha! Dentist. Cute. Again establishing that the mirror portals may have different rules depending on the destination to be reached. It's not a simple as just knowing the 'address'. And in this continuity, it is implied that the 'Kingdom of Equestria' is new and growing. So the Equestria that exists in the 'modern age' is larger than the Equestria that Celestia and Luna first ruled over. It is also specifying here that the reason why the technology (and magic) of Equestria is all over the board historically is because the anachronistic parts were brought over from alternate universes by Star Swirl. Bat Poles from the 60's tv series. Which turns into the crazy contraption bits from a variety of cartoons, including Hong Kong Phooey, and Darkwing Duck. All the games Luna and Spike have been playing are ponified versions of Hasbro games. Cute. Back to Where You've Never Been Before Excelent answer Rainbow Dash, "I stopped asking." Okay, so this alternate universe is truly 'Through a Mirror Darkly', in that everything is reversed in some way. Interesting that they came through as the base of a statue again. This time of a statue of a superhero version of Discord... Trying to do parallels between Celestia & Star Swirl in the past and the Mane 6 in the now. It's looking like they *do* have something equivalent to the Elements of Harmony, but they're a different set. Fairness, Humility, Wisdom, Love... No mention of another two though to make a set of six. Celesta referring to Star Swirl as her only friend. Which is odd, but there was a previous reference to Luna becoming distant. Which is good because it give a bit of a time-span for Luna's fall, rather than the strange 'suddenly NM' version we got in the show. Alright, here we actually have something... odd. Unless that cloak covers wings, Sombra here is depicted as a Unicorn, *not* an Alicorn. But in order for this all to make sense, he has to be over a thousand years old right now. So he's effectively immortal, just like Celestia. But his physical form isn't the oddly distorted version we saw in the regular universe. So in this case his immortality isn't from dark magic corruption. So why is he still alive? And the alternate versions of Celestia and Luna. In rather silly looking costumes, to be honest. And Celestia's costume is constantly changing. Cute. Some of them are actually interesting as a variety of Disney villain costumes. Inevitable reveal. I'll be Your Mirror So in this reality, the Castle of the Two Sisters is still intact, and looms above Ponyville. I love all the notes tacked to the wall, except one. 'If you're reading this, you may be overthinking this comic book'. Yes, I'm reading this. Otherwise, why did you put it there? Some interesting changes between worlds. Cloudsdale is in ruins, several villages like Rainbow Falls and Dodge City don't exist. Spelling differences, what appears to be an evil Cadance to mirror a good Crysalis, so on and so forth. Oh, and Don't Blink. And Twilight and Pinkie complaining that continuity is pointless. Also, this version of King Sombra is easily the match for Celestia height-wise, but his horn is standard unicorn length rather than the longer version Celestia sports. So the rule here is that the more you travel to a parallel world, the more parallel it will become. To the point of bonding the parallel ponies together so one feels what the other feels... Which means that Twilight & company being here is still causing the parallelism to continue. Especially with the powerful Elements of Harmony along for the ride. This... isn't going to end well. That's a real custom in Japan, as I understand it. Writing a wish on a piece of paper and tying to a tree. Actually, writing a wish on a piece of paper and placing on some special location shows up in several cultures. And the lantern in the forest does recall the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. And the lyrics to I'll be your Mirror, a Velvet Underground song from 1967. Okay, so Twilight at least considers the idea of a male alicorn. Though she does burst out laughing at the idea of that specific male alicorn. ... Okay, now I'm confused. This is indicating that Canterlot is in construction in this time-frame. But they visited Canterlot right at the beginning of the flashbacks. Unless that's a flash-back within a flash-back. Thank you, that's exactly what I expected to happen. So... alternate Luna was around while regular Luna was banished to the Moon, while alternate Sombra was around while regular Sombra was vanished with the Crystal Empire. Did anyone get exiled in this reality? The fracture images have a couple of implications that the good/evil mirror isn't perfect. A couple of the background ponies are... mirrored, but not necessarily by alignment. It looks like Vinyl/Octavia swap places, and Doctor Whooves is using a different incarnation. I'm not following the logic here, but okay. The idea seems to be to force parallelism instead of mirroring, which will again separate the worlds. But I thought more parallelism was the problem... I'm a bit lost. How Star Swirl Got His Hat Several alternate stories around this idea. Nothing stands out here for worldbuilding. And a double page spread with the alternate Mane 6, making a joke about how they didn't show up in the main comic.
