Wednesday, September 30, 2015

MLP:FIM Review - Party of One (S1, E25, P24)

After inviting her friends to and throwing a birthday party for her pet alligator Gummy, Pinkie decides to throw a day-after party to continue the celebrations. She finds that her friends all seem to be busy. Suspicious of their behavior, Pinkie follows her friends and discovers that they are actively avoiding and hiding something from her in Applejack's barn. Pinkie becomes depressed, thinking the five no longer consider her a friend. She throws her own party using inanimate objects when Rainbow Dash retrieves her and brings her to a party at the barn. Pinkie thinks her friends are throwing a party to get rid of her, only to realize it is actually her own birthday party, which she had forgotten. Pinkie quickly becomes elated and joins the celebration with her friends.

The episode that made me both laugh and kinda creeped out at the same time, Meghan McCartney's last episode of Season 1 doesn't exactly make my Top Ten Favorite Overall Episodes, but it does deserve a spot among all of the good episodes in this friendship-teaching series. With a wonderful plotline, quirky but lovable acts from Pinkie Pie, a great "always expect the best and never assume the worst" moral and interesting plot, it's certainly great enough to be one of my Top Five favorites of this season. As I said, it's a bit too creepy in some cases like towards the end to be better than it already is, but thankfully it's a rather weak flaw than it is (or would have been) a strong one.

Another small flaw I had with this piece work in its plot was how Pinkie forgot about her birthday while trying to focus on Gummy's after-birthday party. (I mean honestly, who throws their pet (or anypony else) another b-day party RIGHT AFTER their real birthday? Apparently Pinkie Pie does in this episode.) McCartney still remains my favorite MLP episode writer and has never made a bad episode (say for Sweet and Elite being just exceptional), and Party of One is one such episode. It might not be favorite episode of Pinkie Pie either (that would be Pinkie Pride), but considering this an MLP classic, Pinkie's episodes sure are great.

Monday, September 28, 2015

MLP:FIM Review - Made in Manehattan (S5, E16, P100, OE107)

Warning: Spoiler Alert!

The map summons Applejack and Rarity to the city of Manehattan, where they find their friend Coco Pommel in need of help reviving her neighborhood's community theater. Unable to find any volunteers to assist, the two offer to help Coco by themselves. Applejack takes up the task of repairing the derelict theater at the local park, but she fails to finish before her scheduled time. She instead builds a small stage outside the park, where they attract passersby with a play depicting the original theater's creation. The play is a success and inspires the citizens of Manehattan to do more for their community.

Since Season 4's Rarity Takes Manehattan, Coco Pommel has become a loved character among fans after giving Rarity the first known key to The Chest of Harmony. And with this episode, she's an even better-than-ever character due how it gave her more personality in terms of character development. With another great message about even one small can sometimes make a big difference in some cases (like a play), well written plot, spot on dialouge (albeit Applejack's), and of course Coco's development as I said, Made in Manehattan offers yet another solid storyline for Rairty and Applejack fans and is definitely another one of my favorites from Season 5. It's not quite as good or interesting as RTM in my eyes, but who cares? Still good stuff.

Although it's one of my favorites of this season, its only imperfections to me were, aside from some of Applejack's moments, how AJ and Rarity started off with finding the main problem all around Manehattan despite being reasonable enough in which it's a big city. The pacing was done wonderfully though, if also a bit imperfect and it certainly has done a real good job of fixing some of any cliches previous episodes had, but still, Rarity Takes Manehattan did it a bit better.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Rainbow Rocks Review

Whether it's better or not quite as good as its predecessor, Rainbow Rocks is still one of My Little Pony's most highlighted productions for being a sequel to the original Equestria Girls movie. I'm still sticking to my point here when I say they're pretty good, and RR certainly takes everything that made the first EG film so great into an even bigger improvement in terms of an MLP spinoff film series.

