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I'm not all that impressed
My Little Pony: FIM has been a veritably cultural phenomenon for over a year now. Its virtually inescapable on the web, and it has legions of (often very vocal) fans. But does it really warrant the amount of attention it's getting? I don't know, but I personally don't think so. I really don't see how this holds the attention of adults. It doesn't have a particularly engaging plot. The characters may be a step up from usual 'girl show' fair, but they aren't particularly impressive, even compared to other children's cartoons (see the excellent DC Animated Universe). The colors and designs are garishly bright, and overly saccharine. The music varies between mainstream ultrabubblegum girly pop to musical numbers that sound like they were rejected from a particularly lame Disney sequel. It has decent writing behind it, its clever enough to elicit a chuckle or two out of me, and to be honest, the voice acting is above average for cartoons in general. But neither of these things can really make it more than a decent children's show. It doesn't rise up out of the Animation Age Ghetto at all, it feels like a show for pre-teen girls. I'd watch it with a kid if I had one, or if I had grown up with it, I'd probably continue to watch it into my adult years, but without the power of nostalgia behind it, it just doesn't interest me enough to watch it. To make matters worse, as someone who doesn't like the show, it's pretty much impossible to avoid. Almost every sight I frequent on the web is inundated with it, and random browsing often brings it up as well. The rabid fanbase, the hype, and the inescapability of it sours my view on the whole thing. This doesn't affect it's objective quality, but it makes it hard to enjoy it. As a whole, for an adult show, I'd give it a 5.5 (mediocre). Viewed as a Kid's show, what it is, i'd give it a 7.5 (good)
"The characters may be a step up from usual 'girl show' fair, but they aren't particularly impressive, even compared to other children's cartoons"

Please elaborate. Or better yet give an example of a character that you think is good, for the sake of contrast.
comment #17212 McSomeguy 12th Dec 12
Trust me, the Pokemon fans in Tv Tropes here are a lot worse. Remember Ghetsis horrible Complete Monster entry? And look at Pokemon's Nightmare Fuel pages. I like the fact that there's people actually care about Pokedex's entry.
comment #17500 flamemario12 30th Dec 12
Trust me, the Pokemon fans in Tv Tropes here are a lot worse. Remember Ghetsis horrible Complete Monster entry? And look at Pokemon's Nightmare Fuel pages. I like the fact that there's people actually care about Pokedex's entry.

This is not only a non sequitur, but it's besides the point anyway: no sane person could possibly claim that Pokemon has anywhere near the level of fanaticism, hype, and omnipresence among its online fans as a whole as this does.

Although that aside, I've said before and will say again that it's being awfully unfair to let the fandom influence your judgment of the show itself, even with a show as popular as this one.
comment #17501 nrjxll 31st Dec 12
But see, I'm not being influenced by the fan base. If it wasn't for the fan base, I wouldn't care about it at all. Even if happened to run across it by accident , its just not my thing, I wouldn't like it. All the fandom did to me is overexpose me too it, not change my opinion.
comment #17816 azraelfinalstar 23rd Jan 13
You seriously need to elaborate on the characters stuff.

Seriously all I've ever seen is characters that not only do not fit most stereotypes given,but subvert hard. The smart people are not only Not So Above it all,but develop a lot. Take the most recent episode where the so-called "Doormat" is tasked with reforming the at the time most malicious character of them all,everyone else distrusts her and doesn't even try,but she makes it.

DCAU doesn't really have that at all. Batman might change somewhat but never past expectations,Joker is always the same Laughably Evil character.

@flame mario But Ghetsis is a Complete Monster by all terms of what makes a Complete Monster.
comment #17822 terlwyth 23rd Jan 13
The rabid fanbase, the hype, and the inescapability of it sours my view on the whole thing. This doesn't affect it's objective quality, but it makes it hard to enjoy it.

My thoughts exactly.
comment #18211 HappyMan 15th Feb 13
Eh, you should never let a single dumb fan ruin it for you. And you certainly shouldn't generalize that their all fanatics.
comment #18220 T448Eight 15th Feb 13
@terlwyth you must not have watched much of the DCAU, as it defines the way a lot of characters are viewed now (IE Mr. Freeze) or simply created now iconic characters (like Livewire, or Harley Quinn; she's a very unique character). Batman and Joker may seem cliched, but that's only because they were the ones that created the cliches in the first place way back when, and even then, these versions of them are the ones people people think of when discussing the characters. Actually comparing the two shows is pretty pointless though, considering that they aren't even similar in tone or genre, although DCAU is clearly superior, at least IMO. @T 448 Eight I haven't let any fans ruin it for me, I would never have liked it in the first place. All the fanbase has done is making it annoying. I never said all the fans were fanatics, nor do i have anything against anyone liking it. I just find it annoying that I can't really go anywhere on the internet without hearing about it. Like Bieber-bashing.
comment #18316 azraelfinalstar 24th Feb 13
"It feels like a show for pre-teen girls."

Duh, that's because IT IS.
comment #20297 ading 23rd Jul 13
Could you just ignore my comment, please? I regretted putting that...
comment #20302 flamemario12 24th Jul 13
There's something about polymorphic ponies who look pretty and exhibit low-key aesops that appeals to the teeming masses. It's all there. It's a guilty pleasure that will never die out thanks to Hasbro.
comment #20342 jippy6 29th Jul 13
"Duh, that's because it is" That's my point. It's a preteen girl show, and it plays like a preteen girl show. There's nothing really exceptional about it.
comment #20904 azraelfinalstar 27th Aug 13
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