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After the Fact: Garo by MLP-Silver-Quill
After the Fact: Garo
Something special for this Halloween. A review of the Japanese TV series Garo and a digital painting used for the review. I don't get to draw like this often. Though time-consuming, I had a lot of fun working on it.

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News of the My Little Pony movie set for 2017 has set the fandom into hype mode. Not only does this mean we have a full theatrical release on the horizon, it also implies that the show will continue for at least another two years. Good stuff!

With this announcement comes commentary, and a fellow fan, Rozgar, pointed me towards a Yahoo! Movies article by one Gwynne Watkins. The piece is titled:

A ‘My Little Pony’ Movie Plea: Don’t Forget the Boys

Well now, that sounds intriguing. A plea to remember the male audience that has unexpectedly appeared for this show? Or perhaps a warning on behalf of the brothers dragged into the theater by mom, dad, and sis? What does Ms. Watkins have to say?

Conventional wisdom has it that children’s entertainment with a central male character can cross gender lines, while movies or TV shows with a central female character will appeal only to girls.

Though conventional, I would not describe this as “wisdom.” I dislike the idea that genders must exist separately and can only relate within a bubble. When I look through history, I see a combined efforts of men and women that shaped the world. Both have their strengths, and anyone who says a country or movement was founded by a single gender isn’t looking at the whole story.

Here’s what I hope Hasbro doesn’t do with the My Little Pony movie: I hope it doesn’t add a male lead character for the sole purpose of reeling in boys. There is no reason why boys can’t relate to the existing pony characters.

Oh dear.

I am of two minds on this. Because yes, I do very much identify with Applejack’s values, Fluttershy’s timidity, Rarity’s need for creative expression, and so forth. And I want to emphasis Ms. Watkin’s use of the word, "solely". A male character brought in to be “the boy”. I too cannot stand token characters. If they are not vital to the story, they should not be eating up screen time. It’s why so many comedic sidekicks and useless love interests over cinema history have driven me batty.

Yet there is a second half to that entry that troubles me:

There is no reason why boys can’t relate to the existing pony characters.

Very true, but does that mean male characters needn't to be featured at all? This touches on an issue that’s become more and more prominent as I watch the show and the fandom: is there a place for male characters in this story?

It all comes back to this:

All six of the show’s main characters are female ponies. While a few notable supporting characters are male, the fictional nation of Equestria is predominantly populated by female ponies. For someone like me, who grew up watching ’80s cartoons with one or two token girls, this is very exciting.  

This is the contradiction of the article, and the mentality that I’ve been noticing more and more: Ms. Watkins champions that male audience members can identify with female characters, yet she’s still counting characters by their gender. None of the ponies are “the girl”, yet she doesn’t seem eager to include a character who is “a boy.”

And I do understand the appeal of an all-girl show (with Spike). I grew up watching shows with one or two token female characters, and I can see why there’d be a desire to shift the dynamic and present a more diverse range of female characters so the audience can choose their favorites.

Does that exclude the option of a male character? I’ve seen commentary like this on the net. “A male can’t work with the Mane 6 because this is a girl’s show!” 

I do not understand this fear that featuring a male character working alongside the Mane 6 will somehow undermine their status as likeable characters and role models. That somehow, the presence of a Y chromosome renders the double-X obsolete. Do we truly think so poorly of these characters? Worse still, do women really think so poorly of themselves?

Ms. Watkins goes on to use the heroines of Frozen as an example of a male demographic accepting female leads. I’m not as big a fan of her example because it sounds like we enjoyed Elsa and Anna in spite of the fact they are women. Rather, I think the entire audience liked Elsa, Anna, Hans, and even Olaf because they were all great characters.

And I hope My Little Pony the movie has great characters. Female or male, as long as I like them or love to hate them (like a good villain), I will be pleased.

They can even take a cue from Frozen's marketing department and emphasize humor and goofy sidekicks. Say hello to Spike the Dragon!

Didn’t we already say there shouldn’t be token characters? If Spike’s role is to be the butt of jokes once again, I’ll be very disappointed. Heck, he can be that one male character if he’s as supportive and positive as he was in Equestria Girls.

Featuring a male supporter of the Mane 6 is not a requirement, but what a positive message! To show that boys and girls can work together. That it’s not an all-or-nothing deal.

