I’ve decided to start a project that I’ve wanted to do in some form since as far back as 2014. This project is to review and analyze every single episode from all nine seasons of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (MLP:FiM or MLP for short), a highly successful TV show in the My Little Pony franchise that ran from 2010 to 2019. I shouldn’t have to tell you that the show is notorious for becoming very popular among people far outside its target audience, particularly teenage and adult men. I also shouldn’t have to tell you that yes, I am one of those people who likes the show despite being far outside its target audience (21-year-old man as of this writing). It’s a fact that I’ve had to come to terms with after years of denial.
MLP:FiM is good, like it’s actually good, not even the meme kind of good. It’s fun to watch, it has a good sense of humor, unique and varied characters, cool musical numbers, awesome action scenes (especially in season premieres/finales), lots of overarching story arcs, and most of all, valuable lessons (friendship-related and otherwise) to take away from every episode. Many of those lessons are just as applicable to adults if not more so than they are to children. The show, from my understanding, was designed as something that parents would be able to watch and discuss along with their children, but it ended up with a much wider appeal than that.
I suppose I should also talk about when and how I got into the show. I’ll phrase it as a quick timeline:Continue reading