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Maybe it's overkill to make a whole thread on this, but I am so excited about this that I want it to get visibility. I recently bought the Wonderbolts Academy Handbook, and it is amazing. This book is, in my opinion, the single best piece of MLP merch that Hasbro ever created. It speaks volumes about the quality of this franchise that they would take so much time and effort to create such a detailed book about such a specific little bit of the pony universe. The book maintains in-universe context at all times, as if the academy is real. They are great about maintaining pony-speak by using terms such as "sportsponyship". There's so much fun and detailed information about the academy. It makes it feel very real and genuine. To make it more fun, it was written as though it was the actual copy owned by Rainbow Dash. It's full of hoof-written notes in the margins by Rainbow, which is such a nice touch, and makes it extra special. There are so many great surprises, such as Rainbow's personal academy journal, and many others that I won't spoil. The best part, and the reason I think it's the best merch Hasbro has ever made, is the fact that the information and lessons in this book go so much farther than just being a fun read. The book is broken up into lessons on how to succeed and excel at the academy, and it is abundantly clear that the writers wanted these lessons to be much more than just an entertaining bit of pony fun. The lessons are incredibly valuable, and kids can learn a lot from them. Hell, adults can learn a lot. There is so much value to take away from this book that can help anyone at any age in any aspect of their lives. I was impressed and inspired by the quality of the lessons and writing. I think that every child should read this book, whether they have any interest in Pony or not. I cannot recommend this book enough. Do yourself a favor and buy it right now. (Hasbro is not sponsoring this post. ) This is an absolute must-have for any fan. I only have one quibble. They made one little mistake--it should have been called "The Wonderbolts Academy Hoofbook."
2016 has been such a good year for movies. Lots of amazing films and new achievements. The nominees for 2016 were recently announced: http://oscar.go.com/nominees Are you happy with the films nominated for each category? Which ones have you seen? Did you like them? What are your predictions for the winners? For me, I can't really say much. Since I don't live in USA, I get to see most stuff late. Big names like La La Land and Moonlight haven't even premiered here yet so I can't give my prediction. I will watch them as soon as they come out though. As for the other films I'll have to wait for a blu-ray release. I saw Arrival at the theater and thought it was absolutely stunning. I'm not surprised to see it being nominated for so many categories. I must say that I'm very disappointed at the Academy for not even nominating Kimi no Na wa (Your Name) for best animated feature. It feels like the all voters haven't even watched all films and just vote at stuff from Disney. They're so biased and I'm triggered. I'm glad to see The Red Turtle in there but it only got nominated cause of the Studio Ghibli label. Imo Moana should gtfo and make room for Your Name. Most people say Zootopia but my guess is that Kubo will win the oscar.
Crystal Prep is shown as a prim-and-proper academy in the Friendship Games movie, populated by over-competitive, apathetic students and administered by a stern Principal who will do anything to uphold the academy's reputation. In regards to its cartoonish portrayal, I wonder what would Crystal Prep be like if it were more realistic, and how would its students and staff behave likewise? Also, how would they fare in the real world?
Not that you guys would really care, but I just wanted to spread the news on here. He truly did deserve that Oscar for his outstanding role in The Revenant (even though I admittedly have not seen it yet (shhhhhh )). http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-35670715