Joined Nov 12, 2010 at 12:13PM EST
Everypony should know the Rules of the Bronynet and what they mean.
Hey, I’m just glad that the americanization of Bleach is being handled by the Hub instead of 4Kids.
This is annoying. The 4th sounds the most interesting, but the game locks up as soon as it gets to the “you’re in my world now” part and shuts down. I’ve never been able to see any of the gameplay that supposedly follows
67 out of 72, plus I guessed 2 of the 4 imaginary characters, Rocky and Mr Turnip. I tried Flour and Lint, but apparently couldn’t get their names close enough to count. I couldn’t get the name of the Sheriff Silverstar, Little Strongheart(I kept trying for swiftfoot or fleethoof), Cheerilee, Lily, and Rainbow Day.
also, this like/dislike system on the comments has already been rendered pointless. The general members don’t bother rating anything not on the front page, and comments don’t stay on the front page long enough to catch up to the top comments. Since the two comments that have already made it to the top slots remain on the front page and can continue to get rated up higher, they’re only going to end up staying there
Wow… I missed a lot. I just finished an epic quest; I crawled through all 2800+ pages of images on Ponibooru. Over 34000 images. A lot I just looked at the thumbnail and passed on, but even with that it took me well over a week to finish, possibly even 2 weeks or more.
I don’t get why people use these silly explanations. It’s pretty obvious that ponies actually have a thumb tucked under the edge of their front hooves.
The whole way through was rooting for winter wrap up to come out as last song standing.
7) Show Stoppers is absolutely correct where it is currently placed after Stare Master. In Stare Master the older ponies apparently felt that the CMC required fairly constant supervision, but in Show Stoppers, they were basically left to their own devices once they got the clubhouse.
Another interesting note is that Applebloom wasn’t even able to fix a simple table in Stare Master, yet suddenly becomes an accomplished carpenter by Show stoppers, in which she effectively rebuilds the entire run-down clubhouse all by herself.
4) while it doesn’t nail it down much, Party of One is almost certainly after Griffon the Brushoff. Up until then Rainbow dash didn’t think much of Pinkie and likely wouldn’t have been the prime candidate to go alone to bring Pinkie to her surprise party.
5) Boast Busters HAS to come earlier than whatever episode you see Twilight using her magic openly, otherwise there would be no reason for her to be so concerned about how people would react to her using magic, which is what she initially thought they were complaining about Trixie over.
6) I’m more inclined to believe that Dog and Pony Show actually comes immediately after Suited for success and before Stare Master. Sapphire Shores specifically mentions her as an “up and coming” fashion designer, and that “Clotheshorse” (magazine?) raved about her, which was likely Hoity Toity’s review. Sapphire shores gives the impression of being a trend-setter, or at least viewing herself as such, so she likely puts a lot of stock in being ahead of the trend, and not following it. I’d place heavy odds that it is actually Sapphire Shores that sets off the flood of orders for rarity to fill rather than Hoity Toity alone.
For the most part, this is excellent, but I have to point out a few assumptions that were made that could be wrong;
1) Just because owlowiscious doesn’t show up in later episodes does not mean that he appeared late in the series. One of the key points of the episode was that spike was feeling threatened by how much owlowiscious was doing. The obvious solution would be that owlowiscious would step back his help; only be making appearances when Spike is sleeping or otherwise occupied, generally only late at night.
2) Platus point about the ursa major/minors is both good and bad. Since it was late at night, there was nothing to tie down for certain if they were hibernating or just taking a normal single night snooze. Also, the idea that a bear made up of stars would have the same growth patterns as a grizzly are a little much of a stretch.
3) Sonic Rainboom likely comes AFTER the cutie mark chronicles, when the ponies say that they haven’t seen a sonic rainboom before, they likely mean that they haven’t seen it actually initiated. As fillies getting their cutie marks, they’ve only witnessed the outside edges of the shock and have never actually witnessed the source of the rainboom itself.
The logical phallacy of saying “most anime sucks” is that you can easily say the exact same thing about western animation. I can dredge up a shitload of 80 cartoons that were basically he-man ripoffs, the cheap hannah barbara stuff, south park, ren & stimpy, simpsons, etc. I don’t care if you are in the group that actually likes south park or simpsons or ren & stimpy, I find the characters and art style detestable, the story barely an excuse, and the humor to not be worth the rest of its problems.
