|My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic|
The popularity of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has escalated so much over the past year, that it has spawned thousands of Fan-Fictions, thousands of Memes, and almost a million Pics of varying degrees of innuendo and sultry stuff. Shipping in this fandom is almost a must, and it isn't improbable to see some form of its influence around almost every corner of the internet.
So how does one show that was originally targeted for little kids back in the 1980s go from being your sister's forte to a world wide phenomenon? And believe me when I say that it's world-wide. I recently experienced a massive bidding war on eBay over some German Ponyville figures, and everyone walked away from that one a little burnt.
In fact, the reason I posed the question at the start of this article, was because it isn't unlikely that many fans of anime are also fans of MLP, and those that aren't are like I said before, probably acquaintances with someone that is, or knows someone that is.
Upon first look, there isn't really anything all that special about a show focused on the happenings of a bunch of girl ponies that have marshmallow feet, and are animated using the most advanced flash techniques that money can't buy. But upon a closer inspection, and provided you haven't let the fear of social stigma render you incapable of pressing the channel button that the show is featured on, you'll notice something that this show has a lot of. humor, and depth.
|My Little Pony as an Anime|
So, what would this show be if it were not a show about multi-colored ponies that have adventures, and learn real honest to goodness lessons about friendship? What sort of an audience would it have if it suddenly changed over-night, and became the latest anime release streamed from Japan, and then licensed and distributed by a North American company?
The first thing, is that the series would change it's amount of questionable content.
For those that do not know, the MLP: FiM show is strictly regulated, and much of its content falls under the scrutiny of a board of people who evaluate the E/I content to make sure that it adheres to the guidelines that having that rating carries. So without the restrictions of an Educational and Informational rating, the new anime version would be at more liberty to perhaps pursue more of the things that make anime work.
If anything, what would change right away, is that the series would no longer have anthropomorphic creatures/ponies as the stars of its new show. They would be dropped in exchange for either Uma-Mimi (Horse-Ear) pony-girl versions of the characters, or would just go straight to having them be super-cute middle-school girls with a wide array of Japanified personalities.
Another major change would be the plot, which would focus more on the original intent of FiM and more than likely center on the magical girl aspect that Hasbro more or less shot down in favor of an episodic adventure series, rather than one that had a recurring and consistent theme, aside from Twilight Sparkle's writing life lesson letters of friendship to the Princess on a weekly basis.
It would also be safe to say that if My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic were to have been made as an anime, the yuri aspect would be in full throttle. The select fan-boys out there that love a good Rainbow Dash shipping would be no doubt thrilled to have her behave more like the vag-hound, a hip stylish anime adaptation would bring, and the fan service would be a must.
Lastly, the show would have angst. Oh yes, those moments in a lead character's life that either make no sense, make or break them, and have the said character—Twilight Sparkle in this case—going emo over the direction her life is seeming to head. Top that all off with a heavy helping of hero worship for a Princess that would hardly notice her, a few episodes that focus on the additional and supportive characters, some more innuendo, and finish the entire series with something like the same sound you get, when you let the air out a balloon, while squeezing the end together, and you'll have the final product.
All in all, it's safe to say that no matter how much we might would like to see an anime adaptation of MLP, the consequences of such an action would be dire, to say the least.
I'll just be grateful for the show as is, and despite the social stigma, the harsh comments from the naysayers, and the eyerolls from the side-lines, I'm going to enjoy this amazingly original take on a classic show. It might would make for a nice anime someday, just not today.