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[13:00] <@Sylocat> “The girl who taught us about Kumalia?”
01[13:00] <Froborr> For a second the drifting stars made me think I’d queued up Penguindrum by mistake.
[13:00] <@Sylocat> Oh… Ginko
[13:03] <@Sylocat> I didn’t get an option for only one ad
[13:03] <@Sylocat> So I got one after the credits
[13:03] <Arrlaari> paused just after the fade in from black
[13:04] <@Sylocat> Okay…
[13:04] <@Sylocat> Click
[13:05] <@Sylocat> She’s about to get eaten
[13:05] <@Sylocat> Yep
01[13:05] <Froborr> Wait, did we know her lover was a bear?
[13:05] <@Sylocat> I don’t think we did
[13:05] <@Sylocat> And if her lover is Evil Blonde Teacher Lady, that’s quite a twist
[13:06] <@Sylocat> Is this a dream sequence?
[13:07] <@Sylocat> Some sort of fever dream
[13:07] <@Sylocat> “Lady Kumalia?”
[13:07] <@Sylocat> Pan out, and she’s still in bed unconscious
01[13:08] <Froborr> The asteroid anthropomorphized as a goddess.
[13:08] <@Sylocat> It was Kureha’s dream?
[13:08] <@Sylocat> I did not see that coming
[13:10] <@Sylocat> So, they’re going to think Kureha is a bear now?
01[13:11] <Froborr> Or just bad luck, and target her with the Invisible Storm again.
[13:12] <@Sylocat> What the…
[13:12] <@Sylocat> Ahahah… it’s like that scene in Summer Wars with all the ice
01[13:12] <Froborr> Wait, now Ginko was a foundling?
[13:12] <@Sylocat> Huh… a foundling princess!
[13:13] <@Sylocat> “Lone Wolfsbane.” The bears do have awesome insults
01[13:13] <Froborr> I have a feeling this is going to completely contradict the other backstory.
01[13:13] <Froborr> Kumargaret? lol
[13:13] <@Sylocat> Kumacaron, too
01[13:14] <Froborr> Okay, the stained glass implies that Kumalia is Sailor Moon.
01[13:15] <Froborr> Hm, on closer inspection it’s just long wavy hair and bear ears.
[13:15] <@Sylocat> Well, it does still look like Sailor Moon, especially in her Queen Serenity mode
[13:15] <@Sylocat> Eww
[13:15] <@Sylocat> Wow.
[13:16] <@Sylocat> So, she became a human hunter for societal approval?
[13:16] <@Sylocat> Ad
01[13:16] <Froborr> Ooh, nice eyecatch placement.
[13:16] <@Sylocat> The ad started at 15:06
[13:17] <Arrlaari> paused on the eyecatch – I was able to see a brief flicker where it loaded a null ad
[13:17] <@Sylocat> Okay…
[13:17] <@Sylocat> Click
[13:19] <@Sylocat> Kureha is a little bit slow on the uptake
01[13:19] <Froborr> Oh ffs put it together already kureha
[13:20] <@Sylocat> “The animal world is merciless,” the narrator says
01[13:20] <Froborr> Again, the human/bear binary is pretty clearly false in this series.
[13:20] <@Sylocat> Eeyup
[13:20] <Arrlaari> “Born to eat” written in english on the helm briefly visible
[13:21] <@Sylocat> Is this another dream?
01[13:21] <Froborr> Nope.
[13:21] <@Sylocat> Oh… no, that actually happened
[13:21] <@Sylocat> Another ad
[13:21] <@Sylocat> At 18:48
[13:22] <@Sylocat> I should just torrent this series
[13:22] <@Sylocat> 30 seconds left
[13:22] <@Sylocat> Okay
[13:22] <@Sylocat> Click
[13:22] <@Sylocat> “Ginger milk?” Nice
[13:23] <@Sylocat> Wait, Kureha’s mom knew about Ginko?
01[13:23] <Froborr> Yeah, she wrote the storybook, remember?
[13:23] <@Sylocat> Well… yeah, but… wow
[13:24] <@Sylocat> Is “honey ginger milk” an actual thing? It does sound appealing
[13:24] <@Sylocat> Ooh… is she going to get jealous again?
[13:26] <@Sylocat> Wow, she figured it out
[13:26] <@Sylocat> Finall
[13:26] <@Sylocat> y
01[13:26] <Froborr> Yep. With still almost half the series to go, so at least they’re not stretching that out forever as I feared.
[13:28] <Arrlaari> Post credit stinger
01[13:28] <Froborr> After-credits scene!
