Monday, February 27, 2012

Derpy Hooves

I'm actually glad that there are plenty of copies out there of the 'original' Derpy voice and name on the episode of MLP:FIM.  In fact, I'm glad I still have a copy of the episode on my TiVo so I can watch it again myself.  It's kind of sad really that they changed the voice and completely dropped her name from the episode.  Actually, the voice matches more what I had in my mind anyway, so I'm not entirely sad about that.  In fact, if the voice actor hadn't been so rushed to fix it (IMO) she probably could have gotten more character into it yet than the quick rush job that it felt like.  But the fact that Rainbow Dash no longer said her name was Derpy more sad to me.

I haven't said anything really about this whole thing because, well, I know that no one reading this blog really cares since I'm not a huge Brony blogger or anything.  I have been blogging about ponies, but that's only because I enjoy the show and enjoy ponies that have more in common with anime characters than whatever it was they had become over the past few years.  I enjoyed the very first ponies but when they tried to go too overboard... ah well, I'm enjoying this new series for what it is because I enjoy the kind of humor and mostly the cartoon style of it over anything else.  It's very pretty, especially on HUB HD.  ^_^

Anyway, I too am one of the bronies created by watching the Derpy episode.  That's all it took, one episode waiting for Derpy to arrive for the first time and then ever after catching up on all of the episodes until they finally gave her a name and a voice.  And then there was something of a split.  True Bronies loved it.  People who liked ponies, but I wouldn't consider a Brony, hated it and parents were up in arms and they actually took the cartoon episode down to re-do it!  I don't think I've heard of anything quite like that but maybe when they stopped playing that Pokemon episode that caused seizures.  (Actually, it's not uncommon to take down episodes of anime because of content and parents not liking this kid showing a bit too much skin or some word they weren't happy with being muted)   I'm just surprised they did it with a character that was so loved, and I really doubt even one kid out there said to their mom, "Hey Mom, is that pony mentally disabled?"  Doubt it.

Apparently in the minds of the cartoonists, Derpy will always be Derpy and do 'derpy' things and maybe she won't have a name and her eyes won't roll around as much (which, actually, is kind of fine by me too) but in the back of our heads, all Bronies will probably mourn the loss of the original we all saw go way over the top and how much we cheered and smiled the first time we saw her in all her derpy glory.  It's fun to 'derp'.  In fact, probably half the photos my husband has of me on his cell phone are derped up photos.  ^_^

 I guess that's all I'll say about this subject for now.  It's just a shame they had to do such a drastic change because of a few people not knowing how to 'love and tolerate' as the show teaches us.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Favorite Somepony

Surprisingly, after I wrote what I did about Valentine's Day, I got a fire lit under me and sent out some valentines cards to various people in hopes they'd get them before the holiday.  As for my husband...he'll have to wait and see!

I ended up discovering that indeed, I DO have to work on the holiday so most likely we'll be doing our celebrating the day or so before, hopefully I'll get my Olive Garden gift cards in the mail so we can go there since I'm pretty much a crazy pasta lover at heart.  I know there are better Italian places around town than the OG, but you know what?  I've had their food since I was 12...maybe before, I don't know for sure when the first one opened in my town, but I do recall very clearly ordering off of the kid's menu when it did.  Part of that fat blog I did I believe mentioned how often I went out to eat as a kid.  We went to the OG at least once a week and quite a few of the waitstaff knew who we were, how we liked our salad, and that sort of thing.  Ah...I still like it even though I tend to get the runs after I eat there...

Anywho, today was catch up on life day.  What I mean by that is that during the winter I'm incredibly sluggish.  I'll spend the majority of my time watching TV and zoning out (when I'm not at work) and many days I'll look back on what I did and not even really recall what I was thinking about during that day.  I suppose most of the time I'm just looking forward to some other day.  So when I get out of this slump (I think perhaps it's a type of depression, although I've never been diagnosed since I'm usually so lazy I can't get myself to a doctor) I usually do a bunch of stuff I've been holding off on doing for months.

Today was go to the dentist day, which turns out to be almost exactly a year since the last time I went since I couldn't get myself to make an appointment until last week.  Then I also went to get an oil change for my car, which kind of needed it even though I hadn't gone 3,000 miles yet but it has been over 4 months...I don't drive much but my car's on it's 10th birthday this year.

Also thought I'd do that Valentine card thing as well as a bit of shopping where I scored all of the school pals for the new MLP:FIM set that just came out with Cheerilee - although I already had her, she's got her leg raised unlike my previous toy.  I'm quite excited to get them and here two days before Hearts & Hooves Day which will be airing on Saturday...I'll be working, I'm glad I have TiVo...

Anyway, I guess I'd better go make dinner for my 'special somepony' since he's on his way home from work. Oh, hey, I also made homemade brownies that rivaled Ghiradelli...buahaha...and tonight is also homemade ice cream night!

So much for my diet...  >_<;

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Notes on Valentine's Day

Most years in the past my husband and I have made plans for Valentine's Day, and it's usually a few weeks out by the time we'd secured reservations.  It's usually for PFChang's or some other kind of restaurant where we'll do the whole three course meal thing with appetizers, main course and dessert, but this year I haven't even looked to see what my schedule is going to be.  Knowing my luck when I finally go to write it down I'll probably be doing the closing shift or some other shift that wouldn't be very conducive to getting a night out with my hubby.

What's odd about this is that even though I've decorated some of the house with the mandatory hearts and such, I really haven't been in much of a mood to do the Valentine thing.  Heck, I bought My Little Pony valentines just because I had a friend who used to mail out cute little kid valentines to all of her friends and I always thought that was a unique way to celebrate the holiday even when you're over 20.  But here they sit next to me and I have only opened the box.  It's exactly a week a way and I haven't even looked at cards for my hubby or anything.

I'm actually kind of glad that the American version of Valentine's day isn't like the Japanese version (although I've heard that it's been changing in more recent years), because I would be horrible at sharing chocolates with guys on this day.  It's odd that in Japan it's supposed to be that girls give guys chocolates they make, and then guys turn around on "White Day" which is March 14 and give girls gifts in return for those chocolates.  Interesting way of looking at things, but I'd definitely have failed in more recent years to do something of the sort. Now, back in my teenage years...I betcha I would have done the chocolate thing and probably would have never gotten anything in return...mainly because I was friends with a whole bunch of guys I had crushes on - but if the idea was really anything like in the anime, those guys probably would have been loaded down with chocolates and I would have just been one among many.

Rather glad that I'm married and don't have to worry about the ups and downs of Valentine's day.  Maybe it's a selfish way to think about it, but I'm rather happy that I'm no longer alone.  Or maybe, rather, I just don't worry about it anymore.  Just like any holiday recently I don't have the time to spend fretting over everything.

Hope you aren't fretting over it either.  ^_^