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“It’s magic, I ain’t gotta explain s**t (except when I do)”: *My Little Pony* and Sanderson’s Laws of Magics

No matter how much you like this show, it’s clear that FiM‘s magic system isn’t particularly robust.  There aren’t many clear rules as to how magic works in Equestria. At first glance, this seems like bad storytelling.  I know I’ve … Continue reading

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Why Luna is more popular than Celestia, part 2: the long shadow of “Luna Eclipsed”

When it comes to Luna and Celestia, I’m a pretty typical Brony; I certainly like Celestia, but I don’t inwardly cheer when she comes on-screen, the way I do with Luna. As I’ve argued before, much of Luna’s appeal comes … Continue reading

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“It’s for kids” is not an excuse (and we don’t need one, anyway)

[EDIT: To clarify, I don’t think for a second that Miller uses “it’s for kids” as an excuse to phone it in. If he did, Season 4 would not be nearly as good as it is.  My concern was more … Continue reading

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“We have met the enemy, and she is us”: why Starlight Glimmer is FiM’s most intriguing villain yet

After the Season 4 finale, I had a lot on my mind (as you might recall).  But I had one concern that I haven’t discussed on this blog: “How are they going to top this?” The fight with Tirek was … Continue reading

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The beginning of the collaborator-driven era in TV animation — and why *FiM* just might start it

WARNING: This post contains minor spoilers for Episode 100 of Friendship is Magic.  That said, if you even know the premise of Episode 100, you know everything I’m going to discuss. Most of us are aware that this whole weird … Continue reading

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Spike and the challenge of adolescent characters

Of all the main characters, Spike’s depiction has drawn the most criticism (with the possible exceptions of Rarity and Applejack).  Complaints about the little guy tend to assert that he’s either a) inconsistent, b) inept, c) a jerk, or d) … Continue reading

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Rest in peace, Golden Oaks Library (and please don’t come back): the importance of character death

The destruction of Golden Oaks library (understandably) caused a stir among the fandom.  A small-but-vocal minority decried the decision, characterizing it as a blatant attempt to sell toys at the expense of the show’s quality. Surprisingly, Digibrony himself was among … Continue reading

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