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Pony Stories 506

Just finished re-watching an anime. C -The Money of Soul and Possibility Control, to be precise. Here is the post I had wrote up about it previously. Which is, dang, two years old at this point. Just thought I’d comment about what I felt about it this time through. Still enjoyed it, but not quite as much. Mostly the ending doesn’t hold up quite as well. Plus this time through I really disliked the main character. He was a fairly cliche indecisiveness protagonist doesn’t want to fight, doesn’t want to lose, but doesn’t want to hurt anybody. I’ve never been a big fan of that particular anime trope and I’ve been getting even more frustrated about it the more shows I watch with it. The ending of the show doesn’t hold up quite as well. It’s got the Fallout: Equestria problem in that the -idea- for the ending is really awesome, but the actual execution is lacking.

It’s still a show I’d recommend. It’s got some interesting visuals, a lot of cool ideas, and I enjoyed watching it the second time almost as much as the first. Possibly enjoyed the first half of the series even more. Plus the Lovecraftian touches were even better now that the cosmic horror is a bit closer to the surface of my mind due to the amount of that genre of reading I’ve been doing since the first watch. I’d even go so far as to say this show is a wonderful example of how to do proper modern cosmic horror perfectly. I guess global economy and high abstract finance mix pretty well with impossible to understand cosmic forces. Which I suppose is going to make diving back into that collection of short stories even worse since they are all so bland.

Big Master Review List stats: Authors: [2448], Stories [5965], Total Reviews: [9863]

  • Princess Twilight’s Protector and the Prankster Pests by Chengar Qordath
  • Synchronicity by A Hoof-ful of Dust
  • Fluttershy Has Tea With Jesus by Retsamoreh

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Posted by on October 31, 2015 in Ponies, Reading 2015, Reviews

 

Writing Fragment

More fun with pony names! and literary devices, I suppose. Today is supposed to be a new reviewer post according to my occasionally followed schedule. But I don’t have one of those ready, and I just had this idea I wanted to type up. Huh. Write down an idea. Type up an idea. Wonder if that linguistic quirk means anything. Just sounds weird to say I typed down an idea. Aaaanyway, so normally I’d put the writing on Sunday and just put a review post here instead. But tomorrow’s a holiday and figured I’d leave it open in case I got struck by inspiration to do something fancy there instead.

No wait, today is Friday. Guh. Why is my brain convinced that Halloween is on Sunday?


It was getting late in the evening when the farmer saw a stranger walking slowly up the road from out of town. The stranger had a dark coat and a short cropped mane of a slightly lighter shade. The sun had just set, so the dim light of the evening made it difficult to pick out the colors. She waited until the stranger had gotten closer before smiling and waving a forehoof.

“Hey there! A bit late to be traveling, isn’t it?”

The stranger smiled back and waved, as ponies did when greeted. “I was really hoping to find a town to stay in by now. I don’t really like being out this late.”

“Well, you are almost there. Town is another half-hour or so casual trot down the road. Can I ask your name?”

The stranger paused and looked uncertain, then sighed and walked over to the fence along the side of the road. “I guess. I’m Ominous Foreshadowing.”

The farmer paused in mid-step to meet the stranger at the fence. Eyes reassesing the stranger. Black coat, what could be a dark red mane. Eyes looked over at the stranger’s cutie mark and saw what could only be a jailcell.

“Uhhh… What brings you around these parts?”

The stranger put a hoof to his face and let out a long-suffering sigh. “I’m actually a dark blue with a green mane. My cutie mark is a spreadsheet.” It was very, very obvious it was something he had to say a lot. “I’m just traveling through. I’m an accountant for Luna’s sake.”

“Does that mean-”

“I have no idea what your finances are like. I have no business in town about their finances. I’m honestly just passing through to see family over in Baltimare.”

“Oh. So why?”

“I think I wronged my parents in a previous life. I have no idea why they gave me this name. This is exactly why I don’t like traveling in the evening. Everypony immediately jumps to conclusions when I introduce myself.”

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2015 in My Writing, Ponies

 

Pony Stories 505

Bleh. I really should have typed up the clever idea I had earlier. It’s gone now. So I waited until I was severely depressed to write up this post. Bleeergh.

Next morning edit: In an effort to have something other than a depressed ramble, I will now use hard data to prove which number is best. Using, of course, the big master review list. I saw a review for Five Hundred Murders and realized that I had seen a lot of titles with Five in the name. So thought that would be the highest one. Nope. Also, nobody likes the number eight apparently.

  • One: 215
  • Two: 54
  • Three: 28
  • Four: 9
  • Five: 16
  • Six: 11
  • Seven: 13
  • Eight: 3 (plus one Neighty-Four)
  • Nine: 11

And now for the pony reviews.

  • The Unbearable Lightness of Bucking by Loganberry
  • Potato Run
  • The Waters of Myinnkyun’s Harbor

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Posted by on October 29, 2015 in Ponies, Reading 2015, Reviews

 

Pony Stories 504

Another random pony fan fiction idea. To put on the pile of things I’ll never write. Since I don’t ever often write pony fan fiction. A immortal outliving everypony story that’s Rarity missing Spike. Just a switch around of what a lot of those stories are.

  • The Necromancer’s Ambition by KuroiTsubasaTenshi
  • Ordem e Progresso by Chocolate Milk
  • Chill by FloydienSlip

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Posted by on October 28, 2015 in Ponies, Reading 2015, Reviews

 

Pony Stories 503

Was thinking, mostly because of this post by PresentPerfect. I realized that some shows have the idiot ball. Where one of the characters is a moron just to move the plot along. MLP has the jerk ball. Where one character is a jerk to move a joke or plot along.

In completely unrelated subjects, still rolling Hearthbreakers around in my brain. One, the farm was decorated. We see in Pinkie Pie’s cutie mark flashback that it’s a fairly plain place and when we visit in this episode there are glowing crystals everywhere. Plus they do have lights strung up. Applejack even says the place looks amazing when she arrives. Then goes and gets ‘traditional’ tree and decorations when she tries to show them the ‘right’ way to do it. Two, if they wanted a flagpole they would have one. They could carve a stone flagpole in no time at all. Would only have to last for a few hours and that could be part of the family tradition. Three, Maud’s answer to Applebloom’s question about what the rock look like was perfect. Maud is best Pie sister. Limestone as a very close second. Hee. Gaze into the eye of Limestone Pie.

  • Just Us Big Sisters by GrassAndClouds2
  • The Immortal Question by jdb1984
  • What Do You Mean, We’re not Related? by HapHazred

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Posted by on October 27, 2015 in Ponies, Reading 2015, Reviews