  15. Several of my G4 brushable figures have dry, straw-like hair on their tails. The hair was like that straight out of the packaging. Strangely, their manes aren't dry - the manes are super soft and easy to brush and style. It's just the tail that has this problem. I style all of my ponies manes and tails. I wash and condition them thoroughly and then put curlers in their hair. Usually, this method keeps my ponies' manes and tails super soft, shiny, and pretty! However, many of the figures have tails that REFUSE to stop being dry, droopy, dull, and awful-looking. X__X Do any of you know how to deal with this problem? Or am I doomed to have my G4 ponies have brittle, stubbornly un-style-able tails forever?
  16. See * for disclaimer, and explanation Twilight's Kingdom Part 1 & 2 (May 10th 2014 2 x 22 minutes) Part 1 A lot of 'official' stuff is taking place in the Crystal Empire this season. This brings up three possibilities, the most obvious being it's just a coincidence and we're simply not seeing all the important political happening in Canterlot. However, it's also possible that Celestia is very deliberately pushing the political focus to the Crystal Empire, either to speed up their social re-integration with the rest of Equestria, or less likely because the Crystal Empire is officially over Equestria in the hierarchy of nations. Duke and Duchess of Maretonia. And... court? These are the four oddly (and overly) dressed ponies from the Royal Box in the previous episode. They're being presented as foreign dignitaries, complete with their own gonfalon banner, which Twilight unfurls over the Crystal Palace? That's odd protocol. Normally you would see a bannerman carrying a smaller version of the banner *backing* the foreign dignitaries as they approach. Putting that banner on the Palace gives off really strange signals. Unless Maretonia was once part of the Crystal Empire, and this is all to re-establish that Maretonia is now back under Imperial protection. With a closer look at the mare I couldn't see very well previously, she's depicted as old as paramilitary stallion that's part of the court. Which might mean the elder pair are the prior Duke and/or Duchess, who abdicated in favor of their child due to their age. It's not exactly common, but abdicating due to infirmity did happen. Or they are the Duke/Duchess's parents, whichever one married into the rank. Or a combination, and they're not a couple in and of themselves. Twilight's crown has changed. I would have thought they would of duplicated the old tiara for consistency, even after giving it back to the tree. So Celestia also has a premonition system, which explains some of her rather odd behavior sometimes. We see Scorpan and Tirek in conjunction with Starswirl the Bearded, being described as a 'young unicorn wizard'. Which places this... when? It's being referred to as Equestrian Magic, but that may not refer to Equestria as a nation, but Equestrian as in a group name for all the pony races combined. Equestria as such could be named *after* this group name, rather than the group name descending from the name of the kingdom. So this could be before the Hearth's Warming Eve story, where Starswirl had an apprentice? Or are we dealing the Celestia 'anyone who hasn't reached a millennia is 'young' to me' point of view? With Celestia and Luna together and in power. Which places this story before the Nightmare Moon incident, but after the Discordian era? Which now makes the Hearth's Warming Eve story weird, unless there is something seriously up with Starswirl. I really need to get caught up on the comics, and I'm under the impression that Starswirl is referred to in one of the arcs I haven't read yet. I've almost accumulated enough stuff for Starswirl to add up to a new Worldbuilding article for my other blog. Wow, backreference. Interesting. This is the first time we've seen Celestia turn to someone *other* than Twilight. Huh. Okay, Tirek recognized Discord as if by description, but Discord didn't necessarily recognize Tirek. That's interesting. Likely that means Discord was stoned before Tirek arrived on scene. Which still makes Starswirl *really weird*, if he was around after Discord, yet before the founding of Equestria. Wait, with no pegasi there will be no rain in Equestria? I know they guided the weather, but natural weather still occurs in places like the Everfree forest. Unless Equestria is naturally a desert? And Earth pony 'strength' is necessary to tend the land. Hrmmmm. And Alicorn magic is in some way separate from Unicorn/Pegasis/Earth Pony magic. Part 2 But he's aware of a third one? He knows about Cadance, but not Twilight? Oh for pity's sake, Celestia. Every time you hamstring Twilight with this 'you must do it alone' stuff, it goes wrong. And the three of them know how to pass their power onto Twilight? I assume they much have consulted on this before Twilight showed up, or that's impressive to just 'know' how to do it. ... Luna's cutie-mark is does not include the dark splotches on her flank. Those are actual coat color variations, like the markings Pipsqueak has. Luna is a Pinto. While they all appear tired with their magic drained, there are several references to Tirek ruling after all this. So the removal of magic is not considered 'lethal'. Okay, here's something interesting. Discord's magic is also drainable. It has a completely different visual representation, and once drained Discord still looks like Discord, and for that matter still exists. So he's not truly an embodiment of Chaos Magic, as his physical form would likely fall apart if all his magic was drained. He's still a living creature, just with a very different, and very strong, magical signature. Tirek now seems to be able to track Twilight to some extent. I wonder if that's Discord's magic. Impasse. Which means the magic of four Alicorns is equivalent to magic of all the other ponies in Equestria + Discord... and whatever innate power Tirek had originally. Or, more likely there is a practical limit to how much magic can be 'leveraged' at any given time, and both Twilight and Tirek are at that limit. One or the other could technically be 'stronger', but can't put that excess magic into play in a useful way. Tirek is a dick to trees. And here's the other G1 reference, outside of Tirek. The Rainbow of Light, which is what defeated Tirek in G1. Oh lord those designs are silly looking. I hope they rethink those if they use this Rainbow Connection next season. And finally that 'official' map that Hasbro put out a long time ago is seen as the actual continent. Unfortunately. I was hoping that the map was meant to be stylized, and not actualized. The travel times and distances between places in Equestria are all messed up.
