As well as an explanation of the phenomenon in general. Look at me. I’m watching this show for girls and no one can stop me! Bwahaha!
September the 17th.
That day will be a sick-ass day.
Do you want to know why the 17th day of the 9th month of the 2011th year will be a sick-ass day?
Well, I’ll tell you why the 17th day of the 19th month of the 2011th year is going to be a sick-ass day.
That day marks the day when the 2nd season of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic airs and releases the almighty floodgates of Brony happiness for all of the world to see.
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, chances are you think I’m crazy,
and should probably be requiring some serious psychological help. Well, I’ll try and explain the best I can.
On October 2010, when it all began, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic was first aired to the public. Part of a debut of a new television network for kids, I’ve supposing. Shortly after airing, Cartoon Brew wrote an article, dubbed “The End of the Creator-Driven Era in TV Animation,” with a rather alarmist tone to it. A certain website mocked the article for this reason, and began to watch the show to see what the fuss was about. And by the 2nd episode’s airing, that certain website’s interest for the show grew even more.
And I want you to take a wild guess at what that website would be.
From within the swamps of 4chan, this show grew like wildfire. More and more people began to love this show before it entered the heart of it all, /b/.
The posters of /b/ (Affectionately known as /b/tards), who thought of the show’s cute and cuddly nature to be an exact opposite of their behaviour, embraced the irony and began posting like no tomorrow. For months the front page would be filled with posts with ponies. Loved it or hated it, you couldn’t have ignored it. It was everywhere. Seriously.
It didn’t take long before those masses of MLP fans (Universally known as “Bronies,” a portmanteau of “Bro” and “Pony”) flooded into other sites, and before you knew it every single major site had a pony reference, one way or another.
However, not everyone loves ponies. Angry /b/tards and angry 4channers in general soon began to condemn threads filled with MLP as “cancer that is killing 4chan.” Strange, since 4chan seemed to have been a wasteland long before MLP came into play. Soon enough, porn and gore was spammed in pony threads. However, instead of being discouraged, Bronies were accepting of the spammers, simply ignoring them and saying that it was more or less okay. This only served to shovel more coals into the furnace of the hatedom.
Eventually, threads were deleted and posters were banned, the reason being “endless pony threads with no actual content other than reaction images. Go start your own pony imageboard.” The overwhelming amount of bans only incited outright shitstorms between the fans of the show and the haters, those that defended the show and those that condemned it as a pointless, cancerous meme.
Eventually fed up and sick of the negativity on 4chan and the other websites in general, Bronies fled to create their own imageboard, “Ponychan.” As well, news sites and blogs were made on the topic of the show, where they could have posted to their hearts’ content.
Through reading all of this, you were probably wondering why there was such a fuss over a show for girls. I mean, it’s a show about coloured ponies, how good could it be? Well, let me explain it to you, with the help of a post written by one of my friends who probably explained this show’s qualities better than I ever could have:
“Well, first of all, there’s the ironic factor of grown men watching My Little Pony, which I am sure that you are quite aware of. Secondly, the characters in the show are very well developed, even more so for a children’s show. The plotlines aren’t all that amazing, but the show has good character interaction, plenty of mature humour (Not in the adult sense of the word, obviously), and it is just one of those things which makes you feel good when watching it. Ah, and the animation is good.
I’m not saying it’s for everyone, nor will I hail it as something sensational or world-changing. However, like any other thing that I am a fan of, I enjoy it and that’s really all that matters, right? If you want to try it out, don’t go for the first episode. Try searching up “Dragonshy” on YT, I always use that for introducing people as it starts out relatively quickly. Try sitting through that. If you don’t like it, fair enough, everyone is entitled to their opinion. But try watching it, just once.”
And with season 2 just around the corner, why not join us? It’d me feel very happy if you did.