I do not understand why ponies are so popular. I don't get why people like the show. Nor can I tolerate the overly-cutesy style for more than ten minutes. I'm just not interested.
If someone can show me how to enjoy MLP, and make me consider it, I'll join 'the herd' And I call this a challenge, because frankly, I'm getting annoyed by the ponies invading EVERYTHING. So I'm already sort of put-off by it.
Or, for a more proper reason, the fact that the show is an exception to the expectations of the marketing-centric shows which, in the case of something as reviled as , is an extremely big statement.
Point 1: Each episode does end with a moral, but instead of shoving it down people's throats as often and blatantly as possible, it's expertly weaved into the story in a fashion that most viewers can stomach. Point 2: Unlike previous iterations of My Little Pony, the characters each have many facets to their own personalities that can be related to more than just 5-year-old girls and get their own turns to shine throughout each season. Point 3: The artistic style in the show is much more male-friendly, thanks to the work of Studio B; a mythological bestiary spanning multiple cultures (primarily medieval and Grecian) is a constant source of peril in many episodes; and the villains are the sort viewers actually WANT to come back after being defeated (like the aforementioned Discord). This is NOTHING like MLPs past! Point 4: They ACTUALLY LISTEN to the fan-base! Hasbro and Studio B have embraced the fact that there is a large contingent not among the originally targeted demographic watching the show, and are constantly sneaking references to people and pop-culture within the animation. Occasionally some controversy results in listening to the wrong people, but for the most part, they cater to the audience very well.
And though not about the show itself, is probably most important... Point 5: The fan-base itself! The show has a devout following - Bronies, The Herd, whatever you want to call it - that try to adopt the principles of the show, forming a community that is predominantly tolerant of others opinions however hateful, and on its own level of creativity - besides the annoying meme-base are hundreds of videos syncing music and sound bytes to segments of the show (known as PMVs), well-made spoof series fan-dubbing to the episodes, to completely original works of music and animation. Even the idea of an adult male who loves a show supposedly for little girls is something fans take humour in, providing a unique way to irritate haters of these people - to the point of creating a civil war among the chan-boards! Anything that can cause major unrest in those troll-caves I'll give props to.
There is quite a bit more I could go into detail about, but those are the main reasons I feel MLP Friendship is Magic is at least worth the benefit of the doubt. Take the show on it's own merits, not those of the show's previous incarnations - watch an episode or two, then determine whether it's worth watching more of. If you don't like it, no-one will try to force it on you. If you enjoy watching it, don't let the opinions of others make you feel any less of a man. Join one of the many communities - they are friendlier than most groups and are more than happy to say "Welcome to the Herd"!
Absolutely one of the most intelligent replies I've gotten. So thanks for that.
You gave me everything you possibly could about what I asked of in the challenge. And I'll admit you have some seriously strong points. Maybe if I see it on, I'll think about that. But as of now, I'm staying out of the herd.
Plus, I'm a furry. Which is a fandom that's hated on just as much if not more than bronies. So I understand more than you'd think about all the trolls and how nice the fandoms can be to join.