I was bored so I started playing with this. These were the results:
Pinkie Pie’s last words: ”Remember, keep going and don’t look back”.
Rarity: “Give me Internet or give me death!” (followed by: I didn’t mean literally!)
Applejack: "Be gentle…"
Rainbow Dash: (incoherent fangirl-like screaming) *Shruggs* Appropiate.
Fluttershy: "Oh no! They killed Kenny!"
Twilight Sparkle: “Heads, I live. Tails, you die”.
Spike: ”D-don’t worry, I saw nothing!”
Trixie Lulamoon: ”Don’t worry. I’m a professional”. (I love that this scene is so easy to picture)
Lightning Dust: “We’re both going to die. Together”. (I decided she died with Trixie)
Princes Cadence: "Slow down! You’re driving too-"
Queen Chrysalis: ”We will never surrender!” (Why hello part of a headcanon I didn’t know I needed before)
I can’t even imagine Trixie’s last words being otherwise.
Since I’m on the subject I’m just gonna link to the French version of A True, True Friend cause I’ve been listening to that one the most lately and I like it a lot.
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I just really like A True, True Friend though. I love the structure of it, how each of them in turn is humbled before their friends and, immediately after, gets a chance to show their strengths. Each of them is saved by the others and saves the others. It’s just a really beautiful reaffirmation of who they are, individually and to one another.
Twilight doesn’t have a part in the song, but really that’s what the whole episode is for her. In the beginning she fails her friends and causes this disaster, and it’s beyond her ability to save them. And the thing is? In the end, it’s still beyond her ability to save them. She entrusts them to save each other. Because she can’t do everything herself, and it’s not only okay but necessary to depend on others, and that’s what her character arc has been all about.
That’s what she has to accept. Just as Applejack stops trying to make dresses and helps the apple farm, and Rainbow Dash stops trying to talk to animals and clears the sky, Twilight stops trying to magic away the problem, and she brings her friends together.
I really like the segment of A True, True Friend where they’re helping Applejack. I think it’s my favorite part of the song. There are two things:
First is just that it always seems to me that out of all the ponies Applejack is struggling the most. She’s not really accustomed to failure, and a lot of her identity is built around being competent and reliable and independent. I’m kind of similar that way and it’s really easy for me to identify with her here, and seeing her crying and so obviously frustrated and hopeless just hit really hard.
And second is how she looks at Rarity when Rarity is helping her. I’m probably going over the top but I just get so much emotion out of that expression. Like, to start with, she’s in awe. She’s watching her friend do this amazing thing almost effortlessly, and she’s completely blown away. But she’s also really, really humbled. She’s watching somepony do something that she thinks is her life’s purpose, and she’s doing it so much better and so much more easily than she ever could. But there’s relief in that, too. Because somepony else is doing it, and they’re doing it so much better, and maybe she doesn’t have to do that anymore. I feel like it’s all hitting her right then, that maybe she never wanted to do this, and it was never right for her, and maybe she’s not the pony she thought she was.
Not that I think only Applejack had any of these feelings. It’s just that her segment was the one that really hit me hard and made me think about how it’d feel being in that situation, and I really appreciate it for that.
Slightly more on topic, Heartcatch Precure has my favorite song for writing Fluttershy. I just feel like it fits her really well and it gets me in a good mood to write for her.
Enough ponies for now. Let’s talk Precure.
Heartcatch Precure is probably my favorite anime at the moment. It’s a magical girl anime in the long-running Pretty Cure series, and it’s super cute and fun and the animation is fantastic. You don’t need to have seen any of the other Precure series to understand it (I have seen none of them yet, though there are a few I’m planning on watching) since they’re not really in the same canon unless you count the crossover movies.
So you probably know the basic magical girl formula. A group of middle-school girls are given powers by cute mascots that let them fight evil in pretty outfits. It’s a great formula, and the genre is all about celebrating femininity and friendships between women.
Our two main girls are Tsubomi, a shy transfer student who wants to become more outgoing and confident and who loves flowers, and Erika, an energetic and loud girl who wants to start a fashion club and design clothes. They’re adorable and funny and completely in love. There are lots of other great characters, both major and minor, and every one of them is earnestly passionate about something and the show celebrates all of their diverse interests, and I’d say one of the main themes of the series is that your feelings and the things that matter to you are important, no matter how they might appear to others.
rwlart asked: What do you think makes someone a good friend?
I think something that makes someone a good friend is the amount of things that the friend gives you, that you can use and :)
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Oh hey look, IRIS answered RWL’s question! IRIS seems to be learning that friends are about being given things. Wait, IRIS seems to think you can buy friends. No IRIS! Bad IRIS!
I choose to parse it like this:
"The amount of things that the friend gives you, that you can use" and ":)" are two separate things.
A good friend gives you things, and that friend understands you and your likes/needs so they get you things that you can use. And they also give you smiles!
It’s a generous interpretation but IRIS is still learning and I think they’re doing great.