Yesterday, the first My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games animated short made its debut on the "My Little Pony" Facebook and caused a bit of a splash (getting some more wet than others). So, inspired by Rallinale's own "Let's Compare" series of blogs, I thought I'd make a blog for each of the Friendship Games shorts and open a discussion about what each short presents. Let's start with, naturally, "The Science of Magic".
Like My Past is Not Today and Friendship Through the Ages before it, Sunset Shimmer takes center stage as she attempts to solve the magical mystery of her friends' pony transformations whenever they play their instruments. To those who have read the chapter book Sunset Shimmer's Time to Shine, this may seem familiar as it is a bit similar to Sunset's "magic investigations" in the book (albeit with far less disastrous results).
What's interesting about this is that it sets Sunset up further as her own character distinct from Twilight: while Twilight preferred to learn from books, Sunset favors hands-on research and field studies. The short sports some pretty cool visuals like Fluttershy's butterflies and some very funny moments, even if Sunset is on the receiving end of it all. (My favorite part is Sunset being stuck to a wall by Pinkie's balloons.) The music wasn't too bad either, if a little generic.
Oddly enough, though this is touted as a Friendship Games short, it has nothing to do with the Friendship Games themselves. It may, however, tie into the film's subplot concerning Equestrian magic. This is only the first short. Maybe a future short will shift focus to the Shadowbolts...
What about you all? What did you think of "The Science of Magic"? Did you like it? Was there anything about it you disliked or found odd? What was your favorite part? Have any predictions on what the next short(s) will be about? Discuss below, and I'll see you next week!