In the human world, the students of Canterlot High School are preparing for an upcoming musical showcase, where Twilight Sparkle's human friends perform in their own band called the Rainbooms. at the event. During practice, they find that they assume half-pony forms whenever they play, which is caused by the Equestrian magic generated from Twilight's crown. Meanwhile, former school bully Sunset Shimmer is ostracized by the rest of the students despite her attempts to redeem herself, though Twilight's friends still value their newfound friendship with Sunset. Sunset volunteers to show three new students—Adagio Dazzle, Aria Blaze, and Sonata Dusk—around the school. The trio, who form a band called the Dazzlings, perplex Sunset and the Rainbooms when they perform a song that creates dissent amongst the rest of the students and convinces them to turn the showcase into a Battle of the Bands. Sunset finds that the Dazzlings have also put the school's principal Celestia and vice principal Luna under their spell, and she writes to Twilight for help through a magic book given to her by Princess Celestia.

Twilight receives Sunset's message as she settles into her new castle in Equestria. She discovers that the Dazzlings are sirens exiled from Equestria who feed on negative emotions and control others through their singing. Using the book's magic to create a means of activating the portal between worlds, Twilight returns to Canterlot High alongside Spike, her dragon assistant, and reunites with her human friends. She suggests that they use the power of friendship to counter the Dazzlings' spell, but they are unable to evoke their magic. Twilight determines that they must perform a song to break the spell, and Rainbow Dash assigns her as the band's lead singer. When the Dazzlings catch wind of the Rainbooms, they set the rest of the students against the band, creating strife within them and increasing vulnerability to their spell.

The Rainbooms outdo each opposing band at the competition in order to give Twilight extra time to write her counterspell. During the semifinal round against Trixie's band, Rainbow Dash breaks out into an egotistical song that nearly triggers her half-pony transformation. Sunset stops her to keep her from exposing their plan to the Dazzlings, but this is seen as a selfish act by the student body, furthering their dislike of Sunset. The Dazzlings guile Trixie into trapping the Rainbooms beneath the stage to prevent them from participating in the final round, causing Twilight's friends to argue. Twilight and Sunset realize that the group's arguing is what prevents Twilight's spell from working, and they convince the others to work together. The band is rescued by Spike and DJ Pon-3, the latter being protected from the Dazzlings' singing by her headphones. DJ Pon-3 creates a makeshift stage on which the Rainbooms fight the Dazzlings in a magical battle. With the help of Sunset, who reveals her own half-pony form, the Rainbooms free the students from the Dazzlings' spell and destroy the gems that empower the trio, rendering them tone deaf. The Dazzlings run off in defeat while the rest of the school celebrates. Twilight and Spike return to Equestria with the ability to return at any time, keeping in touch with Sunset via her magic book.

A montage that plays during the closing credits shows Sunset being accepted by the student body and performing as the Rainbooms' new lead singer and guitarist. In a post-credits scene, the human world's version of Twilight Sparkle is shown investigating the strange activity around Canterlot High.

Bringing back the greatness of the first EG movie's music, character traits, entertainment, memorably, and One Upping them with a little more heart put into them, Rainbow Rocks is another mind-blowing popcorn flick for both big and small screens alike courtesy of writer Meghan McCartney. To start the whole improvement subject off, the film's plot was done much better for bringing even more personality quality to the series' recurring character Sunset Shimmer along with the movie's antagonists; The Dazzlings, and even the rest of the main characters, despite Twilight not coming in at the very beginning like Sunset and the gang did which was a bit disappointing for me.

Music shines even brighter with the newer ideas from the film's intro theme, to the Dazzlings' "Under Our Spell" song, and even the most intensely epic "Welcome to the Show" which acts as a pretty awesome music battle between the Rainbooms and the Dazzlings.

