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Weekly Ponies: Friendship is Magic #2-14

Love it or loathe it, it's true! Ponies have invaded Anime Vice. See what Daniel thought of the latest episode and get ready for some pony-talk in the comments. Also: Derpy Hooves.

Welcome to Weekly Ponies, where Daniel Newton takes a look at My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, the charming kid's show that's taken the internet by storm and somehow amassed a predominantly teen to adult male fan base. Created by Lauren Faust, who previously worked on shows including The Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.

Season 2, Episode 14: The Last Round Up
Summary: Applejack turns up missing a week after she left for the big rodeo. When her friends find her working at another ranch, she claims that she is not coming back to Ponyville, and refuses to give them an explanation. What is keeping her from returning and, more importantly, is her stay permanent? Twilight and the others hope to find the answer.
Air Date: Jan. 21, 2012
Run time: 22:00

Warning: This article contains spoilers. We recommend watching the episode on YouTube or buying it through iTunes.

PONY PARTY!
PONY PARTY!
Haters gonna hate, Derpy's gonna derp
Haters gonna hate, Derpy's gonna derp

Okay, lets get something out of the way: Derpy Hooves. Derpy. Is. Canon. Now. ...what?! For those of you who don't watch this show (and are probably reading this My Little Pony article out of curiosity and/or disbelief) let me explain. Derpy Hooves--the cock-eyed blonde pegasus pony--was originally a minor background character with a technical hitch messing her eyes up. Fans of the show noticed this and took a liking to her, giving her the "Derpy" nickname. The show's producers decided to include her, lazy eyes withstanding, in several cameo appearances, and she was referred to as "Ditzy Doo" by the show's creator. This episode however... had a degree of fan service we aren't used to here at Anime Vice. Ditzy not only made an appearance this episode, but even got a voice, full-on herp-derp personality and is now officially named Derpy. This is all purely for the crazy internet fan base this show has, and it's amazing.

Check out the Equestria Daily post here to understand the level of crazy I'm talking about.

"I Love Lucy" homage
"I Love Lucy" homage

So, thanks to Derpy, well... being Derpy, the roof of Ponyville Town Hall was destroyed. Since it's time for this year's Equestria Rodeo Competition (which everyone is convinced Applejack will win) Applejack has promised everyone to use the prize money to fix the roof. After a week the other ponies organise a victory party for her... but she doesn't show up, prompting our pony-heroes to go and find her. Once the gang find her in Dodge Canyon working on a cherry orchard we're treated to a particularly great homage to the 50's TV show I Love Lucy, which I only recognised because of a similar homage in the show Drake and Josh (I mean come on, I'm not that old). Again, like the whole Derpy scene, this is something that would go right over the target audience's collective heads, and it was great.

Ponies pulling ponies... so great
Ponies pulling ponies... so great

But wait, there's more! They finally convince Applejack to tell them what's going on at breakfast the next morning, but she doesn't show up; enraging Pinkie Pie to no end for breaking a Pinkie-Promise. After making a quick "I gotta get the heck outta Dodge" comment, Applejack, a pony, gets on a carriage pulled by... other ponies. It's not the first time this has been seen in the show, but I found it fantastically dumb and brilliant at the same time. Of course, they eventually catch her and she spills the beans. She didn't win the rodeo and took the job at the cherry orchard to earn money for the roof.

Verdict

There was a lot to love this episode from the cherry sorting scene, to the pony cart chase... to Derpy effin' Hooves (did I mention that?) and it reassured me that by watching this show I've become part of something very special, and completely ridiculous. It's not that unusual for a kid's show to appeal to those outside of it's target demographic, but My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic takes it to a whole new level. If you haven't checked this show out yet, this is a great episode to try. Dive in and see what all the fuss is about, you might just enjoy it.

Daniel Newton moderates Anime Vice and runs the community twitter @AnimeVicers Find his personal twitter and more here.

Daniel_Newton moderator on Jan. 25, 2012 at 1:48 p.m.

@ScarletKittie: Yeah it made sense to post this stuff here to me. Hope you enjoy the episode, it's a good one!

@RedOwl_1: Here for the ponies? That's totally fine! Just keep any pony talk in the articles and appropriate boards and you're set.

Cloudenvyon Jan. 25, 2012 at 1:54 p.m.

@sickVisionz said:

@Petiew said:

...but this site is already lacking a lot of anime content and discussion. Wouldn't it be better to have a column actually about anime?

