The finale is currently my absolute favorite episode. It’s the first one I really wanted to watch again immediately after completion. A few of my personal highlights:
-“This Day Aria” has some wonderful epigrams. It is a brilliant work of literature. E.g. ”my wedding bells they may not ring for me at all.”
-The changelings' designs were incredible. And not just Queen Chrysalis, who has the best villain design of the entire series, but the horde was epic in and of themselves. When they turn themselves into a green meteor swarm, and as they channel their green dark magic… I'm alright with that.
-Some rather interesting world expansion. Particularly for Twilight, of course. Twilight has a lot more history and depth now.
-We got a bit of fanservice, with Luna and Vinyl Scratch making appearances.
-The message: the definitively most powerful force in the universe is love. For the first time, it wasn’t the Elements of Harmony that did the miracles. It was simple love, and it did the biggest one of all.
-M (cont): I have a revision to my previous statement on marriage and good relationships. Love is more than mutual selflessness. There shouldn’t be any mutuality at all- because instead of two, they should be one. Best friends, eternal in love and joined in spirit, that is what makes a truly perfect marriage.
-M (cont): The relationship between Twilight and Shining Armor is how a sibling relationship should be- non-adversarial, the older guiding the younger, serving them and building a relationship quintessential. BBBFFs all the way!
-I’ve been absolutely ecstatic for the 4 or so hours since I watched it. It’s affected me more than any other single episode. So much, in fact, that I finally decided on my departing gifts to all my friends among the graduating class at my school. It’s inspired me to do more for others, even if they’re simple. And a few personal goals of improvement.
Season 2 went out in a spectacle. A grand and glorious spectacle, far better than I ever anticipated. I’ll miss it, but in so doing, look on to Season 3 with excitement.
And if you can’t wait… the Legend of Korra season just began. The Avatar is back!
((Mod: Sorry I’ve been a bit slow on answers and updates in general. Interesting thing: it’s hard to get motivated to draw when you know you’ll be able to do it better within a week or so. Also, I’ve finally reached 90 followers! I’m going to wait until I’ve got the tablet and adjusted to it so I can do a proper thank-you. You are not forgotten!))
Have some sketches I drew during class instead of paying attention yesterday. Best thing about assemblies- you can draw the whole time and no one will notice/care. Also, this is why I wish I had a tablet. I could never tolerate vectors for anything as intricate as steampunk and scales, especially once it comes to shading.
Also, follower posts are weird. Posted it, left for about half an hour, and found it had 17 or so notes, which is exceptional. I’ve also gained 3 followers since then.
If only all posts were like that…
From left to right:
Row 1: Pepony (practice sketch), Eyebat
Row 2: Draconic Fighter, Steampunk Pepony, Steampunk Ponybot
Row 3: Gargoyle/Dragon, Anon, Sorcerer (DnD 4.0)
I have reached 83 followers! I am alright with this. I did this one in detail as 25% practice and 75% because followers are awesome.
http://askrikopony.tumblr.com/ (Sorry that you’re not doing much~ I was almost done when you followed me.)
http://askryhs.tumblr.com/ (No artistic license with that hat, believe it or not.)
http://ask-fizzy.tumblr.com/ (Your hair is both ridiculous and fun to draw, and I feel I probably did the best on yours.)
http://askchadranian.tumblr.com/ (Why not portray your character inaccurately? http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m1pxy1bDla1r6ldep.png)
http://askpastel.tumblr.com/ (Cutie marks are quite painful in vectoring programs…)
http://henzado.tumblr.com/ (Needs more trenchcoat)
http://asklaurastuff.tumblr.com/ (I probably require more stripes…)
http://ask-stick-jaxk.tumblr.com/ (Wrong type of portal, but… it still works)
http://redgetrek.tumblr.com/ (I took some artistic license since I didn’t know what color you are… but I figured you wouldn’t want to be red.)
http://whatuhd0rk.tumblr.com/ (ALL the artistic license!)
http://fromtheshadowsistrike.tumblr.com/ (It’s dangerous to go alone, take a jetpack.)
http://askwinterflake.tumblr.com/ (I’ve actually sketched you quite a few times; alicorns make great practice.)
In other news, I’m getting closer to being able to draw ponies well. You can’t tell in this version, because when I color it with vectors, it doesn’t look as good as the original sketch, but I think I’ll finally nail down my style soon (I actually changed a bit even during this one, as you can see Riko’s eyes are a bit different). I wish I could shade properly on the computer… without taking an onerous amount of time, anyway. The day after I drew this, I was already better.
Refreshment preparation is significantly more difficult when all the cookbooks are written in runes. And may actually be spellbooks.
For pragmatic purposes, here’s a bit about Pepony (it’s a pun, not an unimaginative name): she’s a trained messenger, an Earth Pony, and has a few extradimensional connections.
First entry for the Winter Wrap Up event, with Pepony trying to find a cookbook in the Lich’s library. She’s on the refreshments team, for any who are interested.