Rainbow Rocks is another prime example of how My Little Pony can advertise itself in an insightful way since it's all about bringing a new generation of the franchise to life. Packing loads more fun as well, this EG sequel has also gotten more mixed reviews among some, only it's huge step forward for any High School Musical-style animated film. While the film itself is certainly about the human world and not of Equestria like its predecessor, I could say that this TV movie could have used a bit more of Twilight than the amount of screen-time she already had in this flick, but all in all the film was executed wonderfully thanks to the characters and a more complex one-upped story.

So, for having a gripping wow factor to it even to this day, Rainbow Rocks is definitely one of the franchise's most memorable pieces of work, a fantastic sequel to the original EG film, a huge thrill of enjoyableness from start to finish (even throughout the credits), and is has been a blast since I first saw it. And to top it all off, (despite that I have yet to see if Friendship Games gets any better), RR takes the honor of being my personal favorite of the spinoff series thus far.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls Review

2 years and a week and a day ago (as of today), exactly 1/3 of a year (4 months) after My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic's 3rd season ended, Hasbro developed the show's first film of its spinoff series Equestria Girls before they began airing all 26 episodes (from time to time nearly every week) of its 4th season. Now I don't count the spinoff films as episodes of the main series of Friendship Is Magic, whether they're good or bad, but I if had to choose if the spinoff series was good or bad, I will admit that they're pretty good.

The first Equestria Girls movie wasn't exactly the best way to start the series off in my eyes, albeit an exceptionally good installment before Season 4. It has received mixed reviews from fans and critics alike, so I can see why some might hate it, but I'll defend it in its own manner.

In Equestria, the newly crowned Princess Twilight Sparkle visits the Crystal Empire with her Ponyville friends for a royal summit with princesses Celestia, Luna, and Cadance. That night, Twilight's crown and Element of Magic is stolen by the unicorn Sunset Shimmer, a former student of Celestia. After a chase through the castle, Sunset drops the crown through a magic mirror and follows after it. The princesses inform the ponies that the mirror leads to a different world, and task Twilight with retrieving her crown on the other side before the portal closes again for thirty moons, or else the Elements of Harmony borne by her friends will no longer protect Equestria. Despite Celestia's insistence that Twilight must travel alone, Twilight's dragon assistant Spike anxiously jumps in after her as she enters the mirror.

In the other world, Twilight and Spike are transformed into a teenage human girl and dog, respectively. While struggling to adjust to her new body, Twilight investigates the nearby Canterlot High School where she encounters several human students and faculty members resembling ponies in Equestria, including her friends Applejack, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, and Rarity. She befriends the five girls, helping to bridge the animosity that Sunset has created between them. Twilight discovers that Fluttershy found the crown and gave it to Celestia, the school principal, who mistakes it for a prop meant for the elected Princess of the upcoming Fall Formal. Twilight decides to run for Fall Formal Princess against Sunset to retrieve the crown. Sunset tries sabotaging Twilight's campaign first by uploading a humiliating online video of Twilight behaving like a pony, and later framing her for wrecking the formal decorations in the school gymnasium. However, Twilight's new friends, including Sunset's ex-boyfriend Flash Sentry, help counter these ploys and improve Twilight's popularity among the students. 

At the formal, Twilight wins the election and the crown, but Sunset steals it after threatening to destroy the portal to Equestria. Upon donning the crown, Sunset transforms into a demonic creature and uses her newfound powers to brainwash much of the student body into becoming her army with which to invade Equestria. When Sunset attacks Twilight, her friends race to save her, evoking the crown's magic that protects them and temporarily gives them pony-like attributes. The magic of their friendship reverts Sunset to her human form and breaks her spell on the other students. Sunset becomes repentant, and Twilight asks her friends to look after Sunset in her absence. Twilight spends time celebrating with her friends at the formal before she and Spike take the crown through the portal, which closes behind them. Twilight and Spike return to Equestria, transforming back to their original forms on arrival and reuniting with their Ponyville friends.

