"I got your text, Rainbow Dash!"
"Did something come through the portal?"
"Is Equestrian magic on the loose?"
"Did Twilight come back with..."
"a problem that only we can solve?!"
"Has a giant cake monster..."
"...covered all the cakes in the world..."
"Uh, I don't understand."
"... I was just tellin' Rainbow Dash here..."
"...that a broken guitar string..."
"...doesn't really qualify as an emergency."
"I was in the middle of sewing a very complex appliqué..."
"... on my latest frock."
"And I was just about to tuck everyone in for the night at the shelter."
"Now we'll have to start stories..."
"Why would you send all of us..."
"... an emergency text..."
"...for a guitar string?"
"Well, I was going to pony up..."
"... and show our fans some awesome guitar licks..."
"...but I kinda need all six strings to do it."
I think Sunset has one...
"But everyone finished practicing for the day."
"I'm pretty sure all the music rooms are locked."
"The acoustics in the hallway are perfect for power chords."
Dear Princess Twilight, how's life treating you in Equestria? Any cool new magic spells?
It's been pretty quiet here at CHS since the Battle of the Bands. We still pony up when we play music, which Rainbow Dash just loves to show off.
But I still can't quite grasp what it's all about. I would love to hear what you think about it when you get a sec. Your friend, Sunset Shimmer.
Beep beep beep beep beep!
Is she doing parkour? Does she go to high school or military school?
Uh oh, it's human Twilight Sparkle!
Anyone else got a bad feeling about this?
The next morning at the CHS library.
"She was definitely doing something to the statue – or was going to."
"Do you think she came through the portal from Equestria?"
"No, I'm pretty sure I woulda noticed that."
"I think she was from over here."
"Well, that's a relief. The last thing we need is another magical so-and-so..."
"...bent on world domination comin' over from Equestria."
You know what I'm talkin' about.
"Agreed. I have no interest in another fight..."
"...against the powers of evil magic."
"The wear and tear on my wardrobe is just too much to keep up with."
"Still, a mysterious figure snooping around the portal?"
"Don't you wanna know what she was up to?"
"[shudders] I don't even wanna guess."
"Well, you don't have to."
"Because I've totally figured out..."
"A nighttime statue cleaner?"
"A magical portal maintenance maintainer?"
"...they got off a bus from the city..."
"...and got back on a bus headed to the city..."
"Yep. With the Friendship Games starting tomorrow..."
".. they'd totally try to prank us by defacing the Wondercolts statue."
"Why would anyone take a bus..."
"all the way from the city for that?"
"Because the Crystal Prep Shadowbolts are our biggest rivals?"
"Because that's just what the students at Crystal Prep would do?"
"Because even though they beat us in everything —"
You think that's bad, wait until you see what happens in Act VI.
"Seems kinda silly to me."
"So I guess you think the Friendship Games are silly, too."
"Well, it's not like we'll be fighting the powers of evil magic."
"No. We'll be fighting against a school full of meanies."
"Not everything has to be magical to be important."
"You're right. I'm sorry."
"I know it's a big deal."
"That's putting it mildly, darling."
"They're still revamping the playing field in preparation."
"I just don't understand why there's this big rivalry. Aren't the 'Friendship Games' supposed to be about our two schools getting along?"
"Well, it's kinda hard to get along with someone who beats you at everything."
"This time, things are gonna be different."
Wonder what's with Rarity's expression?
The Friendship Games are almost here.
The Friendship Games are always the same EVERY four years... nothing's really exciting about them. (Including the freshmen).
"Since the games only happen every four years..."
"...I'm sure you're all curious what goes on."
"You mean other than us losing?!"
Can't believe you heard it from an alumni.
"And that is exactly why I've asked Rainbow Dash to come up and give you all a little, um... context."
Celestia don't mind the microphone being snatched from her.
"Thank you, Principal Celestia."
"I know a lot of you might think there's no way we can beat a fancy school like Crystal Prep at anything."
"Unless it's a "losing to Crystal Prep" competition! 'Cause we're really good at that!"
"And I know that CHS has never won the Friendship Games even once."
"Crystal Prep students are super athletic, super smart, and super motivated. "
"But there's one thing they aren't."
"They aren't Wondercolts!"
