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  The hiatus ended quite fast for the second half of season 8 arriving! Now is the time to adjust our schedule so we can fit that episode of MLP in! I have been dying to see more Discord again this season and it already seems like things are going to be quite chaotic because of him not being the chosen one to take care of Twilight's school. Starlight is a much more mature figure, and one can only imagine how much more disastrous things could have been if Discord would be in charge. Despite this draconequus not being in charge, he will be a bit irritated and jealous because Twilight picked Starlight instead of him. With this taking hold, I don't think that Twilight's school is safe in the least. Lets hope both these two are able to make ends meet and keep this big school safe!










 




  Starlight Glimmer being in charge of things again... I could of only hoped that this would go very well because of everything she has been taught and what she learned. Things were off to a perfect start for Starlight and the students until Discord stepped in with all the chaos. Being the creature of chaos, i'm sure we all knew just what to expect from him. His re-appearance certainly did not go un-noticed in this second half of season 8. Discord was totally ready as he will ever be, but thankfully Starlight was there to stop him with all the madness he had going. From every corner of this episode, I could not help but hate Discord a lot more because of all this happening. It was so irritating just even seeing what tricks he had for Starlight. I would of expected Discord to be a little more understanding than just the feeling of being left out. The way he was helping didn't make a difference either and the things he did was only making it worse. The worst part is with Discord in this episode is that there was no remorse for all the destruction he was causing before and during the scavenger hunt.
















  A lot happened in this episode and Discord did not want to go unnoticed! As him being the creature of chaos, his character is very enjoyable every now and then... only whenever he's not deliberately causing harm onto anyone.  It was quite the funny episode, but it's just a little bit too much of Discord ruining everything. His past from season 2 was already very devastating enough, but yet I love how creative they get with his character. Starlight was all fine and dandy until Discord stepped in. These two are pretty good friends, but yet I guess they need more time with each other. We had some pretty enjoyable moments from this episode, especially whenever Discord literally got banished from the school! That right there is what I was SO glad to see happen. Discord was being an absolute, no good villain all over again and Starlight totally made him sit down and stay down. The banana phone was too good as well... that is a classic meme itself! I sure wish I could favorite more from this episode, but Discord really got on my nerves.



















If only Discord would of said he felt left out, none of this would have happened... maybe.




























 



  The wonderful, lovely days of Hearths Warming is here once again! Even though it may seem strange watching such a special this early in the year, it still is fun to see yet another Hearths Warming episode make its way through. The previous Hearths Warming special before this one was SO good and very beautifully done! The best part about these specials is that they always have a huge musical note that comes with them. After all... what is Hearths Warming without all the beautiful music? I'm so ready to dive into another holiday special and to see just how touching this one can be. I really enjoyed the whole concept of the previous special and hopefully this one will impress as well! 










 




  I really thought that we would get another musical note for this episode... perhaps even one with the student 6 singing. With no songs involved, this episode really did teach some important values on friends and family. Each of these students have a very unique way of celebrating their Hearths Warming holiday. If I were to pick my favorite holiday celebration, it is definitely going to be Silver Stream's! Partying day and night, in the ocean, and in the sky just sounds very exciting, and even more complete on the final day. I also would have never thought that any of the students would sabotage this holiday. Here I thought Hearths Warming meant a lot to everyone in Equestria, but yet some cannot Celebrate it in its full glory because one does not have a family or friends back home. Gallus surprised me at first, but knowing that we never really seen any other griffon with him, and the fact that some griffons still don't get along with each other, the pieces of the puzzle came together.
















  So as head mare Twilight was getting to the bottom of who sabotaged Hearths Warming, we got to hear some pretty interesting stories from each of these students. You always gotta keep in mind that everyone celebrates differently and not the same. Yona's way of celebrating is just too funny, but i'm glad overall that it makes her and her family happy. While all these students were as honest as possible, I'm very happy that Gallus came around and said that it was all his fault. Gallus had good intentions though because he did not want to leave all of his friends. The moment he confessed was just too heart wrenching, and I really do wish and hope the best for him with future holidays.



