Back in summer of last year (specifically around late July) when I finished off My Little Pony's 4th season on Netflix, I never expected the show to have a spinoff series like the EG films. In all fairness though, this film did provide a depth of interesting characters (even the newcomers introduced in these movies at first), superb songs, and a nice plot about Twilight going through a human world of herself and her friends. Although the story and concept of the whole thing was constructively clever, I do have plenty of negatives with this imperfect flick like I do with most of the Friendship Is Magic's episodes.

First off, the film's pacing was at times off hand due to the plot being rushed about Twilight wanting to get her crown back, having only a couple days to retrieve it back from Sunset Shimmer. Most of the time it makes no sense when you're only new to a school like Canterlot High in the human world of this spinoff series, especially when the first day, you start off as a new student where people try to get use to you, and the next day, you have to be as quick as possible to retrieve a crown from Equestria back. Second, the episode's deus ex machina moment towards the end involving the Mane Six putting an end to Sunset's evil plans to invade Equestria through the portal was iffy for me since it was possible in Equestria, yet it felt like literally impossible in the human world.

Maybe it's that Twilight's crown brought the magic of Equestria into the other world, or that it went right through the portal out of the school statue. Or maybe it's just Twilight herself, who's been a true princess of friendship with powerful magic deep inside of her since Season 3's finale episode Magical Mystery Cure.

Getting into the movie's newer characters, like Sunset Shimmer, and the underrated Flash Sentry, the film did provide great personalities to even the human counterparts of Twilight's bestest friends. Though Sunset started out unlikable for me, her redemption towards the end (similarly like what Discord went through in Keep Calm and Flutter On) is what eventually made her one of my favorites from My Little Pony's 4th generation of both all of the spinoff films and FIM in general. Flash Sentry might have receive hatred since either this or Rainbow Rocks (which I'll review tomorrow), but looking at his true personality and any of his backstory he HAS received in this movie, he's one I'd say deserves a much better rep. (Plus he's THE perfect mate for Twilight in every way possible.)

Despite any plotholes its story had, EG truly bursted great entertainment and fun character traits, albeit the sometimes weak script. With great songs like the cafeteria song (Helping Twilight Win the Crown) and the end credits song A Friend for Life, with some exceptions like Time to Come Together, its soundtrack was great (if not perfect).

While it's not quite how I'd start the spinoff series off if I was writing and producing it, nor is it one I'd rewatch entirely from beginning to end, its an animated TV movie I'll praise with good productivity.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Super Mario Sunshine - Top Ten Music Tracks

Its soundtrack might not have been all too memorable, and more underrated, but that doesn't mean Super Mario Sunshine's music was bad. It does have some my favorite music tracks in the Super Mario series. So let's take a look at my Top Ten Favorites of it...

#10 - Event

Played during the blooper races and the final Pinna Park episode involving popping Bowser Jr. balloons, this wacky fast-paced music track is instantly catchy once you listen to it. And for suiting the situation(s) in which it plays in, it definitely deserves a spot among this list albeit only starting it off.

#9 - Gelato Beach

The level with giant watermelons, Cataquacks that throw you up high, and even boss battles with a giant Wiggler and Plungelos, its music was awesome despite being a bit forgettable when you take a long hiatus from listening to it.

#8 - Vs. Mecha Bowser

Mecha Bowser wasn't entirely cleaver for a boss fight, but its boss theme was pure awesomeness while you were fighting it. Shooting missiles at the robotic Bowser helps to make this one of the best boss tracks Nintendo has ever composed.

#7 - Vs. Bowser

As oddly as the situation in which it plays in is, the music that plays in this final boss battle is incredibly underrated in Super Mario history. A boss battle where you're fighting both Bowsers to save the a hot tub, made for an extremely bland battle where you're ground pounding the pathetically obvious weak points on it to try and flip the tub over. Great Song (if not so epic), Poor Use.

#6 - Pinna Park

Think of it like the Disneyland of Nintendo only a lot smaller in size. My personal favorite course in the game also has one of the best and wackiest songs not just in Sunshine, but also the franchise in general. It really does suit it, seeing how it's obviously a carnival tune played in an amusement park. It's song wasn't the best quality of it, but at least it's one of my favorites among them.

