Equestrian City Update – 08-06-18

Hello Equestrian City Fans!

This week we have a lot to update on so let’s get down to it!

Our spinoff series Equestrian City: Side Streets is progressing nicely. I have high hope’s we’ll be ready to release story one “A Bed of Your Own Making” this week!

The regular series episode 10 is in the middle of proofreading and re-editing and I’ve had our editing staff prioritize the side project for now to get the new short story out. No worries though hopefully we’ll get a new addition to the editing team. Any inquires can be sent via twitter or dm on the site you’re reading this on! Always looking for help!

Our eternally awesome Wubcake has expressed interest in helping us get the fanfic dramatic reading off the ground! Hopefully we can get a taste of things when she brings the newest short story to life!

Our Patreon is up and very lonely but that’s to be expected as we’re obscure! Don’t forget to at least glance over the idea of supporting us! Being able to provide help and support is vital to help us keep rolling. I finance most of this from my own pocket and it’s becoming a bit overwhelming financially.

We’ve got a new piece of concept art in from the spectacular LegendarySpider! Some of you may know him from dA or tumblr. Perhaps even derpibooru? He’s a fine artist and a gem to have around the server when were all brainstorming ideas. Couldn’t do a lot of this without him! I know Joanna appreciates his help too! The piece in question is Sunset’s primary ranged weapon when not tapping into her powers! As she was inspired by Batman no less fitting is it that she get a sunsetarang! Not the final name but you get the idea!

Speaking of Joanna she’s hard at work on the Shadowstrike / Rainbow Dash reference sheet. A slave to her own perfection she’s meticulously trying to replicate the shows look while adding her own flair to it!

Our Discord server is open to any and all interested in sharing our crazy space. We discuss the project and we have regular zany conversations when we get sleepy. So if you’re a fan and want to hang out and maybe even help, drop me a line!

Finally let me remind anyone reading this that as massive as this project is it’s always and forever shall be a fan made project. As such we don’t knowingly tend to profit from any of this but we do have real life interfere at times. That being said we appreciate hearing from each and everyone of you and don’t be afraid to drop a line or a post!

Malcontent

Equestrian City Update – 07-30-18

So we’re just off the heels of BronyCon (Never been to one sadly) and we find out it’s the last one next year. This set off a bit of a panic in the back of my mind, the mentality being that if the fandom loses the main drive to collect and carry on, then we may lose fanficiton readers as well. I was told I was being silly, so onwards and sideways as Antonie would say.

We’re working hard to get Episode 10’s polish and edits done, but our fiery polish and proofreader is getting carpal tunnel practically on how fast she’s been moving on it! I’m looking for someone who can both polish the words AND proofread, and is willing to work with me. It’s a slow process.

I’m happy to announce we have DSHooves & Wubcake onboard to help us do the occasional voicing and such! Both are talented and welcome indeed to the project! 😀

We’ve nearly got the kinks worked out of the Equestrian City Discord server, so stay tuned for that! There’s been some internal discussion about a side series for Equestrian City, so we can focus on some of the side characters without overly boring some of you all xD

Here’s the equivalent of a teaser trailer for the next episode! 😀

 

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Malcontent

Pony Think Tank takes on “Dance Magic”

 

As the author Equestrian City, it’s no secret I’m partial to Equestria Girls. In my humble opinion, it’s got far more potential for storylines that are relatable to modern issues, not that the MLP show isn’t good at it, but it feels more real.

 

That and it has Sunset Shimmer. 😉 Sunset is by far the most 3 dimensional character they’ve ever made, even more so due to the fact she was, by best I can tell, supposed to be a throwaway character for the one off movie “Equestria Girls”. She turned into something must more, my adoration for her is no real secret either.

 

Each year, it became like a superbowl like wait for that years “Equestria Girls” movie, the best being, again in my own opinion, Rainbow Rocks.

 

So when I heard we were doing three shorts, immediately my hopes of a unlimited series for Equestria Girls soared, as most are aware. The Polish dubbed versions came out to give us a sneak peak, and of course then the English dubs came out, followed by the actual reveal recently on Discovery Family.

 

The first of which, I’ll give my two cents on now, since, well everyone and their brother, sister and mother have already posted theirs, why not me?

 

Dance Magic

 

The title and theme song are, lack luster, but I imagine it will be that way, since it’s really just prototypes.

 

My initial thoughts were “Oh great, they are just doing this one to burn off a song they didn’t use in Friendship Games” and thankfully, it was more amusing than just that. The feeling of familiarity came back immediately as I watched the opening, listening to all the voices I’ve come to love. I was thrilled that we were going to see Rarity do something rather than be window dressing. I’ve always thought she needed more work, thankfully, they seem to be listening recently in the main show 😛 But, I was further overjoyed by the fact that one of the biggest letdowns of the Friendship Games (one of many) was the lack of use of any of the Anti-Mane 6 they worked on hyping up and then barely got any interaction with.

 

This time we get to see Sour Sweet, Lemon Zest, Sugarcoat and Sunny Flare, the analogues to various Mane 6 members. Sunny Flare was nice to see, as she got one line in the movie, and oddly, by the midway point, they felt twice as fleshed out as they did in the 3rd movie.

 

I’m still a bit in the middle about how quickly these girls reform (it seems we’re all about reforming people, if we keep this up we’ll have no villains ;/ ) But, by the time we get to the solution of the problem in a tidy package of 22 minutes, it doesn’t even feel like the dance number (which includes a set of repeated animation, but I can forgive that for this time, it’s all proof of concept it seems for a series “Can we do it” sorta thing)

As the episodes winds down after Pinkie’s rather epic rapping, we come to the conclusion that these four of Crystal Prep are in fact now friends, despite all the hopes some had that they’d return like the Dazzlings might, later.

