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Most people on this website are quit familiar with that term. A lot of you who are going to read this are Bronies yourselves. Those of you who are new, and maybe never heard of the term, let me help you out. A Brony, by the Wikipedia definition is:
" It [My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic] also found an unlikely audience from a large group of Internet users
in late 2010 and early 2011. These older fans, typically males from 18
to 35, were drawn to the show's characters, stories, animation style,
and influence of the show's propagation as an Internet meme."
You read that, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I couldn't believe it either. How could a show for little girls have such a large fanbase of older male followers? Little did I know I would soon become a part of that fanbase.
June 30, 2011, Mray901 posted a blog title "How I became a Brony." After reading the blog and seeing what he had to say, I left him a comment stating something along the lines of, I'm more into anime, and I don't see me liking this. And I figured it was done. He could like what he wanted, and I had no problem with that.
Enter one of my favorite GIO users- God of Irony. He leaves a comment on my wall saying this "resistance is futile. you will join the herd." Well me not knowing what that was, I ask. He then proceeds to link me to this page. The GIO Bronies page. The page Mray set up for all the sites Bronies. After looking at it a little, I decided to at least give it a shot. One episode and, I was sure to not like it, so that would be all. Of course, that's not what happened at all.
I really enjoyed the first episode, the whole time telling myself I shouldn't be liking this. I proceeded to watch the second, since it was a two part episode. And I loved it. Especially this scene.
So I watched more and more of it. Finally finishing Season 1, and loved it. I posted this on my status update soon after finishing the first few episodes. "Mray finally got to me. Why does this show have to be so darn cute and funny. Arrgh." Mray responds with "Boom goes the dynamite."
And in a way it did. I began to really enjoy the show. It has some great animation, and a remarkable cast of voice actors. Tara Strong, Ashleigh Ball, Tabitha St. Germain, and even John De Lancie, who is Qu from Star Trek. I began to just enjoy watching the animations, which were remarkably done.
Not to mention the show is funny. And not stupid funny, but actually funny. There are moments that will make you laugh. Part of that is the throwback to old cartoons. They have lots of slap stick comedy, a lot of references that the actual target audience will never get, and is just genuinely well written.
Mray posted this in his blog, and it really shows off a lot of the great moments from the series. If you enjoy this, you really need to give the show a chance.
To close this off, I want to talk a little bit about the characters.
They are actual characters. They have a deep level of characterization. Most people would assume they would be cardboard cut-outs that are all bland an unexciting, but that is far from the case. Each character is different and has certain flaws and strengths. Twilight Sparkle (Purple Unicorn) is very smart and rational thinking, but this sometimes gets in the way of her being friendly and she often over analyzes things. Fluttershy (Pink Haired Pegasus at the bottom) is very quiet and reserved, often not knowing how to stand up for her herself, but she is kind and caring towards all her friends. Every character is deep and has their own personality, and it really makes the show stand out.
If you were even remotely interested in this after reading this, my advice is to check it out. It is a little girly and frilly, but there is so much quality in it as well. The writing, the characters, the humor, the references, they are all great. Give it a fair shot and watch 5 or 6 episodes and see if you enjoy it.
If you do find yourself liking it, join the Brony Group that Mray set up. It's a great place to meet new people. Also make sure to check out the Skype chat. Just ask me, or SuperKingC77, or Hut, or someone else in the chat to add you. There is constant conversation there, about the show and other randomness.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this, and I hope if you never saw the show, you give it a shot and enjoy it as well.
I'll leave you with this cool piece of fanwork.