Whether it is friends or family, holidays would never be the same without them!



















NEXT EPISODE...







Friendship University


When Twilight discovers there's another school of friendship, she and Rarity go to investigate and are shocked to discover that Twilight's idol and Pillar of Old Equestria, Starswirl the Bearded, is enrolled at Friendship U!


That is what I'm talking about! More Starswirl! Can't wait to see just what he's up to this season and to see how well he is actually doing!
It will be rather interesting to see just what this second friendship school has to offer.

















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EagleSpartan888 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
If only Discord wasn't a huge ass in the Principals episode, it honestly would've turned out better honestly. Though, we never got a cutaway of what Maud was teaching, which kind of disappointed me. But I think this can safely be ranked as one of the worst episodes of the season, and maybe one of the worst in the series. 

Heart's Warming wasn't too bad overall. Though jumping to conclusions much, Twilight, including mass punishment, not letting them go home for the holidays? Seems kind of... harsh and a bit heartless, don't you think?
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One thing that I noticed is that Twilight's look of regret whenever she was saying those things too.
I enjoy that she is a little concerned of doing this, but yes... very harsh of her for sure.

MLP Twilight Sparkle (Cute Pout) Plz 
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SB1991 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Episode 14 thoughts: I didn't like this one very much. Mostly because it's so predictable right from the beginning that Discord caused the the Cutie Map to summon the Mane 6 and Discord's being too much like his old self to treat Starlight in this way. But that banana phone joke was pretty interesting.

Episode 15 thoughts: I do enjoy watching a My Little Pony Christmas episode whenever it comes on and this one's pretty okay. I like seeing how the student 6 celebrate their own holiday, as it's much like how people of different cultures celebrate the holidays. I like how Yona's holiday is mostly smashing things and how Ocellu's family takes the traditions of Hearth's Warming too literally and I would've like to see what traditions the changelings added. Tough my favorite Hearth's Warming episode is "A Hearth's Warming Tale." And it's surprising to see a Christmas episode in August when having it in July would've made perfect sense. 
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm very happy that episode 15 made up for all that chaos in episode 14. XD
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TheTraveler66 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
AS USUAL, THESE ARE SCENE-BY-SCENE REACTIONS WITH HEAVY SNARKY COMMENTARY. WATCH FIRST, AND READ AT YOUR OWN PERIL.

On A Matter of Principals:

