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Hello. My name is Mray901, I'm a male teenager, and I like a cartoon called My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Surprised? So am I. If you can believe me, I'm going to tell you the tale of how I came across this show, why I like it, and why you should at least give it a chance.
Disclaimer: This blog was voted on by my Twitter followers. They apparently want to know why I like the show; a reasonable question. If you don't like that this blog is here, well, GET OVER IT! ....I mean, if that's okay with you.
I first learned about anything to do with the show when a member of a site I use started using pictures of the characters as avatars. I wasn't sure why he was using colorful cartoon horses as an avatar, but I expected it was out of irony. I was curious, but I never thought too much about it.
Fast forward a month later, when "Weird" Al Yankovic posts this video on his Twitter profile.
I thought the video was hilarious!I ended up watching the video about... five times at least, finding funny little things that the creator did with the music and video. Not only did I think the music was synched in a funny way, I actually found myself enjoying the animation in the video itself. I thought the animations were very well done, especially when compared to other cartoons now-a-days. (Note: I've been a fan of cartoons an animation since I was a kid.)
One day, I was bored and decided to check out the rest of this person's Youtube channel. While scrolling through these videos, one of them caught my eye. It was called "The Best of MLP: Friendship is Magic [Episodes 1~10]".
"Wait a minute... so people actually watch this show?!" I thought. (Note: Which they do. This show has a huge fan-base of animation fans) ...Then I watched the video.
I actually found myself laughing a lot of the parts shown in said video. The writing, shockingly, was good! I became curious as to how good the real show actually was, and being a babysitter, wanted to play a show for my little sister that didn't make me want to gouge my eyes out.
I started recording the show "for my sister", and she fell in love with it, watching the same recorded episodes at least twice a day. I thought I would eventually go insane, but... I didn't. The show wasn't annoying me at all. Heck, I even found myself watching it half of the time.
I wasn't sure if my standards had been lowered by the mounds of crap I had to watch with my sister each day, or if the show was legitimately good. I couldn't stop thinking about it; my mind was warped into nothing but thoughts about the show.
I posted stuff on Twitter like "Before a go insane, someone please agree with me that the animation in this show is good." I was sincerely shocked that I found myself enjoying the show, and then it hit me; this is actually a pretty good cartoon.
It has a lot of elements from older cartoons, such as slapstick, references its target audience won't get, and quality writing. These days, most cartoons are either just stupid or spastic has heck. (I'm looking at you Adventure Time.)
Me talking about how the show was ironically a good cartoon apparently sparked interest in my friends and twitter followers. I ended up encouraging at least three people to watch it, all of which liked it (granted, one was a girl.)
Once one of my friends started watching it from the beginning of the season (and liking it), I decided to do the same. (Note: The episodes I recorded for my sister were later on in the series.)
While watching the first few episodes, I found myself laughing, enjoying the animation, and liking the characters. I know what you're thinking; how can characters named Pinkie Pie, Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash be likable?
Well... they're actually characters. It's hard to explain unless you watch the show, but they actually have quirks, flaws and personalities that you'd find in any other good show. Shocking, I know.
Eventually, I was having conversations about the show with other people who watch it, (including aforementioned Starship Phoenix member) watching funny videos synched to music, and wondering when the next season would start. I had been sucked into the fandom. I had become a brony. (Note: A brony is a gender-neutral term for a fan of the show above 13 years old).
I find the show to be similar to the PowerPuff Girls, Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends (Both worked on by Lauren Faust, Friendship is Magic'sproducer), or Disney movies. There's a huge girly, cutesy look to it, but there's a lot of quality there too.
Speaking of Lauren Faust, this is what she thinks of the show's older fans.
If you want someone else's opinion of the show, watch this presentation.
I'm going to go ahead and wrap this blog up, as it's getting pretty lengthy. If I've made you curious to check out the show, awesome! If you're a fan of cartoons, especially those from the 90s, I couldn't recommend the show enough. (Of course, if you go in wanting to hate it, you're probably going to hate it. Try going in with an open mind.)
Hopefully some of you have learned to not judge a book by it's cover... or a TV show by it's name... or whatever.
And hey, if you wanna troll this page and make fun of me for watching the show without actually forming your own opinion, you can do that too! I love trolling haters with funny pictures. :)
Last thing: To keep this post slightly video game related, here's an 8-bit remix of one of the show's songs.