However I can also point out some of the awesome stuff; gummy bears, freakazoid, animaniacs, loony toons, a whole bunch of the older disney movies, the pixar stuff (if you’re willing to consider western CGI animation in there) Wall-E still stands as one of my top 10 movies of all time.
The fact of the matter is that ALL forms of media will have a handful of masterpieces and then a whole SLEW of cobbled together crap hoping to bank on people’s boredom and lack of taste.
I actually don’t watch much anime anymore. There’s just so little time, and I find myself wishing I could fast forward the videos to suit my pace, plus since I read manga, and the anime (if it’s any good) is usually tied very closely if not perfectly mirroring the storyline of the manga, and the manga always is ahead of the anime, I always know pretty much everything that is going to happen in the anime, so it adds to the whole “wanting to rush through” effect.
And apologies for the massive walls of text.
Akira is something that gets pushed as a classic, but I just hated it. It felt like absolutely nothing was really explained or resolved and anything any of the main characters did accomplished absolutely nothing.
I will admit, a lot of the other animes out there typically fall into categories “sports, harem, martial arts, mecha, slice of life, oni, sentai, magical girl, etc” and each of them has their own particular tropes and peculiarities that have effectively become like running gags that span the entire genre, if you’re okay with these running gags, then you’ll enjoy those other genres, but otherwise they’ll grate on you pretty excessively.
Sometimes you can have a merge of western animation with anime flavor that manages to combine the best of both styles. Avatar: The Last Airbender is a good example of this. Fun characters, overarching storyline, expressive artstyle, etc. I was a little (VERY) dissapointed with the ending, and while I can understand the reason for wanting to end it that way, it’s still very unrealistic in that it treats it like this excessively large problem just somehow massively resolves itself once a single, relatively superficial issue is dealt with.
I’d say the biggest problem I have with both Bleach and Naruto would probably be the excess of characters. There are lots of secondary/tertiary characters that have enough airtime and personality that you feel like they should have a chance to shine, but they’re restricted to these short little bits and pieces amidst the main storyline that you feel no one really got a chance to properly shine.
Neon Genesis Evangelion is a great high quality anime, but right about around the time the black eva unit shows up, everything just sorta slowly starts going to crap from there, and then the final movie that is supposed to resolve everything just makes no sense at all.
Similar issues of angst that Naruto has, but taken to excess, where everyone is just so psychologically messed up its ridiculous. The only people more messed up than the kids are the adults who are in charge of everything.
Dragonball is actually WAY better than Dragonball Z. It actually has battles that at least pretend to have tactics, even if they’re totally unrealistic. Unlike the Dragonball Z thing where everything is “my powerlevel is higher than yours” “oh no its not, I was hiding some of my power, I’m really THIS powerful” “oh my god, that’s so powerful, I’m going to have to focus my energy to become even more powrful HRRRRRRRNNNNNN-” ten episodes later “NNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!”
Vampire Hunter D: Reborn is a pretty high quality and mature anime movie. The artwork, story, and voice acting are all pretty top notch. Can’t say it’s my favorite, but it definitely doesn’t suffer a lot of the issues that other animes have.
Naruto has actually been pretty good despite how mainstream it is. It’s avoided the Dragonball Z issue where everything is coming down to this stupid power level thing. It does have a constant theme of excessive angst. “You can’t possibly understand what I’m feeling! I have ISSUES!” (god, everyone has issues, get over yourselves) and yet despite constantly pushing this theme of “a shinobi lot is a hard life where you could be called to sacrifice your life at any moment” and multiple scenes where people supposedly sacrifice their lives, if it’s anyone NOT old, it’s always “lol nope, we somehow got to them in time and they pulled through”
I don’t really like Bleach, which is the last of the “Big 3” mainstream anime. It just feels like nothing ever gets resolved, there are so many cases where you have this huge buildup to something that then just kinda gets interrupted by some off the wall “twist”
One Piece is probably my favorite ridiculous anime. It’s so over the top and goofy, but it has this constant theme of the bonds of friendship and loyalty overcoming pretty much anything that I think any brony should be able to enjoy. It’s one critical flaw is that its english voice acting was HORRIBLY mangled so if you’re not willing to get the original japanese voice with subtitles, you’re probably not going to be able to stand it if you have any sense of taste at all.
Paranoia Agent is my favorite Psychodrama anime. It gets excessively weird and it is definitely not for kids, but it manages to really make you question what the reality of the show is, and then wraps everything up in a way that doesn’t feel like a complete letdown, at least not to me.
