This is the second time I’ve written about My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, click here to read the first post.
I have friends, both male and female, that enjoy watching My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, and so I knew that I was going to have to eat those peas sooner or later. I just didn’t think it was going to stem from a discussion about time travel.
So I was shooting the breeze with my friend Chris while we were at a pizza joint and I started talking about a story idea I had that involved time travel. As expected, we started talking about media we’d watched or read that involved time travel and the “rules” that they had followed, so the conversation turned to Doctor Who, the Terminator series, Back to the Future, TimeWalker…and then out of the blue Chris suddenly says: “This reminds me of an episode of My Little Pony!”
I did a facepalm, much to Chris’ delight. Chris is a brony, you see, and so he likes to insert My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic into virtually ANY conversation we’re having…or at least it seems that way to me. Much to his chagrin, I still haven’t seen the show but figured what the hey, it was finally time to eat my peas. So we went to my place, fired up Netflix and saw not only the episode in question (“Its About Time”), but I also figured we’d also watch the first two so could get introduced to the show and the characters.
I have to say its pretty good. In terms of quality, I thought that the show was very well done. The characters and scenery were pleasant to look at, if not downright cute. The animation was pretty good, though I could see little instances here and there where it had that ‘Flash look’ to it. I felt the voice acting was very good, and the music fit the action well, with various variations on the main theme throughout.
While it does have some kid’s show trappings, like the ‘moral of the story’ bit, that’s okay. I liked what I saw, I found it entertaining to watch and thought it would be fun for everyone. So it has a nearly all-female cast? Big deal, so did Golden Girls. So its bright and colorful? Big deal, so are Super Mario games. Do some of the bronies need to simmer down and stop shoving it down everyone’s throats? Yes they do, but obsessive fanboys are present in EVERY fandom so you can’t really hold that against the majority of fans who aren’t screaming their love of it from the mountaintops.
Based on the few episodes I saw, MLP:FiM is a fun show for everyone to watch that is deserving of the attention it has been getting, even if the more overzealous members of the fandom tend to ‘squick the mundanes.’
Is it good enough to be deserving of that level of obsession? I can’t say based on having only seen three episodes, so I guess I’ll have to see some more in order to find out…
Uh-oh. This is how it starts, isn’t it?