*Headmistress Twilight having her nerdgasm in front of the students, Ocellus being a cute nerd, Silverstream being excited about life*
Okay, that was adorable. XP
*Quest Calls!* "There'll be no one left tuh run th' school!"
Gee, it's like teaching at the school restricts your more important duties. Who'da thought?
"Then why not put Spike in charge?" "NO-HO-HOOOO WAY! Being a princess for Twilight was hard enough."
Enjoying the Fireworks - NaNoEmo Day 7 CONTINUITY!!Enjoying the Fireworks - NaNoEmo Day 7
"I knew I could count on you!" *Twilight leaves* "Greeeaaat...what could possibly go wrong?"
EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING COULD GO WRONG.
*Enter the Discord-y shenanigans*
What'd I say? What'd I just say?
*Iron Will teaching Fluttershy's class*
*snrrk* Okay. That's kinda funny.
*Cranky Doodle teaching Rainbow Dash's class*
*hhhkkk* That's good. XP
*A Dragon Sneeze Tree teaching Rarity's Class*
Ha! Its schedule was free. XP
"My my, you do seem to be in over your head. Won't Twilight be disappointed when she finds out how you're ruining-I MEAN...running her school?"
Ah, classic dickhead Discord. Gotta love 'im as much as ya hate 'im.
*Day Two, Discord busts into Twilight's classroom*
HAHA! Yo! Wassup, fellow kids?! XD
*The Great and Powerful Professor Banana Phone*
........not sure if that's better or worse than whoever Discord got for that spot......
"DISCORD! WHAT are YOU doing here??" "Why I'm a student of friendship, of course! Unless you don't think you're good enough to teach me~..." "AUH! Of course Trixie is!"
Oh Trixie. So gullible, yet still so lovable.
"No fruit calls in my class!" *peels banana skin, reveals phone, eats phone*
........I mean...what else were you expecting? XP
*Trixie's Magic Show!*
Hee-hee! She pulled Derpy out of her hat, and Derpy was so nonchalant about it she waved at the crowd! X3
*Coach Discord*
C'mon, Discord. That's too easy, even for you.
"She's right, Discord. What's your problem?"
He's just miffed that he got snubbed on an invite to the party when the school opened.
*Starlight banishes Discord from school grounds for eternity*
He had it comin'. He only has himself to blame. If you'd've been there, if you'd've seen it, I bet that you would've done the same.
*Spell-venger Hunt: The Helm of Yickslur*
Well, that was fast. Figures he'd get around the banishment spell with some kinda loophole.
*Spell-venger Hunt: The Crown of King Grover*
Haunted paintings? Really? Low-hanging fruit, man. Get your act together.
Also, apparently Discord doesn't require a physical form to exist outside his own realm. That's actually rather interesting information and opens up a lot of fic possibilities.
*Spell-venger Hunt: Knuckerbocker's Shell*
Funny name, cool power, and poor Yona. She's trying her best.
*Starlight apologizes and the Champions return*
Figures it was a hoax. At least Starlight got him to stand down. Also, I was right. For chaos incarnate, he's kinda predictable in behavior.

In all, I think this was a good episode. Some really good Discord gags (though they got kinda boring near the end), some cute Starlight faces, CONTINUITY, and all around some good chaotic fun.

On The Hearth's Warming Club:

*Typical heartwarming stuff, then...*
SOMEONE MELTED THE HEARTH'S WARMING TREE!! Dramatic
*The chase and pointing hooves*
I figure it's either Gallus or Smolder.
*The stories*
Huh. That's some cool world-building, telling about each creature's traditions like that. Changeling Hearth's Warming was silly. XP
*Gallus' confession, and Epilogue*
I figured it was him, and...that's actually some really good reasoning. The mere implications of his line "because I don't have a family" are some damn good character-building.

Yo. That was a good Young Six episode. It actually focused on them, shared more of their personalities, and even built up their respective cultures! We needed more of this these past few seasons!
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If only I would of paid more attention towards Gallus's expressions throughout the Hearths Warming episode. It all started to come together whenever Ocellus thought he was joking about not having a family.
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TheTraveler66 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Amazingly subtle storytelling!
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Sonicmane6heroes33 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018
Grrr... : discord your an asshole 
Discord (angry with fire) plz : I am not a donkey! Explain!
Pissed Off Sonic Icon : you just have to put a spell on your friends do you?!
Knuckles Shut up Emoticon : I thought you were a helpful friend not a trollestia!
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's been so long and Discord hasn't learned a thing about not using his chaotic magic. XD
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MajkaShinoda626 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Discord was way too much -even for himself. He really should grow and change his ways a bit. It's been FIVE SEASONS. It's "Make new friends and keep Discord" over again. It's already no fun to see him that way to me, he just can't learn a bit. But I blame the writers. Discord is still one of my fav characters that are suffering for bad writing. This episode was just too much.

In the other hand, The Hearth's Warming Club made up for it. It's true that the songs were really missing, we're not used to a Hearth's Warming episode without a single musical number. But the episode was so good that it didn't even matter in the end. I too enjoyed the stories of the Student Six (can't tell which one was my favorite yet, since I need to watch it with the czech subtitles to understand everything). But I really felt bad for Gallus (I'd say his story is my favorite because of feels). I never expected the culprit would be someone of them neither. But once the motives were revealed, it immediately made me cry and everything made a perfect sense. It turns out that the Student Six now make me more interested than the Mane 6, honestly. I mostly look forward to the episodes focused on them. And I hope to see more of their development.