Because the little girls who watch this show, and the boys watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the like, are going to grow up and have to work together. I’d rather young men and women go into the world with their eyes open. You can cling to the cliques and celebrate single-sex gatherings, yet presenting a world where guys and girls never work together? That’s not just fantasy, that’s delusion. And potentially dangerous to the viewers.  

So what are your thoughts? Would you like to see a stallion help out the Mane 6 in the movie, or perhaps work along side them in the show? Are the Mane 6 enough for the audience? Does a show aimed at girls even need to feature a male character?

While a Renaissance Fair this past summer, I spied with my little eye a man with a demon on his shoulder. A freaky, bird-demon. Thanks to a metal plate and control rod, the puppet could turn its head to observe passing attendees. It was adorable and terrifying at the same time.

So naturally I want one.

An online search revealed the concept of "Woodbabies", custom-made puppets meant to ride on a user's shoulder. I thought having a Silver Quill woodbaby would be a nice way to stand out at the next convention.

Only problem is that the only seller I could locate, A Midsummer Knight's Dream has been yanking me around. I can only assume they either don't have the time to do a special order, or just aren't interested. So I turn to my fellow internet voyagers to see if someone out there knows of a woodbaby seller who might be able to make a mini Silver Quill.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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News of the My Little Pony movie set for 2017 has set the fandom into hype mode. Not only does this mean we have a full theatrical release on the horizon, it also implies that the show will continue for at least another two years. Good stuff!

With this announcement comes commentary, and a fellow fan, Rozgar, pointed me towards a Yahoo! Movies article by one Gwynne Watkins. The piece is titled:

A ‘My Little Pony’ Movie Plea: Don’t Forget the Boys

Well now, that sounds intriguing. A plea to remember the male audience that has unexpectedly appeared for this show? Or perhaps a warning on behalf of the brothers dragged into the theater by mom, dad, and sis? What does Ms. Watkins have to say?

Conventional wisdom has it that children’s entertainment with a central male character can cross gender lines, while movies or TV shows with a central female character will appeal only to girls.

Though conventional, I would not describe this as “wisdom.” I dislike the idea that genders must exist separately and can only relate within a bubble. When I look through history, I see a combined efforts of men and women that shaped the world. Both have their strengths, and anyone who says a country or movement was founded by a single gender isn’t looking at the whole story.

Here’s what I hope Hasbro doesn’t do with the My Little Pony movie: I hope it doesn’t add a male lead character for the sole purpose of reeling in boys. There is no reason why boys can’t relate to the existing pony characters.

Oh dear.

I am of two minds on this. Because yes, I do very much identify with Applejack’s values, Fluttershy’s timidity, Rarity’s need for creative expression, and so forth. And I want to emphasis Ms. Watkin’s use of the word, "solely". A male character brought in to be “the boy”. I too cannot stand token characters. If they are not vital to the story, they should not be eating up screen time. It’s why so many comedic sidekicks and useless love interests over cinema history have driven me batty.

Yet there is a second half to that entry that troubles me:

There is no reason why boys can’t relate to the existing pony characters.

Very true, but does that mean male characters needn't to be featured at all? This touches on an issue that’s become more and more prominent as I watch the show and the fandom: is there a place for male characters in this story?

It all comes back to this:

All six of the show’s main characters are female ponies. While a few notable supporting characters are male, the fictional nation of Equestria is predominantly populated by female ponies. For someone like me, who grew up watching ’80s cartoons with one or two token girls, this is very exciting.  

This is the contradiction of the article, and the mentality that I’ve been noticing more and more: Ms. Watkins champions that male audience members can identify with female characters, yet she’s still counting characters by their gender. None of the ponies are “the girl”, yet she doesn’t seem eager to include a character who is “a boy.”

And I do understand the appeal of an all-girl show (with Spike). I grew up watching shows with one or two token female characters, and I can see why there’d be a desire to shift the dynamic and present a more diverse range of female characters so the audience can choose their favorites.

Does that exclude the option of a male character? I’ve seen commentary like this on the net. “A male can’t work with the Mane 6 because this is a girl’s show!” 

