At the outset, few were expecting much from the least-liked writer on the IDW My Little Pony team Ted Anderson, with his latest release of the Equestria Girls Holiday Special. But, after months of an ongoing feud with fans over his inflammatory actions, readers were in for a surprise. The comic made even less sense than we could have expected, and Ted decided to make "Anonymous" the villians.
Let's start with the "do you even watch the show" issues. First and foremost is this scene, where Sunset Shimmer is completely unaware what happens at slumber parties, despite the fact that she was present at the one seen in Rainbow Rocks.
Next is this bolded typo, There is no "e" in "Maud".
Many people took issue with the artwork (which was actually Tony Fleecs doing).
But the issues with the writing continued to compile throughout the story, overshadowing the artstyle. Issues like "why would videos of the girls dancing, singing, and wearing silly clothing be embarrassing, when that is literally the plot of the entire franchise?"
All of that is small potatoes when it becomes clear that not only is this comic riddled with holes, it's also lifted directly from an already existing episode of the show - Ponyville Confidential - where the cutie mark crusaders ruin people's lives by publishing their secrets. This comic is the exact same story, except instead of a dead-medium like a newspaper, it's a blog.
Also, unlike Ponyville Confidential, where the issues of anonymity are nuanced and only hinted at indirectly, Ted goes at like a caveman, outright calling the big meanie publishers "Anon-A-Miss".
The CMC frame Sunset Shimmer as being Anonymous because they can, and then the Mane 6 shun her and bring her to tears YET AGAIN because apparently they learned nothing in the movie about not doing that.
Anonymous keeps posting people's secrets and tears the entire community apart, because apparently ignorance is preferable to truth (in one frame we see Diamond Tiara discover that Silver Spoon stole jewelry from her, and yet it's supposed to be a bad thing that Anonymous alerted her to a serious crime).
The prolonged, ill-conceived monologue against Anonymous bloggers continues for the duration of the comic, until the very end where it is revealed that it was, of course the CMC who were the ones posting everyone's secrets. The fact that Pony Twilight didn't see the parallels and inform Sunset of them, again begs numerous questions about the logic involved.
Then, the biggest middle finger to the readers of all comes, when after a nonstop barrage of the awfulness that Anonymous was supposedly causing, they are forgiven literally instantly for it. As-in, the very next frame.
So, what are the morals here? That it's okay to persecute the innocent until proven guilty? That you should forgive family member's crimes no matter how severe, instantly? That even if Anonymous bloggers do something good, it's actually bad because they're anonymous? This book was an absolute mess all the way around.
Sunset Shimmer never even received an apology from the Mane 6 for their shitty actions, The only apology she receives is from the CMC, not from Applejack, Rarity, Rainbow Dash or Pinkie Pie. But the biggest WTF of all comes in this frame:
Sunset Shimmer LIVES IN THE LIBRARY. The same way that Twilight Sparkle did in the first movie and almost did in the second.
SHE'S HOMELESS. Her "friends" either don't know or don't care, and we know that Sunset has been in the human world for years at this point. It doesn't make any sense, and we are glad it's over.
Attempts to get a comment from Ted Anderson about the connection between "Anon-a-Miss" and Anonymous bloggers were unsuccessful.