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Old November 30 2013, 07:42 PM   #16
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Re: MLP:FiM S4 E3 - "Castle Mane-ia" Grade & Discuss

I had similar thoughts to Gep.

Loved it! AJ and Rainbow Dash are back to their old competitive ways, Fluttershy is just as ridiculously cute as ever, Rarity is as snarky and sarcastic as she was back in Season 1, Pinkie is hilariously random, but not overly so, and Twilight had a nerdgasm over the old books in the library. If there were Castlevania references, I didn't get them, but then I haven't played much of the game. It doesn't matter, though, because this episode is filled with fun gags, great atmosphere, and a nice pile of continuity. So far I've been very impressed with Season 4.

By the way, it looks like there won't be an HD link, according to Xyro, ContendID is catching it all, probably due to the leak. I have had no success finding one, so I watched the low quality version.
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Old November 30 2013, 08:25 PM   #17
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Re: MLP:FiM S4 E3 - "Castle Mane-ia" Grade & Discuss

Loved the episode, the humour, the writing, a lot more setups for the rest of the season.

Which by the way is likely the book Spike is holding in the opening credits, their new combined journal, which seems to be whats replacing the letters to Celestia. I like it, after concerns about how they'd replace it.

A lot of Applejack/Rainbow Dash in this episode, Megan was teasing about the "hoof around the shoulder" moment, I loved the look on Dashes face.

They've been continuing this slump for Pinkie where they've essentially started outright making her stupid which I don't appreciate. Her turning up at the organ was a no brainer.

But the separate groups meeting up was a great moment and nicely setup throughout the episode. Twilight back in full geek mode and mentions of little Woona playing around the castle.

The final reveal, the cloaked figure, the oval face, the yellow eyes, is exactly how they first revealed Zecora. So this could well be a Zebra, who would have had access to potions to hurt or disable the Tree of Harmony last week to allow Discord's vines in.
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Old November 30 2013, 09:09 PM   #18
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Re: MLP:FiM S4 E3 - "Castle Mane-ia" Grade & Discuss

My theory is that it's Starswirl. Since everything is on a 1000 year or so timer... how long ago was Hearth's Warming?
As for Pinkie... She's not stupid. She's just very, very high on sugar. And remember, she will fall downstairs as long as it's for a laugh.
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Old November 30 2013, 09:16 PM   #19
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Re: MLP:FiM S4 E3 - "Castle Mane-ia" Grade & Discuss

For anyone wanting an HD download, @SpazzDHN is prepping one.

https://twitter.com/SpazzDHN

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Old November 30 2013, 09:27 PM   #20
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Re: MLP:FiM S4 E3 - "Castle Mane-ia" Grade & Discuss

Oh, thank Celestia! I'm happy to get it in any viewable resolution, but seeing it full screen on my PC would be so much better. Thanks for the link, Gep.

@Chemy - Pinkie doesn't bother me. She's random. It does seem they've amped up her randomness, but I'm okay with that, because at the end of the day, she makes me laugh. I guess I'm one of the few who didn't suspect it was her until the reveal, at which point my brain clicked on and reminded me that the other five were there. For a while, I suspected Zecora, as she is a resident of the Everfree, but then I wondered why she would be playing the pipe organ.

@Peach - I had the same thought. I have expected him to show up at some point in the series. It would be interesting to see him show up now.

Anyhoo, I've said it before, and I'll say it again, the atmosphere in this episode was great, and I loved how things came together the way they did.

As a side note, I love how Fluttershy is occasionally assertive, and then frightened all to Tartarus and back seconds later.
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Old November 30 2013, 09:49 PM   #21
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I had a feeling it was her and then thought, "where would she get a cloak?" Then it made perfect sense. Why would Ponyville School let her ring the bell nonstop for a week?
With Rarity restoring the tapestries, the Mane 6 might eventually restore the castle. Twilight could expand the library and open it to all residents of Equestria. They're going to have a very hard time prying her out of that new library now!
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Old November 30 2013, 09:55 PM   #22
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Re: MLP:FiM S4 E3 - "Castle Mane-ia" Grade & Discuss

Good point about Pinkie. What pony in their right mind would let her ring the school bell for a week?

Rarity's efforts to restore the tapestries are awesome, as we get to see her really apply herself to making Equestria's history come alive. I love that aspect of her, and as always, Tabitha St. Germain plays her to perfection (the scene where she's dripping wet with a tapestry on her head had me in tears). I just love that we get to see her hanging around Fluttershy, doing things other than going to the spa.
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Old November 30 2013, 10:45 PM   #23
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Grab this HD version while you can: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=st9NbTRqLRM
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Old November 30 2013, 10:59 PM   #24
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Yes SIR! Grabbing SIR!
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Old November 30 2013, 11:20 PM   #25
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A+ Loved it. Everypony was great and fun to watch.
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I think this is our first episode with "A"s across the board since "The Last Roundup."
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Old November 30 2013, 11:46 PM   #27
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Yep. Until "Princess Twilight Sparkle," "The Last Roundup" was my favorite pony episode across the board. This one is right up there with it in terms of fun and adventure.
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Re: MLP:FiM S4 E3 - "Castle Mane-ia" Grade & Discuss

Loved it! I give it an S rank, which for all of those who don't play a lot of Japanese video games translates roughly to A+.

Right off the bat, we got another one of those amazing Twilight "Uuuuhhh!" frustration sounds, followed by a great visual gag with the book pasting Spike's feather duster.

Twilight was in top adorkable form, Spike had some great "Oh, great" moments, and the shenanigans with the four "exploring" the castle had me laughing throughout. I especially love how both RD and AJ nervously proclaim "So hey, if you left, I win right?" independently of each other after losing track of one another.

And Rarity's dejected - yet perfectly logical - "She's with me." response to Rainbow asking Fluttershy what she's dong there, while dripping wet and covered in tapestry and delivered in that signature fashion that only Tabitha St. Germain is capable of, had me in stitches.

That the organist was Pinkie I figured out a bit before they revealed it, but only like a minute or two before. When Twilight manages to calm everyone down, I noticed that the current roster of present characters was the mane five + Spike, and then it occurred to me that surely, Pinkie + ringing a bell wouldn't last long, if anypony else in the vicinity of said bell had anything to say about it. "OKAY THANK YOU THE BELL SOUNDS WONDERFUL NO MORE TESTING NEEDED BYE." So at that point, I thought ok, I bet the "Shadow Pony" is really just her. I didn't mind it, really - I don't see what happened in this ep as her being "stupid" exactly, anymore than she was before. Just more random. That said, it would be good to see them do something with her other than just pure wall-bounce kookiness.

Lastly, it was just cool to see them use that castle again. The lore in this world is actually pretty interesting, and I really like the fact that - if what we've seen so far is any indication - season 4 is going to be heavy with it. I don't have a favored theory about who the glowy-eyed shadow at the end was. I think it would be amazingly cool if it DID turn out to be Starswirl (or some kind of projection of him or something), but I'm not sure.

Oh, and as for Castlevania references - that I spotted, there weren't any specific references per se, i.e. a particular moment in the ep that was a callback to a particular moment in one of the games. More just the general atmosphere of the castle, the pipe organ music, the trap doors and hidden passages everywhere, etc.

So far, season 4 has been ace. Can't wait for next week!
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By the way, did anyone else start itching themselves when the spiders were crawling around Spike? I know I did. A lot.
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By the way, did anyone else start itching themselves when the spiders were crawling around Spike? I know I did. A lot.
Gha! Yes! I'm terrible with spiders so I hate scenes like that.
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