My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic [Review]

My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic Group Title Card  This stuff is better than porn… No, seriously. 

Konnichiwa, Mikuites! Do not adjust your computer screen. I know MLP is technically not an anime, but it might as well be with their large, sparkly eyes and vivid colors.

Like in anime, each pony follows a similar, cookie-cutter aesthetic template (think of how most anime facial features follow the same design), which in this case actually turns out to be a plus since they all look conformed when lined up against each other, and it would probably be easy to draw fan art of your own. :d Besides the color of their coat, the only other physical trait that marks their individuality is their mane which creatively acts as their hair––they also have their own unique cutie marks on their (’cuse the pun) ass, but no point in me spoiling the purpose it serves here––notice that Twilight has pink highlights in hers. <3

Unlike anime, though, you don’t have to wait half the series for all the main ponies to be introduced; in fact, I was happy to see that you get to meet ALL of them from the very first episode! The first two eps are broken down into part one and two. I think the reason for this was that it was meant to be a pilot. But the rest of the series is episodic, making it easy to get into to––if you happen to catch it in the early morning or late afternoon––so you don’t have to worry/feel guilty if you missed the first 13 episodes.

I always thought I was Twilight, but this personality quiz said I was Rainbow Dash which was my 3rd choice (Fluttershy being 2nd). But now I kinda like Rainbow Dash a little more than I used to, since I do see a bit of her in me (it is still a “her,” right?)

I had no idea that this show even existed until Valen asked if he should watch it, so all the credit/blame for this post should be directed at him. It was then that I took it upon myself to see what all the hoopla was about.

I’ve watched this vid from beginning to end, probably 10 times in the last week. The lip-syncing is the best I’ve ever seen. But it wasn’t until after I watched the Anthology that I finally understood all the memes and approval of this show (at least among bronies) and decided to give it a shot. Continuing on the anime theme, MLP is like being a member of a private club, and only those on the inside will really understand the humor, charm, and puns (*Brohoof!*), while those on the outside will be left in perpetual confusion. XD

I’ve never used Flash, so I can’t say for sure what program(s) they use, but it looks as if some professional sat down and made a 20-minute Flash video. Whether this particular art style was intentionally used to make it look like a 2D cartoon, I’m not sure. Either way, I believe it works really well because it allows fluid facial expressions that 3D CG would’ve never been able to produce. (Edit: It turns out they indeed used Adobe Flash to produce the show.)

Due to an animation error, however, 4chan dubbed a gray horse with crossed eyes as Derpy Hooves. Lauren Faust decided to adopt this into the show and made Derpy a “Where is Waldo?” Easter Egg of sorts. If you don’t recognize Producer Lauren Faust, she also worked on The Powerpuff Girls, which gained similar popularity. :D In an ad by Hub, they used fan-developed names “Brony” (generally referring to male fans of the show––a portmanteau that’s pretty easy to decipher if you give it a moment’s thought) and “DJ P0N-3” in the lyrics of their California Girls parody. Despite people using copyrighted footage and combining it with mature themes (like the two videos I posted above), Hasbro has continued to allow the videos since it has helped draw more attention to the show. That’s just a few examples of how much the creators care about their fan base (“Love and Tolerance” is the Bronies’ code). If that alone is not a reason to support the show, then I don’t know what is.

My Little Ponies Ranbow Dash Derp Bronies Fuck Fox News

There are only two things I dislike about the show: The theme song and a short purple dragon unimaginatively named Spike––he’s like that one annoying step-cousin, but you eventually learn to love him for his flaws and big heart.

The theme song opens up with a short snippet of the dull, weary solo from the original theme before cutting into a cheery, up-beat one for the new generation. Still, it’s far from impressive and feels like it was put together at the last minute. I don’t know if there’s a full, longer version out there, but I hope it’s better than these 30 seconds of pain.

Yet, it’s a minor complaint. For a cartoon about the mystical land of Equestria, cotton-candy colored ponies, and the magic in friendship…to only complaint about the opening theme song is not saying much.

As you probably know by now, I like short series, and even 26 ep anime can take me about a month to watch. But I’ve been watching 2 – 3 MLP eps every night (just finished it today!), usually after responding to comments and before going to bed. :)

Do not be presumptuous. These are not your grandmother’s ponies. Generation 4 has a lot more spunk and attitude than their predecessors. Each character has their own flaws (but also their own set of strengths, which I won’t give away, but is revealed during the 2nd episode). This kind of versatility is NOT something I expected from a show like this, where all I imagined were ponies living happy, perfect lives just prancing around in Ponyville like there’s no care in the world. Friendship Is Magic is far from it. Not only do the ponies face external struggles, but internal as well. Fluttershy, to give an easy example, tries to work on her assertiveness. (*yay*)

Each episode ends with a “moral of the story” message about how magical friendship is, which makes for a nice wrap-up. MLP has taught me more valuable life lessons than all my years of schooling combined.

