From The Archives – Pinkie Apple Pie Review

4x09_2Here’s a post I did in early 2015 for my MLP Season 4 retrospective that never got published because why not. I’ve avoided editing because I wanted to keep it authentic to my old writing so it might be iffy, but I still think it’s good stuff. Enjoy!

Pinkie Apple Pie is the second episode in Season 4 to do something completely and utterly world-shaking, except unlike Daring Don’t it understands the weight of its own development and draws the line. Though it is suggested Pinkie is an extremely distant relative to Applejack, it’s never confirmed nor denied by the end of the episode, meaning it avoids both severely tampering with the series canon and existing simply as a narrative device to get a Pinkie Pie and Applejack episode.

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Funcurve Summer 2016 Anime Roundup


In the interest of getting enough sleep for Wrestlemania (which begins in the morning in this tragic timezone) I’ve decided to delay today’s article. Instead I figured I would give an update on Funcurve. In light of personal struggles I stopped being able to contribute to the site and eventually moved to just being a guest writer, but before I stopped contributing as an actual writer I did some more articles on the Summer 2016 Anime season. You can find them after the break. Enjoy!

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Recent Funcurve Content Roundup


As you may have noticed, this blog has been pretty dead over the last few months. Meanwhile, my content stream for Funcurve has continued and I’ve just neglected posting any of it here. So in the interest of consistency I’ve decided I’ll just post everything I’ve done since then right here. Links to it all can be found after the break.

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My Fall 2015 Anime Rankings (Of Everything I Watched)

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A new season comes with a slew of new Anime, and things are looking considerably better than last season. I didn’t do anything like this for last season because I really wasn’t watching much. Gatchaman Crowds: Insight is actually the only series I finished, with everything else falling into backlog limbo. I’m glad to say that this season all my most insatiable desires are being met from human drama to popcorn to cutesy fluff, with big hits and reliable picks all around. I also came across a couple duds, but I was careful to avoid most of the stuff that didn’t look appealing to me. So, here’s my thoughts on all dozen first episodes I watched, arbitrarily ranked from best to worst and reviewed in one sentence with some notes attached to the end on how interested I am in continuing with them. Continue reading “My Fall 2015 Anime Rankings (Of Everything I Watched)”

Charlotte Episodes 1-3 Review (Full Series Review Excerpt)

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So, I’ve got a big review of the whole 48 episodes of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders for Funcurve that’s on the way. The first half review is finished but the whole thing is going to be published back to back, so I decided I wouldn’t keep you waiting with a preview post a month or two before the review is even published. Before I get to the second half I decided to write about something completely different, so here I am writing about friggin’ Charlotte. This was a choice that was sort of made on a whim, as I haven’t seen very much of Jun Maeda but have a nagging curiosity about his super divisive melodramas. In the earlygoing Charlotte is… okayish? There’s definitely a lot of things about Maeda’s style that are immediate turn-offs to me, but there’s bits and pieces that I think I just might come to like in the long run, or not. You can find the preview after the break.

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Amagi Brilliant Park Episodes 1-4 Review (Full Series Review Excerpt)

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With Sword Art Online II out of the way and ready to be published, my next project for Funcurve is Amagi Brilliant Park. This is a fun little series I never got to finish when it aired. Just a really playful and silly show that demonstrates KyoAni’s comedy chops really nicely. Not always a hit, but pleasant all around. Preview of my full review comes after the break.

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Sword Art Online II Episodes 1-7 Review (Full Series Review Excerpt)

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My Barakamon review for Funcurve is done, and you can expect it published soonish along with a blog post linking to it. It’s a little bit wordy, but I said all I wanted to say. Now I’m on to Sword Art Online II! If anything, I think Sword Art Online is fun and easy to write about. It’s a series with a particular charm to it that just makes me want to like it despite all the nasty stuff it does. Sword Art Online II is a legitimate improvement with slightly less nasty stuff, but not as much of one as I would like. After the break you’ll find a little snippet of the first part of my review. Hope you like it!

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Barakamon Episode 1 Review (Full Series Review Excerpt)

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So, I’m writing for this new site called Funcurve now! Basically it’s a website where reviews are structured by a chart of our impressions of the series over time, which is a pretty neat system. Plus, we’re given free rein over the way we work with that chart. I’ve been asked to review Barakamon, which is great because Barakamon is a wonderful series that I’m super happy to rewatch and write about. Expect a full review in the next month or so. For now, I’ve got an excerpt from my first draft of the review. I decided I’d start by doing the first episode individually, because I feel it’s a really great first episode that stands on its own. You can find it below. Enjoy!

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Bristle’s Spring 2015 Anime Season Rankings and Mini-Reviews

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It’s time for the Spring 2015 Anime season, and I’ve finished absolutely none of the Summer 2015 shows I set out to finish! I’ve watched all the first episodes of stuff I was interested in checking out. I tried not to watch too many (and somewhat failed as I ended up watching 7 shows when their first episodes came out), and I’m gonna try to only keep up with stuff I’m really eager to because 1). I don’t want to get the continual feeling I could be watching something way better and 2). As I’ve already established I’m terrible with keeping up on seasonal Anime. None of the shows I watched compelled me to immediately drop them, which is definitely a good sign. For now here’s my rankings for the season and brief descriptions of what wowed me and what didn’t and how interested I am in keeping up.

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A Look Back on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Season 4 Part V – ‘Rarity Takes Manehattan’ Mini-Review [SPOILERS]


Find the other parts of my S4 retrospective here.

It’s crunch time, and I’m gonna try to get out as many episode reviews as I can before Season 5 premieres. I ended up having more to write about than I expected for Rarity Takes Manehattan, so it’s going to be its own post just like Flight to the Finish. Enough chitchat, it’s pone time!

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