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COMM: Friendship is Redemption by Gojira007 COMM: Friendship is Redemption by Gojira007
Commission for :iconnoratcat:.

He wanted a pic of Mandarin, a villain from the animated series "Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force GO!", sharing a happy moment with Fluttershy, who is forming a bond of friendship with him that will help lead him to redemption.

VERY happy with how the colors for this came out, especially considering it's the first fully-colored piece I've posted in a while. Hope you like it too, :iconnoratcat:! :D
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BookishDelight Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013   Writer
Oh, this is just precious. Like, the only thing I know of the other series represented here is its earworm of a theme song (which even after seven years hasn't left me argh) but Flutters here is just so happy and adorable and the sunset's really awesome and well done.

...

Y'know, that crazy guy yelling all over the comments in your "Another Way" post had exactly one point: Fluttershy really could head up a villain reform program. I think it'd work, too. 

...hmmmm.
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Gojira007 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
I'd recommend giving SRMTHFG a try, actually. Like SatAM, it ends on a major cliffhanger, but it manages to build up a surprisingly compelling universe and cast of characters along the way.

So glad you like the pic, too. I'm surprisingly happy with how it came out, like I said, so it warms my heart that others respond to it the same way. ^_^

"Hmmm" is right, too. Fluttersy's Reform School is a killer pre Mkise, and one I look forward to eventually exploring (or seeing explored; I'd love to see your take on the idea too. :heart: )
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Nikki-Nicole-P Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the softness of this to pieces. <3 The shading also looks great, especially on Fluttershy's mane, but for me the best part is Mandarin's posture - there's a feel of him just beginning to relax, and it's fantastic.
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Gojira007 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Yeah, I'm pretty happy with the colors of this, more so than almost anything else I've done lately. Like Mabel, Mandarin was also very fun to draw; a bit more complex, but so satisfying with his simple shapes. Thanks so much for another lovely comment. <3
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WingedHippocampus Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
There is no one better than Fluttershy to reform villains, sez me. I love her gentle, knowing expression, she's not surprised by his reaction at all. I'm unfamiliar with the series, so I have no idea just how bad this particular bad guy is, but as always, I love your concepts. :D
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Noratcat Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Basically he used to be the leader of a team of heroic cyborg monkeys. He then tried to take over the world and was put into stasis by his teammates. He was then accidentally awakened by the show's protagonist and joined forces with the main villain of the show known as Skeleton King. Then in season 2, Skeleton King replaced Mandarin with a clone of him self and the original was then dragged away kicking and screaming in fear. From that point onward Mandarin's clone took his place on the show complete with memories and personality, while the fate of the original remains unknown. I think the implication was he was executed off screen, but a lot of fans including myself still think he is alive.

That's the short version.
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WingedHippocampus Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Ah. Thanks.
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Noratcat Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Yeah, Mandarin did a lot of evil, although his clone was far more of a psycho. The difference between the clone and the original is the clone is decked out like a skeleton complete with a bone helmet.
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Gojira007 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Anypony who can reform friggin' Discord certainly is a force to be taken seriously in that regard. ;3 Very glad you like the pic, and thanks for the comment. <3 :hug:
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Noratcat Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Wow. This is actually pretty well done. I'm happy with this so far. I can see the style of SRMTHFG captured. I'm glad that you liked this idea as I feel Mandarin deserves redemption. I felt his character in the show suffered and devolved. When he first appeared he was competent and actually intelligent, but then he devolved into a simple lackey. His time as a good guy was never fully explored and any flashbacks few as they were, depicted him as always being an evil jerk.

This makes me think about my story idea. The above scene I'm not sure if it will happen or not, but I think it would make a good image for the cover. Mandarin's intelligence at this point of the story is more or less the same as a normal monkey. His memories are hidden deep inside him and he can't recall them at first. The fact that Mandarin is crying I do not find OOC at all. Another fan of the show depicted him crying in their fanfic and it was during a period Mandarin was remorseful about his actions. Originally I was going to wait till season 4 aired to start on this story, but I'm starting to think I should have it set during season 3 but before "Magical Mystery Cure". I mean it could be an AU of sorts and probably Mandarin was behind the scenes or something.

Well anyway, Thanks again for doing this and if and when I get around to writing my fanfic, would you mind if I used this image on FIM fiction?
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