And The Fandom Rejoiced: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
Bronies might very well be the most excitable and easily pleased fandom ever, and why not? When you have a great show like Friendship is Magic, there's plenty to go yay!~ about.
A new My Little Pony series? Well considering how lame the latest couple of adaptations has been it probably isn't going to be anything specia — wait, Lauren Faust is in charge of it?!? Male characters? They're bringing back Applejack with her G1 color scheme?! A villain for the first time since G1? Winged Unicorns?!? Well, this might be awesome.
A second season is coming out? YES.
And a third!
And a fourth!
The fourth season being confirmed to be 26 episodes long brought about a particularly strong burst of fandom-rejoicing as the third season was only 13 episodes long (compared to Seasons 1 and 2, which were 26 episodes each). The fans feared that this "short season" was the beginning of the end of the series.
A new My Little Pony promo? Is this a parody of "California Girls"? That's way out of the target demographics range. I wonder if they do know? Nah, probably no-WAIT!? Did he just say "bronies", and "DJ PON-3"!!!!?? Hasbro and the Hub also sent a letter to Equestria Daily!? Plus they also clarified about when the spot will premiere!!?? YES!!! WE, THE BRONIES, ARE KNOWN!! BROHOOFS TO HASBRO AND THE HUB!! MAJOR BROHOOFS!!!
Hmm. The internet is obsessed with My Little Pony. Too bad it's not i- Wait, it's showing on Boomerang in the UK and Ireland? Maybe one episode...
Not anymore. It hasn't been shown in the UK and Ireland since March 2012.
Back in April 2011, the YouTube user FluttershyElsa posted this PMV of "Weird Al" Yankovic's Polkarama which managed to get both the attention and the endorsement of "Weird Al" himself (a feat that would later be repeated with its sequel). As a result of him effectively affirming the show and its fandom into the Pantheon of Nerdvana, show director Jayson Thiessen invited Al to do a guest appearance on the show, sparking speculation that he would make a Season 2 appearance. With Season 2 come and gone, however, that speculation had died down. But things have a tendency to change rapidly, as there is now damn good reason for thatspeculation tobe rekindled.
Furthermore, the comic books are genuinely funny and exciting material and are the hot sellers they deserve to be!
Bushiroad is finally bringing Friendship is Magic to Japan after a looong two and a half year wait and after Takara Tomy called quits on the franchise last year. The best thing about this: the cast from Tantei Opera Milky Holmes are coming back to voice the main characters!
What could possibly be bigger than that? I dunno, how about Celestia being voiced by Kikuko Inoue?!
Japanese bronies eventually got their turn: when it was announced that the Milky Holmes cast would return to voice 2/3 of the main cast, the response was a resounding "meh". As turns out, two of the voice actors were withheld for a reason: cue Miyuki Sawashiro as Twilight and Emiri Katou as Fluttershy...
Although fans enjoyed the dub, they weren't so keen on choosing not to dub fan favorite songs "Winter Wrap-Up" and "Art of the Dress", making many think that the only songs that would be dubbed are short songs or Pinkie Pie songs (as her voice actor is Idol SingerSuzuko Mimori). That is until the airing of "Best Night Ever" had "At the Gala" fully dubbed. Needless to say, the fandom rejoiced!
Princess Luna, a character who got one minute of screen time and one line of dialogue in the second episode, not only returning after a year-long absence, but also getting her own focus episode. This was especially important since her absence had created her own fanbase.
What's that? Rainbow Dash refers to the grey pegasus as "Derpy"? She has a voice?!?!? And the fanbase goes INSANE.See for yourself.
The cherry on top of the whole season is DJ PON-3/Vinyl Scratch appearing again in the finale and revealing her true eye color.
Checklist for Season 3: Possibly more Trixienote The guy heading the Q&A panel said he couldn't confirm or deny, but did say Season 3 would be "great and powerful", MORE LUNA, more crazy ponies, Octaviapossibly being voiced and singing with Raritynote When the actors were asked which still silent background pony they'd like to voice, and then having Octavia described to them (the VAs don't know much about background ponies beyond Derpy), Cathy Weseluck did a quick demo of what she thought Octavia would be like. She may have been just doing it on the spot, but its enough to get Bronies interested. See it here. And when a song from season 3 was released showing how far Top Draw had come since season 1 and having Spike dancing and SINGING, many bronies cried out: OUR BODIES ARE READY.
Unfortunately, Octavia didn't sing...but everything else occured in some way, shape or form!
A second song was previewed confirming the rumors about the Crystal Empire toys being related to Season 3, as well as Princess Cadence returning. Not to mention that this is the first time a past-gen gimmick (special pony subsets like the Flutter Ponies) is not only in the merchandise but in the show. So we've got season 1 being all about the characters, season 2 dedicated to the in-show universe, and now season 3 gets the mythology references.