  17. See * for disclaimer Equestria Games (May 3rd 2014 22 minutes) Bulk is using the classic cartoon representation of barbells. In fact, that style is historic but in a weird way, and it took quite a bit of research to find anything out about them. They're usually depicted as being made of iron, and during the Victorian period many were as iron was far more plentiful then. And in many cases the carnie strongmen cheated by using hollow ones. Still heavy as all get-out, but not as heavy as they appeared. Originally the balls were stone, though and were seriously massive and rather expensive to get hollow 'cheaters'. You can still see modern versions made of concrete as single balls under the name 'Atlas Balls'. Nobody does the two balls connected by a bar anymore, as variable barbells with removable weights are far easier to deal with. My granddad (a little 5'2" Scotsman) had a rule at Christmas, if you could pick up this Atlas Stone he had and put it on a barrel, you got to sit with the adults at dinner. It was only a little one, of course, not one of the ridiculous 300lbers that the modern strongmen start with. Very weird motivational speech. It's a bit odd to see RD publically admitting that she can't simply do the whole event herself and still win. Character development slid in sideways there. More pegasi pushups. Pegasi wings bend in a freaking weird way to pull that off. Oh, at least one Earth Pony is in this train car (not including the CMC), but there's a *lot* of pegasi here. No unicorns at all. The impression still is that the Equestria Games is really geared towards pegasi. Which makes a bit of sense given that prior depictions of pegasi culture was heavily slanted towards Greek/Roman costumes. So having them originate the Equestria version of the Olympic games does sorta follow. I'm just surprised that more Earth Pony & Unicorn -slanted events haven't been added to the curriculum over the years given Equestria's nominal equality of the three tribes. The Crystal Empire train depot looks just like all other depots we've seen, just crystalline, and is pretty far in the outskirts of the city. Given that the Crystal Empire was probably vanished when trains were invented, that does make sense, plus it's possible the 'Equestria Games Village' was built recently with it's own depot, following the Equestrian architecture with only nominal nods to Crystal Empire architecture isn't that surprising. Even the Crystal Empire Express we've seen prior would add into that, as that would be a completely new engine, top-of-the-line, purchased as part of the re-integration of the Empire with the greater Equestria. The hell? Spike's just been kidnaped? Arrested? Dunno there. Okay, that also makes sense from a certain point of view. Honor Spike for his contributions, and all that. However, the first dragon to light the Equestria Games fire? That's interesting phrasing, implying that Cadance is anticipating *other* dragons being part of Equestrian society in the future. Shining Armor in the same purple armor/uniform as we've seen him in before. Which likely means he's still actively using his original rank of 'Captain', instead of upgrading simply because he's a now a Prince (Prince Consort, technically). That's not unusual. Most of the British royal family have varying military ranks actually earned from being in service, and when on active duty are supposed to be addressed by their military rank, not their civilian rank. Ah, here we go. The Royal Box. There's *so* many things of interest to note here. One, all four of the princesses have equal size thrones. However, Celestia and Luna have uniquely colored thrones, but Twilight and Cadance's thrones are functionally identical beyond the cutie-marks, and they're a lot darker than the Princess of the Night's throne. In the row below the princesses are what must be titled dignitaries, we've got the two ambassadors from Saddle Arabia... Blueblood? Okay, I guess his Prince rank does mean *something*, and two rather strangely arrayed ponies. The mare's headdress is very Incan in design, while the stallion... that's odd. It's like the crown of Lower Egypt, worn backwards. However, I've seen something vaguely similar in some eastern headdresses, specifically some historical Korean headwear, and a less exaggerated version from Hungary but with a visor. The beard is very ancient world as well, Persian, Egyptian, so on. Next row down, we have Mayor Mare, Fancy Pants, Fleur de Lis, Cherry Jubilee, and two others I don't recognize. Dunno what that mare is wearing, it's too washed out relative to the background, but the old stallion seems to be wearing a military uniform from about 18-19th century. Specifically a bicorn, or cocked hat, worn fore-and-aft with a full ruff. That kind of setup with the ridiculous amount of feathers being worn primarily by civilian officials in a kind of para-military uniform, rather than true military gear. I'm kinda surprised at this last row, to be honest. It's a strange mixed bag of ranks when you throw mayors