Listening to: My hopes.
Reading: My own stories, thinking about making them better.
Watching: YouTube vids
Eating: Nothin' right now.
Drinking: Nothin' right now.
Well, I've delved into the realm of the cutesy My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, watched many episodes out of the two seasons it already has right now. And you know what?
I've come back....a man.
Not some macho man that still regards the series as a stupid little show that has hypnotized and suckered in countless people.
I've come back an understanding man that realizes that just because a show like My Little Pony is designed with kids in mind doesn't mean it has to be exclusively for kids. Because let's face it; there are some people out there that can make a kid's show look just damn impressive.
Alright, a few things; one, I will be doing TV show reviews on my journals. Second, Lauren Faust is a surprisingly talented animator. However, I'm not about to embrace this cutesy show with arms wide open holding a champagne bottle in one of my hands and say I personally like any of the main characters, etc. That would require me to castrate myself and start worshiping them as my idols, as I'm afraid many people are probably doing right now along with fapping to porn of their favorite ponies with enthusiastic vigor.
So on that note, here we go.
In the magical cutesy land of Equestria lies the village of Ponyville, lorded over by a unicorn called Princess Celestia. Her most trusted--and favorited--student Twilight Sparkle (which must have been where Stephanie Meyer got her inspiration for the Twilight books) is sent to Ponyville to make some friends and maybe perhaps score a little action on the side for all we know. Within just one episode, tits go up when the evil unicorn Nightmare Moon puts all of Equestria through an eternal nightfall. Twilight Sparkle and her newfound friends must gather the Elements of Macguffin and use them to defeat this stupid bitch.
In Season 2, Discord, the god of....ugh, 'disharmony'....*starts retching* is freed from his stony prison and starts making shit look fucked up so he can lord over all of it. Despite some difficulties, the ponies must band together and fight back this evil.
Anyway, that's the plot. Alright, time to get the good out of the way.
I must admit, Ms. Faust did an impressive job making this series look good. The animation is impressive, the use of colors is impressive, and there's some rather decent voice acting. The characters are also rather nicely well-rounded, making it hard for people to dislike them. That's pretty much it.
Now for a few nitpicks. Over the course of Season 1, Twi--*starts to vomit* Twilight Sparkle writes letters to Celestia about "the magic of friendship". My question is, why does she write a letter every damn episode? I mean, friendship is friendship; there's nothing really magical about it. Also, I get the strong impression that Celestia simply favorites TS because she's got no one else to be friends with and spends most of her nights in her Forever Alone room, crying herself to sleep. What's she gonna do when the purple bitch finally goes out to see the rest of the world? Commit hara-kiri out of sheer lonliness? Or what happens if she gets more students?
Granted, she stops doing this around Season 2, presumably because Celestia has tried to make friends of her own with this knowledge she's gotten from her purple bitch unicorn. Ugh, honestly....I think she literally just wanted to hang out with the main cast rather than sit her fat ass on her throne, being bored.
Also, the voice acting is a bit too cutesy for my tastes. I found myself having to pause after certain amounts of time in order to watch Man Cooking from LoadingReadyRun to reaffirm my masculinity, as much as I've run that phrase into the fucking ground.
My biggest gripe with the series thus far is that the villains are defeated much too quickly and much too easily, especially Discord, who ends up being beaten within a mere TWO EPISODES. I mean, come on, you stupid fuck! You're a fucking GOD! Surely you could just take these ponies straight to hell rather than simply hypnotizing them and then just faffing about!
That's my other big gripe with the series: after the villains are beaten, the ponies just faff about for the rest of the bloody season, trying to put up with one another! Have they not been reading J.R.R. Tolkien's books and thought about adventuring a few square yards from their own homes? And if I were stuck with that stupid Rarity pony, constantly being told to tidy up after successfully stepping on just a tiny bit of mud, I'd have pulled out a sewing kit and sewed her fucking mouth shut!
Anyway, at the end of the day, MLP: FiM is merely just a decent show with some impressive visuals and nice characters. But there's a question I'd like to deal with: what about all the other fans?
I say let them have their fun. Then, when they finally become productive members of society and get jobs and attempt to introduce their manlier friends to MLP, they'll soon know what it's like to have reality crashing down on them and realize no one's gonna start liking the show straight away and start naming favorites, and some of their friends may introduce them to the porcelain throne as punishment for liking something so cutesy.
So, that's that. I'm still a man. Changed, but still a man.