This x 1000. Why is this being covered here and why is it in the wiki? It's not anime. Not saying it's a bad show, but this is a ANIME/MANGA website with a wiki for ANIME/MANGA. Hell, anime is even in the title of the site. Why are we covering things that aren't anime/manga or anime/manga related?

Because Animevice desperately wants more people visiting the site and this seems like a really lame yet effective way to do it is my guess!

zaldaron Jan. 25, 2012 at 2:31 p.m.

THIS is disturbing....

Destinyheroknighton Jan. 25, 2012 at 2:32 p.m.

I never saw this coming, kind of having mix feeling about this

Nice review

Kelleth moderator on Jan. 25, 2012 at 3:28 p.m.

You know what would have been a better time to start this feature? April fools! We could act like its a one time joke but the real joke is that it will continue xD

Any Way I am not much of a brony (the stereotype ones) but I do like the show. Nice review :)

sickVisionz moderator on Jan. 25, 2012 at 4:14 p.m.

@Newten said:

@Psycosis: You claim to watch the show then have nothing to say! Ugh. Damn it Ian.

@slowbird: And you aren't much better! I hear that Skyrim's pretty good though...

@sickVisionz: Lighten up man. If you don't want to read my articles about it then don't.

@MrDirector786: You have a bunch of great episodes ahead of you when you do decide to catch up. The Discord episode (the premier of season 2 I think) is pretty damn great. The Halloween episode is pretty good too.

You know you replied to my same comment twice, right? Anyways, I think I was pretty light. I just think Anime Vice should be about anime, as crazy as or heavy as that may sound.

Daniel_Newton moderator on Jan. 25, 2012 at 4:26 p.m.

@sickVisionz: The second reply was after you edited the post. Hey, I totally understand what you're saying, but I offered this up as something to try out and staff liked the idea so we're running with it. It's only one article a week so it's kind of harmless, really.

Pony-fans are happy, the site gets more visitors and activity, it's a win-win situation.

ZombiePieon Jan. 25, 2012 at 5:28 p.m.

Now I want to write a blog series about Adventure Time.

reinon Jan. 26, 2012 at 4:40 a.m.
CruzElbaon Jan. 26, 2012 at 1:51 p.m.

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Daniel_Newton moderator on Jan. 26, 2012 at 2:13 p.m.

@CruzElba: That's nice. Banned.

takashichea moderator is online on Jan. 27, 2012 at 3:53 p.m.
Newton & ScarletKittie
Newton & ScarletKittie

Daniel, it's looks you got a teammate. Looks the future wiki archive 2012's first team is you and ScarletKitte on My Little Pony.

Daniel_Newton moderator on Jan. 27, 2012 at 4:22 p.m.

@takashichea: Ha, yeah I noticed. Kudos to for adding all the episode pages so fast.

ScarletKittieon Jan. 27, 2012 at 4:38 p.m.

@takashichea: @Newten:

Heh, thanks. I wanted to get the episodes up so those interested could find information on them. It's still a work in progress...

Daniel_Newton moderator on Jan. 27, 2012 at 4:47 p.m.

@ScarletKittie: Saved me a lot of trouble! I've got a feeling I'll probably end up uploading a ton of fan art soon, I'll be sure to pick the especially good stuff though. There's a ridiculous amount out there.

ScarletKittieon Jan. 27, 2012 at 4:57 p.m.

@Newten: No kidding! I don't think I've ever seen as much fanart for a series as MLP has.

Daniel_Newton moderator on Jan. 27, 2012 at 5:09 p.m.

@ScarletKittie: Hey, want to start a wiki project thread in the forums so we can keep track of the pages we've added and stuff? Could be useful since the pages are still new in the database. We might end up being more productive that way and it might convince other users to help out.

sora_thekey moderator on Jan. 27, 2012 at 5:34 p.m.

@ZombiePie said:

Now I want to write a blog series about Adventure Time.

Not necessarily a bad idea.

ScarletKittieon Jan. 27, 2012 at 5:57 p.m.

@Newten: Sure! Definitely would be useful. Is there some kind of format it should be in?

Daniel_Newton moderator on Jan. 27, 2012 at 6:20 p.m.

@ScarletKittie: Not particularly. Start a thread here called "Ongoing Wiki Project: Friendship is Magic" then we can both edit the first post and add tons of links and stuff to it, we can figure it out as we go.

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