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This story is a sequel to Look, I Have Extremely High Standards

You and Moondancer have grown very close since your date last month. Unfortunately, she lives in Canterlot while you still live in Ponyville, and most of your communication occurs through letters. So, when the opportunity arises for the two of you to meet once more during the Princess Procession, a parade-like event held in Canterlot every year, you were ecstatic to finally have an excuse to see each other again. Twilight, wanting an excuse of her own to get you and Moondancer together even during the event itself, arranged for an important job at the end of the parade to be handled by the two of you.

However, after Moondancer fails to show up at the place you agreed to meet at, you stumble upon an opened, enchanted manga in her living room. Fearing the worst, you hop inside.

Now, the two of you must swallow your pride and live out the events of Equestria's most popular slow burn romance manga to return to the real world. But with the Princess Procession having already started, you'd better get through it quickly if you want to return to the parade before its conclusion!

Chapters (6)
Comments ( 50 )

I like to think myself a patient person...but god damn if I don't want to suffer through a hundred chapters watching the SLOWEST of slow burn romances, Nagatoro & Komi are great, but I just don't have the time I used to read (said while reading Fimfiction) and everyday life.

Uh-oh, Runic's released a story that isn't a one-shot.



No fair. I asked for a Zecora sequel and got downvoted to heck.

THanks for this.:yay:

Moon-chan is sugoi.

When I saw this, I was surprised to see a sequel out so soon but that's the magical power of Runic. :trixieshiftright:

Getting back on track, I have to say that the concept has me curious. I've never really watched anime or read manga, so I wouldn't know what are the common tropes and clichés that regularly occur in anime or manga. That said, I will admit that the news of a Persona 3 remake has caught my attention and actually had me excited for when it comes out. In a sense, the game might give me a clear presentation of what common clichés occur in Japanese works.

The book lies open on the carpet, its binding a deep blue color. However, what made you look at it is the faint glow coming off of the exposed pages. When you kneel down to take a closer look at it, you realize that the visible pages themselves cannot actually be read. The paper contained within the book is producing the glow, covering up whatever text might have actually been transcribed on them.

It makes one wonder what it would be like if the main cast had gotten sucked into a manga book instead of a comic book. :applejackunsure:

Indeed, your relationship could very well rely on whether or not you make it to the end of the procession in time.

Sounds like Anon is being a bit overdramatic. I mean how in the world is the future of his relationship going to be determined by being at the end of a parade? It just makes no sense to me especially since Twilight is no expert on romance. :ajbemused:

This story is off to a great start and I'm looking forward to reading more. As promised, I'll work on reading all of your works whenever I can.

On a side note, I wonder if you plan on publishing some more stories that take place in the Equestria Girls world?

Potentially. I just typically find it more difficult to come up with ideas that I want to write about for EQG than for FiM.

I see. I was just curious and your answer satisfied my curiosity.

"It was an experimental copy, all right?! The enchanted comic store didn't know what to do with it, and I made sure to get my hooves on it. It's a collector's item, for Celestia's sake!"

This is "Power Ponies" all over.

Given some history and it's land marks there's gotta to be some blanks to be added. Like 'Stoking the Flames'.

Ooh we get a continuation. Love that. Is it just me or do I also want to see how this whole thing plays out (as someone who has never read/watched anime/manga).

The second after I read "Isn't the whole point of these enchanted comics that we have to live through the story of the main cast?" and that information connected to the fact that they have pony-versions of the mangas we have... It immediately inspired dread. There are SEVERAL mangas with storylines I can name off the top of my head that not a SINGLE SOUL would want to live through. First one starts with a B, ends with Zerk. But I think ponies wouldn't have the kind of imagination that requires, so, my worry is for naught. I hope.

Or a certain manga about devils, hybrids, and an average teenage boy!

And if you can't be responsible about it, at least make sure that the final result is entertaining.

Spoilers in this comment for Komi, btw

I am loving this little cliche manga romance Anon and Moondancer are in! But the fact that it’s Komi is just too good. Not only did it take like 200 something chapters, and as of today it was very recently that they even shared their first kiss, but being one of the biggest slowburns in modern manga is fantastic. I loved the beginning of Komi much more, the uniqueness of their situation and trying to make friends (everyone go watch the chalkboard scene from the pilot episode, thats an order), where as now it’s just a typical romcom.

So I not only find it funny, but love the fact we’re using Komi as the manga lmao!

