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