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obake


I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a Doom wad author, and avid brony. I both write and review fanfcitions, and I can't wait to begin submitting.

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  • 104 weeks
    Shout to the World: NO to Articles 11 and 13!

    Hello, this is Obake. Please read this whole message, and spread the word.

    Normally I don't get political. However, with recent events in the European Union (EU), I need to make my voice loud and clear: NO to Articles 11 and 13!

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    4 comments · 176 views
  • 105 weeks
    School Raze

    Friendship is Magic review by Obake

    (SPOILERS!)

    Credit where credit is due, this special has the funniest ending of the series, which was likely unintentional. I was laughing for awhile.

    School Raze is the two-part finale of season 8, and exactly as I expected, takes itself too seriously. The antagonist of the episode is Cozy Glow.

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    0 comments · 205 views
  • 105 weeks
    What Lies Beneath

    Friendship is Magic review by Obake

    (SPOILERS!)


    This would be the strongest of the school episodes, were it not for a few choice line of dialogue and strange ending. To be fair, the ending may turn out to be part of a bigger plot involving the season's villain, in which case it makes somewhat more sense.

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    0 comments · 133 views
  • 106 weeks
    On the Road to Friendship

    Friendship is Magic review by Obake

    (SPOILERS!)

    On the Road to Friendship is overall okay. For an episode revolving around Starlight and Trixie on a road trip, it was not a total wash like I thought it might turn out to be.

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  • 108 weeks
    The Washouts

    Friendship is Magic review by Obake

    I am reviewing episode 20 first, as I have had trouble finding a decent version of 19.

    (SPOILERS!)

    The Washouts is all over the place, starting quite bad, only to mellow out. I appreciate parts of the episode. The rest...not so much.

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Sep
29th
2017

A Health of Information · 1:27am Sep 29th, 2017

Friendship is Magic first impressions review: A Health of Information (s07e20)
by Obake

(SPOILERS!)

Zecora contracts an illness known as Swamp Fever, prompting Fluttershy and Twilight to head out and fine a cure. Another episode with a strangely “classic” feel, I neither hate or love it. For the most part, the basic story is fine. There are no major flaws, but a lot of little things that hinder it.

For instance, the characters are rather blasé over such a frightening disease. Zecora gets a pass, as she is naturally calm, and under the effects of delirium. But Fluttershy, Twilight, and the town doctor stay around her without any sort of masks or breathing protection. An illness spread by a certain swamp flower's pollen would likely contaminate the air, right? One would think not to breathe around someone whose illness eventually transforms them into a tree (which sprout more deadly flowers.) Nope.

The episode involves another account of a legendary pony, a healer named Mage Meadowbrook, aka the Mystical Mask. She found cures for ailments of every type. She even found one for Swamp Fever, which Fluttershy and Twilight need to go to her old village to find. This is a problem the series has had before, in that information present in Ponyville's books seems (in)conveniently limited (think The Cutie Pox, Dragon Quest.) For whatever reason, the cure for Swamp Fever was not widely published throughout Equestria, only hinted at in one of Mage's personal journals.

Twilight and Flutters meet one of her descendants, a plump, eccentric stallion named Cattail, who watches over Mage's possessions. The village is nothing special in terms of aesthetics, though Mage's house inside a tree has gloomy charm.

They eventually learn the cure is honey from Flash Bees (think literal lightning bugs.) Fluttershy's first attempts to get the honey fail. Her second attempt has her donning a healers mask with the same colors and striping as the queen bee, which pacifies the bugs. A detail Mage should have really written down. With the honey in tow, Zecora is cured.

The moral revolves around Fluttershy learning to take care of herself before taking care of others, as she does not sleep throughout any of her journey. Her tiredness has a toll on her both physically and mentally. It is especially true when she accidentally contracts Swamp Fever.

To be honest, I find A Health of Information a good episode. If anything, it is a retread of The Cutie Pox, only with different characters and a different illness. But unlike Pox, every scene is the right length and has purpose, and the disease itself is better defined. If only a few things could have been fixed to make it better.

Extra notes:

  • Nice to see Zecora. She was in last week's episode, but here her role here has more impact. Also, for the first time, Zecora doesn't rhyme (heh, heh.) Due to her delirium.
  • Swamp Fever apparently makes Zecora's heartbeats sound like snare drums. I don't get the joke.
  • A few positive scenes involving Spike. It's nice seeing him and Twilight having simple fun together (in this case, a cooking contest.) It feels like ages since the two have had meaningful interaction. Is it just me, or has Spike felt left out of a lot of recent episodes?
  • Nice subtle reference to Twilight's affinity for tree housing: “Anypony who lives in a tree is okay by me!”
  • It feels like there have been a number of characters similar to Cattail lately. Though he does get in a few good lines. My favorite is when Fluttershy hints that Mage used a mask to pacify the bees. His reply: “She threw a mask at 'em? I wouldn't recommend that.”
  • The characters do look cute in healing masks.
  • Swamp Fever is essentially a more macabre version of Cutie Pox. Rather than (presumably) exhausting the victim to death, it slowly transforms them into a flower-bearing tree to spread further sickness. Pure nightmare fuel.
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