[13:28] <@Sylocat> Eeyup
[13:28] <@Sylocat> Ooh, who wrote the note?
01[13:28] <Froborr> Mysteeerious…
[13:34] <@Sylocat> Hmm… well, everyone ready for the five-year anniversary special?
[13:34] <mere_oblivion> I sher am.
01[13:34] <Froborr> Is it really?
[13:34] <@Sylocat> Eeyup
01[13:34] <Froborr> Huh, 10/10/15, guess it was.
[13:35] <@Sylocat> Click
[13:35] <@Sylocat> …And it’s a CMC episode?
[13:35] <@Sylocat> Well, they are the audience-proxy characters, I guess…
01[13:35] <Froborr> Hey, it’s been a while since the CMC actually did something cutie mark-related.
[13:36] <@Sylocat> Pip Squeak!
[13:36] <@Sylocat> Oh yikes, they’re getting politician cutie marks?
[13:36] <Arrlaari> I had to go to the toilet, I’m just now opening the youtube
[13:36] <mere_oblivion> Just in time for Election Year-and-a-Goddamn-Half
01[13:37] <Froborr> Pause at end of OP and wait for Arr to catch up?
[13:37] <mere_oblivion> Okey-doke
[13:37] <@Sylocat> Okay, paused
[13:37] <@Sylocat> Hahah… I said, out loud, “They’re going to get politician cutie marks,” and mom said, “One’ll be a donkey, one’ll be an elephant.”
[13:38] <Arrlaari> Curious that when they’re all three singing before the OP, it sounds like they’re all adopting Applejack’s accent
[13:38] <@Sylocat> (yes, she’s watching it with us, though IRL rather than in here)
[13:38] <@Sylocat> Well, a lot of professional singers drop the ‘r’ sounds
01[13:38] <Froborr> Well, Apple Bloom is the singing voice for two of them, isn’t she?
[13:38] <Arrlaari> paused at end of op
[13:38] <@Sylocat> She is? I never noticed that
[13:39] <@Sylocat> Okay then…
[13:39] <@Sylocat> Click
[13:39] <@Sylocat> Ahahah… Tirek battle reference
[13:39] <@Sylocat> Oh, it’s AKR
01[13:39] <Froborr> Yeah, Michelle Crieber is Apple Bloom and the singing voice of Sweetie Belle, IIRC.
[13:39] <@Sylocat> Oh, Diamond Tiara
[13:40] <@Sylocat> Wait, her mom is president of the school board?
01[13:40] <Froborr> Figures.
[13:40] <@Sylocat> Yep
01[13:40] <Froborr> Also, not sure how I feel about “Spoiled Rich.”
[13:40] <@Sylocat> Yeah… the implied pun is a bit…
01[13:41] <Froborr> Diamond Tiara villain song!
[13:41] <@Sylocat> Whoa, a dark circus tune, no less
[13:41] <@Sylocat> WHOA
[13:41] <@Sylocat> Superfilly!
[13:41] <mere_oblivion> Shades of Kurt Weill-by-way-of-Danny Elfman
[13:42] <@Sylocat> Yeesh
[13:43] <@Sylocat> Is Silver Spoon going to get a redemption arc?
[13:43] <@Sylocat> Probably not
[13:43] <@Sylocat> Button Mash!
[13:43] <@Sylocat> I’d forgotten he was actually in the show
[13:43] <@Sylocat> Wait, huh? Already?
[13:44] <@Sylocat> That was quick
[13:44] <@Sylocat> What’s the rest of the episode going to be about?
01[13:44] <Froborr> Is this going to be a DIAMOND TIARA redemption arc?
[13:44] <@Sylocat> That would be… unusual
01[13:45] <Froborr> Yes actually! That is EXACTLY what it means!
[13:45] <@Sylocat> Yeesh
[13:46] <@Sylocat> …What the heck is Fancy Pants doing in Ponyville? Was that just her imagination, or…?
[13:46] <Arrlaari> Is Pip Squeak’s accent British?
[13:46] <@Sylocat> Yeah… it was more noticeable in Luna Eclipsed
[13:46] <mere_oblivion> I wondered that, too
[13:46] <Arrlaari> Fancy Pants might be visiting Rarity
[13:46] <@Sylocat> I think “Trottingham” was mentioned
01[13:46] <Froborr> Yeah, Pip Squeak has always had a British accent.
[13:46] <Arrlaari> It was just now
[13:46] <@Sylocat> Wow
[13:47] <@Sylocat> (the sad music is kind of drowning out the lyrics here)
01[13:47] <Froborr> I can’t hear either over the sound of my eyes rolling.
