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  • Saturday
    Visiden Whines It: Saddle Row and Rec

    I like this episode, which means that Rarity's record of not having a bad episode in my eyes remains unsullied. I wish she sang here given its her episode as nopony else beats Rarity's singing. But perhaps that means she'll get another episode where she sings.

    We get to see Rarity's prosperity continue and even show the bumps along the way.

    I like how Applejack and Rainbow went along with Twilight's sweeping remix, then badmouthed it behind her back. True true friends indeed, girls. At least Garrus told Shepard to his/her face that his/her dancing sucked. I suppose being bad at remixes is a more digestible flaw than being a self-absorbed and incompetent teacher.

    Did we just find out the brand of Applejack's hat? And Stinky Bottom? You know, Jake the Army Guy didn't like that I had a character named Hen Reek. Now we have a canonical character named Stinky Bottom. What's this guy's special talent? Not wiping his ass? Room-clearing farts?

    Angel and Devil Rarity are awesome.

    It is now my headcanon that Rarity's building in Manehatten is owned by the Russian Mafia.


    I don't think they utilized the multiple viewpoints narrative device very well. It still feels like a single cohesive story that might as well have been told by one pony rather than a story told by six different ponies who ought to have different priorities in telling their side. There are some good bits, like the aforementioned confession that Twilight's remixing sucks, but not enough in my opinion.

    Because Rarity was suddenly dumb enough to put her in charge of the Hiring Department, Rainbow Dash hires all the applicants. Better hope that the boutique turns in enough of a profit to pay for all of their salaries and benefits, Rainbow.

    Apparently, Applejack's part worked out because the guests were able to enjoy their soup with their spoon clothes. That's nice. Hear me out though. Maybe you should have served spoons along with the tureens of soup which seems like a typical catering move. And I suspect that you would have if somepony didn't swipe all the spoons to make stupid spoon hoof-bands. I don't see why it's a bad idea to tell this annoying girl that her ideas are not appreciated (although Applejack was crazed enough to like the spoon idea) and then deal with Mister Russian Nepotist who was acting like a villain.

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  • 1w, 2d
    Visiden Whines It: A Hearth's Warming Tail

    Snarkery levels are up, buffoonery levels are down. Spike is in top form for this episode.

    I like AJ's song, and she looks quite pretty in her grandmother's hairstyle.

    Rarity's small part steals the opening song unsurprisingly.

    We get to see ghosts here. I think this is the first time the show actually depicts the spirits of the dead.

    Luna's part is also awesome especially her singing. They should release those image song CDs like they do with anime. I'd buy Rarity's and Luna's.

    I'm relieved to see Rarity's parents here. I was worried that they died in their vacation which is why Sweetie Belle is staying with Rarity.


    Starlight Glimmer episode again? Come on.

    I personally didn't like Pinkie Pie's part in the story. I thought her song was too bouncy and whimsical to fit with the semi-serious message that these ghosts are trying to impart. In the Christmas Carol movie with Jim Carrey, we got to see the ghost of Christmas Present die and wither into a skeleton. A pity we didn't see that here.


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  • 2w, 3d
    Visiden Whines It: Newbie Dash

    We get some SoarinDash in this episode. I'm a big fan of SoarinDash due to me being a big fan of any heterosexual Rainbow Dash pairing. Except the one with her dad...that's just gross. Hell, if I had to pick between RD straight/Rest of Mane 6 gay and RD gay/rest of Mane 6 straight, I'd pick the former. There's just something about the fandom making her gay because of her mane that rubs me the wrong way.

    I suppose that RD being a reservist then actually performing with the Wonderbolts is a sign that she's prospering like Rarity is. That's nice.

    I like the perspective in regards to RD's flying skills. The fandom plays up how RD is the greatest flier evah because of the Sonic Rainboom, but the episode makes it appear like she's the greatest basketball player in her highschool being drafted into the NBA. Hope she's not the Kwame Brown of the wonderbolts.

    I like the conclusion bit where the wonderbolts didn't kowtow to RD's hurt feewings, but pointed out that it's part of group dynamics.


    This episode tries to make me sympathetic towards Dash because the Wonderbolts are calling her names. But if someone in my workplace was being an unsuffferable bitch who acts like a know-it-all, can't follow basic rules, and smugly suggests that she can "improve" how things are being done, I'd call her names too.

    That whole imitating the rest of the Mane 6 bit...I've never had a high opinion of RD's intelligence, but the level of stupidity is beyond what I imagined.

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  • 3w, 2d
    Visiden Whines It: No Second Prances

    In this episode, Princess Twilight Sparkle is a lying, controlling, insecure, narcissistic bitch, and an incompetent teacher.

    And I love it.

    My biggest worry regarding Twilight since her princess-hood has always been that she might be transforming into a perfectly wise, serene, do-no-wrong ruler. In other words: dull as dishwater. Now, I do think they leaned too far towards the other direction with the faults, but I'd rather have this extreme than the other one.

    It's interesting to see that Celestia does what appears to be inspections on how Twilight's work is progressing, indicative of the two of them not quite as equal as some fans would suggest. Or this could just be something Twilight wrongly assumed, which makes it indicative of Twilight's inability to get out of student mode so to speak.

