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I understand that I'm potentially fanning the flames here, but I'd really like to see this discussed on its own and get some views out in the open.

I must admit, I was surprised when I came here, having kind of taken it for granted that anime and MLP were sort of sororal in some ways, and not expecting a lot of the same reactions to the MLP fandom that just about every other group gave it. Things were particularly surprising because I remember it being in a thread about "people hating on anime fans" - this had obviously developed into a comfortable circlejerk about how those people are total idiots and we anime fans shouldn't be judged for what we like, all while jabs were being casually made against MLP fans ("I mean WTF it's not like we're bronies..."). Needless to say I was totally bemused by the thought-process that went into such reactions, even more when people started only talking about obsessive MLP fans and certain Rule 34 material, as does just about everyone else on the internet when they discuss the fandom. I can't see how any anime fan - who knows how annoying it is when people only discuss anime as something for children, for autists, for weirdos, for weeaboos, creeps, losers or pedophiles - could happily lay down the same judgement on this other fandom?

I mean, it's usually going to be internet dudebros who are quickest to condemn things seen as "unmanly geeky", so I figured we'd kind of understand that we're not so different in the grand scheme of things (referring to anime fans who don't only watch action stuff) and that anime fans would be more understanding of MLP fans than other groups. According to the Brony Study (the definitive internet survey of the fandom), in 2014 over half of bronies also watched anime, so I feel like there's a large segment of our population who is in the same boat as me currently.

This proximity is probably also what leads to the kawaiification of a lot of MLP characters in fan-art, or even outright anime-style content. Examples:


If I could guess at part of what leads to animosity of anime fans against MLP fans however, I'd say it's probably this very overlap between the two. It's really not difficult to find people getting mad on Youtube when a pony version of some popular anime opening or scene is done. A lot of anti-brony posts concern the so-called "flaunting" of MLP content around the internet, and I think a lot of anime fans hate the creative 'penetration' of their beloved domain by a group they revile as much as the bronies. Needless to say that, as it's quite a new thing MLP is still making a buzz on the internet and a lot of MLP fans can be pretty outspoken about it - while I can get annoyance about that it still doesn't explain to me any of the condescension and hatred I see directed from one group of fandoms to another when in my view there's no reason they shouldn't be friendly to each other.

Aside from the obvious (anime is not a single show, MLP is) I'd like to ask these questions: What do you see as the main things that make liking MLP worse than liking non-action anime, if any? Are there aspects of the MLP fandom that creep you out more than aspects of anime fandoms? If so, please lay them out and as a member of both I feel I can suitably address them. If you're a self-admitting hater, why the hate? Can you or can you not see any common ground between the two? And so-on. Any thoughts on the subject are welcome, even the ones I'll hate

Also, give this a look if you want.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgeTpfCv6zE

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I didn't know this problem existed. Me and my siblings love anime and are also MLP fans.
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MLP fans are just losers, who can't think father then their nose.
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Well, some of my friends seem to like MLP, and I don't hate on them for it; but, like it would be with someone that likes something Anime related that I disapprove of (ej; a pairing that goes against my top OTPs), my reaction is simply telling them to stop throwing it at me. I don't like them ponies, and don't want to see them.
Simply put: Hate the subjects, don't hate the fans.
As for those MLP H doujins....someone should create a filter for them, those covers alone aren't too pleasant to the eyes.
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My friends dont like MLP since im not a pedo that hangs out with 9 year old girls.
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Thfelese wrote:

MLP fans are just losers, who can't think father then their nose.


I beg to frikkin' dicker....



And btw Renegantz, what the fuck is a dudebro???

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Thfelese wrote:

MLP fans are just losers, who can't think father then their nose.

Care to elaborate on this?


TsunLemon wrote:

Well, some of my friends seem to like MLP, and I don't hate on them for it; but, like it would be with someone that likes something Anime related that I disapprove of (ej; a pairing that goes against my top OTPs), my reaction is simply telling them to stop throwing it at me. I don't like them ponies, and don't want to see them.
Simply put: Hate the subjects, don't hate the fans.
As for those MLP H doujins....someone should create a filter for them, those covers alone aren't too pleasant to the eyes.

Seems pretty reasonable to me. So you've tried the show but despised it?


Raimu4 wrote:

My friends dont like MLP since im not a pedo that hangs out with 9 year old girls.

Your friends...don't like MLP....because you're not a pedo. Sorry I'm not following you, buddy.
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-Requiem wrote:
And btw Renegantz, what the fuck is a dudebro???




http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=dude+bro
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Renegatz wrote:


Thfelese wrote:

MLP fans are just losers, who can't think father then their nose.

Care to elaborate on this?


TsunLemon wrote:

Well, some of my friends seem to like MLP, and I don't hate on them for it; but, like it would be with someone that likes something Anime related that I disapprove of (ej; a pairing that goes against my top OTPs), my reaction is simply telling them to stop throwing it at me. I don't like them ponies, and don't want to see them.
Simply put: Hate the subjects, don't hate the fans.
As for those MLP H doujins....someone should create a filter for them, those covers alone aren't too pleasant to the eyes.

Seems pretty reasonable to me. So you've tried the show but despised it?