of relatively small towns, plus Fancy Pants and especially Fleur de Lis, into the Royal Box. I'm not sure what to make of that. Especially with the remainder of the Bearers of the Elements of Harmony are in the regular stands. Yeah, does nobody realize Spike's still technically a child? Actually, they might not. Given the lack of dragon lore known by regular Equestrians, and Spike being likely older than the CMC, they might be expecting more teenager-like behavior rather than child. So that *is* all of the Ponyville delegation? One earth pony, and a bunch of pegasi? Interesting. It might be a joke, but Spike acting like a flint-based lighter reminds me of the old book 'Flight of the Dragons'(not the later animated film of the same name), where Peter Dickinson speculated on biological mechanisms that would allow a Dragon to exist in real-life, including using a gizzard-like organ filled with iron ore and flint to provide sparks. Five or six gryphons there, each with relatively unique designs. Nice. A variety of raptors being represented, rather than just the standard eagle-form copy and pasted. You ever notice that Rarity looks at the camera occasionally? I just happened to pause the video on one instance. Everypony else is looking at someone else on screen, but Rarity is looking straight at you. Cute. Now they put spell restrictions on Unicorns... well, they *had* to be able to do this, otherwise there's no way to restrain a criminal Unicorn. It's a little disturbing on how casually they're treating it though. It does further re-enforce the idea that there are no Unicorn-based events at these games, in the same way there was no Unicorn-based tasks during the Winter Wrap-Up ceremony. Good, we actually have indication that the Games take place over multiple days. Ah! One unicorn, at least. Uhhh... For an enchanted arrow that was barely able to freeze a small amount of the target, it's ability to freeze a cloud of that size is pretty impressive. Again we have reference to the idea that clouds have different physics here than in RL, as the frozen cloud has expanded slightly, is completely *solid* rather than turning into hail, and is still falling rather slowly. Apparently the spell restriction was put on the Alicorns as well, and they are unable to break it. That's... disturbing in a way. I did spot Celestia in the mix of pegasi flying up to the ice mass. And Spike's flame ability is again a lot more dangerous than the way ponies react to it would indicate. Anything capable of turning an ice mass that size into rain that quickly is capable of doing a lot of harm. The Gryphon flag is a talon crossed with a lightning bolt. I wonder if they can manipulate weather the same way pegasi can?
  18. 1st of all, sorry if this is shouldn't be in Show Discussion, which I suspect it shouldn't. As we all know, in the S4 finale an evil villain from the very first MLP generation returned, Tirek, the Master of Midnight Castle. In this topic I'm going to post a big amount of amazing fanart I've found that was before and after the S4 finale, about this villain. Most of them are impressive and very unique. Which will be your favourite? The original, Lord of Darkness himself. The revamped version, much more muscular and more animal-looking than his ancestor. One if not the first redesign of the characters done by the artist peachiekeenie. Made by Andre_Ma. This one has more goat-like horns. Freakiest one so far. That face is just creepy, and that muscular body and those deformed horns, this one looks like a true devil. Made by Solomen. This one is made to be a more humanistic good Tirek. I don't like it. Made by Haretrinity. This one reminds me of old Genndy Tartakovsky and Craig McCracken cartoons, which were mostly gold. However, he looks very weird and way too much of a good guy. Made by Atomic Kitten. Even though Tirek here looks pretty bad-ass, the artist decided to make him a bull. What the crap. Made by Cheshiremoon7 Oh my holy jesus, he looks wonderful. Like an aztec mythological creature. He reminds me of Aku, from Samurai Jack a lot, though... That horse body is WAY too small. Made by: AWildDrawfagAppears <--- Check him out! Here he looks human, but very devious. I don't really like this design. He is way too normal for someone who represents the Devil. Made by: Shellnekoconeko This one looks very menacing, but he looks too much of a brute, at least for me. Made by: gojira007. Tirek appears in Leon_Z's comic "MLP: Pony Wars", where he fights princess Celestia. His design as a shadow-ish creature is not that original, but he looks very threatening. A G4 redesign of Tirek and Megan by Ghost-Peacock. Tirek looks very weird. I don't understand why here Megan is a donkey... Most bad-ass Tirek redesign I've seen so far. He looks like a Balrog, what's not to love about him here? Made By: Cyrilunicorn So, that's all I've got. Which one is your favourite? Do you think Tirek would be more bad-ass in any of this redesigns? Do you know any of the previous artists? Did you like Tirek, G1/G4?
