Anticorns: A RebirthAnticorns: A Rebirth
Transforming Twilight Sparkle into an alicorn left many, many fans of MLP: FiM bitter and heart-broken. It left many angry. It gave rise to a great divide, wherein two camps rose to great prominence in the Brony Community: the Pro-Twilicorn Camp and the Anti-Twilicorn Camp. Chief among the latter is The Anticorn Group. Passionate and hurt, they fought against the company they felt so betrayed by and against the members of the other camp. They destroyed their image, mainly being seen as crazy fools who were too obsessed about a cartoon about horsies; a force for chaos instead of a force for order.
Obsession and frustration are the key problems with it. Many anti-twilicorns merely want a safe-haven where they can be free from persecution. They wish for a haven where they do not have to be alone in their dissatisfaction with FiM. The Anticorn Group seems like that sort of haven at first, and is at the lower levels. It is the upper echelon that has gorged too heartily
Ideas Are Magic: A Sister Series to FiMIdeas Are Magic: A Sister Series to FiM
It has been many months since I've written anything like this. I say it's been far too long. Though I love MLP:FiM, I've given up on it ever achieving the writing quality and soul of its first season ever again. I wish, then, to focus on one of the aspects of a proposal made back when BronyUnderground was still young: a sister series starring The Great and Powerful Trixie.
A decent number of the people I've talked to are opposed to the idea of a show following Trixie. It is quite understandable, given the perceived nature of the character and the very popular demand to see a series based on Celestia and Luna. Understandable as it may be, a Royal Sisters series can ultimately have no suspense because the audience knows that they will have made it out of every situation safely and soundly, that they may appear in FiM later; the audience knows that everything will work out. As interesting as it would be to see the princesses in the past, such a seri
Criticism is Magic: Over a BarrelCriticism is Magic: Over a Barrel
Welcome back, my dear friends, to another installment of Criticism is Magic! We've braved the terrors of Magical Mystery Cure, Boast Busters, and Spike At Your Service. It is time for a new terror, rivaling Magical Mystery Cure in stature: Over a Barrel, where might makes right and injustice prevails!
Visuals: As usual, there is hardly anything negative to say about the visuals in this episode. They do their job, and they do it well. The fight scene with the buffalo is actually quite violent for a cartoon of this nature, making it noteworthy. It is also executed well. There is a bit of a hiccup in the pre-intro scene where Applejack is caressing the tree. Her leg and hoof seem a bit too small. This does not detract from the episode, however, and a more trained eye is required to see it.
Music, sound, and voices: There is little to say, all of these categories were realized in a fantastic manner.
Plot and pacing: This episode is paced well, running from
Criticism is Magic: Boast BustersCriticism is Magic: Boast Busters
Last time on Criticism is Magic, we looked at Magic Duel. On Characters are Magic, we looked at Trixie. It's time to complete the Trixie Trilogy with a review of Boast Busters.
Visuals: Even early in this series, the visuals are impressive. The organic movement of the ponies is refreshing. The backgrounds are vibrant and do a fine job in setting the tone. The fireworks, the magic, and the Ursa Minor are all animated and designed in a way that is aesthetically pleasing. That said, there were a few animation errors that mostly had to do with layering. It is not so noticeable to the untrained eye (I've watched this episode close to seven times. It was only during the most recent viewing that I noticed the animation errors) and it does not detract much from the episode's enjoyment factor.
Music and Sound: As usual, the music top-notch. It is not often heard, but, when it is, it sets the tone beautifully and adds personality to the character it is
Criticism is Magic: Magic DuelCriticism is Magic: Magic Duel
This time on Criticism is Magic we'll be discussing the return of the obnoxiously arrogant Trixie.
Visuals: The artwork and animation in this episode is gorgeous. The animation is incredibly smooth. The scene where Twilight Sparkle is levitating spheres of water particularly stands out as incredibly smooth. The use of lighting is used quite effectively, setting the tone of each scene efficiently. The scene when lightning flashed behind Trixie as her second duel with Twilight began is a powerful example of such effectiveness.
Music and Sound: This is standard fare for the series, meaning that everything was done well. The music itself fit too well, perhaps; it is does not stand out much whereas the sound effects do. The scene with the fireworks at the end stands out as sounding quite realistic.
Voices: The voices were all performed excellently. Twilight's voice in this episode sounded more like Tara Strong's voice than usual. It sounded somewhat l
Ideas are Magic: Proposals for a Better MLPWelcome back, everyone! Today we're going to delve into and elaborate on a few ideas born of the mind of GoldenSandslash15 (There will be a link to his article in the description. Be sure to read it, as I, being human, am likely to misrepresent something). From what I gathered from reading his article, his solution to the declining quality of our favorite show about colorful little horses was to either bring back Lauren Faust or eliminate one of the demographics of the show altogether. Since MLP: FiM is first and foremost a children's cartoon, bronies would need to be the group to be eliminated.
Bringing Lauren Faust back would be an easy fix, as she is experienced in pleasing multiple demographics while keeping the core of the show in question consistent. The cartoon, as it is now, seems to be having difficulty in pleasing its audiences. More critical bronies have ripped into the show, harshly criticizing the writing, while the younger target demographic cares little about the wri
Criticism is Magic: Spike At Your ServiceCriticism is Magic: Spike At Your Service
Welcome back to Criticism is Magic, everyone! This time we're going to take a look at a very strangely characterized episode.
Music and Sound: The music and sound are both excellent. There is not much else to say. Excellence is standard fare for the show. The strikingly wooden noises of the Timber Wolves are worth noting. The sound team did a fine job with them, as they sound very natural.
Voices: Everyone sounds more lively than in Sleepless in Ponyville, where they all sounded tired. The voice-work itself is standard fare for the series: extremely natural. Not a single character sounded off in this episode. Pinkie Pie is of special note as, although she had few lines, her mustache line was delivered with the greatest of comedic timing and in the most Pinkie Pie-ish of ways. It was an expertly executed line.
Plot and Pacing: The plot and pacing are very smooth, though odd. The episode is p