Raimu4 wrote:

My friends dont like MLP since im not a pedo that hangs out with 9 year old girls.

Your friends...don't like MLP....because you're not a pedo. Sorry I'm not following you, buddy.


Because my friends are older than 9

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Renegatz wrote:

TsunLemon wrote:

Well, some of my friends seem to like MLP, and I don't hate on them for it; but, like it would be with someone that likes something Anime related that I disapprove of (ej; a pairing that goes against my top OTPs), my reaction is simply telling them to stop throwing it at me. I don't like them ponies, and don't want to see them.
Simply put: Hate the subjects, don't hate the fans.
As for those MLP H doujins....someone should create a filter for them, those covers alone aren't too pleasant to the eyes.

Seems pretty reasonable to me. So you've tried the show but despised it?

Can't say I have tried the show itself, and never said I despised it as much as I despise the example I gave, but it just simply doesn't appeal to me in the slightest, and if possible, I'd rather avoid seeing them. That's all.
Tho, while I say I don't despise them, I do despise when people match the ponies up with Anime characters; like giving them the hair, eyes, and such of a character in fanart quite a bit.


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Thfelese wrote:


Raimu4 wrote:

My friends dont like MLP since im not a pedo that hangs out with 9 year old girls.

Your friends...don't like MLP....because you're not a pedo. Sorry I'm not following you, buddy.


Because my friends are older than 9





Yeah, not following this either.

Edit: Alright, I get what you're getting at now.
But well, these days little girls aren't the only ones to watch MLP, there are many fans who are 18+ and males, so one does not have to be around 9 year old girls to have friends that like it.
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MLP is... Well, not my cut of tea. However I do know a few LOT of friends who watch MLP.

But if I'm gonna be honest then I don't see MLP as entertainment, I see it as childish boring and utter crap.
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I'll just say this...I have watched MLP, the new Series. And actually up until the Season where Twilight got her wings, I was pretty excited about it. However, I haven't watched a single Episode from this very newest Season and I really don't know why. Maybe I just see that most of the "Magic", even among the heavy Fans of it has been slipping. Now I can be correct or incorrect about this. But that's just how I view it. And I can definitely manage to separate the two between MLP and My Anime easily. And if there was going to be one to choose?

Bye bye MLP. Your "Magic" was darling for bit. But for Me, it's got a bit nonsensical, and should I even say nausea inducing as of lately.
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My stance on this line of criticism is that it's perfectly possible for something directed at any demographic to be good, regardless of what that demographic is. So if someone says "it's for little girls! *snicker*" I'm kind of like, "yeah, but in my opinion it's a great show in terms of quality, and I'm not ashamed of liking something aimed at kids, girls or both."


This really interests me, and I genuinely want to know more about your opinion. From your profile you seem to be perfectly comfortable with anime featuring a female cast, slice of life scenarios, light humour and friendship, yet the image conveyed by MLP just doesn't seem to click with you at all. Hmm...

I'm not sure I get what you mean with the art thing, don't think I've seen people imprint the characteristics of MLP characters onto existing anime characters. Do you have any examples? Either way this sounds exactly like the opposition anime fans seem to have towards 'creative penetration' into what they like by the bronies, which I mentioned in the OP. I totally geek out about sociological stuff like this.

lmao, yeah if someone has watched an ep (aside from the first two) and come to this conclusion I'm perfectly cool with that. I just find it disappointing when people say the same without even trying it, or start lambasting the fandom as well, which is what I'm getting at with this thread.
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x-Cellar_Door-x wrote:

I'll just say this...I have watched MLP, the new Series. And actually up until the Season where Twilight got her wings, I was pretty excited about it. However, I haven't watched a single Episode from this very newest Season and I really don't know why. Maybe I just see that most of the "Magic", even among the heavy Fans of it has been slipping. Now I can be correct or incorrect about this. But that's just how I view it. And I can definitely manage to separate the two between MLP and My Anime easily. And if there was going to be one to choose?

Bye bye MLP. Your "Magic" was darling for bit. But for Me, it's got a bit nonsensical, and should I even say nausea inducing as of lately.

Your position reminds me a huge amount of another friend of mine. He started to feel alienated when they made EQG and with the way things went in Season 3. Since then he has totally refused to watch Season 4 at all and has pretty much exiled himself from the community - I think he didn't like getting labelled as a whiner. Any anime fan will understand how fandoms are like that, I'm sure

It seems like a lot of people stopped after S3, which is a real shame because it was a total hiccup, from which the show has since hugely recovered. I'd probably say that S4 is the best season yet actually.

But yes, if forced to choose between MLP and Anime it's pretty clear that it'd be the latter. Pony is just one show after all, and there's always more anime to discover
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Posted 6/4/14 , edited 6/4/14

Renegatz wrote:


x-Cellar_Door-x wrote:
It seems like a lot of people stopped after S3, which is a real shame because it was a total hiccup, from which the show has since hugely recovered. I'd probably say that S4 is the best season yet actually, so I would recommend that you give it a go if you're feeling in the mood


You know, I think about doing it every Single Day when I'm free of time that is...ESPECIALLY, now that I'm completely caught up on all of the Shows I was watching! I may sir....I may.
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