  19. See * for disclaimer Rarity and the Curious Case of Charity (Novel, April 8th 2014) I was going through these books, because there were a couple of instances where the books revealed facts that showed up in the regular show some time later. I'm not entirely sure that's ever going to happen again. This book, while it has a quite reasonable characterization of Rarity, doesn't reveal any background information about Rarity. Mostly it's puns. The author, G.M. Berrow, likes creating cities in this series. Neigh Mexicolt, obviously New Mexico. This book was published long after the Rarity Takes Manehattan episode broadcast, but the setup feels like the author wasn't aware of it. Yet, it references Filli Vanilli's the Pony Tones... in a weird way that makes it sound like Rarity isn't a member of it. This is one of those cases where I think G.M. Berrow does get advanced info from the show writers, in order to keep the books 'in universe', but nothing too detailed. Coco Cheval. I have vague memories of that one popping There is a difference between satin and charmeuse, but it's pretty trivial in the long run. Charmeuse, like proper satin, is a *pain* to work with machine stitching, the stupid stuff just won't sit still. And a reference to Derpy/Ditzy complete with preventing speech and confusion as to what her name is. Larsons The Neigh School for Design, is a take off of Parsons: The New School for Design, and referencing M.A. Larson at the same time. The back-references to the show are coming a bit thick. Bridle Gown. I can't believe I didn't notice that pun before. Odd. It suddenly switched from her having no luggage (no books as per Twilight) to having a ton of junk for Spike to carry, and no bridging info between those two states. Mare-is, Prance. And John Gallopiano, an expy of John Galliano. Sacks for Saks is a bit weak, but there's a limit to how much punning any one person can produce. This is following a rather stock plot. It's still a creepy plot, of course. But resolved in a very kid-friendly way. Oh well.
  20. See * for disclaimer Bookworm (Comic Issues 15-16, January 15th, February 5th 2013) Jumping right into this one with no preamble. Giant cocoons in the orchards of Sweet Apple Acres. Interesting. Specifically they're being referred to as cocoons, which means they're covered in silk fiber. There's still a chrysalis in there (not Chrysalis the Changeling Queen, silly), it's just covered in a cocoon. Pinkie seems to be referring to them as beans, which meaning the ones she's seeing aren't cocooned, which is odd. Applejack seems to think it's some kind of plant, which is even more odd. I'm only aware of one plant that vaguely resembles a cocoon, called unsurprisingly a cocoon plant, but it doesn't look like this. There's a selection of insects that will attack books, but it's more by accident than anything. Some beetle larvae will bore through paper to get to proper wood, and there's a louse-like insect that will attack books providing they're very old and are actually getting moldy. They're only interested in the book because of the mold, they have no interest in the paper as such. Very fast worm, this. Ah, reference to an actual episode, the Power Ponies comic incident. Interesting. The spell works much like the comic, modifying the ponies to match the illustrations in the book. They're modifying the story by being 'in the book'... fascinating. And... this is awfully familiar. It's not the same plot, but it's a weirdly similar premise to the G1 episode Through the Door This is obviously not A.K. Yearling, but the *fictional* Daring Do instead. Heh. Twilight can't stomach Rarity in full swing. Cute. And that reminds me of the nothingness that was consuming the DC multiverse in the Crisis on Infinite Earths event series. Ha! Couple of interesting references there. A Voldemort pony, a Maleficent pony, and a Loki pony. Cute. As always, Pinkie is steps ahead and is content waiting for everyone else to catch up. Lord of the Rings... with zombies. Okay. which transforms into... I'm not exactly sure what that is. Rainbowettes? Okay, we're on a Star Trek story now. Kaa from the Jungle Book, the Winter Queen from Narnia (complete with Turkish Delight)... and that Dragon girl from Game of Thrones? Ooookay. I... okay, that went weird. Weirder and more abrupt than I expected to be honest. The bookworm was kinda a discount Discord. But, it appears that in this world, fiction has a form of existence of it's own. If it's 'destroyed', it's remnants are forced into reality out of some kind conservation of imagination. I'm not sure what to make of that, when combined with the actual show episode about the magic comic.