I love your review and I agree pretty much with everything. :heart:

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bookwormsteve Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018
yeah I blame them too
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very compelling Hearths warming episode and I also LOVED how we're getting a lot more "Student 6" episodes too! Each of their personality is so enjoyable. ^u^
Thanks so so much too dear!

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MajkaShinoda626 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup! I so wish more episodes with them AND a development for them too.
I so agree about their personalities!
If I should have to pick, this probably would be my CURRENT list:
1. Yona
2. Gallus
3. Smolder
4. Silver Stream (though I can't really choose between her and Smolder now)
5. Ocellus
6. Sandbar

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LunaticDawn Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Discord keeps being an asshole, well it's not surprising because he's the god of chaos. I was surprised to see that Discord had actually a ghost. :O I thought he's already a spirit.

Yeah, seeing a Hearth's Warming episode during summer feels weird, but if you think about it a little, you'll notice that only 4 months remain until Holidays! :D The students' stories were interesting and it was cool to see The Storm King in Silverstream's story. :O
Oh, and Sandbar. It was quite sweet to see a calm pony like him to be so enthusiastic. ;P
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Surprising to see Discord suddenly turn so evil all the sudden. I know he likes to cause a bit of chaos, but never to this extent... especially in this season. 
Also... Storm King was exciting to see, this marks the very first canon appearance of him in the show. :3
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DARKZADAR-ZERO Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
too bad harshwhinney was not a substitute ^^ 
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We totally had the chance for that too! XD
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DARKZADAR-ZERO Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
indeed
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bookwormsteve Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018
yeah discord was being an asshole he was pissing me off and iron will too and CTANKEY HIS WIFE SHOULD HAVE PULLED HIS EARS
episode15 it sill doent excuse what gallus did it was down right mean.
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's episodes like this that make us hate Discord so much.
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bookwormsteve Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018
yeah I can tell like I said I didn't know what discord was like tell I started watching I joned mid season4 I take it he was a real douche
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Laszl Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yeah, episode 14 was really a stinking episode. Worst Discord episode. Episode 15 was an okay episode, a bit weird to see a Christmas episode in August but I'll deal with it. 
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To see Discord's character go from such a positive path, to a negative one was just too irritating.
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Laszl Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yes
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BlackWhite9120 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
ALRIGHT! Finally another breath of fresh air! Well... except for one but FINALLY!!! Sorry I haven't been making reviews in your journals recently, I just got lazy but I will get to the other episodes soon I promise. So Episodes 14 & 15... They were fine I guess and it's not really a surprise that we're getting early episodes for MLP now, same thing just like in Season 7, but I let my curiosity get the better of me and I watched the episodes, I guess patience is not a thing when it comes to MLP nowadays huh? But anyways let's get to it! This is gonna be a super long entity so I'll divide this in two parts, so let's get started with Episode 14: A Matter Of Principles! Let's go!

