Friendship Is Magic - Part 2 (Elements of Harmony)

Friendship Is Magic - Part 2 (Elements of Harmony) is an anime episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic that was released on 10/22/2010
It is up to Twilight and her new pony friends to help the Princess, but it will not be easy. Night Mare Moon challenges the ponies with individual obstacles they must overcome to find the Elements of Harmony before it is too late.
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Plot Summary

Elements of Harmony
Kanjiトモダチは魔法
RomajiTomodachi wa mahō
TranslationThe Magic Friend
Air Dates
October 22, 2010
April 8, 2013
Theme Music
English
Opening
My Little Pony theme song (version 1)
Japanese
Opening
Mirai Start
English
Ending
My Little Pony theme song (version 1)
Japanese
Ending
Kataomoi no Karaage
(List of theme music)

On the morning of the summer sun celebration, the village of Ponyville is rocked by the appearance of Nightmare Moon: a fallen princess who, after escaping her imprisonment in the moon, now seeks to bring eternal night to the land of Equestria. With her sister, Princess Celestia, as her captive there is little in the way of her plan to make sure that the land is shrouded in darkness forever.

The only one who knew of her inevitable return was Twilight Sparkle: a prodigal mage and student of Princess Celestia. She and her assistant, Spike, were ordered to go to the village to supervise the celebration after the princess showed concern for her need to constantly study. Also, she was ordered to use the opportunity to make friends, something she neglected to do while in Canterlot. Begrudgingly, Twilight followed orders, but was more concerned with learning about the Elements of Harmony: a powerful magic that was used to imprison Nightmare Moon, and the one hope to stop her once and for all.

Back at her makeshift home, Ponyville's library, Twilight frantically starts going through the all books to find more information on the Elements of Harmony. Accompanying her is a group of locals who she had met the previous day: Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity. While Rainbow initially accuses Twilight of being a spy, the others convince her that she's on their side, though agree that knows too much about what's happening. Twilight admits that she knew of Nightmare Moon's return, though still doesn't know how to stop her. After Pinkie manages to find the needed book on the Elements of Harmony (It was under "E") Twilight learns the the elements are made up of 6 things: honesty, kindness, laughter, generosity, and loyalty. The final one, which remains unknown, will show itself once the other five are brought together. As she reads on, they learn that the elements are all located at the ruins of Princess Celestia's old castle, located the depths of the unnatural Everfree Forest.

Twilight sets out to find the elements, but she's not alone. The other girls have decided to accompany her into the forest, still seeing her as a friend even though Twilight sees them more of a nuisance. Nightmare Moon is not making it easy though. Using her magic, she creates obstacles and takes different forms to keep the girls from progressing.

First, Nightmare Moon creates a fissure that sends the flightless ponies sliding down a cliffside. Applejack saves Twilight from falling over the edge, but then asks her to let go. Applejack assures the stunned unicorn that she'll be saved once she lets go. True to her word, Rainbow and Fluttershy save Twilight from plummeting to her death.

Next, Nightmare Moon unleashes the wrath of a Manticore, a ferocious beast of the forest, on the girls. They try to fight it off, but to no avail. But then Fluttershy calmly walks over to the beast and finds out that it was simply another victim of Nightmare Moon, who had taken the form of a thorn and drove herself into its paw. Fluttershy removes it and wins the creature's affection, allowing the group to move on.

The girls then find themselves in a dark part of the forest, surrounded by trees that, being affected by Nightmare Moon's magic, now have monstrous faces that scare the girls, keeping them from proceeding. But the one pony that is undaunted is Pinkie Pie, who is actually laughing at the trees. She starts singing about conquering one's fears through laughter, which boosts the girls' confidence and push them to laugh away the faces from the trees.

Finally, they are tasked with crossing a river, which has become turbulent due to an upset, and very flamboyant, sea serpent.... in a river. Nightmare Moon had passed through and tore off half of his mustache, leaving the creature in hysterics. The only one sympathetic to his plight is Rarity, who understands the importance of looking fabulous. So using one of his scales, Rarity slices off her beautiful tail and uses it to restore his mustache. This calms the down the serpent, who helps the gang cross the river.