  21. See * for disclaimer Friendship Ahoy! (Comic Issues 13-14, November 20th, December 18th 2013) The Mane 6 are off to Horseshoe Bay for a day a the beach. Horseshoe Bay is on the official map, just below Baltimare. Characterwise Fluttershy is suffering from the same problem she had with the Breezies. Wait... why are the pineapples up in palm trees? Pineapples grow on bushes... Oh, Applejack has just decided on a weird way of delivering pineapple juice to Rarity. She seems to be doing it the hard way. The pineapple juice has an effect like strong alcohol on ponies, producing a similar effect to sodium thiopental or amobarbital. There are several natural plants that produce that kind of effect, including Scopolia which is also used as a medicine used for seasickness, but pineapple is a new one on me. In any case, it appears Horseshoe Bay is approximately their equivalent to Florida, with pineapples, palm trees, and the like. As always true in this series the time taken in travel is completely glossed over, making it seem like you can get from Ponyville to Horseshoe Bay in an hour or two at most. And a pirate ship! Interesting choice to have the skull and crossbones as an actual sail rather than a flag. And a pirate, complete with pegleg. Peglegs have been used since *forever*, and even in the modern day many amputees prefer a simple pegleg over modern prosthetics. Peglegs, hooks and the like were associated with pirates, as most navies forced retirement of people who had those kinds of accidents on shipboard, unless you were already of pretty high rank. So in order to keep plying the sea, those people turned to the more illegal careers. Ha! Gallopinghost Islands. Well done. In this setting those islands are apparently hard to find. In RL the Galapagos Islands are on the other side of Central America from the Caribbean. So if they are following RL, they will need to pass through the Equestrian equivalent of the Panama Canal, or go all the way around. This might be why they say only the brightest navigator can find them, because they're in the wrong ocean to begin with. The pirate ship is a typical cartoon galleon, with three masts, fore and aft castles, and so on. The number of sails are reduced from RL, but that's typical for artistic purposes. The pirate captain is talking about the ship being very fast, especially in this 'castaway current'. I had to ask some sailor friends of mine, and they have no idea what he's talking about. That's not a term they're familiar with. They're trying to do a Captain Jack Sparrow with this character, appropriating Johnny Depp's speech affectations and slang. Swashbuckling is an old term referring to people who fought with a sword and shield. Specifically a later-period cut and thrust sword (the military version of rapier, with a slightly shorter and wider blade), and a buckler (a small metal shield, usually round and held with a handle in the center, but sometimes square or shaped like corrugated siding.) They've arrived at Gallopinghost, and they're presenting it like Tortuga in Haiti. Several governments fought over who controlled Tortuga, but due to it's tiny size and honestly poor strategic location, it constantly reverted to self-rule allowing buccaneers to run rampant. Cute, the various pirates here are clones of other characters. There's a Big Mac and a Granny Smith clone, and so on. The various stallions are being drawn far more horse-like than ponies normally are. It's entirely possible that several of these are supposed to be from Saddle Arabia originally. The sword Rainbow Dash pulled is a falchion-like cutlass, often called a cuttoe in English. Which switches to a Kilij (a turkish sword) in the next page. In the mean time we have a Goonies reference from Rainbow Dash. *sigh* Nobody noticed Twilight was an alicorn until now? Is there some kind of perception filter (from Doctor Who & Torchwood) going on? It's a magic map! Crab vs Rarity? Ghost crab? Nope, just hyped up on energy drinks. Stuff, stuff, stuff. And here we get to the point where this crosses over with the Shining Sea storybook. We meet the mermares again. Slightly more show-style, but still looking like coronetfish. We learn that they are somewhat xenophobic as a rule, and have laws against associating with land ponies. Which they break due to the power of love. Twilight uses the spell from the Shining Sea storybook, and seems to be considering it permanent this time. And we find out that mantahawks (yet again from the storybook), are normally from the shallows are rarely venture out into deep sea.
  22. See * for disclaimer Inspiration Manifestation (April 26th 2014 22 minutes) Ponyville Foal and Filly Fair. Sounds like a festival specific to Ponyville. In RL, 'foal' maps to the human term 'child' as in all stages of life prior to puberty. We've not really run into what the ponies call the stage of life between puberty and full adulthood (what would map to human teenagers), and there isn't a horse term equivalent. Colt and Filly as terms apply to horses of the appropriate gender pre-adulthood, so includes the 'teenage' years, but there isn't a gender-neutral term. Heck, we've not actually been able to definitely identify any 'teenage' ponies in the show yet. For all we know there really isn't a pony life stage between the CMC and the Mane 6. No, the puppeteer is correct. Rarity needs to pay more attention to functionality with her projects. Cartons of... ice cream? They *look* like cartons of ice cream. Sorbets have existed since about 200 B.C., but 'ice cream' as most would recognize the term dates from the early 1700's, first sold commercially in 1851, but first appeared in modern cartons in 1926. More grimoires hidden behind secret doors in libraries. Woah. Spike has a far more dangerous fire than we've previously seen. There was no effort behind melting that lock off. And I quote: 'Who *builds* things like this?' I've never really identified those green protrusions on Spike's back as actual 'spikes'. More like plates. But he thinks of them as spikes it seems. Load bearing book. That's different. It's usually a load bearing villain. Yep. Ice cream. Vanilla Oat Swirl... That actually doesn't sound that bad. Bit odd, but then putting oats into sausage may sound odd to others, but that's a standard Scottish thing (that's pretty much what haggis is. Sausage that includes oatmeal. If you think any of the other ingredients to Haggis sound awful, remember that a sausage tube is actually intestine.) Green magic. Why is green magic always depicted as evil in this show? Is that actually indicative of something? I'm not sure. Classic temptation story. Interesting to see it from a second-party point of view. Interesting, the tree in the background of the children's party has flowers of multiple colors. I'm not aware of any flowering tree in RL that has multiple different color flowers on the same tree. Uhm. She changed ponies into *other* ponies. That's... nasty. Was it a physical location swap, did they just gain the appearances of those other ponies, or... Yeah, let's not get into the ors, as they get progressively more unpleasant. The mayor is coming to Princess Twilight for help. Not that this is much different from what happened before, but now it's not Twilight's help being forced on the mayor. Definitely a societal shift in behavior. Why didn't Spike fire-teleport the book to Celestia? Probably didn't think of it, or perhaps he thinks magical items don't mix with his fire-teleport. Have we had any instance of him teleporting magic items. Where did the green magic go? Probably wherever Spike's comic book went as well. Somewhere in Equestria there's a store of 'bad magic things Spike's responsible for' repository. Ah, and it was very deliberate. Dark magic is actually green. At least every instance of labeled dark magic we've seen is 'green'.