I would like to temper some expectations now, before we get too deep into this: It's not meant to be a parody of Komi specifically, it's more like a hodgepodge of generic tropes. I make jokes and references of course (mostly because Komi is recognizable and suitably long to make sense in this context), but please do not expect too many Komi-specific parallels. :twilightblush:

This is so cute that it's crazy. More than just manga, this could apply to video games as well. Persona 3, 4 and 5 all had dating aspects that remind me of this.

This is like every manga ever made. I can't stop laughing.

Ah that makes a bit more sense, I thought this was a playful jab at Komi specifically. :rainbowlaugh::twilightsmile:

I couldn't help but laugh throughout the chapter at the antics that Anon and Moondancer found themselves in. :rainbowlaugh:

Regardless of what happens, I have a feeling that Anon and Moondancer's relationship is going to end up much stronger thanks to this manga and it'll be more effective than what Twilight has in plan for them.

Keep up the good work as always and I'm looking forward to reading more.

Sarcastic parodies are my favorite and this is absolutely incredible! I applaud your work mate!

It's not a speedrun unless we get at least one BLJ scene. Looking forward to more!

"Poni Can't Communicate?"

Oh boy, speed running 300+ chapters of slow burn.

"Considering enchanted comics are one-use-per-pony only, no, I'd say we won't. Now come on, I want to try some taiyaki!"

Moondancer begins to trot ahead of you enthusiastically, and all you can do is follow closely behind her and shout as she gets lost in her excitement.

"We won't be able to taste it, though!"



....Shokugeki No Soma would be pure torture.

The number of moments between Anon and Moondancer was adorable. :rainbowkiss:

"I've never been a big fan of beach arcs. They're almost invariably filler, and it seems like every manga feels the need to have one at some point."

I remember reading an online article once that stated how a beach arc was a common trope in anime as well. Personally, I noticed that in the Persona 3, Persona 4, and Persona 5 games there is also a beach arc about midway through the game.

You quickly make your way back into the water, stopping only when you're about chest deep and adequately covered up. After doing so, you immediately begin to feel around along the sand and rock below you. Meanwhile, Moondancer continues to awkwardly stand in place while looking the other direction. Ordinarily you would ask her to help you to speed the process along, but luckily for you, you're in a manga. As a result, it doesn't take too long for you to find your missing pride.

Reading this part reminds me of this video I once saw on YouTube:

NOTE: The part I'm referring to happens between 5:40 to 7:32 in the video.

You do just that, and a few moments later, Moondancer excitedly runs up to you. Her horn is glowing, and in her magical grasp is a particularly large watermelon and a baseball bat.

I've never really understood what's the point of a character smashing a fruit in the video of anime beach moments I've seen on YouTube. The entire concept just doesn't make any sense to me. :rainbowhuh:

That gets her attention. She looks up at you, a mixture of confusion, surprise, and hope in her eyes.

Happy to see that Anon is determined to bring Moondancer out of her shell. The way Moondancer perked up at Anon made her look like a little filly in a candy store. :pinkiesmile:

"Wow, didn't think we'd get to the culture festival arc so soon."

Another common trope that is also apparent in anime and video games made in Japan. Persona 3, Persona 4, and Persona 5 have this common trope.

Adventure still awaits Anon and his precious Moonie. :raritywink:

Tally ho, as they say.

Woah woah. One use per pony only?? No wonder why Moondancer was getting disappointed by the speedrun.


She didn't get one of those yo-yo water balloons? Bummer.
I love those.

Also, it's not a Japanese high school without the Westminster Quarters.

Hot Springs sounds sexy but most Japanese hot springs have the guest's nude or just wearing a towel, and usually separate areas for the males and females. Given the date-like quality of the experience, it makes me wonder how the author is going to handle that in an E-rated story.

Ita gonna be pretty easy, barely an inconvenience really, because ponies are always naked, and just saying that anon is almost naked it's not enough to raise from an E to an T

"Originality might be nice, but tropes are tropes for a reason. They work. No need to break away from the norm if it makes things harder on the reader."

And yet, if those tropes are constantly used then, as far as I know, every manga and anime then ends up with the same story outline and ends up being all the same. Sometimes a break in the norm is necessary if a manga/anime is to stick out from the others, at least I believe so. :scootangel:

"What, do you expect every single background character to have an in-depth backstory?"

"That's how real life works."

"And this isn't real life. Do you know the names and backstories of every single pony in Ponyville?"

Have to give Moondancer for nailing that debate right on the head.