You’re probably wondering, for a show that’s not a true anime, why I’ve written so much about it, especially on my anime blog. Some people may call MLP stupid, without even seeing it, or dismiss it entirely because it’s not a true anime. One of the purposes of my blog is to push you outside of your comfort zone, and if I can get at least one person to watch one episode, then my mission is accomplished. ^^

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For those still on the fence, check out Overlord-G’s summary and character descriptions.

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15 Responses to My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic [Review]

  1. tomphile says:

    Oh god…. I actually watched a few episodes of this and I’ll be damned if that pink pony at the party wasn’t on drugs.

    • MkMiku says:

      I’ll be damned if Pinkie isn’t always on drugs. @_@

      • Overlord-G says:

        So you finally caved in and submitted to the power of the pony have you? Personally, I didn’t expect you to join “our side”, no I’m not referring to the yuri nation. In any case, glad to have you on our side fellow brony.

        Your review is much more detailed than mine but we do enjoy the show for similar reasons. One thing though, Spike isn’t THAT bad. Sure he’s unimaginative and one dimensional but there have been worse fictional characters out there that would make your teeth cringe.

        • MkMiku says:

          I wouldn’t say “caved in,” since I’d never heard of it before. Why wouldn’t you expect me to join the herd? If anything, I wish someone would’ve told me sooner, since cute, humorous shows like this (e.g. Galaxy Angel, Di Gi Charat) are exactly the kind I like. ^____^ Nice to meet you, fellow Brony. *Brohoof!*

          Really? Yours looks the exact same length (I added a link to it, btw). And I wasn’t trying to write anything exuberant (especially since I’m aware that this is an anime blog); it’s just that a series like this doesn’t come around too often, so I had to express my praise for it in enough detail to equate my emotions. :D

          Obviously, he’s far from being the worst character ever, but regarding MLP, he just doesn’t seem to fit in, though I suppose they needed at least one dragon in Equestria, and not an evil one, I mean. I’m sorry, but it’s hard for me to look at Spike with a straight face, and his prepubescent voice doesn’t help either. *Bwahahaha*

        • Overlord-G says:

          Indeed. We must spread the word of this show’s greatness and the fact that even macho meatheads could succumb to the power of the pony. Do not be ashamed of what you wrote dood, it’s an honorable promotion of all ponydom. Besides, nobody who ever saw or heard of the atrocious MLP TV shows from the past would have expected THIS!

          Keep in mind that this show’s girly treatment is primarily due in part to the fact that MLP is a Hasbro product marketed towards girls. The fact that this show is the unexpected juggernaut it is right now with internet fans was…unexpected.I think you’ve seen just how big the Bronyhood’s fandom is. It ranges from cool to downright disturbing.

          Well he IS a baby dragon so technically you can think of him as a preteen who has a crush on an ojou-sama, like most classic Western young boy type characters. In the end, he’s mainly Twlight’s sidekick and little else. Maybe his role will increase in the upcoming 2nd season this Winter.

        • MkMiku says:

          I’m not ashamed to be a brony; it’s just that I don’t usually write about stuff like this on my blog, so it might’ve thrown some people of guard. Hell, then again, MLP totally caught be my surprise as well. xD

          In my opinion, the most interesting aspect of MLP is that everyone I know who has seen it has loved it (no matter age or gender). The only people who DON’T like it are the ones who haven’t seen it! Even in anime, it’s hard to find a series that everyone unanimously likes.

          I could do without Spike, but I hope some of the lesser defined ponies like Big Macintosh, DJ P0n-3, and even Derpy (XD) get bigger roles in S2. I’d really be interested to hear more of their stories. ^.^ Eeyup.

  2. Amy says:

    Brings back memories. I used to adore My Little Pony.

    • MkMiku says:

      Nice. ^^ I was never into it, nor was my sister, but Lauren Faust did a good job of making a new generation of ponies that both genders could appreciate.

  3. I watched one episode with my nieces when I was babysitting them (it is on a station called HUB) and I actually liked it. And one thing I learned when I watched the epsiode I did (One with Spike having to rescue Rarity from those dog looking things) Rarity is a drama queen, lol.

    • MkMiku says:

      If Rarity had her own movie, it’d be called “Beauty and the Bitch”. XD Dunno if it was just me, but those dogs seemed highly perverted, making Rarity their slave and all. I have to commend her sense of fashion, but no other episode, save for the one you saw, showed her whinny side more prominently. If Spike ever marries her, he’s in for a doozy. :D

  4. baka~ says:

    Haven’t watched this yet but with these reviews and comments, I might give it a shot… Oh and here’s a parody that most of you might find interest in: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJbAT1wzS8U

  5. Hmm, so much hype about this show. I’ve never even heard about this show until now, and I wonder if I should check this out… And, uhhh, am I missing out on something to do with this matter that happened during my forced month-long hiatus from anime? (-_-”)

    • MkMiku says:

      MLP is actually relatively old. It debuted on October 10, 2010. So, no, you haven’t really missed anything within the last month. XD Although, Season 2 begins September 17th, so now is the best time to saddle up and jump on the bandwagon!

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