Alethea & Athena (double_dear) wrote,
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Equestria Girls

I was trying to decide whether I wanted to make this post the next in our series about the manga we translated, or if I wanted to talk about Equestria Girls. I decided that the stuff about Equestria Girls is more likely to leave my head sooner whether I write about it or not, so I might as well go with that.

It all started several months ago when people on Facebook started posting their reactions to the Equestria Girls trailer. For those of you who don't know, Equestria Girls is the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic movie, in which the main pony, Twilight Sparkle, finds herself in a world where she's human, and there are human versions of all her friends, all going to high school. The reaction among our acquaintances was vehemently negative, and we couldn't quite figure out why. Some of them posted to articles about it, and there was one point that had us going, "Oh, I guess I can see that," which is why we hesitated to talk about Equestria Girls until we'd experienced it firsthand. That one point was this: turning the ponies into humans is pandering to the bronies who love the characters a little too much, if you know what I mean.

Now that we've seen the movie, based on our own reaction to it, we think it was more a reaction to My Little Pony cosplay. Like our Siamese cats costumes, people have been coming up with cute outfits to match with pony ears, so they could cosplay their favorite non-human characters without having to put on a furry suit. It looks to us like the people behind the animated series saw some of those costumes and thought, "Hey, those are some really cute ideas! Wouldn't it be awesome if..."

Well, that, and Hasbro thinking, "How can we expand our market to the little girls who would rather play with human dolls than talking animal dolls?"

But the point is, our main thought when watching the movie was, "COSPLAY!!!!" It's a whole world of possibilities! You can even make up your own pony and design a cute outfit for it!

As for the "sending Twilight Sparkle to high school" thing...well, if you're going to send her to a human world, what else are you going to make her do? I guess you could send her to a human world that's at war and she has to become a warrior princess or something, but I think they were trying to make the setting a little more removed from the Equestria in the series. In other words, if a girl would rather play with human dolls than animal dolls, fantasy probably isn't her favorite genre. Also, it seems like one of the main goals of this movie was "My Little Pony Magical Girls," and high school is just where most magical girl series take place.

And most of all, the main message of Equestria Girls seems to be that friendship is just as powerful in any world as it is in Equestria. The best way to get that message across is to put Twilight in a world similar to the world the audience lives in.

Speaking of the main message, it's pretty much the same as it is in the main series. Basically, our opinion of this movie was pretty much exactly the same as our opinion of the TV show, and we really can't see any reason for pony fans to be so heartily against it. I mean if you just don't like it, that's one thing, but to claim that it's a crime against the series is plain silly. For one thing, it was vastly superior to the episode where Twilight becomes a princess.

So overall, I would say if you like MLP:FIM, there's no real reason to avoid Equestria Girls. Check it out, because it's really fun!

Today I'm thankful for the super cute costumes in Equestria Girls, getting to try fudge-dipped Ritz crackers (they could use a little more salt), getting more rubber bands for the bracelet loom, being almost done doing laundry today, and Page coming inside so we could close the door and be less cold.
Tags: my little pony

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