 

Overall, it’s a lovely episode, feels a bit typical. Here’s something I’ve somewhat noticed having watched them all several times in various languages. Each episode seems to be a audition in a way. This one is a typical MLP-ish episode.

 

  • Problem presented.
  • Solution Given
  • Speedbump.
  • Readjust Solution.
  • Epilogue.
  • Sprinkle in a song somewhere and you’re done.

 

The 2nd one is more an homage to Scooby Doo, although the mystery is really easy to guess, and the third one is trying to compress a movie battle AND a cross over into 22 minutes, which, well I’ll go into that later 😛

 

Anyway, thanks for the read, and by all means, please discuss in a civil way, I LOVE to interact and bounce ideas off.

 

Equestrian City Update

The Equestrian City section has had a major overhaul! Check it out the Announcement below:

PonyThinkTank.Com has been overhauled slightly and now hosts all my Equestrian City fanwork! 🙂 The wikipedia, the prologue and the cast of characters. Check it out if you like Superheroes and Equestria Girls. I promise you won’t be disappointed 🙂

Check it out here!

I’ll still be doing reviews, but mainly focusing on my fan work, so stay tuned and I’ll next tell you why Hasbro blew it with Starlight Glimmer in my next review 😉

 

-Watchfire

Reviews, Commentary & Editorials

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They are coming as soon as I can find a way to capture screens. My main source is not consistant anymore so im working on finding a dependable video source.

Up on deck weve got Rarity Returns: The Phantom Storyarc also known as “Rarity Investigates”. A stunning look at crime and the exsistance of it in even the most happy of pony worlds. Not to mention a wonderful nod to noir.

After that a third Rarity episode with my favorite earth pony Applejack! We learn that shakesphere in the park is not dead in “Made in Manehatten” We also get to reunite with Coco (the only pony ive seen several people believe is a transgendered pony..which if they were would be landmark)

Rounding out the reviews will be “Equestria Girls: Friendship Games” which despite how happy happy go lucky the title sounds is a rather deep look at how the pursuit of knowledge can be dangerous and a quint way to lay pipe for a spin off series!

Ive already got notes for the episodes and after watching the movie again ill be working on it as well. Though it should be interesting as I have not done a full fledged movie review yet!

Stay tuned!
-Think Tank

Equestria Girls – Friendship Games Trailer Review and Food for Thought

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“Friendship is Competition! Wait …. what?”

So here we are followers…the first glimpse of “The Friendship Games”. The name is cute but it also makes me wonder if there’s a possibility of a Hunger Games fiction out there. I after all made The Clopping Dead and Equestrian City. One can only assume somewhere it’ll pop up or may have already.

That being said if you haven’t watched the trailer id suggest you check it out as its helpful in context to my comments.

Back? Good 🙂

So first we notice that our setting is thankfully in the high school again and Celestia is talking about a competition (because that turned out so good last movie) with crystal prep who we can all but assume is their version of the Crystal Empire. The looks on the faces of the student body shows us that no one is quite thrilled about it. Given the last year I don’t blame them. A succubus and a set of sirens tends to drain a lot out of you in terms of any school spirit.

Not Thrilled

“Oh good..another movie we don’t get much of a part in..”

The trailer fires quick and simple which one is bound to expect from a teaser we see lovely familiar faces like sunset shimmer who has thankfully to my best assumption has been given the lead in this series. Among new faces we see a whole set of new antagonists. Though unlike our last two adventures they don’t appear to be magical..just better at everything.

Sci-Twi

“I’m thrilled to be working with you all again..do you suppose Vinyl will get to talk this time?”

The main highlight we come to is that this universe’s Twilight is in it. The only reference we’ve had so far is Pinkie Pies passing comment in the first movie and the lovely book end after the credits in the second movie. Affectionately called “Sci-Twi” this one is presented as a shy nerd of sorts who seems to be going to the prep school mentioned before.

Myshow

“After all those years of singing for you…I finally get my own show..and..here you are..AGAIN!”

This hopefully will show us where the parents are and more geographical information of this world. Little is given to us previous in fact the world stops just short of Canterlot high and Sugarcube Corners. I’m especially interested to learn about the social and civil system. The fact we had an explosion and a magical dance number and no real police came has me wondering indeed.

There’s a few hints about magic leaking into the world somehow and I assume that’s going to be a major point. There’s several new sets of antagonists and toylines are seen in the trailer, several have been vectored already which is impressive.

Sunset Shimmer being the main leader it seems is a plus for me personally, though I’d love to see if Lightning Dust is an exiled member of a team Rainbow Dash was on. Gilda being a thug would be nice too. They have so many places to go and I hope they ride this out as long as they can. This could be what Mass Effect was to those that didn’t like Dragon Age. Science vs. Fantasy. Ditching the Princess themes for a more modern approach is a surefire way to actually keep this franchise running.

On a personal note those of you who have read my teaser for Equestrian City may notice I used the portal as a catalyst for the massive injection of meta powers. I am now worried I’ll be accused of copying whatever the following screenshot is showing us 😛 Maybe I should re-work things?

Familiar

“Sci-Twi divided by Zero!”

Now, stay tuned for Episode 103’s review in a few days! Remember I love hearing from all of you so leave a comment to let me know you’re there! My stats say I get alot of hits, don’t be shy! 🙂

-Watchfire