Hey Arnold!

A La Luz de la Luna drawn by me

“A la luz de la luna yo te miré, yo te miré Y al mirarte mi vida me enamoré, me enamoré. ¡Ay, corazón! ¡ay corazón! Dime si estás enfermo, si estás enfermo de tanto amar. Ya no curarás nunca, ya no curarás nunca, ya no curarás nunca, corazón mío, de tanto amar” -A la Luz de la Luna, Anton y Michelena English Translation: “By the light of the moon, I saw you, I saw you And by seeing you, my darling, I fell in love, I fell in love. Ah, heart! Ah, heart! Tell me if you are ill, if you are ill from so much loving. You will no longer heal, you will no longer heal, you will no longer heal, my heart, from so much loving.” This piece of Hey Arnold! fanart is dedicated to one of my role models in reviewing and a fellow DeviantArtist who celebrated his birthday yesterday, Logan Ridenbaugh aka Hewy Toonmore from Hewy’s Animated Movie Reviews. So, with that said, Logan, I hope you had a wonderful birthday, continue to be as inspiring as you are and keep up the awesome work in everything you do as an artist and as a reviewer. There’s nothing more romantic than having two of my all-time beloved Hey Arnold OTPs, Arnold/Phoebe and Gerald/Rhonda, having an intimate moment on the balcony with the stars and the moon shining upon them. Furthermore, I aged up Arnold, Phoebe, Rhonda, and Gerald to how I would think they would look like this year. So, Arnold is 31 going on 32, Phoebe is 31, Rhonda is 31, and Gerald is 31 going on 32. Yes, I am fully aware that the Arnold/Helga, Gerald/Phoebe, Curly/Rhonda, and Harold/Rhonda shippers are going to start a lynch mob and be out for my blood because Arnold/Helga and Gerald/Phoebe are canon couples and all of that! What I say to that is, bring it on but also please hear me out. I can only tolerate Arnold/Helga and Gerald/Phoebe to a certain degree because at least these pairings have their moments. However, I find the pairings between Arnold/Phoebe and Gerald/Rhonda to be not only endearing in such a charming and cute way but also extremely plausible. So, let’s not waste any time, shall we? Arnold/Phoebe It should come off as no surprise that I have shipping them ever since I was eight years old. My sentiments with this couple have not changed in the slightest. There is something so awesome, plausible, and brilliant about pairing someone as intelligent, diplomatic, kind, caring, bright, and optimistic like Arnold Shortman with someone as eloquent, pragmatic, equally intelligent, brilliant, and rather cute like Phoebe Heyerdahl. Having these two exceptionally brilliant minds and souls being paired up as a couple just spells a healthy relationship and an exceptional synergy between these two. Moreover, loyalty, respect, allegiance, and unconditional love would definitely be the key factors in Arnold’s and Phoebe’s relationship. My headcanon for this couple goes something like this. Arnold and Phoebe started going out with each other in middle school after finding out for so many years that they have something more in common than they thought. With the approval of their best friends and former love interests, Helga and Gerald, Arnold and Phoebe hit it off with each other in an instant. They stayed stable as a couple all the way up to college, which is something phenomenal and, therefore, impossible to accomplish, but they did it. Whatever petty argument Arnold and Phoebe had would be easily resolved with a good talking to, finding the root problem, and making something out of a problematic situation. They attended the same college, the University of Hillwood, where Arnold majored in International Relations and History and minored in Archaeology and English and Phoebe majored in Chemistry and Medicine and minored in Physics and Mathematics. From their bachelor’s to their master’s to their doctorate’s they graduated at the top of their classes. The day after getting their doctorate’s degrees, Arnold proceeded to ask Phoebe for her hand in marriage. She then reciprocated with tears of joy flowing from her eyes. Their parents could not be any happier for their children. Miles and Stella were so proud of Arnold for having someone as brilliant and loving as Phoebe to be his wife. While Kyo and Reba were euphoric that Phoebe found someone as faithful, supportive, and kind like Arnold to be in her life in sickness and in health. Today, Arnold Shortman and Phoebe Heyerdahl-Shortman are the proud parents of four children, Philipp Jr. who is four years old, Stella Jr. and Marie who are two years old, and Craig who is one year old. Moreover, they have long-lasting careers as accredited teachers in Hillwood High, where Arnold teaches History, Political Science, and Philosophy, while Phoebe teaches Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics. As parents, they ensure exceptional decorum for their children, lest they should end up turning into juvenile delinquents. Aside from that, they also find time to have fun with their children by going to the zoo, going to amusement parks, and even having strolls in the park. Gerald/Rhonda Somewhere in the back of my mind, I had the feeling this was going to end up as an item in my eyes. Sure, I still paired up Gerald with Cecile, Arnold’s French pen pal, and Rhonda with other guys like Alan Redman, Lorenzo, and/or Rex Smythe-Higgins. However, there is something about these two that make it work. It could be because they put so much emphasis on being cool. It could the fact that they are mostly donned in red as their trademark colors, thus making them more than compatible in terms of their passionate and rather fiery personalities. Or it could be because only a few people ever thought about having them as a couple through the fear of their personality clashes getting the best of them thus making their relationship short-lived. I say it’s a combination of their personalities and how much these…