History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi is a GREAT anime all around, tells a really decent and relatively believable story of Zero to Hero. Character growth throughout the entire series. The Martial Arts generally try to stay believable and don’t fall into the “energy attacks” or “power levels” deal tht you have in Dragonball Z, but sometimes they get really ridiculous and you just kinda have to roll with it.
Ah My Goddess is a pretty awesome series as well, though the Manga extends FAR beyond what I’ve seen the anime get to. It’s just generally a very feel good anime with good artwork and characters that still manages to kick some ass here and there.
We’re talking about how awesome Anime is apparently:
Stories that can arc across several episodes so that you can see the characters grow and become more experienced and less F-ing retarded, and don’t just constantly reset all progress any characters have made back to square one at the end of every episode so that it doesn’t make any difference at all which order you watch them in.
Art style that is clean and simple, yet highly expressive an aesthetically pleasing.
Kickass action scenes where there is actual intensity, if only from the fact that it is occasionally possible for main characters to die, sometimes even permanently. (okay, yeah, they usually don’t, or get brought back somehow, but the possibility is there)
Anime I actually like; Trigun – This is perhaps the highest quality anime that I’ve seen that manages to avoid almost all of the issues most anime haters complain about. It doesn’t use chibi art too often, has a very deep story and a story that spans all 26 episodes. It balances humor and serious moments, and though it obviously gets more serious towards the end, it still manages to come to a relatively decent ending. It has top notch voice acting, even in english and doesn’t skimp on the animation with excessive stills over lined backgrounds and recycled shots.
Hey everypony. I just submitted some voice work to the MLP Flash Game that is looking for voice actors. I’m trying for the voice of Big Macintosh, but I’ve also submitted a bunch of other stuff that might work for new characters introduced by the game. Wish me luck.
Seriously guys. All the people who are fighting against the Rule34 stuff positively reeks of absolute irrational terror over the idea that their group is gong to be labeled as “weird” (nevermind that it already is) and all the people who are fighting for rule34 are reeking of trolls who are rejoicing over the fact that they now have a new tactic that can actually get under the skin of Bronies, who until now have been relatively unassailable by standard trolling tactics.
That Pink Pony touches on the root of the issue; there is no way to stop it. The only thing you can do is support those aspects of rule34 that have artistic merit and simply ignore those that don’t so that the quality stands out and is encouraged. Getting up in arms only gives those people who are trolling exactly what they want and make Bronies look like hypocrites when they claim stance of love and tolerance.
You’re getting terms mixed a bit. Tolerance isn’t the same thing as Acceptance. I fully agree that bronies need to take a firm stance on quality control in the majority of areas, but the issue of tolerance is to not get aggressive about it. If someone posts something adult, then as long as it has the adult tags, not an issue, If it’s quality artwork or storytelling, but has offensive content, then make note of what quality it does have and move on, if it’s not, then just ignore it entirely.
I do find it interesting that ponibooru allowing explicit images is apparently a recent deal. I’m secretly (well, okay, not so secret now) hoping that I may have inspired the move when I posted this opinion/review that was tied in with the “Rules of the Bronynet”.
The aggressive negative reaction to the rule34 stuff always struck me as being something Bronies need to outgrow. Not only is it part of the whole “Bronies Tolerate” ideal, but it’s also a weak chink in the armor that philosophy provides to Bronies; If Bronies allow this stuff to provoke those kinds of reactions then trolls will simply use those tactics to get the reactions they want.
Personally I’m quite happy with the setup as it stands. Explicit images can easily be filtered, and either covered or just blocked entirely. Only thing I would change would be to include “gore” as an entirely separate default category that wouldn’t require you to add it in manually. I find that there are a lot more people who are okay with “adult” images, but not with the gore, than there are the other way around.
Perfect Pony Pokerface
those are tears of joy, larrz
I’ll add a +1 confirm to this, purely for the exploitation ability. Hell, having him in obscene situations is the only way to make that face of his look normal.
As amusing as it is, I think it’s about time to change “Friendship is WINNING” back to the original picture.
If you’re specifically going on it as a “challenge” then you’re going to be on guard. I find that you have to be in the right mindset to be affected by material that is written only. In order to have your emotions swayed whether you are ready or not, I find you need to be assaulted on multiple fronts of the emotional spectrum; emotional story, emotional events, emotional characters, and emotional background music, the latter being particularly important.