[13:49] <@Sylocat> It’s disappearing?
01[13:49] <Froborr> Haha, she turned into her mom for a second there.
[13:50] <@Sylocat> Whoa… so, “politics is about money” is the moral?
[13:50] <@Sylocat> That’s refreshingly blunt
[13:50] <@Sylocat> Why is Bon Bon wearing fancy clothes?
[13:50] <@Sylocat> Oh, right, she’s undercover
[13:51] <@Sylocat> They have Pinkie Pie’s teleporting powers!
01[13:51] <Froborr> You know, it never occured to me until right this moment that she’s Bon(d James) Bon(d).
[13:51] <@Sylocat> Really? I thought I made that joke during the SoL liveblog
01[13:52] <Froborr> I don’t… think you did? If you did, I forgot.
[13:52] <@Sylocat> Well, anyway
[13:52] <@Sylocat> Her mom looks like one of the monstrosities from PONY.MOV
[13:52] <Arrlaari> That’s not technically true, Diamond Tiara
[13:53] <@Sylocat> I assume this will last about five minutes and she’ll be right back to normal
01[13:54] <Froborr> I mean, her special talent is still bossing people around, so.
01[13:54] <Froborr> On the other hand, that’s sort of what Twilight is good at too, so…
[13:54] <@Sylocat> And Twilight is there too?
[13:54] <@Sylocat> I like Superfilly
[13:54] <@Sylocat> The heck…
01[13:55] <Froborr> You realize this is basically confirming my argument about cutie marks and destiny and free will.
01[13:55] <Froborr> Wait.
[13:55] <@Sylocat> Which was?
01[13:55] <Froborr> Wait, they’re not
01[13:55] <Froborr> They’re not going to
01[13:55] <Froborr> ARE YOU SERIOUS
01[13:55] <Froborr> HOLY SHIT THIS IS THE BEST
01[13:56] <Froborr> They’re cutie marks are in BEING CUTIE MARK CRUSADERS
01[13:56] <Froborr> *Their
[13:56] <Arrlaari> Huh, they got marks that aren’t about the things they were heavily hinting at us from their first appearance
[13:56] <@Sylocat> Oh… of course… it’s the five-year special! They HAD to do it now!
[13:57] <@Sylocat> Well, Sweetie Belle’s is, kind of… it has a musical note in it
01[13:57] <Froborr> And the lightning bolt in Scootaloo’s ties her to RD/racing/stunts.
01[13:57] <Froborr> Aw, I’m actually tearing up a little at the big sisters.
[13:58] <@Sylocat> D’awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
[13:58] <mere_oblivion> Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!
[13:58] <@Sylocat> Dang, I’m tearing up too
[13:58] <mere_oblivion> Oh . . . you have tried it.
[13:58] <@Sylocat> HUH?
[13:58] <@Sylocat> Whoa… little fourth wall break at the end
01[13:58] <Froborr> Wow
[13:58] <Arrlaari> Where?
[13:58] <Arrlaari> I may have been looking at the chat
[13:59] <@Sylocat> Yep… happy five years, everyone
[13:59] <mere_oblivion> Crikey. “It seems like only yesterday,” etc
01[13:59] <Froborr> They had Spike send a photo to Celestia OP-style.
01[13:59] <Froborr> I mean part of it is that I haven’t slept in a couple days and I cry easily when sleep=deprived?
01[13:59] <Froborr> But still.
[13:59] <@Sylocat> Wow
[14:00] <@Sylocat> That was… wow
01[14:00] <Froborr> Yeah.
[14:00] <Arrlaari> So I get the sense that insofar as we can relate the school election scene to IRL politics, it’d be British and not US
01[14:00] <Froborr> I really didn’t think this seaosn was going to top “Do Princesses Dream…” but
01[14:00] <Froborr> Wow
01[14:00] <Froborr> I actually think the closest relation here is CANADIAN politics
01[14:00] <Froborr> Which given where the show is made…
[14:00] <@Sylocat> I mean, in hindsight, it was inevitable… they had to do it eventually, and this was the perfect time to get away with it
[14:01] <mere_oblivion> An excellent way to mark the anniversary as well
[14:01] <mere_oblivion> I gotta go, everyone (all the way to Milwaukee, in fact)
[14:01] <Arrlaari> I also like how Pip Squeak was completely dependent on the school board and basically helpless to deliver on his only campaign promise when they said no
01[14:01] <Froborr> Later mere, glad we had you here!
[14:01] <@Sylocat> Alright… glad you could make it, dad
[14:01] <mere_oblivion> thanks, all–see you soon
01[14:02] <Froborr> Yeah, that was a nice bit of verisimilitude.