Wondercolts, time to get our spirit on.
Hi there, fan favorite characters!
Guess what? I got a fever...
...and the only prescription is more bass.
None taken, I guess? Maybe Sunset considers her demon self to be history now.
Um... I'm pretty sure those are the wrong colours...
And Vinyl Scratch finally speaks. Too bad we can't hear her...
This face should be a meme...
We forgive you for what you did to us in the last film. Here, have some ears, Trixie.
So much for your worry, huh, Rarity?
"Even I feel like we can win."
"I feel like my school pride is at an all-time high!"
"Is anybody else wonderin' how Dash..."
"...ponied up without..."
"I know, right? It's probably because I'm so awesome!"
"I mean, you ARE awesome..."
"...but there's gotta be more to it than that, right? It just seems so random."
"Well, it would be nice if you girls could get a handle on it."
"We'd like to keep magic as far away from the Friendship Games as possible."
"We don't want to be accused of cheating."
Rarity: "We don't need..."
"...magic to defeat those hoity-toity Crystal Preppers."
"Right on! Uh-huh! Yeah!"
"Still, the Friendship Games are serious business."
"We don't want any surprise, especially the kind that could cause us to forfeit."
"Perhaps you can get to the bottom of our magical development?"
"OK, anybody have any guesses on what the events are gonna be?"
"Pie eating? Cake eating?"
"They won't even let us see what they're doin' to the field."
"You'd think they'd at least tell competitors what they're competing in."
"Anything? How will I ever pick the right outfit?"
"I really wanna help, but I think I better..."
"...go focus on figuring out why Rainbow Dash ponied up."
"Seems like she's got everything under control."
"Nothing to worry about." Don't say that, Pinkie Pie!
"Hey, Twilight. Haven't heard back from you yet."
"I guess you must be pretty busy with your role as princess..."
"...but I could really use your advice right now. You see, I've been given the job of keeping magic under control here at CHS..."
"...even though I still haven't quite wrapped my head around it."
"And now after seeing Rainbow Dash pony up the way she did, it makes me think her magic might be... changing."
"Everyone is looking to me to figure things out and I really don't wanna let them down..."
"...but I'm not sure I have enough experience with friendship magic to solve this."
Poor Sunset misses Twilight SO much, she looks like she's ready to cry.
"I've walked through all these halls before"
"I've been in and out of every door"
"There's nothin' in this school..."
Fleur! What did you do that for?!
"In every class, my grade's the best"
"The highest score on every test"
"..it's time for me to go"
"And I just haven't found it yet"
"I know there's more that's out there"
"Another me I haven't met"
"This school is full of people"
"But still I don't belong"
"They only dream of winning"
"Look at me like something's wrong"
What did she ever do to you?!
"Maybe I'm better off alone"
"Will I find what I'm..."
"If I just do it on my own?"
"Something to fill this hole inside"
"I know there's more that's out there"
"And I'm not afraid to try"
"There's only so much this school can offer"
"And I'm not saying that it's wrong"
"But I know there's more that's out there"
"'Cause I've been searching all along"
"So much to learn, I can't see it all"
"There's somethin' out there.."
"That I can't wait to see"
"Cause I know there's more..."
"Another place, another way"
"And I know there's more that's out there"
"And I'll find out someday!"
"I'll find out someday..."
"I hope the Friendship Games have a music competition,"
because we would totally rock it!"
"magic out of the Friendship Games,"
Applying make-up after rehearsal
"Easier said than done, darling."
"I'm sure in Equestria, magic does whatever you want." (Chaos is best magic)
"Well, when it comes to magic,"
"I'm sure you'll figure it out."
"And while Sunset works on keeping the magic"
"Rarity, what'd you go an' do?"
A wild costume rack appears!
Should I start another song?
"Well, I had a little time on my hands..." (Hey, this is blocking my view!)
"..and since..."(That's better! Arrrr!)
"...what the Friendship Games'" (Another wild costume rack? Man, these things are everywhere!)
"...events are," (What clothes did Rarity make for me?)
"for uniforms." (If only getting dressed worked that way...)
"You really didn't have to do that."
Rainbow seems uncomfortable here.
Is that Applejack's rack or Pinkie's?
"You really didn't have to."
Rarity can't take a hint.