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S5 E8: Golden Solutions by Esuka
S5 E8: Golden Solutions
This episode was the kind of thing I had been hoping for since the map first appeared: adventures to new places and new problems. Don't get me wrong, I love me some slice of life, but the lore in this episode was fantastic. All the stuff about the griffons, showing how they were and how they are, was awesome to finally get. It even made me not mind Gilda's return. It was a way to show the big history and cultural presence on a personal level. That she was initially timid at flight school, a small kid in a strange place with no idea how to get along with people, is a very different face of a thus far antagonistic character.

Deep lore, good humor, good character dynamics, and just a hint of self awareness? This episode easily slips into my top 3 for the season.

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S5 E7: Green to the Gills by Esuka
S5 E7: Green to the Gills
Man, this episode is so back and forth for me. On one hand, it was a comedy of errors in which a character makes a fool of himself for the sake of humor. I tend not to like those, at least not ones that are so on the cuff about it. Often, this sequence is caused by a misunderstanding or overreaction, and could easily be resolved by five minutes of dialogue... or ten seconds, as this episode proves. On the other hand, there were a lot of great moments and expressions that were absolutely funny as hell. The entire realm of chaos, as well as the little visual gags they always put around Discord, were welcome as always.

Back with the first hand, The generic Rastafarian character tends to be super over the top and hard to dig. And oh lord when she started "singing," what even was that? Kickin' it with the second hand again, she had some great moments, and we had a few wonderful scenes with other characters both leading up to and at the gala.

All in all this episode was okay, mainly for the reason that a lot of it could have been resolved, as I said, by a very brief conversation and explanation. Fluttershy has been very insightful with her other friends as to what they need and how they work. For her to be so absent with Discord felt comparatively weak. Meanwhile Celestia... crazy old girl, hoping weird shit goes down. Never change, Princess.

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S5 E6: What You Think It Means by Esuka
S5 E6: What You Think It Means
In general, I think this episode was pretty fun. I thought the CMC were still pretty cute, and not as annoying as they sometimes are in their group episodes. I usually find that an episode that focuses on one of the three is better than a group episode. In any case, our gigantic Eeyore of a character was entertaining as well, both in his dialogue and in his action. And while all this was fun, I would not call it a great episode.

The message was actually a fairly subtle ones. Surrounded regularly by art students, I see many questions of, and many different answers to, what is art and how does one employ it. Some people want to be animators, others illustrators, others still environment artists. Assuming that something can only mean one thing is too narrow, and removes so much possibility from life. I think that's something of value. The episode, however, kind of wound its way through different elements, only kind of finding its message at the end. It's a good message, but compared to last week, I think it lacked the same direction and intention.

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S5 E5: Until Spring Comes Again by Esuka
S5 E5: Until Spring Comes Again
So here's the deal. Rainbow Dash is not my favorite character. While she can be entertaining, and her gung-ho attitude endearing, her bull headed neature and egomania can be too annoying. That said, I loved this episode. It was still her being stubborn and kind of selfish, but for reasons much more relatable than other RD episodes. And oh Faust, the love she showed towards Tank was heart melting. There was a lot of great non-verbal dialogue and moments of them just... I don't know, caring about each other. It was fantastic. I've said before that Rainbow is probably the most immature of the 6, and it really showed here, particularly in the second to last scene. But it wasn't annoying, it wasn't over the top. It was someone venting pain and frustration that they didn't know how else to deal with. It's real. And that's a large part of what makes this show great.

Also RD and Tank booties. So damn cute.

As a closing thought, I would really like a flashback episode detailing Fluttershy and Rainbow as kids. Flutters in particular seems to have a good understanding of how Rainbow works, and some time exploring how two strong opposites came to be so close and understanding would be a fascinating story.

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S5 E4: Fear, Doubt, and Shadows in the Dark by Esuka
S5 E4: Fear, Doubt, and Shadows in the Dark
I'm going to be spoilerifically frank for a moment. I figure, if you're looking at this piece anyway, that's ok for me to do. When Applebloom got her cutie mark, I instantly called it for being a dream. But they actually ran the first sequence long enough that I questioned whether it was or not. So that was neat.

All in all, it was a neat episode. There were some good ideas, some fun execution, and great character interaction. I think the feeling of belonging and confidence in the future is something we struggle with at all ages, and it was well handled here. It's always fun, as well, to see Luna in her realm. My favorite element, I must say, was Applebloom's shadow. I was a little disappoint it wasn't some sort of dream parasite or something my mystical, but it made a lot of sense for the story, and I loved all the sequences in the forest. I loved Applebloom's reactions to it over the course of the episode, and I loved the slow reveal. That was some quality work.

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Hey there, everyone,

A while back, I announced 'The Line,' a fanfiction I would be posting on a weekly basis. Well, it has now completed publication, and can be read from start to finish over on Fimfiction.net. I would love for you to give it a try and let me know what you think.

Cheers.

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ringtailmaster Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014
your style is amazing n_n
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KyruHikari Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Boo!
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MrLolcats17 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist
Hey, just wanted to quickly say here ('coz I don't have Tumblr) that I just tonight found and read through the entirety of your Canterlot Academy of Music blog, I'm incredibly enthralled by it and look forward to more!
Its absolutely amazing in my eyes, and just looking through your dA gallery, so is the rest of your works!
Keep up the great stuff! :)
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Esuka Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
Hi there! Thanks for the kind words, and I'm glad you're enjoying the Academy. I hope you'll like what I have in store.
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Gojira012 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Very good work. You might enjoy this

audrarius.deviantart.com/art/G…
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Tamar-UK Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
I've just gone through your gallery - I really like your art! I especially like how imaginative your pictures are; some of them are really thoughtful and insightful. Nice!
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Esuka Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Thank ya kindly, I do my best. :)
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