Originally Posted by emporershand89
So Galahad let me get this strait so I make sure I'm understand. Your justifying grouping shows such as Naruto, Gundam, Ben 10, Yu-Gi-Oh, and other such shows targeting teens with TV series like My Little Pony, Barney, Dora the Explorer, Rolly Polly Olly, and other such childish cartoons?
I must respectfully disagree sir, they are nothing alike. My Little Pony is for young girls below 12 in my honest opinion. The fact that grown men, and women, continue to like the show is beyond me but one thing is clear. This show cannot be grouped with the more action based shows, and anime/manga series that have aired on Adult Swim, Boomerang, and other such channels. They are completely different.
Actually, I think you;re profoundly misinformed as to the target demographic.
It's not a toddler/preschooler show. I'm not sure what you imagine it being, but it's not a mindless 'pretty colors and silly voices to amuse infants' program.
It's aimed at young girls and teens just like Ben10 is aimed at young boys and teens.
In fact, it's aimed at the same age range as Transformers. It CAN be watched by younger children because the general lack of violence, but it's *aimed* at the sisters of the boys watching GI Joe and Transformers saturday morning. It features fully developed stories and plots, complex themes about friendship and how to deal with people or situations, etc, references past episodes and features multi-part story arcs. Storywise it's on par with most other TV shows aimed at the kids and teens bracket. They may not be stories you care for, but it doesn't make them less valid or mature.
It just has less punching.
Seriously, you putting MLP in with barney and teletubbies and the like is as silly to me as me putting it in with gundam and ben 10.
Why do you think it's a show for infants? Have you ever even seen it? I'm not saying you;re not allowed to dislike something without having watched every episode...but you should at least see enough to have a vague idea of what you're talking about if you're going to categorize it with such authority.
Seriously, baffled here.
Does it also have something to do with the animation? I know people follow animators around watching their work.
I am not a huge manga or japanese cartoon fan but I really like the Appleseed movies.
The animation is a plus. It's generally good quality and has an endearing charm to it. I actually didn't like the art style at first, but its simple forms and bold lines grew on me, and it is pretty damned cute.
I don't think anyone came into it following the animators though.
However, a lot of people DID come to it because of its creator and former head writer, Lauren Faust. She was a writer for shows like Foster's home for Imaginary Friends and Powerpuff Girls (I think she's actually married to the creater of PPG)
I don't know about you, but I loved the powerpuff girls back in the day. It looked like a cutesie girly cartoon, but it featured a lot of very messed up funny stuff.
That was not my intent. Nor was I looking to offend any of you. I just wanted a picture painted for my own knowledge.
Fair enough, and for the record I didn't think you were. but i know that;s what some other people were thinking (as evidenced by CJay's lovely little homophobic gem) so I figured I'd pose the question.
Everyone finds different avenues for their escapism. And I quite like G.I. Joe and Transformers. I actually like a lot of things that are really violent, movies, sparring, books, etc... I have a tendency toward violence myself in my training.
Likewise. I'm loving Transformers Prime right now, and most of the other shows and comics I enjoy are pretty violent (walking dead, anyone?) MLP is probably the one actively nonviolent thing I really enjoy...partially because it's intelligently written and genuinely enjoyable WITHOUT having to be violent. I can watch it and relax without feeling like my brain is going to melt. It's the one cute sweet happy thing in my viewing history. Helps keep me centered and cheers me up when I need it.