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SigmasonicX
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(02-25-2017, 07:23 AM)
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MLP reference in Doctor Strange: Monsters Unleashed #1.


Metal Gear Friendship - Short animation somewhat related to Metal Gear Solid.
MLP version of "Fight Song" - Not the biggest fan of the original song, but this is still neat. Twilight's voice is pretty far off, though.

Impressive pixel art gifs
Pixel Luna
Pixel Celestia


Trying a fan art event again tomorrow.
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(02-26-2017, 01:19 AM)
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Alright, another fan art event. Let's just do the first variation one again, since that worked out well and it has been a while.

I'll start things off by posting an image of a single character. The next poster posts a picture of that character and another one. Then, the poster after that posts a picture with the second character (without the first) and a different character. And so on. Characters can't be repeated. So, I could post Twilight, then the next person could post Twilight and SciTwi, then the next person posts SciTwi and Sunset Shimmer, then Sunset and Celestia, and so on. More than two characters are allowed in an image, but you have to say who the second character is.

Starting off, Fluttershy.
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(02-26-2017, 02:02 AM)
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That "Metal Gear Friendship" video is really well animated; up there with JanAnimations work in terms of authenticity I think.

I can't deal with those "fans do impressions of ponies singing pop songs" videos, though. I don't cringe easily at MLP fan stuff, but those get me big time. And I actually don't mind the original song in this case, mainly because they used it in a pretty cool promo for Supergirl.

Originally Posted by SigmasonicX

Alright, another fan art event. Let's just do the first variation one again, since that worked out well and it has been a while.

I'll start things off by posting an image of a single character. The next poster posts a picture of that character and another one. Then, the poster after that posts a picture with the second character (without the first) and a different character. And so on. Characters can't be repeated. So, I could post Twilight, then the next person could post Twilight and SciTwi, then the next person posts SciTwi and Sunset Shimmer, then Sunset and Celestia, and so on. More than two characters are allowed in an image, but you have to say who the second character is.

Starting off, Fluttershy.

Lovely style on that piece.

Digging into my archive for this one:

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(02-26-2017, 10:58 PM)
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Originally Posted by PaulloDEC

That "Metal Gear Friendship" video is really well animated; up there with JanAnimations work in terms of authenticity I think.

I can't deal with those "fans do impressions of ponies singing pop songs" videos, though. I don't cringe easily at MLP fan stuff, but those get me big time. And I actually don't mind the original song in this case, mainly because they used it in a pretty cool promo for Supergirl.

Fair enough. Generally, I'm not a big fan of most fandom songs because they tend to be tangentially connected with the show, and singing in character at least enforces a connection with the show.

Lovely style on that piece.

Digging into my archive for this one:

Next is Spike


Also, on a brief look, the Tumblr blog the image is from is pretty cute. Note that it ships Twilight and Luna.
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(02-27-2017, 11:33 AM)
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Originally Posted by PaulloDEC

That "Metal Gear Friendship" video is really well animated; up there with JanAnimations work in terms of authenticity I think.

It's undoubtedly good, but I think there's still something off about it, though I can't say for sure if that's just BrutalWeather's style and they do it on purpose.
Jan's works are basically indistinguishable from the show, and the fact that he did everything by himself is truly impressive, he must be some kind of robot. Looking at his channel, where there are other animation experiments (like one in the South Park style), maybe he's "just" good at copying, but boy, he's really good at that.

PS: Sorry if I don't continue the game, but I can't really go look for an appropriate image at the moment.
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(03-01-2017, 02:43 PM)
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So Spike isn't that popular, huh? To make things easier, you can search on Derpibooru for art using this search query: spike, <INSERT CHARACTER>, NOT screencap, NOT idw, NOT comic, NOT official, score.gte:20

That last part removes things with a low number of votes, so it should filter out the particularly weak stuff (though it will also remove newer stuff). You can increase it to a higher value to filter out more.
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(03-01-2017, 08:40 PM)
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Oh didn't realize that this thread was getting posts again.

