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Synopsis:

Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie are summoned to Canterlot by Princess Celestia to help plan a major birthday party she’s throwing for Princess Luna. While Twilight is tasked with making a major speech highlighting all of Luna’s accomplishments, Pinkie is charged with making the cake. However, Celestia rejects all of Pinkie’s go-to ideas, instead requesting one that’s “fun, exciting, and grand, yet elegant and befitting royalty”. Yet although Pinkie is allowed to use the royal kitchen and receives the support of the royal chef Chase Palomino, no matter how much she tries she’s unable to think of anything meeting those standards. When Celestia visits her to see her progress, she covers up at first, but on her second visit admits she doesn’t know how to make a cake meeting her requests and laments that she’s failed. Yet this prompts Celestia to apologize for setting unrealistic standards to begin with, and, after some prodding from Pinkie, she admits that reason she wanted the birthday party to be perfect to begin with was so that although she can’t forget Luna’s turn to Nightmare Moon and, more importantly, she can’t forget she was the one who sealed her away for 1,000 years, she wanted to show that they were now closer than ever and moving forward together. That gives Pinkie an idea and, with Celestia’s help, the two end up making a “marble cake” (equal parts dark and light making one whole) for Luna’s birthday. Luna ends up touched by the significance of the cake and thanks Celestia (although admitting it was a bit odd to express her feelings “through cake”), and when Twilight congratulates Pinkie, she answers it was a “piece of cake”.

Review:

It’s a bit amazing that, seven years after the fact, the story of what took place between Princess Celestia and Princess Luna is still such a hot topic for plotlines. It could be because it did impact 1,000 years of Equestria history. It could be because it was so tidily handled in the original pilot, leading other authors to want to expand upon the original story. Or it could simply be because, in truth, Celestia and Luna haven’t really had anything else of significance happen in their personal lives since then. :/

This storyline doesn’t really break too much new ground in it, other than to make an attempt at showing the Celestia also “tortured herself for 1,000 years” by sealing Luna away, even if she had no choice at the time. The rest of it is pretty much light-hearted, with almost all of it devoted to Pinkie Pie’s attempts to make the perfect birthday cake for Luna.

In terms of other Pinkie Pie stories in the comic, this isn’t too extreme. It’s interesting how Jay Fosgitt’s mostly unique take on the denizens of Equestria, depicting them in interesting ways, seems oddly subdued when it comes to Pinkie Pie. I’m mostly stunned in how he depicts Celestia in the unusual physiology look he makes of ponies, with her almost looking like a new species with how lanky and extended she is. The fact that he has a lot of “flow” in his art style works interestingly with her, as she herself has an ever-flowing mane and large wings. Yet Pinkie herself seems either rather mundane compared to other comic appearances (especially Brenda Hickey’s almost hallucinogenic depiction). Nevertheless, there’s some cute scenes of them together in the “panel montages”.

But all in all, this particular story isn’t too exciting. It’s not the first time we’ve encountered a character trying to make everything perfect, after all. Since Pinkie Pie’s depictions are somewhat muted, the humor doesn’t hit as hard as I feel it should. And you get the sense that they’re going to come up with just the right cake at the end anyway…which is a nice gesture, but isn’t anything world-shaking. While this story does hit a bit on Celestia and Pinkie Pie doing something together, it doesn’t seem to be anything where they form new connections or highlight their friendship aside from the brief scenes baking together.

Like with many comic storylines, it’s not a bad story at all. Just…nothing really stands out. Another OK one.

Fun Facts:

The show often depicts Princess Celestia (and others) seated on their thrones sitting like dogs. However, in something that looks rather unusual, Celestia is depicted seated on her throne like a normal human, with her front hooves “in her lap”. It’s kind of weird…

In one panel, Pinkie Pie is impersonating Groucho Marx. One of his schiticks was that he would give a quip while holding up a cigar. Since they can’t depict those in comics now without increasing the rating, Pinkie is using an eclair.

Pinkie Pie’s “Cherpumple” cake (cherry, pumpkin, and apple pies baked into spice, yellow, and white cakes) is likely a knockoff of “Turducken”, which is a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a hen. It also sounds delicious. 😀

One of the interesting bits from the unique art style is how Pinkie Pie’s mane partially deflates. Whereas in the series it usually sags as a whole, in the comic strands of it begin to break free and loosen as well.

Pinkie’s cake idea that is “too psychadelic” is a knockoff of the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” animated film.

In a throwback to Season One’s infamous “Party of One”, Pinkie Pie degenerates to talking to inanimate objects again.

I, uh…don’t think the artist knows what marble cake is. :X

Rating:

2.5 Stars out of 5