I do not understand this fear that featuring a male character working alongside the Mane 6 will somehow undermine their status as likeable characters and role models. That somehow, the presence of a Y chromosome renders the double-X obsolete. Do we truly think so poorly of these characters? Worse still, do women really think so poorly of themselves?

Ms. Watkins goes on to use the heroines of Frozen as an example of a male demographic accepting female leads. I’m not as big a fan of her example because it sounds like we enjoyed Elsa and Anna in spite of the fact they are women. Rather, I think the entire audience liked Elsa, Anna, Hans, and even Olaf because they were all great characters.

And I hope My Little Pony the movie has great characters. Female or male, as long as I like them or love to hate them (like a good villain), I will be pleased.

They can even take a cue from Frozen's marketing department and emphasize humor and goofy sidekicks. Say hello to Spike the Dragon!

Didn’t we already say there shouldn’t be token characters? If Spike’s role is to be the butt of jokes once again, I’ll be very disappointed. Heck, he can be that one male character if he’s as supportive and positive as he was in Equestria Girls.

Featuring a male supporter of the Mane 6 is not a requirement, but what a positive message! To show that boys and girls can work together. That it’s not an all-or-nothing deal.

Because the little girls who watch this show, and the boys watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the like, are going to grow up and have to work together. I’d rather young men and women go into the world with their eyes open. You can cling to the cliques and celebrate single-sex gatherings, yet presenting a world where guys and girls never work together? That’s not just fantasy, that’s delusion. And potentially dangerous to the viewers.  

So what are your thoughts? Would you like to see a stallion help out the Mane 6 in the movie, or perhaps work along side them in the show? Are the Mane 6 enough for the audience? Does a show aimed at girls even need to feature a male character?

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I became a My Little Pony fan in the latter part of 2011, well into the show's second season. As a latecomer, I'm in a strange situation. The online community is pretty unknown to me, and none of my local friends are fans.

I admire the creativity surrounding MLP, in both the show itself and the creativity of its fans. I created this account to focus my own expressions. Keep checking back and I hope everyone enjoys my drawings!
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ZeroPegasi Featured By Owner 16 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
halos Mr Silver Quill
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Brainstormer623 Featured By Owner 20 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
His species says "hippogriff", but his actions says "troll". :meow:
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sammyfishy Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student General Artist
Llama to my favorite brony analysis!
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amazoness-king Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hi i love your reveiw videos i find them engaging and insightful as well as hilarious
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BBBHuey Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
After Rainbow Rocks, a little theory regarding the workings of the mirror suddenly came to me.

One thing that always bothered me, was Sunset's age. The comics showed her to be somewhere around Twilight's age when she was being taught by Celestia. Years later, when she shows up in the first movie, she is still the same age and teenager in the Human World. 

My theory is that Equestrian's who travel to the Human World, are permanently stuck in an ageless human form based on their current age in Equestria. This does sort of explain why the Sirens were stilll around despite having been there since the days of Star Swirl in the second movie. 


In fact, that could be the only plausable explanation...


Equestrian ponies, as human, simply don't age! 


Maybe somewhere in Human World there are two Sunset's, where one has aged to grown woman while the one we know hasn't.
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DragonAura15 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
You probably get this a lot, but I love your videos! :D I might just draw some fanart for you sometime. (Depending on confidence level and how busy I am at the time XP)
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sakura-sakiyuri Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
Spread the DA love around! (you can copy and paste thismessage on their userpage!)

RULES:
1- You can hug the person who hugged you!
2- You -MUST- hug 10 other people, at least!
3- You should hug them in public! Paste it on their page!
4- Random hugs are perfectly okay! (and sweet)
5- You should most definitely get started hugging right away!
Send This To All Your Friends, And Me If I Am 1.
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1-3 you're bad friend
4-6 you're an ok friend
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10-& Up you're loved =7=
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RickyDutton Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hiya, I recently saw a couple of your 'After the Fact' videos. I really liked them, plus I think your character is really Cute! ^w^
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WarpX97 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Could you please talk about the two "toy line exclusive" characters (Emerald Ray and Princess Skyla)? I think that Hasbro has some missed opportunities for them and I would know your opinion on the two. Do you also think that this image would be considered foreshadowing of the Cutie Mark Crusaders? images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__c…
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