When you mentioned Twi-Luna shipping Sigma I knew what you were referring to. For those that don't know two artists (one of whom is the guy Sigma was posting) are both creating tons of art for an imagined marriage between Twilight and Luna. Both of them combined have probably created over 30 pieces of art over the event. Most of the stuff has been posted on the MLP subreddit which is how I found out about it. I think the idea of a massive fandom event that several content creators are contributing to is a pretty cool idea and that I've never been a person that really got into shipping but the whole event has been pretty weird to me. It probably doesn't help that I just find Twi-Luna to be a pretty forced pairing as the two have never really bonded on-screen and don't appear to have much in common.

Don't know where I was going with this. Have some pony. (Next character is Starlight)



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(03-02-2017, 06:34 AM)
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I hadn't realized this was a big fandom event. Those used to be more common, and the Ask Pony blogs generally would cross over a lot, though that wasn't necessarily a good thing. I remember there was a good Ask the Cutie Mark Crusaders blog with show-accurate art, but it went into this long tangent into a crossover event about house haunted by Slenderman, and I wasn't a fan of that.

Anyway, next is Sunburst. And yes, there is a decent amount of variety in characters he's depicted with in fan art.
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(03-03-2017, 12:46 PM)
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Originally Posted by SigmasonicX

Anyway, next is Sunburst.

Took a while to find one I liked:

Moondancer is next.
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(03-04-2017, 07:31 AM)
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Next up is Pinkie Pie


Luna's Therapy Visit - Another in the series of DRWolf therapy sessions
In my occasional showcase of "normal" PMVs, here's Something I Need

New Overwatch character Orisa has a skin labeled "Twilight"


Yeah, probably a reference.
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(03-05-2017, 12:40 AM)
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DP, but here is a fan animation called "Different view of reality", showing an alternate version of the Equestria Girls story where Twilight follows Sunset into another pony world. It's four and a half minutes long. It's overall pretty neat, but some is a bit self indulgent (Pinkie using a Portal gun) and as an alternate world, it isn't too interesting.

Also, Episode Rewatch: Suited for Success. The fact that ED isn't actually making an editorial for these anymore makes it someone pointless to link now, but whatever.

This episode stands out as one of the early episodes with an aggressively girly premise that surprises you with its quality. Somehow, there I was watching a fashion show toward the end of the episode and enjoying it. A lot of people point out this episode as the one where Rarity became a very likeable character for them, but for me, it took until around "A Dog and Pony Show". I mean, I appreciated what the show was doing with her, but I still wouldn't have considered her a favorite character until that second episode. The song is great, and I recall noticing the subtext of it also applying to animation ("Make sure it stays within our budget") on my first viewing.

If there's one big flaw of the episode, it's that the scene where the girls decide they don't like the first versions of the dresses isn't handled very well. After the dresses are revealed, it cuts to their unimpressed reaction as if we were also supposed to find them unimpressive, leaving the audience confused if they didn't see what was wrong with the dresses. I think it would have been better if the girls were actually impressed by them, but then one of them says that it isn't quite what they hoped for and they have some small suggestions. Then the others say the same thing. And then we get the rest of the episode as usual.
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(03-06-2017, 12:52 PM)
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Originally Posted by SigmasonicX

Next up is Pinkie Pie

Pinkie achieved. Next is Maud, or if you're feeling brave, Gummi/Boulder.
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(03-07-2017, 06:24 AM)
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Was going to have Trixie next, but came across this. Next is Coco Pommel.
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(03-10-2017, 03:16 AM)
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Oh shit, the "La Da Dee" PMV got a longer version! The original had the library tree, so this adjusted to have the castle. Overall, I think I prefer the conciseness of the original, but this is nice.

I'll end the fan art event on Saturday. Hopefully it doesn't end with Coco; remember, she got a ton of fan art when she was introduced, and has appeared with tons of characters, not just Rarity.
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(03-11-2017, 05:34 PM)
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No one? Alright fine.


Could have posted just Coco and Fluttershy, but art with just them is all shipping.

And now with that event over, I have a huge backlog of other art.

