Today, we’re talkin’ ponies.
At New York Comic-Con several people I consider to be good friends insisted I simply must watch the new My Little Pony – Friendship is Magic series. These are people whose opinions and sanity I trust so, when the opportunity presented itself, I began to watch the first episode. While I watched that first episode I live-blogged on Twitter, which was pretty hilarious all on its own, as people started to react to my comments.
Zac Bertschy of ANN called it spot on, when he said that everyone would tell me that I had to watch at least 6 episodes to really get into it. (Meta commentary FTW!) I admit that a few episodes in, I was begining to question my friendships with those aforementioned people. But indeed, around Episode 6, something happened. The dialogue, which always had a bit of snark, turned extra snarky. When they trotted a Pinky and The Brain reference out, I realized that we had been given a series as close as were are gonna get to the old Bugs Bunny cartoons that were written simultaneously on two levels, one for the kids and one for the adults to enjoy.
The lead pony, Twilight Sparkle is, well gosh, she’s me. She’s short-tempered, bookish, too smart for her own good and can’t stop researching stuff. The rest of the ponies are likable, with some really weird personality quirks – Pinky Pie is especially confusing until you realize that she’s not so much a ditz, she’s just a really out-of-the-box thinker. But, what’s really drawing in the Yuri fans is tomboyish Rainbow Dash.
Rainbow Dash isn’t really, specifically tomboyish, except insofar that she’s active and confident in her flying skills to the point of being brash. And she’s got the rainbow as her mane and tail, so duh, she’s obviously gay!
Art – Kind of creative, really. The unicorns use their magic to move stuff around, so there’s no question of need for hands – 8
Characters – 8
Story – Variable. On the most moralistic episodes, it can be an eye-rolling 4, but on the good episodes, it gets up to 8
Yuri – 0, but don’t think I’m not trying
Service – (O_o)
Overall – 8
Unless Twilight and Rainbow get together as a couple, I’m not calling this a “Yuri” series or anything, but for mindless fun, unfortunate morals of the story and a large serving of nasty humor, I guess I recommend My Little Pony – Friendship is Magic.