  23. See * for disclaimer Trade Ya (April 19th 2014 22 minutes) I was planning on doing the Friendship Ahoy! arc in the comics next, but I discovered something in that comic that required me to read a *different* book that I had not originally intended to do. I read the comics and MLP books through a Kindle app, and for some reason the app is crashing on that one book to such an extent that it won't even let me open the Kindle app at all anymore. So I'm going to continue on with episodes until Amazon gets back to me about what the heck is going on. Back to Rainbow Falls. Still no real indication where this location is relative to anywhere else on the official map, other than it's pretty high up in the mountains, on a plateau. It wouldn't surprise me to find out this is supposed to be the Equestrian equivalent to Colorado Springs or some such. In which case it would be situated on the other side of the mountains from Los Pegasus, south of that river that runs from Ponyville to Los Pegasus. Okay, so actual Princess duties here. This traders exchange is a yearly thing, and every year there has to be at least one princess presiding over it. Has Twilight not been to one of these before? Otherwise her surprise at her immediate reception is odd. If she has been to one before, and the streamers and banner for the Princess didn't appear then, then they're making an unusual amount of fuss over Twilight this year. Possibly because they are aware this was the first official Princess act she's done? Oh lord, the wagging tail. That's way too cute. This is the only first edition left of this specific book? Hrmmm. Probably it was very early in the series then, printed before it became popular, given that they can't be *that* old as the author is still living. Bear call. These actually exist, which surprised me. Orthros was a specific two-headed (and serpent-tailed) dog in Greek mythology. The brother of Cerberus and Chimera, and the father of the Sphinx and the Nemean Lion. He was killed by Hercules as a side effect of one of Hercules' labors. Like most Greek monsters, he was an individual, not a species, but whatever. Yeah, this does feel like a flea market. A lot of junk that nobody in their right mind would want, and an environment set up to make sure nobody is in their right mind... What a fascinating outfit the Orthros seller has. Very post-apocalyptic, in that Mad Max style. It's probably supposed to invoke a gladiator-like image. Darn it, the antique chicken seller is imitating an old-time comedic actor's accent that I should recognize. Phil Silvers, Milton Burl? Not quite, but something from that era. This is going to bother me now. Interesting, we're seeing Crystal ponies outside of the Crystal Empire now. That's probably about the right amount of population migration, given we don't really have a good idea of how much time has passed. The comic book trader has a standee of some kind of flame pony using a similar body model to the princesses. Another case of me feeling I should catch that reference. That's supposed to be a paperback? Given it's size relative to the other books, it's at least a tradeback. (A paperback in the same form-factor as a hardcover.) In which case there's a possibility it's actually better, given that tradebacks used to be primarily for preliminary print runs sent out for reviews before the actual production hardcover runs. Which means a much more limited printing run, and will likely still contain passages that will be edited in the production run.