    And hoo boy, Twilight is awful here, in a good way. The fact that Starlight runs around manipulating others at the first opportunity and seems to have no working knowledge on how to make friends such that she has to rely on the rest of the Mane 6 shows that Twilight has taught her absolutely nothing in the intervening time between this episode and Starlight's "redemption".

    Yet, despite this show of teaching incompetence, Twilight persists in presenting herself as a good teacher, going so far as to lie about the number of friends Starlight has made. I think that goes against an element of harmony, Princess of Friendship. Looks like she's more interested in puffing herself up in front of Celestia than Starlight's actual progress. Isn't that something? Of course, there's the whole "I decide which friends you can make" but that is sort of fixed by the end.

    Coincidentally, I just read one of the novels "Applejack and the Great Switcheroo" or something wherein Applejack commits the horrific evil of venting in a journal about how useless her friends are at farmwork and how Twilight is a corrupt politician who will use her influence to give an unfair advantage to her friend in a contest.

    Oh, and we have Celestia show up and make annoyed faces. Baby steps, show, baby steps.


    The title is shit. I know horse puns are on par with the show, but come on.

    Is that a metal collar around that manticore? For shame, ponies, enslaving monsters for your amusement.

    So Starlight praises Trixie's stage magic, which I assume refers to Trixie's talent in using practical effects to create the illusion of magic. Then, she suggests completing a trick using actual magic thus undermining the fact that the performance is a show of Trixie's ability to simulate magic without using magic. And Trixie goes along without a protest.

    Spike's not around. Which I find particularly annoying, because he does have a strong dynamic with Starlight, as shown in the premiere. He could have worked here. I don't care if he just got his episode, if the character is useful, put him in.

    "He doesn't talk much," Applejack says of her brother, who now resorts to greeting ponies with Eeyup instead of howdy. No, Applejack, your brother is actually capable of talking much as shown in the earliest episodes. What you have standing before you is the flanderized doppelgänger of your brother wrenched from the bowels of fan dumb put there for a gag.

    Did Trixie just emotionally blackmail Starlight by suggesting that she was going to go through with the highly dangerous trick that requires Starlight to succeed regardless of whether Starlight is there or not? Wow...that is fucking dark.

    Pretty decent episode in my opinion.




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  • 4w, 5d
    More Art

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(Part of the Upheaval world)

Sharp Mark has been training his charge for a long time, knowing that, one day, this quiet pegasus colt must bear a tremendous responsibility upon his shoulders. But there are still a few more lessons to teach, and a few more wrinkles to iron out.

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11th Apr 2016
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11th Apr 2016
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The Void Rift Crisis, the ill-fated bridge between one era to another. A time of great falls and rises within the Eternal Herd. An alicorn colt, curious about the events involving this time, speaks to some prominent figures involved in it.

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1st Dec 2015
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1st Dec 2015
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A beastly plague has descended upon Ponyville, filling its streets with blood and madness. Its denizens desperately wait for reprieve, and a stranger steps into the nightmarish haze. A cure must be found, questions must be answered.

The Hunt is on.

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16th Sep 2015
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17th May 2016
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This story is a sequel to Upheaval: Reckoning

Equestria's fragments have reunited, and the power of sunlight shines once more within Celestia. With the remnants of the Old Kingdom destroyed, the Abyssal Throne sent away, the threat of Gravitas defeated, and Black Rose no more, Equestria now faces the encroaching darkness of Oceanus and his rebels.

But the stage is not yet fully set. Twilight Sparkle and her friends must gather what means they may before the battle is joined.

Cover art provided by Obsidian Rose

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6th Mar 2015
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5th May 2016
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After the siege of Bastion City and the theft of the power of sunlight, Spike takes on Prince Terrato's offer to train under the kirin, Seethe Scale. He must travel to the Western Barrier Land to gain the strength to help his friends.

Once there, however, Spike soon realizes that there is more for him to contend with in this harsh environment than developing his abilities.

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8th Jan 2015
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3rd Jun 2015
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A great many things occur all throughout Equestria as the reunification proceeds and the days count down to a great upheaval. Every grand picture holds many small details, easily forgotten or unnoticed. These are brief records of such things.

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6th Dec 2014
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6th Dec 2014
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Black Rose's elite agents serve her in various ways. To accomplish her tasks, their talents must be both great and diverse, requiring individuals from the far-flung corners of Equestria. To gather them is a difficult task in and of itself, a task that two siblings must deal with if Black Rose's plans could even have a chance to succeed.

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4th Jul 2014
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4th Jul 2014
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Throughout history, the wolven have been known as vicious and rapacious raiders, swooping in from their frozen homeland far to the north in small bands to seize what they please from unfortunate settlements and caravans across Equestria's borders. For this one occasion, however, wolven raiders have acquired something that may be more trouble than it's worth.

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27th Jun 2014
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27th Jun 2014
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Lexarius the steward, the alicorn sent by the Herd to aid those oppressed by the Everlasting Kingdom and their own tainted heritage, seeks to help those he considers his new kin. The first step, however, proves difficult as he must preside over a meeting that reveals old hatreds that may well destroy his path before he could even take it.

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27th Apr 2014
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27th Apr 2014
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Alicorns are no strangers to battle. Within the vastness of the Eternal Herd is a plane where violence reigns. A young Sanctus Dominus, still a long way away from his kingship, encounters a former monarch in the battlefield.

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3rd Apr 2014
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3rd Apr 2014