#5 - Pianta Village

Regardless of how bizarrely designed the piantas are, especially with their mumbling when you try to speak to them, their village has a nice tune to it and really sets the mode for its nighttime setting. (More than its daytime episodes).

#4 - Sky & Sea

Whether you're underwater or sky high in some of the smallest levels in the game, one thing's for sure; you'll find that the music that plays in most of these courses will have beautifulness added to it. But the next entry is an even bigger beauty...

#3 - Deep Sea of Mare

Another strongly underrated track, DSoM is honestly one of my Top Ten Most Beautiful Songs from the Mario Franchise. The level features a bizarrely designed Red Coin Fish, (aside from a bacterial toothed eel boss just four episodes before this), but on the other hand, it's a level I'd consider taking long to complete simply for its amazingly beautiful music track.

#2 - Corona Mountain

Though this final level in Sunshine was incredibly frustrating what with all that fire, lava, and spikes, fiery cheep cheeps, and above all else, that clunky and poorly uncontrollable mud boat section, the music was intensely pleasing to listen to and really is a track that suits your path to encountering Bowser and his son in an immensely hot volcano.

#1 - Ricco Harbor

It might be the game's only track that became instantly iconic among most, despite the rest being overshadowed, but it's also the game's best. I don't entirely understand why it's the only one that most people would instantly recognize since the game itself is (again) extremely underrated, but it's the finest track of the game for the situation that it plays in, memorability of its composition, and for how much more fun it makes the level while playing it.

Honorable Mention:

- Noki Bay

Do you agree with my list? What's your favorite song from Super Mario Sunshine?

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Friday, September 18, 2015

MLP:FIM Review - Dragonshy (S1, E7, P6)

A dragon has taken to a nearby cave, and his smoky breath threatens to cover Ponyville. Twilight Sparkle and her friends are tasked with removing the dragon, specifically expecting that Fluttershy's affinity with animals will be useful. However, as they make the trek up the mountain, Fluttershy reveals her paralyzing fear of dragons, making the journey difficult for the others. At the cave, Fluttershy refuses to enter, and the others try their own means to evict the dragon, only to get knocked against a rock, hurting them in the process. Fluttershy becomes enraged and scolds the dragon for hurting her friends, causing the dragon to cower and cry in shame. Fluttershy is able to ask the dragon to leave of his own accord, leaving Ponyville smoke-free.

Fluttershy might be my least favorite of the Mane 6, but that doesn't mean she had episodes about her that were all that bad. Although she has sadly had low quality episodes that ruined her true personality (Putting Your Hoof Down, anypony?). Meghan McCartney's first MLP episode Dragonshy gave great character development and, for one shining My Little Pony moment, Fluttershy brought something good in Friendship Is Magic's 7th overall series episode; her bravery when she stands up for her friends towards the end. She weirded me out in very beginning due to how weak and cowardly she was, and it still bugs me today, but at least she has done great things that have impressed me.

Delivering its moral greatly within the episode's pacing, Dragonshy's friendship lesson about not losing faith in your friends is one lesson that reminded me to do the same thing when it comes to situations like when the Mane 6, and especially Fluttershy toke care of the giant smoke-snoring dragon. There were plenty of hilarious moments as well, while some moments in 2/3 of the plot were nonsensically cliched, but those scenes of how they climbed up that mountain (and survived) is really because, well,'s just My Little Pony. So in other words; it's basically the magic in Equestria that makes MLP MLP. With superb writing, an enthralling storyline, and a great moral for all ages to learn from, Dragonshy provides true enjoyably that anypony can experience.

MLP:FIM Review - Owl's Well That Ends Well (S1, E24, P23)

Following up Season 1's greatest episode (from my point of view) The Cutie Mark Chronicles, Owl's Well That Ends Well has strongly been considered an extreme disaster since it's airing back in early 2011 as one of the last episodes of the show's first season. And I must strongly agree that it definitely does deserve every last bit of hatred that fans (and other audiences) gave it.