Okay, so those new posters were pretty cool, but there probably won't be much season 3 spoiler-ific stuff for a while-wait, possible season 3 pictures?.A post-apocalyptic looking Carousel Boutique and Sweet Apple Acres? The Great and PowerfulTrixie to return!? It's only a month or two Bronies, we can wait that long.
The drought between Season 2 & 3 was rather long (much longer than the one between 1 & 2), so bronies rejoiced when the release date was finally announced for November 10th, 2012.
"Sleepless In Ponyville" has Luna making an appearance other than a cameo. Not only that, but it also confirms that Luna is a Dream Walker and is capable of giving advice and support like her older sister.
Rainbow Dash officially becoming a Cool Big Sis to Scootaloo in the same episode certainly made a lot of fans happy.
"Wonderbolt Academy": Yes! Dash finally living her dream training for the Wonderbolts! Darn, she is resigning on a matter of principle; it's nice to see Dash display a real moral backbone against Lighting Dust's reckless jackassery, but it looks like Status Quo Is God after all in this series. Whoa!, Spitfire coming and talking out of her resignation and promoting her? Whoo-Hoo, Nothing Is the Same Anymore!.
What's this? Applejack is getting her own song? O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!
Not to mention, unlike last time, there's nothing in this episode to overshadow her. Just her and her extended family. And one kick-ass song that's perfect for any hoedown.
Don't forget, Braeburn is back for his first appearance since Season 1! PRAISE CELESTIA!
Not just being reformed, but being reformed by Fluttershy.
And they succeed!
The Alicorn Twilight rumors are true?NOOOOOOOOOO!!! But wait, what's this? She won't change as a character? And Lauren Faust herself is hopeful that the current showrunners can pull this off? This just might work.
The episode will be a musical with seven songs?! Potential is building, just one more day!
After 3 seasons of dormancy, Princess Celestia finally gets to sing! And boy, was it worth the wait.
Multiple appearances of Derpy, who had been sadly absent almost this entire season.
Rarity being confirmed to get at least one or two episodes after not getting one devoted to her in Season 3.
Information for Season 4 has been released. Let's have a look: "Spike has a lot of fun in season 4." Hey, Spike's gonna get more love. Cool. "They think they broke Tabitha with the Rarity lines this season. Andrea says Pinkie Pie's season 4 writing is hilarious, and piles of crazy stuff happens to Fluttershy." Oh, I have a feeling that the humor's gonna be great this season!
We also get a flashback actually showing Luna becoming Nightmare Moon.
This years SDCC animatic preview gave us confirmation of the Scootaloo episode we've all wanted to see, where she has to deal with not being able to fly.
And another scene showed us with Spike in an alternate world—where the Mane 6 are the Power Ponies!
"There can only be one Princess in Equestria, and that Princess will be ME!!!" Even in the middle of a Face-Heel Turn, Luna still inspires massive applause from the audience.
It's a testament of how the series' penchant for great music is still going strong with it only taking about 20 seconds for the audience to start clapping in time to the song, "Apples to the Core."
Season Four will have a Discord song- wait, are you serious? Is this actually happening? That's the coolest thing ever! We've waited for this to happen! YESSSSS!
And an Author's Saving Throw with Twilight, getting her first flight lesson in both her Hot Minute and the season 4 premiere.
So, it looks like the Elements of Harmony are officially kaput. Ah well, looks like they're gonna have to get creative with how they defeat villains from n- wait a minute...is that a jewelry box from the Tree of Harmony? With six locks? And six keys?AND THE PRINCESSES HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THEY ARE?!?!?!?!? There can only be one logical conclusion: SEASON LONG STORY ARC!!!!!!YYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!
Rarity fans are quite pleased that the white unicorn will be getting her first centric episode since Sweet and Elite, which, for reference, first aired over two years ago.
It's actually getting a summer theatrical release. Granted, as of this writing it's limited, but even so, a theatrical release is nothing to sneeze at.
Said movie is called "Equestria Girls"... and it's going to involve Twilight going into a human world. NOOOOOOOO!!! ... But wait, what's this? A trailer has been released? No more cheap-looking anthro designs like had been advertised for the past few months? The voice actors doing the human-counterpart voices? There's still ponies in the beginning and it's just Twilight going into an alternate world? Daniel Ingram's doing the music? References in the trailer like Human!Scootaloo doing the chicken dance?! What do you know, bronies... this just might have some potential.
Movie's starting okay, Element of Magic, "My Little Ponnyyy".... wait, is that moombahcore?! Is this a remix of the theme tune?!A PMV-style intro that looks and sounds exactly like the kind of thing members of the fandom make?!HASBRO HASN'T FORGOTTEN US!