At the Gala with the Princess - There really should be more art with this set of gala dresses.
Figurine of my avatar
Another nice NCMares figurine
The Wonderbolts


Flutterhoodied
Pretty Princess
Aquarius - Remember those official zodiac ponies that were popular for a while? I still wonder what was behind their creation.
Falling in Love - In an alternate world, this could have been the random shipping art to close out this fan art event.


Trilight
Daisy Chains
Equestrian gateway - Super detailed, so look at the full version
Friendship is Magic - Also super detailed. This is actually a combination of a bunch of art from this artist, much of which was posted earlier


Sparkly Princess - Potential new avatar!
Celestia hates swans
Zecora
Nature of the Moon - Also detailed


Too Cute Too Furious
Journey - Also detailed
Gabby Portrait
PaulloDEC
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(03-12-2017, 01:22 AM)
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Love Celestia and the swan, as well as your new avatar candidate. I really like it when people draw Twilight's hair sticking up around her cheeks for some reason.
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(03-13-2017, 01:36 AM)
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Just read the newest chapter of that fanfic I've brought up before, The Enchanted Library. If there's one thing I can give this author credit for, she's damn good at emotional manipulation.

As a refresher, this story is an AU where the princesses other than Cadance were sealed away by Discord thousands of years ago. In the present, Rarity discovers Twilight's library and she appears as a ghost-like figure. After a rocky start, Rarity is able to get Twilight to open up and brings more ponies to meet her, and after about 20 long chapters of slow burn romance (with adventures mixed in), Rarity and Twilight are openly in love with each other. Which brings us to recent events.

After an adorable fluffy chapter where everyone has a sleepover at Twilight's library, Rarity and the others have gone to meet the descendant of Princess Cadance, hoping to get her aid in finding a way to release the princesses. After getting past bureaucracy seemingly designed to stop anyone from meeting her, and oddly getting help from Discord, they are finally able to present her with evidence that Twilight exists and where she can be found.

At the start of the story, there were rumors that Discord cursed Cadance and all of her descendants to never be able to find where the other princesses are, and rumors differed about how this worked. Others have since suggested that her descendant simply doesn't care about finding them, and may even be working with Discord, which is what Rarity came to suspect. Then the other shoe drops. It turns out that the curse is real, and it spreads to anyone who tries to help them find the princesses. And now Rarity and the others have it, so it will be impossible for them to find Twilight's library again.

The chapter ends before they get back to Ponyville, so it's not 100% confirmed the curse is real, but the author's comments indicate that she's going through with it. She says, paraphrased, "People asked me if I really spent 20 chapters building up Twilight and Rarity falling in love. The answer is no, I spent 20 chapters building up splitting them apart." I have to say, well played. But still, (insert Code Geass Nina screaming face).


EDIT: You know what, going to ramble more. The thing about it is, I'm pretty sure Twilight and Rarity will still end up together happily, but I know what this author is capable of in between. It's perfectly within my expectations of her to make it so that they don't reunite for 40 years, or maybe Twilight is released by some descendant of Sweetie Belle (since Rarity was too heartbroken to ever marry) and Twilight visits Rarity on her deathbed. Or maybe the author will be nice and make only three years pass before they reunite. I don't expect anything below the scale of years. Meanwhile, Twilight has no way of knowing why Rarity is no longer visiting, so she can only imagine she was killed, and she's all alone in the library. There is the out that Pinkie wasn't present at the meeting with Cadance's descendant, so maybe she could be used to correspond with Twilight, but it's more likely that the curse will be spread to her too, and she'll be cut off from Luna.

This is twice this author has made me dwell a long time on one of her works.
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(03-14-2017, 05:48 AM)
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To anyone who likes/liked ImaToonLink(Viva Reverie)'s stuff:

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Horses. It's very self-referential, packed with his past characters. Very good parody, high quality stuff and uses several different art styles.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3
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(03-14-2017, 06:24 AM)
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Originally Posted by SigmasonicX

EDIT: You know what, going to ramble more.