Of course, that's the beauty of fanfiction, in which the writers can create their own backstories for numerous background characters. Especially for this site, which presents us with the opportunity to create backstories for numerous characters such as Derpy and Octavia. :yay:

You look down at yourself. As demeaning as it is to be dressed as a maid, at least they had the courtesy to give you one made for your human body. You can feel your face becoming more and more flushed as all eyes in the room turn to you, a few small giggles and snickers audible in the otherwise quiet room.

Another common trope I remember: the occasional male anime/manga MC crossdressing. I remember seeing this trope be applied in some of the numerous Japanese games and anime, such as the Pokemon series. While some characters, like Ash Ketchum, have no problem crossdressing, other characters often feel embarrassed and mortified at having to crossdress.

Your voice is cold. Moondancer breaks eye contact first, a cold sweat starting to appear on her brow... and a slight redness starting to appear on her cheeks, for some reason?

Looks like Moondancer has found a kink/fetish that she has for Anon. One can only imagine how she might use this for her own uses during an offscreen moment of romantic passion. :rainbowwild:

Pokkaido Inn - Hot Springs Available

Oh man, one of the most dreadful tropes that's out there. I've not seem much anime or read manga, but the hot springs trope is my least favorite. I can thank Persona 5: Strikers for showing why that is the case. :facehoof:

Geez, imagine getting the typical reactions from eating the food and not even knowing why.

Your voice is cold. Moondancer breaks eye contact first, a cold sweat starting to appear on her brow... and a slight redness starting to appear on her cheeks, for some reason?

Moonie would like Blend S, methinks.

Now we just need the Sick Day, Test of Courage, and Missing the Last Train and Needing to Stay at a Hotel plots.

"Ever heard of the Bechdel Test ?"

What is the Bechdel test?

Taken from Wikipedia, "The Bechdel test, also known as the Bechdel-Wallace test, is a measure of the representation of women in film and other fiction. The test asks whether a work features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. The requirement that the two women be named is sometimes added."

I was poking fun at the fact that many manga and anime are often accused of not being able to pass the Bechdel test. :twilightsmile:

she gently presses her lips against yours

That finale was so out of left field and I’m all for it :rainbowlaugh:

"Good idea. I'll just tell Anon and Moondancer to read some manga instead or something. I'm sure they'd like that."


"Poni Can't Communicate isn't finished yet! We've reached the end of the manga!"

Where have I heard that before?:raritywink:

What is there for always naked ponies to peep at?:rainbowlaugh:

Could the same test be applied to how there are always some male characters that only talk about girls in both anime and manga?

I have to admit that you managed to make the whole hot springs arc not as bad as it's typically portrayed. :yay:

You say nothing. The stallion's eyes go wide as you wind yourself up. Then, all at once, you punch the stallion with all of your might directly in the face. The stallion, who was struggling to support the weight of three other ponies, goes flying several feet backwards, and the other stallions in the stack also end up going every possible direction but up. Four distinct thuds are heard as they all hit the rock below.

Good to see that Anon has standards in this story. This is the first time that I've seen the MC actually take action to avoid peeping at the females. From what I researched, the MC's typically either do nothing or get in on trying to peek, with either action usually landing them into trouble with the female characters.

"Hmhm, you're probably right! Still, thanks, I guess. I'm not really sure I'd appreciate getting ogled, regardless of if the ponies doing it were real or not. Though I think I'd be okay if it was just you. "

Looks like Moondancer will make an exception for Anon. It makes me wonder if offscreen, Moondancer will have lustful developments for Anon. :trixieshiftright: :rainbowwild:

From the looks of things, the story is almost finished.

Wer hat sich diese Tradition ausgedacht! HA HA

I couldn't agree more. It was a finale I was not expecting, that's for sure. I especially loved the ending. :rainbowlaugh:

At last, the adventure comes to an end.

This was such a great read. I have to admit that the ending made me smile despite it not being what I was expecting to happen.

Mess it up, and who knows what might happen? Luna could send you to the moon! Celestia could send you to the sun! Cadance could... you don't know, make the two of you break up or something? But worst of all would be Twilight. Messing up here could be the end of everything you hold dear. Your very relationship with Moondancer might hang in the balance. Because if you upset Twilight... she'll tease you about it.

Looks like Anon is a bit like Twilight when it comes to overreacting during stressful moments. :twilightoops:

"Good idea. I'll just tell Anon and Moondancer to read some manga instead or something. I'm sure they'd like that."

If only you knew Twilight. If only you knew. :rainbowlaugh:

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