Sonic Rainboom

Sonic Rainboom is an anime episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic that was released on 02/18/2011
When Twilight uses her magic to give Rarity wings so that she can watch Rainbow Dash compete in a race, Rarity is so taken with her new ability that she disrupts the competition.
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Plot Summary

Sonic Rainboom
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Romaji
Translation
Air Dates
February 18, 2011
July 16, 2013
Theme Music
English
Opening
My Little Pony theme song (version 1)
Japanese
Opening
Majikaru Dai Dai Dai-Boken!
English
Ending
My Little Pony theme song (version 1)
Japanese
Ending
Kataomoi no Karaage
(List of theme music)

Rainbow Dash is getting ready for the Young Flier's Competition in Cloudsdale, so she's out perfecting her routine with Fluttershy; as well as trying, and failing, to make an enthusiastic cheerer out of her. But getting Fluttershy to even holler is the least of her worries since she still cannot achieve the final phase of her routine: the rarely seen Sonic Rainboom. Despite being the first, and only, pegasus to ever pull it off, performing this sound-barrier-breaking-and-rainbow-causing maneuver is something that she has not been able to do ever since she was a filly. It's the day before the competition, and she has once again failed to pull it off, instead hurdling herself into Twilight Sparkle's library, where the rest of the ponies are helping her clean.

Rainbow Dash still displays confidence though, bragging that she'll easily be able to pull off a Sonic Rainboom at the competition. Her only wish is that, because of Fluttershy's not-so-inspirational cheering, that the rest of the girls could be there to see her compete and provide extra support. Other than that, she claims that winning the competition, which would allow her to spend a day with The Wonderbolts, is something that she'll easily be do. But once she leaves, Fluttershy tells the girls that Rainbow isn't actually ready to pull off the trick, having trying hundreds of times without result. With that info, and her experience in fashion shows, Rarity can tell that Rainbow is nervous and eggs Twilight to find a spell that would allow them to watch her in Cloudsdale.

On the day of the competition, Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy arrive at their hometown of Cloudsdale. Immediately, they run into a group of bullies from their school years. Dubbing her as "Rainbow Crash", they mock her for getting kicked out (or dropping out) of flight school and laugh at the 'impossible' idea of her performing a Sonic Rainboom. With their comments, and Fluttershy's poor attempts to cheer her up, Rainbow Dash's confidence finally breaks. But then, Rarity and the rest of the girls arrive in Cloudsdale, but now Rarity is able to fly thanks to a majestic pair of magic-made wings. Because of the difficulty of the spell, Twilight chose not to perform it on the rest of them so she used a cloud-walking spell instead, so they can traverse Cloudsdale and cheer her on at the competition.

With regained confidence, the two pegusi offer the girls a tour of Cloudsdale while they wait. While touring the weather factory, Rarity lets her wings go to her head and shows them off whenever she can, even though Twilight warns that they are very delicate and the attention is not helping Rainbow relax. But, again, this doesn't stop her from showing them off to the workers, including the bullies from earlier; all the while depleting any remaining confidence Rainbow Dash had recovered. At one point, Rarity flies in front of the direct sunlight which illuminates the factory floor with a beautiful light show of colors. Awestruck, one worker suggests that Rarity competes in the competition. Now having totally forgotten why she was there in the first place, Rarity accepts: much to the shock and horror of her friend.

The competition begins, with the Wonderbolts providing guest judging and the event even being spectated by Princess Celestia herself. Backstage, Rainbow Dash is a nervous wreck and is far from ready to perform. So whenever she could, Rainbow switches her number tag with other competitors to keep herself from going out. Rarity is also delaying herself, but this is just because she wants to look fabulous for her debut appearance. Finally, after much delay on their part, the girls are told to go out together due to time constraints. Rarity goes out to make a graceful performance, accompanied by classical music, while Rainbow Dash throws together her composure and carries out her own routine. But most of her routine goes wrong, much to the amusement of the bullies, leaving her with one last chance to win the competition: she must perform a Sonic Rainboom.

While getting ready for this make-or-break maneuver, Rarity performs her own grand finale: she flies up, high above Cloudsdale, towards the sun and uses her translucent wings to shine a vivid display of colors over the city, awing the spectators. But in a consequence straight out of Greek mythology, the sun's heat causes her fragile wings combust, sending the unicorn into a free fall. The Wonderbolts jump into action, but Rarity's flailing knocks them out in midair, leaving it up to Rainbow Dash to save them all. Rainbow Dash flies towards Rarity at great speeds: speeds so great that Rainbow Dash, with all of her might, finally pulls off the mighty Sonic Rainboom. The rare display amazes Rainbow's friends and fellow pegusi and prompts Fluttershy to whoop and holler uncontrollably. She catches Rarity and the Wonderbolts in the nick of time and flies back up to Cloudsdale, leaving a spectacular rainbow over the stadium.

For her bravery and glorious Sonic Rainboom, Princess Celestia awards Rainbow Dash with the grand prize and names her that year's Best Young Flier. Combined with being personally greeted, and thanked, by the Wonderbolts, Rainbow Dash is overcome with unrestrained, fangirl-like glee. Even the bullies come down to apologize for their years of torment, and even offer to hang out with her. But Rainbow, deservedly, flies off to hang with her idols instead. All the while, after apologizing for her behavior, Rarity explains the lesson she learned to Princess Celestia. Having learned more than Twilight from this event, she tells of the importance of being there for your friends and "keeping your hooves on the ground."

Characters & Voice Actors

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Rainbow Dash ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ashleigh Ball ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Izumi Kitta ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Fluttershy ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Andrea Libman ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Emiri Katou ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Twilight Sparkle ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tara Strong ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Miyuki Sawashiro ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Rarity ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tabitha St. Germain ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Mikoi Sasaki ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Applejack ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ashleigh Ball ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Sora Tokui ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Pinkie Pie ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Andrea Libman ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Suzuko Mimori ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Derpy ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Princess Celestia ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Nicole Oliver ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Kikuko Inoue ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Spitfire ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Nicole Oliver ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Yumi Uchiyama ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Soarin' ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Lyra Heartstrings ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Doctor Whooves ( 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 Consultant Lauren Faust is an American animator, producer, writer, and director.
M.A. Larson Writer M.A. Larson is a writer known for his work on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
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.

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