"When I took the job, I braced myself for criticism, expecting many people — without even watching the show — to instantly label it girly, stupid, cheap, for babies or an evil corporate commercial. I encourage skeptics like this to watch My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic with an open mind. If I'm doing my job right, I think you'll be surprised."
— Lauren Faust
Ahem. Just because the show is targeted at young girls doesn't mean it can't be enjoyable for boys and grown-ups too!
I like watching MLP because it's one of the few shows with a female-dominated cast containing genuinely strong female leads and characterization.
I like the ponies and their personalities. They're all very different from each other, but have great chemistry and work well together to show the young audience that there is more than one way to be a girl.
I love the Flash-based animated style and the clever pop culture references ( Pinkie's Death Note reference in "Green Isn't Your Color" and the Royal Wedding in "A Canterlot wedding" basically being a ponified version of Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding for example ). Plus the theme song is too catchy for words! ~ My Little Pony, My Little Pony, Ahh, ahh, ahh, ahhh ~
MLP reminds me of the older cartoons I used to watch. I think the reason older viewers are so taken with this show is because it gives them a sense of nostalgia and it makes them feel like a kid again. ^___^ I like the bright colors of all the ponies, the unique character designs ( I mean, dang, even background ponies get cool designs! Just look at Lyra Heartstrings
! ), wonderful writing, and wit.
I think that "friendship is magic" is also a really awesome moral that teaches kids ( and adults ) how truly special the power of friendship is, and it reminds us that having friends makes you strong ( as well as apparently enabling us to fire rainbow colored beams of light to kick the mucus out of the bad guys xD ).
Yes, there is a lot of good-natured humor in this series. You'd be surprised at the number of jokes aimed at older viewers, like Fluttershy telling Pinkie and Rarity that nopony gives a flying "feather" about them, Pinkie's "spiked" joke, Spike asking the Mane Six what a bachelor's party consists of, etc. Most children probably wouldn't understand them but the older viewers do, and we appreciate every bit of it.
I have to agree that it's a little annoying to go on a site wanting to talk about something non-pony related and just see a bunch bronies on parade, but I don't think it's a bad thing that guys are finally starting to show appreciation for girls' shows without being made fun of.
I think maybe you'll have a better chance of understanding after watching an episode or two. After all, you shouldn't allow own opinion to be formed by others, correct ~ ?
On a side note, the reason why MLP practically snowballed into popularity was as a result of a few blog reviews written by people who really didn't know the series that well and gave very negative views on it ( saying things like it was the "end of animation" and such ). These reviews were posted on 4chan for people to discuss. They gained a lot of attention that way, prompting people to start watching the series to see if it was really that bad. To their surprise they loved it, and they spread their newfound enthusiasm of MLP to other parts of the internet along with thousands of charming pony memes.
AND THAT'S HOW EQUESTRIA WAS MADE! 8D
On the surface, MLP can seem like a harmless children's cartoon, but it's not just that. As the two-parter "The Return of Harmony" shows, there are a lot of mature themes in this series, as well as the villain for that episode being genuinely
scary instead of cheesy as you might expect from a girls' show.