  24. Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3 (April 5th 2014 22 minutes) I haven't done these in awhile, as I've been busy doing other things (pony and otherwise). So I'm making the effort to catch up again. Because of that big gap, I'm going to re-iterate my disclaimer: My intent here is not a review or a critique. That's not what I do. Instead this is watching the various episodes of My Little Pony with the intent of pulling out any details that can help inform the worldbuilding around the setting itself. That includes cultural events, festivals, architecture, clothing styles, references to other cultures, and whatnot. I've done this for all MLP episodes (including prior generations). I put in all my notes I take when watching the episode, usually the *second* time I watch an episode, and include comments on non-worldbuilding stuff just to keep myself engaged and watching. I rarely go back and edit them, but I do pause the video on occasion to go look stuff up. Also, I will very rarely go into whether I thought the episode was 'good' or 'bad' unless it's something so glaring I can't put it aside to look at the worldbuilding elements. Again, I'm not a reviewer or what many are calling an 'analyst'. My purpose is the gather information. Right off the bat Twilight is reading about a spell that can have permanent effects, but only under certain conditions. Indicating that magic effects don't necessarily need to be maintained by the caster if the caster does it the 'right' way. Which is interesting given how few permanently enchanted items there appear to be in this world. So the 'right' ways must often be unknown or extremely difficult. Newly formed Wonderbolt Reserves. So this is a new concept for them, they didn't have 'Reserves' before. However... this feels like we're seeing the episodes out of order. I get the distinct feeling this should have occurred before the Wonderbolts Academy episode in Season 3. Or to be more precise, that the Wonderbolts Academy episode should actually be after this one. Lampshading the ponies' tendency to sing about stuff on occasion. Cute. Ahhhh. More evidence that Twilight actually hates books. Highlighting is a relevant study method, but it wrecks the book, so I always avoided it. Another cute lampshade on Twilight's apparent growth since alicorning. Actually, why not? Why not watch the movie? If she retains it better, and the movie is in fact reasonably accurate, it's a valid way of learning. Actual History! The EUP Guard was formed after the Nightmare Moon incident, with the name the 'Protective Platoons'. Platoons were originally a way to organize firing regimes rather than a proper military unit. Within a battalion, there would be several groups of soldiers either aiming, firing, reloading, or moving. Each group was called a 'platoon'. It appears the calendar is actually dated from the banishment of Nightmare Moon, that being the first 'Celestia Year of Peace'. Here is reinforces that the Wonderbolts were at one point a division of the EUP Guard, which has changed into just 'the Guard' we see now. That doesn't mean the Wonderbolts still are a division of the Guard, of course, but that's where they started. And the Guard at one point had a complex and deep rank structure with titles like 'Admiral', 'General', 'Colonel' and the like. Unless those are just the bizarre names those particular ponies had, and their ranks were actually different. And of course FyreFly is the handle Lauren Faust uses online, referencing her favorite G1 pony Firefly. Wait, 'Fourth Celestia Era'? So... those thousand years since the banishment had distinct eras? Interesting. I wonder what distinguishes them from each other? Rainbow Dash does have a tendency to panic, doesn't she? There is actually a really good reason to know the Wonderbolts history, as a Wonderbolt. The Wonderbolts are modelled after the stunt flying teams of the Blue Angels, the Snowbirds, the Red Arrows, and so on. They're actually budgeted in the various militaries as recruiting tools. The members are expected to be able to stand up at the various events, and be able to talk intelligently about their teams, and how wonderful it is to be part of the team, and of the military itself. Knowing their history is critical and is part of the entrance requirements in real life. I... what? I'm not sure how Fluttershy expected this to work. It's silent, and barely representational. Okay. Pinkie. I... what? Fun, very fun, but what? I mean, rhyming and music is in fact a valid learning tool. I just... wow. And Rarity. As a costumer, and a historian, I appreciate what she's trying to do, but no. What this does illustrate is that the styles of Wonderbolt costumes are moving through several periods of history that map fairly well to our own world. Most of the costumes are ponified models of actual historical military uniforms from the late 18th century up until at least the 1980's. Time does progress, but just like other evidence we've seen, these costumes seem to be from the past 300 years or so of human history, not the 1,000 years it would be expected. So we have yet another indicator that pony culture is slower to change than ours, or that an Equestrian year is not equivalent to a Earth year. Thought the uniform Fluttershy is wearing is a bit odd. The fabric recalls a lot of 50's and 60's 'hip' clothing, not something you'd normally see in a uniform. Pinkie's actually pretty good at extemporaneous rhyme. Another helicopter-like device. This one pony-powered. That appears to be quite a heavy design for a single pony to be powering. Rainbow Dash's emotions have an actual effect on the clouds. Interesting. While peripheral learning is in fact another real method (hiding facts in the background of scenery), it's rarely retained in such a way to do testing well. It's really the same as the subliminal messaging techniques used by marketing companies. Neat to see the entire town getting involved. I could have sworn I heard that one pegasis using the same voice that Grey Delisle used for Derpy in a fan-short. That wasn't Derpy, as the pony in question was blue, but still. But I agree with several reviewers, that should not have been a 100% result. It should have been a pass, yes, but not *that* good. Unless the 100% means something different than what I understand. Lots of details in this one, as you would expect of a 'learn the history of x' episode. The info is a bit repetitive, but again that's part and parcel of the premise of having a character in the show 'learn the history of x'.