Twilight realizes that Spike, being a baby dragon, is unable to stay awake to help her with her astronomy studies, but finds help with a new pet owl, Owlowiscious. Spike becomes jealous of Owlowiscious, thinking the owl wants to replace him as Twilight's assistant. Later, Twilight finds a book damaged by Spike's fire breath and scolds him for hiding it from her, and later still expresses disappointment when he tries to frame Owlowiscious for killing a mouse. Convinced Twilight no longer wants him, Spike runs away from home and finds a cave full of gems. He realizes too late that the cave belongs to an adult dragon, but Twilight and Owlowiscious soon arrive and save him. Twilight admits to Spike that she only needs Owlowiscious for additional help at night, and the two reconcile while Spike makes friends with Owlowiscious.

With very few things on the bright side, Owl's Well That End Well did not end well, which doesn't suit its title for the most part. On its bright side, the moral told at the end that both Twilight and Spike learned separately about not being jealous (for Spike), and being more sensitive (for Twilight). But more than Spike though, Twilight definitely deserved her's since she didn't talk it out with him in order to let him know that nopony could ever replace him no matter what.

Unfortunately though the strongest grudge of its mean-spiritedness was that misunderstanding attitude Twilight had against Spike and how annoyingly stupid of a character her pet bird Owlowiscious alone were just enough to bog it down to being one of my worst episodes of all time. It's not quite bad enough to make my Top 5 worst episodes of all time (but it used to be though), or my personal least favorite episode that focuses mainly on Spike (more than any other main character), nor is it the one episode that angers me the most. But again, ALL of its mean-spiritedness, along with Spike's misunderstood jealousy throughout the whole plot which was undoubtably cliched badly, along with its somewhat predictable plot twist at the very end was what really ruined it for me, other than the very first and the very last few minutes of it.

One those MLP episodes that's way too upsetting to rewatch, and having out-of-character acts from Spike and Twilight, Owl's Well That Ends Well might not be my Number 1 worst of the show in general, but spoiling some of my worst episode opinions before I discuss them in later blog posts, I'd have to call it THE worst episode of Friendship Is Magic's first season.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

MLP:FIM Review - Flight to the Finish (S4, E5, P65, OE70)

The fillies and colts in Ponyville compete under Rainbow Dash's coaching to be the town's flag carrier for the upcoming Equestria Games. The Cutie Mark Crusaders put together an impressive routine that showcases how all three races of pony live harmoniously in Ponyville. Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon, who are also vying, attempt to sabotage the event by pointing out Scootaloo's inability to fly at her age. Annoyed, Scootaloo changes the routine to focus more on her flying and spends all her time practicing, exhausting Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle. Scootaloo eventually loses hope of ever flying and drops out. When Rainbow Dash finds out, she takes Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle back to Scootaloo's home, and re-enforces the idea that their presentation is not about her ability to fly, but the friendships between the three of them. Scootaloo rejoins her friends, and they successfully win the competition together.

Despite the massive failure of both Season 2's Ponyville Confidential and Season 3's One Bad Apple (both of which were) back in 2012 (Urghh...), which both were horrible at least from my point of view, The Cutie Mark Crusaders have made great sequel episodes onward as My Little Pony progressed on. And Flight to the Finish is one such episode. Having an enthralling plotline of the CMC determined to compete and win the flag carrier opportunities in this episode's final moments of the Equestria Games and an extremely catchy and well-performed song from the Crusaders, FttF has managed to make itself an enjoyable Season 4 episode for all bronies (and pegasisters) to sit through.

