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The next chapter of Steven Universe starts on January 30th. Check out the promo after the break.

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Preview for Friendship is Magic #50

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iTunes has a preview for the 50th issue of Friendship is Magic! Check it out after the break.

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And now a word from StatManDan.

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I knew I forgot something! Actually, I didn’t because I had tons of other things going on between the end of “To Where and Back Again” and now. Anyway, admittedly this season was not as stellar as Seasons Four and Five. It was not as mindblowing as Season Four or emotionally pulling as Season Five. It was still an enjoyable season nonetheless. As usual, we go from 24th to 1st. Of course with time, opinions tend to change about certain episodes and indeed, I’ve adjusted the grades of some episodes in Season Six. You’ll find out which ones along the way. So let’s get to it!

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Source: MLP: FIM, Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000

As 2016 winds to an end, I want to do something different.  Rather than reflect upon the show directly, I want to celebrate a very minor detail in pony apocrypha.  Last year, Hasbro released an album, “It’s a Pony Kind of Christmas.”  The songs on it have a wide range.  Some are quite beautifully scored, and some are tender, but for the most part, the appeal of the album is its whimsical nature – and unapologetic corniness.

One track on it, however, stands out above the others.  The Apple Family’s version of Auld Lang Syne.  Like all the songs on the album, it’s a classic tune with altered lyrics.  This version is about family.  Nostalgia. Tradition.  Solid subject matter for Applejack, for obvious reasons.  However, whoever put this song together snuck something else in there.  Something deeper.  “Days Gone By” is not just a generic song about family.  It captures something extremely specific.   It is all  about paying tribute to family members who aren’t with us.

Have a look at the opening lines:

“When family cannot be here
Havin’ journeyed far and wide
We sing a song to honor them
To remember days gone by.”

The song doesn’t say so directly, of course, but it really feels – to me at least – like Applejack is singing about her dead parents.  The specific words that were chosen are very reminiscent of the way one talks about one’s ancestors, or the recently departed.  You don’t “sing a song to honor” your cousin who couldn’t make it to a New Year’s eve party, no matter how much you love them.  That’s how you celebrate those no longer with us.

The entire song lends itself to duel interpretation.  Even the lyrics put in there to be reassuring (that the song is about something other than honoring the dead) – come off as merely metaphorical.  The departed are not there because they are “journeying,” or in later verses, “across seas far and wide.”   These lyrics almost paint a picture of death as a sort of new beginning.  After all, the moral of the song is that those whom we love are still with us in spirit, and that the way to honor them is to tell stories of days gone by.

If you haven’t heard the album, I would strongly recommend, at the very least, to give this song a listen.  Why?  Because 2016 sucked.

It was a year of tremendous loss – not just of the countless beloved celebrities – people who made remarkable contributions to the world – but on and intimate level too.  A lot of us lost loved ones.  Family members.  Pets.  You’d be hard-pressed to find somebody who doesn’t, in some way, feel like this entire year is cursed.  It’s even been a running gag all over the Internet that, this New Year’s, rather than celebrating the birth of 2017, we will all be celebrating the death of 2016.

As cute as that sounds, I think we have an opportunity to make more of it than that.  Let’s take this opportunity to honor those we have lost in 2016 – to celebrate their lives, and the many ways, however small, that our own lives were changed because of their contributions.  Let’s celebrate that we are still here.

Even as we face what is sure to be a tumultuous and uncertain future, let us look to those who made a difference for us in our pasts, and with those memories, plant a seed of responsibility – a dedication to make a difference for others, and to live out the legacies of those we have lost.  I’m not talking about lame resolutions we all break two weeks into December.  I’m talking about a way of looking at the world – a way of looking at our heroes, and using them as a source of inspiration.

Few of us get memes made about us when we pass, nor are we talked about on television, but we can leave our own legacies behind through the people whose lives we touch – through lives well lead.  And while we’re still here, let’s look back at those who paved the way for us in our own lives, and raise our cider mugs high.

-Sprocket

Excerpt from SONG: DAYS GONE BY

“Our paths will cross again one day
In time to reunite
For family is always near
Even when the seas are wide
So take your cup and raise it high
Just as surely I’ll do mine
And make a toast for family
And the tales of days gone by.”

 

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Not to break the library style silence that hovers over this site, but we actually have news.  Steven Universe returns January 30th with a fresh and much needed “Stevenbomb” week.  Double episode on Monday and three single episodes over the next three days.  Seems we’re missing a day from this bombing run.

The full report is directly below.

Via TheGeekiary.com

Steven Universe returns to televisions everywhere on January 30. Five new episodes will air over a week starting at 7 PM EST, in what has been dubbed the “Stevenbomb” format.

These episodes are:

  • Monday, Jan. 30: “Steven’s Dream” – A strange dream prompts Steven to search for answers.
  • Monday, Jan. 30: “Adventures in Light Distortion” – Steven and the Gems take off on a search and recovery mission.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 31: “Gem Heist” – The Gems try to pull off a heist.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 1: “The Zoo” – Steven visits a special zoo.
  • Thursday, Feb. 2: “That Will Be All” – Steven and the Gems make a daring escape!

After this summer’s “Steven Nuke” (a full month’s worth of weekdaily episodes) and a handful of weekly episodes that followed, it seems like Cartoon Network is getting a better handle on how to market and release this show. At the very least, the fandom is receiving more consistent information on when hiatuses are going to end.

Steven Universe isn’t the only show getting new episodes after the new year. Adventure Time will kick off its penultimate eighth season with its own bomb, starting Monday, January 23, at 7:30 PM with back-to-back episodes. The following week, we will be treated to the 8-part miniseries “Islands,” with two episodes a night from January 30 to February 2, also at 7:30 PM.

IDW Solicitations for March 2017

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Solicitations for the month of March are here, and in addition to the usual Friendship is Magic and Friends Forever books, we also have a book that’s a deviation from the norm. Find out what’s coming after the break.

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