[14:03] <@Sylocat> Wow. I’m still reeling
01[14:03] <Froborr> Yeah. Wow.
[14:03] <@Sylocat> I’ve been so determined to avoid spoilers… I gotta go check the fan reaction threads from last week now
01[14:03] <Froborr> This is brilliant writing.
01[14:04] <Froborr> Completely unexpected and inevitable at the same time.
[14:04] <Arrlaari> The thing that strikes me as British is the way Diamond Tiara’s claim to a right to rule due to social class is positioned as contingent on responsible behavior as opposed to being 100% hollow
01[14:04] <Froborr> Hmm, interesting thought. That does make sense.
01[14:05] <Froborr> I’m watching the first live reaction google produced, dude is tearing up.
[14:05] <@Sylocat> Hardly surprising
[14:05] <@Sylocat> This season could have been subtitled “The Victory Lap”
01[14:05] <Froborr> I mean, they could just end the series right here and I’d be 100% satisfied with that as a conclusion.
01[14:07] <Froborr> Speaking of victory laps
01[14:07] <Froborr> “Again and again we cycle up into enlightenment and understanding and down into creation and the healing of the world, progressing, evolving, learning, growing, and we never have to stop because there is no end-point, but an infinite space into which to expand. We are, every one of us, at once creators and seekers, teachers and students, princesses and ponies, working to grow our trees, all together, forever.”
[14:08] <@Sylocat> Ahahahah… perfect. Sheer perfection
[14:08] <Arrlaari> I think for a while you’ve argued that they couldn’t let them have their cutie marks unless it were the very last episode, but they came up with a way to keep the idea going if they give them more episodes
01[14:08] <Froborr> Yeah, this was brilliant.
01[14:09] <Froborr> Big Mac’s got some liquid pride going.
[14:09] <@Sylocat> And it was the perfect way to keep the fans from complaining about a status quo shakeup too… it’s the five-year special episode
01[14:09] <Froborr> Yep.
[14:10] <@Sylocat> It’s just… wow. This was a perfect way to mark off a half a decade of ponies
[14:11] <@Sylocat> Wow.
[14:11] <@Sylocat> Oh… I should get to rehearsal
[14:11] <@Sylocat> Welp… I just wanna say, it’s been great gettin’ here with y’all
01[14:12] <Froborr> Absolutely!
01[14:12] <Froborr> Glad you were with us.
[14:12] <@Sylocat> Thanks and you’re welcome. Laterz
[14:13] <Arrlaari> What was it about the class president election that struck you as Canadian?
01[14:14] <Froborr> Diamond Tiara’s sel-aggrandazing and decision to focus on self-serving bullshit rather than what people actually wanted and needed felt very Harper-esque.
[14:16] <Arrlaari> I hadn’t thought of those as being uniquely Harperian flaws
01[14:16] <Froborr> THey’re really not, tbh.
01[14:16] <Froborr> They’re pretty typical conservatism.
01[14:16] <Froborr> I think your British comment makes more sense.
[14:17] <Arrlaari> I mean, those specific flaws I can’t even say are specifically conservative. I can easily imagine a left-of-center politician being self-aggrandizing.
01[14:18] <Froborr> True, but a left-of-center one would at least try to look like they had the public interest in mind on occasion.
[14:18] <Arrlaari> Yeah, they’d frame it in much different rhetoric. Tiara’s verses in the election song included straight up Social Darwinism
01[14:19] <Froborr> Yeah.
01[14:19] <Froborr> You know, it occurs to me that this episode basically confirms that Scootaloo’s an orphan.
01[14:19] <Froborr> Or at least that her parents aren’t around.
01[14:19] <Froborr> Because RD is the only one who shows up to congratulate her.
[14:19] <Arrlaari> It also confirms that the Apple parents aren’t “here”
01[14:20] <Froborr> I thought we had that confirmed back in Apple Family Reunion?
[14:20] <Arrlaari> I might not have seen that episode
[14:20] <Arrlaari> but I think I read the post about it
01[14:20] <Froborr> Ah.
[14:20] <Arrlaari> I do remember post saying that Applejack’s parents are probably dead
01[14:21] <Froborr> Yeah. It was something along the lines of this being the first reunion without them.
01[14:22] <Froborr> Though that doesn’t really confirm when they died, since Applejack was a baby in the last reunion before that.
01[14:25] <Froborr> New headcanon: they grow up to be a school guidance counselor, a career counselor, and a talent agent. I leave which is which as an exercise for the reader.
01[14:25] <Froborr> The CMC I mean.