Given Mono's various comments about how this fic as a whole is only part one of two, I can't see the separation lasting terribly long in-universe. Part one pretty much has to end with Twilight being freed, unless the overall narrative arc really takes a hard left. Which is possible, but if that were going to be the case then the last chapter would've been a good place to end it, instead of still having a good deal of Act 3 to go yet.
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Originally Posted by Sciz

Given Mono's various comments about how this fic as a whole is only part one of two, I can't see the separation lasting terribly long in-universe. Part one pretty much has to end with Twilight being freed, unless the overall narrative arc really takes a hard left. Which is possible, but if that were going to be the case then the last chapter would've been a good place to end it, instead of still having a good deal of Act 3 to go yet.

Honestly, at this point, I'll be disappointed if they aren't separated for more than a year >_> Anyway, there are a couple of directions it can go, but Act 3 will almost surely resemble that part of Hikaru no Go where (Hikaru no Go spoilers) Sai disappears and Hikaru spends a ton of episodes depressed, looking around for clues as to where he went. He never finds him.
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(03-19-2017, 11:54 AM)
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Yeah, not a fan of Monochromatic's works. Just find them "sadness & drama for sadness & drama's sake", mostly, with little else going for them. But many people seem to like them, so who am I to judge?

Speaking of fanfiction, for some reason yesterday I happened to read a couple of short gore/sex fics, you know, the typical nasty stuff. I'm not impressed or upset by such things, so the only reaction they elicited was more like:

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(03-20-2017, 12:16 AM)
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Originally Posted by DemWalls

Yeah, not a fan of Monochromatic's works. Just find them "sadness & drama for sadness & drama's sake", mostly, with little else going for them. But many people seem to like them, so who am I to judge?

To be fair, she writes adorable fluff scenes well. But yeah, the drama can be a bit much at times. I said previously that "Injuring Eternity" affected me emotionally, but I also complained that Twilight still being so heartbroken a thousand years later about Rarity dying didn't ring true. Like, emotions resurfacing when she went to the past would have been fine, but I didn't like the implication that she was basically miserable before the trip. And outside of that, a lot of stories follow the pattern of either Twilight or Rarity getting unreasonably worried about the other not liking her, or otherwise refusing to stay together for a dumb reason, which is easily resolved by just talking to each other. The worst of these is that story where they refuse to date because it would upset Spike. But it mainly seems to be her older stories that are like this; the more recent ones aren't as bad about it.

As for many people liking them, I don't think Monochromatic is particularly well known, it's mainly just me bringing her up >_>

Writing this got me to look through her list of fics again, and I thus noticed some of the story collections had updates I missed, including a "The Enchanted Library" side story where she outright states in an author's note (relates to previous spoilers) that Twilight will be released from the library in Act 4, so I guess that's that.

Anyway, backlog dump.
PMV - "Something I Need" - Not particularly special, but it's decent.
2Snacks remade the first Two Best Sisters Play episode, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Ask Frigid Drift #3
When you're a filly - Slower paced but cute video

Silver Quill reviews Friends Forever #8, which reminded me of just how good this issue is. I should reread it later.
Update for the Dreaming Derpy fangame. I really need to get around to playing this sometime.

Starlight Glimmer Cutie
Favorite place
Princess Celestia
Perihelion


Sweet Cadance
Belle
JoyBoy Advance
Big Brother Best Bulletin Board
Arrival - Super detailed
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(03-20-2017, 12:36 AM)
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Originally Posted by SigmasonicX

As for many people liking them, I don't think Monochromatic is particularly well known, it's mainly just me bringing her up >_>

Well, relatively speaking, at least. The Enchanted Library, for example, has ~2300 votes, as many comments, and nearly 20000 views, which is way more than many other works.
That said, I'm far from being a FIMFiction aficionado, so maybe I'm just talking nonsense.
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Originally Posted by DemWalls

Well, relatively speaking, at least. The Enchanted Library, for example, has ~2300 votes, as many comments, and nearly 20000 views, which is way more than many other works.
That said, I'm far from being a FIMFiction aficionado, so maybe I'm just talking nonsense.