The set-up for this one is mostly basic, for a little school activity that Twilight made for the students that happens to be educational of finding artifacts of Equestrian History, and while that is going on, Twilight and her friends managed to find out that there's a map mission for them to do outside of Ponyville, so they went off and leaving Starlight and Spike to be in charge while they're gone. Now, many people say that didn't make any sense but for me, I don't see it, first off: Starlight works in this school too and for job is to help around making sure the students are alright and everything goes smoothly. But again, people point out in their reviews for this stinker is this: "Why didn't Twilight get other students to do this?" And yeah, I have to agree, but I don't see any other teachers she could use besides her and her friends so I see the problem with that. And I like that Twilight trusts Starlight to make sure the school goes alright and for having Spike to be on look out and to help, is pretty smart so I'll give props for Twily on this, good on ya Twily! And now, it slowly goes super downhill with one annoying pest that Starlight has to deal with... Discord... For me, I'm kinda mixed on Discord, he can be really funny sometimes but naturally he always acts like a jerk and an asshole to his "friends" except Fluttershy (of course) just for kicks and for shite's and giggles, and this episode is a rare example on him being in his worst! For the rest of the episode he doesn't nothing but to annoy Starlight saying that he want to run the school. not Starlight. And honestly, I don't know why he wanted to do this, he said that he wasn't invited to the school but it's not an excuse for he to act like a brat and an asshole to Starlight. Even with the part where "helps" her out for bring teachers and they were: Iron Will, Cranky Doodle Donkey, and a Dragon Sneeze Tree from "Princess Spike" none of them were any help, Iron Will was just like teaching anger class, Cranky being a lazy asshole, and for literally bring a tree that makes Smolder and Spike sneeze fire, so it's fair that she's had enough and ask him to leave. And even though he did leave he still wasn't done yet, Discord still wants to keep driving her crazy. While that going on, Starlight brings in really teachers to help which happens to be: Spitfire, Trixie, and Maud. Okay why did she being them here? For Spitfire, I can understand her with having skills of training, but why Trixie and Maud? They have no leads of teaching, now to be fair the one scene where Discord pretends to be a stereotypical high school jock, and for Trixie getting her just desserts with the real Ursa Major is the only funny scene in this episode. And every goes down for Starlight, when Discord LITERALLY being a REAL Bugbear in gym class just to motivate the kids to run FOR THEIR LIVES! Okay, for bring a real giant mutated monster in gym class so it can be your excuse to run and get active while running for dear life is pretty messed up, Discord you're sick. And the oh so satisfying scene where Starlight sends a Kamehameha Blast at Discord was freaking awesome to see and satisfying to see, I can have that on repeat all day. But things get messed when the ghost of Discord beings to haunt objects in order to scare the students in the middle of their little hunt they have. Man this guy never gives up until he gets what he wants huh? So that going on, Discord did all of this because he wanted to be in the school too and blames on Starlight because of it, I'm sorry but no! How is this Starlight's fault? She had no idea on this, more or less Discord should be the one to apologize for all the damage he's caused! But of course he gets off scott free and saying the it's Starlight should learn a lesson. But hey! At least those two have something in common, for getting away with everything scot free with no troubles behind their back! Blow me... And it turns out that The Mane six return with disappointing results as it turns out that Discord was behind all of this and hijack their cutie marks and the map to sent them away so he can get into control while they're distracted, classy guy... So it ends on all of them saying that Starlight handled it pretty well *cough bulls**t cough* So that was Matter Of Principles... That sucked... The premise was simple enough, but it back drops in the second and final act, Discord was huge asshole through most of this, the jokes here fell flat on it's face, except for one scene that I mentioned early but that won't saved this episode. I feel super bad for Starlight and Spike for going through the torture they had to go through but Starlight was kinda of a whiner sometimes but her actions were smart so I'll give her that. The Student Six were fine I guess, and the ending was stupid. So overall, I would give Matter Of Principles a 1/10 (F-) F**k you Discord, just f**k you! (sorry)
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know exactly how you felt about Discord. It's ok to let it all out and say how you really feel about him in this episode.
He really deserves it. XD
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BlackWhite9120 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Yeah thanks, and thank god this was the last stinker for now, because we managed to get an actual good episode here, which I will make pretty soon, so I’ll end this entry with a high note instead of a bad one.
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jimmyhook19202122 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Student General Artist
Speaking of Silverstream's Story, did you see those two cameos of The Storm King and Queen Novo, Justin? :D
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I sure did!!!

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jimmyhook19202122 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Student General Artist
yep :D


now all we just need is some cameos of Songbird Serenade, Princess Skystar, Captain Celaeno, Capper, Grubber, and Tempest Shadow in the show and that will be awesome :D
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That too! ^u^
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jimmyhook19202122 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2018  Student General Artist
yep! :D
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Owl-Eye-2010 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You know, "Friendship University" aired early in Australia. It's on YouTube for now if you want to catch it. ;)
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This I know already, but i'm waiting for Discovery Family releases.
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Owl-Eye-2010 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay then.
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