Now the girls are a stone throw's away from the ruins, but are held back due to the bridge being out. Rainbow Dash takes action, grabbing the fallen end and tying it to the other side. But while she performs this task, Nightmare Moon comes to her in the form of a dark aerial troupe named The Shadowbolts. Using Rainbow's ego to their advantage, they ask her to join their group as a captain. But there's a catch: she must leave the girls behind. Rainbow Dash, displaying loyalty, turns down the offer and goes back to help her friends.

Finally inside the ruins, Twilight has the girls bring down the five stone orbs that she assumes are the Elements of Harmony. All she has to do now use her magic to create a spark, which will reveal the final element. But Nightmare Moon appears, envelops the two, and transports herself, Twilight and the five orbs, to another part of the ruins. As the girls make their way to the location, Twilight charges over to Nightmare Moon, who has the orbs at her feet. Nightmare also charges at Twilight, but before they collide, Twilight teleports over to the orbs and begins to use her magic. Nightmare Moon intervenes, casting Twilight aside and then destroys the orbs.

From behind, the girls make their way to Nightmare Moon's chamber and call out to her with reassuring words. Suddenly, Twilight comes to a realization and, confidently, tells the evil princess that she had not destroyed the Elements of Harmony. In fact, the spirits of the Elements are right there: they are Twilight Sparkle and her newfound friends. She explains that the events that took place on the way there were all representative of each element. As for the final one, it had been revealed through a different spark: it was the spark of joy when she realized that the other five ponies were her friends: magic.

The orbs turn into jewels, the six ponies begin to levitatie and glow, and a rainbow envelops them all. Once Twilight opens her eyes, the room is flooded with a bright light. When it's all over, all the girls find that they are now wearing jewelry that match their cutie marks. Soon after, Princess Celestia appears before the girls. She explains that she knew all along that Nightmare Moon would return and knew that Twilight had the ability to defeat her. This was why Celestia had ordered her pupil to make friends, for it was key in unleashing her true potential. Nearby, they see a blue winged unicorn that Celestia approaches. It is Nightmare Moon, who has returned to her original form as Princess Luna: Celestia's little sister. Celestia offers to put an end to their differences, to which Luna emotionally accepts.

With the ordeal over, Pinkie Pie believes that this calls for one thing: a party. They all return to Ponyville, lead by a chariot carrying the two sisters. But for Twilight, this scene is bittersweet. Her mission accomplished, she's sad at the idea of returning to Canterlot, after having made such wonderful friends. So Celestia issues her a new mission. Now Twilight will remain in Ponyville where she will continue her studies on the magic of friendship; reporting her findings to the princess. Twilight promises to study even harder and is thrilled to be able to be with her new friends from now on.

Characters & Voice Actors

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Twilight Sparkle ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tara Strong ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Miyuki Sawashiro ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Pinkie Pie ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Andrea Libman ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Shannon Chan-Kent ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Suzuko Mimori ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Rainbow Dash ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ashleigh Ball ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Izumi Kitta ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Rarity ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tabitha St. Germain ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Mikoi Sasaki ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Fluttershy ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Andrea Libman ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Emiri Katou ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Applejack ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ashleigh Ball ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Sora Tokui ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Princess Luna ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tabitha St. Germain ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Takako Honda ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Yumi Uchiyama ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Princess Celestia ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Nicole Oliver ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Kikuko Inoue ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Spike ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Cathy Weseluck ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Motoko Kumai ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Derpy ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Lyra Heartstrings ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Sweetie Drops ( x ) ( x ) ( x )

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Jayson Thiessen Director Jayson Thiessen is a Canadian director, artist and toy maker.
James Wootton Director James "Wootie" Wootton is a television director know for his work on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Ed, Edd n Eddy.
Lauren Faust Writer Lauren Faust is an American animator, producer, writer, and director.
Rob Renzetti Writer Rob Renzetti is an animator and director known for his work on My Life as a Teenage Robot and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
Daniel Ingram Music Daniel Ingram is a composer known for his work on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Martha Speaks.
William Anderson Music William Anderson is a composer and musician known for his television work.
Sarah Wall Producer Sarah Wall is a producer known for her work on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Martha Speaks.
Kirsten Newlands Executive Producer Kirsten Newlands is a producer known for her work on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
Blair Peters Executive Producer Blair Peters is a producer and co-founder of Studio B Productions.
Stephen Davis Executive Producer Stephen Davis is a producer known for his television work.
Chris Bartleman Executive Producer Chris Bartleman is a producer, director, production designer and co-founder of Studio B Productions.

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