What is friendship all about? Twilight Sparkle, a purple unicorn pony, travels from Canterlot to Ponyville and all over Equestria to find out. Along the way she befriends the generous Applejack, the adventurous Rainbow Dash, the beautiful and fashion-forward Rarity, animal-lover Fluttershy, and the literal-party-animal Pinkie Pie. Together they work to discover the mystery behind the Elements of Harmony, learn valuable life lessons and write to Princess Celestia about them, and even take on a few bad guys along the way.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic took the world by storm in October 2010 when it premiered on The Hub. Although the show’s target audience was little girls between 4 and 12, it managed to get a much wider audience, mostly young men, with its compelling characters, great writing, catchy songs and clever jokes.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is one of the top American toons probably influenced by anime and other Japanese pop culture for the following reasons:
- Big shiny eye design.
- Twilight Sparkle’s and Applejack’s design were probably influenced by Panty & Stocking’s Anarchy sisters.
- Main protagonist: Twilight Sparkle, is arguably the most powerful character in the show and doesn’t realize it…yet.
- Main protagonist: Twilight Sparkle begins her journey alone, but gains alot of friends.
- Many of the show’s voice actors have voiced in English-dub anime.
- And many more…
MLP:FiM has just finished its third season earlier this year and the fourth season is expected to premiere in late 2013/early 2014. Reruns can be seen on The Hub, and episodes are available on DVD, Netflix and iTunes…and if you’re lucky, free on YouTube.