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Hey, everybody! Antoni, here, with another fan fiction recommendation. Yes, I know I was supposed to review Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte starring Tuuli Takala and Siobhan Stagg as the Queen of the Night and Pamina respectively, but I was busy with other things like school, I was quite knackered, and there was a bit of public transportation repair that had to be done, which was a bit of a detriment to my attempted journey to the Deutsche Oper Berlin. So, I decided to compensate for this loss with this interesting little fanfic based on one of my all-time favorite Nicktoons, Hey Arnold!   The fanfic I’ll be taking a look at is, Arnold Betrays Iggy: Alternate Ending written by colossalblackening. It’s rated K. It’s in English and it was published to FanFiction.net on April 15 of this year.   Have you ever watched an episode of your favorite TV show, whether it’s animated or live-action, and spotted an episode that makes you sick to your stomach because of its mean-spiritedness, out of character moments, and had many moments which make you say, “What the Hell happened?” Do you also feel that you could’ve bettered the overall story? Well, Arnold Betrays Iggy is one of those episodes and it was so bad that Craig Bartlett and his crew apologized for this episode’s existence. And of course, enter a bunch of fan fiction authors who do their best to write their interpretations of how they would rewrite certain episodes they don’t particularly like into something more optimistic and less mean-spirited. My personal experience with this episode was I hated it when I was a kid, felt disinterested with it as I grew up, and I still could not stand this particular episode, especially when Sid and Stinky were at fault for forcing the secret out of Arnold and they should’ve been the ones to pay the consequences. With that said, let’s get on to my thoughts on the fanfic.   The fanfic starts off when Arnold finishes all of Iggy’s chores, yet the latter still has not forgiven the former. This is probably to establish that we as Hey Arnold fans or those who watched this episode already what happened prior, which is not a bad start, but I felt like the story could’ve started similarly to the original episode. I digress though, as after this the story then cuts to the chase of the familiar scene where Iggy forces Arnold to wear the bunny pajamas. For the record, it’s nice to read that Arnold’s grandpa is not being willing to take pictures of his humiliation and that Iggy confronted Stinky and Sid whilst the two of them were regretting that they were the ones actually at fault for what happened. I’m not going to spoil the ending to this fanfic, but let’s just say that it’s so satisfying with a few humorous moments coming from a few familiar characters, a touching moment with Gerald, Arnold’s best friend forever, plus with Iggy, yet an element that was a bit of headscratcher, but I digress, it’s still so satisfying and will leave anyone who reads this with a big smile and lots of pleasant thoughts.   There is so much good in this fanfic. Everyone was in character, the humor from Hey Arnold! is still greatly intact, and more than anything the ending is super satisfying, especially if you cannot tolerate or even abhor Arnold Betrays Iggy. The layout is really good, though I am kind of not a fan of having the transitions marked on there as if it were a script.   Even though the story was well-written, I did spot some grammar errors, in the form of missing words, and they were kind of jarring, but not enough to deter me. One noticeable one was, “how come you there with everyone else yesterday?” when it should have been, “how come you were not there with everyone else yesterday?”. Another issue was minor and once you read the ending to the fanfic, you will know what I mean.   So, there you have it. You know what I’m going to give this fanfic and it’s an A-. It had a few grammatical errors and it had a bit of a plothole, but when all is said and done, the strengths more than outweigh the weaknesses and it is a fine retelling of how Arnold Betrays Iggy should’ve ended.   Well, that’s all for now, and be sure to tune in for another fan fiction recommendation. Goodnight, everybody! https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12447777/Arnold-Betrays-Iggy-Alternate-Ending

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