Not a whole lot that makes it to the 20k mark, relatively speaking. Certainly a fair number of fics out there that are well beyond that, but they've also almost all had several more years to accrue hits and notoriety.
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(03-20-2017, 03:49 AM)
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Originally Posted by DemWalls

Speaking of fanfiction, for some reason yesterday I happened to read a couple of short gore/sex fics, you know, the typical nasty stuff. I'm not impressed or upset by such things, so the only reaction they elicited was more like:

I'm not sure I'll ever understand the appeal of transforming a property beyond recognition like that. If gore and sex are what you're into, what was it you liked about MLP to begin with?

Originally Posted by SigmasonicX

2Snacks remade the first Two Best Sisters Play episode, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Man, I love the way 2Snacks animates these things. Super professional with fantastic lighting/shadowing.
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(03-20-2017, 06:41 AM)
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Originally Posted by Sciz

Not a whole lot that makes it to the 20k mark, relatively speaking. Certainly a fair number of fics out there that are well beyond that, but they've also almost all had several more years to accrue hits and notoriety.

OK, I guess "The Enchanted Library" at least is decently popular, but certainly not at the level that you could expect a random fan to know about it like with "Fallout: Equestria" and the like. Though I can't imagine we'd get stories of that popularity again.

Originally Posted by PaulloDEC

I'm not sure I'll ever understand the appeal of transforming a property beyond recognition like that. If gore and sex are what you're into, what was it you liked about MLP to begin with?

Part of it is the challenge of, "Hey, look at how gross I can make this! I bet you can't finish it!", part of it is intentionally trying to shock fans. Many of these stories, at least early on, were written by people who weren't fans to troll the fans.
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Originally Posted by PaulloDEC

I'm not sure I'll ever understand the appeal of transforming a property beyond recognition like that. If gore and sex are what you're into, what was it you liked about MLP to begin with?

Some people just like taking characters from an IP and write them into genres those characters would never be in, probably out of creative boredom or to satisfy their personal desires.


I should really write a story on there one of these days.
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Originally Posted by PaulloDEC

I'm not sure I'll ever understand the appeal of transforming a property beyond recognition like that. If gore and sex are what you're into, what was it you liked about MLP to begin with?

For real psychological answer:
When you humanize shit, people start viewing it as human.
Thazzit.

I mean its more complicated and my friend wrote a paper about it, but that's the just.

They most likely liked mlp in a more normative sense, then other stuff happened .
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Originally Posted by SigmasonicX

OK, I guess "The Enchanted Library" at least is decently popular, but certainly not at the level that you could expect a random fan to know about it like with "Fallout: Equestria" and the like. Though I can't imagine we'd get stories of that popularity again.

You said it, FO:E's another matter altogether. A different IP, almost, and it certainly wasn't my intention to draw any comparison to it. Although, recently I've found out that some fans don't even know what Past Sins is, so... nothing's to be taken for granted.
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(03-21-2017, 12:18 AM)
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For the Vernal Equine-ox, SF Debris reviews MLP episodes: The Cutie Mark Chronicles, The Ticket Master, and A Canterlot Wedding. http://sfdebris.com/videos/animation/mlpspecial3.php
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Originally Posted by Rhomega Beta

For the Vernal Equine-ox, SF Debris reviews MLP episodes: The Cutie Mark Chronicles, The Ticket Master, and A Canterlot Wedding. http://sfdebris.com/videos/animation/mlpspecial3.php

"The Ticket Master" is an odd choice.

* Chuck complaining about songs just makes me want "Magical Mystery Cure" more.
* He forgot a lot of stuff covered in previous reviews, but I suppose I can't blame him.
* Kind of surprised that Chuck viewed the fillies as being teenagers. I mean, it's a common theory that that's what age they are meant to be, but that's mainly based on the "cutie marks = puberty" thing.
* Some of the jokes seem to show that he isn't actually aware that the Grand Galloping Gala appears in an episode.
* Also kind of surprised he didn't make the Disney comparison with "This Day Aria".
* I laughed at the political message joke.
* The next set of MLP episodes will be Rainbow Dash themed? I wonder what that would entail, if no season 4+ stuff will be included. I'm guessing "The Mysterious Mare Do Well" will be one of them. Still, that means even more time before "Magical Mystery Cure".

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