Diamond Tiara is my only pet peeve within' this episode, but her annoying character trait of getting on my nerves considerably wasn't even strong enough to bog down this episode's greatness to absolute atrociousness, and was rather (relievingly)/extremely mild. Mrs. Harshwinny was a nonsensical character, but Rainbow Dash's performance was amazing in all honesty. Along with the special moments the CMC's song and they're ideal climatic routine provided, the message's moral about representing what truly makes you special (whether or it's your routine), even if you can't do something like fly (only really if you're a pegasus) was another one of which has been delivered expertly, and really can teach somepony that they're special in any particular way no matter what. Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo have made outstanding episodes before, with a few exceptions in later episodes, but Flight to the Finish remains a Season 4 classic worth putting in a favorites library (for MLP episodes).

Saturday, September 12, 2015

MLP:FIM - Worst to Best: Chest of Harmony Key Episodes

All six of My Little Pony's episodes involving 6 keys to The Chest of Harmony were, for me, at least rated averagely based on their plots, and how the Mane 6 got their keys for the chest from characters they've taught something about friendship, although some were better than others. Since none of them were all that bad in my eyes, I'm ranking them from the most mediocre to the most outstanding in MLP's 4th season. So with that said, lets begin...

#6 - Rainbow Falls
(Rainbow Dash - The Wonderbolts: Wonderbolts Pin)
(Key #2: Loyalty/Episode 10)

Considered to be the worst episode of Season 4, and sometimes even in all of the show in general, Rainbow Falls is once again not a bad episode, like the next two entries on this list. But I'm just going to make it clear that its positivity was within' its ending and how she taught The Wonderbolts (specifically Spitfire) something about friendship. But for the most part, it's one I'd just forget about.

#5 - It Ain't Easy Being Breezies
(Fluttershy - Seabreeze: Flower)
(Key #4: Kindness/Episode 16)

A more annoying episode for the chipmunk-sounding breezies, this episode is not exactly one of my favorites, obviously due to how dull and repetitive the episode's voice acting was, but is still admittingly spot on once again with telling how Fluttershy earned her key from Seabreeze via a regular flower.

#4 - Leap of Faith
(Applejack - Silver Shill: One Bit)
(Key #5: Honesty/Episode 20)

Leap of Faith's plot was part-creative, and part-bland, but Applejack's performance does make up for the part-bland part. With a catchy song and good story pacing though, it is enjoyable on occasion and definitely deserves a good rep.

#3 - Rarity Takes Manehattan
(Rarity - Coco Pummel: Spool of Thread)
(First Key: Generosity/Episode 8)

Having a more superb plot than the previous entries, Rarity Takes Manehattan, is one of my favorites of Season 4 for Rarity's great performance throughout the episode to show her true characterization like other previous episodes of her had shown. The villain was unlikable, and one of my personal worst MLP characters, but with a great moral and wonderful acting within' the rest of the great characters, RTM does deserve the praise it received back then. Some might disagree, but I digress that statement.

#2 - Pinkie Pride
(Pinkie Pie - Cheese Sandwich: Boneless/Rubber Chicken)
(Key #3: Laughter/Episode 12)

Five things: Stunning acting, "Weird Al" Yankovich (as my favorite Earth Pony), incredibly catchy songs, the Goof Off scene, great friendship message.

Do I really need to say much more about this masterpiece? I think not.

#1 - Twilight's Kingdom
(Twilight Sparkle - Discord: Scorpan's Medallion)
(Last Key: Friendship/Season Finale)

All these episodes have done a fine job of showing off what the Mane 6 can really do in terms teaching other ponies (or anyone in Equestria) the magic of friendship, but Twilight's Kingdom easily takes the cake. I've said it before, so to recap everything that I discussed about, the episode's action, villain, pacing, moral, and of course, its plot were all executed masterfully (by Meghan McCartney). All of this adding up to make the best episode Friendship Is Magic has to offer, and for that matter, it still remains my all time favorite of the show, even besides that it's easily the best of the CoH key episodes.

There still is one that has yet to top it, but we'll just see if that happens.

Do you agree with my list? Which episode involving the Chest of Harmony's keys is your favorite?

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